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The world of Business Intelligence and Analytics is evolving quickly. Increasingly, the emphasis is on real-time Business Intelligence to enable faster decision making, and on Data Visualization, which enables data patterns to be seen more clearly. Key technologies involved in preparing raw data to be used for Business Intelligence, Reporting and Analytics – including ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load), CDC (Change Data Capture), and Data Deduplication – support a wide range of goals within organizations.



Business Intelligence and Analytics Articles

Cloud is changing how the world interacts with data. A majority of enterprises are considering, and many have already deployed, cloud services for applications, platform, and infrastructure needs.

Posted August 29, 2016

The elastic and distributed technologies that run modern applications require a new approach to operations — one that learns about your infrastructure and assists IT operators with maintenance and problem-solving. The interdependencies between new applications are creating chaos in existing systems and surfacing the operational challenges of modern systems. Solutions such as micro services architectures alleviate the scalability pains of centralized proprietary services but at a tremendous cost in complexity.

Posted August 25, 2016

Teradata has introduced four accelerators to help companies derive value from Internet of Things (IoT) data more quickly. Teradata's "Analytics of Things Accelerators" (AoTAs) are comprised of technology-agnostic intellectual property (IP) and professional services, derived from field engagements in manufacturing, transportation, mining, energy and utilities.

Posted August 25, 2016

Logz.io, a company that offers ELK (Elasticsearch Logstash and Kibana) as a cloud service, is introducing a new analytics solution that combines machine learning technology with human experience. The new solution, called Cognitive Insights, aims to help companies give their customers a better experience by uncovering data issues before they become problems.

Posted August 25, 2016

While Hadoop can store and access vast amounts of detailed data at lower costs, businesses are still encountering high-performance demands and they face a bevy of business questions. Emerging in-memory frameworks, such as Apache Spark and SAP HANA Vora, are enabling enterprises with the tools to overcome the limitations of batch-oriented processing and achieve real-time, iterative access to data on Hadoop clusters.

Posted August 24, 2016

Magnitude Software is introducing a new platform that will integrate heterogeneous ERP data into SAP S/4 HANA in real time. The solution, dubbed RTD Stream, will enable access to the entirety of an organization's fragmented ERP data, allowing finance professionals to centrally control their operations in a shared services environment.

Posted August 24, 2016

Dell Services is introducing its own innovation lab for SAP HANA, designed to help organizations evaluate, understand, and benefit from their investments in the SAP HANA platform. With Dell Services' SAP HANA lab, customers can load up to 30 terabytes (TB) of data to fully configure solutions for prototyping or proof of concepts to help them better understand and articulate the business value.

Posted August 24, 2016

Progress now provides day one support for Hadoop Hive, Spark SQL, MongoDB and more with latest update to its DataDirect suite of connectivity tools. With this new upgrade, Progress DataDirect on-premises ODBC and JDBC drivers will support any new versions of supported data sources.

Posted August 24, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced significant updates to the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Version 10.2 supports MySQL as a back-end database in addition to SQL Server and Oracle Database, includes visualization and analysis tools to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking, and deadlock issues, and adds support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Posted August 24, 2016

When you think about the role of a database professional, you probably don't include "cost savings" in the list of responsibilities. Maybe if there were a clearer correlation between the work of database professionals and money, people would pay more attention. Well, it turns out, there is.

Posted August 24, 2016

Data governance is sometimes viewed as a roadblock that keeps data scientists and analysts from turning data into business insights quickly and efficiently. Yet, in the enterprise data and analytics work that we've undertaken for clients across diverse industries, we've found that it's often a lack of sound data governance that prevents organizations from realizing the full value of their data.

Posted August 23, 2016

EMC has unveiled new products and support to optimize the protection of VMware workloads to enable protection everywhere. The enhanced support spans VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vSphere and expanded data protection options for VCE VxRail Appliances.

Posted August 23, 2016

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid, has announced the general availability of Hazelcast 3.7. According to the company, the latest release is 30% faster than previous versions and is the first fully modularized version of Hazelcast. Each client/language and plugin is now available as a module - speeding up the development process for open source contributors, with new features and bug fixes released as modules alongside Hazelcast 3.7.

Posted August 23, 2016

Perhaps the biggest and most overlooked is how to create accurate test data. You're implementing a new system in order to deal with a massive amount of data, and perhaps your relational database can't handle the volume, so it's vitally important to properly test this new system and ensure that it doesn't fall over as soon as the data floods in.

Posted August 23, 2016

SHARE recently wrapped up its summer conference in Atlanta. James Vincent, immediate past president of SHARE, reflected on the changes that have taken place in the IT industry during his tenure and the key takeaways from the event which took place July 31-August 5. "One takeaway is that SHARE is on the right track when it comes to its focus on the new IT generation, what we call zNextGen," said Vincent.

Posted August 22, 2016

Waterloo is known as the site of Napoleon's downfall. But it was the insufficiency of communication - a failure to deliver vital information concerning the proximity of enemy garrisons on the march - that deserves the lion's share of the blame. In the battle of conducting business today, information endures.

Posted August 20, 2016

Many tools promise that users will gain rapid insights and create more flexibility by capturing and storing data, but introducing NoSQL database technologies into the data warehouse and analytics infrastructure is an approach that can yield faster and more flexible results.

Posted August 20, 2016

Tableau Software has updated its signature platform with a completely refreshed design, new analytical and mobile enhancements, options for preparing data, and a host of new enterprise capabilities.

Posted August 19, 2016

SnapLogic is making improvements to its Elastic Integration Platform, adding new integration components, which it calls "Snaps" to its library in the Summer 2016 release. The core platform also offers improved performance and new data governance features for hybrid deployments. The Summer 2016 release introduces several enhancements to SnapLogic's support for Hadoop- and Spark-based big data integration, as well.

Posted August 18, 2016

Salesforce, which recently announced plans to buy Quip, a provider of a business productivity software suite for web and mobile that enables collaborative creation and editing of documents and spreadsheets, is also buying BeyondCore, provider of an enterprise analytics tool.

Posted August 18, 2016

Waterline Data, the Smart Data Catalog company, is releasing an enhanced version of its Smart Data Catalog, allowing users to gain easier self-service access to trusted, high quality data for faster discovery, understanding, use and governance.

Posted August 17, 2016

Nervana has announced its planned acquisition by Intel, a move it says indicates that Intel is formally committing to pushing the forefront of AI technologies. The company will continue to operate out of its San Diego headquarters. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by industry estimates placed it at more than $400 million.

Posted August 16, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management software, has acquired Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of cross-platform standards-based data access solutions for relational, multi-dimensional, and non-relational data sources. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Posted August 16, 2016

The size and complexity of database environments is pushing IT resources at most organizations to the limit. This reduces agility and increases costs and challenges associated with maintaining the performance and availability of these on demand services. To address these concerns, many IT departments are looking for ways to automate routine tasks and consolidate databases.

Posted August 16, 2016

As IT decision making moves out of the IT department and into the functional areas of organizations, partnerships and collaboration become even more critical. According to an article in strategy+business on why CEOs must become more technology savvy, "the majority of technology spending (68%) is now coming from budgets outside of IT, a significant increase from 47% in 2014." What this means is that many critical technology decisions are being made without the consultation of IT professionals.

Posted August 16, 2016

Regulatory compliance is a critical aspect of the IT landscape these days, and the ability to audit database activities showing who did what to which data when is a specific requirement of many industry and governmental regulations. There are six primary methods that can be used to accomplish database auditing.

Posted August 16, 2016

MapR Technologies, Inc. is receiving an equity financing of $50 million, with funds going towards the company's continued growth and innovative technology. The $50 million equity financing was led by Future Fund, with participation from all existing investors, including Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, New Enterprise Associates, Qualcomm Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures.

Posted August 12, 2016

Redis Labs and Intel announced they have collaboratively benchmarked a throughput of 3 million database operations/second at under 1 millisecond of latency, while generating over 1GB NVMe throughput, on a single server with Redis on Flash and Intel NVMe-based SSDs.

Posted August 12, 2016

Informatica is releasing five new Informatica Cloud offerings in Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace) to help organizations jumpstart data management projects in the cloud.

Posted August 12, 2016

Percona unveiled a new open sourced platform for MongoDB called the Percona Memory Engine for MongoDB. With Percona Memory Engine for MongoDB, Percona has now delivered an open source in-memory storage engine that works with Percona Server for MongoDB, the open source drop-in replacement for the MongoDB Community Edition that includes enterprise-grade features and functionality.

Posted August 11, 2016

Melissa Data is releasing a Master Address Table tool to validate, enhance, and manage addresses in a local neighborhood or area. The Master Address Table will contain current, detailed information on more than 180 million U.S. addresses, including residential, commercial, and more than two million non-USPS addresses, or physical addresses that do not receive USPS delivery.

Posted August 11, 2016

Paxata is unleashing new native push/pull seamless connectivity options to and from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that include the Amazon Redshift data warehouse and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

Posted August 11, 2016

MuleSoft is teaming up with Pivotal to deliver application networks on the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform. Customers who want to create a network of applications, data, and devices using MuleSoft can now deploy to Pivotal Cloud Foundry and manage their application network with Anypoint Platform.

Posted August 10, 2016

Nimbus Data is releasing a new all-flash platform for cloud, big data, virtualization, and massive digital content that will offer unprecedented scale and efficiency.

Posted August 09, 2016

Datameer is launching a newly redesigned Global Partner Program to recruit and enable a dynamic ecosystem of technology, services, and reseller partners. Datameer's new program introduces a rewards system that recognizes partners and helps form a trusted and easily accessible network for customers.

Posted August 09, 2016

Blue Medora, a provider of cloud and data center management solutions, is partnering with New Relic to develop a new application performance monitoring tool. The new REST API-based, agentless plugins are aimed at improving enterprise IT operations' visibility between Blue Medora and the other systems that companies monitor with New Relic.

Posted August 08, 2016

1010data, Inc. is making enhancements to its Consumer Insights Platform (CIP) with its latest release. CIP 3.0 supports a wider range of business users by facilitating faster decision-making with a more user-friendly interface, additional reports, and enhanced interactivity built right into key features, according to the company.

Posted August 05, 2016

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is excited to be joining the Oracle technology community in San Francisco once again at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, September 18-22. IOUG's 30,0000+ member community is comprised of the top Oracle technology experts from around the globe, several of whom will be presenting sessions on hot topics like Data Intelligence, iOT, Data Security, and Cloud migrations.

Posted August 04, 2016

Thousands of members of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) get the answers they need by sharing best practices, case studies and lessons learned. As the world's largest education, networking and advocacy forum for users of Oracle Applications, the OAUG helps members connect to find the solutions they need to do their jobs better and to improve their organizations' return on investment in Oracle Applications.

Posted August 04, 2016

Anyone who has ever attended Oracle OpenWorld knows that you must plan ahead. The conference held in San Francisco each fall is vast, and the upcoming conference, scheduled for September 18-22, 2016, promises to be equally expansive. Just as in years before, tens of thousands of attendees from well over 100 countries can be expected converge to learn more about Oracle's ever-expanding ecosystem of technologies, products and services during thousands of sessions held at the Moscone Center and multiple additional venues in downtown San Francisco. Here, Database Trends and Applications presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2016

I had the pleasure to spend some time with my old friend Mark Souza, a general manager in the Data Platform team at Microsoft, while speaking at the SQL Saturday event in Dublin, Ireland. Now keep in mind that Mark and I have known each other since the 1990s when SQL Server was just being ported to a brand new operating system called Windows NT. Mark and I were having a laugh and more than a twinge of nostalgia about how much SQL Server has improved over the decades and now sits atop the heap on most analysts' "best database" reports. This isn't just two old-timers sharing a few war stories though. This is a living, breathing transformation that is still in process.

Posted August 04, 2016

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