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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

Datameer is enhancing its flagship platform to enable a new class of data-driven business analysts. Datameer 6 introduces a new front end that reinvents the entire user experience, making the previously linear steps of data integration, preparation, analytics and visualization a single, fluid interaction.

Posted May 27, 2016

Confluent is releasing an updated version of its streaming data platform, making Kafka easier to understand and deploy. Confluent 3.0 includes the latest version of Kafka with critical bug fixes along with a variety of extensions to connect to the Kafka platform.

Posted May 27, 2016

EnterpriseDB , a Postgres database company, is releasing the EDB Postgres platform. The EDB Postgres platform enables a wide range of deployment topologies, integrates EDB's enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions, and offers a specialized partner ecosystem for new deployment models.

Posted May 27, 2016

Enhancing Its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities for clients, Accenture has completed its acquisition of OPS Rules, a boutique analytics consulting company that specializes in the application of data science to create supply chain and operations analytics solutions. With the purchase, Accenture says it is enhancing its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities.

Posted May 26, 2016

What's on the horizon for big data, analytics, and business intelligence as technology evolves faster and faster? In Data Summit's 2016 closing keynote John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how technology will evolve and grow in the future.

Posted May 26, 2016

Melissa Data is introducing new data quality capabilities in its Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration platform. Dynamics CRM users now have access to data quality services to verify global address, email, name, and phone information for over 240 countries and territories.

Posted May 26, 2016

Dynatrace, a digital performance software company, is teaming up with Pivotal, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. The integration of Dynatrace with Pivotal Cloud Foundry will enable companies to take advantage of this acceleration by collecting analytics for applications running on PCF, allowing them to detect and act on performance shortcomings and optimize end-to-end transaction latencies.

Posted May 26, 2016

Alpine Data is making advancements to its Chorus platform, combining an integrated analytics platform with improvements that will accelerate the delivery of data. Chorus 6 now delivers capabilities that will help business leaders take the reins in assisting organizations in managing processes that connect machine learning to business behavior.

Posted May 26, 2016

Thanks to the cloud and other empowering technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, we're at the tipping point for big data. These technologies now provide a path to big data success for companies who otherwise lack the specialized big data skills or heretofore proprietary (and expensive) infrastructure to do it themselves. As 2016 progresses, we'll see the broader market put big data capabilities to work and the benefits of big data will, in turn, spread beyond the privileged few companies that were early big data adopters.

Posted May 25, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

Utilizing data lakes are an alluring option for users with an enormous amount of information, yet questions remain regarding data accuracy, security, and relevancy. Three experts in the big data space, including Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, Abhik Roy, database solution engineer at Experion, and Tassos Sarbanes, data architect at Credit Suisse, participated in a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016 that focuses on these questions and more regarding data lakes.

Posted May 25, 2016

With newer and newer big data sources exploding onto the scene, traditional data warehouses are being challenged. Satya Bhamidipati, director of business development of big data and advanced analytics at Oracle, discussed data mining and advanced analytics techniques that will enable the monetization of data during a session at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted May 25, 2016

Here we go again - yet another world changing innovation. Billions of dollars are being invested to develop and deploy this next-generation industry. Many existing methods of doing business, and businesses themselves, will be disrupted and replaced by this new wave of technology. What is this wondrous new innovation? Why it is the Internet of Things (IoT) of course. But before we get into specifics, and its impact, it might be instructive to review recent history.

Posted May 25, 2016

Technology and big data continues to grow, outpacing organizations and forcing them to constantly invest in new solutions so companies don't fall behind with obsolete tools. To predict where the future is headed regarding analytics, Anne Buff, business solutions manager and thought leader for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS Institute, Matt Laudato, senior manager of big data and analytics at constant contact, and Justin Smith, enterprise director of data analytics at Sanford Health got together for a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

Database backups and restores are key to developing a secure environment for users' information. A trusted backup plan is a requirement for on-premise and cloud instances.

Posted May 25, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted May 25, 2016

BackOffice Associates is releasing a tool that will help customers easily adopt SAP's suite of products. SAP Advanced Data Migration by BackOffice Associates automates the end-to-end process for enterprises to achieve implementations of the SAP HANA platform and of SAP S4/HANA at the lowest possible cost, complexity, and risk, according to the company.

Posted May 25, 2016

Enhancing its partnership with SAP, SUSE is introducing Live Patching for SUSE Linux Enterprise and a Connect program to boost the joint relationship. "These two programs are part of our longer investment in SAP for the last 17 years, and SAP HANA the last 8 or 9 years," said Dirk Oppenkowski, global alliance director.

Posted May 25, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 25, 2016

Entrinsik Inc., developer reporting and business intelligence software, is entering a partnership agreement with Atcore Systems, providing users of Atcore with reporting, real-time analysis, and dashboarding tools.

Posted May 25, 2016

Data Summit 2016 kicked off at the New York Hilton Midtown earlier this month with keynote presentations by Ben Wellington, the creator of I Quant NY, and Nicholas Chandra, vice president of Cloud Customer Success at Oracle.

Posted May 25, 2016

Trifacta, a provider of data prep software and tools, is introducing the Wrangler Partner Program, a global program that will support and enable partners to sell, implement, and innovate with Trifacta.

Posted May 24, 2016

Data Summit 2016, held in May in NYC, brought together IT managers, data architects, application developers, data analysts, project managers, and business managers to hear industry-leading professionals deliver educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, networks with their peers, and participate in hands-on workshops. Here are 10 key takeaways from Data Summit 2016:

Posted May 23, 2016

Companies are facing a growing problem: Data is everywhere, clogging up systems and preventing enterprises from gaining meaningful insights. Data virtualization is a way to reduce data proliferation and ensure that all consumers are working from a single source.

Posted May 23, 2016

ThoughtSpot, a provider of search-driven analytics platforms, is receiving a $50 million investment, led by investor General Catalyst Partners and Geodesic Capital, to propel the company's growth.

Posted May 20, 2016

What does the Oracle DBA need to know about NoSQL? Charles Pack, technical director, CSX Technology, answered that question in a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "Oracle NoSQL for the Oracle RDBMS DBA." The Oracle NoSQL Database offers benefits and Oracle DBAs have the opportunity to add it to their portfolios, according to Pack, who covered where the NoSQL database fits in within the overall Oracle ecosystem. "It is not a replacement for all your databases. It is a piece in the puzzle," emphasized Pack.

Posted May 18, 2016

Syncsort is adding new capabilities to its platform, including native integration with Apache Spark and Apache Kafka. DMX-h v9 allows organizations to access and integrate enterprise-wide data with streams from real-time sources.

Posted May 18, 2016

SnapLogic is unveiling new updates to its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform that add the ability to integrate streaming data and power big data analytics in the cloud. The Spring 2016 release adds support for Apache Kafka, Microsoft HDInsight, and Google Cloud Storage, plus multiple enhancements that automate data shaping and management tasks.

Posted May 18, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse solutions company. Founded in 1984, Datalytics Technologies offers pre-built data warehouse and data mart solutions for SAP's and Oracle's families of ERP systems.

Posted May 18, 2016

While the big data industry has lacked a consistent and well-understood definition of the data lake since its entry into the hype cycle, clear use cases and best practices are now emerging.

Posted May 18, 2016

AtScale, Inc., which provides a self-service BI platform for Hadoop, has raised a Series B round of $11 million, bringing its total funding to date to $20 million. According to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer of AtScale, its platform is different from others in three key ways, making it applicable to use cases in an array of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and financial services.

Posted May 17, 2016

Bringing another tool to its product portfolio, IDERA has released SQL BI Check, a no-cost option for real-time performance monitoring of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). SQL BI Check, with agentless installation, provides data on performance metrics with graphs and charts that assess and SSAS health.

Posted May 17, 2016

There are many ways to combine structured with unstructured data explained Jana Mikovska, senior consultant as Raytion, and Sebastian Klatt, vice president of business development at Raytion. Their presentation at Data Summit 2016 focused on approaches and advantages of combining the two to uncover knowledge buried in unstructured information.

Posted May 16, 2016

What type of email garners the most attention? How can enterprises hook more customers and be in the know? Matt Laudato, senior manager for Big Data Analytics at Constant Contact, addressed these questions and more during Data Summit 2016, explaining how to use big data analytics to optimize email marketing campaigns.

Posted May 12, 2016

As enterprises search for ways to support modern data applications and keep up with the pace of the revolving door of new technologies and solutions, bottlenecks become more frequent and put a stop to application development.

Posted May 12, 2016

What's ahead for the Internet of Things as far as data privacy, standards for interoperability, and meaningful use cases? John O'Brien, principal advisor of Radiant Advisors; Joe Caserta, president and CEO of Caserta Concepts; and George Corugedo, CTO of RedPoint Global, addressed those questions in a cross-fire panel discussion at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 12, 2016

Ensuring data is governed properly is a hot topic as more tools and capabilities to analyze and gain insights become available. At the same time, data discovery is becoming more imperative as analysts must be able to move through the process with as little friction as possible.

Posted May 11, 2016

Public cloud services vendors have had a number of notable outages that have taken down well-respected web-based companies, temporarily putting them out of business. In a session, presented at Data Summit 2016, Michael J Corey, president, Ntirety - A HOSTING Company, and Don Sullivan, system engineer database specialist, VMware, suggested that, despite the fact that cloud is no longer a cutting-edge, disruptive technology, 10 years after it first came to the fore, in many ways, the public cloud environment is still the Wild West.

Posted May 11, 2016

Big data is changing how we view the world, and necessitating new ways of handling data as well, according to Data Summit 2016 keynotes presented on Wednesday by Kalev Hannes Leetaru and George John.

Posted May 11, 2016

At Data Summit 2016, Robin A. Thottungal, the EPA's first chief data scientist, explained how the agency is becoming more data-driven and shared some of challenges and the innovative solutions taken by the agency in implementing real-time monitoring of environmental parameters about the current state of our ecosystem.

Posted May 10, 2016

At the center of the new big data movement is the Hadoop framework, which provides an efficient file system and related ecosystem of solutions to store and analyze big datasets. The Hadoop ecosystem was addressed from two points of view in a session at Data Summit 2016. James Casaletto, principal solutions architect, Professional Services at MapR, presented a talk titled "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem," and Tassos Sarbanes, mathematician / data scientist, Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, covered the advantages of HBase in a talk titled "HBase Data Model - The Ultimate Model on Hadoop."

Posted May 10, 2016

Despite the increasing focus on offering more access to more users in organizations, ad hoc querying of big data remains a problem for most, according to Jair Aguirre, data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, who presented a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "De-Siloing Data Using Apache Drill."

Posted May 10, 2016

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