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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

FICO has announced a community version of FICO Xpress Insight, a decision support application that enables data scientists to rapidly deploy advanced analytic or optimization models as business applications.

Posted February 19, 2019

Machine learning is on the rise at businesses hungry for greater automation and intelligence with use cases spreading across industries. At the same time, most projects are still in their early phases as companies learn how to deal with selecting data sets and data platforms to architecting and optimizing data pipelines. DBTA recently held a webinar with Gaurav Deshpande, VP of marketing, TigerGraph, and Prakash Chokalingam, product manager, Databricks, who discussed key technologies and strategies for dealing with machine learning.

Posted February 15, 2019

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. The organization depends on SAP and Bradmark technologies to power its astronomy technology. The SAP database is at the core of ESO's operations, said John Lockhart, critical applications support group leader, ESO. It currently sits at the center of the dataflow for the current suite of telescopes. 

Posted February 15, 2019

DigitalOcean, the cloud for developing modern apps, is launching Managed Databases, with PostgreSQL as its first offering, allowing developers to create fully managed database instances in the cloud quickly and efficiently.

Posted February 14, 2019

It's time to submit nominations for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. The nominating process will conclude on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, so be sure to nominate your favorite products now!

Posted February 13, 2019

Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corp., PNC Bank, and IBM have announced a new collaboration to design and create a network using blockchain technology to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare industry.

Posted February 13, 2019

SophiaTX, a Swiss-based blockchain Platform for businesses, is joining forces with Block Unison to help further develop a global enterprise blockchain ecosystem through IoT, smart contract, and enterprise application integration. The combination of mature services and blockchain technology expertise present in Block Unison will help SophiaTX establish itself as a desired platform for any innovative company looking to extend their level of trust and collaboration across the value chain.

Posted February 13, 2019

SAP is releasing a blockchain-technology hub to help eliminate counterfeit products along the pharmaceutical supply chain. The SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences is designed to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned from hospitals and pharmacies to wholesalers before products are resold.

Posted February 13, 2019

For many companies, designing and implementing a data platform for analytics is a critical task. According to Dremio, a VC-backed firm founded in 2015, by combining capabilities and technologies into a solution that enables access, transformation, security, and governance, data as a service represents a new approach to vexing analytics challenges, delivering data at scale with high performance. Recently, Kelly Stirman, vice president strategy at Dremio, discussed how using open source projects, open standards, and cloud services, companies can deliver data as a service to their data consumers across critical lines of business.

Posted February 12, 2019

Veritas Technologies, a provider of enterprise data protection and software-defined storage, and its platforms Veritas NetBackup and Veritas Backup Exec have attained Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage Competency status, reaffirming Veritas as an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner offering solutions validated by the AWS Storage Competency.

Posted February 12, 2019

Logi Analytics has acquired Jinfonet Software, maker of JReport. The acquisition will consolidate two leading embedded analytics vendors under the Logi brand.

Posted February 12, 2019

Waterline Data, a provider of data cataloging solutions and applications, is releasing the latest version of the Waterline Data AI-driven Data Catalog (AIDC). Leveraging Waterline's newly-patented Fingerprinting technology, AIDC 5.0 adds to Waterline's ability to catalog individual data items, automatically and at scale, by now allowing organizations to work with related datasets across the enterprise for far deeper and cleaner insights for analytics than any other catalog can provide.

Posted February 11, 2019

Lentiq introducing a new platform called EdgeLake, offering a multi-cloud, production-scale Data Lake as a Service for increased flexibility, collaboration, and analytics.

Posted February 11, 2019

Shield Watch is rebranding to Concertium, a company focused on connecting people with data and devices to power digital transformation. The new brand, Concertium, will be fully focused on harnessing the power of data to create a sustainable, competitive technological advantage for its customers.

Posted February 11, 2019

Microsoft has announced the general availability of new Azure analytics services, including Azure Data Explorer (ADX) and Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2.

Posted February 07, 2019

A new Oracle study of 1,510 HR, finance, and business professionals has found that in order to unlock the value from data and help their organizations adapt to the changing nature of the global talent market, HR teams need to rethink analytics technology, skills, and processes to improve collaboration with finance and drive a competitive advantage.

Posted February 06, 2019

The Oracle Autonomous Database has generated a lot of speculation about its relevance to the future of Oracle DBAs, security concerns, and how to choose the most suitable deployment options.  Recently, Juan Loaiza, EVP, Systems Technology, Oracle Database, reflected on the autonomous database, Oracle Exadata, and customer preferences.

Posted February 06, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of MLOps, is integrating with H2O open source to drive the adoption of AI across industries. The integrations will allow H2O.ai customers to quickly deploy and manage models in ParallelM MCenter and manage ongoing lifecycle needs like model health monitoring and model retraining for models running in production.

Posted February 05, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing a managed Kubernetes service on VMware vSphere with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) allows enterprises to be up and running in less than an hour with Kubernetes on VMware that is both simple to use and production-ready.

Posted February 04, 2019

Software intelligence company, Dynatrace, has announced the next generation of its AI engine, Davis, now powered by new and enhanced algorithms, and an ability to ingest data and events from third-party solutions. Dynatrace's Davis is now able to ingest custom metrics, data, and events from third-party solutions such as CI/CD and ITSM tools, enabling Dynatrace to deliver more precise answers with deeper context. Integrations include F5, IBM DataPower, Citrix NetScaler, ServiceNow, Puppet, Chef, and others.

Posted February 04, 2019

VLSS is a group of Oracle and VMWare experts that focus on helping customers implement and utilize Oracle products. Since its inception in 2005, the company has been premiere partners with Oracle and recently started the initiative to move off Unix and into Linux.

Posted February 01, 2019

How do you prepare for the unexpected with your Oracle environments? Or ensure that you can meet SLAs for restoring critical data in your production Oracle databases?

Posted January 31, 2019

Alfresco, an open source provider of process automation, content management, and information governance software, is releasing an updated version of its Application Development Framework. ADF 3.0 extends Alfresco's content market leadership with significant performance enhancements designed to increase user satisfaction and adoption, serve up deeper insights securely, and connect content, processes and people more rapidly.

Posted January 31, 2019

This year is a pivotal one for some legacy applications. Extended Support for SQL Server versions 2008 and 2008 R2 is ending in July, to be followed 6 months later by the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The clock is ticking for enterprises to migrate or upgrade their systems.

Posted January 31, 2019

MariaDB is releasing MariaDB Platform X3, an open source database that unites transactional and analytical workloads at scale, and introducing a new MariaDB Managed Service supporting public and hybrid cloud deployments. MariaDB Platform X3 brings together MariaDB TX and MariaDB AX in one platform that can uniquely scale out transactions or analytics to support business growth goals.

Posted January 31, 2019

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is unveiling the SolarWinds Flow Tool Bundle, a set of free analysis tools designed for greater visibility into network infrastructure.

Posted January 30, 2019

Microsoft has acquired Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases. According to Rohan Kumar - corporate vice president, Azure Data, because Citus is an extension to open source PostgreSQL, it gives enterprises the performance advantages of a horizontally scalable database while staying current with all the latest innovations in PostgreSQL.

Posted January 30, 2019

MapR Technologies, provider of a data platform for AI and analytics, has announced support for Apache Drill 1.15. The new release offers new enhancements to conduct queries on complex nested data structures, including files, MapR JSON database tables, and cloud data sources specifically for S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service?).

Posted January 30, 2019

dotData, a provider of end-to-end data science automation and operationalization, is releasing dotDataPy, a lightweight and scalable Python library that enables advanced users to access dotData's data science automation functionality. With just a few lines of code, data scientists can now create, execute and validate end-to-end data science pipelines.

Posted January 29, 2019

Syntax Systems (Syntax), a provider of cloud managed ERP services, is acquiring German IT services company Freudenberg IT (FIT), enabling Syntax to enter the SAP application market. This acquisition expands Syntax's service offerings in the SAP market and complements existing business operations.

Posted January 29, 2019

Birst, an Infor company and a provider of Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics for the Enterprise, is introducing its Smart Analytics family of solutions, powered by Infor Coleman AI. Birst Smart Analytics is a new set of AI-enabled capabilities that elevate organizations above traditional reports and dashboards, using machine learning algorithms to power intelligent insights not previously available to business users.

Posted January 29, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of MLOps, is introducing new versions of MCenter targeted to data scientists and data science teams, allowing small-to-medium-sized companies or enterprise customers to buy a version of the product that fits their current needs and scale as their businesses grow.

Posted January 28, 2019

Cloudian's HyperStore object storage platform can now integrate with Veeam's newest data protection software release, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This integration provides new and existing Veeam customers with scalable storage that works across public and private cloud environments.

Posted January 28, 2019

Express Scripts provides pharmacy and medical benefits management, specialty pharmacy care, and everything in between. The company seeks to uncover opportunities to make healthcare better and they rely on the uptime and availability of data to be a market leader. This is where Quest comes in. In a recent DBTA webinar, Mertz and Jason Hall, Jason Hall senior technical sales engineer, Quest Software, explained how Quest helped Express Scripts manage its database and prepare for the future.

Posted January 25, 2019

A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker will deliver the opening keynote at Data Summit 2019. The sixth annual Data Summit conference will be held in Boston, May 21-22, 2019, with pre-conference workshops on May 20. Registration is now open.

Posted January 23, 2019

Onapsis, a provider of ERP cybersecurity and compliance, will acquire Virtual Forge, allowing the company to strengthen security of SAP applications and extensions. The combination of Onapsis and Virtual Forge will empower customers to have unparalleled visibility, incident response, management, and compliance for business-critical applications.

Posted January 23, 2019

SAP is launching an S/4HANA-Based Subledger solution for Financial Products, providing a central hub to manage data between operational and finance systems. It takes advantage of SAP's in-memory computing platform, SAP S/4HANA, for flexibility and speed. The subledger solution runs on a multi-GAAP accounting engine that provides enhanced calculation and accounting capabilities for payments, business events, and estimated cashflows.

Posted January 23, 2019

Kronos Incorporated is entering a global agreement with SAP, allowing SAP to resell Workforce Dimensions, the next-generation workforce management solution by Kronos. SAP has selected Workforce Dimensions as its workforce management solution for customers with complex scheduling, time and attendance, absence management, labor activities, and workforce analytics requirements.

Posted January 23, 2019

In 2018, there was heightened awareness of AI and machine learning and, in 2019, the emphasis is expected to increase on cognitive computing technologies that can analyze data in ways previously unimaginable and act independently or with limited human intervention. Here, executives of leading IT companies offer 9 predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted January 23, 2019

Zumasys is acquiring OpenQM, a self-tuning MultiValue database, from UK-based Ladybridge Systems. OpenQM provides customers with a scalable MultiValue database solution that's compatible with existing applications and other major MultiValue products.

Posted January 23, 2019

A global study of 1,200 consumers and 400 retail executives across the U.S., U.K., and Australia finds a disconnect between shopper demands and what retailers deliver in areas spanning the overall retail environment, social media, personalization and the use of advanced technologies such as chatbots, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality (VR).  The new study was released by Oracle NetSuite.

Posted January 22, 2019

It is essential to have access to detailed, real-time information on the performance of database servers and databases. Database performance problems affect the business-critical applications that they support. These issues were considered during a recent webinar featuring Patrick O'Halloran, senior sales engineer, IDERA, who discussed the use of SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL to ensure application responsiveness and database security.

Posted January 22, 2019

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