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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

Talend S.A., a provider of big data and cloud integration solutions, successfully launched its IPO. The offering included 5,250,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), each representing one of its ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $18 per ADS, which was higher than anticipated - and then rose sharply.

Posted July 29, 2016

Datavail, a provider of data and DBA services, offering 24×7 managed database services, database design, architecture, and staffing, has acquired Art of BI, an Oracle analytics consulting company focused on OBIEE and Hyperion.

Posted July 29, 2016

Oracle announced today that it is acquiring NetSuite in a transaction valued at approximately $9.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close in 2016. In a statement, Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite, said that NetSuite will benefit from Oracle's global scale and reach to accelerate the availability of its cloud solutions.

Posted July 28, 2016

Riverbed Technology, which provides solutions for application performance, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aternity, a provider of end user experience and application performance monitoring solutions that monitors more than 1.7 million mobile, virtual and desktop workforce endpoints.

Posted July 28, 2016

Helping to address complex analysis problems, IBM has announced the general availability of IBM Graph, a Bluemix service that allows users to set up graph databases in the cloud. Previously offered in beta earlier this year, the availability was made public in an IBM developerWorks blog by Adrian Warman, documentation lead for IBM UK Application Platform Services, on behalf of the IBM graph team.

Posted July 28, 2016

There's a new buzzword on the loose, the data lake. At first glance, a data lake could be easily mistaken for a data warehouse. The two big data concepts have a common focus on analytics and they may, in certain situations, produce roughly equivalent output. But that's about where their similarities end.

Posted July 27, 2016

FogHorn Systems, a developer of "edge intelligence" software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has secured $12 million in Series A funding to further innovate its offerings. The funding round was led by March Capital and GE Ventures, with additional funds provided by Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and Darling Ventures.

Posted July 27, 2016

TIBCO Software Inc. is unveiling a new platform designed for companies investing in digital business strategies. The platform, called TIBCO Mashery Enterprise API, covers the entire API lifecycle, allowing users to create, integrate, and manage APIs with a single offering.

Posted July 27, 2016

Paxata is partnering with PwC US to deliver a new self-service data preparation solution to PwC's existing governance, risk, and compliance tools. This alliance allows Paxata to work with PwC to develop customized data preparation solutions that will help clients structure various types of data in an intuitive and visual way.

Posted July 27, 2016

Accellion, Inc., a provider of private cloud solutions for secure file sharing and collaboration, has added new security features in the kiteworks content platform to help enterprises keep their critical enterprise data secure while extending compliance with rigorous industry requirements.

Posted July 27, 2016

SAP SE is unveiling a new platform that will help organizations enrich business applications with geographic data from geographic information systems. "We have an entire portfolio of spatial solutions to our customers across a variety of industries," said said Marie Goodell, head of marketing of the SAP HANA Platform at SAP.

Posted July 27, 2016

By the mid-2000s, a huge number of web apps were built upon the so-called LAMP stack. LAMP applications utilize the Linux operating system, Apache web server and MySQL database server, and implement application logic in PHP or another language starting with the letter "P," such as Python or Perl. But the LAMP stack is now essentially obsolete technology, and the MEAN stack provides a lot of productivity advantages, especially for modern highly-interactive web sites. But the MEAN stack is not without compromise. Here's why.

Posted July 27, 2016

TriCore Solutions, an application management solution provider and an SAP-certified cloud hosting and SAP HANA managed service provider, is continuing its commitment to SAP by acquiring an SAP certified channel partner. By acquiring G3G, Inc., TriCore's customers will now have end-to-end SAP solution at their fingertips and the transaction with G3G, Inc. will more than double the size of TriCore's SAP practice.

Posted July 27, 2016

SAP SE is making big changes and introducing product innovations in its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio to offer improved support for cloud and Big Data environments, enhancements for more self-service capabilities, and comprehensive support for governing enterprise information.

Posted July 27, 2016

According to Gartner's 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs are moving from a systems-focused view to a platform-focused view in 2016, with digital revenue expected to more than double over the next year. Digitization will bring many benefits to the business, including increased revenue from better operations (expected by 66% of CIOs) and more business through digital channels (expected by 48% of CIOs). With the growing volume of digital data and its strategic value to the business, DBAs can also play an essential role in this digital transformation

Posted July 27, 2016

The only constant is change. So, get ready for it. Maybe that's easier said than done. Too often, we, as DBAs, are flooded with change when it comes to database sche­mas, and keeping up with updates isn't as simple as just being ready. Develop­ers don't get that, though. Updating the application is pretty easy—simply copy over the existing application binary with the new one, and if there's something wrong, roll back by getting the old version from the build server.

Posted July 27, 2016

Ending months of months of speculation on who would acquire Yahoo's operating business, including search engine, email services, and web properties, Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2017.

Posted July 27, 2016

Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platfora, a provider of operational analytics and data discovery tools that enable companies to visually interact with and analyze large volumes of data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Workday's third fiscal quarter, were not disclosed.

Posted July 27, 2016

EMC has announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held on July 19, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to the meeting.

Posted July 27, 2016

When it comes to assigning value to different components in today's IT environment, it would be a serious mistake to underestimate the value of data and databases. Whether you are looking to reduce downtime and speed up your database-centric application or to save money and time on optimizing your database servers, the following best practices can help you improve the performance of your SQL Server environment and, ultimately, your business service delivery process.

Posted July 26, 2016

AT&T and IBM are teaming up to combine their strengths in cognitive computing and global connectivity to create open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud to enable developers to more quickly build and implement Internet of Things-based solutions.

Posted July 25, 2016

Compuware and ConicIT are partnering to help a new generation of IT ops staff proactively resolve emerging mainframe issues before they impact application service levels. By integrating ConicIT's predictive mainframe analytics and Compuware Strobe's visually intuitive troubleshooting intelligence, the two companies are empowering IT staff to identify and resolve a full range of application performance problems.

Posted July 25, 2016

CSC and IBM have announced a collaboration in which IBM is providing its Cloud Managed Services for z Systems - IBM Cloud for z - and associated mainframe hardware, software, monitoring and governance support to CSC clients who are moving to the cloud.

Posted July 25, 2016

Cloudera, a provider of data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and additional open source technologies, has introduced Cloudera Navigator Optimizer, alongside the production release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.8. First launched in beta in late 2015, Navigator Optimizer, now generally available, is targeted at customers looking to modernize their analytic database or augment their data warehouse solution with Hadoop, and helps to provide insights for predictably offloading key workloads. The tool also provides DBAs with the usage visibility to manage Hadoop data models and guidance to optimize query performance.

Posted July 21, 2016

With a variety of big data comes complexity and enterprises are faced with the challenge of extracting and combining that data to form meaningful insights.

Posted July 21, 2016

Hazelcast and Heimdall Data are launching an integrated platform that provides a SQL solution that tackles the issue of on-premise or cloud application uptime and scalability caused by deficient application-to-database interaction.

Posted July 20, 2016

IDERA has released SQL Query Store Optimizer, a new tool in its portfolio of database monitoring tools to help database administrators (DBAs) manage and troubleshoot SQL Query Stores in SQL Server 2016.

Posted July 20, 2016

Database administration is undergoing some significant changes these days. The DBA, traditionally, is the technician responsible for ensuring the ongoing operational functionality and efficiency of an organization's databases and the applications that access that data. But modern DBAs are relied upon to do far more than just stoke the fires to keep database systems performing

Posted July 20, 2016

The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) has introduced a new program for ISVs, Oracle Cloud Platform Ready, to enable ISV partners to register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted July 20, 2016

Splice Machine, provider of an RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, has announced a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its just launched open source Community Edition to the test. The company is making available an open source standalone and cluster download, and has announced the general availability of V2.0, and the launch of its developer community site.

Posted July 19, 2016

Companies used to develop enterprise versions of software based on or augmenting open source offerings to beef them with additional features not available in community editions. But lately, that approach has been turned on its head with vendors launching community editions or introducing open APIs to gain additional involvement and broader usage through an extended community of partners and developers. Splice Machine just announced the general availability of an open source standalone and cluster download, the general availability of its V2.0 release, and the launch of its developer community site. CEO Monte Zweben talks about why the company is embracing open source.

Posted July 18, 2016

Delphix is developing a three-tiered Channel Partner Program to support a growing demand for more agile data management.

Posted July 15, 2016

Sisense is making significant advancements to its platform to simplify the consumption of BI insights using IoT devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sisense Business Intelligence Virtually Everywhere is launching as a public beta program with its first two devices -- a Sisense-enabled Amazon Echo and a Sisense-enabled IoT lightbulb.

Posted July 15, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions, is releasing an updated version of its namesake platform, improving the solution with change management enhancements to boost workflows. Datical DB 4.0 includes a new Automated Deployment Packager that allows database changes to be continually validated, packaged, and integrated via more pervasive, hands-off automation.

Posted July 15, 2016

Dataguise is releasing its security platform in the Amazon Web Services AWS Marketplace, allowing users to detect, protect, and monitor sensitive data as it moves across platforms.

Posted July 14, 2016

Following the recent signing of a definitive agreement for Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corp., a hedge fund management firm, to acquire the Dell Software Group, the deal is now anticipated to close in the third or fourth quarter of Dell's FY17, subject to approval by customary closing conditions and regulatory review and approval, according to a Dell spokesperson. The purchase price for Dell Software was not disclosed, though The New York Times said it is estimated to be more than $2 billion.

Posted July 12, 2016

Organizations have directed a lot of attention recently to consolidation, automation, and cloud efforts in their data management environments. This will purportedly result in decreased demand for data managers and the need for fewer DBAs per groups of databases. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. In actuality, there is a growing need for more talent, as well as expertise to manage through growing complexity. A new survey, sponsored by Idera and conducted by Unisphere Research among more than 300 data executives, managers, and professionals finds that a more challenging data environment is arising due to a confluence of factors.

Posted July 12, 2016

TIBCO's social enterprise collaboration platform, tibbr 7, has achieved certification by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). According to TIBCO, the certification offers assurance to users that in an increasingly connected world, they can feel confident that their projects, ideas, and communications in general are private and safe.

Posted July 12, 2016

IBM and Cisco are partnering to form a suite of cloud-based workplace tools and applications infused with IBM Watson. As part of the transformation, the Cisco Spark and WebEx collaborative workspace platforms will be integrated with IBM's cloud collaboration solutions, including Verse and Connections, and underpinned by IBM's cognitive computing capabilities.

Posted July 11, 2016

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