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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.



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SAP is updating the S/4HANA Cloud, making advances in machine learning, user experience, extensibility, and more. As announced in September at SAP TechEd, this latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud also includes the launch of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud software development kit (SDK), which provides a simple end-to-end development experience that enables SAP customers, partners, and independent software vendors (ISVs) to easily develop custom applications, extending the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Posted November 22, 2017

Wipro Limited, a provider of information technology, consulting and business process services, is launching solutions on SAP Leonardo to focus on the utilities industry. Through this partnership Wipro and SAP are jointly developing use cases that leverage blockchain technology for the utilities industry.

Posted November 22, 2017

To sustain and drive viable businesses now, and into the rapidly changing future, IT needs to stop firefighting. Reacting when things go wrong—after an incident has caused damage—incurs costs.  Taking a proactive, preventative approach using predictive knowhow moves IT out of the proverbial hot seat and gives them much-needed control to keep critical business systems up and running.

Posted November 22, 2017

Solution4strategy recently used BlueFinity's Evoke Platform to help roll out cloud-based apps for its customers. Solutions4strategy a provider of innovative software and consultancy services serving the Australian, U.K. and U.S. markets used the platform to launch a series of business apps that is helping drive its international business expansion.

Posted November 22, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 21, 2017

SnapLogic, is launching the Fall 2017 release to its signature platform, adding more Snaps and access to Microsoft products. New innovations added to the SnapLogic Integration Assistant will further accelerate user productivity and time-to-integration.

Posted November 21, 2017

MapR Technologies, a pioneer in delivering one platform for all data, across every cloud, today announced the availability of the MapR Converged Data Platform 6.0, with new advancements to help organizations achieve greater value from their data through DataOps teams.  The major system update from MapR includes innovations that automate platform health and security, and a database for next-generation applications.

Posted November 21, 2017

Hazelcast, provider of an in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a new version of Hazelcast Jet, introducing pipeline API to increase developer productivity. Hazelcast Jet 0.5 includes the pipeline API for general purpose programming of batch and stream processing, and fault tolerance using snapshotting with the integrated Hazelcast IMDG.

Posted November 21, 2017

IBM says that customers will have access to its first commercially available quantum computing systems before the year is out. The company announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. These upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware. The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) average 90 microseconds, and enable high-fidelity quantum operations.

Posted November 20, 2017

Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases, is unveiling new features for its Citus Cloud product, making it easier for fast-growing SaaS businesses to scale out without having to re-architect their application. Citus Cloud's suite of new features close the gap with NoSQL and are all about empowering developers from migration tools like Citus Warp, to the zero-downtime shard rebalancer, to offering fork and followers features in a distributed database.

Posted November 17, 2017

Google has announced that the Google Cloud Platform's BigQuery Data Transfer Service is now publicly available. First introduced at Cloud Next, the Google BigQuery Data Transfer Service was created to automate data movement from SaaS applications to BigQuery on a scheduled, managed basis.

Posted November 16, 2017

Arcadia Data, a provider of a native visual analytics software for big data, has launched a new partner program to support resellers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and systems integrators (SIs) who work with Arcadia Data and joint customers to develop solutions.

Posted November 16, 2017

Raytheon and MetTel have announced a global security alliance aimed at protecting government and commercial communications networks against growing cybersecurity threats, including those that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT). The companies plan to provide cybersecurity offerings and support the migration from legacy technologies to ensure cybersecurity is designed into the government's telecom infrastructure.

Posted November 16, 2017

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage, is partnering with Data Dynamics, a provider of intelligent file management. The combination of Data Dynamics' StorageX solution and Compuverde provides a modern platform to manage data assets from migration to file tiering to archival. The goal is to offer enterprise customers the freedom to choose their future storage and cloud direction, eliminating technology lock-in while supporting business transformation with greater speed and agility.

Posted November 16, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics technologies has acquired Alpine Data, a cloud-based data science and social collaboration platform. TIBCO says the addition will bolster its data science technology and analytics portfolio, complementing solutions such as Statistica, Spotfire, and StreamBase to help companies accelerate insights and action.

Posted November 16, 2017

Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems - including Oracle - to the Microsoft data platform.

Posted November 15, 2017

Dataiku is unveiling Dataiku 4.1, providing a new and improved platform suite that will help users to prototype, build, scale, deploy, and manage advanced data science products. Dataiku 4.1 has been designed to accelerate scalable deployment while maintaining its powerful core functionalities such as point-and-click interfaces for data preparation and analysis, customizable tools to facilitate cutting-edge and efficient data science, and straightforward solutions for deploying, monitoring, and governing models in production.

Posted November 14, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has expanded its partnership with Runner Technologies (Runner EDQ), a provider of integrated address verification solutions and Platinum level member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). Together,, the two firms are rolling out CLEAN_Address, an Oracle-validated, integrated address verification solution for PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and E-Business Suite platforms.

Posted November 14, 2017

Waterline Data is releasing the Smart Data Catalog (SDC) 4.03, the latest version of its solution designed to help enterprises with multiple petabytes of data mange it. SDC 4.03 is offers Multi-petabyte scalability, native support for critical cloud, RDBMS, and big data platforms along with featuring the rapid expansion of support for new partner integrations and data sources.   

Posted November 13, 2017

Salesforce is integrating Einstein Analytics and the Alation Data Catalog to create seamless collaboration and automation. With this integration, Alation's AI-powered data catalog automatically inventories how hundreds to thousands of users in an organization are using analytics today.

Posted November 13, 2017

IBM is releasing new offerings to its Watson Data Platform, introducing data cataloging and data refining capabilities designed to make it easier for developers and data scientists to analyze and prepare enterprise data for AI applications. By improving data visibility and helping to better enforce data security policies, users can now connect and share data across public and private cloud environments.

Posted November 08, 2017

MongoDB has announced the release of MongoDB 3.6. With this release it is now easier and faster to build always-on applications that react in real time to changes in data streamed across distributed systems, said Dev Ittycheria, president and CEO, MongoDB.  And, he added, with the addition of new and enhanced management and security features, "developers get the freedom and confidence to run MongoDB in the most demanding environments to support mission-critical applications."

Posted November 08, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is introducing the HPE Superdome Flex enabling enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights. PE Superdome Flex has a unique modular design that scales seamlessly so enterprises can keep pace with evolving data demands, while unmatched reliability capabilities provide a resilient platform that safeguards critical workloads.

Posted November 06, 2017

Software AG is releasing Terracotta DB, a distributed, in-memory database platform that delivers high-speed performance for combined operational and analytical processing. Terracotta DB can work with any application that creates new, rapidly changing data types—structured, semi-structured, unstructured, and polymorphic data—as well as large volumes of data, or scale beyond the capacity constraints of existing systems.

Posted November 06, 2017

OpenStack community leaders announced a plan to overcome the hardest problem in open source today: integrating and operating open source technologies to solve real-world problems. The OpenStack Foundation and community are investing significant financial and technical resources in a four-part strategy to address integration of OpenStack and relevant open source technologies: documenting cross-project use cases, collaborating across communities, including upstream contributions to other open source projects, fostering new projects at the OpenStack Foundation, and coordinating end-to-end testing across projects.

Posted November 06, 2017

IBM announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds. IBM Cloud Private software is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development.

Posted November 06, 2017

Periscope Data unveiled a new platform that meets the unique needs of professional data teams, allowing them to address the complete analytics life cycle. Periscope's Unified Data Platform enables teams to ingest, store, analyze, visualize and report on data.

Posted November 03, 2017

AtScale is releasing a universal semantic platform for business intelligence (BI) with Microsoft Azure HDInsight, providing enterprises with faster time to insight. AtScale's new offer helps enhance Azure HDInsight customers' ability to quickly turn their Big Data lake into a highly available and performant analytical database.

Posted November 02, 2017

VMware has signed an agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018.

Posted November 02, 2017

A new Oracle study reveals that enterprises view in-application communications technologies as critical to enhancing customer experiences and gaining a competitive edge and higher growth. While 65% of enterprise IT decision makers polled noted that embedded communications will become the dominant way of communicating with employees, suppliers and customers moving forward, nearly half (46%) noted they lack the expertise to deploy new communications technologies. 

Posted November 01, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted November 01, 2017

According to our friends at Quest International Users Group, in parallel with its discussions about cloud applications, Oracle delivered many OpenWorld presentations and announcements about cloud platforms and infrastructure.

Posted November 01, 2017

Leadership in IT can be very dynamic.  At one time or another it seems anyone may be impressed into a leadership role. The data people (DBAs, data architects, data modelers), often end up considered as unofficial leaders (largely because they are the smarter ones on the team). A leader, whether official or unofficial, has some responsibilities.

Posted November 01, 2017

In filing for its IPO, MongoDB has been required to disclose both their strategies for growth as well as risks inherent in their IPO.   There's no shock disclosure here, but they are certainly worth reviewing:  They represent the company's official strategy for success.

Posted November 01, 2017

One of the prevailing conversations around database systems lately revolves around ACID support. But not everybody knows what is meant by the term ACID. Oh, perhaps they know that it involves how data integrity is maintained or that it impacts locking. And, at a high level many folks know that relational/SQL systems support ACID whereas that is not always the case for NoSQL database systems.

Posted November 01, 2017

Entrinsik Inc., developer of Informer, is being recognized for its self-service, embedded BI, and ease of use. The company received top rankings in the BI Survey 17, the world‘s largest and most comprehensive survey of business intelligence end users, for these areas.

Posted November 01, 2017

Clarke Transport recently switched to jBASE to power its transport management system. After hiring a series of new developers, Clarke Transport decided to move to jBASE for its native architecture, which is easier for programmers without MultiValue knowledge to master.

Posted November 01, 2017

World Wide Land Transfer recently selected Entrinsik Informer to better streamline its analytic capabilities.WWLT tapped Entrinsik, developer of the Informer reporting and business intelligence platform, for more advanced analytics capabilities against GreenFolders and other application data.

Posted November 01, 2017

Real-time data delivery represents the next frontier of intelligent enterprises, and there is great potential value in the ability to immediately sense and respond to opportunities and threats. At the same time, enterprises are encumbered by existing or legacy technologies and methodologies that may add latency to their data-delivery efforts. What will a real-time enterprise look like?

Posted November 01, 2017

The staid relational database has been under attack from all quarters—it's too inflexible, it's too siloed, it's too slow for today's real-time requirements. However, relational databases still power many of the most critical data environments across enterprises—both core legacy systems as well as new-age systems of engagement. In today's enterprises, then, the question becomes: How are new technologies—especially the cloud and NoSQL databases—affecting relational database adoption?

Posted November 01, 2017

CData Software, a provider of standards-based drivers and data access solutions for real-time data integration has introduced new ODBC, JDBC, and ADO.NET drivers for Redis, the in-memory data store used as a database, cache, or message broker. The new Redis drivers offer connectivity to any data structure stored in Redis open source and Redis Enterprise through industry standard driver interfaces

Posted November 01, 2017

ZL Technologies, Inc., a provider of governance, e-discovery, compliance, and analytics solutions, has introduced a suite of products to help organizations meet the requirements of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted November 01, 2017

Stratifyd, a provider of a data science and big data analytics platform, has introduced Stratifyd 3.0.  With this release, the Charlotte-based company is adding functions to manage broader datasets and handle increasingly complex structured and unstructured data.

Posted October 31, 2017

Dell Technologies is embarking on a new Internet of Things (IoT) vision and strategy, creating an IoT division as well as IoT-specific products, labs, partner program, and consumption models. This announcement, the company says, underscores its commitment to helping customers realize their digital future by safely navigating the complex and often fragmented IoT landscape.

Posted October 30, 2017

Cisco and Google Cloud are forming a partnership to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that helps customers maximize their investments across cloud and on-premises environments. Together the companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed, and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform. The solution delivers cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security.

Posted October 27, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is releasing a new version of its specialized data recovery platform, Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) v6, modernizing IT environments and how data is protected. This newest version improves data availability - a requirement for transforming an organization into a modern digital enterprise - by supporting always-on service objectives.

Posted October 27, 2017

Thales is releasing two new capabilities that will meet security compliances and help safeguard platforms against outside threats. The company is introducing CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager for support of Microsoft Azure Key Vault and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Key Management Service (KMS) bring your own key (BYOK) capabilities.

Posted October 27, 2017

TIBCO Software Inc., is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS), to deliver next-generation serverless integration offerings. TIBCO is the first integration vendor to offer support for AWS Lambda Serverless Compute by creating Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) with its ultralight edge microservices framework, open-source Project Flogo.

Posted October 27, 2017

Rackspace is entering an agreement with SAP to provide a partner managed cloud for SAP software solutions, allowing customers to enable access to SAP software quickly and easily. Rackspace will offer an affordable, ready-to-use, subscription-based offering of SAP solutions in its private hosted cloud.

Posted October 26, 2017

AtScale, which provides a universal semantic platform for BI on big data, has announced general availability of AtScale 6.0 which, the company says, reduces the cost of queries on Google Big Query.

Posted October 26, 2017

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