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Business Intelligence and Analytics

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

Platfora, a big data discovery platform built on Apache Hadoop and Spark, is updating its platform to make it even faster for business users and data scientists to collaborate to derive insights from big data analytics. Platfora 4.5 introduces the Aurora Visualization Engine, the company's third-generation visualization technology that allows vibrant web-based interaction with the massive and interlinked datasets needed for cutting-edge use cases such as multi-channel customer analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) pattern analysis, and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) cybersecurity analytics.

Posted June 29, 2015

These days, everybody talks about big data and analytics but does anybody really know how to tackle it? Everybody thinks the others are doing it and hence also claim to do it as well, but it's likely that only the fortunate have had (positive) experience(s) with it so far.

Posted June 26, 2015

Big data analytics company Datameer is releasing its first platform that will help enterprises and marketers directly and easily gain big data insights. The Datameer Multi-Channel Marketing Analytics platform is intended to allow organizations to integrate all their data from marketing and digital campaigns into one place to understand how the behavior of leads converts to customers.

Posted June 26, 2015

Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new cloud solution from Attunity, enables automated and optimized data loading from enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new offering will simplify and accelerate data loading from enterprise databases, making it easier for customers to adopt the new Microsoft data warehouse service and benefit from big data analytics, according to Itamar Ankorion, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted June 25, 2015

Numerous studies over the past few years characterize generally poor performance in the success rate of business intelligence projects. Now is the time to move business intelligence practices into the 21st century, or risk a continued cycle of overspending and underperformance. Here are five new strategies to improve alignment between unique problem characteristics and specific strengths.

Posted June 25, 2015

What matters most in data management in 2015? There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Databases need to be wide open and accessible to all parts of the business, but at the same time, secure and free of tampering. Unstructured forms of data—such as log data, documents, graphics, video, and social data—need to be prepared and ready for analysis in the same way structured files have been ready for years.

Posted June 25, 2015

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a distribution for Apache Hadoop, is including Apache Drill 1.0 in the MapR Distribution. Drill is a schema-free SQL query engine for Hadoop, NoSQL, and cloud storage. According to MapR, the partner ecosystem is embracing Apache Drill, and a range of companies, including SAP, are working closely with MapR and the Drill community to interoperate BI tools with Drill through standard ODBC/JDBC connectivity.

Posted June 24, 2015

Pentaho is now offering support for integration with SAP HANA and Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). Dubbed Pentaho 5.4, available now, the solution offers new capabilities that build on a pragmatic and future-proofed platform for big data orchestration and analytics at scale.

Posted June 24, 2015

Splice Machine has achieved certification on the MicroStrategy Analytics Platform, enabling faster query times and real-time updates. "Enterprises of all sizes are dealing with massive data sets on a daily basis, so there is a demand for a scalable, affordable database that can integrate seamlessly with a powerful unified analytics platform," said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO of Splice Machine.

Posted June 23, 2015

Syncsort is partnering with Dell and Cloudera to release a joint solution that will help enterprises reduce costs and improve business analytics. The partnership will create a Dell-Syncsort architecture that will combine Syncsort's Hadoop extract-transform-load tool, DMX-h, with Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub, enabling customers to offload targeted ETL workloads and data from data warehouses to Cloudera's platform, increasing performance and freeing up valuable cycles in the EDW.

Posted June 23, 2015

Tableau is partnering with Google to provide customers and enterprises with a new connector for Google Cloud SQL, a MySQL database that is part of the Google Cloud Platform.

Posted June 23, 2015

Oracle announced more than two dozen new PaaS and IaaS services spanning database, Java, integration, analytics, compute, storage, and networking services. "We are now prepared to call our platform and our infrastructure services complete," said Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during the launch event. A key tenet of Oracle's cloud strategy, said Ellison is to offer the same technology on-premise and in the cloud "so you can easily move your data and applications back and forth."

Posted June 22, 2015

IBM announced an initiative that enables business partners, application developers and university students to conduct innovation, development and learning for the OpenPOWER ecosystem. SuperVessel, an open access cloud service created by Beijing's IBM Research and IBM Systems Labs, is now available to the global community of developers who want to participate in the OpenPOWER ecosystem. The cloud acts as a virtual R&D engine for the creation, testing and pilot of emerging applications including deep analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

Posted June 22, 2015

HostBridge Technology, a provider of integration and optimization software for IBM z Systems, has introduced a product that makes Redis - the in-memory NoSQL data store at the heart of today's ultra-scalable cloud and mobile apps - available to enterprises worldwide. These organizations can use HostBridge Redis for z/OS to meet the exploding demand for data via mobile and cloud far more efficiently and at the lowest possible cost.

Posted June 22, 2015

There's no doubt that the new wave of nonrelational systems represents an important and necessary revolution in database technology. But while we need to avoid being wedded to the technologies of the past and continuously innovate, ignoring the lessons of history is never a good idea.

Posted June 17, 2015

As data and analytics become intertwined with business and society, Apache Spark brings essential advances to large-scale data processing by improving the performance of data dependent apps and simplifying the process of developing intelligent apps, which are fueled by data, according to IBM which is making a major commitment to the open source project.

Posted June 16, 2015

Progress Software and Logi Analytics have announced the release of Progress OpenEdge Analytics 360, a new custom BI tool to help OpenEdge users discover value in their operational data.

Posted June 16, 2015

Describing it as potentially the most important new open source project in a decade, IBM announced a major commitment to Apache Spark.

Posted June 15, 2015

Data is only going to continue to grow and so must data processing capabilities.

Posted June 15, 2015

Attivio, which calls itself the data dexterity company, is releasing Attivio 5, the next generation of its software platform. This new solution aims to solve major issues for business intelligence by offering self-service data discovery acceleration capabilities. "We want to help companies get the data that they need to make decisions at scale and do it more comprehensibly through a self-service interface so they don't need to hire technical resources," said Stephen Baker, CEO of Attivio.

Posted June 11, 2015

JethroData has closed an $8.1 million Series B financing round led by Square Peg Capital, and including existing investor Pitango Venture Capital. This funding round comes on the heels of the general availability of JethroData's SQL-on-Hadoop software, which uses indexes to query data up to 100 times faster than alternative SQL on Hadoop solutions.

Posted June 10, 2015

MapR Technologies is working with Microsoft to offer the MapR Distribution including Apache Hadoop on Azure cloud services. MapR is architected to provide a scalable and agile Hadoop platform and NoSQL database for big and fast data applications. The MapR Distribution will also be integrated with the Azure Data Lake, enabling users to deploy tiered analytical and storage capabilities in the cloud.

Posted June 10, 2015

Syncsort is working with Dell to help businesses improve operational efficiency and lower costs by shifting expensive workloads and associated data from enterprise data warehouses (EDW) to Hadoop.

Posted June 10, 2015

Kevin Kline, director of engineering services at SQL Sentry, Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, founding board member of PASS, and DBTA columnist, is hitting the road this summer to reach cities across the country with large SQL Server user groups. The reason for the road trip is two-fold, said Kline.

Posted June 09, 2015

Map R is releasing version 5.0 of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop that will process big and fast data on a single data platform that enables a new class of real-time applications.

Posted June 09, 2015

The landscape for database management systems is changing more rapidly these days than it has since the earliest days of the relational DBMS. Not only do we have an onslaught of NoSQL database systems of various different forms (column, document, key/value, and graph databases), but we also see a burgeoning market for in-memory database management, where the DBMS relies on main memory instead of disk for data storage, management, and manipulation. But there is another "category" of DBMS evolving that is known as "NewSQL."

Posted June 09, 2015

The concept of shadow or stealth IT in organizations is not new, but it is a topic that is becoming more relevant. According to Gartner's IT Glossary, shadow IT "refers to IT devices, software and services outside the ownership or control of IT organizations." As IT professionals, what is our role in shadow IT? Is shadow IT good or bad for an organization?

Posted June 09, 2015

Rackspace is launching a dedicated option for MongoDB customers called ObjectRocket for MongoDB databases. The solution, which combines the speed and scalability of the ObjectRocket platform with dedicated hardware and networking for compliance-dependent use cases is aimed at providing the the performance, security and compliance required in high-risk industries such as healthcare, financial services and insurance. "Today we're announcing a fully dedicated cabinet solution to provide a high level of isolation for our customers," said Chris Lalonde, co-founder of ObjectRocket. "On top of that, we are also announcing an on disk encryption for MongoDB."

Posted June 09, 2015

While the influx of data provides many benefits to an organization, it can come with some challenges as well. The cost and lack of elasticity due to the volume and multiple data sources have become difficult issues for businesses to deal with.

Posted June 09, 2015

Entrinsik is showcasing the new capabilities in Informer 4.5, the latest version of the company's reporting and business intelligence software, which will be released on June 8. "With 4.5 we're really building on our SQL capabilities and adding more advanced options for users that are reporting on SQL platforms," stated Tim Nicholson, director of Informer services at Entrinsik.

Posted June 09, 2015

One day, corporations awoke to the fact that having data was not the same thing as having believable data. They awoke to discover the meaning of "data integrity." That was the day the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) was born. With an EDW, corporations had the bedrock data on which to make important and trustworthy decisions. Prior to the EDW, corporations had plenty of data, but the data was not believable.

Posted June 09, 2015

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Posted June 08, 2015

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted June 08, 2015

To help users extract insights from data lakes,Teradata has made a multi-year commitment to contribute to Presto's open source development. Based on a three-part roadmap, Teradata's says its contributions will be 100% open source under the Apache license and will advance Presto's code base, scalability, iterative querying, and ability to query multiple data repositories.

Posted June 08, 2015

Join DBTA for a special webcast on Thursday, June 11 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET to find out how improving your data processing can have a marked effect on the speed with which your company can access data and put it to work. Presented by Kevin Petrie, senior director, Attunity, and David Friedland, senior vice president of business development, IRI, this DBTA webcast will cover the latest technology advances in data processing, the approaches other organizations are using, as well as best practices and pitfalls to avoid.

Posted June 05, 2015

Unstructured data presents many challenges — it's hard to manage, datasets can be extremely large, and it does not have a pre-defined schema. Still, enterprises and service providers who manage to tame and mine unstructured data will have the ability to drive true business transformation based on the new insights it provides.

Posted June 05, 2015

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Pentaho, a data integration, visualization and analytics company. According to Hitachi, Pentaho will retain its existing brand and continue to operate independently as "Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company" under the leadership of its CEO, Quentin Gallivan, who will now report to Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president of Social Innovation at HDS.

Posted June 04, 2015

Oracle's Fusion Middleware suite of software is big and growing bigger. Consisting of many products acquired through acquisitions, Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) covers a wide spectrum of middleware solutions.

Posted June 03, 2015

Data integration requirements are growing more demanding. In today's computing environments, data must often be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds. A new report based on a survey conducted by Unisphere Research among 342 IOUG members looks at the current state of data integration in the cloud era, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. The "2015 IOUG Data Integration for Cloud Survey" was sponsored by Oracle.

Posted June 03, 2015

Today, it's not enough for companies to collect as much data as possible in the hope of gleaning insight. Much of this information is useless and only serves to bog down corporate networks. Instead, companies need to focus on data integration and the ability to make the right data available to the right users, regardless of origin or platform. Here are 6 technologies to improve data integration.

Posted June 03, 2015

Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, is releasing support for the next generation of the Intel IoT Gateway. The new supportive software, called Predixion Insight 4.5, will help organizations prevent costly failures by performing real-time predictive analytics.

Posted June 03, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has introduced Attunity Replicate for MongoDB. The solution extends its capability to automate and accelerate data loading and replication between databases, data warehouses, Hadoop and MongoDB. According to Lawrence Schwartz, chief marketing officer at Attunity, new NoSQL integrations will be added in the future as well.

Posted June 03, 2015

Progress Software is releasing two new drivers for its DataDirect connectivity suite that will better enable integration and support of more than 200 of the most popular data sources. "MongoDB is one of the hottest databases right now but also provides unique challenges when accessing the data stored inside from different BI and integration tools," said Michael Benedict, president of the Data Connectivity and Integration Business Unit at Progress.

Posted June 03, 2015

In the business world, every organization is looking to get an edge on their competition. One way a company can gain an advantage is to improve its ETL processes for better BI. Chuck Ezell, performance, tuning, and optimization services with Datavail, covered how key ways to improve ETL processes in a recent DBTA webcast.

Posted June 02, 2015

New and emerging companies are taking aim at data management challenges to help customers get more value from their data. Here, DBTA showcases the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.

Posted June 01, 2015

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