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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

Corvil, an IT data analytics company, has introduced Corvil Giga, a new streaming analytics platform for real-time operational intelligence and big data integration. The release is targeted at companies in the financial industry and others that need to operate their business in real time.

Posted July 29, 2014

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has formed a new partnership with MapR Technologies. The two companies are developing turn-key solutions to address big data challenges.

Posted July 29, 2014

The industry hype would have you believe that the key word in the phrase "big data" is big, a reference to datasets so large and complex that they cannot be managed within the confines of traditional IT systems and that the many opportunities for operational improvement that come from better analysis of data and information are reserved for those in the enterprise. Understandable, but completely wrong.

Posted July 23, 2014

SAP and Esri are strengthening and simplifying integration of the SAP HANA platform, analytics, mobile and business applications with Esri's geospatial services and content. The companies say the partnership helps customers break down information silos and simplifies access to shared data in SAP business applications and Esri GIS systems so business users have a more complete picture and can make more informed decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Considered a landmark partnership by industry observers, the new joint effort by IBM and Apple, to bring IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions to market is actually just one more step in a long line of innovative and sometimes surprising initiatives from IBM, the venerable IT powerhouse. Big Blue's extensive line of businesses range from mainframes to cloud software to ground-breaking partnerships in the open source space, including its commitment to Linux and the opening of the technology surrounding its Power Architecture offerings

Posted July 23, 2014

How do you catch the next big wave - not the wave everyone's already riding, but the one on the horizon? When it comes to big data, the next big wave is in-memory technologies, which accelerate data processing for faster, more accurate decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Extendings and complementing the existing capabilities provided by IBM to run SAP solutions on IBM Cloud Managed Services, IBM has expanded its global partnership with SAP to deliver the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service, and other SAP applications on the cloud platform from SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

Posted July 23, 2014

Databricks and SAP have collaborated on a Databricks-certified Apache Spark distribution offering for the SAP HANA platform. This production-ready distribution offering is the first result of a new partnership between Databricks and SAP.

Posted July 23, 2014

The latest version of SAP Demand Signal Management enables users to capture external market research and retailer point-of-sales (POS) data close to real time and combine it with internal business data and analytics to assess and respond to demand signals faster. Aimed at consumer products companies, life science companies, wholesalers and high-tech manufacturers, SAP Demand Signal Management provides insights for their supply chain management, sales, marketing and category management departments.

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

In "Big Data at Work," Tom Davenport explains to readers why big data is important to them and their organizations, what technology they actually need to manage it, and where to start capitalizing on its potential. Here, the author shares an excerpt from his recent book.

Posted July 23, 2014

Kore Technologies has released a new version of Kourier Integrator, which continues to strengthen Kourier's support for external non-U2 data sources, and provides clients with more options and flexibility when designing ODBC-type exports to extract and transform data.

Posted July 23, 2014

Entrinsik has revamped its website to be easier to use and navigate, with the help of technology partner, Big Bite Creative. In addition, Entrinsik has introduced an interactive Informer Dashboard into the site at www2.entrinsik.com/InformerSugarDashboard, enabling visitors to interact with and get a feel for how dashboards work. Informer Dashboards allow users to see the big picture view of their data in just a few clicks, performing ad hoc data analysis with easy-to-use, interactive visualizations.

Posted July 23, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted July 23, 2014

Helping companies get more from big, unstructured data, Actian has unveiled the Actian Analytics Platform - Hadoop SQL Edition. In addition, as a result of a partnership with Logi Analytics, the Actian Analytics Platform combines with Logi Info to offer customers a comprehensive analytics platform to connect, visualize, analyze and act on big data.

Posted July 22, 2014

Addressing the market for lower raw capacity all-flash offerings, Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays, has added four new Windows Flash Array (WFA) configurations, and a flexible pricing model that enables customers to align storage investment with capacity as it is consumed.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

To make it easier for organizations to select MicroStrategy for all their business analytics and mobile application needs, MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has introduced a new packaging structure that reduces its 21 discreet offerings into four simple packages.

Posted July 21, 2014

InfiniDB has released version 4.6 of its fourth generation columnar data platform, which includes enhanced support for large-scale join operations and support for additional data load commands to speed the extraction, transformation, and load (ETL) process. The company also introduced a new 60-day enterprise trial that includes InfiniDB Enterprise Manager, a management console to simplify the administration of InfiniDB, and provide real-time visibility into the performance and availability of users' InfiniDB servers.

Posted July 15, 2014

Oracle today introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, which allows customers to run one SQL query across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database, minimizing data movement while overcoming data silos. According to Oracle the new solution helps customers gain a competitive advantage by making it easier to uncover insights faster, and allows them to leverage existing SQL skills while protecting data security and enforcing governance. Oracle Big Data SQL runs on Oracle Big Data Appliance and can work in conjunction with Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Posted July 15, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted July 09, 2014

As part of a collaboration to make Apache Hadoop and Spark accessible for everyday analysts, Alteryx and Databricks will become the primary committers to SparkR, a subset of the overall Apache Spark framework. In addition, Alteryx and Databricks are forming a technology and go-to-market partnership to accelerate the adoption of SparkR and SparkSQL, in order to help analysts get greater value from Spark as the leading open source in-memory engine.

Posted July 08, 2014

Data Lake Hadoop, a new bundle from Pivotal and EMC, combines scale-out enterprise storage and big data and analytics to offer a production-grade HDFS solution. The bundle consists of pre-configured EMC Isilon X410 nodes, HAWQ subscriptions and Pivotal HD, Pivotal's enterprise version of Apache Hadoop.

Posted July 08, 2014

Revolution Analytics is providing certification testing for its flagship product, Revolution R Enterprise, with independent proctoring by Kryterion. Citing an anticipated shortage of individuals with advanced analytics expertise, Revolution Analytics says the certification is designed to demonstrate a person's proficiency in managing, mining and analyzing big data sets within the Revolution R Enterprise environment.

Posted July 08, 2014

MicroStrategy's full feature set, previously split into 21 discrete offerings, has been reduced to four packages that the company says will allow developers, analysts, power users. MicroStrategy also announced that it is extending free upgrades for existing clients to the premium capabilities included in the new product packaging, offering greater value to clients and new users to take advantage of the comprehensive MicroStrategy platform with simplified value-based pricing.

Posted July 08, 2014

Commitment to the creation of a business intelligence environment means embracing a well-measured and thoughtful allocation of resources with the right skills, the right tools, the right scope, and the right timelines

Posted July 03, 2014

Rocket Software has introduced Rocket CorVu NG 3.0, a BI and analytics solution for Rocket UniVerse and Rocket UniData. A highlight of the new release is the CorVu U2 Native Interface that allows the rapid assembly of queries through an intuitive U2-centric UI. The native access to U2 dictionary items enables developers to browse and select from existing field definitions, leverage existing processes and expressions defined in field definitions, and consume existing System Builder or Smart Queries inside CorVu.

Posted July 03, 2014

Entrinsik Informer, a web-based reporting business intelligence solution that integrates real-time data from multiple sources without requiring an ETL (Extract, Transfer, Load) process, has received top rankings on Trust Radius, according to the company.

Posted July 03, 2014

RainStor has added an archive application for Hadoop 2.0 with its latest release, RainStor 6. Building on RainStor's existing interactive SQL-on-Hadoop stack, the new archive application features XQuery for hierarchical data and documents, and extends analytics support to SQL 2003.

Posted June 26, 2014

With the introduction of Oracle Database In-Memory, Oracle PartnerNetwork's Oracle Database Ready certification now also includes Oracle Database In-Memory.

Posted June 25, 2014

Co-engineered with Oracle software, Oracle's new workload-specific servers, the Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8, are the first to include elastic computing features, maximizing performance by adapting to different demands in real time. The Sun Server X4-4 is designed specifically for business intelligence and analytics and server consolidation, while the Sun Server X4-8 is designed for the Oracle Database In-Memory option and scale-up applications.

Posted June 25, 2014

Applying automated analytics to a wide variety of IT and business metrics is rapidly becoming "the next big thing." When considering whether to give the data center the "Moneyball" treatment in 2014, there are two main architectural considerations that need to be evaluated.

Posted June 25, 2014

Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. The new certification enables Fusion-io to participate in SAP's program for SAP HANA-tailored data center integration using its certified solution.

Posted June 25, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 25, 2014

Pentaho has announced version 5.1 of its business analytics and data integration platform. The new release enables code-free analytics directly on the NoSQL database MongoDB, simplifies the data preparation process for data scientists, and offers full support for MapReduce 2.0 (YARN).

Posted June 24, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, and SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions, have formed a partnership resulting in a new solution called GigaSpaces' XAP MemoryXtend.

Posted June 24, 2014

Splunk, aprovider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Syncsort, a provider of big data software, have formed a technical alliance aimed at unlocking insights from machine data generated by mainframe systems, a critical and major source of corporate data. The companies say they have joint customers, including top telcos, retailers, insurance, healthcare and financial organizations, who rely heavily on mainframes for critical business operations, but have had difficulty leveraging mainframe data for business insights.

Posted June 24, 2014

Google, which probably runs the largest data centers on the planet, reportedly is employing machine learning - or artificial intelligence - to better run its IT infrastructure.

Posted June 23, 2014

SiSense, a provider of big data analytics for business users, has added $30 million in new financing, which it plans to use to continue expanding its global footprint. Current customers include Target, eBay, ESPN, Samsung and Wix. The new financing was led by venture capital firm DFJ Growth, with participation from existing investors Battery Ventures, Genesis Partners and Opus Capital.

Posted June 17, 2014

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