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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

Microsoft is acquiring Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software and services for R, a programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics using big data.

Posted January 23, 2015

For decades, data management was part of a clear and well-defined mission in organizations. Data was generated from transaction systems, then managed, stored, and secured within relational database management systems, with reports built and delivered to business decision makers' specs. In 2015, we will see the acceleration of 7 dramatic shifts in data management.

Posted January 23, 2015

To help organizations leverage the full range of big data to drive better decision making, Novetta has launched data refinement, entity resolution and analysis software that it says will power large-scale analytics on all data in Hadoop. The solution is now certified to run on Cloudera CDH and Hortonworks HDP.

Posted January 23, 2015

It is no secret that we are in the data age. Data comes at us from all directions, in all shapes and sizes.Incumbent vendors and startups constantly add new features, build on top of emerging open source projects, and claim to solve the next wave of challenges. Within the Hadoop ecosystem alone, there are (at least) 11 Hadoop-related open source projects. Making sense of it can be a time-consuming headache. To bring clarity and peace of mind, here are the top 5 big data predictions for 2015 and beyond.

Posted January 21, 2015

As data volumes continue to grow rapidly, ways to store and analyze data more efficiently and cost effectively are being explored. More than 50% of organizations surveyed by Unisphere Research in August 2014 reported that they currently use cloud-based services. Another study found that the number of big data projects being planned or in production will triple over the next 18 months. As the worlds of big data and cloud computing converge, many businesses have begun to look for ways to utilize both together to create competitive advantages for themselves.

Posted January 21, 2015

There's good news and bad news on the cybersecurity front, an IBM study finds. Over the past 2 years, there has been a 50% decline in the number of cyberattacks against U.S. retailers. However, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminals' increasing sophistication and efficiency. Ironically, while Black Friday and Cyber Monday were identified as the two biggest shopping days of the year by IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark, cyber attackers reduced their activity across all industries on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, rather than taking action.

Posted January 21, 2015

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2015, providing the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the industry, learn what works, and chart your course forward in an increasingly data-driven world. The event is designed to offer a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis today.

Posted January 21, 2015

Cloud is being embraced strongly at Oracle. That is the message loud and clear from the company, which brought its CloudWorld to New York City on January 13. During the event, which drew customers, analysts, and thought leaders, Oracle offered an overview of its cloud strategy and the progress the company has made thus far in addressing consumers and enterprise constituents in the cloud. Oracle's cloud strategy is very simple, said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. The idea is to bring Oracle's business applications, technology, software, database, middleware, analytic tools and infrastructure "to any customer anywhere in the world through the internet browser."

Posted January 21, 2015

In 2014, we continued to watch big data enable all things "big" about data and its business analytics capabilities. We also saw the emergence (and early acceptance) of Hadoop Version 2 as a data operating platform, with cornerstones of YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). In 2015, the mainstream adoption with enterprise data strategies and acceptance of the data lake will continue as data management and governance practices provide further clarity. The cautionary tale of 2014 to ensure business outcomes drive big data adoption, rather than the hype of previous years, will likewise continue.

Posted January 21, 2015

During a live event, Larry Ellison, Oracle's executive chairman of the board and CTO, outlined a new strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with ithe company's next generation of engineered systems. In the presentation today, Ellison emphasized two key points.

Posted January 21, 2015

As the cloud becomes more central to data storage and information exchange than ever before, the enterprise risk to the security of that data is also escalating. To help organizations adopt software-as-a-service offerings, Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions, is addressing cloud security with the introduction of the Protegrity Cloud Gateway.

Posted January 21, 2015

IBM released its z13 box, configured to tackle the challenges of the growing mobile app and cloud economy. Yet, much of the world - even the IT trade press - greeted the announcement with the same reaction it has delivering for the past 20 years - that is, surprise that the mainframe is still such a commanding presence.

Posted January 20, 2015

CA Technologies announced that its customer experience monitoring technology has been added as part of the "SAP Extended Diagnostics application by CA." The SAP Extended Diagnostics application is intended to enable users to monitor the performance of applications from the business process down to the transaction-component level in real time.

Posted January 20, 2015

To meet the growing demands of mobile consumers, IBM today unveiled the z13, the first mainframe designed for the growth of the mobile app economy. According to IBM, the new system delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy.

Posted January 20, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has acquired Castalia for Delphi and Usertility from TwoDesk Software. Embarcadero will integrate the productivity features of Castalia into RAD Studio's integrated development environment (IDE) and also feature Usertility, a service for monitoring app usage.

Posted January 20, 2015

Xplenty, which provides a big data processing platform powered by Hadoop, is partnering with Segment, which provides a customer data hub. Segment is a universal integration layer that supports customer data collection. Through a single platform, it collects, translates, and routes data to analytics and marketing tools.

Posted January 20, 2015

TIBCO is releasing Recommendations, a self-service BI tool that is aimed at the everyday business user. According to market estimates, only 25% of knowledge workers are using BI or data discovery tools. Recommendations has been introduced for the business user who relies on data for discovery and insight to guide business decisions.

Posted January 14, 2015

The Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) feature in Oracle Database has been the standard used by DBAs to diagnose database performance problems.

Posted January 14, 2015

The manageability track at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG Forum is designed to provide DBAs of every experience level and industry with the knowledge set to streamline IT management processes at their organization and accelerate their transformation to cloud.

Posted January 14, 2015

A new Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) survey results outlines some of the critical issues facing organizations today when it comes to application performance.

Posted January 14, 2015

For the 22nd consecutive year, IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients. The company just announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014, and that on average, IBM inventors earned more than 20 patents a day. After IBM, the next top patent earner in 2014 was Samsung with 4,952. During IBM's 22 years at the top of the patent list, IBM inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

Posted January 12, 2015

Informatica has broadened its partnership with Tableau Software, a provider of business analytics software, to expand the reach of Informatica Rev, a cloud data preparation product, for non-technical business users.

Posted January 09, 2015

The old models of data architecture aren't enough for today's data-driven business demands. An architecture designed a decade ago, that rapidly and seamlessly moves data from production systems into data warehouses, for example, may not be capable of meeting the needs of today's real-time enterprises. Here are the 8 essential components to building a modern data architecture.

Posted January 08, 2015

HP, a member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN), has introduced HP Digital Customer Experience services for Oracle to help companies plan, build and manage customer experience business solutions for more personalized, consistent interaction with their customers across store, web, mobile and social channels. "Consumers increasingly associate their digital experience with a company's overall brand and reputation, making it even more important to exceed their service expectations and rise above the competition," observed Robert Hildenbrand, vice president, worldwide Oracle Applications Services, HP Enterprise Services.

Posted January 07, 2015

SQL Server 2012/2014 delivers compelling new capabilities that make an upgrade worthwhile. However, along the upgrade path, companies have also discovered key obstacles to achieving the new opportunities. Without awareness and understanding about these challenges - and their potential consequences - an organization's upgrade to SQL Server 2012/2014 can be costly, inefficient, and plagued by system errors. Here are the top 5 SQL Server 2012/2014 ‘gotchas' as well as tips for addressing them.

Posted January 07, 2015

We are stuck with an antiquated two-dimensional integration and implementation model which assumes that before value can be realized, we need to get components of that value into a more stable and normalized condition. A third dimension is critical for analytics and BI to stay effective against the growth of data and activities at the edge.

Posted January 07, 2015

Statisticians and data miners have been using R software and language for analytics within research and academia environments for some time. This open source community has contributed thousands of packages to meet the diverse needs across research and business analytics. And, to top off the perks of the software and language - R is free. But even in the face of its benefits, programmers still face fundamental challenges.

Posted January 07, 2015

Smart watches can perform continuous biometric validation (through pulse signatures and other cues), and are always at hand - or at least, at wrist. Coupled with the ability to continually monitor health and fitness, and perhaps even the ability to include basic phone capability, there are real advantages to be had as smart watches mature.

Posted January 07, 2015

In 2014, the big data drumbeat continued to pound, major DBMS vendors expanded their product offerings, Microsoft hired a new CEO, and a range of new technology offerings were introduced. In retrospect, what stands out?

Posted January 07, 2015

Consumers are shopping online in greater numbers than ever before. Kore Technologies is working to help its brick-and-mortar clients begin to adapt to the e-commerce world.Kore Technologies offers the KommerceServer eCommerce Suite, which contains a webStoreFront, webPortal, webAdminstration and Mobile Edition. The suite also contains out-of-the-box functionality for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) eCommerce environments.

Posted January 07, 2015

Entrinsik, developer of award-winning data management software Informer has announced its inclusion in the Data Discovery & Visualization Business Intelligence TrustMap published by TrustRadius.

Posted January 07, 2015

Based in the Chicago metropolitan region, Solution Specialties, Inc. has been developing information systems for justice agencies since 1987, and has customers using its Tracker software from coast to coast. Tracker is designed to provide a fully integrated view of the justice process from the point of an initial crime report all the way up to and including corrections and parole and long-term follow-up. This highly evolved software suite rests on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, a MultiValue-based application development environment.

Posted January 07, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted December 29, 2014

MapR, a provider of an enterprise grade distributed data platform including Hadoop, has announced a relationship with SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services. "If I were to summarize the journey the two companies are on, it is about getting data results bigger and faster," explained Jack Norris, CMO, MapR Technologies. The partnership of both organizations will allow for additional flexibility and control of Hadoop-based data.

Posted December 29, 2014

As analytics continues to play a larger role in the enterprise, the need to leverage and protect the data looms larger. According to the IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015. Here are 10 predictions from industry experts about the data and analytics in 2015.

Posted December 19, 2014

In its fourth big data-related acquisition this year, Teradata announced it has acquired RainStor, a privately held company specializing in online big data archiving on Hadoop. RainStor's technology offers three key advantages, explains Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services at Teradata. It enables extreme data compression with the ability to compress data from 10x to 40x, Rainstor data is immutable which is important for compliance and security regulations, and it is all accessible by SQL.

Posted December 18, 2014

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and provider of IT consulting and managed services, is now a SAP-certified provider of hosting services for SAP solutions and operations services for the SAP HANA platform. The companies say the certifications complement the existing Hitachi Consulting Cloud Framework for SAP solutions and serve to confirm the ability of Hitachi Consulting to deliver comprehensive IT operations services for customers running SAP solutions or applications running on the SAP HANA platform.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP has completed its acquisition of Concur Technologies. Concur is a provider of integrated T&E management solutions for companies of all industries and sizes, with more than 25,000 customers and 25 million active users in over 150 countries. Concur will operate as a business unit within SAP and continue to be led by its existing management team.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, running on AWS combines the flexibility of the cloud with powerful in-memory technology from SAP and helps companies of all sizes streamline their overall business execution through accessible, easy-to-use, real-time data that provide clear insights. According to SAP, this AWS pay-as-you go, subscription-based model will help reduce total cost of ownership for the solution.

Posted December 17, 2014

Oracle has opened its latest cloud development facility in Toronto's downtown tech center. The company plans to increase its Toronto cloud software development team by 30% with a focus on advancing Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Posted December 17, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 17, 2014

This is the final issue of 5 Minute Briefing: MultiValue for 2014. Look for the next issue filled with the latest news about MultiValue products and trends in January 2015.

Posted December 17, 2014

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