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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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Twitter is acquiring Gnip, a provider of social data and a long-standing Twitter data partner. "Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter," said Jana Messerschmidt, Twitter VP, Global Business Development & Platform, in a blog announcing the acquisition.

Posted April 15, 2014

With more than 300 nominees across 31 categories, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning products and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. You can vote for as many or as few of the nominees as you choose. Vote today!

Posted April 15, 2014

MapR has added the complete Apache Spark technology stack to the MapR Distribution for Hadoop. Spark is an Spark is an in-memory processing framework that provides speed, programming ease, and advantages for real-time processing.

Posted April 15, 2014

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 finally went RTM (Released to Manufacturing) at the beginning of this month. Here's a look at the key new features within three major areas of enhancement: Mission-Critical Performance, Business Intelligence, and Hybrid Cloud.

Posted April 14, 2014

TEKsystems, an IT staffing solutions provider, says that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire business intelligence and security experts.

Posted April 11, 2014

To accommodate its expanding customer base, the safety science organization UL overhauled its IT infrastructure, implementing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle E-Business Suite. The result? The new IT environment runs up to 10 times faster than UL's previous environment, allowing UL to more quickly deliver information to its customers and drive better decision-making.

Posted April 10, 2014

Kelly Stirman, director of product marketing at MongoDB, emphasized simplicity, reliability, and security in a recent conversation about the new capabilities of MongoDB 2.6. "Don't let the 2.6 fool you. It is absolutely the biggest release we have ever done."

Posted April 08, 2014

IBM, which marked the 50th anniversary of the mainframe today, looked to the future by rolling out new mobile, storage, cloud, and Hadoop for Big Data offerings for System z. According to IBM, as it celebrates this landmark occasion, more than 70% of enterprise data resides on a mainframe and 71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core businesses on a mainframe

Posted April 08, 2014

Today, at COLLABORATE 14 in Las Vegas, Oracle announced two key new mobile capabilities to its Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System. The new capabilities are available on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Posted April 08, 2014

Splice Machine is the newest member of the more than 800-member Cloudera Connect Partner Program. According to Splice Machine, its technology enables Cloudera users to tap into real-time updates with transactional integrity and standard ANSI SQL, which the company says are necessary features for organizations that are looking to become real-time, data-driven businesses.

Posted April 07, 2014

InfiniDB has announced the results of a new, independent benchmark from Radiant Advisors that examined the performance of leading open source SQL-on-Hadoop query engines, including InfiniDB for Hadoop 4.0

Posted April 07, 2014

Teradata has introduced the Teradata Database 15 with a new software product called Teradata QueryGrid that provides virtual compute capability within and beyond the Teradata Unified Data Architecture. The company also announced Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse 6750 platform with new capabilities to support customers' most demanding real-time workloads.

Posted April 07, 2014

Companies use data—big or not—to solve business problems. The data-centric company, however, doesn't just treat data as an asset—it treats data as gold—and they're willing to pay for it, too.

Posted April 04, 2014

About 3 years ago, the AMP (Algorithms, Machines, People) lab was established at U.C. Berkeley to attack the emerging challenges of advanced analytics and machine learning on big data. The resulting Berkeley Data Analytics Stack—particularly the Spark processing engine—has shown rapid uptake and tremendous promise.

Posted April 04, 2014

Driving a wide range of applications, from operational applications such as fraud detection to strategic analysis such as customer segmentation, advanced analytics goes deeper than traditional business intelligence activities into the "why" of the situation, and delivers likely outcomes.

Posted April 04, 2014

Kore Technologies' Mark Dobransky plans to talk about key BI and integration trends impacting the MultiValue industry and also highlight the new integration capabilities of Kourier Integrator 4.1 during a breakout session at the International Spectrum conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Posted April 04, 2014

Specialist Crafts, which supplies art and craft products to a broad range of educational establishments throughout the U.K. and beyond, has selected Rocket Software's CorVu as to replace its previous business intelligence tool.

Posted April 04, 2014

A new partnership between Hortonworks and LucidWorks, which provides a search development platform leveraging Apache Solr, will enable users throughout an organization to easily access and gain insight from big data sets that were previously available only to developers, analyst and data scientists.

Posted April 03, 2014

The theme for COLLABORATE 14-IOUG Forum is "Become Your Office Superhero," because, while you may look like a mild mannered technical resource in meetings or at your desk, you fight a daily battle to protect your organization's data, improve performance and generate new business opportunities. COLLABORATE is your chance to recharge your superpowers and to take on new skills.

Posted April 02, 2014

SAP has officially announced Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 16, a major release of the company's RDBMS, as well as Replication Server, 15.7 SP200 which includes synchronous replication for HA/DR for SAP Business Suite on ASE. It has been 9 years since Sybase (acquired by SAP in 2010) announced ASE 15 in August 2005. With the new release, said Dan Lahl, SAP VP, Database & Technology Marketing, SAP is providing "the right system of record that is going to be able to handle the new world of transaction processing."

Posted April 02, 2014

Continuent, Inc., a provider of open source database clustering and replication solutions, has announced the availability of Continuent Tungsten Replicator 3.0, an open source replication solution for Hadoop.

Posted April 01, 2014

To support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds, IBM is joining AT&T, Cisco, GE, and Intel as backers of the newly-formed Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). "IBM's vision of a 'smarter planet' is being realized as we connect more of the physical world with the Internet, pairing the Internet of Things with advances in analytics, mobile and cloud computing in ways that lead to new insights and efficiencies that can be harnessed for competitive advantage," said Ron Ambrosio, distinguished engineer and CTO for smarter energy research at IBM.

Posted March 31, 2014

Cloudera has launched what it describes as the industry's first hands-on Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist (CCP:DS) data science certification. According to Cloudera, it is launching the data science certification program now to address to address a pressing challenge in the IT industry: job openings for data scientists are currently outpacing the supply of these in-demand workers, a situation that is aggravated by the fact that there has historically not been a clearly established skill set or university degree that an individual could acquire to qualify as a data scientist.

Posted March 28, 2014

Quest's SIG Monday offers 33 PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World, and Fusion Special Interest Groups meetings onsite with information targeted to user needs. Find out all the resources Quest International Users Grop members have available to them—and that make your job easier—at the Quest booth: #1019.

Posted March 28, 2014

The COLLABORATE 14-OAUG Forum provides the venue for Oracle Applications users to meet peers using Oracle products, share knowledge, and get energized to achieve results. COLLABORATE-OAUG Forum offers technical and functional content covering Oracle E-Business Suite, Fusion Applications, Hyperion, Primavera, EPPM, EBS Extensions for Endeca, CRM On Demand, Siebel, and more.

Posted March 28, 2014

The need for better Hadoop security is widely acknowledged. However, the transformative potential of big data is spurring the industry to quickly fill Hadoop's security gaps. To keep pace with these developments, organizations must keep a close watch on the new tools and practices being deployed.

Posted March 27, 2014

Datameer, which provides a self-service and schema-free big data analytics application for Hadoop, has introduced Datameer 4.0 which enables big data analytics workflow with visual insights at every step of analysis.

Posted March 27, 2014

Using SAP Lumira and SAP Predictive Analysis, the data viz team at SAP analyzed data from 64 NCAA college basketball teams. They used public data from several sports websites and looked at a few key statistics when analyzing the teams. Still, human elements always play a role.

Posted March 27, 2014

Be sure to nominate your favorite vendors' products now. The nominating process for the Database Trends and Applications' Readers' Choice Awards is well underway, and will conclude on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Posted March 26, 2014

Alyssa Johnson, who became president of the OAUG in January, recently spoke with DBTA about the challenges and choices facing OAUG members. A major topic of discussion for Oracle users at the upcoming COLLABORATE 14 conference will be how and when to migrate to E-Business Suite 12, says Johnson. Covering a range of business areas, including CRM, financial management, supply chain management, EBS is a backbone suite of ERP applications on which many companies rely to run their businesses. End of support is looming for 11i, Johnson says, and it's time to decide on 12.1.3 or 12.2 and start planning that upgrade now.

Posted March 26, 2014

Forward-looking CIOs and IT organizations are exploring new strategies for tapping into non-traditional sources of information such as websites, tweets and blogs. While this is a step in right direction, it misses the bigger picture of the big data landscape.

Posted March 26, 2014

You have until April 11 to take advantage of special pricing for DBTA's Data Summit, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. Providing an intensive 2-day immersion into critical technologies for becoming a data-driven enterprise, IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike will benefit from Data Summit.

Posted March 26, 2014

Along with big data there come some fundamental challenges. The biggest challenge is that big data is not able to be analyzed using standard analytical software. There is new technology called "textual disambiguation" which allows raw unstructured text to have its context specifically determined.

Posted March 26, 2014

Finding high quality education and training remains a key challenge for SAP users, according to Mike Harrold, executive director for the Independent SAP Technical Users Group (ISUG-TECH). With the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference fast-approaching (April 14-17), Harrold talked about SAP's planned launch of ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) 16 at the conference and the best ways for SAP users to get the product information they need.

Posted March 26, 2014

SAP has announced the availability of the 7.4 version of the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) powered by SAP HANA as part of the new in-memory data fabric architecture.

Posted March 26, 2014

To help ensure customers and partners get the most out of their investments in SAP software, Compuware has opened a new Center of Excellence for SAP solutions near SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.

Posted March 26, 2014

CAKE, a provider of business intelligence to marketers and advertisers, has selected the ParStream real-time database to query and analyze data quickly.

Posted March 26, 2014

To help financial institutions meet new requirements, accelerate statistical model development and deployment and reduce model management complexity, Oracle Financial Services introduced Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications R Modeling Framework as a new component for Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications Infrastructure.

Posted March 26, 2014

Extending support for mission critical Project Portfolio Management (PPM) requirements, Oracle has introduced Primavera Prime as well as the first available module in that offering, Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management. Primavera Prime is Oracle's first enterprise PPM offering designed to leverage Oracle's Engineered Systems approach.

Posted March 26, 2014

With recent announcements, including the 11.2 release of its business information platform and a formalized partnership with Cloudera, Logi Analytics is expanding its big data analytics capabilities.

Posted March 25, 2014

To expand its portfolio of information management solutions, and enhance the company's open approach to data management,Dell has acquired Oklahoma-based StatSoft.

Posted March 24, 2014

Today, HP announced the new ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, a portfolio of integrated systems to help accelerate clients' SAP HANA time to value. According to HP's Frances Guida, HP is addressing two dominant market trends with products - the strong rate of in-memory adoption and the need for purpose-built systems that alleviate integration complexity.

Posted March 19, 2014

Oracle announced that fiscal 2014 Q3 total revenues were up 4% to $9.3 billion. In constant currency, Oracle's Cloud Software subscriptions revenues grew 25% and its Engineered Systems revenue grew more than 30% in the quarter, said Oracle president and CFO Safra Catz in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 19, 2014

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