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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

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Klusterkit - a set of three open source Kubernetes tools that enable organizations to easily deploy and operate production-grade Kubernetes clusters.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, will be offering a TensorFlow plug-in for its distributed file system, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. Using Quobyte storage with TensorFlow helps to simplify and streamline the operation of machine learning.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quest Software, a provider of systems management, data protection, and security software, has acquired ApexSQL, provider of SQL Server development and database tools. ApexSQL will join the Quest Information Management business unit, which is dedicated to helping companies manage, monitor, and move their data and database infrastructures across traditional databases, open source databases, both on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted April 18, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 17, 2019

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is introducing Pipeline Designer to Talend Cloud, a unified, comprehensive, and highly scalable integration platform as-a-service (iPaaS). Talend's new web-based graphical designer dramatically simplifies the creation of end-to-end data pipelines, giving customers the ability to preview live data and transform it with ease.

Posted April 16, 2019

Databases these days are comprised of so many elements that it's important to remember to support a hybrid environment. A modern database should no longer be transactional or analytical, relational or non-relational, on-premises or in the cloud. It needs to support hybrid processing, hybrid data, and hybrid cloud. It needs to support hybrid everything.

Posted April 16, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted April 16, 2019

A new way to sort data to procure insights is emerging called the knowledge graph. For publishers, content is the most important data asset. However, journal articles (and other content) are expressed in formats ideally suited for transmittal and display—not as data for analysis. Creating a knowledge graph to sort through this data, put it in order, and glean insights will be the topic of Bob Kasenchak's, director of business development, Access Innovations, Inc., USA, Data Summit 2019 presentation titled, "From Structured Text to Knowledge Graphs: Creating RDF Triples From Published Scholarly Data."

Posted April 16, 2019

Machine learning can be used for a variety of roles such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and performance analysis. Businesses can use machine learning to understand seasonality for trending and forecasting capabilities or view dashboards on data already collected. 

Posted April 15, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 12, 2019

Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, and Magnitude Software are releasing a new driver to enhance Kx's support for accessing large volumes of external enterprise data via the industry-standard ODBC. Using the Magnitude Simba ODBC driver, custom-built for the kdb+ time-series database, kdb+ users will now have a high-performance interface to seamlessly connect to third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and Excel, as well as other data visualization applications.

Posted April 11, 2019

Cloudian, an object storage provider, is releasing a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cloudian HyperStore on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform. The CVD reflects the companies' expanded collaboration in providing best-of-breed infrastructure solutions for modernizing enterprise data centers, including accelerating the transition to hybrid cloud.

Posted April 11, 2019

Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics platform, is releasing a new bi-directional integration for Atlassian Opsgenie. This new offering provides DevOps teams with full visibility across the entire incident management lifecycle for improved monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting when responding to service interruptions.

Posted April 11, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is expanding its clckwrk Ltd., an RDX company, to provide more Oracle-database-to-AWS-Cloud migration tools. Clckwrk is an online marketplace for Oracle database to AWS Cloud migration tools.

Posted April 10, 2019

When working on a multidimensional design, every fact table within scope should be handled with care. In an ideal world, each low-level fact table represents the metrics related to a business event. The meaning of a fact table, ideally, should be evident based on the table name and the composition of the fact table's primary key. Deciding on a primary key for a fact table is an important choice.

Posted April 09, 2019

The implications of CAP Theorem, more than anything else, led to the schism in modern database management systems. With the rise of global applications with extremely high uptime requirements, it became unthinkable to sacrifice availability for perfect consistency.  Almost in unison, the leading Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook introduced new database services that were only "eventually" consistent but globally and highly available. Google has tried to resolve this database schism with its Spanner SQL database.

Posted April 09, 2019

Many companies and government organizations have jumped on the data bandwagon and are hoping to analyze as much data as possible to discover something that might give them a competitive edge or change their operations. Instead of big insights, they have petabytes of big data. They've become compulsive data hoarders while struggling to develop an actionable plan for that data.

Posted April 09, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted April 09, 2019

Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them.

Posted April 09, 2019

Building performant ETL pipelines to address analytics requirements is difficult as data volumes and variety grow at an explosive pace. With existing technologies, data engineers are challenged to deliver data pipelines to support the real-time insight that business owners demand from their analytics.

Posted April 09, 2019

To ease the transition for Google customers wishing to move applications to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Softwatch, a provider of application usage analytics, is launching OptimizeIT Enterprise for GCP. The new OptimizeIT Enterprise for GCP leverages the patented Softwatch technology that allows companies to obtain in-depth usage information for any application and enhances this offering by including additional layers of actionable data, such as CPU and bandwidth analysis on every user for every application in every location.

Posted April 09, 2019

SentryOne is releasing SentryOne Test, an automated framework for testing and validating business-critical data. Available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, SentryOne Test helps companies ensure that the data underlying business decisions is accurate and current.

Posted April 09, 2019

Teradata, the Pervasive Data Intelligence company, is adding three new offerings for its Teradata Vantage platform, reflecting Teradata's commitment to offering as-a-service capabilities to meet the needs of their customers. These capabilities provide choice and flexibility for customers operating on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, private cloud, or hybrid cloud environments.

Posted April 08, 2019

RackWare, Inc., a provider of cloud computing management in the enterprise, is releasing a hybrid cloud platform designed to unify functionality and leverage it across three solution areas: cloud migration, disaster recovery and backup, and hybrid cloud management. RackWare's Hybrid Cloud Platform is a distributed software solution that helps cloud service providers enable enterprises to increase and maximize cloud use.

Posted April 08, 2019

Qumulo, a provider of hybrid cloud file storage, is expanding its cloud portfolio by including the two new products Qumulo CloudStudio and Qumulo CloudContinuity. Media and entertainment organizations of any size can scale production into the public cloud with Qumulo CloudStudio.

Posted April 04, 2019

Redis Labs, the home of Redis and provider of Redis Enterprise, is introducing a solution, RedisEdge, for Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing applications. RedisEdge delivers fast performance, with a lean footprint to analyze millions of data streams in less than a millisecond, meeting the stringent latency requirements of any edge environment including devices, sensors, actuators, and even in "cloud edge" and micro data centers.

Posted April 04, 2019

DBAs already undertake a large load in the enterprise and cloud is the latest factor changing how DBAs operate. As cloud gains momentum and migrations of applications and databases become more common, the question is often asked "Does cloud mean the end of the DBA?" DBTA recently held a webinar with Francisco Munoz Alvarez, director of innovation, Data Intensity, an Oracle partner, who discussed how cloud is bringing about that evolution and what today's DBAs must know to be successful in a cloud-enabled future.

Posted April 03, 2019

From AI and machine learning to data discovery and real-time analytics, creating a strong data architecture strategy is critical to supporting an organization's data-driven goals. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Michael Coburn, product manager, PMM, Percona; Tyler Mitchell, senior product marketing manager, Couchbase; and Max Neunhöffer, senior developer and architect, ArangoDB, who discussed the top trends in modern data architecture for 2019.

Posted April 03, 2019

Competitive business strategy increasingly relies on data analytics. The core techniques of data analysis are increasingly accessible thanks to commodity Business Intelligence packages, modern open source AI tools, and cloud services. Given this level playing field for software and algorithms, competitive advantage typically lies in the unique data that a business can gather and feed into its analytics pipelines.

Posted April 03, 2019

Your mileage may vary, but there is an allegorical household phenomenon that provides some lessons in understanding the data lake—the coffee can that often ends up in the garage or tool space of a home to collect all the stray, old-project hardware someone in the household cannot bear to part with.

Posted April 02, 2019

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is releasing two new offerings to help enterprise customers simplify the adoption of IoT. First, Aruba ClearPass Device Insight delivers a single pane of glass for device visibility employing automated device discovery, machine learning (ML) based fingerprinting, and identification.

Posted April 02, 2019

Applitools, a provider of AI Powered end-to-end Visual Testing and monitoring, is releasing Applitools Ultrafast Visual Grid, providing a testing platform to drive enterprise-wide management of both functional and visual app quality. With the release of the Ultrafast Visual Grid, Applitools now delivers a low-code, super reliable, ultrafast, and easy-to-use testing and monitoring platform to support developers, test automation engineers, manual QA, marketing, and digital transformation teams for any size company.

Posted April 02, 2019

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a data platform for AI and Analytics, is introducing new innovations in the MapR Data Platform. The new updates accelerate the compute journey with new, deep integrations with Kubernetes core components for primary workloads on Spark and Drill.

Posted April 02, 2019

Dell Boomi is releasing the first in a series of solution accelerators that follow the NetSuite SuiteSuccess methodology for industry cloud solutions. The first accelerator available is the Boomi Integration Accelerator for NetSuite and Shopify, enabling customers to manage omnichannel commerce, including simple automation of critical data such as orders, inventory, and billing information.

Posted April 01, 2019

Machine learning is the next great frontier in big data. AI is set to revolutionize everything from how we interact with each other to how we work. There are many ways to implement ML projects, but not all of them work out as planned. That's why Vadim Nareyko, CEO, EnCata Soft will be giving a primer on Machine learning during his Data Summit 2019 presentation, "The Five Biggest Mistakes in Machine Learning."

Posted April 01, 2019

The IT landscape is constantly being reshaped and contoured as organizations mature, and others merge or are acquired. Startups that seek to address new challenges are also on the horizon. Many of these companies have fresh approaches that tap into blockchain, advanced analytics, AI, DevOps, and data security advances.

Posted April 01, 2019

Carbonite, Inc., a cloud-based data protection provider, is acquiring of Webroot Inc., combining cloud-based backup and recovery with cloud-based cybersecurity. The total purchase price for Webroot was $618.5 million in cash, as adjusted with respect to cash, debt, transaction expenses and working capital. The purchase price was funded with existing cash on hand and funds secured under a new $550 million term loan. The interest rate on the term loan is a floating rate based upon LIBOR plus 3.75%.

Posted March 29, 2019

Pepperdata, a provider of big data Application Performance Management (APM) solutions, is partnering with Cloudwick, a provider of digital business services and solutions, to offer a platform migrating big data to Amazon Web Services (AWS).Pepperdata provides Cloudwick with a baseline of on-premises performance, maps workloads to optimal static and on-demand instances, diagnoses any issues that arise during migration, and assesses performance after the move to ensure the same or better performance and SLAs.

Posted March 29, 2019

Unravel Data, a data operations platform providing full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations, is releasing a new portfolio of capabilities that help customers plan, migrate, and manage modern data applications running on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. This release leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics to baseline on-premises big data deployments. It can then determine which apps are the best candidates to move to the cloud based on customer defined criteria. Unravel can also help validate the success of a cloud migration and predict capacity based on the customers' application workloads.

Posted March 28, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is releasing HPE Right Mix Advisor, a platform that helps businesses develop their hybrid cloud strategies. HPE Right Mix Advisor recommends which workloads and applications are ideal to move to public clouds, or keep in private clouds, and how to migrate those workloads to achieve the right mix of hybrid cloud according to each business's specific need.

Posted March 28, 2019

NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox after reaching a definitive agreement, uniting two high-profile companies in high-performance computing (HPC). With the addition of Mellanox, NVIDIA says, it will optimize data center-scale workloads across the entire computing, networking, and storage stack to achieve higher performance, greater utilization, and lower operating cost for customers.

Posted March 28, 2019

Qlik, a provider of data analytics, and Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, recently signed a definitive agreement under which Qlik will acquire Attunity. The acquisition of Attunity for approximately $560 million is expected to close in the second quarter.

Posted March 28, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is acquiring ClearDB, further expanding RDX's Database-as-a-Service platform capabilities. Based in Plano, Texas, ClearDB is a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) provider that has deployed and managed more than one million cloud-based databases worldwide through its software platform, and is a private MySQL-as-a-Service provider.

Posted March 28, 2019

SAP is partnering with Camelot ITLab GmbH to co-develop a solution to bring the demand-driven adaptive enterprise (DDAE) model into the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution. This offering will aim to help companies drive a more nimble and adaptive supply chain management process to directly address the challenges of increasingly volatile business landscapes.

Posted March 27, 2019

SAP has chosen Widener University's School of Business Administration and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) SBDC's Success Lab as a SAP Next-Gen Lab for design thinking and analytics. The lab is an innovative space where students, faculty and business consultants gather to find solutions to help clients start or grow their businesses.

Posted March 27, 2019

SAP is making enhancements to the SAP Analytics Cloud solution, boosting augmented analytics, business intelligence (BI), enterprise planning workflows, and data integration capabilities. Building on the augmented analytics capabilities already available, users can add new machine learning and artificial intelligent capabilities to existing business intelligence and planning workflows.

Posted March 27, 2019

Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, will assist the FMC Corporation to migrate and manage its mission critical, global suite of SAP applications. FMC turned to Virtustream to complete a multi-year effort to consolidate its infrastructure and migrate its SAP applications to a new S/4HANA environment on Virtustream Enterprise Cloud.

Posted March 27, 2019

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