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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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Currently, the IT industry is the midst of a major transition as it moves from the last generation - the internet generation - to the new generation of cloud and big data, said Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle's EVP of Database Server Technologies, who recently talked with DBTA about database products that Oracle is bringing to market to support customers' cloud initiatives. "Oracle has been around a long time. This is not the first big transition we have gone through," said Mendelsohn.

Posted February 05, 2016

Deep Information Sciences is unveiling a new solution that combines a MySQL-compliant database with cloud- and resource-awareness.

Posted February 04, 2016

Couchbase has rolled out Couchbase Mobile 1.2. The new release makes it easier for professional developers to build and deploy mobile applications with improvements in administration, simplified in-place upgrades, as well as security and performance enhancements.

Posted February 04, 2016

IBM has expanded its Cloud Data Services portfolio with 25 new services now available on the IBM Cloud that are designed to help developers build, deploy, and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud.

Posted February 04, 2016

Oracle has introduced a new Big Data Preparation Cloud Service. Despite the increasing talk about the need for companies to become "data-driven," and the perception that people who work with business data spend most of their time on analytics, Oracle contends that in reality many organizations devote much more time and effort on importing, profiling, cleansing, repairing, standardizing, and enriching their data.

Posted February 04, 2016

Cognizant has acquired privately-held KBACE Technologies, Inc., a global consulting and technology services vendor specializing in cloud strategy, implementation, and integration.

Posted February 03, 2016

Oracle continued to hammer home its message on the value of cloud at its CloudWorld event for customers and partners at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Cloud is critical to IT because of a confluence of factors, ranging from business trends to demographics, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his keynote at the event, repeating a warning he has issued at past Oracle events.

Posted February 03, 2016

With Hadoop marking its 10th anniversary this year, Sean Suchter, CEO of Pepperdata, recently reflected on his experience with the platform and speculated on what the next 10 years may bring.

Posted February 03, 2016

Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company, is integrating Pentaho Labs with Python, increasing productivity and data governance, while allowing users to focus on predictive analytics and machine learning.

Posted February 02, 2016

To address a growing need for data professionals with graph database expertise, Neo4j is offering a certification exam online through its GraphAcademy.

Posted February 02, 2016

Redis Labs, is integrating with Spark SQL, and releasing a Spark-Redis connector package that promises to accelerate processing time.

Posted February 02, 2016

Oracle has expanded its cloud offerings in the UK with the introduction of new PaaS and IaaS technologies to be hosted in its Slough data center. The new services include Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Dedicated Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service. The facility currently serves more than 500 UK and global customers with SaaS and IaaS offerings tailored for private corporations and public sector customers.

Posted February 02, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the availability of HPE Investigative Analytics, a new software solution to enable financial institutions and other organizations in highly regulated industries to use big data technologies to detect patterns, relationships, behaviors, and anomalies across structured and unstructured data stores. The software is aimed at helping companies reduce risk by proactively preventing fraudulent actions.

Posted February 02, 2016

Attunity Ltd. is releasing an enhanced version of its Attunity Compose platform to eliminate pitfalls in data warehousing and accelerate big data analytics.

Posted February 02, 2016

The business world continues to shortchange a critical step between storing and analyzing the explosion of new data expected over the coming years. A business can quickly move from the old world of siloed, unusable data to a new one where stakeholders around the globe can find information in a few minutes from their local access points. The "findability" of data is particularly important for Global 1000 companies pursuing Industrial Internet-related innovation.

Posted February 02, 2016

Data constraint - which hinders the ability to easily provision parity data from production data sources for use in development environments, QA, UAT (user acceptance testing), and integration testing - can lead to complications in application development such as insufficient resources, bad quality data which leads to bugs, and slow environment builds.

Posted February 01, 2016

Teradata is entering a strategic partnership with Alation to provide a data catalog that will help users to take advantage of self-service analytics.

Posted January 28, 2016

The combination of location data with high speed data in VoltDB version 6.0 will allow VoltDB to better support businesses that need to maximize the value of real-time data streams including location data to make personalized offers to customers and improve decision making.

Posted January 28, 2016

To address increasing demands posed by modern applications, Aerospike has released version 3.7 of its NoSQL database with new features that enable more personalized applications, more efficient operations, and greater stability across public and private clouds.

Posted January 28, 2016

The Winter '15 release allows administrators to deploy Paxata in heterogeneous environments including the Hortonworks Data Platform on YARN and with multiple versions of Apache Spark. The latest release also improves the way business analysts find, access, and apply data by delivering additional ease of use capabilities supported by machine learning innovations, and provides enterprise-grade security and a multi-tenant governance model.

Posted January 27, 2016

CenturyLink is signing a global premium supplier partnership agreement with SAP to offer premium supplier services for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, providing an avenue to expand the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering. Through this agreement, the companies say, CenturyLink's infrastructure and IT services capabilities will help expand the platform and help customers achieve faster time to market for their transformation projects based on the SAP HANA platform.

Posted January 27, 2016

Rosslyn Analytics Ltd's RAPid Extract Studio 2.0 is now SAP-certified to integrate with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, providing users a rapid approach to obtain data from SAP software. The pre-built solution integrates with SAP solutions, allowing business and IT teams to cut the time and cost of accessing data for analytics projects by enabling them to start to automatically extract SAP data more quickly, according to Rosslyn Analytics.

Posted January 27, 2016

SAP SE and Accenture are teaming up to provide inclusive solutions for Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). This collaboration aims to accelerate development of SAP S/4HANA as well as business solutions, with a view to simplifying and fast-tracking customers' journeys to digital businesses.

Posted January 27, 2016

Synametrics Technologies, a provider of solutions for IT professionals and computer systems developers, is redesigning its WinSQL platform, offering a simplified environment for exploring data. WinSQL is a generic querying tool that connects to any relational database for which an ODBC driver is available.

Posted January 27, 2016

Database performance tuning is a complex but extremely important task. However, it can be difficult to effectively optimize databases when there are other "fires" to put out, limited resources, and an increasing number of databases to look after. But that doesn't mean it's impossible, especially with the right approach.

Posted January 27, 2016

As data continues to explode, DBAs must constantly stay a step ahead by finding new ways to improve database efficiency and performance. Managing data in today's complex IT environment requires creative approaches to a number of different DBA processes. Here are useful tips in five main categories that can help DBAs keep their heads above water and allow their companies to more effectively utilize their data to drive business value.

Posted January 27, 2016

As the largest ticketing agency in America, Ticketmaster is responsible for processing between 150,000 and 300,000 transactions a day, and 5,000 transactions a minute during peak times. To service its customers, Ticketmaster has used Dell's SharePlex for replication and high availability to support its online sales since 2002.

Posted January 27, 2016

Entrinsik is set to release Informer version 4.6 on February 1st. New capabilities include a formatted output add-on called Custom Format.

Posted January 27, 2016

In addition to StretchDB and AlwaysEncrypted, there are two more exciting features in the works for SQL Server 2016: dynamic data masking and row-level security. In the case of these two features, they'll be released first to the cloud platform (Azure SQL Database) and, later, to the on-premises version of SQL Server.

Posted January 27, 2016

EnterpriseDB has announced the availability of the EDB Postgres Advanced Server 9.5, which offers enhancements for increased performance, scalability, security and manageability for business critical workloads. The company also unveiled EDB Postgres Enterprise Manager 6.0, which is integrated into Postgres Advanced Server 9.5, and features expanded integration with other infrastructure solutions, new alert functions, and an improved alert user interface.

Posted January 26, 2016

Data Summit, a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis, is coming to the New York Hilton Midtown. Data Summit also features two co-located events: Hadoop Day and Virtualization Day. In addition, the IOUG will participate in Data Summit again this year presenting a track focused on big data in the cloud and the evolution of the data warehouse.

Posted January 26, 2016

Splice Machine, which provides a database powered by Hadoop and Spark, has added $9 million in new funding to accelerate product, sales and marketing efforts, bringing the company's total funding since its inception to approximately $31 million.

Posted January 26, 2016

ClearStory Data is making advancements and core improvements in the upcoming release of its native Apache Spark platform. With Apache Spark 1.6, ClearStory further speeds exploration on big, diverse data when business users need unrestricted data discovery and free-form exploration to answer new questions.

Posted January 26, 2016

IBM released its fourth-quarter and annual revenue numbers for 2015, showing soft business overall. However, the company's cloud, analytics, and mainframes continued to surge forward. Total revenue for the year 2015 was $81.7 billion, down 12% from the previous year, and down almost 24% from a peak of $106.9 billion in 2011.

Posted January 25, 2016

With the shortage of data scientists, today's modern business analysts are being challenged to become "citizen data scientists" and use predictive analytics to find hidden value within big and disparate data. However, the problem is that these business analysts often lack the statistical programming skills to navigate the data.

Posted January 25, 2016

Following closely on the heels of Oracle's announcement about construction of a technology campus in Austin, Texas, which will increase its team there by more than 50%, the company also shared plans about an additional EMEA recruitment drive to hire 1,400 employees. While the Austin campus is aimed at attracting technical professionals at early stages of their careers in support of cloud expansion, the EMEA effort is designed to recruit sales talent with a range of experience in support of cloud services.

Posted January 20, 2016

Exponential data growth is hitting organizations of all sizes hard. It's not enough to merely add more capacity; recovery point objectives must be met, and time is money when it comes to data recovery. The simple truth is that to be effectively managed, adequately protected and completely recovered, your data size must be shrunk.

Posted January 20, 2016

For decades, the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) has been the aspirational analytic system for just about every organization. It has taken many forms throughout the enterprise, but all share the same core concepts of integration/consolidation of data from disparate sources, governing that data to provide reliability and trust, and enabling reporting and analytics. The last few years, however, have been very disruptive to the data management landscape. The "big data" era has introduced new technologies and techniques that provide alternatives to the traditional EDW approach, and in many cases, exceeding its capabilities. Many claim we are now in a post-EDW era and the concept itself is legacy.

Posted January 19, 2016

Birst, a provider of cloud BI and analytics for the enterprise, is unveiling a host of new capabilities that will enable users to work with data in new and faster ways while maintaining governance. Users will be able "to rapidly access data and they'll be able to use it whether they are online, offline, on their tablet, laptop, in the office or on a train," said Southard Jones, vice president of product strategy at Birst.

Posted January 19, 2016

The year 2015 started out with people recognizing that the Hadoop ecosystem is here to stay, and ended as the year in which organizations achieved real success within the Hadoop ecosystem. Today, more projects are popping up within the Hadoop ecosystem that can run both with and without Hadoop. The great thing about this trend is that it lowers the barrier to entry for people to get started with these technologies. More importantly, all of these new technologies work best at large scale within the rest of the Hadoop ecosystem, while Hadoop MapReduce has begun its ride off into the sunset.

Posted January 19, 2016

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, has announced the general availability of PostgreSQL 9.5, released by the Postgres community. The new 9.5 version boosts performance and scalability, enhances productivity with data analytics, and improves integration with other database solutions, laying the groundwork for supporting horizontal scaling across multiple servers.

Posted January 15, 2016

Datawatch Corporation has partnered with Tableau Software to help business analysts make faster and better decisions. Datawatch Monarch natively supports Tableau's data format (TDE), enabling users to independently access, manipulate and blend any kind of data from virtually any source, in less time than it takes to do so using spreadsheets and other labor intensive methods.

Posted January 12, 2016

Join IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike for the third annual Data Summit conference at the New York Hilton, May 9-11, 2016. Discounted pricing is available for a limited time.

Posted January 08, 2016

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