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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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When it comes to assigning value to different components in today's IT environment, it would be a serious mistake to underestimate the value of data and databases. Whether you are looking to reduce downtime and speed up your database-centric application or to save money and time on optimizing your database servers, the following best practices can help you improve the performance of your SQL Server environment and, ultimately, your business service delivery process.

Posted July 26, 2016

AT&T and IBM are teaming up to combine their strengths in cognitive computing and global connectivity to create open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud to enable developers to more quickly build and implement Internet of Things-based solutions.

Posted July 25, 2016

Compuware and ConicIT are partnering to help a new generation of IT ops staff proactively resolve emerging mainframe issues before they impact application service levels. By integrating ConicIT's predictive mainframe analytics and Compuware Strobe's visually intuitive troubleshooting intelligence, the two companies are empowering IT staff to identify and resolve a full range of application performance problems.

Posted July 25, 2016

CSC and IBM have announced a collaboration in which IBM is providing its Cloud Managed Services for z Systems - IBM Cloud for z - and associated mainframe hardware, software, monitoring and governance support to CSC clients who are moving to the cloud.

Posted July 25, 2016

EMC has announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held on July 19, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to the meeting.

Posted July 25, 2016

Ending months of months of speculation on who would acquire Yahoo's operating business, including search engine, email services, and web properties, Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2017.

Posted July 25, 2016

Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platfora, a provider of operational analytics and data discovery tools that enable companies to visually interact with and analyze large volumes of data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Workday's third fiscal quarter, were not disclosed.

Posted July 22, 2016

Cloudera, a provider of data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and additional open source technologies, has introduced Cloudera Navigator Optimizer, alongside the production release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.8. First launched in beta in late 2015, Navigator Optimizer, now generally available, is targeted at customers looking to modernize their analytic database or augment their data warehouse solution with Hadoop, and helps to provide insights for predictably offloading key workloads. The tool also provides DBAs with the usage visibility to manage Hadoop data models and guidance to optimize query performance.

Posted July 21, 2016

With a variety of big data comes complexity and enterprises are faced with the challenge of extracting and combining that data to form meaningful insights.

Posted July 21, 2016

Hazelcast and Heimdall Data are launching an integrated platform that provides a SQL solution that tackles the issue of on-premise or cloud application uptime and scalability caused by deficient application-to-database interaction.

Posted July 20, 2016

IDERA has released SQL Query Store Optimizer, a new tool in its portfolio of database monitoring tools to help database administrators (DBAs) manage and troubleshoot SQL Query Stores in SQL Server 2016.

Posted July 20, 2016

Database administration is undergoing some significant changes these days. The DBA, traditionally, is the technician responsible for ensuring the ongoing operational functionality and efficiency of an organization's databases and the applications that access that data. But modern DBAs are relied upon to do far more than just stoke the fires to keep database systems performing

Posted July 20, 2016

The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) has introduced a new program for ISVs, Oracle Cloud Platform Ready, to enable ISV partners to register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted July 20, 2016

Splice Machine, provider of an RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, has announced a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its just launched open source Community Edition to the test. The company is making available an open source standalone and cluster download, and has announced the general availability of V2.0, and the launch of its developer community site.

Posted July 19, 2016

Companies used to develop enterprise versions of software based on or augmenting open source offerings to beef them with additional features not available in community editions. But lately, that approach has been turned on its head with vendors launching community editions or introducing open APIs to gain additional involvement and broader usage through an extended community of partners and developers. Splice Machine just announced the general availability of an open source standalone and cluster download, the general availability of its V2.0 release, and the launch of its developer community site. CEO Monte Zweben talks about why the company is embracing open source.

Posted July 18, 2016

Delphix is developing a three-tiered Channel Partner Program to support a growing demand for more agile data management.

Posted July 15, 2016

Sisense is making significant advancements to its platform to simplify the consumption of BI insights using IoT devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sisense Business Intelligence Virtually Everywhere is launching as a public beta program with its first two devices -- a Sisense-enabled Amazon Echo and a Sisense-enabled IoT lightbulb.

Posted July 15, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions, is releasing an updated version of its namesake platform, improving the solution with change management enhancements to boost workflows. Datical DB 4.0 includes a new Automated Deployment Packager that allows database changes to be continually validated, packaged, and integrated via more pervasive, hands-off automation.

Posted July 15, 2016

Dataguise is releasing its security platform in the Amazon Web Services AWS Marketplace, allowing users to detect, protect, and monitor sensitive data as it moves across platforms.

Posted July 14, 2016

Following the recent signing of a definitive agreement for Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corp., a hedge fund management firm, to acquire the Dell Software Group, the deal is now anticipated to close in the third or fourth quarter of Dell's FY17, subject to approval by customary closing conditions and regulatory review and approval, according to a Dell spokesperson. The purchase price for Dell Software was not disclosed, though The New York Times said it is estimated to be more than $2 billion.

Posted July 12, 2016

By the mid-2000s, a huge number of web apps were built upon the so-called LAMP stack. LAMP applications utilize the Linux operating system, Apache web server and MySQL database server, and implement application logic in PHP or another language starting with the letter "P," such as Python or Perl. But the LAMP stack is now essentially obsolete technology, and the MEAN stack provides a lot of productivity advantages, especially for modern highly-interactive web sites. But the MEAN stack is not without compromise. Here's why.

Posted July 12, 2016

There's a new buzzword on the loose, the data lake. At first glance, a data lake could be easily mistaken for a data warehouse. The two big data concepts have a common focus on analytics and they may, in certain situations, produce roughly equivalent output. But that's about where their similarities end.

Posted July 12, 2016

Organizations have directed a lot of attention recently to consolidation, automation, and cloud efforts in their data management environments. This will purportedly result in decreased demand for data managers and the need for fewer DBAs per groups of databases. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. In actuality, there is a growing need for more talent, as well as expertise to manage through growing complexity. A new survey, sponsored by Idera and conducted by Unisphere Research among more than 300 data executives, managers, and professionals finds that a more challenging data environment is arising due to a confluence of factors.

Posted July 12, 2016

TIBCO's social enterprise collaboration platform, tibbr 7, has achieved certification by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). According to TIBCO, the certification offers assurance to users that in an increasingly connected world, they can feel confident that their projects, ideas, and communications in general are private and safe.

Posted July 12, 2016

IBM and Cisco are partnering to form a suite of cloud-based workplace tools and applications infused with IBM Watson. As part of the transformation, the Cisco Spark and WebEx collaborative workspace platforms will be integrated with IBM's cloud collaboration solutions, including Verse and Connections, and underpinned by IBM's cognitive computing capabilities.

Posted July 11, 2016

TriCore Solutions, an application management solution provider and an SAP-certified cloud hosting and SAP HANA managed service provider, is continuing its commitment to SAP by acquiring an SAP certified channel partner. By acquiring G3G, Inc., TriCore's customers will now have end-to-end SAP solution at their fingertips and the transaction with G3G, Inc. will more than double the size of TriCore's SAP practice.

Posted July 07, 2016

Catalogic Software, a provider of software-defined copy data management (CDM), has released ECX 2.4, the newest version of its software platform that adds Oracle and SQL application-aware integration, support for EMC Unity storage, native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and deepening integration with popular DevOps tools.

Posted July 06, 2016

Oracle has unveiled two new models of its Oracle Database Appliance, addressing the needs of small and mid-sized businesses. "Many organizations do not have the time, resources or expertise to build their own system and often struggle managing different platforms and systems. By offering a pre-integrated solution that is optimized for the database and the cloud, Oracle allows organizations of all sizes to free up their IT staff from maintenance and other routine tasks to focus on innovation and core business processes." said Karen Sigman, VP, Converged Infrastructure, Oracle.

Posted July 06, 2016

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade In-Memory Data Fabric solutions based on Apache Ignite, is releasing a new edition of its signature platform.

Posted July 05, 2016

H2O.ai is releasing an enhanced version of its Sparkling Water platform with additional features and boosted functionality. New features in Sparkling Water 2.0 include the ability to interface with Apache Spark, Scala, and MLlib via H2O.ai's Flow UI, build ensembles using algorithms from both H2O and MLlib, and give Spark users the power of H2O's visual intelligence capabilities.

Posted July 05, 2016

Wipro Limited, a provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, has unveiled a new analytics solution that will help uncover business insights through pre-defined apps.

Posted July 01, 2016

RedPoint Global, a provider of data management and customer engagement software, has announced integration with Microsoft Azure HDInsight to support enhanced data management capabilities via Hadoop deployments on Microsoft Azure. RedPoint is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, and the new integration evolved from its participation in the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance Program.

Posted June 30, 2016

The next major release of MarkLogic's enterprise NoSQL database platform is expected to be generally available by the end of this year. Gary Bloom, president and CEO of the company, recently reflected on the changing database market and how new features in MarkLogic 9 address evolving requirements for data management in a big data world. "For the first time in years, the industry is going through a generational shift of database technology - and it is a pretty material shift," observed Bloom.

Posted June 30, 2016

Datavail, a provider of data management and managed database services, has announced new partnerships with SlamData and ClearDB, to expand NoSQL analytics and DBA services.

Posted June 30, 2016

SAP SE is making big changes and introducing product innovations in its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio to offer improved support for cloud and Big Data environments, enhancements for more self-service capabilities, and comprehensive support for governing enterprise information.

Posted June 30, 2016

Database technology provider MongoDB today announced MongoDB Atlas, an elastic, on-demand cloud service that includes infrastructure and turnkey management. Citing feedback from a recent survey of more than 2,000 members of the MongoDB community the company says that 30% of respondents deploy on more than one public cloud. MongoDB Atlas will enable multi-vendor cloud strategies. To accommodate that use, the company says Atlas will be available on all popular cloud platforms - initially on Amazon Web Services, followed by Microsoft Azure, and then Google Cloud Platform.

Posted June 29, 2016

Actian Corporation is releasing an updated version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, enabling Spark users to have a new powerful way to help derive true business value from their data.

Posted June 29, 2016

Hortonworks, Inc. unveiled new innovations at Hadoop Summit that will improve the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), allowing enterprises to accumulate, analyze, and act on data.

Posted June 29, 2016

Qubole unveiled a new feature to its Qubole Data Service (QDS) called auto-caching, a next-generation disk cache for cloud storage systems that works across different data engines.

Posted June 28, 2016

Hortonworks, Inc.,is partnering with AtScale to resell AtScale's technology, providing users with the ability to query data without any data movement from any business intelligence tool.

Posted June 28, 2016

Attunity Ltd. is releasing a new version of Attunity Visibility for Hadoop with enhanced technology to enable comprehensive data usage analytics for large-scale and fast-growing Hadoop Data Lake environments. The new release brings "a very unique, needed solution to the fast and growing market of Hadoop," said Itamar Ankorion, EVP of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted June 28, 2016

MapR Technologies is introducing a new initiative that will help support Hadoop deployments and increase user and administrator productivity.

Posted June 28, 2016

At the 2016 Hadoop Summit this week in San Jose, Teradata is announcing the certification of multiple BI and visualization solutions on the Teradata Distribution of Presto, including Information Builders, the Looker Data Platform, the Qlik visual analytics platform, the Tableau Business Intelligence (BI) tool suite, and ZoomData. In addition, MicroStrategy has committed to certify, and testing is complete with Microsoft Power BI.

Posted June 27, 2016

SnapLogic, which provides a data and application integration platform as a service (iPaaS), has launched a new partner program. The program is intended to help enable a global ecosystem of technology, services, and reseller partners that can help customers to accelerate adoption of big data technologies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud data management by accelerating integration and driving digital transformation in the enterprise.

Posted June 27, 2016

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