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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

Fujitsu has announced two solutions designed to help organizations deploy extremely data-intensive applications needed for their digital transformation, through greatly improving the ease of management for scale-out SAP HANA in-memory database deployments.

Posted February 28, 2018

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2018 presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly. For a limited time, super early bird pricing is also available for the conference which will take place May 22 - 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Posted February 28, 2018

Private equity firm Parallax Capital Partners acquired erwin Data Modeler software from CA Technologies in April 2016. Since then, operating as erwin, Inc. and led by IT industry veteran Adam Famularo, the company has rebranded itself as "the data governance company," launched new products, and made a number of strategic acquisitions—including most recently Rome-based A&P Consulting. Famularo spoke with BDQ about the changes at erwin over the past 2 years and shared his views on where the IT market overall is headed.

Posted February 28, 2018

Syncsort is expending integration between DMX-h and Cloudera Navigator, enabling data governance practitioners to view detailed data lineage information on enterprise-wide data as well as changes to the data both outside and within the Hadoop cluster.

Posted February 27, 2018

MariaDB Corporation is creating a research division that tackles the most extreme challenges in the database field and will partner with Intel on its inaugural initiative. Dubbed MariaDB Labs, the division will bring together world-class experts and industry leaders to make discoveries that spawn new use cases.

Posted February 26, 2018

Datical, a provider of database release automation, has introduced Datical 5, the latest version of its enterprise-class platform for automating database releases. Datical aims to bring continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes to the data layer, helping enterprises to achieve a unified pipeline for application and database changes—from development to production.

Posted February 23, 2018

Reltio, provider of the Reltio Self-Learning Data Platform, has announced Reltio Cloud 2018.1, the newest version of its native cloud platform that organizes enterprise data for continuous self-learning. The new release includes the next evolution of Reltio IQ (formerly Reltio Insights) which takes advantage of advanced analytics and machine learning for day-to-day operations and applications. A key feature of Reltio IQ is the ability to derive IQ scores or recommendations for efficient data organization (e.g., data quality) and for business insight (e.g., churn risk), and to embed them back into customer, account or product profiles for easy segmentation and operational execution. 

Posted February 22, 2018

Veritas Technologies, a provider of multi-cloud data management, is releasing Veritas CloudPoint 2.0, which is now certified by Veritas for the Google Cloud Platform and adds enhancements for Google Cloud native snapshot capabilities.  Veritas CloudPoint 2.0 is an enterprise-grade solution built natively for the cloud that automates discovery and protection of Google cloud workloads.

Posted February 22, 2018

Qubole, which provides cloud big data-as-a-service, and Snowflake Computing, which provides a data warehouse built for the cloud, are partnering to enable customers to use Apache Spark in Qubole with data stored in Snowflake.

Posted February 22, 2018

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." A decade ago, the relational database management system (RDBMS) ruled the enterprise.  Today, polyglot persistence is the mandate, and innovative NoSQL and NewSQL databases, cloud services, and data processing technologies have arisen alongside stalwart RDBMSs, data warehouses, and traditional on-premise deployments. However, despite the increasingly challenging data environment, experts agree, opportunities for DBAs abound—provided they are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

Posted February 22, 2018

InfluxData is releasing the latest versions of InfluxEnterprise and InfluxDB with expanded support for high cardinality time series data streams. In order to support ephemeral time series data, InfluxData introduced the concept of a Time Series Index (TSI).

Posted February 22, 2018

Machine learning offers a wealth of opportunity to companies in terms of faster response to opportunity, risk avoidance, sentiment analysis, fraud detection, and the ability to make targeted offers to customers. But along with the many answers it provides, it also presents a variety of thorny questions, according to David Weinberger, senior researcher with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who will give a keynote talk at Data Summit 2018 titled "Once We Know Everything."

Posted February 22, 2018

DBAs may think that machine learning cannot possibly perform all of their tasks and but it is entirely feasible and likely that the machine learning functionalities will perform all of the tasks of an operational DBA - or will very soon, writes Eric Mader in the fourth installment of a six-part article series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

Posted February 21, 2018

At CloudWorld in New York, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd provided an overview of the state of the IT market and offered four predictions for the enterprise technology changes that can be expected by 2020-2025.

Posted February 21, 2018

Take advantage of the many opportunities for peer interaction through panel discussions and provocative talks at this year's Data Summit conference. This unique event brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from all types of organizations.

Posted February 21, 2018

DBAs may think that machine learning cannot possibly perform all of their tasks and but it is entirely feasible and likely that the machine learning functionalities will perform all of the tasks of an operational DBA - or will very soon, writes Eric Mader in the fourth installment of a six-part article series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

Posted February 21, 2018

A new industry survey shows over three-quarters of enterprises, 79%, want streaming analytics - they now consider high volume, low latency analytics embedded within an application to be important to their businesses. Many businesses - especially small to medium size ones - also seek these capabilities through cloud services. Another important finding: Users are no longer content to wait for IT to prepare reports - they would rather be able to do it by themselves.

Posted February 20, 2018

Information Builders, a provider of information management tools, has launched three new Information Builders' Accelerators for WebFOCUS and iWay implementations for GDPR Personably Identifiable Information compliance, Electronic Payments transaction analysis, and Asset Management portfolio benchmarking. The Accelerators are pre-configured for specific use cases and run against sample data. They are designed and built for the Information Builders' analytics and data management platform.

Posted February 20, 2018

Oracle has announced general availability of the newest release of its flagship core banking application, Oracle FLEXCUBE V14.  With FLEXCUBE V14, banks now have the choice of either deploying a pre-configured offering for a comprehensive solution or updating one line of business at a time.

Posted February 20, 2018

MongoDB has announced that MongoDB 4.0 will support multi-document ACID transactions. The new capability is available starting today through a beta program. MongoDB transactions will provide a globally consistent view of data across replica sets and enforce all-or-nothing execution to maintain data integrity.

Posted February 15, 2018

Qubole, the cloud big data-as-a-service company, is teaming up with Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, enabling organizations to use Apache Spark in Qubole with data stored in Snowflake. With the new integration between cloud services, data teams are able to build, train, and put in production machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) models in Spark using information stored in Snowflake.

Posted February 14, 2018

It's time to submit nominations for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. This year, there are 28 categories in which to submit nominations.

Posted February 14, 2018

CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform provider for agile business IT, is acquiring privately held IndependenceIT (IIT) to automate the deployment of applications, data, and workspaces in the cloud. The combined synergy will drive increased margins, efficiency, and revenue opportunities for IT service providers globally.

Posted February 13, 2018

Looker is unveiling new features and enhancements to its platform that will give users immediate access to insights. "We think it's really important that when folks first log into the product it's very easy for them to find what they're looking for or if they don't know what they're looking for to find something that's relevant to them," said Daniel Mintz, chief data evangelist, Looker.

Posted February 13, 2018

WhereScape, a provider of data infrastructure automation software, is releasing an updated version of WhereScape automation featuring Streaming, allowing IT teams to automate real-time data flows and processing. Streaming provides organizations with the capability and flexibility to ingest and process the increasing availability of IoT, social media and other streaming data sources and manage it alongside traditional, batch-based data sources.

Posted February 12, 2018

The worldwide cognitive systems and artificial intelligence revenue has been forecast to grow beyond $47 billion in 2020, changing how we live and work dramatically. Will you be ready? Cognitive Computing Summit is coming to Boston in May to provide a 2-day immersion into the cognitive computing use cases, strategies, and software that every organization should know about now. 

Posted February 09, 2018

VoltDB, provider of an enterprise-class translytical database for business-critical applications, has announced the latest version of its flagship solution. While organizations have plenty of real-time data, they continue to struggle with taking immediate action on that data before opportunities are lost, said Ruth Morgenstein, VP of Engineering at VoltDB. VoltDB helps organizations to ingest and analyze high transactional throughput with low latency to make immediate and accurate decisions that positively impact their business, she noted.

Posted February 08, 2018

Are machines better equipped to do what DBAs do? There was an interesting post recently that stated 800 million jobs worldwide were at risk due to automation by 2030. The impact will not be equally distributed between job functions. In addition, different job functions will see different percentages of jobs automated.

Posted February 07, 2018

As the president of the Independent Oracle Users Group I often get asked for advice about which Oracle event to attend—COLLABORATE or Oracle OpenWorld. Sometimes it's just, "What is COLLABORATE?" or even, "Isn't COLLABORATE just a mini Oracle OpenWorld?" These two events are very different, and, depending on your role, one may be better for you than the other.

Posted February 07, 2018

HarperDB, an enterprise class database company, is launching HarperDB, an HTAP (Hybrid Transactional/Analytical Processing) database solution that will eliminate the need for multiple database products and costly expenses amassed by big data footprints. This solution is designed for developers and HarperDB's database is powered by a patent pending data storage algorithm that ingests both unstructured and structured data into a fully indexed, single model data store.

Posted February 07, 2018

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has introduced Melissa Direct, a one-stop shop for list hygiene, data appends, sales leads, and mailing software.

Posted February 07, 2018

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, is acquiring Datos IO to extend its reach into cloud applications and databases adopted by application and DevOps teams. By bringing together the two companies' complementary product portfolios, Rubrik accelerates its mission to become the premier cloud platform for enterprises to orchestrate application data across datacenter and public cloud.

Posted February 07, 2018

SentryOne is planning to expand internationally by opening an office in Dublin City Centre, Ireland, in early 2018. The company plans to manage its European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) operations through the new Irish subsidiary and will add sales, channel and customer support staff as soon as next month. The Irish company, SentryOne Ltd., will be wholly owned by SentryOne. 

Posted February 07, 2018

DFLabs, a provider of security automation and orchestration, is receiving increased funding from an existing investor, allowing the company to expand and meet the growing demand for security.

Posted February 06, 2018

Maintaining and updating the businesses database is crucial to running a successful company. To prevent and diagnose availability, health, and performance issues it is essential to review and manage the configuration of SQL Server instances and databases.

Posted February 05, 2018

DH2i, a provider of multi-platform disaster recovery and cost improvement solutions, is being added to Microsoft's SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Partners List. The SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Partner List includes DH2i's DxEnterprise software, a unified Windows and Linux Smart Availability solution for databases and stateful Docker containers. 

Posted February 05, 2018

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." Nonetheless, experts agree, there has never been a better time to be a DBA—provided you are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

Posted February 05, 2018

The industrial revolution has given way to the digital age but, how do traditional factories weather the storm of this change? Modern demands require manufacturers to have the ability to support faster production, vary product output at a moment's notice, lower power consumption, and eliminate waste all while improving throughput and efficiency.

Posted February 02, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted February 01, 2018

The term "big data" has been bandied about for a number of years now, to the point where it has been used so much that it is a part of IT culture. Hard to specifically define, yet everyone seems to have a good idea what is meant by it, big data is here to stay. And that is a good thing!

Posted February 01, 2018

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