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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

Data lakes may not be the panacea everyone thought they would be but if used properly a data lake can be a rejuvenating force within an organization. Vincent Yates, director of analytics engineering at Zillow Group, explained the key tenents to building a successful data lake at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 26, 2017

Data management is going through a paradigm shift—again, said Joe Caserta, president of Caserta Concepts, who delivered a keynote titled, "Architecting Data for the Modern Enterprise," at Data Summit 2017 in NYC.

Posted May 25, 2017

The world demands us to be available 24/7 and businesses are asking the same of their analytics. Apache Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Kudu, and others are modernizing the data platform, providing real-time analytics and insights. Shant Hovsepian, CTO and co-founder of Arcadia Data, discussed strategies for enabling a real-time enterprise during his session, titled "Four Ways to Scale Interactive Analytics and BI for Real-Time Insights" at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 25, 2017

BI and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas. Competition is intense, and, more than ever, organizations are demanding faster access to insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better decisions. However, they are also facing challenges in powering real-time business analytics and systems of engagement. Analytic applications and systems of engagement need to be fast and consistent, but traditional database approaches, including RDBMS and first-generation NoSQL solutions, can be challenging to maintain, and costly, according to Aerospike CTO and co-founder Brian Bulkowski in a presentation at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 25, 2017

Self-service analytics has many benefits, but it's also caused the data landscape within many companies to become like the Wild West, said Jon Pilkington, chief products officer at Datawatch, during a presentation, titled "Revolutionizing Self-Service Data Preparation & Analysis," at Data Summit 2017. The secret to better data and analytics outcomes, he says, is "data socialization."

Posted May 25, 2017

Mastering in-memory data technology doesn't have to be an ever elusive concept to grasp and at Data Summit Viktor Gamov, senior solutions architect at Hazelcast, outlined what attendees need to know before diving into a low-latency in-memory project. Gamov presented his session "Mastering In-Memory Data Technology" during the "In-Memory Revolution" track at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 25, 2017

With data increasingly recognized as a highly valuable enterprise asset, data protection is understandably becoming a higher priority. To explore the issues surrounding data protection, including the role of people, processes, and technology in creating a proactive security stance, Database Trends and Applications is introducing the Cybersecurity Sourcebook.

Posted May 25, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has released a flash portfolio update with new products and data protection solutions. According to HPE, the adoption of flash storage continues to gain pace, with 51% of customers predicting that they will have an All-Flash Data Center within 5 years, while IT teams seek deeper integration across servers, storage, networks, and automation tools to maximize value from investments.

Posted May 25, 2017

The Amazon experience completely changed the way consumers buy books and now providing a catalogue type experience for enterprises could shape the way their businesses access data. At Data Summit 2017 Stan Christiaens, CTO at Collibra, explored how data cataloguing can enable enterprises to uncover insights and drive innovation with his presentation "The Amazonification Approach to Data."

Posted May 25, 2017

Tableau Software, a provider of software for visual analytics, has announced four key new features in Tableau 10.3, which will be released next week.

Posted May 25, 2017

With the recently unleashed WannaCry ransomware attacks that targeted computer systems globally fresh in attendees' minds, a number of Data Summit 2017 sessions looked at the need for smarter approaches to data governance and data security.

Posted May 24, 2017

The rise of streaming data and IoT and its implications for the enterprise were considered during sessions at Data Summit 2017, an annual conference presented by Big Data Quarterly and Database Trends and Applications, in NYC.

Posted May 24, 2017

Data Summit 2017 was recently held in NYC. New big data technologies, cloud, and analytics were among the key areas scrutinized in educational presentations, keynotes, and hands-on workshops.

Posted May 24, 2017

After recently attending the Zumapalooza conference, Kore's Keith Lambert, vice president of marketing and business development, says the company is seeing more interest in real-time integrations with MultiValue products. "Moving data to the cloud and hosting was a central theme, along with data security," Lambert said. "Extending and modernizing MultiValue applications, and finding other technology partners was important to visitors."

Posted May 24, 2017

Ongroup's MVON# Netbuilder now runs SB+ (System Builder) applications in .NET, also allowing users to launch applications within a browser user interface. While this browser user interface is written for those with existing SB+ or Netbuilder applications, organizations that have written their own application development tools in MV BASIC can use MVON# to turn their tools into .NET with SQL Server development tools.

Posted May 24, 2017

SAP is making several announcements that will streamline operations for users with updates to its cloud platform, Business Hub, the introduction of Leonardo, and more. The SAP Cloud Platform will offer an agile multi-cloud environment, enabling more flexible and broader cloud adoption, and accelerating digital transformation across the business.

Posted May 24, 2017

Knoa Software, a provider of user experience management (UEM) software, is releasing a new version of the SAP User Experience Management (SAP UEM) application, including support for SAP HANA database, agentless monitoring for SAP applications, enhanced mobile device monitoring and expanded monitoring capabilities for SAP SuccessFactors solutions and SAP Fiori apps.

Posted May 24, 2017

Tricentis, a provider of software test automation, and Panaya, a provider of SaaS-based test management, are releasing a joint platform for autonomous software testing in SAP environments. Autonomous SAP testing generates SAP business process tests automatically, diving deep into applications and using machine learning to observe and understand patterns in end user transactions.

Posted May 24, 2017

SAP and Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global are forming a partnership that will enable SAP SuccessFactors customers to improve employee health and well-being. Leveraging SAP SuccessFactors analytics and intelligent services capabilities, Thrive Global and SAP will jointly create a library of personalized pathways targeted to specific employee needs and triggered by key life and work events.

Posted May 24, 2017

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management software, has introduced the second enhancement pack for OpenText Release 16, the company's digital information platform that helps customers to digitize business processes and manage information flows across the digital enterprise. Supporting the flow of information inside and outside of the enterprise, the extended ECM platform offers stronger integrations within the OpenText Platform as well as with leading applications such as Archiving for Oracle EBS, and SAP S/4HANA, SAP Cloud for Customer (C4C), SuccessFactors, and Hybris Marketing.

Posted May 24, 2017

Crate.io, developers of CrateDB, a SQL database for real time analytics of IoT and machine data, is releasing CrateDB 2.0 in both open source and enterprise versions, updating its cluster capabilities and making SQL improvements. New improvements to the platform consist of performance and resiliency upgrades for clustering, SQL enhancements such as aggregations on joins, sub-selects, table renaming and reindexing, and enterprise edition features.

Posted May 24, 2017

Businesses need to act now for the arrival of EU GDPR compliance regulations, or risk being among the first to be penalized when the regulations take effect in 12 months' time, according to Commvault, which contends that corporate complacency is one of the biggest barriers to GDPR compliance with many organizations yet to implement suitable processes or technology.

Posted May 24, 2017

IBM has introduced a toolkit on Power Systems optimized for open source databases, including MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j, and Apache Cassandra, to help deliver more speed, control, and efficiency for enterprise developers and IT departments.

Posted May 24, 2017

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is announcing enhancements to its portfolio of SQL Server database management and performance monitoring solutions. "We are announcing multiple enhancements to address the Microsoft SQL Server community and customer base," said Greg Davoll, software products leader, Quest Software. Quest as a company is focused on three sets of capabilities for customers: database performance monitoring; database replication; and database development and management tooling, and these new product enhancements reflect that focus, he added.

Posted May 24, 2017

Informatica, a provider of solutions for enterprise data management, has unveiled a metadata-driven artificial intelligence technology called "CLAIRE" with the latest release of the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform.

Posted May 23, 2017

With customer experience expected to overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator by 2020, Couchbase contends that a new category of database that enables enterprises to continually create and reinvent the customer experience is critical.

Posted May 23, 2017

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has enhanced its SQL Secure and SQL Doctor products with new cloud capabilities. The releases help data professionals to adapt to, experiment with and take advantage of expanding cloud strategies, while DBAs can embrace the speed and agility demands of DevOps with database performance and security recommendations designed for the public cloud.

Posted May 23, 2017

SignalFx, a provider of monitoring and operational intelligence solutions for the cloud, has announced the general availability of its latest release featuring new alerting capabilities that enable cloud operations teams to better monitor and manage cloud infrastructure, containers, and applications.

Posted May 22, 2017

IBM has created a program to help enterprises take blockchain networks into production faster. "We understand the challenges organizations face and the resources needed to get blockchain networks right the first time," said Marie Wieck, general manager of blockchain technology for IBM.

Posted May 22, 2017

CA Technologies has added new data protection enhancements to CA Data Content Discovery and CA Compliance Event Manager that are designed to simplify security management across the enterprise and enable end-to-end protection for data-in-motion from mobile to mainframe.

Posted May 22, 2017

Syncsort, an analytics platform provider, has announced new integration between its Big Iron to Big Data powerhouse Ironstream, and Compuware's Application Audit software that delivers real-time machine data to Splunk Enterprise Security for Security Information and Event Management. The new integration is intended to help organizations detect threats against mainframe data, correlate them with related information and events, and satisfy compliance requirements.

Posted May 22, 2017

This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, discussed cloud myths and realities in a session titled, "The Cloud Landscape Today."

Posted May 18, 2017

When people think of fraud, stolen credit card credentials come to mind, but fraudsters have developed new and innovative approaches to monetizing data about companies and individuals. A common and hard to detect fraud approach is create a fictional small business whose legitimacy may hard to verify for service and product providers.

Posted May 17, 2017

Enterprises are always looking to improve their business intelligence strategies. Hadoop is one tool that can successfully support the onboarding of business intelligence workloads. Josh Klahr, vice president of AtScale, addressed the "Do's and Don'ts for Success with BI on Big Data" during his session at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 17, 2017

Cloud represents a new way of approaching database management, potentially relieving enterprise data shops of many administrative burdens. But in reality, for the DBA, the cloud has also become the new bottleneck because developers can open up new cloud accounts so easily, which immediately become a new responsibility for the DBAs who are the gatekeepers. This trend will only increase as cloud continues as a trend in the industry, Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, technical intelligence manager for the Office of CTO, Delphix, who presented a session at Data Summit 2017, titled, "Database Management & the Cloud."

Posted May 17, 2017

Continuing its Cloud Platform expansion, Oracle is adding enhancements to make it easier for organizations to move enterprise database applications to the cloud.

Posted May 17, 2017

As DBAs, we can get mired in the depths of performance tuning parameters and scripts, sometimes getting lost in all the details. It is a good idea to always have a set of goals and philosophies that you can lean on to keep you focused and working on the appropriate things. That is what I want to talk about in this month's DBA Corner column. Some high-level rules of thumb for achieving your DBMS-related performance goals and maintaining your sanity.

Posted May 17, 2017

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, and Oracle have formed a new relationship to simplify management and enable advanced security features for Oracle's suite of mobile business applications and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (OMCS) for mobile devices.

Posted May 17, 2017

The second day of Data Summit 2017 began by focusing on the current state of big data analytics as it meets information governance.The keynote was presented by Linda G. Sharp, associate general counsel at ZL Technologies, and Bennett B. Borden, chief data scientist at Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Posted May 17, 2017

The importance of understanding where critical data is stored in an organization so that it can be protected appropriately was stressed by Donald Soulsby, vice president, architecture strategies, at Sandhill Consultants in a session titled, "Managing Data Vulnerabilities," at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 16, 2017

The importance of reacting quickly to data threats was highlighted at Data Summit 2017 by Cy Erbay, senior director of technology, Striim.

Posted May 16, 2017

Against the backdrop of WannaCry ransomware attacks targeting mission-critical computer systems globally, Data Summit 2017 introduced the Data Security Forum, a track dedicated to cybersecurity. Every day, thousands of entities have their computer networks breached, their systems hacked and their data stolen, degraded or destroyed, noted Robert Pearl, president, Pearl Knowledge Solutions, who offered a presentation on emerging cyber threats as part of the program.

Posted May 16, 2017

Big data isn't notable because there is a lot of data that can now be stored and processed more cost-effectively. It is important because of what can be done with it. One approach that has been heralded for gaining more value from big data is the data lake, noted Jonathan Gray, CEO and founder of Cask in a presentation titled, "Building an Enteprise Data Lake," at Data Summit 2017, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 16-17, 2017.

Posted May 16, 2017

Streaming data was explored from two perspectives in a session, titled "The Streaming Future of Big Data," as part of the Hadoop Day Track at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 16, 2017

The Internet of Things is the next big trend on the horizon for many enterprises, forcing them to examine a plethora of new business opportunities and determine ways to glean insights from existing customers, products, and operations. To address the needs and implications of IoT, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor at Radiant Advisors, and Anne Buff, business solutions manager and thought leader at SAS Institute, held a joint presentation at Data Summit 2017 focusing on the rise of IoT.

Posted May 16, 2017

Data Summit 2017 kicked off on Tuesday at the New York Hilton Midtown with keynotes by futurist, educator, and author Thornton A. May and Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Analytics. In his keynote, "The Human Side of the Data Revolution," May observed that data is impacting every aspect of life today, and stressed the importance of not only technology but people, including talking to peers, querying the solutions community, and establishing advisory boards.

Posted May 16, 2017

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