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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

A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud. As a result, it's no surprise that the biggest priorities for database teams this year are improving database performance, database upgrades, and data integration.

Posted August 08, 2018

Providing an integrated environment that simplifies software development, these solutions are valued for their ability to improve database development with an end-to-end approach that helps developers stay on top of the latest technology innovations and build modern applications. For database development teams, maximizing competence, performance, adaptability, and readiness, will help simplify development and allow automation to achieve repeatable processes, all while avoiding potential risks that create downtime.

Posted August 08, 2018

Database downtime can inflict a fatal wound on the life of a business and having a trusted backup solution that can ensure that databases can be back up and running quickly in the event of an outage is critical. With long downtimes simply unacceptable, organizations seek solutions with capabilities such as the ability to manage backups seamlessly, manage and monitor backups, ensure data integrity, scale efficiently restore quickly to any point in time, and provide security features to stay in compliance with local geographic and industry mandates.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's database administration solutions help to improve DBA productivity while simplifying repetitive administrative tasks, helping to locate and alleviate performance bottlenecks, and optimizing code. Businesses are utlizing highly complex, data environments with multiple data platforms across physical data centers and the cloud, managing systems and processes manually is no longer sufficient. What is needed is the ability to manage and monitor business-critical assets with automated precision.

Posted August 08, 2018

Companies are increasingly looking for the right database for the data storage need at hand. That might mean NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud databases—also known as database as a service—approaches. 

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's data visualization tools go beyond the standard charts and graphs used in Excel spreadsheets, displaying data in more sophisticated ways such as infographics, dials and gauges, geographic maps, sparklines, heat maps, and detailed bar, pie and fever charts. The images may include interactive capabilities, enabling users to manipulate them or drill into the data for querying and analysis.

Posted August 08, 2018

Storage solutions provide critical services for backup and archiving, content storage and distribution, big data analytics, and disaster recovery. Increasingly also there are smarter storage solutions, enabling greater efficiency and cost reduction through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies.

Posted August 08, 2018

While the data growth rate, number of database instances, and number of platforms that each DBA must support has not changed radically in the last few years, the database infrastructure has become more complicated. Two key factors are at play in the increasing complexity.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today, data quality solutions are available in the cloud as software as a service as well as on premise, and support the necessary data integrity for critical systems such as customer relationship management, master data management, data governance initiatives, and database management, as well as for regulatory compliance initiatives—including the E.U.'s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted August 08, 2018

The data governance market is expected to grow from $1.31 billion in 2018 to $3.53 billion by 2023, increasing by a CAGR of 22%, according to a recent ResearchandMarkets.com report. What is driving that growth? It is a combination of factors, the research shows, including rapidly increasing data volumes, new regulatory and compliance mandates, and the need to enhance strategic risk management and decision making as well as greater business collaboration.

Posted August 08, 2018

The big focus in analytics today is on access for all, and the ability to not only see what happened in the past but what is going on now or about to take place. A recent survey by Forbes Insights and Dun & Bradstreet of more than 300 senior executives across a broad range of industries confirmed that the goal of many organizations is to develop a data-driven culture, but also finds there is still plenty of work to be done to make that a reality.

Posted August 08, 2018

As a key component to data integration best practices, change data capture (CDC) is based on the identification, capture, and delivery of the changes made to enterprise data. CDC helps minimize access to both source and target systems. It also supports the ability to keep a record of changes for compliance, and is a key component of many data processes.

Posted August 08, 2018

The demand to become a data-driven business with a competitive edge in the digital economy is greater now than ever. BI and analytics is recognized as the cornerstone to success today. As the value of data becomes better appreciated, organizations are deploying  a multi-pronged approach that includes making data access and insights available to a broader swath of users as opposed to it remaining limited to small groups of analysts or executives, offering compelling data visualizations, and making data available more quickly for decision making.

Posted August 08, 2018

The votes have been counted and the results are in. Now, it's time to offer congratulations as Database Trends and Applications magazine unveils the 2018 Readers' Choice Awards winners. Many of the vendors and products are well-known with market-leading positions established over many years.  However, there are also newer names in the mix, representing the rapidly evolving nature of information technology solutions and services.

Posted August 08, 2018

Entrinsik, developer of Informer, is partnering with Full Sail Partners, Ltd, allowing the company to sell, integrate, and host Informer 5. The Informer 5 business intelligence software platform will be available to Full Sail Partner clients via the Deltek Vision to Informer integration offering from Blackbox Connector.

Posted August 08, 2018

Pick Cloud, Inc. and 3phi Solutions Inc. are forming a strategic partnership to sell phiReport Cloud edition exclusively in North America. phiReport is a suite of reporting tools based on the PICK/MultiValue DBMS. The application is built using AccuTerm GUI, allowing any Windows user with a current AccuTerm terminal emulator to define and generate attractive Excel worksheets from a graphical user interface.

Posted August 08, 2018

Experts may disagree on the precise definitions of artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing, machine learning (ML), or natural language processing. However, there is no debate about whether the proliferation of sensors and mobile devices, the rapid increase in data volume, and the heightened need for rapid decision making is fueling a demand for smarter solutions and greater automation.

Posted August 08, 2018

At the close of a presentation in which he announced general availability of the company's latest Autonomous Database Cloud Service, Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, Oracle CTO and chairman Larry Ellison also previewed new capabilities of Oracle Database 19c. With the upcoming 19c release, machine learning eliminates performance regression testing, and Oracle will offer an additional deployment option.

Posted August 08, 2018

During a presentation at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, in which Oracle CTO and chairman Larry Ellison unveiled the company's latest Autonomous Database Cloud Service, Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, he also sought to alleviate concerns that database automation will eliminate the jobs of longstanding Oracle database administrators.  "I have got some bad news for you: No early retirement," he said. "A lot of the tedious things you were doing—allocating disk storage and upgrading the OS—you don't have to do.  However, there is a lot more to do."

Posted August 08, 2018

Oracle CTO and chairman Larry Ellison announced the availability of the company's latest Autonomous Database Cloud Service, Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing. Leveraging machine learning and automation capabilities, the company says the new transaction processing service delivers cost savings, security, availability, and productivity, and can support a complex mix of high-performance transactions, reporting, batch, IoT, and machine learning in a single database.

Posted August 08, 2018

SAP is making improvements to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, delivering dozens of new AI-powered scenarios that further power the intelligent enterprise. Building on SAP's industry domain expertise to help every customer become a best-run business, these updates will increase customer agility and flexibility, as they adapt to rapidly changing business conditions.

Posted August 07, 2018

Redgate Software is adding Nexus Technology to its worldwide partner roster to help organizations successfully introduce DevOps to their database development. Redgate's software is already used by 91% of companies in the Fortune 100, and the new partnership with Nexus now means companies in the Channel Islands are in the ideal position to explore how too they can take advantage of database DevOps.

Posted August 07, 2018

Instana, a provider of application monitoring for containerized microservice applications, is releasing a set of customization features across their solution, creating a personalized APM experience for users. The new capabilities, called Application Perspectives, go beyond traditional custom dashboarding to deliver an automated personal guided APM experience.

Posted August 07, 2018

Today, data is understood to be the fuel that propels companies' growth and success. As a result, safeguarding that valuable resource is more important—but also harder—than ever.

Posted August 07, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, discussed how to create and maintain both polyglot and multi-model databases in his session, "Polyglot Persistence Versus Multi-Model Databases."

Posted August 07, 2018

OneLogin, provider of Unified Access Management solutions, is making platform enhancements that advance Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adoption in the enterprise. The updates include a new login experience and the release of OneLogin Protect 4.0 authenticator, providing increased security and customization for both administrators and end users.

Posted August 06, 2018

EnterpriseDB, developer of a Postgres-based database platform, is releasing the beta version of its EDB Postgres Migration Portal, an automated online tool for moving Oracle databases to the EDB Postgres Platform.

Posted August 02, 2018

DFLabs, provider of security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) technology, is introducing a new version of the IncMan SOAR platform that uses automated event triage to dramatically reduce the number of security incidents generated from alerts.

Posted August 02, 2018

The way that many organizations approach the backup process has failed them, as evidenced by the hundreds of millions of dollars they have spent on ransomware to retrieve their data.

Posted August 02, 2018

Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management provider, is launching new customer success offerings that leverage big data, AI, and machine learning. Informatica's new program boasts faster business value with consistent and superior experiences to customers worldwide.

Posted August 01, 2018

SAP is deepening its partnership with Google and Intel to offer GCP virtual machines supporting the upcoming Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory for SAP HANA workloads. These GCP VMs will be powered by the future Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code-named Cascade Lake) thereby expanding VM resource sizing and providing cost benefits for customers.

Posted August 01, 2018

Oracle has announced the release of the Oracle TimesTen Scaleout online transaction processing (OLTP) database that the company says is capable of massive scaleout, extreme transaction processing throughput, and ultra-low response times.

Posted August 01, 2018

Oracle Responsys has introduced the SMS Public Aggregator Network (SPAN), a new self-service application within Oracle Marketing Cloud that makes it easier for customers to find, order, and manage SMS services directly from the mobile aggregator of their choice.

Posted August 01, 2018

Redgate Software is upgrading SQL Prompt, elevating it from helping to develop and standardize new code to discovering problems in legacy code. The latest update to SQL Prompt allows users to analyze an entire script of legacy code, no matter how large, and see a list of all the issues contained within it.

Posted July 31, 2018

Yellowbrick Data is today emerging from stealth and announcing the debutof its analytic solution for hybrid cloud, the cornerstone of which is the Yellowbrick Data Warehouse. According to Yellowbrick, the data warehousing segment has been in need of a refresh. The company contends that a fragmented ecosystem of solutions based on legacy architectures has hindered efficiency and forced businesses to compromise on how quickly and easily they can derive insights from data.

Posted July 31, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd., provider of self-service metadata discovery software, is entering a global reseller agreement with IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools. Through this agreement, IDERA will market and resell Safyr to complement its ER/Studio data modeling and architecture product suite.

Posted July 31, 2018

These days migrating from on-premise to cloud-based architectures are a no brainier. However, even though this process increases IT agility, it also increases business risk. DBTA recently held a webinar with Brian Walters, director of solution engineering, Percona, who discussed best practices for managing this balance and mitigating risk as much as possible.

Posted July 31, 2018

Modern architecture has evolved beyond the traditional data warehouse to include logical data warehouses, data lakes, distribution hubs, data catalogs, analytical sandboxes, and data science hubs, along with both self-service data preparation and BI. At Data Summit 2018, Richard Sherman, managing partner, Athena IT Solutions, reflected on the need to build a data architecture for modern business intelligence and analytics that supports structured, unstructured, and semi-structured sources and hybrid integration and data engineering as well as analytical uses by casual information consumers, power users, and data scientists.

Posted July 31, 2018

Kentik, a provider of network analytics, is releasing a product expansion that adds deep visibility into the Google Cloud Platform. With Kentik Detect, enterprises can now get real-time insights from VPC Flow Logs for their Google Cloud Platform environments to optimize network performance, security, and user experience.

Posted July 30, 2018

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is partnering with Google Cloud to develop new AI-powered SaaS solutions. The new solutions on GCP will help organizations analyze their vast physical and digital information and data repositories, unlock insights, improve decision making, and create new revenue streams. Iron Mountain expects to deliver these new subscription services built on GCP this September.

Posted July 30, 2018

Machine learning continues to grow with the advent of new technologies and solutions. It has emerged as a truly revolutionary technology innovation across all verticals and industries; according to analyst firm IDC, spending on machine learning will grow from $12B to $57.6B by 2021.

Posted July 30, 2018

Looker is integrating its platform with Google Cloud BigQuery ML (BQML), accelerating the time-to-value of data science workflows. With Looker and BigQuery ML, data teams can now save time and eliminate unnecessary processes by creating machine learning (ML) models directly in BigQuery via Looker - without the need to transfer data into additional ML tools.

Posted July 27, 2018

Datawatch has announced that Datawatch Swarm, its enterprise data intelligence platform, is offering new deployment options to fuel self-service analytics. The new release aligns with enterprises' needs for collaborative infrastructure and also provides multi-tenancy and SaaS deployment options for Datawatch partners.

Posted July 27, 2018

Insight Engines is launching the company's version 3.0 product, combining two key components: Insight Investigator and Insight Analyzer. Together, these offerings use natural language processing, machine learning, and expert knowledge to detect data gaps, ask high-value questions, and give recommendations based on industry intelligence and activities.

Posted July 27, 2018

The big data landscape is constantly changing and the latest IOUG study is reflecting those changes as organizations continue to flock to the cloud, changing the role and mission of IT teams. DBTA recently held a webinar with Lee Levitt, director, business development, Oracle, who discussed how companies are navigating the change and capitalizing on the benefits cloud brings when it comes to data management and getting more out of analytics.

Posted July 27, 2018

MarkLogic,  provider of an enterprise NoSQL database platform, has introduced the MarkLogic Query Service, a new way to give customers elasticity in the cloud for their mission-critical, enterprise-grade workloads.

Posted July 26, 2018

Informatica is partnering with Google Cloud's Apigee product group to provide enterprises with a unified API management and integration solution. The collaboration is intended to allow organizations to leverage data and applications that are deployed in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, creating a continuously connected business to drive agility through innovations in AI-driven integrations and APIs.

Posted July 26, 2018

Splice Machine is releasing its intelligent application platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud service, giving customers another way to use the data platform while have the choice to deploy on-prem, AWS, or Azure. Splice Machine is a scale-out SQL data platform that can run fast OLTP and in-memory OLAP on the same platform, along with machine learning and streaming.

Posted July 26, 2018

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM), is releasing a next-generation hybrid-cloud platform that brings together intelligent automation, security, and EIM applications. OpenText OT2 enables developers to rapidly build SaaS applications in the OpenText Cloud.

Posted July 26, 2018

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