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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

Duplicates are often the exact opposite of what we want. The discovery of one's evil clone, for instance, would be far from an ideal scenario, in most people's minds. In all seriousness, though, one hardly need look to science fiction for examples of how the proliferation of duplicates is a common nuisance of our modern lives.

Posted March 07, 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 March 07, 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 March 07, 2018

Two key areas of technology that Oracle is innovating in are blockchain and IoT, according to Thomas Kurian, Oracle president of product development.  Kurian spoke during the company's CloudWorld keynote in New York, which focused largely on demonstrating the benefits of cloud, automation, and artificial intelligence.

Posted March 07, 2018

MariaDB is launching MariaDB Server 10.3.5, adding temporal data processing, Oracle compatibility features, and other improvements in its next candidate release. The announcement was first made during the MariaDB M|18 conference in New York.

Posted March 07, 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 March 07, 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 March 07, 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 March 07, 2018

Startups with a mission to address an unanswered problem continue to emerge in the tech sector. These companies tap into new and still emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, machine learning, containerization, AI, NoSQL, and blockchain to provide fresh solutions that simply were not possible before.

Posted March 07, 2018

Databricks, provider of the Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark, is releasing Apache Spark 2.3.0 on Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform. Databricks is the first vendor to support Apache Spark 2.3 within a compute engine, Databricks Runtime 4.0, which is now generally available.

Posted March 07, 2018

Host Analytics, a provider of cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions, has introduced Project Orion, an EPM product specifically designed for business users, as opposed to finance professionals.

Posted March 07, 2018

data.world is releasing its data collaboration platform for the enterprise, aiming to break down the barriers separating people, data, and business. The platform is launching with integrations with leading enterprise data solutions including Tableau, Microsoft Excel and Power BI, IBM SPSS, MicroStrategy, Google Data Studio, and others.

Posted March 07, 2018

While artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing hold great promise, there are also practical considerations that must be considered in order to leverage its transformative effect, according to Hadley Reynolds, managing director, Cognitive Computing Consortium, who will present a keynote at Data Summit 2018 titled "Capturing Value with Cognitive Computing: Executing on Data Challenges."

Posted March 07, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd, a supplier of enterprise application metadata intelligence software, is boosting its Safyr platform with SAP and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) integration. Safyr now provides users of SAP and SAP Business Warehouse greater visibility and intelligence about the data connections between the two products. The company has also enhanced product features for GDPR data discovery.

Posted March 06, 2018

Cambridge Semantics and  CData Software have formed a technology partnership to provide SQL query access to a code-free, graph-based, big data management and analytics environment.  With graph technology becoming increasingly popular in today's data-driven organizations, the partnership opens a new option to SQL users who will be able use their existing query skills and familiar data access tools to access the integration of diverse data sources.

Posted March 06, 2018

Datawatch Corporation is launching Datawatch Monarch Swarm, an intelligent enterprise data preparation and analytics platform that can transform how businesses interact with and leverage their greatest assets. With new and innovative applications of machine learning technology to benefit every user no matter their skill-level, Monarch Swarm empowers every individual, department, and organization with advanced intelligence and insight into how data can be used to drive further team collaboration, socialization, and support of data governance practices.

Posted March 05, 2018

Waterline Data, a provider of data cataloging solutions and applications, is releasing the Waterline Metadata Discovery Platform, designed to help the petabyte enterprise accelerate the discovery, governance, and use of big data. Based on advanced data virtualization technology, the new solution serves as a platform for multiple applications, from data cataloging for analytics to the newly launched GDPR compliance application.

Posted March 05, 2018

iconectiv, an authoritative partner of the global communications industry, is joining SAP's partnership ecosystem, bringing its cloud-based telecom services. In this latest addition to the iconectiv TruPartner Program, the company will provide service providers and related telecom firms using the SAP HANA platform with solutions that enhance database management, maximize network efficiencies, decrease operational costs, and reduce risk by providing highly accurate and actionable network and numbering data and analysis.

Posted March 05, 2018

DataStax is releasing DataStax Managed Cloud on Microsoft Azure, eliminating operational data management tasks and allowing enterprises to focus on innovative projects. DataStax Managed Cloud is the always-on data layer available on public cloud with secure, expert managed services, powered by Apache Cassandra. Azure is an open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform.

Posted March 02, 2018

iguazio, a data platform powering data-driven applications by extending the cloud experience at the edge and on premises, is launching a global Channel Partner Program and further extending its global reach. As part of the new program, which is open to systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs) and OEMs, iguazio has already formed partnerships with key channel leaders.

Posted March 02, 2018

Bedrock Data has launched Fusion, SaaS software that reduces the time and cost associated with unifying customer data across cloud applications. According to Bedrock, the resulting Fused Database enables comprehensive analytics, business intelligence and real-time dashboards by eliminating the delays of data preparation.

Posted March 01, 2018

FundRequest, a decentralized marketplace built for open source collaboration, is partnering with Indorse, a reward-based decentralized professional social network where users can control their data, to certify and reward open source developers on the Blockchain.

Posted March 01, 2018

Redgate is enhancing its SQL Provision solution to make the masking of data even easier, helping to further comply with new Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. SQL Provision allows users to create copies of SQL Server databases using just MB of storage and mask any sensitive data.

Posted March 01, 2018

Groware is one of Canada's leading providers of software for the grower and nursery markets. Over the years, the company's software has been through several iterations. This year, Groware partnered with global IT company Bluefinity International to use its rapid app development platform Evoke.

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

SAP unveiled a new consumption-based commercial model for customers to easily acquire and engage SAP Cloud Platform, the company's platform as a service (PaaS). Other updates include the next-generation SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, which allows customers to extend enterprise apps and processes to mobile devices.

Posted February 28, 2018

SUSE is extending its partnership with Infosys, naming the company a global Solution Partner in the top tier of the SUSE Partner Program. In addition, Infosys has chosen SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications as its preferred platform for SAP HANA Transformation Programs.

Posted February 28, 2018

SAP is introducing the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, 1802, including advanced and more intelligent functionality in machine learning, in-memory analytics, in-context collaboration and more.This, combined and enriched by SAP's digital assistant, is enhancing new innovations for the finance, manufacturing, sales, procurement, and professional services industries.

Posted February 28, 2018

Cleaning data is no different from many types of maintenance - just as disorganization creates disruptions in life, working with unclean data can be a recipe for disaster for an enterprise. Wasting time searching for clean data, making bad decisions, inefficiently processing functions, and receiving regulatory fines are just a few of the mishaps that can confront an organization with dirty data.

Posted February 28, 2018

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

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

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

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