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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

Today's modern enterprise data warehouse (EDW), which has been in existence for more than 20 years, faces a growing set of challenges. The platform must incorporate data integration, quality, and governance effectively.

Posted January 05, 2018

With a new year comes new ideas on how to disrupt the big data industry. From tried and true methods to the introduction of new solutions, several experts are predicting a surge of a combination of both old and new solutions, along with the rise of different roles that will power enterprises through 2018.

Posted January 04, 2018

The suddenness of the non-relational "breakout" created a lot of noise and confusion and—at least initially—an explosion of new database systems. However, the database landscape is settling down, and in the past few years, the biggest meta trend in database management has been a reduction in the number of leading vendors and consolidation of core technologies. Additionally, we're starting to see database as a service (DBaaS) offerings become increasingly credible alternatives to on-premise or do-it-yourself cloud database configuration.

Posted January 03, 2018

Organizations are still skeptical of investing in the cloud and planning for the future, now that 2018 has arrived is no different. Enterprises are looking at ways to secure their data while also staying at the cutting edge. A few experts offer their predictions for cloud and multi-cloud platforms in 2018.

Posted January 03, 2018

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will continue to improve and make waves in the big data industry. Autonomous machines that can learn without explicit programming is the future, many say, and experts are predicting that machine learning will continue to take center stage in a variety of ways in 2018.

Posted January 03, 2018

You're a large organization headquartered in the U.S. Your clients and customers live mainly in the U.S. You have no intention to expand beyond the U.S. What could you possibly need to know about new data rules in the EU? Everything, it turns out.

Posted January 02, 2018

Data lakes are often viewed as the ultimate silo breakers, integrating mountains of data frompoint solutions for ERP, CRM, enterprise data warehouse, cloud and on-premises applications.However, if the enterprise data lake is not leveraged appropriately, it often ends up being just adata dump or worse still a "data swamp."

Posted January 02, 2018

Self-service data discovery has been the buzz word in the BI industry for the past 3 years and is touted as the solution to many problems. Yet, the BI industry has a dismal adoption rate of only 22%, which has plagued the industry for several years. In response to this grim number, we must look around for a solution in other sectors that provides self-service to millions of people without any IT support. In essence, we are looking for a self-service paradigm that can give us insights about how to solve the adoption challenge and learn from it.

Posted January 02, 2018

The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 02, 2018

MongoDB 3.6 was announced publically in November and should be in production by the time this article is posted.  There are no shock features in this version, but it is an attractive release that should see rapid uptake.

Posted January 02, 2018

Don't let the term "unstructured data" confuse you. Structure exists, somehow and somewhere, within unstructured source data. It is that subtle, possibly even encrypted, structure that contains the gems of knowledge that an enterprise seeks. Sometimes those gems only shine when extracted and combined with other little gems from other data sources.

Posted January 02, 2018

New Year's Day is a holiday we mark both with a big party and with reflection and re-evaluation. New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition here in the U.S., with more than 40% of Americans making conscious decisions to do things differently. (Yes, there are people who actually keep track of these statistics.) Yet, despite all of the good intentions, less than 10% of people who make New Year's resolutions are able to keep them. In the spirit of new beginnings, here are a handful of promises for the SQL Server professional which adhere to the three cardinal rules of successful New Year's resolutions: simple, tangible, and obvious.

Posted January 02, 2018

Each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine highlights solutions that promise to help organizations derive greater benefit from their data, make better decisions, work more efficiently, achieve greater security, and address emerging challenges. A variety of MV companies have made the cut this year, including products from Entrinsik, Kore Technologies, Revelation Software, and Rocket Software.

Posted January 02, 2018

Rocket Software, a global technology provider specializing in app modernization and systems optimization, has won the 2017 "Growth Partner of the Year" award from Ellucian, recognizing the company's technical support. Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, selected Rocket for the award in recognition of the company's technical support for Ellucian's cloud-based solutions and for its role in helping the company transition to its current SaaS license model.

Posted January 02, 2018

To sustain and drive viable businesses now, and into the rapidly changing future, IT needs to stop firefighting. Reacting when things go wrong—after an incident has caused damage—incurs costs.  Taking a proactive, preventative approach using predictive knowhow moves IT out of the proverbial hot seat and gives them much-needed control to keep critical business systems up and running.

Posted January 02, 2018

Splice Machine has launched its Online Predictive Processing Platform (OLPP) for powering predictive applications. Using the Splice Machine OLPP platform, applications can now both "predict" by learning from the past as well as use those predictions to "act in the moment."

Posted January 02, 2018

Oracle has entered into an agreement with Aconex Limited, a cloud-based solution that manages team collaboration for construction projects. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.2 billion, net of Aconex cash.

Posted January 02, 2018

NodeSource, a technology company specializing in enterprise-grade solutions in support of a sustainable ecosystem for the open source Node.js project, has raised $17.5 million in Series B funding.

Posted December 27, 2017

Frontline Systems has released XLMiner SDK V2018, a new version of its software development kit for data mining, text mining, forecasting, and predictive analytics. XLMiner SDK offers application developers working in C++, C#, Java, Python or R an API for creating applications that use predictive analytics.

Posted December 27, 2017

New technologies and solutions are giving businesses new avenues to to deliver a competitive edge. From startups to Fortune 100 companies, success means increasing efficiency, agility and innovation through better collaboration, visibility, and performance.

Posted December 22, 2017

Transforming data into valuable information your enterprise can use sometimes is a daunting task. However, it doesn't have to be. In a recent DBTA webinar, Donald Soulsby, VP of architecture strategies at Sandhill Consultant, and Jeff Harris, technical services manager at Sandhill Consultant, discussed how to survive and thrive with data intelligence.

Posted December 21, 2017

Panoply, Stitch, and Chartio are partnering to offer an Automatic Cloud Data Stack, allowing users to gain insights through data visualization. The combined solution includes a self-optimizing petabyte-scale data warehouse, a self-serve ETL pipeline, and a modern business intelligence platform with pre-built business dashboards.

Posted December 21, 2017

Dell Boomi's integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is designed to equip enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers.

Posted December 21, 2017

Zumasys, a provider of MultiValue software and cloud computing solutions, is gaining a foothold in the worldwide market, appointing Uniware Pty Ltd, a national provider of MultiValue software and services, as a distributor for Australia and New Zealand. Through the agreement, Uniware will now resell Zumasys' full suite of MultiValue software products, including jBASE, OpenQM, AccuTerm, and MV Connect.

Posted December 20, 2017

Data is a powerful tool, but it's all too often out of reach of the very people who need it most. That is changing as the model for consuming technology and the technology itself evolves to better support the needs of companies working at the speed of digital.

Posted December 20, 2017

SAP is introducing new innovations in its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio to help customers better manage and use their data for digital transformation, cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and data protection and privacy. These innovations help simplify data management and include broader support for diverse data landscapes and tighter integration across SAP solutions.

Posted December 20, 2017

Another year is right around the corner and improved technology is rising to greet the prospect of a new day to become the next big thing. Experts at SAP are weighing in on what 2018 may bring.

Posted December 20, 2017

Several businesses are turning to SAP SuccessFactors solutions for human capital management to help drive digital transformation, tap into the full potential of their people and turn purpose into performance. The companies include U.S. lighting systems manufacturer Acuity Brands Inc., Chinese renewable energy company Hanergy Holding Group Ltd, and Mexican retailer La Europea.

Posted December 20, 2017

SAP is opening a new SAP Co-Innovation Lab at its North America headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, focusing on creating business applications for emerging technologies. SAP Co-Innovation Lab locations provide infrastructure and space for SAP and its partners and customers to co-innovate new solutions to the most pressing challenges organizations face in the digital economy.

Posted December 20, 2017

SAP is launching the SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub solution, introducing a new way for customers to simplify and speed the use of cloud-based people and organizational data across their businesses. The need for people and organizational data across the enterprise is vital, but integrating this data from disparate systems is complex and expensive. SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub helps solve this by consolidating people and organizational data from legacy systems into a central, cloud-based hub where it's then integrated and available for use with SAP enterprise applications, such as SAP S/4HANA.

Posted December 20, 2017

The SAP Innovative Business Solutions organization is expanding its business model and is now collaborating with clients to run tailored solutions in the cloud. SAP is now collaborating with clients in an end-to-end innovation process to discover, design, develop on premise or in hybrid scenarios that address their specific mission-critical business needs.

Posted December 20, 2017

Constructing a modern database demands performance and ease of operations, both at scale. The performance aspect consists of two aspects: high-throughput and low-latency.

Posted December 20, 2017

Magnitude Software has completed the acquisition of Innowera, a global software provider that enables users to more efficiently manage SAP processes and workflows for productivity and data management. This acquisition expands Magnitude's portfolio of solutions in the SAP marketplace, provides access to additional target users in the office of finance, and complements key solutions, including Magnitude SourceConnect for SAP, Magnitude RapidDecision, and Magnitude Connectivity solutions.

Posted December 20, 2017

To help organizations better protect their clouds and digital services, Oracle is expanding its security portfolio and unveiling a new partner program. The Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now includes new capabilities to help enterprises manage and certify user identities, applications, and confidential data more securely and through a richer, consumerized user experience. In addition, a new partner program is aimed at improving collaboration with security vendors and simplifying customer adoption.

Posted December 20, 2017

In the past, user groups were the place where you would meet people interested in the same thing you were.  Vendors worked with the user groups to communicate new releases, and gather feedback on beta testing and leveraged them as a source for new features. The user group had a library of information, presentations, events, and ways to interact with other users and vendors. Now, with social tools, including Facebook, Slack, and LinkedIn, and powerful search engines such as Google and Bing, the question is: Are user groups still needed? They are, and here is why.

Posted December 20, 2017

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 December 20, 2017

MicroStrategy Incorporated, a worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is updating its signature platform, introducing a redesigned desktop and new workstation. MicroStrategy 10.10 builds on its previous release, which introduced the Dossier feature and MicroStrategy Library.

Posted December 19, 2017

IBM announced its next-generation Power Systems Servers, incorporating its newly designed POWER9 processor. Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks, enabling enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.

Posted December 18, 2017

IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. They include: JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, Samsung, JSR Corporation, Barclays, Hitachi Metals, Honda, Nagase, Keio University, Oak Ridge National Lab, Oxford University and University of Melbourne.

Posted December 18, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its vision for its Smart Data Center, which brings together technologies and approaches in infrastructure management, predictive analytics and internet of things (IoT) capabilities.

Posted December 18, 2017

Over the past 12 months, there have been many new initiatives aimed at boosting access to and adoption of artificial intelligence. Many resources need to be aligned, including data analytics and computing processing power. But the most important ingredient is human intelligence. AI will only succeed if it is working in partnership with human intelligence, and only humans can provide the business context that gives AI value. This will be the final issue of this newsletter for 2017, and we will resume publishing on January 8th. We wish all our readers a very happy and safe holiday season!

Posted December 18, 2017

BMC is expanding its Remedy solution to multi-cloud environments, including AWS, Jira, and Microsoft Azure, allowing companies to deliver seamless experiences. IT leaders can now broker tickets and manage all incidents both on-premises and across multiple clouds. 

Posted December 18, 2017

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 December 15, 2017

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted December 15, 2017

Adoption of cross-cloud containers is increasing as developers push for an open cloud stack to avoid vendor lock-in, say IT leaders. However, in their efforts to embrace multi-cloud environments, organizations have to be mindful of avoiding the complexity of cloud sprawl, they caution. Here, three IT leaders share their predictions for the impact that containers and microservices will have in 2018

Posted December 12, 2017

A new on-demand e-learning course on profit-driven business analytics is available through SAS. The course is taught by Wouter Verbeke, an assistant professor in business informatics at the University of Brussels (Belgium), and Bart Baesens, a professor of Big Data and Analytics at KU Leuven (Belgium) and a lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Recently, Baesens, who also writes the Data Science Deep Dive column for Big Data Quarterly, discussed the role of profit-driven analytics and the objectives of the new course.

Posted December 12, 2017

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