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Business Intelligence and Analytics

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

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

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 19, 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 19, 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 18, 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

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 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

In October of 2008, Congress enacted the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, more commonly known as the bailout of the financial system. The understanding was that catastrophic financial consequences would be the result of the failure of these entities and that those aggregate failures could devastate the U.S. The recent major outages in the public clouds services inevitably lead to the same issue being consider with regard to this new industry.

Posted May 15, 2017

With the furor over fake news, where the truth is massaged for commercial or political gain, the focus has gone off fake data—which can have a lot more perilous consequences.

Posted May 15, 2017

When people talk about the next generation of applications or infrastructure, what is often echoed throughout the industry is the cloud. On the application side, the concept of "serverless" is becoming less of a pipe dream and more of a reality. The infrastructure side has already proven that it is possible to deliver the ability to pay for compute on an hourly or more granular basis.

Posted May 15, 2017

You will often hear experienced practitioners and consultants suggest that there is both an art and a science to effective data governance. The art is in the details of fine-tuning a data governance program to fit your culture and address specific business needs. But the fundamental principles of data governance are best understood and executed through science.

Posted May 15, 2017

The tide is changing for analytics architectures. Traditional approaches, from the data warehouse to the data lake, implicitly assume that all relevant data can be stored in a single, centralized repository. But this approach is slow and expensive, and sometimes not even feasible, because some data sources are too big to be replicated, and data is often too distributed to make a "full centralization" strategy successful.

Posted May 15, 2017

Over the next 6 years, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to reach $883.55 billion, as connected devices continue to pour into just about every aspect of our lives. For enterprises, the IoT is helping to transform products into connected services, capable of creating recurring revenue streams, reducing costs, and enhancing customers' experiences.

Posted May 15, 2017

Data—now universally understood to be the lifeblood of businesses—is at risk like never before in the form of both malicious attacks and innocent indiscretions. Recently, Steve Grobman, CTO for McAfee, discussed the range of threats to data security and what companies must do to defend themselves.

Posted May 15, 2017

Organizations are embracing data visualization as more than a tool to "see" trends and patterns in data but as a pathway to a dynamic culture of visual data discovery. As with any type of cultural shift, there are going to be a few bumps along the road as innovative ways to transform data into actionable insights through the power of data visualization are sought.However, with a few considerations kept top-of-mind in the early stages of data visualization adoption, common problems can be avoided.

Posted May 15, 2017

Big data and analytics are all around these days. Most companies already have their first analytical models in production and are thinking about further boosting their performance. However, far too often, these companies focus on the analytical techniques rather than on the key ingredient: data. The best way to boost the performance and ROI of an analytical model is by investing in new sources of data which can help to further unravel complex customer behavior and improve key analytical insights.

Posted May 15, 2017

Today's headlines are filled with news about artificial intelligence (AI), proclaiming variously that robots will take our jobs, cure cancer, or change industries in ways unseen since the industrial revolution. One thing is clear to those of us watching closely, however: It's not all hype. In 2016 alone, the quantity of AI startup acquisitions was remarkable, but most of these massive investments were made by an elite corps of companies, such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook and a few others.

Posted May 15, 2017

What are the enabling technologies that make enterprise architecture what it is today? There are a range of new-generation technologies and approaches shaping today's data environments. The key is putting them all together to help enterprise architecture fit into the enterprise's vision of itself as a data-driven organization. Tools and technologies emerging within today's data-driven enterprise include cloud, data lakes, real-time analytics, microservices, containers, Spark, Hadoop, and open source trends.

Posted May 15, 2017

Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, a graph database solution, is releasing an update to Neo4j that introduces enterprise scaling, governance and security capabilities, and improves native graph performance. The update, Neo4j 3.2, adds multi-data center capabilities to enable customers to build the next generation of global internet scale applications.

Posted May 11, 2017

TimeXtender is now offering its Discovery Hub in three deployment models: in the cloud, on-premises, or in a hybrid model.

Posted May 11, 2017

GridGain Systems, a provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing platform solutions based on Apache Ignite, has announced the availability of GridGain Professional Edition 2.0, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 2.0.

Posted May 11, 2017

Many companies are beginning to acquire IoT data and more external datasets for new forms of analytics. However, they are realizing the value in integrating this data with their existing operational systems and databases. This has given way to a demand for new architecture patterns and data engineering best practices that are being incorporated into cloud and hybrid cloud strategies.

Posted May 11, 2017

Boxever, which provides an artificial intelligence-based personalization platform for B2C companies, has announced its partnership with the Oracle Marketing AppCloud, and the availability of Boxover's Customer Intelligence Cloud on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Boxover, which is also a Silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, offers AI and data analytics capabilities to help marketers improve personalization.

Posted May 10, 2017

Syncsort is integrating its Big Iron to Big Data powerhouse Ironstream with Compuware Corporation's Application Audit software, improving an organization's ability to detect threats against critical mainframe data, correlate them with related information, and events to satisfy compliance requirements.

Posted May 10, 2017

Dell EMC is announcing new data backup and protection solutions to enable customers to ensure data is secure, backed up and protected against disasters and outages.

Posted May 09, 2017

IBM is opening four new IBM Cloud data centers across the United States to support growing enterprise demand for cloud infrastructure that can provide access to services such as IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive. The new cloud centers are based in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Posted May 08, 2017

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