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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

dotData, a provider of end-to-end data science automation and operationalization, is releasing dotDataPy, a lightweight and scalable Python library that enables advanced users to access dotData's data science automation functionality. With just a few lines of code, data scientists can now create, execute and validate end-to-end data science pipelines.

Posted January 29, 2019

Syntax Systems (Syntax), a provider of cloud managed ERP services, is acquiring German IT services company Freudenberg IT (FIT), enabling Syntax to enter the SAP application market. This acquisition expands Syntax's service offerings in the SAP market and complements existing business operations.

Posted January 29, 2019

Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corp., PNC Bank, and IBM have announced a new collaboration to design and create a network using blockchain technology to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare industry.

Posted January 29, 2019

Birst, an Infor company and a provider of Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics for the Enterprise, is introducing its Smart Analytics family of solutions, powered by Infor Coleman AI. Birst Smart Analytics is a new set of AI-enabled capabilities that elevate organizations above traditional reports and dashboards, using machine learning algorithms to power intelligent insights not previously available to business users.

Posted January 29, 2019

Software intelligence company, Dynatrace, has announced the next generation of its AI engine, Davis, now powered by new and enhanced algorithms, and an ability to ingest data and events from third-party solutions. Dynatrace's Davis is now able to ingest custom metrics, data, and events from third-party solutions such as CI/CD and ITSM tools, enabling Dynatrace to deliver more precise answers with deeper context. Integrations include F5, IBM DataPower, Citrix NetScaler, ServiceNow, Puppet, Chef, and others.

Posted January 29, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of MLOps, is introducing new versions of MCenter targeted to data scientists and data science teams, allowing small-to-medium-sized companies or enterprise customers to buy a version of the product that fits their current needs and scale as their businesses grow.

Posted January 28, 2019

Cloudian's HyperStore object storage platform can now integrate with Veeam's newest data protection software release, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This integration provides new and existing Veeam customers with scalable storage that works across public and private cloud environments.

Posted January 28, 2019

SophiaTX, a Swiss-based blockchain Platform for businesses, is joining forces with Block Unison to help further develop a global enterprise blockchain ecosystem through IoT, smart contract, and enterprise application integration. The combination of mature services and blockchain technology expertise present in Block Unison will help SophiaTX establish itself as a desired platform for any innovative company looking to extend their level of trust and collaboration across the value chain.

Posted January 25, 2019

Express Scripts provides pharmacy and medical benefits management, specialty pharmacy care, and everything in between. The company seeks to uncover opportunities to make healthcare better and they rely on the uptime and availability of data to be a market leader. This is where Quest comes in. In a recent DBTA webinar, Mertz and Jason Hall, Jason Hall senior technical sales engineer, Quest Software, explained how Quest helped Express Scripts manage its database and prepare for the future.

Posted January 25, 2019

This year is a pivotal one for some legacy applications. Extended Support for SQL Server versions 2008 and 2008 R2 is ending in July, to be followed 6 months later by the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The clock is ticking for enterprises to migrate or upgrade their systems.

Posted January 24, 2019

A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker will deliver the opening keynote at Data Summit 2019. The sixth annual Data Summit conference will be held in Boston, May 21-22, 2019, with pre-conference workshops on May 20. Registration is now open.

Posted January 23, 2019

Onapsis, a provider of ERP cybersecurity and compliance, will acquire Virtual Forge, allowing the company to strengthen security of SAP applications and extensions. The combination of Onapsis and Virtual Forge will empower customers to have unparalleled visibility, incident response, management, and compliance for business-critical applications.

Posted January 23, 2019

SAP is launching an S/4HANA-Based Subledger solution for Financial Products, providing a central hub to manage data between operational and finance systems. It takes advantage of SAP's in-memory computing platform, SAP S/4HANA, for flexibility and speed. The subledger solution runs on a multi-GAAP accounting engine that provides enhanced calculation and accounting capabilities for payments, business events, and estimated cashflows.

Posted January 23, 2019

SAP is releasing a blockchain-technology hub to help eliminate counterfeit products along the pharmaceutical supply chain. The SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences is designed to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned from hospitals and pharmacies to wholesalers before products are resold.

Posted January 23, 2019

Kronos Incorporated is entering a global agreement with SAP, allowing SAP to resell Workforce Dimensions, the next-generation workforce management solution by Kronos. SAP has selected Workforce Dimensions as its workforce management solution for customers with complex scheduling, time and attendance, absence management, labor activities, and workforce analytics requirements.

Posted January 23, 2019

In 2018, there was heightened awareness of AI and machine learning and, in 2019, the emphasis is expected to increase on cognitive computing technologies that can analyze data in ways previously unimaginable and act independently or with limited human intervention. Here, executives of leading IT companies offer 9 predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted January 23, 2019

Zumasys is acquiring OpenQM, a self-tuning MultiValue database, from UK-based Ladybridge Systems. OpenQM provides customers with a scalable MultiValue database solution that's compatible with existing applications and other major MultiValue products.

Posted January 23, 2019

A global study of 1,200 consumers and 400 retail executives across the U.S., U.K., and Australia finds a disconnect between shopper demands and what retailers deliver in areas spanning the overall retail environment, social media, personalization and the use of advanced technologies such as chatbots, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality (VR).  The new study was released by Oracle NetSuite.

Posted January 22, 2019

It is essential to have access to detailed, real-time information on the performance of database servers and databases. Database performance problems affect the business-critical applications that they support. These issues were considered during a recent webinar featuring Patrick O'Halloran, senior sales engineer, IDERA, who discussed the use of SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL to ensure application responsiveness and database security.

Posted January 22, 2019

Hailo is also opening registration for the Hailo-8 Fast Track program to select customers and is offering the opportunity to evaluate the initial samples of its high-performance, low-power and small-size Hailo-8 deep learning processor.  Program participants from various sectors will also be able to develop and prototype their own deep learning products based on the Hailo-8 processor.

Posted January 22, 2019

Red Hat shareholders voted to approve the acquisition by IBM, bringing it closer to closing in the second half of 2019. Commenting on the vote, Steve Robinson, GM of Red Hat Synergy, IBM, said: "Together, IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to lead in hybrid cloud, addressing growing demand for companies to securely move their business applications to an open, multi-cloud environment."

Posted January 22, 2019

Progress, a provider of application development and digital experience technologies, is launching Progress DataDirect Autonomous REST Connector, a data connectivity solution that, the company says, enables organizations to build enterprise-grade connectors for any application within minutes.

Posted January 17, 2019

StreamSets, provider of a DataOps platform for modern data integration, is collaborating with Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud. In conjunction with the partnership, StreamSets also unveiled StreamSets for Snowflake. Now, StreamSets customers can create at-scale data pipelines for batch and streaming data from edge, on-premises, and cloud systems directly into Snowflake.

Posted January 17, 2019

DataStax, a provider of a distributed hybrid cloud database built on Apache Cassandra, is entering a partnership with Hitachi, Ltd. in Japan, optimizing manufacturing processes with Internet of Things data. The collaborative technologies will enable various solutions for manufacturers, including product sequence optimization, supply chain optimization, product traceability, and product plan optimization.

Posted January 17, 2019

MariaDB is releasing MariaDB Platform X3, an open source database that unites transactional and analytical workloads at scale, and introducing a new MariaDB Managed Service supporting public and hybrid cloud deployments. MariaDB Platform X3 brings together MariaDB TX and MariaDB AX in one platform that can uniquely scale out transactions or analytics to support business growth goals.

Posted January 16, 2019

InterSystems, a  provider of information technology platforms for health, business, and government applications, has announced the availability of the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace.

Posted January 15, 2019

From self-service data preparation and real-time data streaming, to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the world of big data and analytics continues to evolve. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Clive Bearman, director of product marketing, Attunity; Greg Davoll, VP of product marketing, Alteryx; and Clarke Patterson, head of product marketing, StreamSets, who discussed upcoming challenges and opportunities in 2019.

Posted January 14, 2019

Pairing a modern database capable of handling tranactional and analytical workloads with modern DevOps management can bring agility to the organization. But how can companies successfully do this? DBTA recently held a webinar with Thomas Boyd, principal solutions engineer, MariaDB Corporation who discussed best practices for running mission-critical MariaDB instances in Docker and Kubernetes, with high availability and great ease of operation. 

Posted January 14, 2019

Databases offer a lot of metrics. How does the enterprise go about wading through it all to uncover the insights businesses and customers are looking for? DBTA recently held a webinar with Katy Farmer, developer advocate, InfluxData, who discussed which metrics can offer insight into the database and why they matter.

Posted January 11, 2019

OneLogin, a provider of Unified Access Management, is closing $100 million in growth financing which will be used to accelerate the growth of new products and innovations.

Posted January 10, 2019

In George Orwell's Book 1984, the party slogan was, "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." And today, it is clear that the environment we now live in is a culmination of the many decisions that were made in the past. Many innovations we now take for granted—or expect to become broadly accepted—would never have been possible if past investments and research had not laid the foundation for them. Cloud technology is playing a critical role in many of these advances.

Posted January 09, 2019

Octonion, an IoT software provider, is introducing a new Brainium online portal in partnership with Avnet and Microsoft. Octonion's new Brainium portal is designed to help engineers and manufacturers deploy IoT projects with AI and security at the edge leveraging SmartEdge Agile, an IoT ready to use device, developed by Avnet and powered by ST Micro's STM32 micro-controller.

Posted January 09, 2019

Engineer.ai, the human-assisted AI, is entering a strategic partnership with DigitalOcean, a cloud provider for developers who want to create modern applications. The partnership will provide small and medium businesses and developers a scalable way to create bespoke / made-to-order software products.

Posted January 09, 2019

It is time to rethink the approach to solving problems with software. The new approach must be data first, not application first.

Posted January 09, 2019

Chapman University has improved its Oracle performance while experiencing dramatically simpler storage management for its limited IT staff. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Rob Ludeman, senior solutions marketing manager, Business Applications, Pure Storage, and James Kelly, senior DBA and storage administrator, Chapman University, who discussed the top 10 ways that Pure transformed the way Chapman delivers services to students and how the university benefited from Pure's simplicity, efficiency, and evergreen all-flash storage offerings.

Posted January 09, 2019

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019, introducing HyperIntelligence, a new class of enterprise intelligence that transforms the way users access information. With MicroStrategy 2019, organizations can inject information directly into a user's web-based workflows using a HyperCard feature, new with this update, which presents information and KPIs about customers, products, people, and more.

Posted January 08, 2019

According to BMC's 2018 mainframe report, 93% of executives continue to believe in the long-term viability of the platform; 92% predict long-term viability (third straight year of increases, highest level since 2013); and 63% of respondents were under age 50, up 10 percentage points from 2017. Recently, Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions at BMC, reflected on the key trends he envisions for the mainframe industry in 2019, including its evolving workforce.

Posted January 07, 2019

The year just ending has been an interesting one for data managers. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning took center stage, which also meant an increasingly glaring spotlight on data sourcing, management, and viability. The continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) also meant no letting up on demands for data environments to deliver requirements fast and furiously. The year ahead will bring more of the same—as well as a continuation of the transformation of information management.

Posted January 07, 2019

About 5,500 of the SQL Server faithful came out for the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle last November. As usual, the event had the feel of a great big family reunion. It's always a fun time, with lots of socializing in the halls of the conference center and at the various restaurants and gathering places around town. The training was also top-notch this year with more than 16 tracks of sessions going on from early morning until evening—literally hundreds of SQL Server developer, DBA, architect, BI, and data science session

Posted January 02, 2019

As the tech world continues to change, so too is the evolution of data warehousing. Enterprises today need flexibility, agility and scalability. The goal of modern data warehousing is to not only deliver insights faster to more users, but provide a richer picture of your operations afforded by a greater volume and variety of data for analysis.

Posted January 02, 2019

Everybody knows that a database management system, or DBMS, is the system software used to store, manage, and access enterprise data. But what is a data analytics platform? Well, it can be a lot of things, so make sure that you examine any "platform" your organization is considering very carefully. A data platform might comprise a DBMS, and it might not. It might be a tool to help you collect and analyze large data sets from various sources. It might be a series of analytics tools and interfaces for accessing data. Or it might be any one, or set of, offerings that manage, virtualize, index, secure, or otherwise work with your data.

Posted January 02, 2019

Big data continues to be top of mind while new technologies are also emerging to reel in and uncover important insights. In 2018, a variety of solutions came to the fore and 2019 is setting the stage for another data explosion. Here, several experts in the big data space offer their predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted January 02, 2019

Rocket Software is continuing to help Jigsaw 24 to automate and extend business processes to scale and enable continued growth. Founded in 1992, Jigsaw24 is a U.K.-based provider of technology solutions, managed services, and strategic consulting that is focused on Apple products.

Posted January 02, 2019

Josh Camacho, former CEO of Chicago-based OPTO International, is joining Zumasys, provider of NoSQL database software for business-critical PICK applications, to help MultiValue organizations modernize their legacy application. Camacho will become senior manager of software development and he brings more than 15 years of hands-on development experience in jBASE, which was used to run every aspect of his business.

Posted January 02, 2019

To help showcase innovative products and services each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine looks for offerings that promise to help organizations derive greater benefit from their data, make decisions faster, and work smarter and more securely.

Posted January 02, 2019

Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire Knowledgent, a data intelligence company, expanding its data management capabilities. Based in New Jersey, Knowledgent employs more than 200 "informationists" who provide data strategy and architecture, data engineering, and data management services.

Posted December 27, 2018

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