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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

When looking to a data-driven future, businesses should consider modern analytical techniques to guide strategies when planning for the future. Multiparadigm Data Science is a new approach of using modern analytical techniques, automation, and human-data interfaces to arrive at better answers with flexibility and scale. Erez Kaminski, Wolfram Technology Specialist, Global Technical Services, Wolfram Research, Inc., discussed data science challenges businesses are facing at Data Summit 2018.

Posted October 02, 2018

As companies accelerate cloud transformation of enterprise workloads, there is a unique opportunity to modernize legacy databases to cloud-native SQL, NoSQL, and big data services to improve agility and reduce costs. However, modernization requires more than typical point-to-point or "lift-and-shift" database migration approaches that break when there are differences in the VM, OS, DB stack, changes to database structure, or conversions to new database topologies.

Posted October 01, 2018

The need for greater capacity and storage while managing costs is an all-too-familiar challenge within IT departments, especially as businesses strive to digitally transform themselves into insights-driven enterprises. The cloud is becoming an increasingly attractive location for data lakes for many of the same reasons organizations are moving transactional and analytical workloads off the ground in general.

Posted September 28, 2018

Volumes of data surround us. The internet, advertising, social media, connected cars and smart homes have driven an exponential increase in information, primarily unstructured data. But, this data is useless unless we can also comprehend, analyze and make operational, tactical and strategic (yet democratized) decisions based on the information. This realization has pushed organizations to rethink business strategies and outcomes as related to big data and digital transformation. It's also prompted an investment in technologies that enable data mining, as well as prescriptive, descriptive and predictive analytical solutions.

Posted September 27, 2018

Trifacta, a provider of data preparation solutions, is partnering with Sumo Logic, a cloud-native machine data analytics platform, to form a joint integration that drives improved business intelligence.

Posted September 27, 2018

StreamSets, provider a DataOps platform for modern data integration, is upgrading its platform with innovations that help companies efficiently build and continuously operate dataflows. New capabilities include data drift handling for cloud data stores for improved pipeline resiliency, continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) automation that brings DevOps-style agility to dataflow pipelines, and the ability to centrally manage in-stream data protection policies for security and compliance.

Posted September 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 September 27, 2018

Kore recently attended the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Encounter 2018 where the company showcased its new Eclipse REST APIs and the enhancements offered in the latest releases of Kourier Integrator and KommerceServer eCommerce Suite. The event took place on September 9 -11 in Atlanta, GA. The Eclipse Users Group (UFO) User Friendly Organization is an independent business organization founded to create a strategic alliance with Epicor Eclipse management, developers, and support staff to help direct and enhance the software package to our mutual benefit and satisfaction.

Posted September 26, 2018

Monax Industries, a provider of open-source blockchain technology, is releasing a business process engine written entirely in the Solidity smart contract language. The company is also unveiling a high-level API that allows users to input standardized Business Process Model Notation (BPMN) files and translate them into suitable instructions that can be operated by the full-featured and extensively-tested smart contract-based engine.

Posted September 26, 2018

Lockpath, a provider of integrated risk management solutions, unveiled a new risk management platform for configuration assessment and asset discovery. The product, Blacklight, allows customers to identify and assess configuration anomalies while maintaining a complete and accurate asset inventory.

Posted September 26, 2018

Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is releasing its signature platform, Snowflake, on Microsoft Azure. Customer demand for Azure, and the need for large organizations to have flexibility in choosing cloud options, prompted Snowflake to offer its solution as an Azure-based cloud computing option.

Posted September 26, 2018

Instana, provider of a monitoring solution to automate application performance monitoring (APM), has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel. The new investment brings the company's total funding to $57 million.

Posted September 26, 2018

Thanks to the dramatic uptick in GPU capabilities, gone are the days when data scientists created and ran models in a one-off manual process. This is good news because the one-off model was typically not optimized to get the best results. The bad news is that with an increase in the total number of models created—including iterations over time—the amount of data used as inputs and generated by the models quickly spirals out of control. The additional bad news is that there are a variety of complexities associated with model, data, job, and workflow management.

Posted September 26, 2018

Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP are introducing the Open Data Initiative (ODI), empowering companies to derive more value from their data and deliver world-class customer experiences in real-time. The core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

Arago has developed a solution to connect HIRO to SAP environments of any size and complexity. In April 2018, Arago, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent automation, entered the world of specialized solutions by creating Arago da Vinci as a subsidiary company focusing exclusively on SAP automation.

Posted September 26, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, is expanding its Attunity Data Integration platform to include comprehensive support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), including Google Cloud Storage and Google Dataproc. The expanded solution supports data movement from major enterprise databases and mainframes, as well as applications such as SAP, to accelerate cloud data lake adoption as well as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

This past summer, I had the opportunity to stay in a wide variety of hospitality establishments for both personal and professional travel, which, for me, has generated another fun way to look at data governance that I am excited to share. Because, let's face it, without good analogies, data governance on its own can be, well, kind of dry. Welcome to the Hotel Data Governance. Such a lovely place. (The tune is already in your head isn't it? You're welcome.)

Posted September 26, 2018

Many organizations nowadays are struggling with finding the appropriate data stores for their data, making it important to understand the differences and similarities between data warehouses, data marts, ODSs, and data lakes. All these data structures clearly serve different purposes and user profiles, and it is necessary to be aware of their differences in order to make the right investment decisions.

Posted September 26, 2018

SAP is boosting SAP Analytics Cloud with new machine learning features to uncover correlations in an organization's data and help users make faster and more confident decisions. The announcement was made at the Strata Data Conference held September 12-14 in New York City.

Posted September 26, 2018

Nutanix, a provider of enterprise cloud computing, will be able to integrate its AHV hypervisor and Enterprise Cloud OS platform hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution into SAP HANA deployments. Nutanix has proven the performance and scalability required for successful SAP HANA enterprise deployments, along with simple Day-2 operations of SAP environments. This includes the ability to deliver superior throughput rates with minimal latency, as well as ensure high availability during periods of heavy database usage.

Posted September 26, 2018

One of the most important shifts in data warehousing in recent times has been the emergence of the cloud data warehouse. Previously, setting up a data warehouse required a huge investment in IT resources to build and manage a specially designed on-premise data center. Now, several cloud computing vendors offer data warehousing functions as a service (DWaaS), accessible via an Internet connection. This model negates the costly capital expenditure and management required for an on-premise data warehouse.

Posted September 26, 2018

In a new IOUG SELECT article, Eric Mader writes about the role of DevOps in development and operational modernization: "Often misinterpreted as a buzzword endorsing development teams taking over platform and infrastructure roles, DevOps is all about development and operational modernization. Rather than operating as siloed, asynchronous teams as has been the norm for decades, DevOps represents a fundamental, holistic, organization-wide shift not only in processes and tools, but in people and culture."

Posted September 25, 2018

Google Cloud has announced the general availability of Google Data Studio, its free business intelligence (BI) product, and Cloud Dataprep, a fully-managed data preparation product, powered by Trifacta

Posted September 25, 2018

As more and more companies try to implement use cases that need to do things in real-time, make decisions in real-time, collect in real-time, show dashboards in real-time, organizations have to build an architecture that's able to collect data in real-time, said Will Ochandarena, senior director, product management, MapR Technologies during Data Summit 2018.

Posted September 25, 2018

For far too long technology teams have lived in silos. Not only physical silos, but cultural silos pushed by competing objectives. This includes informational silos where business users require one set of data and tech teams require different data. DevOps is intended to bridge these gaps, making tech -driven operations more aligned and efficient.

Posted September 24, 2018

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, is launching the CrateDB Event Hubs Connector, a new capability that allows users to route data from Microsoft Azure IoT Hub or Event Hubs directly to CrateDB.

Posted September 24, 2018

Veeam Software, a provider of intelligent data management, is partnering with Lenovo, allowing Veeam customers to integrate with Lenovo Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Storage Area Network (SAN) offerings directly from Lenovo.

Posted September 24, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is committed to the education, networking, and advocacy of Oracle Applications users. Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, the group hosts special interest group (SIG) meetings as well as additional opportunities for networking and education. 

Posted September 20, 2018

Quest Oracle Community (formerly Quest International Users Group) just rebranded and launched a fully redesigned digital experience to better meet customer needs amidst the rapidly changing landscape of business technology and Oracle solutions. Quest offers Oracle users a wealth of resources through webinars, blogs, customer stories and more, along with support from a community of users with similar interests.

Posted September 20, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Oracle OpenWorld, with as much change in the event format as there is in the technology. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will be well represented in the Content Catalog, as over 20 members are scheduled to present on the hot topics for data professionals.

Posted September 20, 2018

Every year, thousands of data experts and professionals from over 100 different countries converge at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco to discover the newest updates to Oracle's ecosystem of technologies. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,200 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand.

Posted September 20, 2018

MariaDB is acquiring Clustrix, a provider of distributed database technology. With the acquisition, MariaDB adds scale-out capability that runs on premises with commodity hardware or in any cloud environment.

Posted September 20, 2018

BackOffice Associates is entering a partnership with MANTA, a provider of data lineage and impact analysis solutions to offer data lineage tracking, impact analysis, and metadata scanning. BackOffice Associates will directly embed MANTA's Flow technology into its suite of integrated information governance and data stewardship solutions.

Posted September 20, 2018

TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform for the enterprise, is introducing its latest release that is designed to help enterprises harness the power of the fastest and most scalable graph analytics more easily than ever before. New features include seamless integration with popular databases and storage systems, support for Docker and Kubernetes containers, availability on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace and Microsoft Azure, and a new graph algorithm library.

Posted September 20, 2018

Periscope Data is partnering with Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, to help accelerate workflows for data teams. Combined with Periscope Data's leading cloud BI platform, this partnership is the next step in the company's effort to build solutions that deliver the speed, power, and flexibility modern businesses demand to make informed decisions.

Posted September 19, 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 September 19, 2018

New tools and technologies are becoming established in enterprises, helping organizations extract more value from data. Recently, industry experts weighed in on the trends that loom large in the future and those that appear to be waning.

Posted September 18, 2018

Gurucul, a provider of behavior based security and fraud analytics technology, is introducing Gurucul Labs, a turn-key managed security analytics service based on the Gurucul Risk Analytics (GRA) platform. The solution will provide the data science expertise many organizations lack to operationalize their investments in behavior based security analytics.

Posted September 18, 2018

BlueData, provider of container-based software platforms for AI and Big Data workloads, is releasing its BlueData EPIC software on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. Now BlueData offers the same GA functionality for all three major public providers including AWS, Azure, and GCP.

Posted September 18, 2018

Data lakes are being shaped in a new way and according to Paul Sonderegger, senior data strategist, Oracle, there are three factors driving this. Sonderegger discusses what is driving data lake implementation during Data Summit 2018.

Posted September 18, 2018

IT departments are under increasing pressure to keep up with the pace of business innovation. As data volumes rise, automation looms as a light at the end of the complex-process tunnel. The ability to leverage software, framework, and application tools to generate automated sequences based on various trigger events has become critical to the IT industry. But, it doesn't come without its challenges. When well-executed, IT automation can increase efficiency and productivity, reduce cost, and speed time to value. However,  poorly crafted automated sequences and lack of integration between applications can make a lasting impact on application deployment and management, causing a ripple effect across the entire IT landscape.

Posted September 18, 2018

Today, organizations everywhere want to become data-driven—directed by business knowledge rather than intuition or experience from the past. But to reach that level of sophistication, they need someone at the helm who is capable of forming a strategy for data usage and governance. Enter the "chief data officer," or CDO. Recently, Big Data Quarterly spoke with Ramesh Nair, North America Financial Services leader at Accenture Applied Intelligence, about why more companies are putting executives in that role.

Posted September 17, 2018

Qlik is releasing two new big data offerings - the latest version of the Podium Data product and the initial release of Qlik's Associative Big Data Index available this month. With these latest releases, Qlik continues to streamline the enterprise data journey from raw data source to end user insights.

Posted September 17, 2018

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is introducing a new solution for Apache Spark Based Big Data Cloud environments. These new innovations, powered by the CLAIRE engine, enable organizations to stream, ingest, process, cleanse, protect, and govern even more big data with less effort. 

Posted September 17, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation is a set of laws on data protection and privacy for all individuals in the EU. The regulation, which sets a new standard for consumer rights regarding their data, came into effect within the European Union on May 25, 2018. It's been four months since the new regulations have gone into effect and according to research commissioned by Talend, the majority of companies are failing to comply with the rules.

Posted September 17, 2018

Previous technology shifts, such as the introduction of enterprise resource planning software, tended to be inward-facing, involving little contact with the customer. Things are different this time around. The companies that are embracing today's digital transformation trend are focusing squarely on the customer—connecting customer-facing initiatives with business processes to stay ahead of the competition.

Posted September 17, 2018

Machine learning and AI continue to be the hottest topic at tech conferences around the country and Strata Data was no different. Data professionals converged at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from September 11 - 13 and the event was humming with the latest talk of how ML and AI will change the future.

Posted September 14, 2018

Identifying new and disruptive technologies, as well as evaluating when and where they may prove useful, is a challenge in the fast-changing big data market. To contribute to the discussion each year, Big Data Quarterly presents the "Big Data 50," a list of forward-thinking companies that are working to expand what's possible in terms of collecting, storing, protecting, and deriving value from data.

Posted September 13, 2018

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