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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

SentryOne, a Charlotte-NC-based provider of solutions for optimizing SQL Server performance, has launched a Global Partner Network to better serve its customers and partners outside of the United States.  

Posted December 08, 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 07, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has expanded its partnership with Runner Technologies (Runner EDQ), a provider of integrated address verification solutions and Platinum level member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). Together,, the two firms are rolling out CLEAN_Address, an Oracle-validated, integrated address verification solution for PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and E-Business Suite platforms.

Posted December 06, 2017

RedPoint Global, a provider of data management and customer engagement technology, is rolling out the 8.0 release of RedPoint Data Management within the RedPoint Customer Data Platform.

Posted December 06, 2017

The expanding role of the citizen developer is explored in a new Unisphere Research report authored by analyst Joe McKendrick. The report, titled "The Rise of the Empowered Citizen Developer: 2017 Low-Code Adoption Survey," was based on a survey of readers of KMWorld and CRM magazines, and sponsored by Kintone.

Posted December 06, 2017

IBM is launching its next-generation Power Systems Servers incorporating its newly designed POWER9 processor, advancing performance improvements across popular AI frameworks. Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly which allows enterprises to build more accurate AI applications.

Posted December 05, 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 05, 2017

XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps software, announced a goal-based DevOps Intelligence solution that optimizes DevOps performance and measures the business impact of DevOps initiatives.

Posted December 04, 2017

Web scraping can be an invaluable skill to possess when working on data-related projects because many interesting analytics projects often start not with over-explored internal data, but with the treasure trove of information found on the web, according to authors, lecturers, and data scientists Seppe vanden Broucke and Bart Baesens. However, while the web holds a wealth of information, collecting and structuring web data can be a daunting prospect for many data practitioners, believes Baesens who has written a new book on the topic with vanden Broucke titled, Web Scraping for Data Science with Python. Here, Baesens expands on the techniques and uses for web scraping.

Posted December 04, 2017

More and more organizations are moving their data to the cloud to capitalize on cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities. The technologies underpinning big data and cloud computing are converging and offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging data access. However, only if integrated and managed properly.

Posted December 04, 2017

Talend unveiled a new Quick Start solution for deploying cloud data lakes on Amazon Web Services (AWS) platforms, allowing organizations to get data lakes up and running fast. Available for download immediately, the Quick Start automates the building of data lake environments by deploying Talend Big Data Integration components and AWS services such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

Posted December 01, 2017

StreamSets Inc., provider of an enterprise data operations platform, is releasing StreamSets Data Collector Edge (SDC Edge). Available as open source software, SDC Edge packs the core functionality of the adopted StreamSets Data Collector into a footprint of less than 5MB, an order of magnitude smaller than alternatives.

Posted December 01, 2017

There never has been a more interesting time to be involved in the data management field. Data not only has become "the new oil" but is also the catalyst that is powering organizations to new heights of success. The past year has seen the rise of powerful analytics and an embrace of new tools and platforms emerging to more effectively tap into the power that data offers. DBTA reached out to industry experts to document the most important trends shaping data management in 2018.

Posted December 01, 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 01, 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 01, 2017

This year's PASS Summit packed more than 5,000 data professionals into the Washington State Convention Center for hardcore technical sessions covering all aspects of the Microsoft data platform. Here are some highlights.

Posted December 01, 2017

Breaches are becoming increasingly common as hackers gain more access to personal information such as social security numbers, credit cards, etc. Now another attack could be under way as researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption protocol. This flaw could allow hackers to intercept credit card numbers, passwords, photos, and other sensitive information.

Posted December 01, 2017

Solution4strategy recently used BlueFinity's Evoke Platform to help roll out cloud-based apps for its customers. Solutions4strategy a provider of innovative software and consultancy services serving the Australian, U.K. and U.S. markets used the platform to launch a series of business apps that is helping drive its international business expansion.

Posted December 01, 2017

Over the past few years, the scale, speed, and power of analytics have been dramatically transformed. The amount of data available from the internet, combined with advances in software to make use of it, has created a practice called "big data analytics." It can provide types of information that were not available in the recent past and it has the potential to do so in real-time.

Posted December 01, 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 November 30, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 30, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics technologies has acquired Alpine Data, a cloud-based data science and social collaboration platform. TIBCO says the addition will bolster its data science technology and analytics portfolio, complementing solutions such as Statistica, Spotfire, and StreamBase to help companies accelerate insights and action.

Posted November 30, 2017

IBM announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds. IBM Cloud Private software is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development.

Posted November 30, 2017

Baffle, Inc., a developer of a database encryption solution, is launching a comprehensive data protection service that enables cloud applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and Microsoft's Azure Marketplace to operate on encrypted data. The platform, BaffleManager, enables secure compute for cloud applications while delivering dynamic access control and enhanced data access monitoring. 

Posted November 30, 2017

Built.io Flow, an integration-as-a-service (iPaaS) platform that unifies and automates disparate IT systems and cloud applications integrations through APIs, and Zilkr are partnering to offer a new integrated platform for telecommunications clouds. Together Built.io Flow and Zilkr extend workflow innovation by bringing telecommunication services and enterprise application products into integrated, automated business processes.

Posted November 30, 2017

Percona has introduced version 1.5 of its free and open source platform for managing and monitoring MySQL and MongoDB performance. This new release improves support for MySQL on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and Amazon Aurora, which simplifies configuration and usage, provides more efficient data collection and delivers faster resolution of Percona Support tickets.

Posted November 30, 2017

TimeXtender, a recognized global software company enabling self-service BI and analytics, is upgrading its Discovery Hub platform, adding a shared semantic layer that enables users to use the same language across platforms. The update also provides different perspectives—grouping together related data for area-specific purposes, for example, finance, sales, marketing, or cross-business analytics.

Posted November 30, 2017

Redgate has upgraded its Source Control for Oracle tool so that it version-controls static data within databases as well as database schemas.

Posted November 30, 2017

Confluent, provider of the streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, is releasing Confluent Cloud, allowing users to manage large streaming environments. The fully managed service helps companies deploy their Customer 360, fleet management, fraud detection, and other real-time, large-scale initiatives.

Posted November 29, 2017

Trifacta is expanding support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with releasing Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise on AWS Marketplace. Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise provide an intuitive, efficient way for teams and organizations to wrangle data across AWS services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Redshift for ML and visualization in applications including Amazon QuickSight.

Posted November 29, 2017

Snowflake Computing has announced the public preview of Snowpipe, an automated service to load data into the Snowflake cloud data warehouse, that is built using Amazon SQS and other Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions.

Posted November 29, 2017

Loom Systems, provider of an AI-powered log analysis solution, is launching its newest Streaming 2.0 platform, enabling more precise log analysis in enterprise IT environments. New features of Streaming 2.0 include new data architecture, better options to structure data, improved integration with notification systems, and the ability to do script-less mapping of sources along with creating custom alerts and more.  

Posted November 29, 2017

One of the biggest challenges IT professionals responsible for corporate data will face in 2017 comes from a law passed by the European Union due to take effect in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A metadata-driven approach is important for ensuring compliance with this new data privacy law.

Posted November 28, 2017

Cloudera has announced the upcoming beta release of Cloudera Altus Analytic DB, a data warehouse cloud service that aims to bring the warehouse to the data through a cloud-scale architecture to eliminate costly data movement.

Posted November 28, 2017

StreamSets Inc., provider of an enterprise data operations platform, is releasing the StreamSets Data Collector Edge (SDC Edge) platform, providing an end-to-end data ingestion solution for resource- and connectivity-constrained systems such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices and more.

Posted November 28, 2017

Protecting online systems has become an increasingly difficult job. By shifting your mindset from "if" to "when" a cyberattack happens, certain activities which may appear burdensome, tedious, and sometimes are even ignored, will become relevant and important.

Posted November 28, 2017

Infosys is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer a joint end-to-end mainframe modernization solution.

Posted November 27, 2017

SAP is updating the S/4HANA Cloud, making advances in machine learning, user experience, extensibility, and more. As announced in September at SAP TechEd, this latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud also includes the launch of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud software development kit (SDK), which provides a simple end-to-end development experience that enables SAP customers, partners, and independent software vendors (ISVs) to easily develop custom applications, extending the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Posted November 22, 2017

Wipro Limited, a provider of information technology, consulting and business process services, is launching solutions on SAP Leonardo to focus on the utilities industry. Through this partnership Wipro and SAP are jointly developing use cases that leverage blockchain technology for the utilities industry.

Posted November 22, 2017

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 November 22, 2017

SnapLogic is launching the Fall 2017 release to its signature platform, adding more Snaps and access to Microsoft products. New innovations added to the SnapLogic Integration Assistant will further accelerate user productivity and time-to-integration.

Posted November 21, 2017

MapR Technologies, a pioneer in delivering one platform for all data, across every cloud, has announced the availability of the MapR Converged Data Platform 6.0, with new advancements to help organizations achieve greater value from their data through DataOps teams.  The major system update from MapR includes innovations that automate platform health and security, and a database for next-generation applications.

Posted November 21, 2017

Hazelcast, provider of an in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a new version of Hazelcast Jet, introducing pipeline API to increase developer productivity. In addition to the pipeline API for general purpose programming of batch and stream processing, Hazelcast Jet 0.5 includes fault tolerance using snapshotting with the integrated Hazelcast IMDG.

Posted November 21, 2017

IBM says that customers will have access to its first commercially available quantum computing systems before the year is out. The company announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. These upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware. The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) average 90 microseconds, and enable high-fidelity quantum operations.

Posted November 20, 2017

Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases, is unveiling new features for its Citus Cloud product, making it easier for fast-growing SaaS businesses to scale out without having to re-architect their application. Citus Cloud's suite of new features close the gap with NoSQL and are all about empowering developers from migration tools like Citus Warp, to the zero-downtime shard rebalancer, to offering fork and followers features in a distributed database.

Posted November 17, 2017

Google has announced that the Google Cloud Platform's BigQuery Data Transfer Service is now publicly available. First introduced at Cloud Next, the Google BigQuery Data Transfer Service was created to automate data movement from SaaS applications to BigQuery on a scheduled, managed basis.

Posted November 16, 2017

Arcadia Data, a provider of a native visual analytics software for big data, has launched a new partner program to support resellers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and systems integrators (SIs) who work with Arcadia Data and joint customers to develop solutions.

Posted November 16, 2017

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