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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

Hortonworks has forged an open source collaboration with Neustar, a provider of real-time information services, on security and identity management tools for IoT devices.

Posted January 11, 2017

IBM broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016. IBM's 2016 patent output covers inventions in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

Posted January 10, 2017

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Retail Release 16, which allows retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across e-commerce and brick and mortar locations.

Posted January 10, 2017

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, has acquired Idevio, a Qlik partner based in Sweden that provides geographical-related software and services. According to Qlik, this acquisition extends Qlik's current mapping capabilities, and also moves its offerings beyond visualization with support for a broad range of advanced geo-analytic use cases. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Posted January 06, 2017

Verizon and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. have announced they are partnering on wireless connectivity with end-to-end security for IoT developers. Their offering, which is planned to be commercially available early in the second quarter of 2017, will give developers the ability to access Verizon's ThingSpace software development kit via the Cypress Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) Studio 4 development platform. Developers using WICED can integrate cloud connectivity with the Verizon ThingSpace platform in a single development environment.

Posted January 06, 2017

In what has become a data-driven world, your organization's data is valuable. It has become the "keys to the kingdom," so to speak. Very few companies today could function without data, especially good data. However, I would suggest that more important than data, is information. Data provides the building blocks, but information is really the consumable outcome that can be used as a competitive edge.

Posted January 04, 2017

There are three big challenges facing today's DBAs—a shift to an application-centric focus, the need to support multiple database platforms, and expanding responsibilities for managing database performance in the cloud as well as on premises.

Posted January 04, 2017

Dell Boomi is releasing an enhanced version of its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively integrate data across applications in hybrid IT environments. The latest release enables Boomi customers to build a connected business at scale through new features to increase user productivity, speed up implementation, and provide unparalleled control of integrations.

Posted January 04, 2017

By now it's well documented that employees will take IT tasks into their own hands when IT cannot give them the support they need, and when they need it. The phenomenon is ubiquitous and persistent, even to the point that it's been dubbed "shadow IT." Gartner recently noted that by 2020, a third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.

Posted January 04, 2017

Xplenty has announced new $4 million in funding from Bain Capital Ventures, True Ventures, and Rembrandt Venture Partners, and with participation in the funding round from existing Xplenty investors Magma Venture Partners and Waarde Capital.

Posted January 04, 2017

The "big data" era is still very much upon us, ushering in an age of constantly evolving technologies and techniques. Many wonder whether the enterprise data warehouse(EDW) still has relevance in the industry, particularly since many new alternatives exceed the technical capabilities of the traditional EDW at a drastically reduced cost.

Posted January 04, 2017

Pitney Bowes has joined Hortonworks Partnerworks in the Modern Data Solutions (MDS) partner program. According to the vendors, location-based data, in particular, is becoming more important in how businesses understand their customers because it is one of the most consistent ways to link people, places, and things.

Posted January 04, 2017

Dashlane, a provider of online identity management software, is collaborating with Intel to deploy Intel Software Guard Extension (SGX) technology with Dashlane's password manager.

Posted January 03, 2017

Our friends at SpiceWorks recently shared some of their data from 900 IT buyers with us. For the year ahead, mobile computing, security, and IT automation are topping IT spending agendas. However, expect IT budgets to remain relatively flat—with the exception of cloud services, storage and IT consulting services. Overall, new IT purchasing won't be automatic—it will only happen as systems reach their end of life, or a significant new business requirement emerges.

Posted January 03, 2017

Progress has announced the release of Progress DataDirect for Apache Cassandra, a series of connectors in its DataDirect enterprise data connectivity suite.

Posted January 03, 2017

Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, has announced that Pentaho Labs has created an integration with MQTT, a machine-to-machine (M2M) IoT transport protocol, to act as the connecting link between physical devices and the data integration process. MQTT, or MQ Telemetry Transport, was created by IBM in 1999 and used today in a variety of IoT environments, including smart homes, manufacturing, and energy.

Posted January 03, 2017

Infosys, a provider of consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, and NoSQL database technology provider MongoDB have formed a global partnership designed to help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation and application modernization initiatives.

Posted January 03, 2017

Rocana is releasing Rocana Ops 2.0, updating its event alerting and orchestration capabilities, offering unique visual experience for first responders, and providing wider cloud platform visibility. Now with Rocana Ops 2.0, IT teams can take real-time intelligent action on all of their event data. Rocana Reflex is a new event alerting and orchestration system that enables operations teams to provide smart, instant, and automated reactions based on what is happening in their environment.

Posted January 03, 2017

There was a time when what you saw was what you got. Building up the components of a business intelligence area was very straight-forward. A staging area was a staging area; an operational data store was an operational data store. But like buying a pitcher of beer for $2, or gas for less than a dollar per gallon, those days are gone. The dynamics have changed, things are more federated, and IT must accept more than one standard tool.

Posted January 03, 2017

One of the long-standing differentiators between SQL Server's Enterprise Edition (EE) and Standard Edition (SE), besides price, were the large number of features available only in EE. This is also true for other lower editions of SQL Server such as Web Edition and Express Edition. But there's big news in the air!

Posted January 03, 2017

Java started its life in the early 1990s as an attempt to develop an architecture-independent language that could be used in consumer electronics and other embedded contexts. It found itself in the right place at the right time when the web exploded in the mid-1990s and over the next 10 years became one of the mainstays of web development. Today, Java remains as popular as ever. It's arguably the most popular programming language of our generation.

Posted January 03, 2017

The industry is changing, the way that DBAs work is changing, and database systems are changing. We all need to come to grips with the fact that the way we worked in the past is no longer the way we work with today's modern database environment.

Posted January 03, 2017

The past year was a blockbuster one for those working in the data space. Businesses have wrapped their fates around data analytics in an even tighter embrace as competition intensifies and the drive for greater innovation becomes a top priority. The year ahead promises to get even more interesting, especially for data managers and professionals. Leading experts in the field have witnessed a number of data trends emerge in 2016, and now see new developments coming into view for 2017.

Posted January 03, 2017

Despite the rise of Hadoop, data analysts still struggle to find and harness all types of data across the enterprise. Organizations are now adopting data lake management innovations to quickly and flexibly ingest, cleanse, master, prepare, govern, secure, and deliver all types of data on-premise or in the cloud.

Posted January 03, 2017

Open data is on the rise and freely available, bringing huge value and new features to applications. However, the challenge for developers is to efficiently wrangle, store, and deliver open datasets without having to build complex data architectures.

Posted December 22, 2016

With the rise of smartphones, laptops, sensors on machines, vehicles, and appliances, massive amounts of data are being generated, according to Balaji Thiagarajan, group vice president of big data at Oracle. For companies that can transform and manage it, he notes, data represents a huge opportunity as a source of competitive advantage and should be leveraged as such. Big data and cloud are two technologies driving dramatic transformations, and, says Thiagarajan, organizations must be ready to react and take advantage of important new trends and technologies to make sure that they come out ahead next year. Here, Thiagarajan shares 10 key predictions for big data in 2017.

Posted December 21, 2016

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has announced the general availability of MicroStrategy 10.6, the newest feature release to the company's MicroStrategy 10 platform. The latest release offers several new features across MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile.

Posted December 21, 2016

Oracle has made a 3-year investment totaling $1.4 billion in direct and in-kind support of computer science education throughout the European Union (EU) member states. As part of its commitment to education in EU member states, Oracle Academy aims to train 1,000 additional EU educators in CS, Java and Database instruction, as well as reach students across an added 1,000 EU educational institutions over the next 3 years.

Posted December 21, 2016

Oracle recently announced enhancements to the marketing automation and content marketing capabilities within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to simplify digital marketing and enable marketers to deliver a more personalized cross-channel customer experience.

Posted December 21, 2016

Oracle's total quarterly cloud revenue was $1.1 billion, for the first quarter over the $1-billion mark.

Posted December 21, 2016

The clear trend these days is to automate and enable computerized tasks to streamline and optimize administrative and maintenance tasks. Many database management tasks that today require oversight and handholding by DBAs can, over time, be turned over to intelligently automated software to manage. But automation is just the first step.

Posted December 21, 2016

Arcadia Data, provider of real-time modern business intelligence (BI) platforms, is releasing Arcadia Enterprise 3.3, making significant upgrades to uncover real-time insights. The new features - including Arcadia Smart Acceleration, advanced segmentation and cohort analytics, analytic extensions, and mobile and tablet support - unify real-time insights from streaming data with historical data discovery in a single view.

Posted December 20, 2016

IT management is at the front lines of ensuring its enterprise infrastructure is optimized and cost effective in order to deliver critical services. In a recent DBTA roundtable webinar, Wally Waltner, director of global IT asset management (ITAM) at First Data, and Cathy Won, product marketing director from BDNA, discussed tips and tricks for how to manage all types of data, and offered insight on how to leverage a ITAM project for other cost cutting and risk management initiatives.

Posted December 20, 2016

MariaDB Corporation, is launching MariaDB ColumnStore 1.0, an open source columnar storage engine that unites transaction and analytic processing to deliver seamless big data analytics. New features and benefits of ColumnStore 1.0 include lower cost of ownership and better price performance, easier enterprise analytics, and faster, more efficient queries.

Posted December 16, 2016

Databricks is receiving $60 million in a Series C funding round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), boosting its commitment to Apache Spark and the Databricks data platform. The company will continue to expand its data platform to make data science and engineering at scale with Spark even better and to integrate with other cloud providers to provide more flexibility for its fast-growing global customer base.

Posted December 16, 2016

Crate.io is releasing CrateDB 1.0, an open source SQL database that enables real-time analytics for machine data applications. CrateDB makes machine data applications that were previously only possible using NoSQL solutions available to mainstream SQL developers.

Posted December 15, 2016

Informatica, a provider of data management solutions, is now offering hourly pricing for Informatica Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure in the Azure Marketplace. Available as a pay-as-you-go hourly pricing model, the solution is designed to help users of the Azure cloud platform and Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite get started faster on cloud data integration and management projects. Additionally, users can run enterprise-class integration jobs with no upfront costs, and simplify integration of disparate data sources - on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment.

Posted December 14, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, experts at SAP are looking ahead at what 2017 may offer. Ken Tsai, vice president, head of cloud platform and data management, product marketing, at SAP, and David Jonker, senior director, product marketing, at SAP, foresee several trends on the horizon that the company will tackle moving forward.

Posted December 14, 2016

SAP reached more than 4,100 SAP S/4HANA customers globally in the third quarter. The company saw growth from the sales of SAP Hybris and SAP SuccessFactors solutions in SAP's small and medium business (SMB) segment, which is now up to 6,000 customers, including 1,350 that chose SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, according to SAP.

Posted December 14, 2016

Onapsis, a provider of business-critical application security, has announced certification by SAP for the Onapsis Security Platform 2.0 (OSP). The certification includes SAP S/4HANA and will enable integration with OSP that allows SAP customers to gain visibility into current detailed information about the vulnerability and audit levels of their S/4HANA system alongside that of their entire SAP environment.

Posted December 14, 2016

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has released Workload Analysis for SAP HANA, which is aimed at enabling a smooth transition to in-memory computing platform as an alternative to traditional, relational databases.

Posted December 14, 2016

IT operations teams have been furiously preparing for this year's holiday season - the retail industry's busiest time of the year for web traffic. Here is a checklist of the key factors IT operations teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready now - and stays that way throughout the shopping season.

Posted December 14, 2016

ZeroPoint technology focuses on analyzing documents, email, web content and server traffic for hazardous content such as malicious code

Posted December 13, 2016

IBM has announced new Bluemix services designed to simplify and speed app development in the cloud. With these new services, developers can now access and construct preconfigured toolchains using popular DevOps tools, including GitHub and Slack.

Posted December 12, 2016

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