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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

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

The past year has seen big data get bigger, complex systems get more complex, and cloudy systems get cloudier. The coming year guarantees more of the same. We wish all our readers a happy holiday season, and look forward to serving you in 2017!

Posted December 12, 2016

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of software for automating IT and business processes.

Posted December 12, 2016

When software providers consider transitioning to (or at the very least adding) a SaaS offering, they think about the impact to their business of moving from a perpetual license model to a recurring revenue stream. And while it's easy to remember and consider such migration costs as application-level rearchitecture, other upfront and ongoing costs - such as infrastructure and service-related costs - are often severely underestimated.

Posted December 12, 2016

BlueData is announcing the general availability of its BlueData EPIC software on Amazon Web Services (AWS). BlueData EPIC provides the same self-service user experience whether running in the public cloud or a corporate data center. The platform also provides the same Docker-based application images for Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data tools are portable across on-premises and cloud deployments.

Posted December 09, 2016

erwin Inc., a provider of data management software, has acquired business process analysis vendor Casewise Ltd.

Posted December 09, 2016

Scribe Software is releasing the next generation of Scribe Online, offering a completely revamped user experience and an extended application programming interface. The new update simplifies and accelerates the process of creating and maintaining integrations between cloud services, on-premises applications, and databases.

Posted December 08, 2016

As more enterprises incorporate new technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL and new strategies like data lakes to manage fast-growing volumes of highly-variable and dynamic data, users need to put comprehensive plans in place to "bridge the gap" between platforms to mesh traditional enterprise data and big data. DBTA recently held a roundtable webcast with experts Debi Patnaik, director of global product management office at Hitachi Data Systems, and Jordan Martz, director of technology solutions at Attunity, who discussed how to successfully blend all tools together.

Posted December 08, 2016

The many compromises demanded by our current plethora of database technologies make selecting a database system far harder than it ought to be. Whichever DBMS you choose, you are probably going to experience a "not-quite-right" solution.

Posted December 08, 2016

It has become all too clear that no organization is immune from the risk of a data breach, and that anyone accessing data can pose a threat - including trusted employees and partners. Here, IT executives speculate on the impact newer technologies such as IoT, blockchain, and cloud, as well as the need for data protection, including disaster recovery plans, encryption, and comprehensive oversight.

Posted December 07, 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 07, 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 07, 2016

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based internet performance and domain name system (DNS) provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes internet applications and cloud services to enable faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end user satisfaction.

Posted December 07, 2016

Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for x86-64 servers is now generally available, according to Teri Whitaker, program manager at Oracle, who announced the release in a post on Oracle's Linux blog.

Posted December 07, 2016

SnapLogic is receiving $40 million in Series F funding to hasten its reach around the globe and transform ways to integrate data, applications, and devices for digital business. The new round was led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, with further investment from Andreessen Horowitz, Capital One, Ignition Partners, NextEquity Partners, and Triangle Peak Partners. This brings SnapLogic's funding to $136.3 million to date.

Posted December 07, 2016

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 December 07, 2016

MapR Technologies, Inc. is updating its MapR Ecosystem Pack program to include enhancements that will add flexible access and provide new capabilities for streaming applications. The MapR Ecosystem Pack is a broad set of open source ecosystem projects that enable big data applications running on the MapR Converged Data Platform.

Posted December 02, 2016

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 December 01, 2016

Terms such as "active," "inactive," and "canceled" may seem mundane and inconsequential, and when folks hear the term,"valid values," their eyes glaze and expectations of interest diminish. But exciting or not, reference values and an understanding of them are important to every organization.

Posted December 01, 2016

If you are a SQL Server professional, but you don't know about the PASS Summit, then you are missing out. The annual conference is convened every fall in downtown Seattle, the backyard of Microsoft, and attracted over 6,000 attendees this year. And, since it's so close to the Microsoft Redmond campus, hundreds of the SQL Server developers and program managers get to attend—answering user questions, delivering sessions, and presenting chalk talks and panel discussions.

Posted December 01, 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 01, 2016

It's been amusing to watch the NoSQL movement transition from a "We don't need no stinking SQL" attitude to a "Can I please have some SQL with that?" philosophy. The nonrelational databases that emerged over the past 8 years initially offered no SQL capabilities. However, today we have an embarrassment of SQL options for "NoSQL." Hive offers SQL for Hadoop systems, Spark has SparkSQL, MongoDB has a SQL-based BI connector, and so on.

Posted December 01, 2016

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 December 01, 2016

To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 2016

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 December 01, 2016

Yellowfin, business intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, is launching a virtualized data preparation module for analytics, fully integrating it into the metadata layer of its BI platform. Yellowfin's Data Preparation Module will enable organizations to model, profile, clean, shape, enrich, secure, and publish all data for reporting and analytics in a single BI environment.

Posted December 01, 2016

Dataguise - through its DgSecure platform - is now supporting sensitive data discovery on Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS, as well as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The platform will now scan for sensitive information stored on Amazon Redshift, RDS, and S3 and provide ongoing monitoring of sensitive data in S3 throughout its lifecycle.

Posted December 01, 2016

What's ahead for 2017 in terms of big data and IoT? IT executives reflect on the impact that Spark, blockchain, data lakes, cognitive computing,AI and machine learning, and other cutting-edge approaches may have on data management and analytics over the year ahead.

Posted November 30, 2016

SUSE is acquiring OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE. The agreement aims to accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

Posted November 30, 2016

Splice Machine is releasing an updated version of its signature platform for intelligent applications, strengthening its ability to run enterprise-scale transactional and analytical workloads. Version 2.5 of the Splice Machine platform introduces new abilities including columnar external tables that enables hybrid columnar and row-based querying; in-memory caching via pinning; statistics via sketching; and offers cost optimized storage for AWS users.

Posted November 30, 2016

At HPE Discover London, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced new solutions designed to help organizations deploy Internet of Things (IoT) devices in wide area, enterprise and industrial environments.

Posted November 30, 2016

VoltDB has partnered with Confluent and completed development and certification of its Sink Connector for Confluent Open Source, based on Apache Kafka, utilizing Kafka's Connect API.

Posted November 30, 2016

Syncsort has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trillium Software. Syncsort, Inc. is an IT solutions provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Trillium is a provider of data quality solutions.

Posted November 30, 2016

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, has introduced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant Apache Spark, cloud-based platform. The announcement was made today at the 2016 Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference.

Posted November 30, 2016

Tableau Online, a fully managed SaaS cloud analytics platform, allows organizations to connect, blend and analyze live or extracted data from on-premises and cloud databases such as Amazon Redshift and Teradata, applications such as Salesforce and Google Analytics, and data in spreadsheets stored in computers or online.

Posted November 29, 2016

CA Technologies is incorporating predictive analytics capabilities for monitoring data that touches the mainframe. CA Mainframe Operations Intelligence is a new algorithms-based solution suite that identifies and predicts system issues before they impact performance. Machine learning is applied to make sure there is no downtime and provides the intelligence that reduces the effort and skill to run data centers.

Posted November 28, 2016

Microsoft introduced the Query Store when they released SQL Server 2016 and it can track statement performances, pinpoint queries and more. DBTA recently held a webinar focused on the new features and what to expect. The webinar included experts such as Jason Hall, senior sales engineer at Quest, and Anat Dror, SQL Server and DB2 domain Expert at Quest, who discussed the limitations of the new tool and how to best leverage the product.

Posted November 28, 2016

Rackspace has announced that its Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) global team was awarded a certification distinction by AWS for achieving more than 500 AWS professional and associate certifications. Rackspace is an audited AWS Managed Service Partner, AWS DevOps Competency partner, and AWS Marketing & Commerce Competency partner in the AWS Partner Network.

Posted November 22, 2016

AtScale, which provides a self-service BI platform for big data, has announced an expansion of its services. With this announcement, the company says it is introducing a BI platform that enables businesses to work seamlessly across all of big data, on premise and in the cloud. In addition to Hadoop, AtScale has announced preview availability of support for data stored in Teradata, Google Dataproc and BigQuery, expanding on the company's existing support for Microsoft Azure and HDInsight.

Posted November 21, 2016

In the face of increasing costs, and the ever-growing need for better agility for maintaining SQL Server database environments, many IT departments are seeking ways to automate routine tasks and free up resources. To identify the key technologies and strategies being deployed by SQL Server sites, Unisphere Research just fielded a brand new survey in partnership with the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).

Posted November 21, 2016

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage solutions, based in Sweden, has released its Metro cluster, a high-availability solution designed to tolerate the loss of an entire data center with zero downtime.

Posted November 18, 2016

Aerospike, a provider of NoSQL solutions, is releasing a new version of its Aerospike platform, transforming how organizations store, access, and analyze data. The new version of Aerospike includes features such as SortedMap, durable delete, IPv6, improved cluster management, and updated network naming.

Posted November 17, 2016

Oracle has announced a new solution that enables brands to leverage insights from the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve customer service experiences. The two products have been combined in a packaged integration to help brands take advantage of the insights from IoT devices with the aim enabling value-added services such as remote diagnostics and preventive maintenance.

Posted November 16, 2016

The business of arranging millions or billions of zeros and ones in exactly the right order—also known as the business of software—has undergone many significant shifts over the history of computing, and we might be about to experience yet another.

Posted November 16, 2016

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