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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

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

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 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

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 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

MarkLogic Corporation, an Enterprise NoSQL database provider, is launching a Data Hub Flight School to educate technologists on next generation data management and data hub technology. The Data Hub Flight School, aimed at application developers, will enable guided simulations of real-world data integration projects, covering such challenges as security and data modeling.

Posted December 20, 2018

SAP is making updates to its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio that help reduce data landscape complexities by expanding data connectivity and source support. New updates to the SAP Master Data Governance and SAP Agile Data Preparation applications and SAP Data Services software deliver modern and comprehensive capabilities to help enterprises power the entire data governance and data management cycle with ease, trust and security, according to the company.

Posted December 19, 2018

SAP is introducing the SAP Intelligent Asset Management, a set of solutions bringing collaborative asset intelligence, planning, prediction, and simulation to equipment maintenance and operations. Assets and equipment today are transmitting their voice through the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded in technologies that allow them to be managed in an entirely new way. SAP is adding intelligent capabilities to help manufacturers and asset operators maximize productivity, improve operational safety, and reduce maintenance costs through better planning.

Posted December 19, 2018

SAP is offering free access to SAP Cloud Platform for SAP partners, allowing them to take advantage of testing, demonstration, and development licensing services. This open platform as a service (PaaS) acts as a single framework for SAP partners to build and extend on existing SAP solutions.

Posted December 19, 2018

Another year is just around the bend and there's already talk about the next big thing on the horizon. Experts at SAP are weighing in on what 2019 has in store, with trends spanning cloud, AI, data management, and more.

Posted December 19, 2018

Everything changes—especially when we seek to automate tasks. Automation is leading to amazing consumer benefits—from vehicles to clothing to voice-activated devices—and making our lives better. In the workplace, as automation becomes applied to repetitive tasks that are being handled manually, people become concerned about their livelihoods. Will they lose their jobs? How will they provide for themselves and their family? How will automation impact them personally?

Posted December 19, 2018

MongoDB recently released the beta offering of its native data visualization tool, MongoDB Charts, on its cloud database-as-a-service, MongoDB Atlas, which runs on runs on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. According to the vendor, the new feature allows users to quickly create data visualizations and share them with their teams with no code to write, no tools to configure and no data movement or duplication.

Posted December 19, 2018

Import.io has closed a $15.5 million Series B funding round to accelerate global growth and expand its product offerings to meet the growing needs of enterprises. Import.io's solution is aimed at improving the data prep/analysis time ratio for data professionals. Current industry estimates say roughly 75-80% of their time is spent gathering and cleaning data with the rest left for analysis.

Posted December 19, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions, is releasing GridGain Professional Edition 2.7, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 2.7. GridGain Professional Edition 2.7 introduces TensorFlow integration for enhanced training of deep learning (DL) models. The update also provides enhanced usability, including expanded support for thin clients, as well as Transparent Data Encryption at rest to improve security.

Posted December 14, 2018

In many organizations, data management pros are still challenged by a collection of legacy enterprise data warehouse architectures, Hadoop, and cloud storage (to name just a few). The ever-growing volumes of data that we generate lead us to looking for places to put the data, such as the data lake. It grows and grows with data that may or may not have value, but the prevailing thought is that it may be needed someday.

Posted December 13, 2018

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 December 13, 2018

According to the company, Aerospike Enterprise Edition 4.5 is the first commercially available open database that supports both traditional DRAM memory and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, a new class of memory and storage technology architected for data-intensive applications that require low-latency, high durability and strong data consistency.

Posted December 13, 2018

Dell Boomi, an enterprise transformation provider of cloud integration and workflow automation, is releasing the Fall 2018 version of its Boomi platform. Boomi's new features work to improve productivity and efficiency across the entire organization.

Posted December 12, 2018

Because companies across all industries are realizing the need for data in evidence-based decision making over gut instinct, they're increasingly relying on more minds, teamwork, and tighter collaboration for confidence and trust in analytical outcomes. Today, machine learning is improving the process by being a new "mind" to supplement and enhance our human thought.

Posted December 12, 2018

Datawatch has announced the release of Datawatch Swarm 2.2, delivering built-in automation that connects data scientists with business analysts to better scale advanced analytics across the entire organization without increasing headcount.

Posted December 11, 2018

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