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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.



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IBM is introducing three new offerings that aim to streamline the data management, data governance, and data science processes. As data continues to increase in value and complexity, IBM's latest platform approach will make it easier for organizations to begin leveraging the most effective data science and governance solutions in the most strategic and effective ways possible, according to the vendor.

Posted January 29, 2018

LicenseFortress has launched as a standalone entity to focus on database software license management and audit protection service with a financial guarantee. Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017.

Posted January 25, 2018

As we enter a new year new trends will take their turn in the spotlight. This is no different for the big data landscape. We have come a long way since the term "big data" swept the business world off its feet as the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. Hadoop, NoSQL, and Spark have become members of the enterprise IT landscape, data lakes have evolved as a real strategy and migration to the cloud has accelerated across service and deployment models.

Posted January 25, 2018

Organizations are still skeptical of investing in the cloud and planning for the future, now that 2018 has arrived is no different. Enterprises are looking at ways to secure their data while also staying at the cutting edge. A few experts offer their predictions for cloud and multi-cloud platforms in 2018.

Posted January 25, 2018

TimeXtender, a provider of self-service BI and analytics, is now a certified technology partner with Tableau Software, enabling customers to make business decisions on the fly. TimeXtender was selected as a new partner as its Discovery Hub works seamlessly with Tableau, allowing customers to make business decisions in a timely manner based on data that is important to them.

Posted January 25, 2018

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is making three new updates to the Toad product family, including Toad Edge v1.2, Toad Data Point v4.3 and Toad Intelligence Central v4.3. The new release of Toad Edge simplifies the development and management of next-generation open source database platforms, with added support for MariaDB and MySQL instances running on Microsoft Azure.

Posted January 25, 2018

Based in Saddlebrook, N.J., Riverside Cemetery maintains public records for burials, private records on families, maintains billing, and oversees all the work done to burial plots in addition to taking care of monuments and records relating to them, and other tasks associated with running the business. The 1980s brought dramatic changes to Riverside. This technological transition in 1980 was aided by WinWin Solutions, parent company of Revelation Software. Initially using Revelation Software's DOS-based Advanced Revelation, and then migrating to the Windows-based OpenInsight platform, Riverside has evolved technologically while remaining a traditional cemetery serving the community with warmth, compassion, and professionalism.

Posted January 24, 2018

Zumasys, a provider of MultiValue software products and cloud computing, continues to grow as several companies recently modernized their MultiValue applications with jBASE. These companies include General Air Service and Supply, Denver, CO, Sanders Supply, Hot Springs, AR, Sepulveda Building Materials, Laguna Niguel, CA, The Corken Steel Products Co., Florence, KY, and Calverley Supply, Sterling Heights, MI.

Posted January 24, 2018

Entrinsik Inc., developer of Informer, is partnering with RamQuest Inc., allowing RamQuest users to extract any data element from production data, create custom reports and visualizations, and then glean critical business insights. Informer enables agents and underwriters using RamQuest to manipulate and interact with data, then collaborate as needed.

Posted January 24, 2018

The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 24, 2018

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is releasing HyperStore 7, bridging both on-premises and cloud environments. This update allows users to manage data in both private and public clouds around the globe as a single, unified storage pool. 

Posted January 24, 2018

Dremio has closed $25 million in a Series B funding round led by new investor Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures.

Posted January 24, 2018

Actian, a data management, analytics and integration company, has introduced new multi-platform editions of the Actian Zen Embedded database solution family designed to address the demanding scale-down and scale-out requirements of data-centric IoT solutions.

Posted January 24, 2018

Anaplan, a provider of a platform for connected planning, has launched Anaplan Bring Your Own Key (BYOK), a data encryption solution. Anaplan BYOK allows customers to self-manage keys, which enables them to encrypt and decrypt workspaces and have sole access to their data on the Anaplan platform.

Posted January 24, 2018

Database administrators are typically swamped with simultaneous numerous jobs. They have to keep their database platforms up to date and working smoothly. That requires manual effort to perform certain tasks on a regular basis, sometimes daily or hourly.

Posted January 24, 2018

Esri, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analytics, is certifying SAP HANA  as an ArcGIS enterprise geodatabase to provide customers with greater insights, improved business decisions, and a swifter ability to innovate. Esri and SAP customers will benefit from enhanced performance and scalability, as well as full integration of both enterprise and spatial data, according to the vendor.

Posted January 24, 2018

SAP is creating a global network of partnership with 18 strategic partners to help more businesses adopt Internet of Things (IoT) technology. This global network of partners will provide implementation services for SAP Leonardo IoT accelerator packages, which are designed to help customers build IoT solutions specific to their business needs at a predictable price.

Posted January 24, 2018

SAP is unveiling a new program that will help customers with on-premise SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions transition and expand into the cloud. The program, titled Upgrade2Success, will provide clear guidance, predictable outcomes, faster time to value, and flexible commercial arrangements, offering the services and tools for digital HR transformation, according to the vendor.

Posted January 24, 2018

appsFreedom Inc. and its platform have achieved SAP certification to be integrated with SAP S/4HANA, allowing users to deploy the latest SAP software. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the appsFreedom Platform version 4.5 integrates with SAP S/4HANA using standard integration technologies.

Posted January 24, 2018

Data security is a growing concern in all enterprises, and since DBAs have been guardians of the data, their skillset can be utilized in moving forward to combat new risks and threats, writes Extreme Scale Solutions' Michelle Malcher in the latest article in a six-part series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on the "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM reported fourth-quarter revenue of $22.5 billion, up 4%. Systems (includes systems hardware and operating systems software)—saw revenue of $3.3 billion, up 32% over the same quarter last year, driven by growth in IBM z, Power Systems, and storage.

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM and Salesforce, a provider of CRM, are expanding their strategic partnership, bringing together IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein. The move will enable companies to connect with their customers and collaborate more effectively with deeper insights.

Posted January 19, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, says it plans to increase its investment in R&D by more than 50% as part of its mission to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform.

Posted January 18, 2018

MicroStrategy Incorporated, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, unveiled the availability of new connectors to data discovery vendors at its annual user conference MicroStrategy World 2018. With this announcement, users can connect to Microsoft Power BI, Qlik Technologies, and Tableau Software and leverage MicroStrategy 10.

Posted January 16, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), an independent, global, member-led organization that maximizes customers' investment in Oracle and partner solutions, has announced Christine Hipp as its 2018 president. An active member of the OAUG since 2004, Hipp has served on the OAUG's education, finance, governance, international, marketing, and meetings and conferences committees. She was elected in 2011 to the OAUG Board of Directors, where she served as the board secretary in 2013 and 2016 and president elect in 2017.

Posted January 16, 2018

erwin, Inc. has announced its evolution to "the data governance company," based on its expertise and the centering of its technology platform around data governance. As part of this focus, the company has acquired A&P Consulting, a technology and consulting services firm based in Rome, Italy.

Posted January 15, 2018

There are many things to consider when capacity planning for SQL Server. Storage and disk capacity are apparent, but when you want to right-size your database(s) for a new SQL implementation or migration, there is a lot more to think about than space.

Posted January 15, 2018

Database administration tasks can be time consuming so they require a comprehensive range of tools. Tasks can be error-prone, especially when they involve developing, testing, and maintaining custom scripts.

Posted January 12, 2018

Cymulate, a technology startup  that helps companies safeguard their business-critical assets using a breach and attack simulation platform, has launched a new product developed specifically for managed security service providers (MSSPs).

Posted January 11, 2018

Syncsort, is acquiring Trader's, a France-based global provider of high availability software solutions for multiple platforms, specializing in IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition extends Syncsort's leadership in Data Availability and market-leading IBM i High Availability product portfolio.

Posted January 11, 2018

Oracle has entered into an agreement with Aconex Limited, a cloud-based solution that manages team collaboration for construction projects. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.2 billion, net of Aconex cash.

Posted January 10, 2018

Frontline Systems has released XLMiner SDK V2018, a new version of its software development kit for data mining, text mining, forecasting, and predictive analytics. XLMiner SDK offers application developers working in C++, C#, Java, Python or R an API for creating applications that use predictive analytics.

Posted January 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted January 10, 2018

Download any app onto a smartphone these days and you'll be prompted by the same question: Do you want to turn location services on? For consumers, letting Google Maps or Waze know exactly where you are is a must — it's the essence of why those apps exist. But have you ever wondered why other types of businesses, from grocery stores to social media platforms, want to know where their patrons are at all times?

Posted January 09, 2018

The increased demand for data means enterprises must ensure its integrity, accessibility, availability, quality, and security. As security breaches become more commonplace and disruptive, it's top priority to improve data governance to reduce commercial and regulatory risks while also realizing larger business objectives.

Posted January 09, 2018

Collibra, a provider of enterprise data governance and catalog software, has closed $58 million in Series D financing.  This round was led by existing Collibra investors ICONIQ Capital and Battery Ventures, with participation from early Collibra investors Dawn Capital, Index Ventures, and Newion Investments, bringing the total funding for Collibra to more than $133 million.

Posted January 08, 2018

Organizations are moving towards self-service access to data and insights, to increase business agility and innovation. During this journey many are facing challenges that are slowing down how businesses operate along with introducing a small learning curve.

Posted January 08, 2018

Modern data warehousing is not only being shaped by the need for businesses to deliver data faster to more users, but the need for a richer picture of their operations afforded by a greater variety of data for analysis. A growing number of organizations are modifying their data warehouse infrastructures with new technologies, from in-memory databases to Hadoop - and a flourishing market of cloud solutions.

Posted January 08, 2018

A lot has been written about why IoT is going to be absolutely essential to your company. If you are convinced as to the why but wonder about the how, pay attention. Based on all the lessons learned from my engagements around the globe, I am going to tell you how. It basically comes down to three basic phases: preparation, the "real stuff," and embedding it in the organization.

Posted January 08, 2018

Today's modern enterprise data warehouse (EDW), which has been in existence for more than 20 years, faces a growing set of challenges. The platform must incorporate data integration, quality, and governance effectively.

Posted January 05, 2018

With a new year comes new ideas on how to disrupt the big data industry. From tried and true methods to the introduction of new solutions, several experts are predicting a surge of a combination of both old and new solutions, along with the rise of different roles that will power enterprises through 2018.

Posted January 04, 2018

The suddenness of the non-relational "breakout" created a lot of noise and confusion and—at least initially—an explosion of new database systems. However, the database landscape is settling down, and in the past few years, the biggest meta trend in database management has been a reduction in the number of leading vendors and consolidation of core technologies. Additionally, we're starting to see database as a service (DBaaS) offerings become increasingly credible alternatives to on-premise or do-it-yourself cloud database configuration.

Posted January 03, 2018

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will continue to improve and make waves in the big data industry. Autonomous machines that can learn without explicit programming is the future, many say, and experts are predicting that machine learning will continue to take center stage in a variety of ways in 2018.

Posted January 03, 2018

You're a large organization headquartered in the U.S. Your clients and customers live mainly in the U.S. You have no intention to expand beyond the U.S. What could you possibly need to know about new data rules in the EU? Everything, it turns out.

Posted January 02, 2018

Data lakes are often viewed as the ultimate silo breakers, integrating mountains of data frompoint solutions for ERP, CRM, enterprise data warehouse, cloud and on-premises applications.However, if the enterprise data lake is not leveraged appropriately, it often ends up being just adata dump or worse still a "data swamp."

Posted January 02, 2018

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