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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

One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.

Posted October 24, 2016

Business intelligence (BI) and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas this year, and with good reason. The competitive environment is intense, and business leaders are demanding they have access to greater insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better and faster decisions—often in real time. There have also been dramatic changes with BI and analytics tools and platforms. The three Cs—cloud, consolidation, and collaboration—are elevating BI and analytics to new heights within enterprises and gaining newfound respect at the highest levels.

Posted October 24, 2016

Syncsort has added new capabilities in its Ironstream software that allow organizations to access and integrate mainframe log data in real-time to Splunk IT Service Intelligence (Splunk ITSI). The integration of Ironstream with Splunk ITSI provides users with greater visibility into the health and performance indicators of mainframe and mainframe-to-distributed IT services.

Posted October 24, 2016

Snowflake Computing is making its platform more accessible to users with Snowflake On Demand—a sign-up process for data users to get immediate insight from Snowflake's data warehouse. According to the vendor, with a virtual swipe of a credit card on Snowflake's website, data users can access the only data warehouse built for the cloud. They can store and analyze their data without relying on their own IT group to get up and running quickly.

Posted October 20, 2016

Dell EMC is unveiling a new platform that will deliver all the tools necessary for speeding up both big data analytics and cloud native application development. The new Dell EMC Analytic Insights Module helps organizations derive actionable insights that can be easily integrated into intelligent applications while ensuring security and corporate governance. The Analytic Insights Module enables the rapid searching, gathering, and analyzing of data sources within the enterprise or in the cloud, according to Dell.

Posted October 19, 2016

Looker is launching a boosted version of its namesake platform, introducing a simplified, complete data platform that allows companies to easily integrate, transform, govern, explore, visualize, and deliver data anywhere, in virtually any application. Looker 4 allows users to build anything on the platform, push data to any application, and sorts data into a single source of truth.

Posted October 19, 2016

Managed application service provider TriCore Solutions has acquired Database Specialists, a database managed service company focused on support for Oracle database systems.

Posted October 19, 2016

Paxata is releasing Paxata Connect to extend the Paxata Platform with a connectivity framework that creates a nexus to acquire, shape, and publish meaningful data for faster time to value. With Connect, information architects and developers can take advantage of out-of-the-box connectors, build their own repeatable data services and pipelines, and maintain transparency and oversight to ensure data provides a greater and faster return.

Posted October 19, 2016

IBM is introducing a new cloud object storage offering, the result of its acquisition of Cleversafe and its accompanying portfolio of security patents. The new IBM Cloud Object Storage storage-as-a-service offerings will enable clients to scale large unstructured data volumes across on-premises systems as well as public and private clouds, and help boost IT system flexibility and security.

Posted October 17, 2016

As more companies seek to get data faster and more securely for better performance, business applications continue to grow more sophisticated. With this constant evolution, there is the related challenge of supporting them.

Posted October 17, 2016

Citing market research that data and analytics users spend the majority of their time either preparing data for analysis or waiting for data to be prepared for their use, Pentaho says that its latest release, Pentaho Business Analytics 7.0, addresses these challenges by allowing data engineers and analysts to easily prepare and visualize data without moving between separate data integration and visualization tools.

Posted October 17, 2016

The focus of data governance should not be on creating bureaucracy and rules, but instead on business enablement within context of use. To do this, I suggest looking at data governance not as enforcement of a discipline, but instead as a process of guiding a data expedition. Let's look at what a data expedition entails and how data governance will be the guide of this ongoing journey.

Posted October 13, 2016

Dataguise is integrating Apache Eagle into its DgSecure Monitor solution to bolster both data-centric security and compliance monitoring applications. "The integration of Apache Eagle and DgSecure Monitor is a first of its kind implementation in the data security and compliance monitoring space," said Arun Manoharan, Senior Product Manager and PPMC of Apache Eagle.

Posted October 12, 2016

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, is adding smart card support to ADManager Plus, its Active Directory management and reporting software solution. Smart cards are a simple and flexible option to help secure user data and set up user or role-based access to organizational data.

Posted October 12, 2016

Experian Data Quality, a provider of data quality software and services, has introduced a free Experian Data Profiler. The tool allows users to automatically analyze and explore up to 50 million records to discover and measure potential issues so they can prioritize their data quality investment decisions, avoid business problems caused by inaccurate data, and improve business processes.

Posted October 12, 2016

Verizon has announced that Oracle is now offering customers secure connections to its cloud via Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect services. With Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect, Oracle customers can now connect to Oracle Cloud data center sites located in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted October 12, 2016

There is a tug-of-war of sorts going on in organizations today. On one hand, there is pressure on IT staff to maintain systems' uptime and availability along with a growing focus on data security, while dealing with the multitude of maintenance-level tasks, such as applying upgrades, fixes, and patches. But on the other hand, there is a growing requirement for IT to support the business as it seeks to use data in new ways for strategic benefit.

Posted October 12, 2016

Measured Search, Inc., provider of a cloud orchestration, management and analytics platform for Apache Solr, is partnering with Hitachi Solutions America on a combined solution offering cloud-based secure search on top of Apache Solr.

Posted October 11, 2016

Redgate Software is launching a new version of its SQL Server monitoring tool to enable accelerated analysis of SQL Server problems. The platform, SQL Monitor, is a web based SQL Server alerting and diagnosis tool. Version 6 introduces a new interactive interface that will help users in not only identifying problems, but establishing why the problem occurred and providing guidance on how to fix it.

Posted October 11, 2016

Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration software, has formed a strategic partnership with T-Systems. T-Systems, a German subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, is using Talend Big Data Integration software to streamline the collection and cleansing of data as part of T-Systems' Big Data platform services.

Posted October 11, 2016

SAP is revealing a new version of its SAP Master Data Governance application with updates that include intuitive analytics and enhanced mobile functionality with SAP Smart Business cockpits powered by SAP HANA and new SAP Fiori apps for master data governance. The latest version of SAP Master Data Governance, version 9.0, expands master data consolidation functionality to the material data domain in addition to supplier and customer data.

Posted October 10, 2016

A new world of self-service BI brings with it its own issue of data chaos. When everyone is looking at the data their own way, people find different answers to the same questions.

Posted October 10, 2016

Almost all database workloads are now (or eventually will be) virtualized. High availability (HA) clusters using virtual servers provide the application protection needed to satisfy even the most demanding service-level agreements (SLAs). Configuring the shared storage needed for HA in VMware can present challenges to creating these clusters and therefore satisfying SLAs.

Posted October 07, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

For many years now, Cassandra has been renowned for its ability to handle massive scaling and global availability. Based on Amazon's Dynamo, Cassandra implements a masterless architecture which allows database transactions to continue even when the database is subjected to massive network or data center disruption. Even in the circumstance in which two geographically separate data centers are completely isolated through a network outage, a Cassandra database may continue to operate in both geographies, reconciling conflicting transactions—albeit possibly imperfectly—when the outage is resolved.

Posted October 07, 2016

One of the great promises of AI is contextual processing that come naturally to humans, such as understanding visual input and natural language. You can now get in on the new previews from Microsoft to accomplish these goals. Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, knowledge, and search technologies—developed through decades of Microsoft research—to build intelligent apps.

Posted October 07, 2016

Redis Labs, the home of Redis, is introducing a new search module that will enable users to complete full-text searches. RediSearch is now available at the Redis Module Hub and is benchmarked to be up to five times faster than specialized search software like ElasticSearch and Solr, according to Redis.

Posted October 07, 2016

Onsystex, Inc., a provider of application modernization tools for the MultiValue (sometimes called Pick systems) community, is expanding one of its platform with features designed to help enterprise CIO's meet mandates. "We have been an active participant in the MultiValue marketplace for over 25 years," said Tim Spells, CEO of Onsystex. "We have leveraged our knowledge of both the strengths and weaknesses of MultiValue technologies to create this powerful suite of tools and services."

Posted October 07, 2016

ID Insight is receiving a patent for its cloud-based encrypted search technology and is being honored for the technology as a finalist in Minnesota's 2016 Tekne Awards. ID Insight's search technology incorporates a Google-like search experience with government-grade security, a combination that has never before been available to companies, according to the vendor.

Posted October 06, 2016

Vormetric, a Thales company, is releasing a new platform called Thales Orchestrator, to help reduce the cost of protecting data at rest across organizations. Thales Orchestrator's features include live data transformation, key management-as-a-service, Bring Your Own (encryption) Key management for AWS with Thales HSMs, vaultless tokenization, and Docker Encryption and Access Controls. Docker data-at-rest encryption and access controls that help to assure container images and file systems are controlled and secure.

Posted October 06, 2016

Splice Machine, provider of an SQL RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, now supports native PL/SQL on Splice Machine. Announced at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC, the new capabilities are available through the Splice Machine Enterprise Edition.

Posted October 05, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted October 05, 2016

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote, Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his second presentation, he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in the 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted October 05, 2016

Blue Medora, a provider of enterprise cloud and data center management, is unveiling SelectStar, a new IT operational analytics (ITOA) platform. The solution combines comprehensive database and cloud infrastructure monitoring to help organizations track and optimize critical database performance and availability metrics.

Posted October 05, 2016

SQL Sentry, a provider of tools for monitoring, diagnosing, and optimizing SQL Server environments, has announced it is combining its tools into one platform, and changing its name to SentryOne.

Posted October 05, 2016

Pepperdata unveiled a new offering that enables customers of Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) to gain granular visibility into their clusters' run time performance. Even after an Amazon EMR cluster has completed its work and is terminated, users will be able to access fine-grained monitoring data that allows customers to view a run and analyze it, as well as compare it with historical data to improve future performance.

Posted October 05, 2016

The rise of big data with new sources of data for analytics represents new opportunity to put data to work in organizations for a wide range of uses. A developing use case for leveraging data analytics on large datasets is fraud discovery.

Posted October 05, 2016

Choosing when to leverage cloud infrastructure is a topic that should not be taken lightly. There are a few issues that should be considered when debating cloud as part of a business strategy.

Posted October 04, 2016

Dell Software Group unveiled an update to its analytics platform Dell Statistica that will help users transform their businesses with analytics. Key features of Statistica 13.2 include new collective intelligence capabilities to enable native integration with open source and application marketplaces, a new user interface designed to mask complexity and simplify workflows for citizen data scientists, and the ability to distribute data preparation and analytic workflows to any edge device or gateway.

Posted October 04, 2016

Syncsort is incorporating new open metadata management capabilities in its DMX-h data integration software that, along with its seamless integration with Cloudera Navigator, aim to make big data governance easier.DMX-h provides organizations with a single interface for accessing and integrating all enterprise data, including IBM z mainframes, and the flexibility to use the metadata repository that best meets their needs, on premise and in the cloud.

Posted October 04, 2016

Datawatch Corporation is partnering with Convergence Consulting Group (CCG), a data and analytics consulting firm, to help CCG customers achieve higher ROI from their existing BI and analytics investments by implementing the Datawatch Monarch self-service data preparation solution.

Posted October 04, 2016

NoSQL and Hadoop—two foundations of the emerging agile data architecture—have been on the scene for several years now, and, industry observers say, adoption continues to accelerate—especially within mainstream enterprises that weren't necessarily at the cutting edge of technology in the past.

Posted October 04, 2016

MapR Technologies recently announced support for event-driven microservices in the MapR Converged Data Platform. The goal, the company says, is to leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and faster response to impact business as it happens.

Posted October 03, 2016

Zaloni, the data lake company, unveiled new platform updates at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 including new enhancements to Bedrock Data Lake Management Platform and its Mica self-service data preparation solution. Bedrock helps businesses govern and manage data across the enterprise, and Bedrock 4.2 adds new capabilities around data privacy, security, and data lifecycle management.

Posted October 03, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, has added active data quality tools and services for the Salesforce CRM platform.

Posted October 03, 2016

MariaDB Corporation is updating its MaxScale platform, adding a data streaming integration with Kafka, enhanced security, and high availability capabilities. MariaDB MaxScale is a next-generation database proxy that manages administrative functions like security, scalability, data streaming and high availability, enabling the database to focus on core functionality to drive faster innovation.

Posted October 03, 2016

IBM has unveiled a cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data and enable AI-powered decision-making, built on its Watson artificial intelligence engine. Called Project DataWorks, the initiative is intended to help businesses connect data and insights for their users. Professionals can work together on an integrated, self-service platform, sharing common datasets and models.

Posted October 03, 2016

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