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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

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

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 22, 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

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 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

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 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

Self-service data discovery has been the buzz word in the BI industry for the past 3 years and is touted as the solution to many problems. Yet, the BI industry has a dismal adoption rate of only 22%, which has plagued the industry for several years. In response to this grim number, we must look around for a solution in other sectors that provides self-service to millions of people without any IT support. In essence, we are looking for a self-service paradigm that can give us insights about how to solve the adoption challenge and learn from it.

Posted January 02, 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 02, 2018

MongoDB 3.6 was announced publically in November and should be in production by the time this article is posted.  There are no shock features in this version, but it is an attractive release that should see rapid uptake.

Posted January 02, 2018

Don't let the term "unstructured data" confuse you. Structure exists, somehow and somewhere, within unstructured source data. It is that subtle, possibly even encrypted, structure that contains the gems of knowledge that an enterprise seeks. Sometimes those gems only shine when extracted and combined with other little gems from other data sources.

Posted January 02, 2018

New Year's Day is a holiday we mark both with a big party and with reflection and re-evaluation. New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition here in the U.S., with more than 40% of Americans making conscious decisions to do things differently. (Yes, there are people who actually keep track of these statistics.) Yet, despite all of the good intentions, less than 10% of people who make New Year's resolutions are able to keep them. In the spirit of new beginnings, here are a handful of promises for the SQL Server professional which adhere to the three cardinal rules of successful New Year's resolutions: simple, tangible, and obvious.

Posted January 02, 2018

Each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine highlights solutions that promise to help organizations derive greater benefit from their data, make better decisions, work more efficiently, achieve greater security, and address emerging challenges. A variety of MV companies have made the cut this year, including products from Entrinsik, Kore Technologies, Revelation Software, and Rocket Software.

Posted January 02, 2018

Rocket Software, a global technology provider specializing in app modernization and systems optimization, has won the 2017 "Growth Partner of the Year" award from Ellucian, recognizing the company's technical support. Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, selected Rocket for the award in recognition of the company's technical support for Ellucian's cloud-based solutions and for its role in helping the company transition to its current SaaS license model.

Posted January 02, 2018

To sustain and drive viable businesses now, and into the rapidly changing future, IT needs to stop firefighting. Reacting when things go wrong—after an incident has caused damage—incurs costs.  Taking a proactive, preventative approach using predictive knowhow moves IT out of the proverbial hot seat and gives them much-needed control to keep critical business systems up and running.

Posted January 02, 2018

Splice Machine has launched its Online Predictive Processing Platform (OLPP) for powering predictive applications. Using the Splice Machine OLPP platform, applications can now both "predict" by learning from the past as well as use those predictions to "act in the moment."

Posted January 02, 2018

NodeSource, a technology company specializing in enterprise-grade solutions in support of a sustainable ecosystem for the open source Node.js project, has raised $17.5 million in Series B funding.

Posted December 27, 2017

New technologies and solutions are giving businesses new avenues to to deliver a competitive edge. From startups to Fortune 100 companies, success means increasing efficiency, agility and innovation through better collaboration, visibility, and performance.

Posted December 22, 2017

Transforming data into valuable information your enterprise can use sometimes is a daunting task. However, it doesn't have to be. In a recent DBTA webinar, Donald Soulsby, VP of architecture strategies at Sandhill Consultant, and Jeff Harris, technical services manager at Sandhill Consultant, discussed how to survive and thrive with data intelligence.

Posted December 21, 2017

Panoply, Stitch, and Chartio are partnering to offer an Automatic Cloud Data Stack, allowing users to gain insights through data visualization. The combined solution includes a self-optimizing petabyte-scale data warehouse, a self-serve ETL pipeline, and a modern business intelligence platform with pre-built business dashboards.

Posted December 21, 2017

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