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Business Intelligence and Analytics

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

SAP is making huge announcements that introduce a new HANA platform and boost SAP's analytical capabilities for its Business Objects solution. SAP HANA 2 includes and extends the proven technology from SAP's breakthrough in-memory computing platform to provide a new foundation for digital transformation.

Posted November 10, 2016

At Couchbase Connect16, Couchbase, Inc., provider of a document database with a SQL-based query language, announced new capabilities including full text search and real-time analytics to simplify the way developers build web, mobile, and IoT applications.

Posted November 08, 2016

At its annual global conference, Tableau Software which is known for its data visualization software, provided information about new products for 2017, as well as its product roadmap for the next 3 years.

Posted November 08, 2016

Data as a service (DaaS) is a business-centric service that transforms raw data into meaningful and reusable data assets, and delivers these data assets on-demand via a standard connectivity protocol in a pre-determined, configurable format and frequency for internal and external consumption.

Posted November 04, 2016

MicroStrategy Incorporated is launching MicroStrategy Desktop at no cost to users, allowing professionals to utilize popular data sources and build insightful visualizations. MicroStrategy Desktop, available for Mac and PC, is a data discovery tool that allows users to access data on their own and build dashboards.

Posted November 03, 2016

Interana, a provider of behavioral analytics software, has raised $18 million in a funding round led by Vertex Ventures, with participation from Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Allen Company, Fuel Capital and Index Ventures. The company also announced a new online community forum called Interania.

Posted November 03, 2016

New data sources such as sensors, social media, and telematics along with new forms of analytics such as text and graph analysis have necessitated a new data lake design pattern to augment traditional design patterns such as the data warehouse. Unlike the data warehouse - an approach based on structuring and packaging data for the sake of quality, consistency, reuse, ease of use, and performance - the data lake goes in the other direction by storing raw data that lowers data acquisition costs and provides a new form of analytical agility.

Posted November 03, 2016

Why is there such pervasive abuse and misuse of database views today? Views are a helpful tool in building a business intelligence environment, yet many organizations establish practices that not only rob views of their full usefulness but present patterns that actually confuse issues instead.

Posted November 02, 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 02, 2016

Driven by the demands of an always-on global economy, the widespread proliferation of data is combining with an expectation to leverage seamlessly-integrated data in near-real time. However, data integration methods aren't keeping up.

Posted November 02, 2016

Oracle has made enhancements to the data management platform within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to better help customers define, select, count, and deliver audience IDs based on the user's environment.

Posted November 02, 2016

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 November 02, 2016

Datawatch Corp. has announced Datawatch Monarch for Tableau, a customized version of its self-service data preparation solution to enable Tableau users to speed time-to-insight from visual analysis.

Posted November 02, 2016

A new semantic-based graph data model has emerged within the enterprise. This data model has all of the advantages of the relational data model, but goes even further in providing for more intelligence built into the database itself, enabling greater elasticity to absorb the inevitable changes to data requirements, at cloud scales.

Posted November 02, 2016

Data has become a disruptive force for global businesses and a catalyst for digital transformation. But data can only be leveraged for BI initiatives to the extent it can be accessed and trusted. And, while today's self-service BI and analytics tools satisfy a user's craving for more "consumerized" technology, they often leave an analyst stuck in neutral because the users, first and foremost, cannot find the data they need to perform any analysis.

Posted November 02, 2016

Redis Labs, the home of Redis, is introducing an open source project called Redis-ML, the Redis Module for Machine Learning. The new project will accelerate the delivery of real-time recommendations and predictions for interactive apps in combination with Spark Machine Learning (Spark ML).

Posted November 01, 2016

Rocket Software is releasing an enhanced version of its Discover platform, boosting the self-service business intelligence platform for MultiValue customers. Rocket Discover 1.6, with its native interface to Rocket D3, UniVerse and UniData databases, will enable business users to connect to MV data sources through secure Web services, and use Discover's interface for data visualization and discovery, and collaboratively share dashboards.

Posted November 01, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an update to its SAP S/4HANA platform aimed at improving user productivity. By utilizing a simplified data model and SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience, the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release can reduce complexity and allow applications to yield new business capabilities, according to SAP. "All companies and all line-of-business and industries need to start with 1610 if they want to capitalize on the digital transformation for their company before their competitor does," said Sven Denecken, senior vice president of product management, co-innovation and packaging S/4HANA at SAP SE.

Posted November 01, 2016

IBM has introduced updates to its DB2 database management system, intended to help lower operating costs while bringing together transactions and analytics in the same database to increase the speed of real-time data analysis.

Posted October 31, 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 31, 2016

Rosslyn Data Technologies, formerly known as Rosslyn Analytics, has announced the immediate availability of RAPid One-Click Data Analytics, a new suite of self-service automated analytic (SaaS) solutions, a new suite of self-service automated analytic (SaaS) solutions targeted at helping to reduce the time to visibility and insight.

Posted October 31, 2016

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, has added deep learning support to its cloud-based Apache Spark platform.

Posted October 31, 2016

Kinetica, provider of an in-memory database accelerated by GPUs (graphics processing units) has introduced two new software and services offerings designed to help customers ingest and use streaming datasets through use of GPUs.

Posted October 31, 2016

With data flowing into enterprises from so many different sources, and at varying speeds and times, effective solutions are needed to enable insights to be uncovered for faster decision making. To delve into the issues involved in making big data usable more quickly within organizations, DBTA recently presented a webinar featuring executives from the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., known as Freddie Mac.

Posted October 27, 2016

Before the release of Informer 5.0, Entrinsik participated in the EDUCAUSE Conference to showcase new features of the anticipated platform. "We've traditionally to this point been marketing ourselves as a reporting solution, you can access data from multiple places and you can report off that data in multiple ways," said Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik. "With this new release we've evolved the product to be a data discovery solution, so not only can it pull data from multiple data sources, as it's pulling the data from those data sources Informer 5 allows you to cleanse and transform the data as it's streaming into Informer."

Posted October 26, 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 26, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions, and XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps and continuous delivery software tools, are forming a partnership to better handle application release cycles and more. With this integration, joint customers can work within the XebiaLabs DevOps platform and leverage Datical to automate database deployments and enforce database security and compliance by treating the database as code.

Posted October 26, 2016

Oracle has introduced new versions of the Oracle Database Appliance, which the company says is designed to save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support for database solutions. "Oracle Database Appliance offers a path to cloud, future-proofing your investment," said Karen Sigman, vice president, Platform Business Group, Oracle.

Posted October 26, 2016

Narrative Science is partnering with SAP in offering its Integrated Narratives platform specifically to SAP BusinessObjects Lumira. By integrating Advanced NLG alongside SAP BusinessObjects Lumira's charts and graphs, enterprises can scale the democratization of data analysis even further, empowering entire organizations to engage in smart data discovery.

Posted October 26, 2016

SAP is offering a new tool that will consolidate disparate, siloed ,and legacy systems into one modern, cloud-based, mobile-ready collaboration platform. The solution, SAP Jam Collaboration, allows IT administrators to create customized home pages for contextually relevant groups of colleagues, allows IT to designate home pages for specific employees and departments, and enables IT to equip specific organizations and departments to manage their own collaboration area.

Posted October 26, 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 26, 2016

SAP has completed its acquisition of Altiscale, which provides a high-performance, scalable Big Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) solution that includes full operational services. The company announced this acquisition at Strata + Hadoop 2016 in New York City. With this acquisition Altiscale will operate as a focused and integrated BDaaS offering from SAP to help accelerate and operationalize Big Data deployment in the enterprise.

Posted October 26, 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

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

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