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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

Teradata is launching Teradata IntelliCloud, its next generation secure managed cloud offering that provides data and analytic software as a service (SaaS). IntelliCloud ensures software consistency while increasing business agility and boosting focus on data-driven analytic insights that have meaningful business outcomes.

Posted March 06, 2017

Beta Systems, provider of identity and access management solutions, is updating its Identity & Access Management Suite, offering more flexibility across the platform. The product family, for the first time presented under the new GARANCY product label, features new improvements that will tackle the ongoing changes and emerging requirements that affect all corporate areas of the customer base.

Posted March 06, 2017

Talend is releasing an Apache Beam-powered solution for self-service, big data preparation with the goal of speeding time to insights. Apache Beam is a unified programming model for executing both batch and streaming data processing pipelines that are portable across a variety of runtime platforms. And Talend Data Preparation is a self-service solution to enable more employees to access, cleanse, and analyze large data sets. Ultimately, the combination of both platforms is designed to help companies speed the time to insight by enabling more users to build data projects that can be run anywhere using the latest processing innovation.

Posted March 06, 2017

Big data presents powerful new opportunities for putting data to work, but also thorny questions that affect enterprise data architectures and overall data management. At Data Summit 2017, these issues will be explored in a keynote address to be jointly presented by ZL Technologies' Linda G. Sharp and Drinker Biddle & Reath's Bennett B. Borden.

Posted March 03, 2017

Tableau Software is releasing an updated version of its namesake platform, bringing advanced mapping capabilities to the analytics solution. Tableau 10.2 will make complex geospatial analysis easier, simplify data prep with new ways to combine and clean data, and give enterprises more tools to deliver self-service analytics at scale, according to the company.

Posted March 03, 2017

Many businesses seem to believe that dimension tables and reference tables are indistinguishable objects. Apparently, the only difference worthy of note seems to be altering the object's name from "something reference," or "something xref," to "something dimension." As these organizations build multidimensional data marts, they often place a view on top of their reference table and feel good about how quickly and efficiently they complete their data mart.

Posted March 02, 2017

Way back in the summer of 2014, I told you about how I used DB-Engines to determine the popularity of various data management tools and vendor platforms. At that time, I explained how I used DB-Engines.com and Google Trends to see where the overall trends that I'm interested in are headed. Staying up with the trends isn't just for fashionistas!

Posted March 02, 2017

Welcome to the inaugural MongoDB Matters column, which will appear six times a year in Database Trends and Applications. Over the past 8 years, we've seen a truly once-in-a-generation explosion of new database technologies which have challenged—if not overthrown—the dominance of the venerable relational database. Of all these upstart databases, MongoDB seemed to us to most deserve dedicated coverage because of its strong momentum and adoption.

Posted March 02, 2017

The heart of any relational database management system is the system catalog that documents the database objects and system settings being used. The system catalog offers a wealth of information about your DBMS. You can think of it as the knowledge base of every piece of data known to the system. For this reason, it is important that DBAs understand what is in the system catalog, as well as how to access and manipulate the information it contains.

Posted March 02, 2017

The Simple Storage Service (S3) outage that took place on Feb. 28 prompted observations and reflections from industry experts about the need for proactive cloud services monitoring, the requirement to diversify with multi-cloud strategies, and even the possibility of "too-big-to-fail" safeguards for large cloud services providers.

Posted March 02, 2017

There is a lot of lot of buzz around IoT, with many companies today seeking to find ways that machine to machine data will affect their industries and their own organizations, according to John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO, Radiant Advisors, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2017 on "IoT Adoption & Maturity Today."

Posted March 02, 2017

Registration is open and the program is available for review for DBTA's 2017 Data Summit conference, a unique event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike. This year's conference will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown from Tuesday, May 16, to Wednesday, May 17, with preconference workshops on Monday, May 15.

Posted March 02, 2017

OPTO Software, part of iTMS Software Services Pty Ltd., provides manufacturing inventory software, including ERP solutions, to a wide variety of industries. Customers span the fields of manufacturing, mining, civil, fabrication, and engineering as well as distribution, retail and wholesale, construction, and importing and exporting. A key differentiator for iTMS/OPTO is its deep understanding of the nuances of manufacturing. Revelation supports that agility, ensuring that OPTO platform is easily configured.

Posted March 02, 2017

The onslaught of fast data is growing in size, complexity, and speed, spurred by increasing business demands along with the rise of the Internet of Things. Because of this, operationalizing insights at the point-of-action has become a top priority. New technologies are coming to the forefront to facilitate real-time analytics, including in-memory platforms, self-service BI tools, and all-flash storage arrays.

Posted March 02, 2017

Collibra, a provider of data governance software solutions for business users, is previewing key functionality that will be part of the upcoming Collibra 5.1 platform release. The new capabilities support the shift to self-service business intelligence by delivering enhanced collaboration, productivity, and ease-of-use for business users.

Posted March 02, 2017

Oracle is introducing version of 4.3 of its NoSQL Database, a key-value database that has evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, an embeddable database. The new release offers key enhancements for the open source community, as well as cloud, and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition customers, said Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle

Posted March 01, 2017

Oracle is expanding its Cloud at Customer portfolio with the availability of the Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine, allowing organizations to deploy Oracle Exadata as a cloud service inside their own data center, in addition to the Oracle Cloud and in a traditional on-premises environment.

Posted March 01, 2017

Attunity Ltd., a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, has introduced Attunity Compose 3.0, a new version of its agile data warehouse automation solution.

Posted March 01, 2017

Today's successful organizations are data-driven, and many are building, maintaining, and accessing databases that scale well beyond the terabyte range. In fact, many have total data assets that now measure in the petabytes. But it's not just the size of databases that is expanding.

Posted March 01, 2017

Informatica is addressing the increasing need for data security intelligence with the addition of data-focused user behavioral analytics to detect higher sensitive data risk and protect by orchestration of remediation capabilities in its data security offering, Informatica Secure@Source.

Posted March 01, 2017

Kinetica, provider in-memory analytics databases accelerated by GPUs, is joining the Confluent Partner Program and has completed the development and certification of its Apache Kafka Connector. Kinetica's Kafka Connector lets customers read and write data directly between Kafka and Kinetica, allowing organizations to ingest real-time data streams from Apache Kafka and provide a means for analysis and immediate action on incoming data.

Posted March 01, 2017

Arcadia Data, provider of visual analytics software, is now certified to integrate with MapR technologies, allowing users to tap into converged data applications. Arcadia on MapR provides a catalyst for digital transformation in organizations by enabling data-centric applications in areas such as information security, customer intelligence, financial trade surveillance, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Posted March 01, 2017

SolarWinds, is unleashing its PerfStack dashboard, an entirely new way of visualizing and correlating IT monitoring data. The dashboard will improve troubleshooting of performance issues across the IT environment, from infrastructure to applications, according to the vendor.

Posted March 01, 2017

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau 10.2, which adds advanced mapping capabilities to help make complex geospatial analysis easier, and simplifies data prep with new approaches to combine and clean data. Moreover, the company says, the new release will help enterprises deliver self-service analytics at scale.

Posted March 01, 2017

Building its presence in key European markets, M-Files Corporation has acquired StreamDesign, a consulting and information management services company based in France. M-Files says this purchase comes as an increasing number of French enterprises are recognizing information management as a strategic priority.

Posted February 28, 2017

Reltio has announced the upcoming release of Reltio Cloud 2017.1, a new release of the company's platform that provides applications and data management. The new PaaS release adds new integration, collaboration, and globalization capabilities at scale, to help enable real-time operational execution and analytical insight for frontline business users.

Posted February 27, 2017

To maximize the value of analytics investments, enterprises need to incorporate big data into their enterprise data management strategies - which often still include mainframe or large systems. At a recent DBTA roundtable webinar, Jamie Morgan, senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security, and Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, advocated the concept of "data-centric" security. By applying format-preserving encryption, users can allow wider access to their data lake. The platform promotes end-to end data movement, offers a breadth of sources and targets, and delivers optimized high performance.

Posted February 27, 2017

Syncsort is making advancements in its big data integration solution, DMX-h, that help organizations to accelerate their business objectives by speeding development, adapting to evolving data management requirements and taking advantage of the rapid innovation in big data technology. The update introduces new workflow capabilities with Spark 2.0 integration to help simplify Hadoop and Spark application development.

Posted February 27, 2017

Kong Yang, head geek at SolarWinds, believes the rise of the mobile workforce and the pressure to implement new technologies means that modern IT professionals must be able to quickly evolve beyond the confines of on-premises and shift into the realm of hybrid IT. Here, Yang reflects on some of the ways that IT professionals can begin that journey.

Posted February 24, 2017

Oracle has expanded the Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. The new cloud service is aimed at speeding and simplifying cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics.

Posted February 22, 2017

Qubole, which provides big data-as-a-service and is a silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, is making its Qubole Data Service (QDS) available on the Oracle Cloud. With this offering, the Qubole Data Service is leveraging bare metal on Oracle Cloud to provide customers with fast access to analytics.

Posted February 22, 2017

Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That's the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.

Posted February 22, 2017

Imagine you are standing by a railway track near a lever that switches between two sets of tracks. A runaway rail trolley is heading toward the fork in the tracks, and five people are trapped on the currently activated line. You could switch the trolley to the alternative track, but there is a single person trapped there as well. Do you switch the trolley? The artificial intelligence community is increasingly wrestling with similar moral conundrums implicit in the ever-more pervasive algorithms that underlie much of our technological infrastructure.

Posted February 22, 2017

Hubble by insightsoftware.com is expanding its solutions into SAP, extending its CPM suite capabilities beyond Oracle and JD Edwards Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. Hubble for SAP provides modern user experience, automation, and technology to help enterprises reduce waste and improve business performance and growth.

Posted February 22, 2017

SAP is introducing new updates to SAP S/4HANA Cloud and is sharing the innovation roadmap for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. The latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud enables customers to carry out their digital transformation faster and helps make business processes more efficient through increased transparency, automation, and quality.

Posted February 22, 2017

SAP will integrate Undo's record, rewind and replay technology into its automated testing environment for SAP HANA. The integration with Undo's Live Recorder allows the HANA group to record exact copies of issues that appear during the extreme stress testing to which SAP routinely subjects the HANA code during the performance and quality checks that are part of the continuous integration pipeline.

Posted February 22, 2017

Knoa Software, a provider of user experience management (UEM) software, is launching support for SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite. The SAP User Experience Management (SAP UEM) application by Knoa supports data-driven decisions and helps increase employee engagement with SAP SuccessFactors solutions.

Posted February 22, 2017

SAP is enhancing its enterprise information management portfolio with updated support and connectivity for big data sources, improved data stewardship and metadata management capabilities.

Posted February 22, 2017

Looker, which provides a platform for data analytics and exploration, is expanding its international operations with the opening of its new European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

Posted February 22, 2017

It's time to submit nominations for the fourth annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them.

Posted February 22, 2017

No one solution can be all things to all enterprises, and as enterprises began to deploy vSAN across their environments, they noticed a big thing was missing. Despite its many benefits, vSAN lacks support for a file system. The importance of having a file system within a data center cannot be overstated. Without a file system, the guest VMs (virtual machines) cannot share files between them and are forced to use an external NAS (network attached storage) solution as shared storage. Without a file system overlaying this data, it becomes laborious and impossible to scale efficiently.

Posted February 21, 2017

Data centers are now designed to not only accommodate current regulations and standards but also predicted capacity requirements, while simultaneously reducing operating costs by incorporating aisle containment structures. One solution offered by many experts in the field is the use of scalable or modular designs. The aisle containment structure is gaining popularity because it meets these goals by providing an infrastructure that is repeatable and rapidly deployable.

Posted February 21, 2017

The desire to compete on analytics is driving the adoption of new technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop to store and process large volumes of data. Jamie Morgan, senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security, and Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, recently discussed key technologies and best practices for data integration, data quality, and data security during a DBTA roundtable webinar.

Posted February 21, 2017

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