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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

Leadership in IT can be very dynamic.  At one time or another it seems anyone may be impressed into a leadership role. The data people (DBAs, data architects, data modelers), often end up considered as unofficial leaders (largely because they are the smarter ones on the team). A leader, whether official or unofficial, has some responsibilities.

Posted November 01, 2017

In filing for its IPO, MongoDB has been required to disclose both their strategies for growth as well as risks inherent in their IPO.   There's no shock disclosure here, but they are certainly worth reviewing:  They represent the company's official strategy for success.

Posted November 01, 2017

One of the prevailing conversations around database systems lately revolves around ACID support. But not everybody knows what is meant by the term ACID. Oh, perhaps they know that it involves how data integrity is maintained or that it impacts locking. And, at a high level many folks know that relational/SQL systems support ACID whereas that is not always the case for NoSQL database systems.

Posted November 01, 2017

Entrinsik Inc., developer of Informer, is being recognized for its self-service, embedded BI, and ease of use. The company received top rankings in the BI Survey 17, the world‘s largest and most comprehensive survey of business intelligence end users, for these areas.

Posted November 01, 2017

Clarke Transport recently switched to jBASE to power its transport management system. After hiring a series of new developers, Clarke Transport decided to move to jBASE for its native architecture, which is easier for programmers without MultiValue knowledge to master.

Posted November 01, 2017

World Wide Land Transfer recently selected Entrinsik Informer to better streamline its analytic capabilities.WWLT tapped Entrinsik, developer of the Informer reporting and business intelligence platform, for more advanced analytics capabilities against GreenFolders and other application data.

Posted November 01, 2017

Real-time data delivery represents the next frontier of intelligent enterprises, and there is great potential value in the ability to immediately sense and respond to opportunities and threats. At the same time, enterprises are encumbered by existing or legacy technologies and methodologies that may add latency to their data-delivery efforts. What will a real-time enterprise look like?

Posted November 01, 2017

The staid relational database has been under attack from all quarters—it's too inflexible, it's too siloed, it's too slow for today's real-time requirements. However, relational databases still power many of the most critical data environments across enterprises—both core legacy systems as well as new-age systems of engagement. In today's enterprises, then, the question becomes: How are new technologies—especially the cloud and NoSQL databases—affecting relational database adoption?

Posted November 01, 2017

CData Software, a provider of standards-based drivers and data access solutions for real-time data integration has introduced new ODBC, JDBC, and ADO.NET drivers for Redis, the in-memory data store used as a database, cache, or message broker. The new Redis drivers offer connectivity to any data structure stored in Redis open source and Redis Enterprise through industry standard driver interfaces

Posted November 01, 2017

ZL Technologies, Inc., a provider of governance, e-discovery, compliance, and analytics solutions, has introduced a suite of products to help organizations meet the requirements of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted November 01, 2017

Stratifyd, a provider of a data science and big data analytics platform, has introduced Stratifyd 3.0.  With this release, the Charlotte-based company is adding functions to manage broader datasets and handle increasingly complex structured and unstructured data.

Posted October 31, 2017

Dell Technologies is embarking on a new Internet of Things (IoT) vision and strategy, creating an IoT division as well as IoT-specific products, labs, partner program, and consumption models. This announcement, the company says, underscores its commitment to helping customers realize their digital future by safely navigating the complex and often fragmented IoT landscape.

Posted October 30, 2017

Cisco and Google Cloud are forming a partnership to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that helps customers maximize their investments across cloud and on-premises environments. Together the companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed, and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform. The solution delivers cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security.

Posted October 27, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is releasing a new version of its specialized data recovery platform, Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) v6, modernizing IT environments and how data is protected. This newest version improves data availability - a requirement for transforming an organization into a modern digital enterprise - by supporting always-on service objectives.

Posted October 27, 2017

Thales is releasing two new capabilities that will meet security compliances and help safeguard platforms against outside threats. The company is introducing CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager for support of Microsoft Azure Key Vault and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Key Management Service (KMS) bring your own key (BYOK) capabilities.

Posted October 27, 2017

TIBCO Software Inc., is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS), to deliver next-generation serverless integration offerings. TIBCO is the first integration vendor to offer support for AWS Lambda Serverless Compute by creating Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) with its ultralight edge microservices framework, open-source Project Flogo.

Posted October 27, 2017

Rackspace is entering an agreement with SAP to provide a partner managed cloud for SAP software solutions, allowing customers to enable access to SAP software quickly and easily. Rackspace will offer an affordable, ready-to-use, subscription-based offering of SAP solutions in its private hosted cloud.

Posted October 26, 2017

AtScale, which provides a universal semantic platform for BI on big data, has announced general availability of AtScale 6.0 which, the company says, reduces the cost of queries on Google Big Query.

Posted October 26, 2017

NVIDIA announced in a blog post recently that Oracle is using NVIDIA's Tesla GPU accelerators for its public cloud. Oracle's cloud customers can access NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, starting today, and Oracle will expand its cloud offerings to include the Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture.

Posted October 26, 2017

Google has launched Cloud Firestore, a fully managed, NoSQL document database that lets developers store, synchronize, and query data for their mobile apps, with offline support, at scale. 

Posted October 26, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing an updated version of its platform, enhancing usability, performance, and scalability. Hazelcast IMDG 3.9 expands its near cache abilities to include for all clients including Scala, .Net/C#, C++, Python and Node.js. Enhanced application speed is the key of benefit of using near cache. Near cache is often used to serve a small subset of very hot items with minimal latency.

Posted October 26, 2017

NVIDIA is releasing the NVIDIA GPU Cloud Container registry for AI developers, allowing them to begin deep learning development. The cloud-based service is available immediately to users of the just-announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 instances featuring NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. NVIDIA plans to expand support to other cloud platforms soon.

Posted October 26, 2017

A new Oracle study reveals that enterprises view in-application communications technologies as critical to enhancing customer experiences and gaining a competitive edge and higher growth. While 65% of enterprise IT decision makers polled noted that embedded communications will become the dominant way of communicating with employees, suppliers and customers moving forward, nearly half (46%) noted they lack the expertise to deploy new communications technologies. 

Posted October 26, 2017

Syncsort and CA Technologies have formed a partnership. The new integration between Syncsort DMX-h and CA Datacom and CA IDMS bridges the "big iron to big data gap," enabling enterprises to tap into valuable mainframe data and make it accessible to emerging next-generation platforms.

Posted October 26, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a new business entity, that was launched in 2017 by Hitachi Ltd., has rolled out the next generation of its Pentaho data integration and analytics platform software. 

Posted October 26, 2017

There's a surprising trick for greatly increasing the chances of real impact, true success with many types of machine learning systems, and that is "do the logistics correctly and efficiently."   That sounds like simple advice - it is - but the impact can be enormous. If the logistics are not handled well, machine learning projects generally fail to deliver practical value. In fact, they may fail to deliver at all. But carrying out this advice may not seem simple at all.

Posted October 26, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) technology, has announced Hazelcast IMDG 3.9 is generally available as a production ready build with new usability, performance and scalability improvements.

Posted October 25, 2017

MapR Technologies has introduced the MapR Data Science Refinery, a new solution that allows data scientists to access and analyze all data in-place, to collaborate, build and deploy machine learning models on the MapR Converged Data Platform. 

Posted October 25, 2017

SAP is launching a new job analyzer functionality that will be embedded within the SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting Management solution to help organizations eliminate unconscious bias in recruiting. The functionality supports corporate talent objectives by using machine learning algorithms to predict and flag language that reflects gender bias during the recruitment process.

Posted October 25, 2017

SAP is making improvements to the SAP Vora solution that will simplify deployment on a public cloud and increase flexibility when migrating between cloud, on-premise, and hybrid deployment models. Additionally, the live customer cloud service on SAP Data Network can now use the distributed computing capabilities SAP Vora offers to efficiently process large data volumes and reveal actionable business insights in near real time.

Posted October 25, 2017

SAP is making big enhancements to its analytics solutions across the entire platform, from the cloud to the launch of the new analytics hub. Built on SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Analytics Hub centralizes access to analytics scattered around the organization — from both SAP and third-party applications and platforms — and recommends the best analytics to fit personalized needs.

Posted October 25, 2017

The way MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom sees it, interest in artificial intelligence is soaring: Everyone wants to talk about it and everyone wants to apply intelligence for better insights and better decisions. But there is just one problem.

Posted October 25, 2017

A new survey report from Teradata finds that 91% of executives see barriers to artificial intelligence realization, with lack of IT infrastructure (40%) and lack of access to talent (34%) leading the challenges. Additional issues include lack of budget for implementation (30%); complications around policies, regulations, and rights (28%); and impact on customer expectations (23%).

Posted October 23, 2017

Push Technology, a  real-time delta data streaming and messaging provider, is releasing Diffusion 6.0, allowing the platform to be available on premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid configurations. Diffusion 6.0 is an out-of-the-box, Enterprise-grade, solution that integrates with new and existing application architectures - providing a flexible, reactive, and efficient data layer to solve the challenge of business application data management. 

Posted October 20, 2017

Dataguise and Teradata are furthering their alliance to deliver DgSecure software to their global enterprise customer base, allowing customers to quickly comply with new and rigorous security standards. As a Dataguise partner, Teradata will benefit from Dataguise sales and engineering support for mutual customer accounts leveraging DgSecure for Teradata UDA and IntelliCloud deployments.

Posted October 20, 2017

Aerospike, a provider of hybrid memory architecture database, is releasing a new version of its signature database platform. Aerospike 4.0 Enterprise Edition will deliver an Enterprise System of Engagement (SoE) with strong consistency and high performance, according to the company.

Posted October 19, 2017

MongoDB, headquartered in New York, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $24 per share and began trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "MDB."

Posted October 19, 2017

At OpenWorld 2017, Oracle announced the Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud, a new platform that brings together Oracle's data integration products into one solution to provide broad data integration capabilities for replicating mission-critical data, profiling, enriching, transforming, cleansing, and matching for all data needs, including for analytics and business solutions.

Posted October 18, 2017

Resolver has finalized the acquisition of RiskVision, increasing its position in the IT risk and compliance markets. RiskVision offers capabilities including threat and vulnerability management, it risk, vendor risk, and incident management, complementing Resolver's existing market offerings and in line with its approach to "plan, prepare, respond, and recover."

Posted October 18, 2017

After years of ambiguous expectations about data governance, organizations now have a better handle on how these programs can help them manage the exponential growth of the data they generate. More importantly, there is an understanding about how the integration, organization, and alignment of that data can help meet or exceed business and technology goals.

Posted October 18, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted October 18, 2017

Operational systems are where data is born. These systems either force people to enter their details or acquire the same from trusted sources. Names, addresses, merchandise selections, and credit card numbers are consumed. The operational solutions interact with users and compatriot applications to give birth to their raison d'etre, be it purchase orders, payroll checks, or any of the thousands of other documents and transactions.

Posted October 18, 2017

Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration solutions, is launching a new version of Talend Integration Cloud (TIC), delivering data-as-a-service 24/7 while allowing IT to maintain governance over enterprise information. Available immediately for trial, Talend Data Preparation Cloud accelerates time-to-insight by 3x so companies can more efficiently utilize data as a strategic asset to improve business performance and competitiveness.

Posted October 17, 2017

DBAs are increasingly being asked to manage not only larger numbers of database instances, but multiple database platforms as well. Cross-Platform database monitoring and management is no longer a trend, it's a reality. But managing it all and addressing challenges presented by the complexity of the database isn't always easy.

Posted October 16, 2017

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