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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

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 13, 2017

Informatica is now offering full support for Spark 2.0, allowing customers the flexibility to tap into whatever Spark version they desire. Customers don't need to change anything within their architecture, they can automatically leverage Spark 2.0. This gives users the choice to run data management jobs in Spark 1.0 and beyond.

Posted February 10, 2017

Baffle, Inc. has announced that its encryption as a service (EaaS) solution now supports SQL databases, to ensure that sensitive data remains encrypted end-to-end—from production through processing, while being stored on-premise, in the cloud, and while being processed by databases and applications.

Posted February 10, 2017

Data storage news and videos on products and research reports from Storage Stack: The IOUG Storage Systems Newsletter, an information resource prepared by Database Trends and Applications Magazine and published in cooperation with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG).

Posted February 09, 2017

EnterpriseDB (EDB) is launching a new version of the EDB Postgres Data Adapter for Hadoop with compatibility for the Apache Spark cluster computing framework, allowing users to combine analytic workloads. The new version gives organizations the ability to combine analytic workloads based on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) with operational data in Postgres, using an Apache Spark interface.

Posted February 09, 2017

Splice Machine is releasing its data platform on AWS this spring. With Splice Machine's Cloud RDBMS, companies will benefit from a complete SQL database, transactional and analytical workloads, zero management, elasticity, concurrency, and availability.

Posted February 09, 2017

Tamr Inc. has been issued a patent (US9,542,412) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office covering the principles underlying its enterprise-scale data unification platform.

Posted February 09, 2017

Aerospike, a provider of NoSQL hybrid memory databases, is releasing a new version of its database, Aerospike 3.11, improving performance and memory. Aerospike 3.11 also includes the addition of TLS transport encryption, further securing Aerospike by enabling transport encryption across deployment environments that extend across network security domains.

Posted February 08, 2017

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has announced an expansion of its global phone verification capabilities to ensure valid and callable U.S. and international phone numbers for nearly 250 countries and territories worldwide.

Posted February 08, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted February 08, 2017

As businesses realize the importance of big data, adoption is on the rise. But big data is still not in full-scale production everywhere, and many companies say operational challenges hold them back. So what are the operational challenges that big data presents? It's a confluence of three key features of big data.

Posted February 08, 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 08, 2017

There's a very handy new tool from Microsoft called the Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA). The DEA makes it very easy to conduct A/B testing for SQL Server upgrades, providing quantitative insight into the performance differences across two versions of a database workload on SQL Server.

Posted February 08, 2017

The role of the DBA is growing and becoming more complicated in the age of digital transformation. As the amount and type of information we store expands, DBAs must become versed in administering not just one type of DBMS (e.g., relational), but multiple types (document, key/value, wide column stores, and graph) and even non-DBMS data platforms (e.g., Hadoop). Furthermore, cloud computing can change the manner in which existing applications and databases operate.

Posted February 08, 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 08, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc., which provides a converged data platform, has introduced persistent storage for containers with complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC) that enables stateful applications and microservices to access data for greater application agility and faster time-to-value.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hortonworks, Inc, a provider of open and connected data platforms, is releasing its Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Optimization Solution, partnering with Syncsort and AtScale to deliver a powerful solution. With the EDW Optimization Solution, customers can extend the value of existing EDW investments and overcome the challenges, risks, and costs of introducing new solutions into legacy infrastructure.

Posted February 07, 2017

Redgate Software is releasing SQL Monitor v7, adding a reporting suite to the SQL Server monitoring tool. The new feature can instantly generate accurate, informative reports on the performance of SQL Servers using customizable as well as standard metrics, and is a direct response to the increasing need for Database Administrators (DBAs) to provide a range of reports across their entire SQL Server estate.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) platform, is unveiling Hazelcast Jet, a new platform that gives users a distributed processing engine for big data streams. With Hazelcast's IMDG providing storage functionality, Hazelcast Jet is a new Apache 2 licensed open source project that performs parallel execution to enable data-intensive applications to operate in near real-time.

Posted February 07, 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 07, 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 06, 2017

As news of data breaches continues to grab headlines, data security is becoming a greater enterprise concern. However, at the same time, it is becoming clear that many organizations are actually doing things that make their data more vulnerable. Recently, Joe Pasqua, executive vice president of products at MarkLogic, provider of enterprise NoSQL database technology, discussed the ways organizations and their employees are unintentionally putting their data at greater risk—and the ways to address it.

Posted February 03, 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 03, 2017

With all the talk about "big data" in the last few years, the conversation is now turning to: What can be built on this platform? It isn't just about the analytics—many people talk about data lakes, but in reality, organizations are looking beyond the data lake.

Posted February 03, 2017

Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications and PwC have formed a global collaboration to offer technology, implementation and consulting solutions to help financial institutions meet compliance with the International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB) new IFRS9 and FASB's proposed CECL reporting standards.

Posted February 01, 2017

Oracle is opening new centers in Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tel Aviv as part of its expanding Startup Cloud Accelerator program to spur cloud-enabled innovation.

Posted February 01, 2017

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Apiary, whose APIFlow solution provides the framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that share enterprise services and data and help create modern, cloud-based applications and experiences.

Posted February 01, 2017

Java started its life in the early 1990s as an attempt to develop an architecture-independent language that could be used in consumer electronics and other embedded contexts. It found itself in the right place at the right time when the web exploded in the mid-1990s and over the next 10 years became one of the mainstays of web development. Today, Java remains as popular as ever. It's arguably the most popular programming language of our generation.

Posted February 01, 2017

VoltDB is launching the latest version of its flagship solution, VoltDB v7.0, offering the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premise. This provides enterprises, mid-sized businesses, and developers with independent software vendors (ISVs) with a wide range of choices for their use of VoltDB, and future-proof capabilities to update or evolve their applications for rapidly-changing markets.

Posted February 01, 2017

Carbonite, a provider of data protection solutions for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), has acquired Double-Take Software, enhancing Carbonite's its existing suite of data protection solutions with high availability technology that minimizes downtime. The aggregate purchase price for Double-Take Software was $65.25 million.

Posted January 31, 2017

Alooma is releasing the Alooma service, creating secure pipelines that stream data in real-time from any source including databases, applications, APIs, etc. The Alooma platform enables organizations to connect disparate data silos within minutes to AWS Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake.

Posted January 31, 2017

IBM announced its second-quarter 2016 earnings results, and its cloud business continues to accelerate. Overall, revenue was $20.2 billion for the quarter, and "strategic imperatives"—which include cloud and data analytics—were $8.3 billion in the quarter, up 12% year to year. Cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 30%. Cloud as-a-service revenues saw an annual run rate of $6.7 billion in the quarter, up 50% year to year.

Posted January 30, 2017

HPE announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud consumption analytics software that enables customers to manage and optimize public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spend.

Posted January 30, 2017

CA Technologies has announced its completion of the acquisition of Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of business process and IT automation software.

Posted January 30, 2017

Trifacta has announced updates to Trifacta Wrangler, which was first launched in 2015. A freely available community version of Trifacta's enterprise product, the company says, it is often the first interaction individuals have with Trifacta technology and its team.

Posted January 30, 2017

Surprising market watchers last week, Cisco announced it is snapping up AppDynamics, a privately held application intelligence software company based in San Francisco.

Posted January 30, 2017

The proliferation of data, databases, and data types across enterprises is creating management challenges, as organizations discover that hybrid environments are a blessing and a curse.

Posted January 30, 2017

Now that 2016 has come and gone several experts at SAP are foreseeing a handful of trends that enterprises need to watch out for as 2017 unfolds. They offered up five predictions for 2017 that include immersive experiences, blockchains, application programming interfaces, the gig economy, and rise of the cyborg.

Posted January 25, 2017

Our friends at SpiceWorks recently shared some of their data from 900 IT buyers with us. For the year ahead, mobile computing, security, and IT automation are topping IT spending agendas. However, expect IT budgets to remain relatively flat—with the exception of cloud services, storage and IT consulting services. Overall, new IT purchasing won't be automatic—it will only happen as systems reach their end of life, or a significant new business requirement emerges.

Posted January 25, 2017

Dell Boomi is releasing an enhanced version of its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively integrate data across applications in hybrid IT environments. The latest release enables Boomi customers to build a connected business at scale through new features to increase user productivity, speed up implementation, and provide unparalleled control of integrations.

Posted January 25, 2017

The past year was a blockbuster one for those working in the data space. Businesses have wrapped their fates around data analytics in an even tighter embrace as competition intensifies and the drive for greater innovation becomes a top priority. The year ahead promises to get even more interesting, especially for data managers and professionals. Leading experts in the field have witnessed a number of data trends emerge in 2016, and now see new developments coming into view for 2017.

Posted January 25, 2017

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, has announced that Qlik Sense Cloud Business, a SaaS-based visual analytics solution is now available for SMBs, groups, and teams to create, manage, and share analytics in the cloud.

Posted January 25, 2017

Hazelcast, provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), has announced that Hazelcast is now available as a tile on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF).

Posted January 25, 2017

Knoa Software provides in-depth visibility into how employees use their SAP applications both before and after migration, enabling enterprises to flag issues that hamper adoption, user experience and productivity. Its powerful analytics ease migration, solve problems, pinpoint training requirements, and enhance adoption.

Posted January 25, 2017

Kinetica, a provider of an in-memory database accelerated by GPUs, has announced the availability of in-database analytics via user-defined functions (UDFs). "What we are offering are UDFs that are accelerated by GPUs. This enables us to benefit from the magic that comes from some of the deep learning and AI libraries that are out there, as well as taking the UDFs that customers have been using for years and moving them into a distributed model with GPUs," said Eric Mizell, VP, Global Solutions Engineering, Kinetica.

Posted January 24, 2017

Collibra, a provider of data governance software for business users, has closed $50 million in Series C financing led by San Francisco-based ICONIQ Capital with participation from investment firm Battery Ventures and existing backers Dawn Capital, Index Ventures, and Newion Investments.

Posted January 20, 2017

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