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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

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 10, 2016

A new world of self-service BI brings with it its own issue of data chaos. When everyone is looking at the data their own way, people find different answers to the same questions.

Posted October 10, 2016

Almost all database workloads are now (or eventually will be) virtualized. High availability (HA) clusters using virtual servers provide the application protection needed to satisfy even the most demanding service-level agreements (SLAs). Configuring the shared storage needed for HA in VMware can present challenges to creating these clusters and therefore satisfying SLAs.

Posted October 07, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

For many years now, Cassandra has been renowned for its ability to handle massive scaling and global availability. Based on Amazon's Dynamo, Cassandra implements a masterless architecture which allows database transactions to continue even when the database is subjected to massive network or data center disruption. Even in the circumstance in which two geographically separate data centers are completely isolated through a network outage, a Cassandra database may continue to operate in both geographies, reconciling conflicting transactions—albeit possibly imperfectly—when the outage is resolved.

Posted October 07, 2016

One of the great promises of AI is contextual processing that come naturally to humans, such as understanding visual input and natural language. You can now get in on the new previews from Microsoft to accomplish these goals. Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, knowledge, and search technologies—developed through decades of Microsoft research—to build intelligent apps.

Posted October 07, 2016

There is a tug-of-war of sorts going on in organizations today. On one hand, there is pressure on IT staff to maintain systems' uptime and availability along with a growing focus on data security, while dealing with the multitude of maintenance-level tasks, such as applying upgrades, fixes, and patches. But on the other hand, there is a growing requirement for IT to support the business as it seeks to use data in new ways for strategic benefit.

Posted October 07, 2016

Redis Labs, the home of Redis, is introducing a new search module that will enable users to complete full-text searches. RediSearch is now available at the Redis Module Hub and is benchmarked to be up to five times faster than specialized search software like ElasticSearch and Solr, according to Redis.

Posted October 07, 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 07, 2016

ID Insight is receiving a patent for its cloud-based encrypted search technology and is being honored for the technology as a finalist in Minnesota's 2016 Tekne Awards. ID Insight's search technology incorporates a Google-like search experience with government-grade security, a combination that has never before been available to companies, according to the vendor.

Posted October 06, 2016

Vormetric, a Thales company, is releasing a new platform called Thales Orchestrator, to help reduce the cost of protecting data at rest across organizations. Thales Orchestrator's features include live data transformation, key management-as-a-service, Bring Your Own (encryption) Key management for AWS with Thales HSMs, vaultless tokenization, and Docker Encryption and Access Controls. Docker data-at-rest encryption and access controls that help to assure container images and file systems are controlled and secure.

Posted October 06, 2016

Splice Machine, provider of an SQL RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, now supports native PL/SQL on Splice Machine. Announced at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC, the new capabilities are available through the Splice Machine Enterprise Edition.

Posted October 05, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted October 05, 2016

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote, Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his second presentation, he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in the 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted October 05, 2016

Blue Medora, a provider of enterprise cloud and data center management, is unveiling SelectStar, a new IT operational analytics (ITOA) platform. The solution combines comprehensive database and cloud infrastructure monitoring to help organizations track and optimize critical database performance and availability metrics.

Posted October 05, 2016

SQL Sentry, a provider of tools for monitoring, diagnosing, and optimizing SQL Server environments, has announced it is combining its tools into one platform, and changing its name to SentryOne.

Posted October 05, 2016

Pepperdata unveiled a new offering that enables customers of Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) to gain granular visibility into their clusters' run time performance. Even after an Amazon EMR cluster has completed its work and is terminated, users will be able to access fine-grained monitoring data that allows customers to view a run and analyze it, as well as compare it with historical data to improve future performance.

Posted October 05, 2016

The rise of big data with new sources of data for analytics represents new opportunity to put data to work in organizations for a wide range of uses. A developing use case for leveraging data analytics on large datasets is fraud discovery.

Posted October 05, 2016

Choosing when to leverage cloud infrastructure is a topic that should not be taken lightly. There are a few issues that should be considered when debating cloud as part of a business strategy.

Posted October 04, 2016

Dell Software Group unveiled an update to its analytics platform Dell Statistica that will help users transform their businesses with analytics. Key features of Statistica 13.2 include new collective intelligence capabilities to enable native integration with open source and application marketplaces, a new user interface designed to mask complexity and simplify workflows for citizen data scientists, and the ability to distribute data preparation and analytic workflows to any edge device or gateway.

Posted October 04, 2016

Syncsort is incorporating new open metadata management capabilities in its DMX-h data integration software that, along with its seamless integration with Cloudera Navigator, aim to make big data governance easier.DMX-h provides organizations with a single interface for accessing and integrating all enterprise data, including IBM z mainframes, and the flexibility to use the metadata repository that best meets their needs, on premise and in the cloud.

Posted October 04, 2016

Datawatch Corporation is partnering with Convergence Consulting Group (CCG), a data and analytics consulting firm, to help CCG customers achieve higher ROI from their existing BI and analytics investments by implementing the Datawatch Monarch self-service data preparation solution.

Posted October 04, 2016

NoSQL and Hadoop—two foundations of the emerging agile data architecture—have been on the scene for several years now, and, industry observers say, adoption continues to accelerate—especially within mainstream enterprises that weren't necessarily at the cutting edge of technology in the past.

Posted October 04, 2016

MapR Technologies recently announced support for event-driven microservices in the MapR Converged Data Platform. The goal, the company says, is to leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and faster response to impact business as it happens.

Posted October 03, 2016

Zaloni, the data lake company, unveiled new platform updates at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 including new enhancements to Bedrock Data Lake Management Platform and its Mica self-service data preparation solution. Bedrock helps businesses govern and manage data across the enterprise, and Bedrock 4.2 adds new capabilities around data privacy, security, and data lifecycle management.

Posted October 03, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, has added active data quality tools and services for the Salesforce CRM platform.

Posted October 03, 2016

MariaDB Corporation is updating its MaxScale platform, adding a data streaming integration with Kafka, enhanced security, and high availability capabilities. MariaDB MaxScale is a next-generation database proxy that manages administrative functions like security, scalability, data streaming and high availability, enabling the database to focus on core functionality to drive faster innovation.

Posted October 03, 2016

IBM has unveiled a cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data and enable AI-powered decision-making, built on its Watson artificial intelligence engine. Called Project DataWorks, the initiative is intended to help businesses connect data and insights for their users. Professionals can work together on an integrated, self-service platform, sharing common datasets and models.

Posted October 03, 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 September 30, 2016

Logtrust is expanding the availability of its solution, enabling real-time analytics on streaming, historical (batch), and complex (multi-source) data sets. Logtrust now makes it possible to deliver log and metrics in Machine Real-time (sub-second) or Human Real-time (within 10 seconds) for Any Data with Any Volume at Any Time, setting a new standard for "real-time" analytics.

Posted September 30, 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 September 29, 2016

Cloudera has added new technology enhancements to its data management and analytics platform to make it easier for companies to take advantage of elastic, on-demand cloud infrastructure for business value from all their data. The move to the cloud has become a top priority for CIOs, said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, of products at Cloudera, at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in NYC.

Posted September 29, 2016

MathWorks showcased the latest release of MATLAB, which is used in the development of analytics and algorithms to help solve engineering and scientific problems, at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in New York.

Posted September 29, 2016

Liaison Technologies, a provider of cloud-based integration and data management solutions, is debuting several new features to its flagship ALLOY Platform. Enterprises can now configure key aspects of their Liaison ALLOY solution via several new flexible user-friendly interfaces to further address and simplify complex integration and data management challenges.

Posted September 29, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World 2016, Kognitio announced a competition to find the best use case or application that has its newest offering, Kognitio-on-Hadoop, as part of the solution. According to Roger Gaskell, CTO of Kognitio, the company is looking for solutions that are innovative in terms of application or something more common place but is now being done at scale.

Posted September 29, 2016

Data governance is sometimes viewed as a roadblock that keeps data scientists and analysts from turning data into business insights quickly and efficiently. Yet, in the enterprise data and analytics work that we've undertaken for clients across diverse industries, we've found that it's often a lack of sound data governance that prevents organizations from realizing the full value of their data.

Posted September 28, 2016

Attunity Ltd., a provider of big data management software solutions, is introducing a new platform for SAP, a data replication solution optimized to deliver SAP application data application data in real-time for big data analytics on-premises or in the cloud. Attunity Replicate for SAP aims to transform complex data structures into easily accessible data models across a wide variety of analytics platforms.

Posted September 28, 2016

SAP is updating its HANA platforms to deliver rapid application development and new cloud features. SAP is introducing a SAP HANA express edition, promising a streamlined, downloadable version of its in-memory platform that's optimized for fast and continuous development of data-driven applications, according to the company.

Posted September 28, 2016

The blood, sweat, and tears that go into enterprise data integrations may not go away anytime soon, but lately, it has become easier to make data from any and all sources more available to people and applications that need it. The cloud—and more specifically, database as a service (DBaaS)—has shifted the challenge of data integration.

Posted September 28, 2016

Capgemini, a provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, and SAP SE are deepening their strategic partnership with the launch of a new joint initiative to help clients in the discrete manufacturing industries.

Posted September 28, 2016

Nimble Storage's Predictive AF-Series All Flash arrays are now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. As a result, Nimble customers can leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments, providing an additional choice for organizations working in heterogeneous environments. This certification adds to the SAP HANA certification Nimble previously obtained for its Adaptive Flash CS-Series arrays for use as enterprise storage solutions for the SAP HANA platform.

Posted September 28, 2016

SAP is releasing a next generation data warehouse solution for running a real-time digital enterprise on-premise and in the cloud. The new solution, SAP BW/4HANA, will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC).

Posted September 28, 2016

Data lakes are quickly transitioning from interesting idea to priority project. A recent study, "Data Lake Adoption and Maturity," from Unisphere Research showed that nearly half of respondents have an approved budget or have requested budget to launch a data lake project. What's driving this rapid rush to the lake?

Posted September 27, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World, MapR Technologies announced support for microservices that leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and rapid response to better impact business as it happens. The new capabilities in the MapR Platform range from microservices application monitoring and management to integrated support for agile microservices application development.

Posted September 27, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World, Pentaho announced five new improvements, including SQL on Spark, to help enterprises overcome big data complexity, skills shortages and integration challenges in complex, enterprise environments. According to Donna Prlich, senior vice president, product management, Product Marketing & Solutions, at Pentaho, the enhancements are part of Pentaho's mission to help make big data projects operational and deliver value by strengthening and supporting analytic data pipelines.

Posted September 26, 2016

As the details of the Yahoo data breach have come to light, the news seems eerily similar to other such cyber-attacks. Data management and security professionals reflected on what the breach means for companies and their customers in terms of current security best practices.

Posted September 26, 2016

MicroStrategy is releasing a comprehensive update to its namesake platform, delivering new certifications to support more enterprise assets, allowing organizations to easily leverage their data investments.

Posted September 22, 2016

Talend is releasing a pre-configured, easy-to-use, virtual environment that gives companies a no-risk, zero-cost way to experiment with the latest big data technologies. Talend's new Big Data Sandbox provides an intuitive, drag-and-drop, visual design environment that makes it easy to build integration workflows, with pre-built, big data use cases, and a step-by-step ‘cookbook' that allows those with limited expertise to get up and running on Hadoop in minutes.

Posted September 21, 2016

SnapLogic is extending its pre-built intelligent connectors - called Snaps - to the Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store, providing fast, self-service data ingestion, and transformation from virtually any to Microsoft's cloud-based repository for big data analytics workloads. This latest integration between SnapLogic and Microsoft Azure helps enterprise customers gain new insights and unlock business value from their cloud-based big data initiatives, according to SnapLogic.

Posted September 21, 2016

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