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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.



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With growing numbers of people filing for unemployment benefits amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, cities and states are having difficulty changing the COBOL code (for mainframes that control their citizens' data) fast enough to respond to the increased unemployment payment eligibility. The Open Mainframe Project, an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, has organized its membership to address the skills gap spotlighted by public sector officials.

Posted April 20, 2020

Solo.io, a software company that helps organizations adopt and operate innovative cloud native technologies, is releasing the open source Service Mesh Hub. The platform offers a unified dashboard for installing, discovering, operating, and extending a single service mesh or group of meshes, with multi-cluster "virtual mesh": orchestration and support for the new Istio 1.5. Istio is an open source service mesh led by Google, IBM and Lyft to connect, monitor, and secure microservices, which has gained in popularity among Kubernetes end users.

Posted April 20, 2020

To get a full appreciation for the incredible pace of change in business technology, look at the past 6 years. In 2014, IDC published a report that said that, by 2020, the digital universe would contain nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe, and the data we create and copy annually would reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes. Guess what? It's 2020. And it turns out IDC was correct in assuming that we were about to endure a data deluge.

Posted April 20, 2020

Solo.io is updating Gloo, its Envoy based API Gateway, to focus on improving the developer experience in consuming APIs. In this release the company added a developer portal to make it easy to securely publish and manage APIs to developers both inside and outside the organization.

Posted April 17, 2020

DataStax is offering a preview build of Kong with support for DataStax Astra (beta), bringing a cloud-native database-as-a-service (DBaaS) built on Apache Cassandra to every developer. As part of the beta program, DataStax has been working with developers and listening to their feedback. Many asked for an integration with Kong so DataStax prioritized that request and Kong is one of the first integrations of DataStax Astra.

Posted April 17, 2020

Yellowbrick is providing free access to its cloud data warehouse to give real-time access and insights of critical data to researchers and companies actively working on a vaccine for COVID-19. 

Posted April 16, 2020

Alluxio, the developer of open source cloud data orchestration software, is receiving $15.5 million after extending its Series B financing, enabling the company to expand its hybrid cloud data orchestration.

Posted April 16, 2020

VAST Data, a storage company, has raised $100 million in Series C funding which will be used to drive global expansion and accelerate the company's next phase of growth.

Posted April 16, 2020

Melissa, a provider of global address, name, email, phone, and identity verification solutions, is offering free address validation services for six months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted April 15, 2020

At Oracle OpenWorld 2019, Oracle introduced the Cloud Free Tier with Always Free services so anyone can try the world's first self-driving database and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for an unlimited time. It provides customers with the opportunity to build, learn, and explore the full functionality of Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, including Compute VMs, Block and Object Storage, and Load Balancer.

Posted April 15, 2020

Software AG is releasing webMethods AppMesh, a configurable control plane for microservices, APIs, and service mesh that adds application context to service mesh, providing better agility, management, and governance of microservices as business apps.

Posted April 14, 2020

Pepperdata, a provider of Analytics Stack Performance (ASP) solutions, is releasing Streaming Spotlight, a new product in Pepperdata's data analytics performance suite enabling Kafka integration. The suite is purpose-built for IT operations teams, giving them a single, comprehensive view of their analytics stack, both in the cloud and on premises.

Posted April 14, 2020

As the popularity of open source databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB grows, so does the need for "enterprise class" performance monitoring and tuning solutions. Leading online, SaaS, and digital commerce companies now run these databases as the backbone of their applications.

Posted April 13, 2020

Ascend.io, the data engineering company, is providing a native integration between the Ascend and Looker platforms, closing the gap between enterprise data engineering and data analysis platforms.

Posted April 09, 2020

Alcide, a Kubernetes security provider, is releasing sKan, an open and free command line tool that brings Alcide Security Platform to the hands of developers, DevOps and Kubernetes application builders. sKan enables developers to scan Kubernetes configuration and deployment files as part of their application development as well as CI pipelines.

Posted April 09, 2020

Modern software development teams have adopted a continuous delivery approach based upon DevOps and agile development techniques. The small and frequent code changes that result from such methodologies can deliver significant benefit in terms of reduced lead time for changes, a lower failure rate, and a reduced mean time to recovery when errors are encountered. Indeed, today's developers migrate more frequent changes into the production environment than ever before.

Posted April 08, 2020

I've kept you informed over the years about not just the latest news and features in SQL Server, but across the entire Microsoft Data Platform, both on-premise and in the cloud. This includes additional products such as SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), and their cloud siblings, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Factory (ADF). Another important and powerful sibling product is Azure Cosmos DB, previously known as Document DB, which I first wrote about here many years ago.

Posted April 08, 2020

As we have moved forward with APIs and microservices, every organization has even more data stores to manage and more sources of data to consider. Sorting through data structures for operational solutions can become mind-numbing due to the variety, or even frustrating due to a lack of detail from many vendors. Source systems are no longer the monoliths they once were.

Posted April 08, 2020

Even before the IT elements of data optimization begin, aligning organizational culture around a data-driven mindset will be a major challenge. Making the case for data optimization is important. Even before the IT elements of data optimization begin, aligning organizational culture around a data-driven mindset will be a major challenge. Making the case for data optimization is important.

Posted April 08, 2020

We live in a business world that craves instantaneous response times, especially in terms of the responsiveness of modern transactional applications. Customers expect to make a money transfer, pay a bill, or buy a product online in a matter of seconds. This insatiable desire for speed to customer parallels the need to increase speed to market for these modern apps. With development activity accelerating through DevOps, do we ever stop to consider the increased demands this is putting on batch processing?

Posted April 08, 2020

With $3.6 trillion in mergers and acquisitions completed in 2019 alone, M&A activity has been booming. However, a merger or acquisition isn't just a business decision and a business process. It's also a massive undertaking on the IT side, as you figure out how to migrate and integrate business applications and business data.

Posted April 08, 2020

The hype around DevOps and its potential to drive greater ROI across a wide range of enterprise operations increased substantially in the last decade. However, as these expectations carry into 2020, organizations will start to take a more sober approach to DevOps implementations. While DevOps was initially seen as a widespread solution to all sorts of enterprise IT issues, the implementation of DevOps approaches is now shaping up to become more strategic and focused, with much of the emphasis on how to maximize the ultimate return on investment.

Posted April 08, 2020

DevOps, DataOps, AI, and containers all lead to one important innovation for enterprises seeking to be more data-driven—and that is greater automation. Data-driven enterprises cannot function if data resources and applications are in any way being manually administered, deployed, remediated, or upgraded.

Posted April 08, 2020

When it comes to DevOps, developers increasingly recognize databases to be code sets that require ongoing integration and deployment. They are "another code deployment which can and should be managed, tested, automated, and improved with the same robust, reliable methodologies applied to application code," according to the authors of a recent survey of 2,000 developers.

Posted April 08, 2020

Cutting-edge startups are constantly emerging to address new challenges and problems in ways never thought possible. Many of these young, innovative companies have fresh approaches that tap into blockchain, quantum computing, advanced analytics, AI, DevOps methodologies, containerization, and data security advancements. To shine a spotlight on some of the ways innovation in IT is being reflected today, here, DBTA presents 28 companies we think are worth watching in 2020.

Posted April 08, 2020

Neo4j, a provider of graph technology, is launching Neo4j for Graph Data Science, a data science environment built to harness the predictive power of relationships for enterprise deployments. Neo4j for Graph Data Science helps data scientists leverage highly predictive, yet largely underutilized relationships and network structures to answer unwieldy problems.

Posted April 08, 2020

Talend, a provider of in cloud data integration and data integrity, is bolstering its partnership with Databricks. With the Winter '20 release of Talend Data Fabric, including Stitch Data Loader for data ingest, Talend now supports Delta Lake. The comprehensive support enables data ingestion into lakehouse environments where data warehouse management features are combined with low-cost storage.

Posted April 08, 2020

Talend is joining the fight against COVID-19 by collaborating with developers from the Singer open source community and Bytecode to create an ETL tool for COVID-19 datasets. Talend standardizes the data, augments it with metadata, then routes the results to a data warehouse or data lake: Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3, Snowflake, Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Delta Lake for Databricks, or Google BigQuery.

Posted April 07, 2020

SQream, provider of SQream DB, is offering free licenses of SQream DB to qualified healthcare and government organizations on the frontlines of the push to defeat COVID-19. SQream DB enables organizations to rapidly analyze massive amounts of data which is being mined to find a better means of diagnosis and a potential treatment, vaccine, and cure. 

Posted April 07, 2020

DataStax has released DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 6.8, adding new capabilities for enterprises to advance bare-metal performance, support more workloads, and enhance developer and operator experiences with Kubernetes. "DataStax Enterprise 6.8 has made significant advancements in performance, ops management, and Cassandra workloads, but most importantly it adds a Kubernetes operator. This will help enterprises succeed with mission-critical, cloud-native deployments irrespective of the scale, infrastructure, or data model requirements," said Ed Anuff, chief product officer at DataStax.

Posted April 07, 2020

erwin has introduced WFH (Work From Home) Impact Manager, a cloud-based application to provide organizations with a single source of intelligence regarding remote workers' locations, communication preferences, and the processes, systems, and technologies to support them in being productive and compliant as they work from home in response to COVID-19.

Posted April 07, 2020

Okera has raised $15 million in new funding to help provide enterprises with secure data access for modern analytic platforms. The new funding will be used to expand Okera's investment in engineering, sales, and marketing. In line with the new funding, Okera also announced that Nick Halsey, who most recently served as president and CEO of Zoomdata, has joined Okera as CEO and board member.

Posted April 07, 2020

Google is launching its Memorystore platform for Memcached, an open source, in-memory data store that is a caching layer for databases. In a blog post by Gopal Ashok, product manager for Memorystore, the company highlights the announcement.

Posted April 06, 2020

Koch Industries has completed the acquisition of the remaining portion of Infor from Golden Gate Capital. Infor, a global provider of business cloud software specialized by industry, has been a key component of Koch's technological transformation. The acquisition brings new key capabilities to Koch to accelerate digital transformation, while providing Infor with resources and industry knowledge to continue growing its expertise in mission-critical software for industries such as manufacturing, retail and distribution, among others.

Posted April 06, 2020

Hazelcast, a provider of an in-memory computing platform, is releasing Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a low-latency deployment of Hazelcast software as a managed service. "With the availability of Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise, we now offer simplicity, scalability, and freedom for organizations to develop their applications in a manner that can be deployed where they best serve the end user, whether that is AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud or on-premises," said Enes Akar, CTO for Hazelcast Cloud.

Posted April 06, 2020

Element Critical, a provider of IT infrastructure with data centers in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Northern Virginia, has formed a partnership with multi-cloud networking platform provider, Pureport. "Integrating Pureport's platform into our data centers will allow customers to quickly and cost-effectively connect to the top cloud providers of their choice," said Mike Frank, vice president of product at Element Critical.

Posted April 06, 2020

Lightstep, a provider of observability software for organizations adopting microservices and serverless, is releasing release its observability solution to help developers better understand the health of systems and services.

Posted April 02, 2020

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is launching a series of initiatives to help customers and support business continuity during COVID-19. HPE is releasing a more powerful virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution, and offering flexible financing terms and new pre-configured solutions to increase flexibility and accelerate delivery for customers as the company recognizes the growing need to deploy or scale remote workforce infrastructure.

Posted April 02, 2020

Grafana Labs, the company behind open source projects including Grafana and Loki, is releasing Cortex v1.0, enabling users to streamline real time queries. Cortex enables high-performance Prometheus queries, allowing users to run real time queries against tens of billions of data points.

Posted April 02, 2020

Collibra, the Data Intelligence company, is recieving $112.5 million in funding at a post-money valuation of $2.3 billion, to continue growing its suite of products. This brings the company's total venture funding to $345.5 million.

Posted April 02, 2020

DataStax is releasing code for an Apache Cassandra Kubernetes operator to help enterprises and users succeed with scale-out, cloud-native data. This Kubernetes Operator for Apache Cassandra, cass-operator, is now available and ready for use by the community.

Posted April 02, 2020

Commvault, an enterprise software provider of the management of data across cloud and on-premise environments, is making its latest product innovations widely available. New improvements include new cloud and on-premise data management capabilities.

Posted April 01, 2020

PlanetScale, creator of PlanetScaleDB, database-as-a-service built on Kubernetes and Vitess, is launching a multi-cloud database, enabling companies to deploy, run, and manage databases that span multiple cloud providers simultaneously. PlanetScaleDB is built on two trusted technologies: MySQL, which powers millions of applications, and Vitess, a cloud-native computing foundation (CNCF) hosted open source graduated project that serves massive-scale production traffic at companies such as YouTube, Slack, and Square.

Posted March 31, 2020

The amount of data needed for real-time, customer-facing applications is impossible to operationalize when managed through software alone, according to Prasanna Sundararajan, CEO and co-founder of rENIAC.

Posted March 30, 2020

Instaclustr, a provider of fully managed solutions for scalable open source technologies, is releasing Instaclustr Managed Elasticsearch, expanding expands Instaclustr's one-stop destination for deploying, managing, analyzing, optimizing, and monitoring all components of enterprises' data layer and related infrastructure.

Posted March 30, 2020

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