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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

Dataguise, a provider of data security solutions, is making DgSecure available for the detection, monitoring, and protection of sensitive data across Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) and all Elastic MapReduce (EMR) platforms that use AWS S3.

Posted April 19, 2016

When users require access to multiple databases on multiple servers distributed across different physical locations, database security administration can become quite complicated. The commands must be repeated for each database, and there is no central repository for easily modifying and deleting user security settings on multiple databases simultaneously. At a high level, database security boils down to answering four questions.

Posted April 19, 2016

Serena Software, a provider of application development and release management solutions, is shipping a new version of its change, configuration, and release management solution for mainframes running z/OS. Version 8.1.1 of ChangeMan ZMF includes new capabilities to enable mainframe development.

Posted April 18, 2016

Sumo Logic, a provider of cloud-native, machine data analytics services, is unveiling a new platform that natively ingests, indexes, and analyzes structured metrics data, and unstructured log data together in real-time.

Posted April 18, 2016

Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, is making key investments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Analytics of Things (AoT), along with updating its signature platforms.

Posted April 18, 2016

Hortonworks is making several key updates to its platform along with furthering its mission as being a leading innovator of open and connected data solutions by enhancing partnerships with Pivotal and expanding upon established integrations with Syncsort.

Posted April 15, 2016

Everyone within an enterprise agrees that data is an asset, but it's what to do with it that causes divisiveness between business leaders and IT personnel.

Posted April 15, 2016

First created as part of a research project at UC Berkeley AMPLab, Spark is an open source project in the big data space, built for sophisticated analytics, speed, and ease of use. It unifies critical data analytics capabilities such as SQL, advanced analytics, and streaming in a single framework. Databricks is a company that was founded by the team that created and continues to lead both the development and training around Apache Spark.

Posted April 14, 2016

Lavastorm is releasing its Accelerators Library solution at no cost to users, offering an array of preconfigured components that make it easier and faster for all Lavastorm users to build analytic applications regardless of technical acumen.

Posted April 14, 2016

Dell is releasing an upgraded version of its Statistica advanced analytics platform, providing tools to address Internet of Things (IoT) analytics requirements and leverage heterogeneous data environments.

Posted April 14, 2016

IDERA is releasing its SQL Inventory Check platform for free to allow database administrators (DBAs) to easily discover servers on the network and verify versions to keep them properly maintained or to prepare for migrations.

Posted April 13, 2016

Along with an increasing flow of big data that needs to be captured and analyzed, IT departments today also have more solution choices than ever before. However, before making a solution selection, organizations need to understand their requirements and also evaluate the attributes of the possible tools.

Posted April 13, 2016

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is releasing an enhanced version of its namesake platform, addressing key areas of the user experience, machine-to-machine integration, automation, and more.

Posted April 12, 2016

DataStax, provider of database software for cloud applications, is releasing a scale-out graph database solution built for cloud applications, providing users with a new tool for maintaining their highly connected data.

Posted April 12, 2016

The COLLABORATE 16 conference for Oracle users kicked off with a presentation by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick who shared insights from a ground-breaking study that examined future trends and technology among 690 members of three major Oracle users groups.

Posted April 12, 2016

There are many different definitions of the term "big data," some of them reasonable, others not so much. However, the overriding issue for many data professionals, especially those who use more traditional data management tools, is confusion about what to do with big data and how to get the most out of it.

Posted April 08, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, unveiled a new a master data management offering designed to fuel business processes with accurate customer data for informed decision making.

Posted April 08, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. Cloud, in-memory, real-time, virtualization, SaaS, IoT - today, there are many opportunities for data-driven companies to take advantage of more data in more varieties flowing at greater velocity than ever before.

Posted April 08, 2016

Thanks to the digital business transformation, the world around us is changing—and quickly—to a very consumer- and data-centric economy, where companies must transform to remain competitive and survive. The upshot is that for many companies today, it is a full-on Darwinian experience of survival of the fittest.

Posted April 08, 2016

SnapLogic is releasing its hybrid execution framework Snaplex on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as Azureplex, giving users the ability to gain business insights faster with self-service data integration from a plethora of sources.

Posted April 07, 2016

Segment, which provides a customer data hub, has introduced a new platform that will give companies access to new types of cloud services data. The new platform, dubbed "Sources," allows users to now export, sync, and store data from CRM, marketing, and payments platforms and move it into Postgres or Amazon Redshift for analysis.

Posted April 07, 2016

Qubole, a big data-as-a-service company, is open sourcing its Quark platform, a cost-based SQL optimizer. The Quark project is also available in a SaaS implementation via the Qubole Data Service (QDS).

Posted April 07, 2016

To shed light on the right approaches for improving query performance while at the same time enabling non-technical business users to query large, disparate datasets, Jeremy Sokolic, vice president, product, at Sisense will present a talk at Data Summit titled "Innovating Analytics: From In-Memory to In-Chip."

Posted April 06, 2016

Delphix is making major updates to its data operations platform, delivering enhancements to strengthen secure application development in the data center and in the cloud. "One of the main bottlenecks that we hear about over and over is management of all of this data," Dan Graves, vice president of product marketing. "That's where Delphix comes in. Our core value is unlocking that data in a secure way to allow businesses to a have fast, fresh, full production environment."

Posted April 06, 2016

Private equity firm Parallax Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of ERwin, from CA Technologies. ERwin will now operate as ERwin, Inc., and will be led by Adam Famularo, who has been named CEO of ERwin.

Posted April 06, 2016

Oracle released new versions of several of its engineered systems which provide tightly integrated hardware and software. The company has introduced the Exadata X6 Database Machine, as well as updates to the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance and SuperCluster M7.

Posted April 05, 2016

Sisense has announced improvements in its In-Chip Analytics software to help business users and data analysts more easily gain insights from complex data with disparate datasets. According to the vendor, when tested with Intel's recently-released 6th Generation Intel Core vPro processor, it was able to deliver a 300% improvement in speed over older chips.

Posted April 05, 2016

Yellowfin is releasing an updated version of its namesake platform, enhancing the business analytics workflow, API connectors, and forecasting.

Posted April 04, 2016

PASS (the Professional Association for SQL Server) is planning its fourth conference focused on business analytics.

Posted April 04, 2016

Impelsys, provider of publishing and learning technology solutions, and Ontotext, a provider of semantic technology, are releasing an integrated technology offering.

Posted April 04, 2016

IBM says it is making it easier and faster for organizations to access and analyze data in-place on the IBM z Systems mainframe with a new z/OS Platform for Apache Spark. The platform enables Spark to run natively on the z/OS mainframe operating system.

Posted April 04, 2016

The emergence of big data, characterized in terms of its four V's—volume, variety, velocity, and veracity—has created both opportunities and challenges for credit scoring.

Posted April 04, 2016

Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, is releasing a new set of APIs that will enable enterprises to automate their Spark infrastructure to accelerate the deployment of production data-driven applications.

Posted April 01, 2016

ManageEngine is introducing a new application performance monitoring solution, enabling IT operations teams in enterprises to gain operational intelligence into big data platforms. Applications Manager enables performance monitoring of Hadoop clusters to minimize downtime and performance degradation. Additionally, the platform's monitoring support for Oracle Coherence provides insights into the health and performance of Coherence clusters and facilitates troubleshooting of issues.

Posted April 01, 2016

As data visualization increasingly becomes top-of-mind for data-driven organizations, it's time to introduce the concept of data visualization competency. There is a need today to provide a framework to fingerprint data visualizations as unique digital assets in the business for maximum impact and consistent execution against strategic business practices and goals.

Posted April 01, 2016

Hershey's LLC recently deployed the Infosys Information Platform on AWS to analyze retail store data.

Posted March 31, 2016

It's become almost a standard career path in Silicon Valley: A talented engineer creates a valuable open source software commodity inside of a larger organization, then leaves that company to create a new startup to commercialize the open source product. Indeed, this is virtually the plot line for the hilarious HBO comedy series, Silicon Valley. Jay Krepes, a well-known engineer at LinkedIn and creator of the NoSQL database system, Voldemort, has such a story.

Posted March 31, 2016

The traditional information engineering approach advocates the placement of as much business logic as possible inside the database management system (DBMS). But, more recently, under the umbrella of service-oriented architecture (SOA), folks are arguing for placement of that business logic in a layer of code outside the DBMS. Occasionally, those who favor locating business logic outside the DBMS have even gone so far as to say that this logic "naturally" belongs in a non-DBMS-supported layer.

Posted March 31, 2016

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely forgivable if you haven't noticed. The reason it's OK is that Microsoft is advancing on multiple fronts, both in the on-premises product line and even more dramatically with the Azure cloud-based products.

Posted March 31, 2016

What makes an IT organization static or dynamic? What triggers an organization to move from one to the other? The transformation is not easy and it certainly does not happen quickly. These questions can also be asked at a personal level. As an IT professional, are you more likely to be static or dynamic?

Posted March 31, 2016

Over the past 2 years, there have been big announcements from all of the major car manufacturers about their connected car initiatives, lots of M&A activity in the technology industry as they race to supply the revolution, and major global alliances of telecom providers being formed to provide the underlying connectivity and infrastructure. But, most of all, we are actually starting to see some of the promised transformational benefits of the Internet of Things becoming a reality.

Posted March 31, 2016

The pervasive corporate mindset to transition all levels of infrastructure to some cloud, somewhere, is accelerating the growth of the cloud industry with a rapidity so far unseen in the history of computing. This phenomenon has resulted in weighty pressure on CIOs to develop and deploy an effective and comprehensive cloud strategy or risk their organization falling behind this undeniable trend. The internet changed the information technology game, but now the cloud constitutes an entirely different league.

Posted March 31, 2016

With well over a hundred open source projects now part of the Hadoop ecosystem, it can be hard to know which technologies are best for which requirements. To help users get started with Hadoop and understand their technology choices, James Casaletto will present "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem" at Data Summit 2016 in NYC. Casaletto is a solutions architect for MapR, where he develops and deploys big data solutions with Apache Hadoop.

Posted March 31, 2016

What can you learn from the structure of an email and what really constitutes as a "good" post? What kinds of data can you grab to create the best marketing campaign? Matt Laudato will address those questions during his presentation, titled "Supercharging Your Marketing with Big Data," at Data Summit 2016 in NYC.

Posted March 31, 2016

Denodo, a provider of data virtualization software, is releasing Denodo Platform 6.0, further accelerating its "fast data" strategy. "It's a major release for us," said Ravi Shankar, Denodo CMO. There are three important areas that nobody else is focusing on in the industry, he noted. "This, we hope, will change how data virtualization, and in a broader sense, data integration will shape up this year."

Posted March 31, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of quality solutions, has rolled out the BusinessCoder cloud service, enhancing worldwide business data with deep firmographic information on more than 25 million business records. BusinessCoder incorporates multisourced business data to help organizations improve analytics, generate leads, and boost marketing efforts based on knowing customers and prospects better.

Posted March 30, 2016

AtScale is unveiling an upgraded platform that introduces new innovations to enterprise security and performance.

Posted March 30, 2016

There's a need to enable better decision making today with faster access to data. But many organizations are still weighed down by integration and management processes that are not keeping up with the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of data. A greater emphasis on cloud and self-service tools may provide an approach to remedy the situation.

Posted March 30, 2016

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