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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

Synametrics Technologies, a provider of solutions for IT professionals and computer systems developers, is redesigning its WinSQL platform, offering a simplified environment for exploring data. WinSQL is a generic querying tool that connects to any relational database for which an ODBC driver is available.

Posted January 12, 2016

Datawatch Corporation has partnered with Tableau Software to help business analysts make faster and better decisions. Datawatch Monarch natively supports Tableau's data format (TDE), enabling users to independently access, manipulate and blend any kind of data from virtually any source, in less time than it takes to do so using spreadsheets and other labor intensive methods.

Posted January 12, 2016

Join IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike for the third annual Data Summit conference at the New York Hilton, May 9-11, 2016. Discounted pricing is available for a limited time.

Posted January 08, 2016

Sisense is receiving a substantial amount of Series D funding which will be used to invest in innovation and allow the company to focus on simplifying analytics for large, multi-source datasets, while rapidly expanding business operations in support of Sisense's global growth.

Posted January 07, 2016

MicroStrategy is releasing an updated version of its analytics platform that will make it easier than ever to build apps and dashboards, offer speedy deployment, and improve governance.

Posted January 07, 2016

Data modelers must look at the big picture of an organization's data ecosystem to ensure additions and changes fit in properly. Simultaneously, each data modeler must be focused on the minute details, adhering to naming standards, domain rules, data type practices, still remaining ever vigilant for instilling consistency across everything they do. And while focused on all of the above, their efforts must culminate in a practical model that serves the individual project's requirements while also being implementable, maintainable, and extensible.

Posted January 07, 2016

If you're into data and databases and you have not heard the term "machine learning," may I suggest that you're not reading enough? This technology is hot and hyped, largely because it is the secret ingredient in many successful Big Data projects.

Posted January 07, 2016

Exponential data growth is hitting organizations of all sizes hard. It's not enough to merely add more capacity; recovery point objectives must be met, and time is money when it comes to data recovery. The simple truth is that to be effectively managed, adequately protected and completely recovered, your data size must be shrunk.

Posted January 07, 2016

Today, the success of many startups hinges upon the ability to gain insights from rapidly growing data. Yet startups and smaller businesses often don't have the resources to hire a full-scale data science team, especially considering the painful data scientist shortage that's making it difficult for even large enterprises to find qualified candidates. Here are three approaches companies can adopt to deal with their big and complex data analytics challenges in 2016.

Posted January 07, 2016

Entrinsik has formed a partnership with Technology Advisors, Inc., a global business and technology consulting company specializing in the development of customer relationship management (CRM) processes, working with technology solutions, including SugarCRM, Act-On, DocuSign, Infor, Microsoft Dynamics, SalesFusion, and Zendesk.

Posted January 07, 2016

Rocket Software has announced a new version of Rocket Discover, a self-service data preparation, visualization, and discovery solution for business users. Discover version 1.5 contains new features that make it easier for end users to display data insights and allow for organizations to make better business decisions with the help of their data.

Posted January 07, 2016

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire AddThis, a provider of publisher personalization, audience insight and activation tools that enables audience segment quality, scale and insight.

Posted January 06, 2016

In order to help automate and simplify access to data within Oracle E-Business Suite for operational and strategic reporting, Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has introduced Noetix Generator for Tableau, a solution that improves the ability of Tableau users to perform their own analysis and reporting on data within Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS).

Posted January 06, 2016

Though MySQL has evolved into a robust database engine that now handles large-scale operations for mission-critical workloads, the complexity of performance tuning can still prove challenging for DBAs who are increasingly being tasked with managing multiple database platforms in production for larger and complex workloads.

Posted January 06, 2016

Traditionally, the cardinal rule has been to model data first and load it later. But with new technologies and repositories such as Hadoop, NoSQL, and data lakes, and big data itself, the rule is being flipped to load first and model later. And, with SQL remaining an effective and widely embraced query language, companies have to balance working with traditional methods against the need for some of the newer methods as well.

Posted January 06, 2016

The availability of Apache Spark 1.6 was announced today. The Spark 1.6 release continues the major theme of making Spark easier to use for data applications, said Reynold Xin, co-founder at Databricks, the company behind Spark. "There are lots of improvements and new features - in fact over 1,000 - in this Spark release," said Xin.

Posted January 04, 2016

The continual evolution in technology has allowed for more data sources than previously thought possible. The growth of SaaS tools provides many benefits, but there is a downside as well. Bringing these cloud data sources into a coherent system for reporting is perpetually a challenge for IT and business intelligence teams. A recent DBTA roundtable webcast covered the issues of combining different SaaS applications into a cloud based enterprise data and leveraging the simple data pipe. Presenters included with Sarah Maston, solution architect with IBM Cloud Data Services, and Erin Franz, alliances data analyst with Looker.

Posted January 04, 2016

We can expect to see every year within the next 5 years be "The Year of IoT." IoT promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. With IoT, physical assets become liquid, easily indexed and tracked, enabling identification of idle capacity or over utilization.

Posted December 22, 2015

Today's organizations don't need to be hesitant or "scared" of unstructured data. In actuality, the real fear should be about missing the opportunity to tap these resources. The magic really starts to happen when all datasets - structured and unstructured, inside and outside the enterprise - are analyzed in parallel.

Posted December 22, 2015

Servers.com, provider of cloud servers and cloud storage, is collaborating with Percona to deliver automated deployment of the Percona Server for MySQL database.

Posted December 22, 2015

FairCom, provider of "multimodel No+SQL" integrated database management tools, has updated its c-treeACE platform, offering up to 300% higher throughput, while keeping data consistent and durable. Version 11 of c-treeACE will provide developers with new configurations that will allow them to use flexible schemas to customize unique ways of storing and retrieving data.

Posted December 21, 2015

In 2015, big data, mobility, IoT, expanding requirements for security and real-time analytics and the introduction of the Cognitive Era continued to place greater pressure on IT organizations. Linux and open source technologies are at the center of many of the most innovative software and hardware solutions that are addressing emerging enterprise requirements. Here's a look back at some of the most significant announcements in Linux and open source technology of 2015.

Posted December 16, 2015

Denodo, a provider of data virtualization software, is now certified to integrate with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, allowing organizations to unite data from SAP BW with data from other sources such as enterprise applications, Apache Hadoop, NoSQL databases, Salesforce.com applications and more

Posted December 16, 2015

Looking ahead to 2016 David Jonker, senior director of big data at SAP, offered six key business and technology trends that will take the market by storm, including a continued interest in in-memory processing, enablement of real-time data and analytics, and an increased focus on advanced analytics and machine learning.

Posted December 16, 2015

SAP is making key updates to its SAP HANA platform, providing new high availability and disaster recovery features along with hardened security and unified administration for cloud and on premise deployments.

Posted December 16, 2015

SAP is launching a set of unique enterprise information management (EIM) tools that will help simplify how data is used in business processes and shared across business networks along with enhancements to security, improving areas such as customer experience, supplier collaboration, and employee engagement.

Posted December 16, 2015

MemSQL, provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced the latest version of MemSQL Ops which accelerates the use of Spark with Spark SQL pushdowns, allows for in-browser Python programming in MemSQL Streamliner, and provides automatic memory provisioning with the introduction of support for NUMA.

Posted December 16, 2015

It is often said that the only constant is change. For data executives and professionals, the coming year will only bring a lot more of it. Developments as diverse as cloud, big data, real time, NoSQL, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to reshape enterprise data operations and opportunities as we know them. Here are 16 trends that will shape the enterprise data landscape in 2016.

Posted December 16, 2015

What's ahead for 2016 in terms of cloud, IoT, big data, analytics, and open source technologies? IT executives gaze into their crystal balls, and weigh in on the upcoming challenges and opportunities ahead in the next year - and beyond.

Posted December 16, 2015

Dataguise, provider of data-centric security solutions for detecting and protecting confidential information, is now securing relational databases such as Oracle and SQL Server, as well as Teradata data warehouses, deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Now Azure users can utilize big data and cloud technologies for improved business intelligence and performance.

Posted December 16, 2015

SnapLogic is receiving $37.5 million of series E financing, fueling the company's expansion into the world of big data. The world's biggest technology company and private equity firms join other top tier investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Triangle Peak Partners to provide Snaplogic with the finacing which will be used for accelerating SnapLogic's expansion with further investments in technology and extending field operations to give the company a broader reach in sales and marketing to continue growing internationally.

Posted December 15, 2015

Couchbase today announced general availability of Couchbase Server 4.1. The new release adds full CRUD support, in addition to covering indexes and prepared statements to improve the speed of complex queries, and expands platform support to further accelerate the adoption of Couchbase by large enterprises and the developer community. The new release makes it easier for developers to build agile enterprise applications on a NoSQL database that has the architecture to operate at any scale, according to Ravi Mayuram, senior vice president, products and engineering, Couchbase.

Posted December 15, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of Big Data management software solutions, is releasing a new cloud solution, Attunity CloudBeam for Google Cloud SQL. CloudBeam accelerates transfer between on-premises enterprise data sources and Google Cloud SQL. Customers can leverage this solution to enable cloud-based Business Intelligence and Big Data analytics applications.

Posted December 14, 2015

Hortonworks, Inc. is advancing its Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with the in-memory analytics capabilities of Spark. Apache Spark 1.5.2 will include support for Spark SQL and Spark Streaming. With the inclusion of Spark 1.5.2 on HDP, customers can get new Spark capabilities and maximize its value for the enterprise.

Posted December 11, 2015

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics tools, is updating its Qlikview platform to strengthen its analytics capabilities. Qlikview version 12 brings QlikView onto the same modern QIX Associative Data Indexing Engine (QIX) that powers Qlik Sense.

Posted December 11, 2015

Hortonworks revealed upcoming advancements of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with the in-memory analytic capabilities of Spark. Hortonworks has also launched Hortonworks Community Connection (HCC), a new online collaboration destination for developers, DevOps, customers and partners to get answers to questions, collaborate on technical articles and share code examples from GitHub.

Posted December 10, 2015

Salesforce has announced the next generation of Lightning Connect, its service that allows developers and business admins to build real-time integrations with external data sources without writing any code. The updated service, dubbed Salesforce Connect, allows Salesforce users to access and manage data in external apps, whether on-premise or cloud, directly from Salesforce. The goal with the new offering, Kunzle says, is to allow workers to proactively manage customer data so they can connect and collaborate in an agile way, and be more responsive to customers.

Posted December 10, 2015

The challenges that big data companies face when dealing with live data range from scalability and availability to real-time demands and structure. The world of data streaming is a complex one as it involves millions of events gathered per day.

Posted December 09, 2015

Platfora has added $30 million in growth-stage financing from new investors HSBC and Harmony Partners, with participation from earlier-stage backers, including Allegis Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Citi Ventures, Cisco, Sutter Hill Ventures and Tenaya Capital. This new round brings Platfora's total amount raised to $95 million.

Posted December 08, 2015

IBM is acquiring Clearleap to boost its IBM Cloud platform and accelerate the delivery of video service as a strategic source of data for business. The acquisition is part of IBM's moves to help clients improve access to "dark data" which, because it is unstructured and dark to computer systems, cannot be effectively managed or exploited.

Posted December 08, 2015

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