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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

Teradata has introduced the Teradata Aster Connector for Spark, an integration of Apache Spark analytics with Teradata Aster Analytics. The connector enables pre-built analytics functions from both solutions to be executed from Aster Analytics, enabling anyone who can use Aster Analytics to also run advanced analytics on Spark without the need to learn or know Scala.

Posted June 06, 2016

NoSQL database technology vendor Couchbase has introduced a new Couchbase Spark Connector. According to Couchbase, the new Spark connector will enable businesses to gain business insights faster, enabling them to deliver better customer experiences through web, mobile and IoT applications.

Posted June 06, 2016

Attunity Ltd. is partnering with Microsoft Corp. to enable faster and easier adoption of Microsoft SQL Server 2016. The partnership allows Microsoft to tap into Attunity Replicate's data replication and change data capture technologies to achieve "zero-downtime migrations" from systems such as Oracle and others to SQL Server 2016.

Posted June 06, 2016

SQL Server 2016 became generally available on June 1, as scheduled previously by Microsoft. Described as the "biggest leap forward in Microsoft data platform history" in a Microsoft Developer Network blog, the new release provides improvements in real-time operational analytics, visualizations on mobile devices, analytics, as well as new security technology and hybrid cloud scenarios.

Posted June 06, 2016

Today at Spark Summit, MapR Technologies is announcing a new enterprise-grade Apache Spark Distribution. "This is a Spark-focused distribution that combines Apache Spark with the real time, persistent, web-scale data layer of MapR," said Jack Norris, SVP, Data and Applications, MapR. The new Spark Distribution option for the MapR Converged Data Platform enables advanced analytics - including batch processing, machine learning, procedural SQL, and graph computation, and is a production-ready platform for Spark workloads on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted June 06, 2016

In the wide world of Hadoop today, there are seven technology areas that have garnered a high level of interest. These key areas prove that Hadoop is not just a big data tool; it is a strong ecosystem in which new projects coming along are assured of exposure and interoperability because of the strength of the environment.

Posted June 03, 2016

In a new book, titled Next Generation Databases: NoSQL, NewSQL and Big Data, Guy Harrison explores and contrasts both new and established database technologies. Harrison, who leads the team at Dell that develops the Toad, Spotlight, and SharePlex product families, wrote the book to address the gap he sees in the conversation about the latest generation of databases.

Posted June 03, 2016

The honeymoon between business and big data is over. The end was conclusively noted when Gartner placed big data in its trough of disillusionment. We've reached a point where companies must figure out how to use big data analytics in profitable ways.

Posted June 03, 2016

Cisco and IBM are partnering to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) insights at the edge of the network. The new approach combines technology from both companies to allow businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations to tap the benefits of IBM's Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco's edge analytics capabilities.

Posted June 02, 2016

Open Text Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Information Management solutions, is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Recommind, Inc., a leading provider of eDiscovery, and information analytics. The transaction purchase price is approximately $163 million and with this acquisition, Recommind's eDiscovery platform will complement OpenText's own enterprise information management (EIM) solutions.

Posted June 02, 2016

As the growing size and complexity of database environments strain resources at most IT departments, many are looking for ways to standardize infrastructure and automate routine tasks to free up assets. Joe McKendrick, lead research analyst at Unisphere Research, and Sam Lucido, director for technical applications marketing at EMC Corp., recently discussed strategies for Oracle users and IT, including the results of a new survey conducted in partnership with the IOUG, VMware, and EMC regarding obstacles data managers face while managing networks and delivering reliable information.

Posted June 01, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted June 01, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted June 01, 2016

The ability to stand up and voice your opinion about a solution or technology that will not solve a business problem is critical. At times, choices are made for budgetary reasons, and other times, it may be organizational pressure. But regardless of the reason, as IT professionals, we need to be courageous and do the right thing, whatever that is.

Posted June 01, 2016

Dynatrace, a management tools provider, has teamed up with Pivotal, a digital services tools vendor, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. Dynatrace Application Monitoring Service Broker Tile and Buildpack Extensions for Pivotal Cloud Foundry will provide actionable performance insights for businesses with cloud initiatives.

Posted May 31, 2016

Datameer is enhancing its flagship platform to enable a new class of data-driven business analysts. Datameer 6 introduces a new front end that reinvents the entire user experience, making the previously linear steps of data integration, preparation, analytics and visualization a single, fluid interaction.

Posted May 27, 2016

Confluent is releasing an updated version of its streaming data platform, making Kafka easier to understand and deploy. Confluent 3.0 includes the latest version of Kafka with critical bug fixes along with a variety of extensions to connect to the Kafka platform.

Posted May 27, 2016

EnterpriseDB , a Postgres database company, is releasing the EDB Postgres platform. The EDB Postgres platform enables a wide range of deployment topologies, integrates EDB's enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions, and offers a specialized partner ecosystem for new deployment models.

Posted May 27, 2016

Enhancing Its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities for clients, Accenture has completed its acquisition of OPS Rules, a boutique analytics consulting company that specializes in the application of data science to create supply chain and operations analytics solutions. With the purchase, Accenture says it is enhancing its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities.

Posted May 26, 2016

What's on the horizon for big data, analytics, and business intelligence as technology evolves faster and faster? In Data Summit's 2016 closing keynote John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how technology will evolve and grow in the future.

Posted May 26, 2016

Melissa Data is introducing new data quality capabilities in its Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration platform. Dynamics CRM users now have access to data quality services to verify global address, email, name, and phone information for over 240 countries and territories.

Posted May 26, 2016

Dynatrace, a digital performance software company, is teaming up with Pivotal, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. The integration of Dynatrace with Pivotal Cloud Foundry will enable companies to take advantage of this acceleration by collecting analytics for applications running on PCF, allowing them to detect and act on performance shortcomings and optimize end-to-end transaction latencies.

Posted May 26, 2016

Alpine Data is making advancements to its Chorus platform, combining an integrated analytics platform with improvements that will accelerate the delivery of data. Chorus 6 now delivers capabilities that will help business leaders take the reins in assisting organizations in managing processes that connect machine learning to business behavior.

Posted May 26, 2016

Thanks to the cloud and other empowering technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, we're at the tipping point for big data. These technologies now provide a path to big data success for companies who otherwise lack the specialized big data skills or heretofore proprietary (and expensive) infrastructure to do it themselves. As 2016 progresses, we'll see the broader market put big data capabilities to work and the benefits of big data will, in turn, spread beyond the privileged few companies that were early big data adopters.

Posted May 25, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

Utilizing data lakes are an alluring option for users with an enormous amount of information, yet questions remain regarding data accuracy, security, and relevancy. Three experts in the big data space, including Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, Abhik Roy, database solution engineer at Experion, and Tassos Sarbanes, data architect at Credit Suisse, participated in a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016 that focuses on these questions and more regarding data lakes.

Posted May 25, 2016

With newer and newer big data sources exploding onto the scene, traditional data warehouses are being challenged. Satya Bhamidipati, director of business development of big data and advanced analytics at Oracle, discussed data mining and advanced analytics techniques that will enable the monetization of data during a session at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

Here we go again - yet another world changing innovation. Billions of dollars are being invested to develop and deploy this next-generation industry. Many existing methods of doing business, and businesses themselves, will be disrupted and replaced by this new wave of technology. What is this wondrous new innovation? Why it is the Internet of Things (IoT) of course.

Posted May 25, 2016

Technology and big data continues to grow, outpacing organizations and forcing them to constantly invest in new solutions so companies don't fall behind with obsolete tools. To predict where the future is headed regarding analytics, Anne Buff, business solutions manager and thought leader for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS Institute, Matt Laudato, senior manager of big data and analytics at constant contact, and Justin Smith, enterprise director of data analytics at Sanford Health got together for a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

Database backups and restores are key to developing a secure environment for users' information. A trusted backup plan is a requirement for on-premise and cloud instances.

Posted May 25, 2016

BackOffice Associates is releasing a tool that will help customers easily adopt SAP's suite of products. SAP Advanced Data Migration by BackOffice Associates automates the end-to-end process for enterprises to achieve implementations of the SAP HANA platform and of SAP S4/HANA at the lowest possible cost, complexity, and risk, according to the company.

Posted May 25, 2016

Enhancing its partnership with SAP, SUSE is introducing Live Patching for SUSE Linux Enterprise and a Connect program to boost the joint relationship. "These two programs are part of our longer investment in SAP for the last 17 years, and SAP HANA the last 8 or 9 years," said Dirk Oppenkowski, global alliance director.

Posted May 25, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 25, 2016

Entrinsik Inc., developer reporting and business intelligence software, is entering a partnership agreement with Atcore Systems, providing users of Atcore with reporting, real-time analysis, and dashboarding tools.

Posted May 25, 2016

Data Summit 2016 kicked off at the New York Hilton Midtown earlier this month with keynote presentations by Ben Wellington, the creator of I Quant NY, and Nicholas Chandra, vice president of Cloud Customer Success at Oracle.

Posted May 25, 2016

Trifacta, a provider of data prep software and tools, is introducing the Wrangler Partner Program, a global program that will support and enable partners to sell, implement, and innovate with Trifacta.

Posted May 24, 2016

Data Summit 2016, held in May in NYC, brought together IT managers, data architects, application developers, data analysts, project managers, and business managers to hear industry-leading professionals deliver educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, networks with their peers, and participate in hands-on workshops. Here are 10 key takeaways from Data Summit 2016:

Posted May 23, 2016

Companies are facing a growing problem: Data is everywhere, clogging up systems and preventing enterprises from gaining meaningful insights. Data virtualization is a way to reduce data proliferation and ensure that all consumers are working from a single source.

Posted May 23, 2016

ThoughtSpot, a provider of search-driven analytics platforms, is receiving a $50 million investment, led by investor General Catalyst Partners and Geodesic Capital, to propel the company's growth.

Posted May 20, 2016

What does the Oracle DBA need to know about NoSQL? Charles Pack, technical director, CSX Technology, answered that question in a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "Oracle NoSQL for the Oracle RDBMS DBA." The Oracle NoSQL Database offers benefits and Oracle DBAs have the opportunity to add it to their portfolios, according to Pack, who covered where the NoSQL database fits in within the overall Oracle ecosystem. "It is not a replacement for all your databases. It is a piece in the puzzle," emphasized Pack.

Posted May 18, 2016

Syncsort is adding new capabilities to its platform, including native integration with Apache Spark and Apache Kafka. DMX-h v9 allows organizations to access and integrate enterprise-wide data with streams from real-time sources.

Posted May 18, 2016

SnapLogic is unveiling new updates to its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform that add the ability to integrate streaming data and power big data analytics in the cloud. The Spring 2016 release adds support for Apache Kafka, Microsoft HDInsight, and Google Cloud Storage, plus multiple enhancements that automate data shaping and management tasks.

Posted May 18, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse solutions company. Founded in 1984, Datalytics Technologies offers pre-built data warehouse and data mart solutions for SAP's and Oracle's families of ERP systems.

Posted May 18, 2016

While the big data industry has lacked a consistent and well-understood definition of the data lake since its entry into the hype cycle, clear use cases and best practices are now emerging.

Posted May 18, 2016

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