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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

Splice Machine has released version 1.5 of its Hadoop RDBMS, which adds multiple enterprise-ready features. The new release adds functionality and performance improvements to enable companies to increase the benefits of using Splice Machine to support real-time applications, run operational data lakes, and accelerate their ETL pipelines.

Posted October 20, 2015

After partnering with Statistica earlier this year, Dell is making headway on several predictive analytics projects, enabling a broader audience to be data modelers. "Statistica is much easier to use so there's a broader group inside the Department of Financial Services that can become analysts without specialized training so that lowers our total cost of ownership and also increases our speed at which we can generate new models and refresh older models," said John K. Thompson, general manager of advanced analytics at Dell Software "It has also enabled us to do modeling at a much more granular level."

Posted October 19, 2015

Oracle today announced the general availability of MySQL 5.7, the latest version of the open source database. According to Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle, the new version delivers greater performance, scalability, manageability, plus enhanced NoSQL capabilities with JSON support and MySQL Router, which makes it easy to connect applications to multiple MySQL databases.

Posted October 19, 2015

IBM Power Systems were recently showcased at Strata + Hadoop World in New York City, where IBM showed how Power Systems provides the world's superior platform for Systems of Insight, driving digital business in a waitless world. At the event, Power Systems highlighted new capabilities for Spark and Hadoop on the world's first system designed for data.

Posted October 14, 2015

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., a private investment firm with a sector-focused approach, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Syncsort Inc., a global big data enterprise software provider. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Syncsort provides enterprise-grade software that spans "big iron to big data," including fast-growing analytical platforms such as Apache Hadoop, Splunk, Apache Spark, and the cloud, as well as more mature platforms such as the IBM z Systems mainframe.

Posted October 14, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 14, 2015

The topics of resilience and change have been on my mind a lot lately for a variety of reasons. First, IT is always at the center of technology change, so that's nothing new. We must continually learn and keep abreast of new technology and trends before they even materialize. Second, I am an IT leader in the energy industry, and when one is at the mercy of natural resource supply and demand, there will be peaks and valleys in production and financial performance over the years. With this latest dip in energy prices, I sense a different perspective—one of working smarter and more efficiently, emphasizing innovation, and analyzing decisions with an enterprise perspective of what is right for the company at this time, not just IT.

Posted October 14, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 14, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, Attunity announced the release of Attunity Replicate Express, a downloadable edition of its data replication and loading software. The solution, which answers a growing demand for more accessible real-time big data analytics, is freely available to download online. The new solution supports ingesting data to and from Oracle, SQL Server, and Hadoop Data Lakes for test and development environments.

Posted October 14, 2015

In the future, the clear winners in the IoT Revolution will be those companies that not only embrace the Internet of Things, but use it to transform their businesses. Those winning companies will be the ones that integrate IoT into their operations, products, and customer interactions to create new business models and sources of value. In fact, McKinsey estimates there could be as much as $11 trillion per year by 2020 in new economic value from adopting IoT.

Posted October 13, 2015

We live in an "as-it-happens" world, and consumers expect on-demand everything—TV, taxi service, you name it. That same culture is now (and rightly so) expected in businesses. Don't just think about "good enough"—think and plan for real time. The technology is here now to leverage real time in your business for shorter feedback loops, improved time-to-market, and happier customers. The sooner, the better. It's never too early for real time. "Good enough" simply isn't, well, good enough anymore.

Posted October 13, 2015

TIBCO, a provider of integration, analytics and event processing software has introduced two newly built integration solutions designed to give organizations the ability to immediately leverage the cloud to create, test, deploy, and manage enterprise applications at any scale.

Posted October 13, 2015

In what is being hailed as the biggest tech merger ever, Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. today formally announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell will acquire EMC. The total transaction is valued at $67 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year which ends February 3, 2017 (within the months of May to October 2016). The industry is going through a "tremendous transformation," with the old style of IT being "pretty quickly disrupted" yet this rapid change is also presenting "incredibly rich" opportunities, said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, during a conference call with media and industry analysts.

Posted October 12, 2015

Actiance is teaming up with IBM to integrate the Actiance social communications compliance, archiving and analytics platform into IBM's Information Lifecycle Governance product portfolio. The combined platform enables customers to more effectively address issues related to migrating current technology solutions to the cloud.

Posted October 12, 2015

Yellowfin, has launched DashXML - a browser-based Java application to make it easier for customers and software partners to create customized analytical functionality and applications. According to the vendor, DashXML is a flexible framework that communicates with Yellowfin via a web wervices API to expose the functionality of Yellowfin's BI platform - such as reports, filters and security capabilities - while simultaneously providing complete freedom regarding application design, layout and user interaction.

Posted October 12, 2015

ClearStory Data, a company specializing in bringing business-oriented data intelligence to everyone, introduced new advancements to its Spark-native Intelligent Data Harmonization and blending capabilities that will help make users more self-reliant.

Posted October 12, 2015

MapR Technologies has added native JSON support to the MapR-DB NoSQL database. The in-Hadoop document database will allow developers to quickly deliver scalable applications that also leverage continuous analytics on real-time data. A developer preview of MapR-DB with sample code is available for download and general availability of these new capabilities in MapR-DB will be available in Q4 2015.

Posted October 07, 2015

Ever since Linux became a viable server operating system, organizations have been looking to all kinds of open source software (OSS) to save on license and maintenance costs and to enjoy the benefits of an open platform that invites innovation. If you're considering MySQL or another open source DBMS as either your primary database or to, perhaps, operate alongside your existing commercial systems, such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server, for one reason or another, here are seven things to keep in mind.

Posted October 07, 2015

The Agile methodology is great for getting turgid development teams to start working faster and more coherently. With Agile, which focuses on more rapid, incremental deliverables and cross-departmental collaboration, the bureaucratic plaque is flushed from the information technology groups' arteries. But there is a dark side to Agile approaches.

Posted October 07, 2015

Too little emphasis overall is placed on the integrity and recoverability of the data—and too much is placed on performance. Yes, performance is probably the most visible aspect of database systems, at least from the perspective of the end user. But the underlying assumption of the end user is always that they want to access accurate and, usually, up-to-date data. But what good does it do to quickly access the wrong data? Anybody can provide rapid access to the wrong data!

Posted October 07, 2015

IT suppliers and data management managers are experiencing a major pain point with efficient data logging management. The availability of NoSQL open source software has enabled enterprises to collect large volumes of data from different sources, and software companies have implemented "call back home" features that allow their software to send information to data collection centers within various parameters, creating additional run time configurations and data traffic. And as the Internet of Things and a "connected everything" approach to businesses become increasingly popular, more and more data will flow in and out of data management systems, leaving IT managers muddled with millions of pieces of data they must properly manage and store.

Posted October 07, 2015

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has released new product versions designed to improve every component of the Noetix operational reporting solution for Oracle E-Business Suite. Now available, NoetixViews 6.5 for Oracle E-Business Suite features incremental regeneration for global views, as well as additional enhancements. Before incremental regeneration, the only option for implementing NoetixViews Workbench customizations was a full regeneration of the views. Incremental regeneration only processes NoetixViews Workbench changes since the last full or incremental regeneration reducing the wait time to minutes so that end users benefit from quicker access to data and faster time to business decisions, requiring fewer resources and less planning from IT.

Posted October 07, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration. The two cloud services join Oracle's other iPaaS services, including Oracle Integration Cloud, which was announced in June. The two new releases are part of Oracle's ongoing process of augmenting and covering integration use cases to address the variety of different user requirements, according to Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform. "These are two different offerings for two different use cases."

Posted October 07, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, recently unveiled DB PowerStudio 2016, a suite of database tools that provides database managers and data professionals with comprehensive administration, development, performance and monitoring capabilities across multiple platforms.

Posted October 07, 2015

Basho Technologies today announced Basho Riak TS, a distributed NoSQL database that is designed to enable analysis of massive amounts of sequenced, unstructured data generated from the Internet of Things (IoT) and other time series data sources.

Posted October 06, 2015

Couchbase is today announcing the general availability of Couchbase Server 4.0, a major new release of its NoSQL database management system. The company is calling Couchbase Server 4.0 a "transformational release," that dramatically increases the types of applications and use cases that Couchbase can now support. The announcement is being made at Couchbase Live New York, where customers such as Marriott, GE, Gannett, Cox Automotive, DIRECTV, Nielsen and others are speaking about their use of Couchbase in a variety of deployments.

Posted October 06, 2015

SnapLogic made three announcements during Strata + Hadoop World in NYC, including a collaboration with Microsoft, new product updates, and the development of new connectors

Posted October 06, 2015

Built on Hadoop, Kyvos gives business users and analysts the ability to query billions of rows of data within seconds. Kyvos' technology allows users to pre-process data and build cubes on Hadoop for faster performance and instant responses. With this partnership, Kyvos can connect Tableau users to their Hadoop data within minutes, the companies say. "It's a benefit to Tableau because it opens up the data that's available to the business user through Tableau and improves the response time," said Ajay Anand, vice president of product management and marketing at Kyvos."They've been very supportive with what we are trying to do."

Posted October 06, 2015

One of the noticeable changes this year at Strata + Hadoop World 2015 was the rise of Apache Spark, an engine for large scale data processing. In recent months, many companies have extended support to Spark, which can be complementary to Hadoop, but can also be deployed without it.

Posted October 05, 2015

Syncsort is continuing to grow its platforms capabilities by announcing new integration with two active open source platforms, Apache Kafka and Apache Spark, enabling users to better handle real-time, large-scale data processing, analytics, and feeds.

Posted October 01, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, SAP showcased its portfolio of big data solutions, including the HANA platform that offers real-time integration of big data and information held in Hadoop with business processes and operational systems, Lumira and SAP BI tools that enable data discovery on Hadoop along with data wrangling capabilities, SAP Data Services, and the newest SAP product for the Hadoop world, HANA Vora, which takes advantage of an in-memory query engine for Apache Spark and Hadoop to speed queries. SAP HANA Vora can be used as a stand-alone, or in concert with SAP HANA platform to extend enterprise-grade analytics to Hadoop clusters and provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop and HANA data.

Posted October 01, 2015

Teradata Corp. has accelerated its roadmap for the open source Presto by delivering ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)/JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) drivers for free. Presto is an open source SQL query engine which supports big data analytics.

Posted October 01, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World, TIBCO announced the availability of the Spotfire Cloud's data discovery and advanced analytics connector to Apache Spark SQL, along with a commercial integration with SparkR. The Spark SQL direct connector is now available in TIBCO Spotfire Cloud, and will also be incorporated in the next TIBCO Spotfire on-premises release.

Posted October 01, 2015

Objectivity, which recently introduced ThingSpan, a purpose-built information fusion platform intended to simplify and accelerate companies' ability to deploy and derive value from industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has announced plans to support Intel's TAP (Trusted Analytics Platform) at Strata + Hadoop World, in NYC. ThingSpan is aimed at helping companies "that are drowning in data but thirsty for answers in time" said Jay Jarrell, CEO and president of Objectivity, during an interview at the conference.

Posted September 30, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World in New York City, Talend, a provider of data integration software for the cloud and big data, is announcing a new version of its platform, now offering support for Apache Spark and Spark Streaming. Talend 6 will leverage over 100 Spark components to deliver rapid data processing speed and enable any company to convert streaming big data or IoT sensor information into immediate actionable insights.

Posted September 30, 2015

Paxata, provider of an adaptive data preparation platform, is partnering with Cisco, creating a jointly developed solution dubbed Cisco Data Preparation (CDP). "We are delighted to partner with a world-class organization like Cisco as we continue to fulfill our vision to bringing Adaptive Data Preparation to every analyst in the enterprise," said Prakash Nanduri, Co-founder and CEO of Paxata.

Posted September 29, 2015

Pentaho is updating its platform to help users blend data more efficiently and manage the analytic data pipeline. "We've learned so much over the last couple of years from our big data customers and customers that have scaled and seen the value of big data and their environments," said Donna Prlich, vice president of products solutions and marketing at Pentaho. "We're really looking at our product line and saying, ‘Where do we take this and where does it need to go?' In 6.0 it's really all about putting big data to work."

Posted September 29, 2015

Arcadia Data, a provider of a unified visual analytics and business intelligence (BI) platform for big data, is releasing Arcadia Enterprise, a solution that will run natively in Hadoop. The company says the platform, dubbed Arcadia Enterprise, bypasses the restrictions of legacy BI and visualization tools by allowing users to work directly with their data on Hadoop. "We give the analyst the ability to do free-form exploration of the highest granularity of data in the Hadoop system," said Priyank Patel, co-founder and chief product officer at Arcadia.

Posted September 29, 2015

The Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) support subscription is now available. HDF, powered by Apache NiFi, a top-level open source project, is intended to help organizations take advantage of data related to the Internet of Anything (IoAT) and helps make it easier to automate and secure data flows and collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from any data, from anything, anywhere. "By flowing that data into HDP, our customers are able to rapidly bring these new data elements under management in a completely secure and purely open way," said Tim Hall, vice president of product management at Hortonworks.

Posted September 29, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World in New York City, Cloudera announced a public beta of a new storage to enable faster analytics in Hadoop. Kudu, a new columnar store for Hadoop, enables the combination of fast analytics on fast data. Complementing the existing Hadoop storage options, HDFS and Apache HBase, Kudu is a native Hadoop storage engine that supports both low-latency random access and high-throughput analytics, dramatically simplifying Hadoop architectures for increasingly common real-time use cases.

Posted September 28, 2015

IBM expanded its array of APIs, technologies, and tools for developers who are creating products, services and applications embedded with Watson. Over the past 2 years, the Watson platform has evolved from one API and a limited set of application-specific deep Q&A capabilities to more than 25 APIs powered by over 50 technologies.

Posted September 28, 2015

In advance of an event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, at which MongoDB showcased leading use cases for the company's NoSQL database technology, and introduced a new MongoDB University app for iOS, Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB, discussed how companies are putting MongoDB to use now, and upcoming features in MongoDB 3.2 which will be rolled out before the end of the year.

Posted September 24, 2015

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