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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

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

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 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

Ever wonder what happened to artificial intelligence? It's gotten easier and more accessible. In fact, AI's been embedded into some of the most fundamental aspects of data management, making those critical data-driven processes more celeritous and manageable. Best of all, AI is directly responsible for producing this effect for end users—those who rely on data most to do their jobs.

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

Trifacta, a provider of data wrangling technology, is introducing the Photon Compute Framework, providing users with an interactive platform for large in-memory datasets.

Posted March 29, 2016

NoSQL databases were born out of the need to scale transactional persistence stores more efficiently. In a world where the relational database management system (RDBMS) was king, this was easier said than done.

Posted March 29, 2016

MapR is now available as part of Bigstep's big data platform-as-a-service, supporting a wide range of Hadoop applications.

Posted March 29, 2016

Attunity Ltd, provider of Big Data management software solutions, is extending its platform to Apache Kafka , providing users with real-time big data streaming.

Posted March 29, 2016

Ryft, a provider of big data analytics solutions, has introduced the Ryft ONE Cluster, which builds on the speed and efficiency of the Ryft ONE appliance to enable service providers to improve the performance and availability capabilities their customers require in analytics.

Posted March 29, 2016

Reltio is releasing an enhanced version of Reltio Cloud 2016.1, adding new analytics integration, collaboration, and recommendation capabilities to help companies be right faster.

Posted March 29, 2016

FairCom is unveiling a new version of ctreeRTG that enhances its integration capabilities for COBOL and BTRV lines. Version 2 of the platform will enable customers to tap into data that until now was difficult to access and process due to restrictions from legacy systems.

Posted March 29, 2016

Teradata has introduced a new "design pattern" approach for data lake deployment. The company says its concept of a data lake pattern leverages IP from its client engagements, as well as services and technology to help organizations more quickly and securely get to successful data lake deployment.

Posted March 28, 2016

The digital economy promises to redefine nearly every aspect of a company's operations—from raw material procurement through post-sale services. Yet, some of the most dramatic changes will be seen in how companies evolve their product portfolios and leverage digital capabilities.

Posted March 25, 2016

There is a lot of misinformation about cloud technologies, according to Michael Corey, who will present a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "Cloud Trends and Lessons Learned When Choosing a Cloud Provider."

Posted March 25, 2016

One of the most common challenges organizations face when developing an enterprise data governance program is the presence of data silos or pockets of data initiatives scattered throughout the company with little to no association or collaboration of efforts. While many describe their data systems as "siloed," the disjunction is less about the underlying technology and far more about the division created between lines of business.

Posted March 25, 2016

The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) represents a huge opportunity for today's enterprises but also poses risks. Many organizations are challenged to open up their systems to ever-growing networks of devices, sensors, and systems that are relentlessly spewing data that may or may not be of value. But questions about security and systems performance swirl around as well.

Posted March 25, 2016

To help organizations that are being held back from moving enterprise workloads to a public cloud because of business, legislative, or regulatory requirements that restrict where and how they handle data, Oracle has launched a new set of offerings. Introduced at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington, DC, by Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle, "Oracle Cloud at Customer" enables organizations to get the benefits of Oracle's cloud services but in their own data center.

Posted March 24, 2016

The data lake has been the subject of more than its fair share of critics since its inception. Pundits claim it's a source of chaos and risk. Analysts often slam the concept, calling it a "data swamp" or "data dump." As a result of this scrutiny, the definition and understanding of the definition of the data lake are rather murky.

Posted March 24, 2016

The rise of big data technologies in enterprise IT is now seen as an inevitability, but adoption has occurred at a slower pace than expected, according to Joe Caserta, president and CEO of Caserta Concepts, a firm focused on big data strategy consulting and technology implementation. Caserta recently discussed the trends in big data projects, the technologies that offer key advantages now, and why he thinks big data is reaching a turning point.

Posted March 23, 2016

Informatica has launched an end-to-end solution to help customers gain greater insight from big data.

Posted March 23, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an Internet of Things (IoT) foundation bundle for SAP HANA, partnering with Vodafone to provide device connectivity management. The goal of this collaboration is to allow enterprises to connect and manage devices using Vodafone's IoT connectivity platform and to collect and move data from the devices into the SAP HANA platform to support predictive maintenance as well as other use cases.

Posted March 23, 2016

SAP SE is reaffirming its commitment to open source with the availability of SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA. SAP Web IDE, designed to support the development of applications, database models and user interfaces, for SAP HANA provides developers all the tools they need on one platform.

Posted March 23, 2016

eLogic, a consulting firm that delivers business solutions, is releasing integration solutions by Scribe that will allow users to leverage Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SAP ERP Central Component (ECC).

Posted March 23, 2016

SAP SE's newest in memory query engine, SAP HANA Vora, is now generally available, equipping enterprises with contextual analytics across all data stored in Hadoop, enterprise systems, and other distributed data sources.

Posted March 23, 2016

For those whose brackets took a blow after just the first several games of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball championships, this year's tournament may provide a case in point on the value of analytics over sentiment.

Posted March 23, 2016

As election season continues to roll on SAP SE is partnering with Reuters to power its digital transformation and give journalists tools for covering the 2016 presidential election.

Posted March 23, 2016

To spread the word on the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the 2016 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. Time is running out so make your nomination now.

Posted March 23, 2016

As more businesses leverage applications that are hosted in the cloud, the lines between corporate networks and the internet become blurred. Accordingly, enterprises need to develop an effective strategy for ensuring security. The problem is, many of today's most common approaches simply don't work in this new cloud-based environment.

Posted March 23, 2016

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