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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

Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company, and Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, have formed a partnership to create new data quality plug-ins for Pentaho's big data integration and analytics platform.

Posted September 24, 2015

Cambridge Semantics, a provider of data solutions driven by semantic web technology, has formed an alliance with MarkLogic, which provides enterprise NoSQL database technology. According to the vendors, the partnership will will help organizations to rapidly store, access, visualize and act upon diverse data to create scalable, semantic-driven data management and investigative analytics applications at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional approaches.

Posted September 24, 2015

MemSQL, a provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, has announced Spark Streamliner, an integrated Spark solution to give enterprises immediate access to real-time analytics.

Posted September 24, 2015

MarkLogic, which bills itself as the only enterprise NoSQL database provider, completed a $102 million financing round earlier this year that it will use to accelerate the pace of growth in the $36 billion operational database market. Recently, Big Data Quarterly spoke with Joe Pasqua, executive vice president of products at MarkLogic, about the changing database management market, and what MarkLogic is doing to meet emerging enterprise customer requirements.

Posted September 24, 2015

Traditional data warehousing models and open source alternatives such as Apache Hadoop and Storm have been touted as solutions to a variety of "big data" challenges. However, utilities have found that these approaches cannot handle the scale and complexity of data generated in industrial environments. Additionally, they fail to provide the real-time analysis and situational awareness that utilities need to improve decision making or address critical events in real-time, such as optimizing crews during outages and severe weather events.

Posted September 24, 2015

In-memory databases and grids have entered the enterprise mainstream. New offerings from pure-play in-memory database providers as well as the large relational database management systems vendors are helping organizations that are scrambling to keep pace with the demands of an always-on, real-time economy. These in-memory databases are emerging in many forms—from extensions of relational database management systems to NoSQL databases to cloud hosted NoSQL databases. These new technologies couldn't come a moment too soon.

Posted September 24, 2015

There are various terms being bandied about that describe the new world data centers are entering—from the "third platform" to the "digital enterprise" to the "always-on" organization. Whatever the terminology, it's clear there is a monumental shift underway. Business and IT leaders alike are rethinking their approaches to technology, rethinking their roles in managing this technology, and, ultimately, rethinking their businesses. The underlying technologies supporting this movement—social, mobile, data analytics, and cloud—are also causing IT leaders to rethink the way in which database systems are being developed and deployed.

Posted September 24, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd, the printing and document management company, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. To unify the data across the company for accurate views and analysis, Ricoh built a private cloud accessible by the entire remote service group that allows high speed access from internal networks.

Posted September 24, 2015

StreamSets Inc., a company that aims to speed access to enterprise big data, has closed a $12.5 million round of Series A funding. The single biggest barrier to a successful enterprise analytics platform is the effective and efficient ingest of data, the company says.

Posted September 24, 2015

To help companies get more value from big data, SAP has introduced HANA Vora, a new in-memory computing engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop. HANA Vora is a completely new product built from the ground up and is aimed at better processing of data to make business decisions.

Posted September 23, 2015

Shortly after the explosion of non-relational databases, around 2009, it became apparent that rather than being part of the problem, SQL would instead continue to be part of the solution. If the new wave of database systems excluded the vast population of SQL-literate professionals, then their uptake in the business world would be impeded. Furthermore, a whole generation of business intelligence tools use SQL as the common way of translating user information requests into database queries. Nowhere was the drive toward SQL adoption more clear than in the case of Hadoop.

Posted September 23, 2015

Looker, which provides a data discovery and analytics platform, has announced a new offering. According to the vendor, Looker Blocks, which are reusable and customizable, are apps that are components of business logic, such as churn prediction or lifetime value metrics, that can be put together and customized to address data needs company-wide as well as any industry-specific requirements.

Posted September 22, 2015

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a distribution for Apache Hadoop, has extended its support for SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services. According to the vendors, the collaboration between SAS and MapR provides advanced analytics with ease of data preparation and integration with legacy systems, assurance of SLAs, and security and data governance compliance. Additionally, joint customers can cost-effectively grow their big data storage infrastructure without relying on storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS).

Posted September 22, 2015

Splunk, a provider of real-time operational intelligence solutions, has announced a new version of the Splunk Enterprise platform and the availability of a new solution that targets the complexity of IT intelligence.

Posted September 22, 2015

Platfora, a data discovery platform native to Hadoop, is reaching another milestone for its solution, bringing modern data preparation and real-time capabilities to a wide audience.

Posted September 22, 2015

MongoDB deepened its partnership with IBM, announcing plans to offer support for MongoDB's products on IBM z Systems mainframe. This support reflects the strong momentum for mission critical deployments of the database by adding support for the speed, security and availability of z Systems.

Posted September 16, 2015

It's time to unleash the full potential of Linux. At LinuxCon North America in Seattle last month, IBM announced LinuxONE, powerful and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

Posted September 16, 2015

Oracle announced new releases of Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management, which help customers optimize their logistics and global trade compliance operations. The solution provides comprehensive transportation and global trade management functionality on a unified platform, spanning transportation, compliance and customs processes across industries and geographies.

Posted September 16, 2015

Marketers continue to become more technologically astute as their roles evolve, but one tool remains under-utilized: data management platforms. These platforms provide numerous ways for marketers to slice and dice data to develop compelling ways to reach customers, often in real time. However, when used incorrectly, these platforms can push marketing campaigns off-course - which is why marketers must get smart on what the platforms are designed to do and how to use them most effectively.

Posted September 16, 2015

In my last column, I discussed shadow IT and suggested that this might be the future of IT rather than an anomaly. Reframing what IT might look like in the future, and acknowledging that it could be radically different than it is today, is a challenging task but not an impossible one. In fact, I would suggest that such reframing is necessary if IT is to remain relevant.

Posted September 16, 2015

Many considerations go into evaluating whether it is time to implement an upgrade to a new version of SQL Server. You need to think about socket vs. core licensing, side-by-side vs in-place upgrades, and resource provisioning. Maybe your SQL instance is a good candidate for ‘cloudification'? And, what new functionality, like SQL Server's new cardinality estimator or a database's Target Recovery Time setting, would you like to take advantage of?

Posted September 15, 2015

Tableau is releasing an upgraded version of its comprehensive data visualization platform, introducing a new mobile app and a web data connector that will allow developers to do more with their data.

Posted September 15, 2015

WebAction unveiled several key advancements that will help expand its brand and platform, allowing the company to continue to derive value and insights from big data. The company has a new $21 million round of series B funding, led by Intel Capital, and is rebranding its streaming analytics platform as "Striim," pronounced as "stream."

Posted September 15, 2015

Data has continued to grow at an exponential pace, and along with that trend, more businesses are beginning to take advantage of data. Businesses have begun to rely more and more on their IT departments to be able to leverage their data quicker than their competition. However, it is difficult to get the most out of data as fast as organizations would like to do so. Recently, DBTA held a special roundtable webcast to provide education on new data management technologies and techniques for meeting increasing requirements posed by modern applications for speed, scale and flexibility.

Posted September 15, 2015

Anyone who thought Hadoop was a fly-by-night technology was wrong. Hadoop has rapidly evolved—improving and gaining mainstream adoption as a technology and framework for enabling data applications previously out of reach for all but the savviest of companies. The open source Apache Hadoop developer community (and distribution vendors) continuously contributes advances to meet the demands of companies seeking more powerful—and useful—data applications, while also focusing on requirements for improved data management, security, metadata, and governance. Hadoop is not only stable but worthy of consideration for core IT strategies.

Posted September 14, 2015

By now, we all know the value of big data analytics. In the 1990s, data mining and business intelligence (BI) efforts were used mostly for after-the-fact reporting and problem solving. The need for these capabilities will always remain, and high levels of confidence and investment in these disciplines will continue. However, the current focus on big data analytics emphasizes predicting and influencing the future, based on real-time analysis of 100% of enterprise data.

Posted September 14, 2015

There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Here are the eight things that matter the most in today's market.

Posted September 09, 2015

Each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine announces the Readers' Choice Awards to recognize leading vendors across a range of segments in the IT industry, including MultiValue. Unlike other awards programs conducted by DBTA, the Readers' Choice Awards program is unique because winners are selected by the readers themselves.

Posted September 09, 2015

It's no secret that the world of information technology is changing fast. Data is being created in ways not possible a few years ago. It is now feasible to collect and analyze data from a wide range of sources, including mobile devices, machines, social media, documents, and emails. To help organizations navigate the rapidly changing big data landscape, Big Data Quarterly presents the "Big Data 50," a list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 09, 2015

StreamAnalytix, offered by Impetus Technologies, is now available for free, allowing enterprises to tap into a streaming analytics platform based on a variety of leading open source technology components. Three free versions of the platform, StreamAnalytix Lite, StreamAnalytix Developer and StreamAnalytix Sandbox, will be available indefinitely and meet specific needs of its user.

Posted September 09, 2015

Birst, a provider of cloud BI and analytics software, has introduced a new technology it calls "Networked BI" to enable global governance with local execution. According to Birst, the new approach furthers its vision of trusted and agile collaboration between both centralized and decentralized teams.

Posted September 08, 2015

As business applications continue to grow more sophisticated, the challenge of supporting them is growing more complex. Modern applications that incorporate high volume transactions and analytical processing of new types of data require speed, scalability and flexibility — whether on commodity hardware or in the cloud.

Posted September 08, 2015

There are fundamental differences in priorities and approaches in building operational solutions and in constructing analytical supporting solutions. However, these differences can produce a gap in understanding that occasionally results in minor battles and skirmishes between these groups along the path of getting work done. A critical area of conflict is access to production data. When building an operationally focused solution such as a website, the application is supreme.

Posted September 08, 2015

Extending the Oracle Marketing Cloud's capabilities with a new solution to optimize web and mobile customer experiences, Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Maxymiser. The digital marketing insights and data specialist firm provides software that enables marketers to test, target and personalize what a customer sees on a web page or mobile app to increase engagement and revenue.

Posted September 02, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted September 02, 2015

Databricks is enhancing its cloud-based platform to strengthen its security, manageability and ease of application development. According to the vendor, the new features securely manage data access for large teams while streamlining Spark application development and deployment for enterprises dealing with complex and fast-paced environments.

Posted September 02, 2015

Syncsort, a provider of specialized solutions for big data, is making a major open source contribution to the IBM z Systems mainframe with a connector for Apache Spark. Syncsort's mainframe connector conforms to Spark's Data Sources API specification, and because of Spark's ability operate on data in memory, the connector will allow queries to access mainframe data without offloading the data first.

Posted September 01, 2015

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted September 01, 2015

Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems at IBM Corporation took the stage as a keynote speaker at SHARE in Orlando. In the spirit of celebration, Rosamilia reminded the crowd of the continued progress of the mainframe as it evolves to meet the increased demands on the industry in the context of mobile, cloud and security.

Posted August 31, 2015

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has formed a new Mobile Apps for EBS Special Interest Group (SIG) to provide timely information about the various Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Applications released by Oracle. The SIG enables users to more effectively share educational information and best practices related to all mobile apps for the various modules of Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted August 31, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for cross-platform application and database development, has released its largest release of RAD Studio in a decade, "RAD Studio 10 Seattle." A primary goal of the new release is to help Embarcadero's community of three million C++ and Delphi developers easily get new and existing applications on Windows 10, plus OS X, and mobile platforms.

Posted August 31, 2015

SGI, a provider of high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that its SGI UV 300H is now certified to run the SAP HANA platform in controlled availability at 20-sockets - delivering up to 15 terabytes (TB) of in-memory computing capacity in a single node. Being integrated with the recently announced SAP HANA SPS10, the SGI UV 300H capitalizes on deep collaboration between SAP, Intel, and SGI to optimize SAP HANA-based workloads on multicore NUMA (non-uniform memory access) systems.

Posted August 26, 2015

OpenText, a company specializing in enterprise information management, is partnering with SAP SE to provide B2B managed services and capabilities to multinational enterprises. Together with Ariba, an SAP company, OpenText will provide customers with a solution that enables them to improve time to revenue, reduce costs, and help to advance the digital transformation that today's leaders are undertaking, according to OpenText.

Posted August 26, 2015

SAP SE is offering an on-premise 30-day trial edition for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. The trial edition spans end-to-end digitized business processes in finance, procurement, sales, and manufacturing.

Posted August 26, 2015

SUSE has announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available to support IBM Power Systems running the SAP HANA platform. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server will allow customers to take advantage of IBM's recently introduced series of Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA.

Posted August 26, 2015

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