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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

At OpenWorld, Oracle announced its new Blockchain Cloud Service. The distributed ledger cloud platform is aimed at helping customers to increase business velocity, create new revenue streams, and reduce cost and risk by securely extending ERP, supply chain, and other enterprise SaaS and on-premises applications to drive tamper-resistant transactions on a trusted business network.

Posted October 03, 2017

AtScale, which provides a universal semantic platform for BI on big data, has completed a $25 million Series C financing round. Seeking to provide big data access to any data, anywhere, for any employee, AtScale enables enterprises to simplify their business intelligence infrastructure by allowing business users to continue working with the tools they know while providing the enterprise with a universal semantic layer to centrally manage data definitions, performance and security.

Posted October 03, 2017

MemSQL, provider of a real-time data warehouse platform, is releasing MemSQL 6, adding new extensibility features to enable machine learning and performance improvements for analytical queries. With this update, developers can use machine learning functions with live data and SQL, and a real-time data warehouse to easily build operational applications without requiring multiple disparate systems.

Posted October 02, 2017

At the Strata Data Conference in New York, Paxata, provider of the Adaptive Information big data prep platform, announced early availability of its Intelligent Ingest as part of its next major release. The new automated ingest capabilities are aimed at making it more simple for business consumers to rapidly incorporate data from any cloud or format to prepare data for business analysis. 

Posted October 02, 2017

At the Strata Data conference in New York, Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, showcased the new release of its data integration platform designed to address the changing needs of companies with advanced analytics and data management initiatives. According to Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, many legacy data integration tools are not able to handle the necessary volume and variety of data feeding to the cloud at the required performance levels.

Posted October 02, 2017

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle announced embedded artificial intelligence capabilities within existing Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud, Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud, and the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud applications.

Posted October 02, 2017

Zaloni is introducing a machine learning data matching engine that leverages the company's data lake solution, enabling enriched data views for multiple use cases across business sectors. Zaloni's data matching engine provides a new approach for creating an integrated, consistent view of data that is updated, efficiently maintained, and can drive customer-facing applications.

Posted October 02, 2017

In his Sunday night keynote, Oracle's CTO Larry Ellison detailed the benefits of two new offerings: the company's Autonomous Database, and the Highly Automated Cyber Security offerings. 

Posted October 02, 2017

At Strata, VoltDB showcased a new database function that will enable real-time predictive fraud detection and prevention in its latest platform release. With User Defined Function (UDF) support for SQL, VoltDB v7.6 enables enterprises to accelerate the identification and prevention of fraud before a transaction is complete.

Posted September 29, 2017

Alation has added new capabilities for cataloging data lakes deployed both on-premises and in the cloud, including data lakes built with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

Posted September 28, 2017

SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA is available in the latest versions of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, both part of the SolarWinds Orion Platform. SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA provides network administrators with complete visibility into, and reporting, and alerting for VPN tunnel visibility (LAN-to-LAN), high availability and failover status, hardware status, interface monitoring with critical configuration data such as security level, and connection count.

Posted September 28, 2017

BDNA, a provider of comprehensive technology asset information, is entering an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Posted September 28, 2017

DataCore Software is launching the first of its new line of database optimization products for high-velocity transaction processing and real-time analytics. The platform MaxParallel for SQL Server is available now in the Azure Marketplace as well as through DataCore-authorized partners around the globe. The plug-and-play product supports SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012 and 2008 running on-premises and in the cloud.

Posted September 28, 2017

Datameer is unveiling a solution for instant, interactive visual exploration of entire datasets of any size, transforming the way users interact with big data within their data lake. The platform was shown publicly for the first time at the 2017 Strata Data Conference New York.

Posted September 28, 2017

Alation and Paxata have announced a partnership and integration to simplify the establishment of trust in the data lake.  Alation is a provider of software for collaborative data cataloging to enable analysts and information stewards to search, query and collaborate for faster, more accurate insights. Paxata provides an enterprise-grade, self-service, scalable, intelligent platform that enables business consumers to quickly transform raw data into ready information.

Posted September 28, 2017

BlueData, provider of a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, is enhancing its BlueData EPIC platform and extending the solution to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. This release adds new innovations and options for running Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data workloads on Docker containers -- delivering on the requirements from its rapidly growing customer base, including many of the world's largest enterprises across multiple industries.

Posted September 28, 2017

iguazio, a provider of a continuous analytics and event driven-application platform, is releasing its Unified Data Platform,  simplifying data pipeline complexities and accelerating machine learning and artificial intelligence in the enterprise. The announcement was made at the 2017 Strata Data Conference in New York.

Posted September 28, 2017

Splice Machine, provider of a Hybrid Database Management System (DBMS), is releasing its Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, allowing users to manage a set of powerful applications.

Posted September 28, 2017

Microsoft announced the first release candidate (a.k.a. RC1) for SQL Server 2017 on Monday, July 17th. Release candidates are not a final and finished product, but they are feature complete. No new features are expected after Microsoft moves into the RC phase, only adding polish (for example, brushing up the documentation and UI) and performance to the existing feature set. The full product release is planned for some time in the second half of 2017.

Posted September 27, 2017

SAP is updating its cloud platform to unlock and drive more business agility and business digital transformation, according to Dan Lahl, SAP's vice president of product marketing. "If you think about where cloud platform exists in the SAP portfolio I would use two analogies: either we're the plumbing and electricity that makes the house go or we could be viewed as the glue that holds the house together," Lahl said.

Posted September 27, 2017

SAP is connecting SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning and SAP RealSpend to provide managers with real-time visibility into financial forecasts of headcount plans. Working together, SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Planning and SAP RealSpend enable managers to access financial data in real-time for their operational headcount planning needs.

Posted September 27, 2017

IBM is launching new SAP-certified bare metal servers for SAP HANA platform deployments in the IBM Cloud and new configurations for VMware environments that will give enterprises the power and performance they need to manage their mission-critical applications running on SAP HANA. IBM's newest cloud infrastructure for SAP HANA solutions on the IBM Cloud is designed to provide clients with larger and more powerful infrastructure to run memory-intensive applications running on SAP HANA.

Posted September 27, 2017

Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data integrity, and integration solutions, has announced that its iWay Universal Adapter Suite has achieved SAP-certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The certification is a reflection of the iWay Adapter Suite's interoperability and ability to integrate data residing within SAP solutions.

Posted September 27, 2017

The "world's first autonomous self-driving database" was announced by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during a live event at the company's Redwood City headquarters. In addition to the database, which he said he plans to showcase in an Oracle OpenWorld presentation in October, Ellison also discussed Oracle's emphasis on automation in platform services, and the decision to be much more aggressive in simplifying and lowering the pricing of automation around those platform services with two programs—Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Posted September 27, 2017

Infoworks.io Inc., a provider in automated Big Data warehousing, is releasing Infoworks Cloud Big Data Warehouse, an end-to-end data warehousing platform in the cloud that empowers enterprises to rapidly build and deploy big data use-cases rapidly. The Infoworks Cloud Big Data Warehouse enables enterprises to reduce management complexity of their big data infrastructure, improve time-to-value, and empower users to rapidly innovate.

Posted September 27, 2017

Dataguise, a provider of data-centric audit and protection (DCAP), is introducing DgSecure 6.2, enhancing its governance capabilities. The announcement was made at the 2017 Strata Data Conference in New York. The company is showcasing its latest DCAP solution at the event.

Posted September 27, 2017

IBM is launching a new platform called the Integrated Analytics System, a new unified data solution designed to give users fast, easy access to advanced data science capabilities. The system, which comes with a variety of data science tools built-in, allows data scientists to get up and running quickly to develop and deploy their advanced analytics models in-place, directly where the data resides for greater performance.

Posted September 27, 2017

Qubole has announced deeper integration with Microsoft Azure, adding support in the Qubole Data Service (QDS) for the Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store.

Posted September 27, 2017

Informatica has introduced a new set of solutions and enhancements for intelligent data lake management and enterprise data cataloging to improve regulatory compliance in the era of GDPR. The solutions also feature integration with Hortonworks Atlas and support for Cloudera Altus, expanding Informatica's coverage across hybrid enterprise deployments, on premises and in the cloud.

Posted September 27, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has added  geographic risk data to its location intelligence tools and services. Through a partnership with HazardHub, a provider of geographic risk datasets for U.S. properties, natural hazard data such as wind, fire, water, or earthquake risk can be associated with specific properties to enable a greater level of risk awareness and location intelligence. Coupled with Melissa's property and mortgage data enhancements, users have an end-to-end property intelligence solution that provides enriched property data supported by precise risk scores.

Posted September 26, 2017

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, has rolled out a major new release of its data integration platform designed to address the rapidly-evolving needs of modern analytics and data management initiatives. The new version was unveiled and demonstrated at Strata Data Conference in New York.

Posted September 26, 2017

Percona, the company that delivers enterprise-class MySQL, MongoDB and other open source database solutions and services, is releasing a new platform and updating one of its top monitoring performance solutions.Percona will be releasing Percona Server for MySQL 5.7 that includes the MyRocks storage engine. The combination of Percona Server for MySQL and MyRocks will enable database administrators to achieve more throughput for high-volume, write-intensive workloads.

Posted September 26, 2017

Splunk is expanding machine learning capabilities across its product portfolio with the release of Splunk Enterprise 7.0, Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) 3.0, Splunk User Behavior Analytics (UBA) 4.0 and updates to Splunk Cloud.

Posted September 26, 2017

MapR Technologies announced database innovations for data-intensive applications, including advancements for developers that enable rich applications, in-place and continuous machine learning/AI and SQL capabilities, and global real-time data integration and micro-services support.

Posted September 26, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise tools, has announced a solution with new asset discovery capabilities intended to provide greater visibility into multi-cloud environments. BMC Discovery for Multi-Cloud creates a dynamic, complete view of multi-cloud IT assets, including their relationships across private and public clouds as well as in the data center. This data becomes the trusted foundation for successful multi-cloud management that empowers the digital business.

Posted September 25, 2017

Hortonworks has announced the Hortonworks DataPlane Service (Hortonworks DPS) to help improve the process of provisioning and operating distributed data systems for data science, self-service analytics or data warehousing optimization.

Posted September 25, 2017

Database software provider MongoDB has filed with the SEC to go public and seeks to raise up to $100 million in an IPO. Underwriters include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Allen & Co., and others, according to the filing. Industry leaders weighed in.

Posted September 22, 2017

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is unveiling Aruba 360 Secure Fabric, a new security framework that provides 360 degrees of analytics-driven attack detection and response. Aruba is also innovating in User and Entity Behavioral Analytics (UEBA) by expanding the Aruba IntroSpect product family, enabling businesses to easily and rapidly scale machine-learned behavior detection from small projects to full enterprise deployments.

Posted September 22, 2017

Barracuda is evolving its MSP business unit, formerly known as Introns and now rebranded as Barracuda MSP, to expand its continued focus on helping users protect customers from data loss and security breaches.

Posted September 21, 2017

WaveMaker, Inc., a provider of Rapid Application Development (RAD) Platform software, is upgrading its platform, completely revamping its user interface. WaveMaker 9 focuses on providing a simplified and friendly first-time user experience, now offering video tutorials and tool run-throughs that can onboard fellow/partner developers to give them a clearer picture about the functions of all the components of the platform.

Posted September 21, 2017

Looker plans to release a new version of its flagship data platform that simplifies daily workflows with new integrations, provides built in applications, improves the user experience with new visualizations, and adds valuable public data to any analysis.

Posted September 21, 2017

Linear scaling with legacy storage appliances is no longer an option. The burden that traditional architecture feels from today's tsunami of data is surpassed only by the cost required to meet current and future demands. Aside from the huge expense, this method of increasing storage capacity would take too long. Even adding multiple servers could not accommodate storage demands. Vertical storage architecture contains bottlenecks that slow performance to an unacceptable level. Software-defined storage (SDS) scales horizontally instead, making it a popular option.

Posted September 20, 2017

As companies grow increasingly data-centric in their decision making, product and services development, and their overall understanding of the world they work in, speed and agility are becoming critical capabilities. A common theme in big data and analytics today is "Industry 4.0," representing a new wave of technology that enables the automation necessary for scaling. There's compelling justification for this as companies seek to unlock business value from big data with two broad approaches: the democratization of data with greater access by more users, and the enablement of automation everywhere possible.

Posted September 20, 2017

The movement toward the instrumentation of everything and the democratization of data and analytics is resulting in more data flowing to more users, and is creating new challenges in data management.

Posted September 20, 2017

Over the last few years, organizations have shifted from using virtual data centers to creating private or hybrid IaaS clouds that allow authorized users to perform self-service provisioning of virtual machines. These environments have reduced administrative workloads, improved the user experience, and discouraged shadow IT, but they have also brought their own challenges. As virtualized environments increase in scale, management techniques have often become far less effective, making it difficult to keep track of virtual machines, their owners, and why the virtual machines were created in the first place.

Posted September 20, 2017

Companies today are spreading their applications across multiple clouds in a hybrid fashion. According to a recent IDC CloudView study among 6,000 IT and line-of-business executives whose organizations have adopted cloud technologies, 73% are implementing a hybrid strategy, which most defined as utilizing more than one public cloud in addition to dedicated assets.

Posted September 20, 2017

Many people are unsure of the differences between deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Generally speaking, and with minimal debate, it is reasonably well-accepted that artificial intelligence can most easily be categorized as that which we have not yet figured out how to solve, while machine learning is a practical application with the know-how to solve problems, such as with anomaly detectio

Posted September 20, 2017

When it comes to visualizing data, there is no shortage of charts and graphs to choose from. From traditional graphs to innovative hand-coded visualizations, there is a continuum of visualizations ready to translate data from numbers into meaning using shapes, colors, and other visual cues. However, each visualization type is intended to show different types of data in specific ways to best represent its insight. Let's look at five of the most common visualization types to help you choose the right chart for your da

Posted September 20, 2017

Businesses of all sizes across all industries are rapidly adopting digital transformation models that put data at the center of driving the business forward—as they should. However, putting data at the center of everything the business does can be risky without proper planning and rigorous management. Many companies have been wise to introduce data governance programs to protect corporate data assets and establish a framework for operational excellence when it comes to data management and use. Data governance emphasizes the enforcement of defined standards or policies and provides mechanisms for consistency and repeatable processes, but it is not enough to protect businesses in today's world of data.

Posted September 20, 2017

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