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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.



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Over the past 12 months, there have been many new initiatives aimed at boosting access to and adoption of artificial intelligence. Many resources need to be aligned, including data analytics and computing processing power. But the most important ingredient is human intelligence. AI will only succeed if it is working in partnership with human intelligence, and only humans can provide the business context that gives AI value. This will be the final issue of this newsletter for 2017, and we will resume publishing on January 8th. We wish all our readers a very happy and safe holiday season!

Posted November 30, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 30, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics technologies has acquired Alpine Data, a cloud-based data science and social collaboration platform. TIBCO says the addition will bolster its data science technology and analytics portfolio, complementing solutions such as Statistica, Spotfire, and StreamBase to help companies accelerate insights and action.

Posted November 30, 2017

IBM announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds. IBM Cloud Private software is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development.

Posted November 30, 2017

Baffle, Inc., a developer of a database encryption solution, is launching a comprehensive data protection service that enables cloud applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and Microsoft's Azure Marketplace to operate on encrypted data. The platform, BaffleManager, enables secure compute for cloud applications while delivering dynamic access control and enhanced data access monitoring. 

Posted November 30, 2017

Built.io Flow, an integration-as-a-service (iPaaS) platform that unifies and automates disparate IT systems and cloud applications integrations through APIs, and Zilkr are partnering to offer a new integrated platform for telecommunications clouds. Together Built.io Flow and Zilkr extend workflow innovation by bringing telecommunication services and enterprise application products into integrated, automated business processes.

Posted November 30, 2017

Percona has introduced version 1.5 of its free and open source platform for managing and monitoring MySQL and MongoDB performance. This new release improves support for MySQL on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and Amazon Aurora, which simplifies configuration and usage, provides more efficient data collection and delivers faster resolution of Percona Support tickets.

Posted November 30, 2017

TimeXtender, a recognized global software company enabling self-service BI and analytics, is upgrading its Discovery Hub platform, adding a shared semantic layer that enables users to use the same language across platforms. The update also provides different perspectives—grouping together related data for area-specific purposes, for example, finance, sales, marketing, or cross-business analytics.

Posted November 30, 2017

Redgate has upgraded its Source Control for Oracle tool so that it version-controls static data within databases as well as database schemas.

Posted November 30, 2017

Confluent, provider of the streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, is releasing Confluent Cloud, allowing users to manage large streaming environments. The fully managed service helps companies deploy their Customer 360, fleet management, fraud detection, and other real-time, large-scale initiatives.

Posted November 29, 2017

Trifacta is expanding support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with releasing Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise on AWS Marketplace. Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise provide an intuitive, efficient way for teams and organizations to wrangle data across AWS services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Redshift for ML and visualization in applications including Amazon QuickSight.

Posted November 29, 2017

Snowflake Computing has announced the public preview of Snowpipe, an automated service to load data into the Snowflake cloud data warehouse, that is built using Amazon SQS and other Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions.

Posted November 29, 2017

Loom Systems, provider of an AI-powered log analysis solution, is launching its newest Streaming 2.0 platform, enabling more precise log analysis in enterprise IT environments. New features of Streaming 2.0 include new data architecture, better options to structure data, improved integration with notification systems, and the ability to do script-less mapping of sources along with creating custom alerts and more.  

Posted November 29, 2017

One of the biggest challenges IT professionals responsible for corporate data will face in 2017 comes from a law passed by the European Union due to take effect in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A metadata-driven approach is important for ensuring compliance with this new data privacy law.

Posted November 28, 2017

Cloudera has announced the upcoming beta release of Cloudera Altus Analytic DB, a data warehouse cloud service that aims to bring the warehouse to the data through a cloud-scale architecture to eliminate costly data movement.

Posted November 28, 2017

StreamSets Inc., provider of an enterprise data operations platform, is releasing the StreamSets Data Collector Edge (SDC Edge) platform, providing an end-to-end data ingestion solution for resource- and connectivity-constrained systems such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices and more.

Posted November 28, 2017

Breaches are becoming increasingly common as hackers gain more access to personal information such as social security numbers, credit cards, etc. Now another attack could be under way as researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption protocol. This flaw could allow hackers to intercept credit card numbers, passwords, photos, and other sensitive information.

Posted November 28, 2017

Protecting online systems has become an increasingly difficult job. By shifting your mindset from "if" to "when" a cyberattack happens, certain activities which may appear burdensome, tedious, and sometimes are even ignored, will become relevant and important.

Posted November 28, 2017

Infosys is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer a joint end-to-end mainframe modernization solution.

Posted November 27, 2017

SAP is updating the S/4HANA Cloud, making advances in machine learning, user experience, extensibility, and more. As announced in September at SAP TechEd, this latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud also includes the launch of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud software development kit (SDK), which provides a simple end-to-end development experience that enables SAP customers, partners, and independent software vendors (ISVs) to easily develop custom applications, extending the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Posted November 22, 2017

Wipro Limited, a provider of information technology, consulting and business process services, is launching solutions on SAP Leonardo to focus on the utilities industry. Through this partnership Wipro and SAP are jointly developing use cases that leverage blockchain technology for the utilities industry.

Posted November 22, 2017

To sustain and drive viable businesses now, and into the rapidly changing future, IT needs to stop firefighting. Reacting when things go wrong—after an incident has caused damage—incurs costs.  Taking a proactive, preventative approach using predictive knowhow moves IT out of the proverbial hot seat and gives them much-needed control to keep critical business systems up and running.

Posted November 22, 2017

Solution4strategy recently used BlueFinity's Evoke Platform to help roll out cloud-based apps for its customers. Solutions4strategy a provider of innovative software and consultancy services serving the Australian, U.K. and U.S. markets used the platform to launch a series of business apps that is helping drive its international business expansion.

Posted November 22, 2017

SnapLogic is launching the Fall 2017 release to its signature platform, adding more Snaps and access to Microsoft products. New innovations added to the SnapLogic Integration Assistant will further accelerate user productivity and time-to-integration.

Posted November 21, 2017

MapR Technologies, a pioneer in delivering one platform for all data, across every cloud, has announced the availability of the MapR Converged Data Platform 6.0, with new advancements to help organizations achieve greater value from their data through DataOps teams.  The major system update from MapR includes innovations that automate platform health and security, and a database for next-generation applications.

Posted November 21, 2017

Hazelcast, provider of an in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a new version of Hazelcast Jet, introducing pipeline API to increase developer productivity. In addition to the pipeline API for general purpose programming of batch and stream processing, Hazelcast Jet 0.5 includes fault tolerance using snapshotting with the integrated Hazelcast IMDG.

Posted November 21, 2017

IBM says that customers will have access to its first commercially available quantum computing systems before the year is out. The company announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. These upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware. The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) average 90 microseconds, and enable high-fidelity quantum operations.

Posted November 20, 2017

Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases, is unveiling new features for its Citus Cloud product, making it easier for fast-growing SaaS businesses to scale out without having to re-architect their application. Citus Cloud's suite of new features close the gap with NoSQL and are all about empowering developers from migration tools like Citus Warp, to the zero-downtime shard rebalancer, to offering fork and followers features in a distributed database.

Posted November 17, 2017

Google has announced that the Google Cloud Platform's BigQuery Data Transfer Service is now publicly available. First introduced at Cloud Next, the Google BigQuery Data Transfer Service was created to automate data movement from SaaS applications to BigQuery on a scheduled, managed basis.

Posted November 16, 2017

Arcadia Data, a provider of a native visual analytics software for big data, has launched a new partner program to support resellers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and systems integrators (SIs) who work with Arcadia Data and joint customers to develop solutions.

Posted November 16, 2017

Raytheon and MetTel have announced a global security alliance aimed at protecting government and commercial communications networks against growing cybersecurity threats, including those that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT). The companies plan to provide cybersecurity offerings and support the migration from legacy technologies to ensure cybersecurity is designed into the government's telecom infrastructure.

Posted November 16, 2017

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage, is partnering with Data Dynamics, a provider of intelligent file management. The combination of Data Dynamics' StorageX solution and Compuverde provides a modern platform to manage data assets from migration to file tiering to archival. The goal is to offer enterprise customers the freedom to choose their future storage and cloud direction, eliminating technology lock-in while supporting business transformation with greater speed and agility.

Posted November 16, 2017

Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems - including Oracle - to the Microsoft data platform.

Posted November 15, 2017

Dataiku is unveiling Dataiku 4.1, providing a new and improved platform suite that will help users to prototype, build, scale, deploy, and manage advanced data science products. Dataiku 4.1 has been designed to accelerate scalable deployment while maintaining its powerful core functionalities such as point-and-click interfaces for data preparation and analysis, customizable tools to facilitate cutting-edge and efficient data science, and straightforward solutions for deploying, monitoring, and governing models in production.

Posted November 14, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has expanded its partnership with Runner Technologies (Runner EDQ), a provider of integrated address verification solutions and Platinum level member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). Together,, the two firms are rolling out CLEAN_Address, an Oracle-validated, integrated address verification solution for PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and E-Business Suite platforms.

Posted November 14, 2017

Waterline Data is releasing the Smart Data Catalog (SDC) 4.03, the latest version of its solution designed to help enterprises with multiple petabytes of data mange it. SDC 4.03 is offers Multi-petabyte scalability, native support for critical cloud, RDBMS, and big data platforms along with featuring the rapid expansion of support for new partner integrations and data sources.   

Posted November 13, 2017

Salesforce is integrating Einstein Analytics and the Alation Data Catalog to create seamless collaboration and automation. With this integration, Alation's AI-powered data catalog automatically inventories how hundreds to thousands of users in an organization are using analytics today.

Posted November 13, 2017

IBM is releasing new offerings to its Watson Data Platform, introducing data cataloging and data refining capabilities designed to make it easier for developers and data scientists to analyze and prepare enterprise data for AI applications. By improving data visibility and helping to better enforce data security policies, users can now connect and share data across public and private cloud environments.

Posted November 08, 2017

MongoDB has announced the release of MongoDB 3.6. With this release it is now easier and faster to build always-on applications that react in real time to changes in data streamed across distributed systems, said Dev Ittycheria, president and CEO, MongoDB.  And, he added, with the addition of new and enhanced management and security features, "developers get the freedom and confidence to run MongoDB in the most demanding environments to support mission-critical applications."

Posted November 08, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is introducing the HPE Superdome Flex enabling enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights. PE Superdome Flex has a unique modular design that scales seamlessly so enterprises can keep pace with evolving data demands, while unmatched reliability capabilities provide a resilient platform that safeguards critical workloads.

Posted November 06, 2017

Software AG is releasing Terracotta DB, a distributed, in-memory database platform that delivers high-speed performance for combined operational and analytical processing. Terracotta DB can work with any application that creates new, rapidly changing data types—structured, semi-structured, unstructured, and polymorphic data—as well as large volumes of data, or scale beyond the capacity constraints of existing systems.

Posted November 06, 2017

OpenStack community leaders announced a plan to overcome the hardest problem in open source today: integrating and operating open source technologies to solve real-world problems. The OpenStack Foundation and community are investing significant financial and technical resources in a four-part strategy to address integration of OpenStack and relevant open source technologies: documenting cross-project use cases, collaborating across communities, including upstream contributions to other open source projects, fostering new projects at the OpenStack Foundation, and coordinating end-to-end testing across projects.

Posted November 06, 2017

Periscope Data unveiled a new platform that meets the unique needs of professional data teams, allowing them to address the complete analytics life cycle. Periscope's Unified Data Platform enables teams to ingest, store, analyze, visualize and report on data.

Posted November 03, 2017

AtScale is releasing a universal semantic platform for business intelligence (BI) with Microsoft Azure HDInsight, providing enterprises with faster time to insight. AtScale's new offer helps enhance Azure HDInsight customers' ability to quickly turn their Big Data lake into a highly available and performant analytical database.

Posted November 02, 2017

VMware has signed an agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018.

Posted November 02, 2017

A new Oracle study reveals that enterprises view in-application communications technologies as critical to enhancing customer experiences and gaining a competitive edge and higher growth. While 65% of enterprise IT decision makers polled noted that embedded communications will become the dominant way of communicating with employees, suppliers and customers moving forward, nearly half (46%) noted they lack the expertise to deploy new communications technologies. 

Posted November 01, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted November 01, 2017

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