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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

The role of friction in data discovery is much akin to that minimalist design mantra: Less is more.

Posted April 08, 2015

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau 9.0, a major release of its visual analytics software. New capabilities in the release help people to achieve more with data, answering questions at interactive speed, according to the vendor.

Posted April 07, 2015

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Oracle SVP and CIO Mark Sunday are confirmed as keynote speakers for COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, which runs April 12 - 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. COLLABORATE 15 is jointly hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest).

Posted April 07, 2015

Deep Information Sciences has launched Deep Engine. Available now for MySQL and Percona Server, Deep Engine is an adaptive database kernel and information orchestration system that combines machine learning with advanced computer science to transform database fundamentals. Implemented as a plug-and-play 10MB storage engine that can be deployed in parallel with, or instead of, existing engines, Deep Engine allows MySQL to easily adapt, accelerate and scale to unprecedented levels, with minimal cost.

Posted April 07, 2015

Data is inexorably becoming a more important aspect of business. No longer just for the data scientists, data is making its way to the board room and becoming a key factor in executive decision-making as well. To explain the benefits of NoSQL database technology offers, David Gorbet, vice president of engineering at MarkLogic, will deliver a presentation at Data Summit 2015 on moving from an RDBMS view of the data world to a NoSQL view.

Posted April 07, 2015

A host of questions surround the implementation of data virtualization and, as the concept becomes commonplace, more businesses need answers and assistance with adapting this method. To address these issues, Lindy Ryan, research director for Radiant Advisors' Data Discovery and Visualization Practice, will present Data Summit 2015 attendees with a toolkit for adopting data virtualization.

Posted April 06, 2015

Using BI can be a difference maker in an organization's long-range profitability and competitiveness in the private sector, or an agency's ability to provide better constituent-focused delivery of services in the public sector.

Posted April 06, 2015

With the advent of big data, the scope of business intelligence and analytics is expanding. To shed light on the changes taking place within BI as a result of big data, Ian Abramson, author, principal senior consultant at SWI, and a past president of the IOUG, will present a session at Data Summit 2015 titled "The New Analytic Paradigm: The Big Evolution of BI." Abramson will present his session at 10:45 am on Wednesday, May 13, as part of the IOUG Track.

Posted April 06, 2015

With the advancements in data technology, many businesses now have data coming in at unprecedented amounts. The key for many of these organizations is to maximize the value of their data and turn that value into financial benefits. Tim Nicholson, director of Informer Services with Entrinsik, recently presented a webinar on this topic.

Posted April 06, 2015

A new release of the HP Haven Big Data Enterprise and OnDemand Platform incorporates advanced analytics and predictive capabilities for enterprises working with large volumes and varieties of information.

Posted April 06, 2015

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data to help make big data integration more accessible and actionable for customers. The goal with the new data integration capabilities is to bring together disparate communities that have emerged within the Oracle client base and allow the mainstream DBAs and ETL developers as well as the big data development organization to be brought together on a single platform for collaboration, said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted April 06, 2015

Datawatch Corporation has unveiled a new solution aimed at managing self-service data preparation and visual data discovery. Dubbed the "Datawatch Managed Analytics Platform," the new solution includes self-service data preparation, advanced data enrichment, automation without scripting, access to multi-structured data, synchronous visual authoring, visual data discovery, and frictionless governance. The platform is geared toward larger enterprises, IT organizations, and the line of business users.

Posted April 06, 2015

SAP has announced it has certified its products on Oracle Database 12c. "More than two-thirds of all SAP customers run their SAP applications on the Oracle Database today. There is a strong overlap," said Sohan DeMel, vice president, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle. "These joint customers are looking to leverage Oracle's best database technology."

Posted April 03, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Groups (IOUG) has been serving Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are very pleased with how much the community has grown as well as how much IOUG has accomplished. Having said this, we will not rest on our laurels. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead of us. While we set the bar pretty high in 2014 with the establishment of the content-rich blog #IOUGenius, an increased number of Master Classes offered across the nation and a truly inspirational COLLABORATE 14, you'll be very pleased with what IOUG has in store for 2015.

Posted April 01, 2015

Oracle unveiled the sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine during a launch event led by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison. In a recent interview, Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata Product Management at Oracle, and Juan R. Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technologies, discussed the significance of key innovations, including elastic configurations, the new Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and new capacity on demand licensing, that make it one of the most important releases in the history of Exadata.

Posted April 01, 2015

Splice Machine has formed a strategic partnership with RedPoint Global, to provide a marketing solution for big data. According to the vendors, with database technology from Splice Machine and cross-channel marketing and data quality technology from RedPoint, the partnership provides a platform that can use big data to enable personalized, real-time interactions to engage customers across channels.

Posted March 31, 2015

Mtelligence Corporation (dba Mtell), and MapR Technologies have introduced a new big data platform called Mtell Reservoir that combines the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, Mtell Previse Software, and Open TSDB (time-series database) software technology. The solution is targeted at the oil and gas industry.

Posted March 31, 2015

Saffron, a cognitive computing platform, has launched an application aimed at providing end-to-end knowledge about issues and defects in a product's lifecycle, helping manufacturers shorten time to market and manage potential risks. The new product, SaffronStreamline, will be available April 27, 2015.

Posted March 31, 2015

The mission with data warehousing - from the 1980s right through today - remains the same: to create central repositories of data integrated from a range of sources to drive better decision making. But as data grows in volume and variety, businesses need to modernize their data warehouses to achieve faster, more efficient and more flexible analytical processes.

Posted March 31, 2015

Data science, famously described as the sexiest job of the 21st century in the Harvard Business Review, represents the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends and actions. The catch is that it requires an understanding of many elements of data analytics. To help provide information on how to harness the vast potential this data represents, Joe Caserta, president and founder of Caserta Concepts, will present an "Introduction to Data Science" workshop at the Data Summit 2015 conference in New York City and also participate in a panel discussion titled "The Data Lake: From Hype to Reality."

Posted March 31, 2015

IBM announced two Network Innovation Centers designed to help clients can explore Software Defined Networking, virtualization and analytics-driven automation technologies and services for their data and communications networks. The two centers - located in Nice, France, and Dallas, Texas - will focus on solutions for large enterprise networking systems and telecommunications operators, which require resilient, high-performing and continuously available networks.

Posted March 30, 2015

Many people love the NCAA's March Madness, where 68 teams vie for the championship title. A similar situation is occurring in the database world, where innovation is spurring exciting new competition and new solutions. There aren't 68 companies in the mix, but quite a few that are competing for the championship prize, which is a slice of the huge database market that could reach over $45B by 2018, according to Gartner.

Posted March 26, 2015

The deadline for nominating products and services for the Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards is coming soon. This is a unique opportunity because the DBTA 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards is a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you.

Posted March 26, 2015

The age of big data is here and with it comes a unique set of problems. Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, hopes to help companies avoid those pitfalls by showing the importance of virtualizing data environments or taking advantage of cloud technologies.

Posted March 26, 2015

The ability to transform data into a competitive edge and financial benefit requires organizations to pay attention to the evolving trends in analytics across mobile and cloud applications, new data platforms and data discovery tools.

Posted March 26, 2015

COLLABORATE is the single event that delivers the full range of Oracle applications and technology from three independent Oracle users groups. This year, COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum will provide the Oracle Community with more than 1,000 sessions and panels covering first-hand experiences, case studies, how-to content, news and information from Oracle executive management, opportunities for networking, SIG meetings, a Women in Technology Forum, and an exhibitor showcase highlighting products and solutions that can help solve real-world challenges.

Posted March 26, 2015

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a provider of database technology that marries NoSQL with ACID attributes, according to news reports that swirled in the tech industry. Commenting on the acquisition, Adam Wray, CEO of Basho Technologies, a developer of distributed systems including the Riak NoSQL database, observed that "NoSQL databases are an increasingly critical part of enterprises' ability to derive real business value from the massive amounts of data that users, devices and online systems generate."

Posted March 25, 2015

Oracle has launched three new cloud services accelerators for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) in the financial services, public sector, and engineering and construction industries. The purpose-built accelerators are aimed at enabling organizations to address the challenges associated with managing project, program, portfolio, and contract lifecycles in their respective industries.

Posted March 25, 2015

I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."

Posted March 25, 2015

Teradata Analytics for SAP Solutions can now infuse near real-time data from SAP ERP applications into enterprise analytic and reporting applications. According to Teradata, the expanded capability can help organizations extract business value hidden within their ERP applications. "By providing access to integrated data in near real-time we're enabling our customers to make data from SAP ERP applications usable for business intelligence across the enterprise," said Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Labs.

Posted March 25, 2015

Leveraging its partnership with SAP as well as its technology innovation in support of the SAP HANA platform, Lenovo announced its Lenovo System x3850 X6 has achieved an industry-leading result on the SAP Business Warehouse-Enhanced Mixed Load (SAP BW-EML) standard application benchmark. The Lenovo x3850 X6 achieved a record load of 1,542,060 ad hoc navigation steps per hour on the benchmark, more than 10 times better than the previously published winning results.

Posted March 25, 2015

NOAD, a provider of enterprise platform management for SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions, has announced that following a rigorous testing process the software solution NOAD EQM4, version 3.3, has achieved certified integration with the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform, version 4.1. NOAD EQM4 3.3 provides developers working with the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform a reliable and stable solution to develop independently in a controlled environment.

Posted March 25, 2015

Enterprise data security has become not only a major focus of attention in the tech industry, but has also become a concern for the mainstream public. With the steady stream of data breaches at companies such as the retail giant Target, the tech and media leader Sony, and most recently medical insurer Anthem, Inc., many organizations are now beginning to appreciate the importance of data security and just how much a financial toll a hack can cause. According to many executives, a turning point has been reached.

Posted March 25, 2015

Cambridge Technology Enterprises, a provider of IT services focused on the convergence of big data and cloud, has achieved Gold Partner status in Oracle Partner Network (OPN). The company, which has multiple locations in North America, with offshore development offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India, offers an end to end approach in designing and implementing enterprise IT strategies leveraging the cloud where it is possible and necessary.

Posted March 24, 2015

Talend has introduced a new solution called Talend Integration Cloud to provide instant, elastic and secure capacity so IT teams can more easily shift workloads between on-premise and cloud environments. Targeted at SMBs, large enterprises, and IT integration developers, and planned for availability in April, the hosted cloud integration platform will provide a single solution for bulk, batch and real-time data integration across hundreds of data sources including Hadoop, Amazon Redshift and NoSQL databases, said Ashley Stirrup, chief marketing officer for Talend.

Posted March 24, 2015

Datameer, an end-to-end big data analytics vendor, is partnering with Tableau to enable their mutual customers to move between platforms to analyze and visualize data. This one-click-bridge between solutions will allow customers to leverage Hadoop to integrate, prepare, and analyze all of their structured and unstructured data in Datameer and, when needed, automatically export it to either Tableau Desktop or Tableau Server to augment their traditional reporting and visual discovery capabilities on highly aggregated, structured data.

Posted March 24, 2015

EMC has unveiled a new fully engineered solution incorporating storage and big data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware. Dubbed "the Federation Business Data Lake (FBDL)," it is designed for speed, self-service, and scalability for the enterprise, enabling organizations to deploy Hadoop and real-time analytics capabilities in as little as 7 days.

Posted March 23, 2015

NoSQL database company Couchbase is adding new scaling technology in its next major release of Couchbase Server to increase application performance as well as reduce costs. Couchbase Server 4.0 with Multi-Dimensional Scaling is planned for release in the summer of 2015.

Posted March 23, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle Data as a Service (DaaS) for Customer Intelligence. The new Oracle Data Cloud product is designed to help organizations increase customer understanding and extract insights from unstructured data assets. This information can then be used to create a complete view of customer input across social and unify and enterprise channels, identify and manage customer issues, understand how customer voice is impacting sales, and ultimately arm businesses with the intelligence to create happier customers.

Posted March 18, 2015

Oracle announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 total revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. Without the currency headwinds caused by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, the company said total revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. "Oracle now has a cloud revenue run rate of well over $2 billion a year. We are already the world's second largest SaaS and PaaS company," said Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during a conference call discussing Oracle's third quarter financial results.

Posted March 18, 2015

COLLABORATE 15 - Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (hashtag #C15LV) is back in Las Vegas April 12-16, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, offering a wide variety of education and valuable opportunities for collaboration among peers. The more than 1250 planned education sessions in 17 tracks were sourced through the user communities of IOUG, OAUG and Quest and selected through a competitive process. The result is an agenda packed with relevant insights for functional as well as technical users, beginner to advanced.

Posted March 17, 2015

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