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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

Kyvos Insights, a big data analytics company, emerged from stealth mode to introduce a solution called Kyvos that it says provides insights from all corporate data, regardless of size and granularity.

Posted July 13, 2015

No matter what the causes, a series of unfortunate events added up to a lot of bad news for data security and availability during one week in early July. In addition to an outage at the New York Stock Exchange, IT issues resulted in the grounding of United Airlines planes for 2 hours on the same day, and new revelations surfaced about a data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Posted July 10, 2015

Responding to a growing need to deliver more data to the right people at the right time, Cloudera and Teradata have announced the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop with Cloudera—the enterprise-ready Hadoop distribution.

Posted July 09, 2015

Graph databases are especially good for managing data about the connections among resources, and they are here to stay as a vital mechanism for managing data. In some enterprises, graph databases are even replacing relational databases as the primary database of record.

Posted July 08, 2015

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is quoted as saying, "What's dangerous is to not evolve." His company has followed this mantra to the point where you can't tell any more if Amazon is a retail, media, or tech company. Organizations must follow Bezos' advice when it comes to evolving their digital analytics efforts or choose to live dangerously in an increasingly data-driven world.

Posted July 08, 2015

You'd be surprised at the variety of sages that have uttered pithy pieces of wisdom that prove useful in some way to DBAs. So with that in mind, let's review some of the could-have-been-DBAs through history by reviewing their own words!

Posted July 08, 2015

Dystopian visions of a future in which automation eliminates the vast majority of jobs are nothing new. However, even though previous predictions of doom have been misplaced, there is new concern about the impact of the latest generation of automation on the nature of work and the prospects for universal employment in the future. In particular, we're increasingly seeing automation disrupt jobs that were long considered to require human judgment or abilities.

Posted July 08, 2015

It is still early days for Spark, and despite the promise it holds, companies are just now working through how best to use it, how to integrate it within their existing environments, and how to make the most of its libraries and other built-in capabilities. To provide more information and thought leadership on the open source framework, IBM, which recently announced a major commitment to Apache Spark, sponsored a DBTA webcast.

Posted July 08, 2015

RedPoint Global's two platforms, Interaction and Data Management, are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, giving data-driven marketers access RedPoint's data and campaign management tools on the cloud for the first time. "We want to go into this cloud world with our software and we're changing the paradigm of the way people even buy software and the way they do their processing of their data," said Dale Renner, CEO and founder of RedPoint. "What we're doing is basically allowing our clients to very rapidly deploy solutions where they don't even have to buy all the software."

Posted July 07, 2015

VoltDB has selected the Progress DataDirect OpenAccess SDK to increase access to business intelligence tools that allow VoltDB customers to visualize and access fast-moving data. To access data, users want to be able deploy conventional tooling and reporting tools, said John Piekos, vice president of engineering for VoltDB. "They want to do dashboards on top of this fast-moving data. We provide a JDBC interface but we also found we needed to provide ODBC access as well so we could leverage the last 30 years of ODBC reporting and BI tools."

Posted July 07, 2015

Oracle announced more than two dozen new PaaS and IaaS services spanning database, Java, integration, analytics, compute, storage, and networking services. "We are now prepared to call our platform and our infrastructure services complete," said Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during the launch event. A key tenet of Oracle's cloud strategy, said Ellison is to offer the same technology on-premise and in the cloud "so you can easily move your data and applications back and forth."

Posted July 01, 2015

The concept of shadow or stealth IT in organizations is not new, but it is a topic that is becoming more relevant. According to Gartner's IT Glossary, shadow IT "refers to IT devices, software and services outside the ownership or control of IT organizations." As IT professionals, what is our role in shadow IT? Is shadow IT good or bad for an organization?

Posted July 01, 2015

Fortscale Security Ltd., a provider of user behavior analytics software for enterprise security, is partnering with Cloudera to enable customers to build end-to-end Hadoop-based security analytics solutions to collect, manage and analyze logs for discovery of security threats. Fortscale has certified its user behavior analytics solution on Cloudera Enterprise.

Posted July 01, 2015

Jut has come out of stealth mode with the announcement of the beta release of the Operations Data Hub for DevOps, a streaming analytics platform for operational data.

Posted June 30, 2015

Platfora, a big data discovery platform built on Apache Hadoop and Spark, is updating its platform to make it even faster for business users and data scientists to collaborate to derive insights from big data analytics. Platfora 4.5 introduces the Aurora Visualization Engine, the company's third-generation visualization technology that allows vibrant web-based interaction with the massive and interlinked datasets needed for cutting-edge use cases such as multi-channel customer analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) pattern analysis, and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) cybersecurity analytics.

Posted June 29, 2015

These days, everybody talks about big data and analytics but does anybody really know how to tackle it? Everybody thinks the others are doing it and hence also claim to do it as well, but it's likely that only the fortunate have had (positive) experience(s) with it so far.

Posted June 26, 2015

Big data analytics company Datameer is releasing its first platform that will help enterprises and marketers directly and easily gain big data insights. The Datameer Multi-Channel Marketing Analytics platform is intended to allow organizations to integrate all their data from marketing and digital campaigns into one place to understand how the behavior of leads converts to customers.

Posted June 26, 2015

Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new cloud solution from Attunity, enables automated and optimized data loading from enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new offering will simplify and accelerate data loading from enterprise databases, making it easier for customers to adopt the new Microsoft data warehouse service and benefit from big data analytics, according to Itamar Ankorion, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted June 25, 2015

Numerous studies over the past few years characterize generally poor performance in the success rate of business intelligence projects. Now is the time to move business intelligence practices into the 21st century, or risk a continued cycle of overspending and underperformance. Here are five new strategies to improve alignment between unique problem characteristics and specific strengths.

Posted June 25, 2015

What matters most in data management in 2015? There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Databases need to be wide open and accessible to all parts of the business, but at the same time, secure and free of tampering. Unstructured forms of data—such as log data, documents, graphics, video, and social data—need to be prepared and ready for analysis in the same way structured files have been ready for years.

Posted June 25, 2015

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a distribution for Apache Hadoop, is including Apache Drill 1.0 in the MapR Distribution. Drill is a schema-free SQL query engine for Hadoop, NoSQL, and cloud storage. According to MapR, the partner ecosystem is embracing Apache Drill, and a range of companies, including SAP, are working closely with MapR and the Drill community to interoperate BI tools with Drill through standard ODBC/JDBC connectivity.

Posted June 24, 2015

Pentaho is now offering support for integration with SAP HANA and Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). Dubbed Pentaho 5.4, available now, the solution offers new capabilities that build on a pragmatic and future-proofed platform for big data orchestration and analytics at scale.

Posted June 24, 2015

Splice Machine has achieved certification on the MicroStrategy Analytics Platform, enabling faster query times and real-time updates. "Enterprises of all sizes are dealing with massive data sets on a daily basis, so there is a demand for a scalable, affordable database that can integrate seamlessly with a powerful unified analytics platform," said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO of Splice Machine.

Posted June 23, 2015

Syncsort is partnering with Dell and Cloudera to release a joint solution that will help enterprises reduce costs and improve business analytics. The partnership will create a Dell-Syncsort architecture that will combine Syncsort's Hadoop extract-transform-load tool, DMX-h, with Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub, enabling customers to offload targeted ETL workloads and data from data warehouses to Cloudera's platform, increasing performance and freeing up valuable cycles in the EDW.

Posted June 23, 2015

Tableau is partnering with Google to provide customers and enterprises with a new connector for Google Cloud SQL, a MySQL database that is part of the Google Cloud Platform.

Posted June 23, 2015

IBM announced an initiative that enables business partners, application developers and university students to conduct innovation, development and learning for the OpenPOWER ecosystem. SuperVessel, an open access cloud service created by Beijing's IBM Research and IBM Systems Labs, is now available to the global community of developers who want to participate in the OpenPOWER ecosystem. The cloud acts as a virtual R&D engine for the creation, testing and pilot of emerging applications including deep analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

Posted June 22, 2015

HostBridge Technology, a provider of integration and optimization software for IBM z Systems, has introduced a product that makes Redis - the in-memory NoSQL data store at the heart of today's ultra-scalable cloud and mobile apps - available to enterprises worldwide. These organizations can use HostBridge Redis for z/OS to meet the exploding demand for data via mobile and cloud far more efficiently and at the lowest possible cost.

Posted June 22, 2015

There's no doubt that the new wave of nonrelational systems represents an important and necessary revolution in database technology. But while we need to avoid being wedded to the technologies of the past and continuously innovate, ignoring the lessons of history is never a good idea.

Posted June 17, 2015

As data and analytics become intertwined with business and society, Apache Spark brings essential advances to large-scale data processing by improving the performance of data dependent apps and simplifying the process of developing intelligent apps, which are fueled by data, according to IBM which is making a major commitment to the open source project.

Posted June 16, 2015

Progress Software and Logi Analytics have announced the release of Progress OpenEdge Analytics 360, a new custom BI tool to help OpenEdge users discover value in their operational data.

Posted June 16, 2015

Describing it as potentially the most important new open source project in a decade, IBM announced a major commitment to Apache Spark.

Posted June 15, 2015

Data is only going to continue to grow and so must data processing capabilities.

Posted June 15, 2015

Attivio, which calls itself the data dexterity company, is releasing Attivio 5, the next generation of its software platform. This new solution aims to solve major issues for business intelligence by offering self-service data discovery acceleration capabilities. "We want to help companies get the data that they need to make decisions at scale and do it more comprehensibly through a self-service interface so they don't need to hire technical resources," said Stephen Baker, CEO of Attivio.

Posted June 11, 2015

JethroData has closed an $8.1 million Series B financing round led by Square Peg Capital, and including existing investor Pitango Venture Capital. This funding round comes on the heels of the general availability of JethroData's SQL-on-Hadoop software, which uses indexes to query data up to 100 times faster than alternative SQL on Hadoop solutions.

Posted June 10, 2015

MapR Technologies is working with Microsoft to offer the MapR Distribution including Apache Hadoop on Azure cloud services. MapR is architected to provide a scalable and agile Hadoop platform and NoSQL database for big and fast data applications. The MapR Distribution will also be integrated with the Azure Data Lake, enabling users to deploy tiered analytical and storage capabilities in the cloud.

Posted June 10, 2015

Syncsort is working with Dell to help businesses improve operational efficiency and lower costs by shifting expensive workloads and associated data from enterprise data warehouses (EDW) to Hadoop.

Posted June 10, 2015

Kevin Kline, director of engineering services at SQL Sentry, Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, founding board member of PASS, and DBTA columnist, is hitting the road this summer to reach cities across the country with large SQL Server user groups. The reason for the road trip is two-fold, said Kline.

Posted June 09, 2015

Map R is releasing version 5.0 of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop that will process big and fast data on a single data platform that enables a new class of real-time applications.

Posted June 09, 2015

The landscape for database management systems is changing more rapidly these days than it has since the earliest days of the relational DBMS. Not only do we have an onslaught of NoSQL database systems of various different forms (column, document, key/value, and graph databases), but we also see a burgeoning market for in-memory database management, where the DBMS relies on main memory instead of disk for data storage, management, and manipulation. But there is another "category" of DBMS evolving that is known as "NewSQL."

Posted June 09, 2015

Rackspace is launching a dedicated option for MongoDB customers called ObjectRocket for MongoDB databases. The solution, which combines the speed and scalability of the ObjectRocket platform with dedicated hardware and networking for compliance-dependent use cases is aimed at providing the the performance, security and compliance required in high-risk industries such as healthcare, financial services and insurance. "Today we're announcing a fully dedicated cabinet solution to provide a high level of isolation for our customers," said Chris Lalonde, co-founder of ObjectRocket. "On top of that, we are also announcing an on disk encryption for MongoDB."

Posted June 09, 2015

While the influx of data provides many benefits to an organization, it can come with some challenges as well. The cost and lack of elasticity due to the volume and multiple data sources have become difficult issues for businesses to deal with.

Posted June 09, 2015

Entrinsik is showcasing the new capabilities in Informer 4.5, the latest version of the company's reporting and business intelligence software, which will be released on June 8. "With 4.5 we're really building on our SQL capabilities and adding more advanced options for users that are reporting on SQL platforms," stated Tim Nicholson, director of Informer services at Entrinsik.

Posted June 09, 2015

One day, corporations awoke to the fact that having data was not the same thing as having believable data. They awoke to discover the meaning of "data integrity." That was the day the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) was born. With an EDW, corporations had the bedrock data on which to make important and trustworthy decisions. Prior to the EDW, corporations had plenty of data, but the data was not believable.

Posted June 09, 2015

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Posted June 08, 2015

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted June 08, 2015

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