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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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N1QL is a distributed query engine with powerful secondary index options and incremental map/reduce views. Join DBTA for a special webcast sponsored by NoSQL vendor Couchbase to look at the query engine details and indexing capabilities. The webcast will take place, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET and one attendee will win a $100 American Express gift card during the live event!

Posted February 17, 2015

To help simplify Hadoop deployments, Datameer is partnering with cloud providers Altiscale and Bigstep, to introduce Datameer Professional, a SaaS big data analytics platform targeted at department-specific deployments.

Posted February 17, 2015

Hadoop heavyweight Pivotal is open sourcing components of its Big Data Suite, including Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database, and GemFire; forming the Open Data Platform (ODP), a new industry foundation along with founding members GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, SAS, and other big data leaders; and forging a new business and technology partnership with Hortonworks.

Posted February 17, 2015

The IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) is joining DBTA as a conference partner at the Data Summit 2015 conference, a comprehensive conference focused on information management and big data for technology and database professionals. The IOUG track at the Data Summit will focus on big data in the cloud and the evolution of the data warehouse.

Posted February 12, 2015

Unisphere Research and Radiant Advisors have announced the publication of a brand new report on the emerging concepts and strategies surrounding the data lake. "We wrote The Definitive Guide to the Data Lake to provide guidance to those considering the data lake by sharing the findings of companies within our research and advisory network that are actively implementing data lake strategies today," said John O'Brien, CEO of Radiant Advisors.

Posted February 11, 2015

In the early days of data warehousing, lines were very simple. The data warehouse reflected the business. In providing this reflection, data was summarized, data was cleansed, data was standardized, and data was even drastically reformatted for legibility and reporting usage. But, the big rule of thumb, the never-to-be-crossed line, was that the data warehouse did not create new data.

Posted February 11, 2015

It's already a great time to be a DBA or to consider becoming one. U.S. News & World Report ranks the DBA profession as the No. 5 best IT job and the #12 overall best professional jobs for 2014. The job outlook is very strong at 15% growth year-over-year, far greater than the U.S. economy in general and the IT industry in particular. For added context, consider that the business world is now enamored with data, analytics, and data visualization.

Posted February 11, 2015

When the data requirements of an organization change, the databases used to store the data must also change. Unfortunately, today's database systems do not make managing database change particularly easy.

Posted February 11, 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 February 11, 2015

There are always new buzzwords coming along. But whether you call it "SMAC" or "CAMS," there is no doubt that today the confluence of trends—analytics, cloud, social, and mobile—is proving to be a disruptive force that is causing many to reassess their approaches to data management. Over the years, MultiValue technologies have evolved and adapted, pushing boundaries in order to integrate with new data sources and targets, address new analytics needs, and keep pace with emerging requirements. This has enabled customers to continue to rely on their trusted, and often highly specialized, MultiValue applications and data management systems.

Posted February 11, 2015

Attunity recently added new capabilities to its solution suite with the acquisition of BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, which eliminates the complex, manual tasks of preparing data for BI and big data analytics. Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing, spoke with DBTA about BIReady and other Attunity solutions for customers dealing with big data projects.

Posted February 11, 2015

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 11, 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 February 11, 2015

Teradata is introducing new big data applications that incorporate recently acquired capabilities and technologies from Revelytix and Thing Big Analytics. The new offerings include solutions targeted to specific verticals such as retail and healthcare, new Teradata Loom 2.4 capabilities to expand the depth and breadth of metadata in the data lake, and a new fixed price/fixed time-frame data lake optimization service offering. The new products and services are targeted at extending big data competency to more non-data scientist users, and helping companies gain additional value from their data lake projects, said Chris Twogood, vice president of product and services marketing at Teradata.

Posted February 11, 2015

MarkLogic 8 supports server-side JavaScript and JSON, and includes enterprise features such as semantics and bitemporal. In addition, to make it easier for organizations to get started with their first MarkLogic-powered applications in the cloud the company is offering a free, 1-year version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted February 10, 2015

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has announced plans to acquire Pentaho Corporation, a big data integration and business analytics company with an open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. According to Hitachi, the acquisition helps to fulfill its strategy of delivering business innovations that integrate machine data, information technology, and analytics to distill value from big data and the Internet of Things. The acquisition of Pentaho is expected to be complete by June 2015.

Posted February 10, 2015

Attivio has introduced Attivio 4.3, a single platform for search and discovery initiatives. The result, the company says, is that organizations with structured and unstructured data in disparate silos will be able to gain faster access to all information or practical business uses.

Posted February 10, 2015

Lavastorm Analytics, a data management and analytics software company, has added new functionality within the Lavastorm Analytics Engine platform that enables business analysts who have a limited knowledge of complex data science to deliver insights using predictive analytics.

Posted February 10, 2015

Hadoop has continued its growth and become part of the consciousness of decision makers dealing with big data. However, Hadoop is a still too advanced for the typical business user to work with. To help make it easier, Oracle has created Big Data Discovery, a product that aims to help simplify Hadoop for the average business user.

Posted February 10, 2015

Splice Machine has announced that it has achieved Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) certification by completing the required integration testing with Hortonworks Data Platform. As a result of the HDP Certification, Splice Machine customers can leverage the pre-built and validated integrations between enterprise technologies and the Hortonworks Data Platform, an open source Hadoop distribution, to simplify and accelerate their Splice Machine and Hadoop deployments.

Posted February 05, 2015

For decades, data management was part of a clear and well-defined mission in organizations. Data was generated from transaction systems, then managed, stored, and secured within relational database management systems, with reports built and delivered to business decision makers' specs. In 2015, we will see the acceleration of 7 dramatic shifts in data management.

Posted February 04, 2015

During a live event, Larry Ellison, Oracle's executive chairman of the board and CTO, outlined a new strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with the company's next generation of engineered systems. In the presentation today, Ellison emphasized two key points.

Posted February 04, 2015

DataStax, provider of an enterprise distribution of Apache Cassandra, has acquired Aurelius LLC, provider of the open source graph database Titan.

Posted February 03, 2015

BlueData Software, Inc., which provides the EPIC software platform that allows enterprises to create a public cloud-like experience from their on-premise environments, has announced a technology preview of the Tachyon in-memory distributed storage system as a new option. This new integration enables Hadoop, Hbase virtual clusters, and other applications provisioned in the BlueData platform, to take advantage of Tachyon's high performance in-memory data processing.

Posted February 03, 2015

SnapLogic, which provides iPaaS (integration platform as a service), has released a new service to speed the process by which time-sensitive data is delivered to cloud and big data applications. "Ultra Pipelines are a breakthrough for enterprise companies with real-time data-driven insights needs such as a sales and marketing programs, data science for predictive analysis, and customer data distributed across multiple systems," says Niraj Nagrani, vice president of engineering at SnapLogic.

Posted February 03, 2015

SAP has announced SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). The new product is built on the in-memory platform SAP HANA and is designed leveraging the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. The announcement was made at a launch event at the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted February 03, 2015

MongoDB has introduced MongoDB 3.0. According to Kelly Stirman, director of products at MongoDB, the new NoSQL database release introduces two key innovations that make the system well suited for the demanding requirements of large enterprises.

Posted February 03, 2015

ISUG-TECH has announced that the content and schedule for the 2015 ISUG-TECH Conference in Atlanta is now available online. The conference will be held March 29-April 2 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted January 29, 2015

SAP SE has collaborated with Raab Associates, Inc., a marketing technology consultant, to offer a free online tool that provides marketers with personalized recommendations on focus areas of investment for their organization. The marketing gap analysis tool asks a series of questions about the organization's profile, marketing programs, current systems and processes. The platform then evaluates the information to provide an analysis of the organization's current marketing technology foundation

Posted January 29, 2015

CA Technologies announced that its customer experience monitoring technology has been added as part of the "SAP Extended Diagnostics by CA Technologies" application. The SAP Extended Diagnostics application is intended to enable users to monitor the performance of applications from the business process down to the transaction-component level in real time.

Posted January 29, 2015

In 2014, the big data drumbeat continued to pound, major DBMS vendors expanded their product offerings, Microsoft hired a new CEO, and a range of new technology offerings were introduced. In retrospect, what stands out?

Posted January 29, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted January 29, 2015

The data integration status quo is predicated on a model of data-at-rest. The designated final destination for data-at-rest is (and, at least for the foreseeable future, will remain) the data warehouse (DW). Traditionally, data of a certain type was vectored to the DW from more or less predictable directions—viz., OLTP systems, or flat files— and at the more or less predictable velocities circumscribed by the limitations of the batch model. Thanks to big data, this is no longer the case.

Posted January 28, 2015

Rackspace has announced new support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 In-Memory Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and AlwaysOn Availability. Rackspace now powers more than 10,000 compute instances running Microsoft SQL Server on its private and public clouds. By combining In-Memory OLTP with Managed High Availability, Rackspace says it can help customers speed up OLTP workloads to up to 30x while enabling greater uptime.

Posted January 28, 2015

There's good news and bad news on the cybersecurity front, an IBM study finds. Over the past 2 years, there has been a 50% decline in the number of cyberattacks against U.S. retailers. However, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminals' increasing sophistication and efficiency. Ironically, while Black Friday and Cyber Monday were identified as the two biggest shopping days of the year by IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark, cyber attackers reduced their activity across all industries on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, rather than taking action.

Posted January 28, 2015

Pneuron Corp., a provider of distributed solutions, has partnered with UST Global, an information technology solutions and services company for Global 1000 enterprises. The partnership is targeted at financial services, insurance and healthcare — three verticals where, the vendors say, diverse, complex and constantly changing requirements must be expertly served.

Posted January 26, 2015

Microsoft is acquiring Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software and services for R, a programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics using big data.

Posted January 23, 2015

To help organizations leverage the full range of big data to drive better decision making, Novetta has launched data refinement, entity resolution and analysis software that it says will power large-scale analytics on all data in Hadoop. The solution is now certified to run on Cloudera CDH and Hortonworks HDP.

Posted January 23, 2015

It is no secret that we are in the data age. Data comes at us from all directions, in all shapes and sizes.Incumbent vendors and startups constantly add new features, build on top of emerging open source projects, and claim to solve the next wave of challenges. Within the Hadoop ecosystem alone, there are (at least) 11 Hadoop-related open source projects. Making sense of it can be a time-consuming headache. To bring clarity and peace of mind, here are the top 5 big data predictions for 2015 and beyond.

Posted January 21, 2015

As data volumes continue to grow rapidly, ways to store and analyze data more efficiently and cost effectively are being explored. More than 50% of organizations surveyed by Unisphere Research in August 2014 reported that they currently use cloud-based services. Another study found that the number of big data projects being planned or in production will triple over the next 18 months. As the worlds of big data and cloud computing converge, many businesses have begun to look for ways to utilize both together to create competitive advantages for themselves.

Posted January 21, 2015

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2015, providing the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the industry, learn what works, and chart your course forward in an increasingly data-driven world. The event is designed to offer a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis today.

Posted January 21, 2015

Cloud is being embraced strongly at Oracle. That is the message loud and clear from the company, which brought its CloudWorld to New York City on January 13. During the event, which drew customers, analysts, and thought leaders, Oracle offered an overview of its cloud strategy and the progress the company has made thus far in addressing consumers and enterprise constituents in the cloud. Oracle's cloud strategy is very simple, said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. The idea is to bring Oracle's business applications, technology, software, database, middleware, analytic tools and infrastructure "to any customer anywhere in the world through the internet browser."

Posted January 21, 2015

In 2014, we continued to watch big data enable all things "big" about data and its business analytics capabilities. We also saw the emergence (and early acceptance) of Hadoop Version 2 as a data operating platform, with cornerstones of YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). In 2015, the mainstream adoption with enterprise data strategies and acceptance of the data lake will continue as data management and governance practices provide further clarity. The cautionary tale of 2014 to ensure business outcomes drive big data adoption, rather than the hype of previous years, will likewise continue.

Posted January 21, 2015

As the cloud becomes more central to data storage and information exchange than ever before, the enterprise risk to the security of that data is also escalating. To help organizations adopt software-as-a-service offerings, Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions, is addressing cloud security with the introduction of the Protegrity Cloud Gateway.

Posted January 21, 2015

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