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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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The call for speakers for Data Summit 2015 at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015, is now officially open. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 5, 2014.

Posted November 19, 2014

Enterprise NoSQL database platform provider MarkLogic today announced the availability of MarkLogic 8 Early Access Edition, which brings together advanced search, semantics, bitemporal and native JavaScript support into one platform. The overall theme of the MarkLogic 8 is ease of use. "This release is all about bringing MarkLogic to where the developers are and making it easy for them to adopt MarkLogic," said Joe Pasqua, senior vice president, product strategy, MarkLogic.

Posted November 18, 2014

Informatica has announced an expanded partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). With this announcement, Informatica Cloud is moving to AWS as its underlying infrastructure.

Posted November 18, 2014

Concurrent has announced the latest version of Driven, a big data application performance-monitoring and management system. Driven is purpose-built to address the challenges of enterprise application development and deployment for business-critical data applications, delivering control and performance management for enterprises seeking to achieve operational excellence.

Posted November 18, 2014

Seagate Technology, a provider of storage solutions, has introduced ClusterStor Hadoop Workflow Accelerator. The solution is expected to be a boon to computationally intensive high performance data analytics environments, enabling them to achieve a significant reduction in data transfer time.

Posted November 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver advanced "data-centric" supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. "This architecture is really part of a paradigm that addresses the big data challenge, one we hear about here at IBM all time - which we call data-centric computing. We believe the value of a supercomputer is not only tied to petaflops but also to the speed of insights. We solve this particular challenge working with the labs through an open ecosystem leveraging technologies with our partners at the OpenPower Foundation, NVIDIA and Mellanox," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems and Technology Group, during a webcast to announce the new supercomputing systems.

Posted November 14, 2014

The holiday season is right around the corner, a time for cheer and goodwill towards men. That got me thinking about the whole "most wonderful time of the year" tune playing in the background and how that has some special implications for the SQL Server world. Here's a bit of context: I'm writing this article for you in the midst of the biggest gathering of SQL Server professions in any given year, the PASS Summit. One of the most visible activities when attendees get together for the very first time at the registration desk or the assembly hall for the first keynote address is the huge number of hugs, backslapping, fist bumps, high fives, and a variety of other happy and genuine reunions.

Posted November 12, 2014

Big data tool vendors try to downplay the notion that data warehouses and data marts still need to exist, even in a big data world. Relational DBMSs are painted as "old-fashioned," "yesterday," and "inadequate." They beckon potential customers to take a dip in the refreshing data lake. The fact that big data, in all of its glory, is only part of a larger business intelligence solution is getting lost in the dialog.

Posted November 12, 2014

We are now seeing a seismic shift and increase in the significance of social network data for marketing and brand analysis. The next wave of social network exploitation promises to allow companies to narrowly target consumers and leads to predict market trends, and to more actively influence consumer behavior.

Posted November 12, 2014

Rocket Software's DBMS and Application Servers division is now being led by Gary Gregory, vice president and general manager. Looking ahead, the two key words for Rocket MultiValue are "modernization" and "acceleration," said Gregory. "That is what we want to do - and continuous quality improvement is something we must have to enable those two objectives."

Posted November 12, 2014

Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of hosting, cloud computing, system backups and disaster recovery, professional services, and monitoring for MultiValue applications, is making replays available of its recent webcasts, "Introduction to OpenQM - A Tour of Benefits and Features" and "Ten Things You Didn't Know About AccuTerm 7" available for on-demand replay.

Posted November 12, 2014

Kourier Integrator Release 4.2, the latest version of its enterprise integration and data management suite, includes improvements to the enterprise application integration (EAI) and extract-transform-load (ETL) capabilities of the product, as well as new support for SQL Server 2014, the latest version of Microsoft's RDBMS.

Posted November 12, 2014

Talend has introduced a new release of its integration platform. The 5.6 release sets new benchmarks for big data productivity and profiling, innovates in MDM with efficiency controls, and broadens Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity.

Posted November 12, 2014

Services provider Infosys has formed a strategic partnership with BI and analytics expert Tableau. Infosys will integrateTableau's software into the solutions it deploys to help clients gain more value from big data. Infosys says it will use its global training facilities to increase the number of Tableau analytics experts in the company, ensuring that the benefits of business analytics are included within a wide range of client solutions across multiple industries.

Posted November 11, 2014

Attunity Ltd. has expanded its Attunity CloudBeam solution to support Amazon Web Services customers in moving data from Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to Amazon Redshift. Attunity has also been awarded Big Data Competency status in the AWS Partner Network (APN) Competency Program.

Posted November 11, 2014

Customers clearly value the mainframe's availability, security and data management advantages, but they need a support system to better manage workloads and software license costs. These are the findings of a new survey of 1,194 mainframe customers, conducted by BMC Software.

Posted November 10, 2014

Big data and analytics workloads are placing greater demands on the enterprise, and creating the need for software defined infrastructure, says Bernie Spang, VP, Strategy, software-defined environments in IBM Systems & Technology Group. With the volume of data organizations are dealing with today, there is a need to optimize the compute and storage resources. "We can't do it with the traditional, manual, rigid IT environment of the past," said Spang.

Posted November 10, 2014

Rocket Software has announced Rocket Data Virtualization version 2.1, a mainframe data virtualization solution for universal access to data, regardless of location, interface or format.

Posted November 10, 2014

A new IOUG report, "DBA-Security Superhero, 2014 IOUG Enterprise Data Security Survey," makes the case that database security has risen to a top business challenge and now is the time for DBAs to take on a leadership role along with security professionals to enforce data privacy, protect against insider threats, and address regulatory compliance requirements.

Posted November 05, 2014

At the most fundamental level, consider that at the end of the day NoSQL and SQL are essentially performing the same core task — storing data to a storage medium and providing a safe and efficient way to later retrieve said data. Sounds pretty simple — right? Well, it really is with a little planning and research. Here's a simple checklist of 5 steps to consider as you embark into the world of NoSQL databases.

Posted November 05, 2014

Dell Software is collaborating with Microsoft to provide predictive analytics in a hybrid cloud setting and also upgrading its Statistica (formerly StatSoft) advanced analytics platform with enhanced big data capabilities through integration with Kitenga.

Posted November 05, 2014

NuoDB has introduced Swifts Release 2.1 which includes the first phase of its HTAP (Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing) capabilities. "HTAP" aims to provide real-time operational intelligence with the goal of allowing businesses to acquire immediate insights that they can then use to optimize their business processes

Posted November 04, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), in partnership with the OAUG Hyperion SIG, is hosting its Connection Point - Hyperion Online educational online series Nov. 17-19. The OAUG Connection Point - Hyperion Online features 18 training sessions on topics including budgeting and forecasting; financial management; data management; Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision; product improvements in Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.3 and 11.1.2.3.500; as well as cloud, SaaS, on-premises and other deployment options.

Posted November 03, 2014

Azul Systems, a provider of Java runtime solutions, and DataStax, which provides DataStax Enterprise (DSE) built on Apache Cassandra, have formed a partnership to allow DSE customers to leverage Azul Zing. According to the companies, Zing is the best JVM for real-time Cassandra deployments, allowing Cassandra to operate more consistently by eliminating JVM-caused response time delays.

Posted November 03, 2014

The GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric has been accepted into the Apache Incubator program under the name "Apache Ignite." GridGain will continue to be a contributor to the Ignite code base while also adding enterprise-grade features to its commercial product. The platform's core code will be managed by the non-profit ASF.

Posted November 03, 2014

Percona, which provides enterprise-grade MySQL Support, consulting, training, managed services, and server development service, will be hosting Percona Live 2014 in London from November 3 to 4.

Posted October 29, 2014

Twitter and IBM have formed a new partnership to help improve organizations' understanding of their customers, markets and trends. The alliance brings together Twitter data with IBM's cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services. IBM says the collaboration will focus on 3 key areas.

Posted October 29, 2014

Building on client demand to integrate real-time analytics with consumer transactions, IBM is adding new analytics capabilities to the mainframe platform helping enable better data security and providing clients with the ability to integrate Hadoop big data.

Posted October 29, 2014

While data warehouses have been the main data storage repository for companies since the 1970s, companies have begun to look on the horizon for what is next. To provide information about the key technologies, features, best practices, and pitfalls to consider when evaluating a data lake approach, Database Trends and Applications recently hosted a special roundtable webcast presented by Rich Reimer, VP of marketing and product management, Splice Machine; Rodan Zadeh, director of product marketing, Attunity; and George Corugedo, CTO and co-founder, RedPoint Global Inc.

Posted October 28, 2014

Within many companies' marketing departments there is a greater emphasis than ever before on using big data to make their products more appealing to customers. A major use for the data is to not only provide the best possible experience for the consumer, but to be able to provide it efficiently. Teradata's enhancements to the Teradata Integrated Marketing Cloud. are aimed at improving digital asset management and performance, real-time interaction management, and use of data in real time.

Posted October 28, 2014

Platfora, which provides a big data analytics platform built natively on Hadoop and Spark, has introduced Platfora 4.0 with advanced visualizations, geo-analytics capabilities, and collaboration features to enable users with a range of skill levels to work iteratively with data at scale.

Posted October 28, 2014

IBM announced that the third quarter of 2014 was a difficult one for the company, buffeted by both economic and technology forces. Net income for the period was down 17% from the same period in 2013, $3.5 billion compared with $4.1 billion. The declines were seen across all of IBM's product lines, including mainframes.

Posted October 27, 2014

At SAP TechEd & d-code, SAP announced new innovations for the latest release of SAP HANA, the fall update of SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and a new SAP API Management technology.

Posted October 22, 2014

SAP and BI provider Birst have formed a partnership to provide analytics in the cloud on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. This collaboration intends to bring together the next-generation cloud platform from SAP with Birst's two-tier data architecture to provide instant access to an organization's data and help eliminate BI wait time.

Posted October 22, 2014

Oracle Platinum Partner Data Intensity, a provider of Oracle-focused application management and cloud services, has acquired business analytics and database management specialist CLEAR MEASURES. According to Data Intensity, the acquisition will enable it to extend its database technology coverage and remote managed services, as well as enter the analytics and business intelligence services market with proven solutions that are already used in more than 200 customer implementations.

Posted October 22, 2014

Oracle has expanded its data integration portfolio with the addition of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management, a platform to help organizations govern data across the enterprise including structured and unstructured data, and across Oracle and third-party data integration, database, and business analytics platforms. "This is the first time that we have made a comprehensive offering in the area of metadata management," said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management for Oracle Data Integration.

Posted October 22, 2014

We are in the midst of a business performance revolution, one where companies and customers alike expect instant access to the tools of commerce from anywhere at any time. Mobility is integral to this revolution, as the enterprise mobility phenomenon is quickly becoming a key driver of business innovation.

Posted October 22, 2014

In his presentation at the Strata + Hadoop World conference, titled "Unseating the Giants: How Big Data is Causing Big Problems for Traditional RDBMSs," Monte Zweben, CEO and co-founder of Splice Machine, addressed the topic of scale-up architectures as exemplified by traditional RDBMS technologies versus scale-out architectures, exemplified by SQL on Hadoop, NoSQL and NewSQL solutions.

Posted October 22, 2014

Today, many companies still have most of their transactional data in relational database management systems which support various business-critical applications, from order entry to financials. But in order to maintain processing performance, most companies limit the amount of data stored there, making it less useful for in-depth analysis. One alternative, according to a recent DBTA webcast presented by Bill Brunt, product manager, SharePlex, at Dell, and Unisphere Research analyst Elliot King, is moving the data to Hadoop to allow it to be inexpensively stored and analyzed for new business insight.

Posted October 22, 2014

To help simplify the process for the user with self-service BI tools, Logi Analytics has announced the latest version of its business intelligence platform Logi Info. "Self-service has been around for a while, but it never seems to deliver on its promise. Largely, that is because we are mismatching people and their capabilities with the tool sets and information they need," explained Brian Brinkmann, VP of Product for Logi Analytics.

Posted October 21, 2014

MapR Technologies, one of the top ranked distributors for Hadoop, has announced that MapR-DB is now available for unlimited production use in the freely-downloadable MapR Community Edition. "From a developer standpoint, they can combine the best of Hadoop, which is deep predictive analytics across the data, as well as a NoSQL database for real-time operations," explained Jack Norris, chief marketing officer for MapR Technologies.

Posted October 21, 2014

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