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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

It is time to rethink the approach to solving problems with software. The new approach must be data first, not application first.

Posted January 09, 2019

Chapman University has improved its Oracle performance while experiencing dramatically simpler storage management for its limited IT staff. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Rob Ludeman, senior solutions marketing manager, Business Applications, Pure Storage, and James Kelly, senior DBA and storage administrator, Chapman University, who discussed the top 10 ways that Pure transformed the way Chapman delivers services to students and how the university benefited from Pure's simplicity, efficiency, and evergreen all-flash storage offerings.

Posted January 09, 2019

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019, introducing HyperIntelligence, a new class of enterprise intelligence that transforms the way users access information. With MicroStrategy 2019, organizations can inject information directly into a user's web-based workflows using a HyperCard feature, new with this update, which presents information and KPIs about customers, products, people, and more.

Posted January 08, 2019

According to BMC's 2018 mainframe report, 93% of executives continue to believe in the long-term viability of the platform; 92% predict long-term viability (third straight year of increases, highest level since 2013); and 63% of respondents were under age 50, up 10 percentage points from 2017. Recently, Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions at BMC, reflected on the key trends he envisions for the mainframe industry in 2019, including its evolving workforce.

Posted January 07, 2019

The year just ending has been an interesting one for data managers. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning took center stage, which also meant an increasingly glaring spotlight on data sourcing, management, and viability. The continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) also meant no letting up on demands for data environments to deliver requirements fast and furiously. The year ahead will bring more of the same—as well as a continuation of the transformation of information management.

Posted January 07, 2019

About 5,500 of the SQL Server faithful came out for the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle last November. As usual, the event had the feel of a great big family reunion. It's always a fun time, with lots of socializing in the halls of the conference center and at the various restaurants and gathering places around town. The training was also top-notch this year with more than 16 tracks of sessions going on from early morning until evening—literally hundreds of SQL Server developer, DBA, architect, BI, and data science session

Posted January 02, 2019

As the tech world continues to change, so too is the evolution of data warehousing. Enterprises today need flexibility, agility and scalability. The goal of modern data warehousing is to not only deliver insights faster to more users, but provide a richer picture of your operations afforded by a greater volume and variety of data for analysis.

Posted January 02, 2019

Everybody knows that a database management system, or DBMS, is the system software used to store, manage, and access enterprise data. But what is a data analytics platform? Well, it can be a lot of things, so make sure that you examine any "platform" your organization is considering very carefully. A data platform might comprise a DBMS, and it might not. It might be a tool to help you collect and analyze large data sets from various sources. It might be a series of analytics tools and interfaces for accessing data. Or it might be any one, or set of, offerings that manage, virtualize, index, secure, or otherwise work with your data.

Posted January 02, 2019

Big data continues to be top of mind while new technologies are also emerging to reel in and uncover important insights. In 2018, a variety of solutions came to the fore and 2019 is setting the stage for another data explosion. Here, several experts in the big data space offer their predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted January 02, 2019

Rocket Software is continuing to help Jigsaw 24 to automate and extend business processes to scale and enable continued growth. Founded in 1992, Jigsaw24 is a U.K.-based provider of technology solutions, managed services, and strategic consulting that is focused on Apple products.

Posted January 02, 2019

Josh Camacho, former CEO of Chicago-based OPTO International, is joining Zumasys, provider of NoSQL database software for business-critical PICK applications, to help MultiValue organizations modernize their legacy application. Camacho will become senior manager of software development and he brings more than 15 years of hands-on development experience in jBASE, which was used to run every aspect of his business.

Posted January 02, 2019

To help showcase innovative products and services each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine looks for offerings that promise to help organizations derive greater benefit from their data, make decisions faster, and work smarter and more securely.

Posted January 02, 2019

Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire Knowledgent, a data intelligence company, expanding its data management capabilities. Based in New Jersey, Knowledgent employs more than 200 "informationists" who provide data strategy and architecture, data engineering, and data management services.

Posted December 27, 2018

MarkLogic Corporation, an Enterprise NoSQL database provider, is launching a Data Hub Flight School to educate technologists on next generation data management and data hub technology. The Data Hub Flight School, aimed at application developers, will enable guided simulations of real-world data integration projects, covering such challenges as security and data modeling.

Posted December 20, 2018

SAP is making updates to its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio that help reduce data landscape complexities by expanding data connectivity and source support. New updates to the SAP Master Data Governance and SAP Agile Data Preparation applications and SAP Data Services software deliver modern and comprehensive capabilities to help enterprises power the entire data governance and data management cycle with ease, trust and security, according to the company.

Posted December 19, 2018

SAP is introducing the SAP Intelligent Asset Management, a set of solutions bringing collaborative asset intelligence, planning, prediction, and simulation to equipment maintenance and operations. Assets and equipment today are transmitting their voice through the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded in technologies that allow them to be managed in an entirely new way. SAP is adding intelligent capabilities to help manufacturers and asset operators maximize productivity, improve operational safety, and reduce maintenance costs through better planning.

Posted December 19, 2018

SAP is offering free access to SAP Cloud Platform for SAP partners, allowing them to take advantage of testing, demonstration, and development licensing services. This open platform as a service (PaaS) acts as a single framework for SAP partners to build and extend on existing SAP solutions.

Posted December 19, 2018

Another year is just around the bend and there's already talk about the next big thing on the horizon. Experts at SAP are weighing in on what 2019 has in store, with trends spanning cloud, AI, data management, and more.

Posted December 19, 2018

Everything changes—especially when we seek to automate tasks. Automation is leading to amazing consumer benefits—from vehicles to clothing to voice-activated devices—and making our lives better. In the workplace, as automation becomes applied to repetitive tasks that are being handled manually, people become concerned about their livelihoods. Will they lose their jobs? How will they provide for themselves and their family? How will automation impact them personally?

Posted December 19, 2018

MongoDB recently released the beta offering of its native data visualization tool, MongoDB Charts, on its cloud database-as-a-service, MongoDB Atlas, which runs on runs on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. According to the vendor, the new feature allows users to quickly create data visualizations and share them with their teams with no code to write, no tools to configure and no data movement or duplication.

Posted December 19, 2018

Import.io has closed a $15.5 million Series B funding round to accelerate global growth and expand its product offerings to meet the growing needs of enterprises. Import.io's solution is aimed at improving the data prep/analysis time ratio for data professionals. Current industry estimates say roughly 75-80% of their time is spent gathering and cleaning data with the rest left for analysis.

Posted December 19, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions, is releasing GridGain Professional Edition 2.7, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 2.7. GridGain Professional Edition 2.7 introduces TensorFlow integration for enhanced training of deep learning (DL) models. The update also provides enhanced usability, including expanded support for thin clients, as well as Transparent Data Encryption at rest to improve security.

Posted December 14, 2018

In many organizations, data management pros are still challenged by a collection of legacy enterprise data warehouse architectures, Hadoop, and cloud storage (to name just a few). The ever-growing volumes of data that we generate lead us to looking for places to put the data, such as the data lake. It grows and grows with data that may or may not have value, but the prevailing thought is that it may be needed someday.

Posted December 13, 2018

In 2018, there was heightened awareness of AI and machine learning and, in 2019, the emphasis is expected to increase on cognitive computing technologies that can analyze data in ways previously unimaginable and act independently or with limited human intervention. Here, executives of leading IT companies offer 9 predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted December 13, 2018

According to the company, Aerospike Enterprise Edition 4.5 is the first commercially available open database that supports both traditional DRAM memory and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, a new class of memory and storage technology architected for data-intensive applications that require low-latency, high durability and strong data consistency.

Posted December 13, 2018

Dell Boomi, an enterprise transformation provider of cloud integration and workflow automation, is releasing the Fall 2018 version of its Boomi platform. Boomi's new features work to improve productivity and efficiency across the entire organization.

Posted December 12, 2018

Because companies across all industries are realizing the need for data in evidence-based decision making over gut instinct, they're increasingly relying on more minds, teamwork, and tighter collaboration for confidence and trust in analytical outcomes. Today, machine learning is improving the process by being a new "mind" to supplement and enhance our human thought.

Posted December 12, 2018

Datawatch has announced the release of Datawatch Swarm 2.2, delivering built-in automation that connects data scientists with business analysts to better scale advanced analytics across the entire organization without increasing headcount.

Posted December 11, 2018

IBM has announced IBM Talent & Transformation, a new business to help companies and their employees flourish in the era of AI and automation. IBM Talent & Transformation is targeted at providing not only AI skills training, but also helping companies drive the changes necessary to use AI to empower employees, transform workflows, eliminate bias, and build a modern workforce.

Posted December 10, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, is updating its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) with new features that will connect and work with a variety of use cases.                                                

Posted December 10, 2018

In a wide-ranging keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd presented a picture of the issues shaping change in IT. And, as his become a customary part of his presentations, Hurd shared new predictions for the future.

Posted December 10, 2018

ArangoDB, an open source native multi-model database, is releasing ArangoDB 3.4, enabling developers to efficiently interact with multiple data models by using just one technology and one query language. Major new enhancements in ArangoDB 3.4 include ArangoSearch, a feature which transforms ArangoDB, when combined with traversals or joins in AQL, from a data retrieval to an information retrieval solution;  and full GeoJSON Support enabled by a Google S2 Geo Index library integration.

Posted December 06, 2018

Looker closed a Series E financing round of $103 million that will continue to help boost the company and upcoming innovations. This latest funding round is being led by Premji Invest, with new investment from Cross Creek Advisors and participation from Looker's current investors.  Looker has raised a total of $280.5 million since 2013.

Posted December 06, 2018

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, is releasing an update to its platform to simplify customers' development and deployment of applications required for time-sensitive and mission-critical services. This latest version is designed to help enterprises leverage and analyze their data for real-time impact in an optimized manner to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage.

Posted December 05, 2018

Zoomdata, provider of BI, is making advances in multisource analysis that will enable business users to analyze data from multiple data platforms on-the-fly. Zoomdata's new features include Keysets Analytics and Cross-Source Filtering, as well as extensions to Zoomdata Fusion, which virtually consolidates disparate data sources on a common key so they appear as one.

Posted December 05, 2018

Amobee, a global digital marketing technology company serving brands and agencies, has expanded its collaboration with Oracle Data Cloud to become one of the first companies to activate third-party data across programmatic and social media through its platform, providing marketers seamless activation across digital channels.

Posted December 05, 2018

C3 is releasing version 7.8 of its platform, delivering improvements for developers, data scientists, and end users. The update introduces a new C3 Integrated Development Studio, (C3 IDS), enhanced security, improved performance and scalability, new model management capabilities, updated machine learning pipelines, local Docker development environments, and other features across the suite of SaaS C3 Applications. In addition, new virtual data lake support enables organizations to use the C3 Platform to connect to multiple, existing local data stores (e.g., Oracle Database, SAP HANA, SQL Server, AWS S3, Azure Blob, Apache HDFS, Apache Hbase, Postgres, Cassandra, AWS DynamoDB, and MongoDB) while providing developers and data scientists a virtual unified data access layer.

Posted December 05, 2018

As we enter a world of machine learning and data science, are there any gotchas or negatives? It sounds as if it is all sunshine and rainbows, but, as the title to this post alludes, there are.

Posted December 05, 2018

The 2018 Microsoft Ignite conference was overflowing with attendees this year, as user enthusiasm continues to grow with the advent of CEO Satya Nadella.

Posted December 04, 2018

South African technology distributor Axiz is partnering with BlueFinity for the distrubution of Evoke. The partnership will enable Axiz to distribute Evoke to customers across the South African continent as well as providing for the support, development and implementation services associated with the development of business apps. Axiz will also leverage Evoke to design and develop its own apps for the benefit of its customers.

Posted December 04, 2018

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