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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

Businesses of all sizes across all industries are rapidly adopting digital transformation models that put data at the center of driving the business forward—as they should. However, putting data at the center of everything the business does can be risky without proper planning and rigorous management. Many companies have been wise to introduce data governance programs to protect corporate data assets and establish a framework for operational excellence when it comes to data management and use. Data governance emphasizes the enforcement of defined standards or policies and provides mechanisms for consistency and repeatable processes, but it is not enough to protect businesses in today's world of data.

Posted September 20, 2017

Nowadays, many firms are already using big data and analytics to manage and optimize their customer relationships. Both technologies can also prove beneficial to leverage a firm's other key assets: its employees! Various HR analytics (also called workforce analytics) examples can be thought of.

Posted September 20, 2017

TigerGraph is emerging from stealth, securing of $31M in Series A funding and launching TigerGraph - a  native parallel graph database platform for enterprise applications along with the availability of both its Cloud Service and GraphStudio, TigerGraph's visual software development kit (SDK).

Posted September 20, 2017

The "world's first autonomous self-driving database" was announced by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during a live event at the company's Redwood City headquarters. In addition to the database, which he said he plans to showcase in an Oracle OpenWorld presentation in October, Ellison also discussed Oracle's emphasis on automation in platform services, and the decision to be much more aggressive in simplifying and lowering the pricing of automation around those platform services with two programs—Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Posted September 20, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced beta availability of AppOptics, a next-generation application performance management (APM) solution designed to provide comprehensive monitoring for distributed application performance and critical infrastructure metrics.

Posted September 19, 2017

Syncsort is releasing a new platform that will deliver an agile, efficient, and powerful solution that will improve data stored and processed in data lakes. Trillium Quality for Big Data integrates Trillium data quality capabilities with the Intelligent Execution (IX) technology from its DMX-h Big Data integration solution.

Posted September 19, 2017

ExtraHop, a provider of real-time analytics and machine learning software for IT operations, has announced the general availability of ExtraHop 7.0. With this release, ExtraHop introduces live activity maps for complete 3D interaction with the hybrid IT environment; enhanced threat anomalies and machine learning-initiated workflows for performance and security; and perfect forward secrecy (PFS) decryption at scale to support next-generation security architectures.

Posted September 19, 2017

Micro Focus has unveiled a new release of the Vertica Analytics Platform. Vertica 9 offers an extended list of in-database machine learning capabilities - including new algorithms, model replication, data preparation functions, and end-to-end workflow - to simplify the production and deployment of machine learning models. In addition, Vertica 9 is now available for deployment in the Google Marketplace.

Posted September 19, 2017

Actian, a provider of software for data management, analytics and integration, has announced support for Apache Spark in the latest release of Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH). Actian Vector technology exploits vectorized processing and multi-level in-memory  acceleration to improve performance on Hadoop data stores. It supports single node, clustered, and hybrid computing environments that span on-premise and the cloud.

Posted September 19, 2017

SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA is available in the latest versions of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, both part of the SolarWinds Orion Platform. SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA provides network administrators with complete visibility into, and reporting, and alerting for VPN tunnel visibility (LAN-to-LAN), high availability and failover status, hardware status, interface monitoring with critical configuration data such as security level, and connection count.

Posted September 18, 2017

Redgate Software is releasing a new version of SQL Toolbelt, its portfolio of database development software, that will let developers and administrators see database deployment errors. This portfolio addresses a long standing issue that, when database deployments are made, it is vital to monitor their impact in case they lead to SQL Server problems. In many busy organizations, however, it may not be immediately obvious that a deployment has been made, or that the deployment is the cause of resultant issues that arise.

Posted September 14, 2017

InterSystems has announced the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, a new data platform that aims to provide capabilities for rapidly developing data-intensive and mission-critical applications, including advanced data management, interoperability, transaction processing, and analytics. IRIS stands for Interoperable, Reliable, Intuitive and Scalable - four attributes that InterSystems says are required to capitalize on the growing volumes of data entering organizations every day.

Posted September 14, 2017

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is launching Iron Mountain Iron Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud storage platform and services offering for comprehensive data protection, preservation, restoration, and recovery.

Posted September 13, 2017

BDNA, a provider of comprehensive technology asset information, is entering an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Posted September 13, 2017

CA Technologies has announced support for IBM's z14 in key CA mainframe solutions. According to the vendor, its solutions leverage the new z14 platform "to decrease the threat surface associated with data breaches where there is degradation of performance associated with increased encryption needs."

Posted September 13, 2017

Syncsort and ASG Technologies are combining their solutions and expertise in data quality and data governance to help companies with both data governance and regulatory compliance.

Posted September 13, 2017

As organizations increasingly move their data and applications from on-premise deployments to the cloud, the role of the DBA is also shifting. According to Penny Avril, vice president of product management, Oracle Database, the transition means that DBAs have the opportunity to move from being data custodians and keepers to taking on a more strategic role in their organizations. But, she says, the time to prepare for the new cloud reality is now.

Posted September 13, 2017

Incorta, provider of a real-time analytics platform, is partnering with global cloud advisory and implementation services company Alcor to provide advanced analytics solutions to enterprises using ServiceNow and other leading software solutions and platforms.

Posted September 13, 2017

DBAs need smarter tools to keep their database environments running efficiently so they can spend less time on menial tasks and more on strategic initiatives.

Posted September 13, 2017

Qubole Data Service provides a single platform for ETL, reporting, ad hoc analysis, stream processing and machine learning. It runs on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Bare Metal Cloud, taking advantage of the elasticity and scale of the cloud, and also supports leading open source engines, including Apache Spark, Hadoop, Presto, and Hive.

Posted September 12, 2017

Alteryx, a provider of self-service data analytics, is releasing a new solution called Alteryx Promote as a component of the Alteryx Analytics Platform. The new solution will empowers both data scientists and citizen data scientists to deploy predictive models directly into business systems via an API and then manage model performance over time.

Posted September 12, 2017

Micro Focus is releasing new innovations across its expanded security portfolio following the successful spin-merge with HPE Software, allowing customers to take an intelligent approach to safeguard against sophisticated threats. Micro Focus's comprehensive security solutions spanning security operations, application security, identity and access management (IAM), and data security help organizations strike the right balance between easy access to critical business data and mitigating risk.

Posted September 12, 2017

IBM is launching new SAP-certified bare metal servers for SAP HANA platform deployments in the IBM Cloud and new configurations for VMware environments that will give enterprises the power and performance they need to manage their mission-critical applications running on SAP HANA. IBM's newest cloud infrastructure for SAP HANA solutions on the IBM Cloud is designed to provide clients with larger and more powerful infrastructure to run memory-intensive applications running on SAP HANA.

Posted September 12, 2017

Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data integrity, and integration solutions, has announced that its iWay Universal Adapter Suite has achieved SAP-certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The certification is a reflection of the iWay Adapter Suite's interoperability and ability to integrate data residing within SAP solutions.

Posted September 11, 2017

IBM plans to make a 10-year, $240 million investment to create the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lab will carry out fundamental artificial intelligence research and seek to propel scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI. The collaboration aims to advance AI hardware, software and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas, increase AI's impact on industries, such as health care and cybersecurity, and explore the economic and ethical implications of AI on society. IBM's investment in the lab will support research by IBM and MIT scientists.

Posted September 11, 2017

As data continues to proliferate throughout organizations many enterprises are adopting data lakes to support data discovery, data science, and real-time operational analytics capabilities. The ability to inexpensively store large volumes of data from diverse sources and make that data readily accessible to workers and applications across the enterprise is a huge advantage for companies pursuing new types of analytics, especially those involving the Internet of Things and cognitive computing use cases.

Posted September 08, 2017

Cloudera has acquired Fast Forward Labs, an applied research and advisory services company, that specializes in machine learning and applied AI.

Posted September 07, 2017

Every few years we hear of one new idea or product that will surely bring death to the relational database, or death to the data warehouse, or death to something. It appears that many prefer to see death or at least they greatly enjoy planning for it. Often these finalities never seem to arrive.

Posted September 07, 2017

Rocket Software is updating its UniData MultiValue Database, part of the MultiValue Application Platform, with the addition of Python programming support and audit logging capabilities. These enhancements expand the potential user base for UniData and improve the ability to recruit new development talent, allowing users to easily establish configurable histories of interactions, events, and activities.

Posted September 07, 2017

Entrinsik Inc is releasing the next generation of Informer, its BI and data analytics platform which now includes quick access to multitudes of data, introduces a modern interface, and expands the platform's functionality. Informer 5 has been reimagined from the ground up to leverage an extensible modern architecture and enhanced performance to simplify data discovery and analytics without sacrificing functionality, according to Entrinsik.

Posted September 07, 2017

Each year, tens of thousands of data professionals from well over 100 countries gather at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Leaders of two major Oracle users' groups—David Start, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, and Alyssa Johnson, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group—share what they have planned for their members at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, taking place Oct. 1-5.

Posted September 07, 2017

As organizations increasingly move their data and applications from on-premise deployments to the cloud, the role of the DBA is also shifting. According to Penny Avril, vice president of product management, Oracle Database, the transition means that DBAs have the opportunity to move from being data custodians and keepers to taking on a more strategic role in their organizations. But, she says,the time to prepare for the new cloud reality is now.

Posted September 07, 2017

Evaluating new and disruptive technologies, as well as when and where they may prove useful, is a challenge. Against the rapidly evolving big data scene, this year, Big Data Quarterly presents the newest "Big Data 50," an annual list of forward-thinking companies that are working to expand what's possible in terms of collecting, storing, and deriving value from data.

Posted September 07, 2017

On Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld, several Oracle user groups, including the IOUG, will bring the experiences of our users and experts to San Francisco and share with thousands of our peers. If you're coming to OpenWorld, I can't say enough about how important it is to participate in the Sunday Program.

Posted September 06, 2017

The emergence of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may prove to be almost as significant an innovation as the internet itself. Blockchain offers a mechanism for the mediation of any transactions that previously would have required trusted third parties, while cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin may eventually become a significant alternative to traditional "fiat" (e.g., government-backed) currencies. These technologies could eventually revolutionize the global banking infrastructure which has underpinned global commerce for centuries.

Posted September 06, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is partnering with VMware to launch a data protection solution for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). The joint VMware and Cohesity solution extends VMware Cloud Foundation with the Cohesity Hyperconverged Secondary Storage platform. The solution delivers simple data protection, instant recovery, and a multi-cloud data fabric to complement VCF.

Posted September 06, 2017

Dataiku Inc., a maker of Dataiku Data Science Studio (DSS) analytics and collaborative data science tools has announced a $28 million series B funding round led by Battery Ventures and supported by FirstMark, Serena Capital and Alven. The company plans to double its team and accelerate marketing efforts globally while strengthening its platform with new integrations and technologies.

Posted September 06, 2017

NuoDB, which provides a scale-out SQL database for cloud- and container-based environments, has announced a new release which provides customers with flexible hybrid cloud deployment options.

Posted September 01, 2017

VoltDB, an enterprise-class database that powers mission-critical applications, is introducing a new database function that will enable real-time predictive fraud detection and prevention in its latest platform release. With User Defined Function (UDF) support for SQL, VoltDB v7.6 enables enterprises to accelerate the identification and prevention of fraud before a transaction is complete.

Posted September 01, 2017

We've heard the term "digital transformation" used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years—but it's not just a lot of hot air: It's the future. Organizations must update their legacy architecture to remain current in the new enterprise landscape, and mainframe rehosting offers 10 key advantages

Posted August 31, 2017

In an expansion of its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud, Oracle has introduced new offerings for tax reporting, and profitability and cost management as well as new strategic modeling and disclosure management capabilities.

Posted August 31, 2017

There are plenty of pronouncements about artificial intelligence—both in terms of the miracles it can produce and the threat it poses to humanity. But according to Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks, there is actually a "1% problem" in that there are a handful of companies such as Google, Amazon, and a few others that are actually accomplishing their goals with it. AI has vast potential but some of the claims, as well as the fears, are overstated and a little premature right now, he contends.

Posted August 31, 2017

Arcadia Data, provider of native visual analytics software for big data, will support KSQL, a new technology for continuous, interactive queries on Kafka topics via SQL. The integration with Confluent's KSQL gives all users advanced visualizations for streaming data use cases, specifically around alerts and time-based data exploration (and drill downs).

Posted August 31, 2017

InfluxData provides an open source platform built for metrics, events, and other time-based data. Recently, Evan Kaplan, CEO of InfluxData, reflected on the future of databases and why time-series represents the next wave of databases for data—from humans, sensors, and machines.

Posted August 30, 2017

Today at VMworld 2017, VMware unveiled innovations that enable VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch to provide unified end user experience, management and security solution for all endpoint platforms.

Posted August 29, 2017

Syncsort has acquired Metron Technology, Ltd., a provider of capacity management software, services and education. Metron's signature athene solution delivers trend-based forecasting, capacity modeling, and planning capabilities to help enterprises optimize their data infrastructure.

Posted August 29, 2017

A survey of 502 executives, conducted by IDC in partnership with InterSystems, finds that there's a penalty for data latency. More than three in four respondents (77%) say that untimely data has inhibited business opportunities. Another 54% of respondents claim it limits operational efficiency. In addition, 27% indicate it has negatively affected productivity/agility, and 15% say it thwarts their understanding of customers.

Posted August 28, 2017

An education, networking and advocacy forum for users of Oracle Applications, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) helps members connect to find the solutions they need to do their jobs better and to improve their organizations' ROI in Oracle Applications. Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, the group hosts geographic (Geo) and special interest group (SIG) meetings as well as additional opportunities for networking and education.

Posted August 24, 2017

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