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Business Intelligence and Analytics

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

TIBCO is introducing two tools that extend beyond automation and into the realm of digitalizing businesses with the release of TIBCO Simplr and TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM 4.0. "This is our first focus on the everyday user to help people build processes to automate some of the routine things they might do," said Brad Topliff, director of product marketing at TIBCO.

Posted November 17, 2015

Alpine Data has announced the general availability of the Alpine Custom Operator Framework, a methodology for developing custom algorithms that can be plugged into Alpine's parallel machine learning engine. Complementing Alpine Touchpoints, the Custom Operator Framework enables data science and business analyst teams to create, manage and distribute frequently-requested analytic assets to business users directly into their existing activities and workflows.

Posted November 17, 2015

With the Hadoop ecosystem expanding rapidly, Hortonworks' Shaun Connolly recently discussed how Hadoop and related technologies are growing and being used, as well as the factors for a successful deployment.

Posted November 13, 2015

A typical organization loses about 5% of its revenues to fraud each year. The total cost of non-health insurance fraud in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $40 billion per year. These numbers stress the importance and need of finding sophisticated tools to both detect and prevent fraud. Big data and analytics offer a new valuable toolkit in the fight against fraud.

Posted November 13, 2015

"Caveat emptor" is Latin for "Let the buyer beware." In the realm of the modern information technology cloud, this sage advice rings especially true.

Posted November 13, 2015

With increased demand for mass customization and personalization, the emergence of Web 2.0, and one-to-one marketing, and the need for better risk management and timely fraud detection, the pressure is on for organizations to improve their ability to extract, understand, and exploit analytical patterns of customer behavior and strategic intelligence.

Posted November 12, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld each year, there are significant announcements about Oracle products and insight provided on key areas of focus for the future. Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), recently reflected on some of the key developments at the 2015 OpenWorld conference and their relevance for OAUG members. In particular, said English, "Oracle's announcements about continuing to support on-premises apps for the next 10 years and beyond are significant."

Posted November 12, 2015

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (BI 12c), which provides new capbilities for blending and visually analyzing any data in an enterprise-scale analytics platform. Oracle BI 12c provides four key areas of enhancement.

Posted November 12, 2015

Dell expanded its PowerEdge 13th generation servers with the introduction of four new entry-level servers that provide greater performance, flexibility and efficiency for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The latest Dell PowerEdge servers are designed to address the top IT pain points of SMBs which Dell says are performance, hardware capacity, and IT complexity. The new Dell PowerEdge servers include the PowerEdge R330 and R230 rack servers and the PowerEdge T330 and T130 tower servers.

Posted November 11, 2015

Business intelligence provider Looker is releasing a series of Looker Blocks for Google BigQuery that are intended to make it easy to build an organization-wide data analytics platform. "What Looker is all about is creating a new experience for business users in these new database worlds," said Frank Bien, Looker CEO. "Looker empowers the data team to curate a new kind of experience on these new data infrastructures and then allows the business people to explore that data and discover on a much larger scale across an organization so they can make better decisions."

Posted November 10, 2015

Informatica has announced a new big data management solution called Informatica Big Data Management that brings together big data Integration, big data quality and governance, and big data security in a single integrated solution. According to the vendor, while more than 67% of enterprises see the big opportunity in big data, the majority of big data projects fail. The new Informatica solution aims to help organizations more effectively overcome the data management challenges that are often at the root of big data project failures. In addition, Informatica Big Data Management is also designed to reduce the need for hand-coding and big data skill sets that are expensive and hard to come by.

Posted November 10, 2015

Franz, Inc., an early innovator in artificial intelligence (AI) and a supplier of semantic graph database technology, is releasing Gruff v6.0, the company's graph visualization software for exploring and discovering connections within data. Gruff provides novice users and graph experts with the ability to visually build queries and visualize connections between data without writing code, which speeds discovery and enhances the ability to uncover hidden connections within data.

Posted November 10, 2015

SIOS Technology Corp. is today releasing an improved version of SIOS iQ machine learning analytics software with new features that deliver accuracy and precision in performance root cause analysis for VMware environments. This new release also includes dashboard enhancements for improved usability and a graphical topological impact view enabling faster identification and resolution of issues.

Posted November 10, 2015

Splunk, which provides operational intelligence, is making major changes to its key platforms, delivering out-of-the-box capabilities driven by machine learning and advanced analytics to help detect cyberattacks and insider threats. "We've significantly improved the ability for our customers to both detect and respond to breaches," said Robert Ma, Splunk senior director of security markets.

Posted November 10, 2015

The concept of the data lake has become a hot topic. The data lake retains data in its original format to allow the data to be more flexible for everyone involved. While this sounds fine in theory, it is a more complicated in practice due to the need for governance and security.

Posted November 09, 2015

There are many different ways to look at database administration. It can be done by task, by discipline, by DBMS, by server, and so on. But one useful way to look at database administration is in terms of the type of support being delivered to applications. You can paint a broad brush stroke across the duties of the DBA and divide them into two categories: those that support development work and those that support the production systems.

Posted November 09, 2015

Almost every commercial endeavor and, indeed, almost every human undertaking, has software at its core. Yet, with software at the core of so much of our society, it's surprising to realize it's getting harder and harder to actually make a living selling software. In his recent book, "The Software Paradox," Stephen O'Grady - co-founder of analyst firm RedMonk - provides a cohesive and persuasive analysis of what those of us in the software business have been experiencing for several years - it's getting increasingly difficult to generate revenues selling "shrink-wrapped" software.

Posted November 09, 2015

The PASS Summit 2015, the largest conference in the Microsoft SQL Server world, was held in October in Seattle, WA. The event provided a look at key initiatives that Microsoft's SQL Server group has been working on and a glimpse of what's ahead for the future.

Posted November 09, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted November 09, 2015

To better manage the data explosion now and with scalable options for the future, existing data architecture is evolving beyond traditional databases, data stores, data warehouses, and the like into a more unfiltered repository known as the data lake.

Posted November 05, 2015

SAP is the first company to announce IoT solutions based on the Intel's new IoT Platform. SAP plans to develop its IoT enterprise end-to-end solutions utilizing the Intel platform along with its SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Posted November 05, 2015

A new Intel IoT Platform reference architecture and new hardware and software products have been introduced as part of the company's effort to build out comprehensive offerings for the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.

Posted November 05, 2015

Microsoft and Linux software provider Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide Red Hat solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Posted November 04, 2015

Oracle has announced that the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-8, the latest in the X5 family of engineered systems which integrate hardware and software, is now available. The new Exadata X5-8 offers up to 576 CPU cores, more than 1.3 petabytes of disk storage or 180 terabytes of PCIe flash, and up to 24 terabytes of memory. The Oracle Exadata X5-8 is the new companion model to Oracle Exadata X5-2 and incorporates the same storage and networking capabilities of Oracle Exadata X5-2, which was announced in January 2015.

Posted November 04, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted November 04, 2015

To kick off Oracle Open World 2015, Oracle's annual user conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison detailed the steps that led Oracle be positioned in "every layer of the cloud." Ellison outlined the top design goals for the company in all three layers of the cloud - SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. These are cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility - as well as security, which he said is increasingly becoming a more critical concern.

Posted November 04, 2015

Dell is releasing a free version of its Statistica advanced analytics software to all U.S. college students and professors, helping to boost interest in and preparedness for data analytics careers. "Today's organizations, including institutions of higher education, depend on advanced technologies in security, data analytics and mobility to stay ahead of student and faculty needs," said Jon Phillips, managing director of worldwide education strategy at Dell.

Posted November 03, 2015

Alteryx Inc., which specializes in blending and advanced analytics, is receiving $85 million from an investment round led by firms Iconiq Capital and Insight Venture Partners, along with Meritech Capital Partners. "Tools like Alteryx are really democratizing the way people work particularly when it comes to doing predicative statistical capabilities and be able to complement that with the data prep blending that is naturally happening in Alteryx today," said George Mathew, president and COO of Alteryx. "This generational shift is something that we are most excited by."

Posted November 03, 2015

Pivotal is releasing an update to its cloud platform that will expand support for Spring Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure, .NET applications, Docker images, and application lifecycle management.

Posted November 03, 2015

MongoDB is releasing an enhanced version of its platform, giving the company the opportunity to expand its capabilities to more users. "We're opening up MongoDB to a bigger audience in the enterprise, which is to say that traditionally the people that have used MongoDB were developers building modern applications and, with this release, we are building specific tools and capabilities targeted at data scientists, business analysts, and the C suite in terms of integration to business intelligence and visualization tools," said Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB. "We're also expanding MongoDB to DBAs and operations teams with specialized interfaces that make it easier to run MongoDB at any scale."

Posted November 03, 2015

Following its separation from Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise made its debut today as an enterprise technology provider with $53 billion in annual revenue and a comprehensive product portfolio. HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies a year ago with one including HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, doing business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and the other comprising HP's personal systems and printing businesses, operating as HP Inc. and retain the current logo.

Posted November 02, 2015

SAP is ushering in a new way to master analytics in the cloud with the SAP Cloud for Analytics solution. The planned software as a service (SaaS) offering aims to bring all analytics capabilities into one solution for an unparalleled user experience.

Posted October 28, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 28, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 28, 2015

Oracle has announced new services - Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service and Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service - that complement Oracle's Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, to form a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for big data in the cloud.

Posted October 28, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld today Oracle announced a suite of integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions for IT organizations. "There is unprecedented pressure to deliver features, functionality, and updates much faster than they have ever been done before," said Prakash Ramamurthy, Oracle senior vice president, Systems & Cloud Management, in an interview. But, at the same time there is less patience than ever for slow-performing applications. As a result, there is a greater need to reduce critical errors and reduce the time to troubleshoot problems when they occur.

Posted October 27, 2015

IBM said it had a tough third-quarter, with net income of $3.0 billion, down from $3.5 billion during the same period a year ago, a decrease of 14%. Total revenues for the third quarter were $19.3 billion, down 14% from the third quarter of 2014.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM is collaborating with Twitter and The Weather Company to help companies cut through the noise of unstructured data, turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes across industries such as retail, insurance, and media & entertainment. The solution, IBM Insight Cloud Services, employs open data sets and business-owned data.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM has redesigned more than 15 of the company's core analytics and commerce solutions with Apache Spark - helping to accelerate their real-time processing capabilities. IBM also announced the availability of its Spark-as-a-Service offering - IBM Analytics on Apache Spark - on IBM Bluemix following a successful 13-week beta program with more than 4,600 developers using it to build intelligent business and consumer apps fueled by data.

Posted October 26, 2015

Digital Performance software company Dynatrace has announced a series of new solutions and services that offer performance, competitive and user analytics powered by collective intelligence; new automation for cloud and continuous delivery environment; support for next-generation virtual network environments; and a complimentary version of Dynatrace Application Monitoring and User Experience Management (UEM) for developers and testers.

Posted October 26, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, announced its integration to IBM Cloud Orchestrator. IBM Cloud Orchestrator customers will now be able to leverage Cirba's predictive, policy-based analytics to gain software-defined control over their environments, in order to automate and safely optimize application hosting, workload placement and VM sizing decisions.

Posted October 26, 2015

The latest IBM quarterly results (for Q3 2015), show that the mainframe continues to be a leading revenue producer for Big Blue. The reasons for this are evident, according to a new survey of mainframe sites conducted by our friends at BMC, which shows that security, availability, a superior data server, and transactional throughput are the primary drivers for the continued increase in mainframe capacity, which is especially timely as the digital economy increasingly runs on transactions.

Posted October 26, 2015

During the Sunday keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Brian Krzanich CEO, Intel, introduced the new Exa Your Power Program to help customers migrate Oracle Database from IBM Power systems to Oracle Engineered Systems using Intel technology.

Posted October 26, 2015

Oracle kicked off the beta program for an updated release Oracle Database 12c which provides a multitenant architecture and dual format in-memory database technology. According to Oracle, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 further simplifies the journey to the cloud and enables efficient delivery of database services, with greater consolidation density and more administrative agility at cloud scale.

Posted October 26, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle announced new Oracle Database Cloud offerings, expanding its portfolio of Oracle Cloud Platform, services that enable organizations to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure database-driven solutions and applications in the cloud.

Posted October 26, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of data management software solutions, has introduced the latest version of its data replication and loading solution. Designed to accelerate enterprise big data analytics initiatives, Attunity Replicate 5.0 automates big data movement to, from and between databases, data warehouses, Hadoop and the cloud, reducing the time and labor, and ultimately the cost of making big data analytics available in real time.

Posted October 26, 2015

With the current rate of data growth, it is not inconceivable that in 3 years, we'll have 10 times the volume of data we have today. The challenge will only continue to grow, but by following the five C's of data visualization, it is possible to prepare data and present eye-opening data visualization to improve users' reporting, analytics, and overall business intelligence.

Posted October 22, 2015

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