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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

2014 has been described as the year of the data breach. But 2015 will be the year of the regulator, says Suni Munshani, CEO of Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 708 breaches that took place in the past year, grabbing headlines and sending warnings to retailers to prepare for the 2014 holiday shopping season that is now in full swing.

Posted December 11, 2014

Oracle has announced its latest-generation NAS storage system, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, the ZFS Storage ZS4-4 provides analytics for pluggable databases, doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence, and also provides high-level protection against security breaches with fine-grained encryption capabilities. The OS 8.3 adds over 30 enhancements and three new innovations that expand Oracle's leadership in NAS performance, efficiency, and application-engineered storage, said Oracle executive vice president John Fowler.

Posted December 10, 2014

With the latest update to the Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle has built in the notion of a "dev/test appliance," according to Sohan DeMel, vice president, product strategy and business development, Oracle. According to DeMel, Oracle has found that customers use five, six, or as many as seven times as many systems for their test and development functions because there are so many different aspects to testing - such as integration testing, user acceptance testing, and stress testing. While the dev/testing capability is not new to the market, DeMel points out that what is different about the Database Appliance approach to dev/test is that Oracle has essentially commoditized the capability and is providing it as a core platform feature and not something that it is up-selling and charging customers more for.

Posted December 10, 2014

Town Sports International (TSI) operates fitness clubs in major United States metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. TSI needed a high-availability, high-performance platform to host its updated Oracle E-Business Suite applications, but wanted to avoid the complex and lengthy deployment timelines typically associated with integrating servers, networks, and storage from multiple vendors, as well as the costs and data center space requirements associated with such projects. To meet its goals, TSI deployed an architecture based on two Oracle Database Appliances with the virtualized platform, one for test and one for production, as the platform for its deployment of Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters, Oracle VM and Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted December 10, 2014

Data has grown at an exponentially faster rate over the past 2 years than all of the previous years combined. "Ninety percent of data that exists today has been created in the past 2 years," said Bill Brunt, product manager of Dell SharePlex, during a recent DBTA webcast. This increase in data has caused companies to look for more efficient ways of moving data within their organizations. Dell SharePlex strives to offer the best overall customer experience when working with their software.

Posted December 09, 2014

IBM has announced that the availability of a beta for Watson Analytics, a cloud-based, natural language-based cognitive service that can provide access to predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses.

Posted December 08, 2014

There is still time to submit a speaking proposal for DBTA's Data Summit 2015, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015.

Posted December 08, 2014

TIBCO, a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, has released TIBCO Jaspersoft 6. With this release, Jaspersoft is introducing embeddable dashboards powered by Visualize.js, the new JavaScript framework for embedding BI components. "We have been focused on a very particular type of BI, embedded BI, which is pretty under-served," stated Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing at TIBCO.

Posted December 04, 2014

Watson Analytics, IBM's natural language-based cognitive service is now open for business and available in beta.

Posted December 04, 2014

Delayed durability offers something that many SQL Server professionals have wanted for years—the ability to disable transaction logging. Why turn off the transaction log? You can accelerate performance in a lot of situations where you do NOT need transactional consistency.

Posted December 03, 2014

Lock contention issues can be frustrating problems to investigate and debug. Before blaming the database system (as is the usual response), there are a few questions to consider that can help identify the cause of the locking problems.

Posted December 03, 2014

Kore Technologies' Kourier Integrator has helped improve Rockland Community College's speed and accuracy when it comes to its database performance. Kourier Integrator is Kore's flagship enterprise integration and data management suite with extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration capabilities (EAI).

Posted December 03, 2014

Entrinsik Informer has been recognized in a recent survey of BI products. Entrinsik Informer, an agile reporting and business intelligence application, provides access to real-time data from multiple sources, in-depth analytic capabilities, and intuitive data visualizations from one user-friendly web interface.

Posted December 03, 2014

Oracle has introduced the Oracle solution for Project-Driven Supply Chain. The new solution integrates Oracle Value Chain Planning and Oracle's Primavera project portfolio management solutions to help organizations better align material planning, decision-making, and execution throughout the project lifecycle.

Posted December 03, 2014

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, has released a new Postgres extension to connect MySQL and Postgres databases, giving end users the ability to get more value from their data by combining systems for a single view.

Posted December 03, 2014

Data is increasingly being recognized as a rich resource flowing through organizations from a continually growing range of sources. But to realize its full potential, this data must be accessed by an array of users to support both real-time decision making and historical analysis, integrated with other information, and still kept safe from hackers and others with malicious intent. Fortunately, leading vendors are developing products and services to help. Here, DBTA presents the list of Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015.

Posted December 02, 2014

Real-time fraud analytics provider Argyle Data is partnering with Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop. By joining the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program, Argyle says it can rely on Hadoop to help strengthen its ability to drive and lead efforts related to advanced analytics and emerging technologies, including petabyte-scale data storage, machine learning and deep-packet inspection (DPI).

Posted December 02, 2014

GoGrid, an infrastructure-as-a-service provider specializing in multi-cloud solutions, is partnering with Cloudera, a provider of Hadoop-based software and services. The partnership will allow companies to evaluate and run the platform for big data through Cloudera Live. Traditional methods of deploying Hadoop require on-premise work to be done to just test potential solutions. The GoGrid-Cloudera partnership allows customers to run Cloudera with GoGrid's cloud infrastructure. What makes GoGrid unique is its 1-Button Deploy orchestration process, according to John Keagy, founder and CEO of GoGrid.

Posted December 02, 2014

The ability to find unique data patterns quickly is important to businesses looking to stay ahead of their competition. To help support companies in these efforts, jKool has announced its new software platform that is designed to spot the patterns in data that lead to actionable insights.

Posted December 02, 2014

Attunity Ltd. has acquired BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, a move that Attunity says will enable it to support enterprises that need an automated, end-to-end data warehousing solution to support mission-critical data initiatives. BIReady's technology was acquired for approximately $1 million in a combination of cash and Attunity shares with an earn-out potential of up to $375,000 in cash over the next 2 years.

Posted December 02, 2014

To help IT and business stakeholders take action to benefit from the emerging technologies and trends in information management, Database Trends and Applications has just published the second annual Big Data Sourcebook, a free resource.

Posted November 25, 2014

KidoZen, a provider of mobility solutions, has added data visualization to its next-generation enterprise mobile app platform. "Every month almost 7 billion mobile devices access more than 1.5 exabytes of data," said Jesus Rodriguez, CEO of KidoZen. "Visualizing that data is not easy today, yet it is critical to enhancing the user experience and delivering on business objectives."

Posted November 24, 2014

As big data continues to explode, companies are exploring how they can leverage it for competitive advantage - to help them prepare for emerging trends within their industries, perform advanced analytics of data to help increase revenue and optimize processes or avoid potential pitfalls. A recent DBTA webcast highlighted the key considerations for selecting analytics tools and explored examples of how analytics are used in different industries. The webcast was presented by Dr. Thomas Hill, executive director for analytics at Dell's Information Management Group; and Marcia A Kaufman, principal analyst and COO, Hurwitz & Associates.

Posted November 21, 2014

SAP has been hard at work delivering significant enhancements to SAP ASE culminating in the release of version 16 earlier this year, and continues to make major investments in new capabilities. A webcast on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at 11 am ET/ 8 am PT will present an overview of the key features and roadmap for ASE 16.

Posted November 20, 2014

Early bird registration for the ISUG-TECH 2015 conference in Atlanta is now open. The conference will be held March 29 - April 2, 2015, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted November 20, 2014

Bradmark Technologies, a provider of database management solutions and a reseller of SAP database and solutions, has expanded its North American reseller agreement with SAP. Bradmark has now also become an SAP channel partner authorized to resell SAP database products in the United Kingdom. Under this agreement, Bradmark will offer SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE), SAP IQ database software, SAP Replication Server, and the SAP HANA platform to its existing customers and prospects through its direct sales force and marketing campaigns in the North America and the UK.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is now available through the IBM Cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers, which the companies say, will help customers to deploy their SAP software in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM's cloud capabilities.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP has introduced three new SAP solutions to help companies extract value from the Internet of Things (IoT). The SAP solutions for the IoT are powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform, which is the core application development and enablement platform and provides the ability to generate real-time insights from sensor data and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, geo-spatial, telematics, predictive analytics and complex event processing.

Posted November 20, 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 20, 2014

Progress is partnering with DataStax, which offers production-certified Apache Cassandra for the enterprise, to provide customers with data connectivity and integration solutions. The companies say the partnership is the result of increased demand from both Progress DataDirect and DataStax customers for a standards-based solution that allows Cassandra to integrate with existing IT processes and systems, including BI, analytics and ETL.

Posted November 20, 2014

Oracle has announced an updated version of Oracle GoldenGate 12c. With GoldenGate 12c, customers can implement real-time data integration and transactional data replication between on-premises and cloud environments and across a broader set of heterogeneous platforms, achieving faster time to value and a greater return from their data assets. "Inherent in the concept of integration is that we can effectively cover both like and unlike platforms, and that we offer our customers the ability to effectively capture and move their data regardless of which systems, platforms, and vendors their data originates from," said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted November 19, 2014

Splice Machine today announced the general availability of its Hadoop RDBMS, a platform to build real-time, scalable applications, that incorporates new features that emerged from charter customers using the the beta offering. With the additional new features and the validation from beta customers, Splice Machine 1.0 can support enterprises struggling with their existing databases and seeking to scale-out affordably, said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine.

Posted November 19, 2014

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

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

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