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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

Mayo Clinic and IBM are planning to use a specially designed version of Watson, the IBM's Linux-powered cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015.

Posted September 24, 2014

A new IBM blog by Adam Jollans, Program Director, Cross-IBM Linux Strategy, IBM explains how new workload demands and greater hardware heterogeneity are placing Linux at the heart of IT innovation. Linux used to be the commodity play, doing the same for less to help improve the bottom line, Jollans notes. But today, more than ever, Linux not only offers a price advantage but is a major force fueling innovation. That is why IBM continues to vigorously support Linux.

Posted September 24, 2014

SAP has agreed to acquire Concur, a provider of travel and expense (T&E) management software, for $8.3 billion. "The acquisition of Concur is consistent with our relentless focus on the business network," said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, in a statement released by the company. "We are making a bold move to innovate the future of business within and between companies. With Ariba, Fieldglass and Concur, SAP is the undisputed business network company."

Posted September 24, 2014

Just after Oracle announced that Larry Ellison would take on the role of executive chairman and CTO, and be succeeded as CEO by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, the three Oracle executives hosted the company's fiscal 2015 Q1 earnings call. Ellison noted that at Oracle OpenWorld, which starts September 27, 2014, the company will be rolling out its new database cloud service with its new multitenant DBaaS offerings. "Our customers and ISVs can move any of their existing applications and databases to the Oracle Cloud with the push of a button," said Ellison.

Posted September 24, 2014

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

Posted September 24, 2014

A new survey of data managers and professionals who are subscribers to DBTA finds that, over the next 10 years, about two-fifths of respondents expect to leave the field - with about half of those people retiring and the other half moving on to other jobs in management or self-employment.

Posted September 24, 2014

Kore Technologies was a featured vendor at Encounter, the second-annual Eclipse Users Group Conference, held recently in Atlanta. Kourier Integrator 4.2 includes new RESTful Web Services architecture that supports inbound RESTful APIs, Microsoft SQL Server 2014 support, and significant performance improvements, according to the company.

Posted September 24, 2014

Rocket Software will be hosting a series of one-day technical events in the U.S. and Australia targeted at developers, architects, and IT staff responsible for business solutions based on Rocket U2 data servers, tools, and related technology. "The goal is to get customers excited about all the development options we have with our MultiValue and complementary technologies, focusing on modernizing their applications and other business drivers they face today," said Michael Byrne, Rocket MultiValue evangelist for the Rocket U2 and Rocket D3 family of software.

Posted September 24, 2014

Entrinsik has announced that the Connecticut Department of Social Services has adopted its Informer business intelligence and reporting software.

Posted September 24, 2014

One of the major issues for companies trying to leverage big data is the length of time it takes for data to be analyzed. While being able to gather and store the data is essential, big data is useless if it cannot be analyzed. As data continues to grow, the processes for moving and analyzing it only become slower and more tedious.

Posted September 23, 2014

MapR Technologies has introduced the 4.0.1 version of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop. The latest MapR release expands real-time capabilities for use cases including operational applications, interactive queries and stream processing with new versions of Apache Drill, Apache Spark, and Apache HBase, while leveraging Hadoop 2.4, including YARN.

Posted September 23, 2014

OAUG members will deliver educational sessions exploring common challenges and solutions relating to Oracle Applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite implementation best practices, integrations and upgrades, Oracle EPM Administrator, Oracle HCM, Oracle Data Warehousing, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), and OAUG president Alyssa Johnson will co-present a session titled, "Acquisition Migration from SAP and an Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Upgrade" on Monday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. PT in Moscone West 2020.

Posted September 23, 2014

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Oracle executives, customers, and partners will participate in keynote presentations that examine how modern technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and engineered systems are having an impact on businesses globally and supporting innovation. The conference runs September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Posted September 17, 2014

To learn about the cutting-edge tools and techniques for improving time to insight, and hear how other organizations have been able to differentiate themselves by improving the access, performance and productivity of their analytical systems, join Database Trends and Applications for a special roundtable webcast on September 18th.

Posted September 16, 2014

Trident Services, Inc., a z/OS service provider and software developer, has begun shipping the latest release of its z/OS management product, zOSEM, which adds greater analytic capabilities.

Posted September 15, 2014

IBM has developed new M5 servers that are designed to support a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The M5 portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems.

Posted September 15, 2014

In their many years of existence, in-memory databases and technologies have meant one thing to most observers: running applications and serving up data at lightning-fast speeds. Now, as data increasingly evolves into a strategic enterprise asset, in-memory databases have implications beyond blazing bits and bytes. They are opening new opportunities for business innovation and growth.

Posted September 11, 2014

Extending capabilities in enterprise business intelligence and agile visualizations as well as predictive analytics, SAP has introduced Lumira 1.1.8 and InfiniteInsight 7.0.

Posted September 11, 2014

Ericcson and SAP have announced plans for Ericsson to offer SAP's cloud-based enterprise mobility management portfolio Mobile Secure combined with an IT managed service offering, thereby expanding Ericsson's portfolio of services available for its more than 400 mobile network operators. Worldwide, Ericsson manages networks that serve 600 million subscribers and additionally provides managed services for networks that serve 1 billion subscribers. The companies cited estimates that the enterprise mobility management market will reach $2.1 billion by 2016.

Posted September 11, 2014

Kore Technologies will be one of the featured vendors at Encounter, the annual Eclipse Users Group Conference, taking place September 17-19 in Atlanta. Mark Dobransky, co-founder and managing partner of Kore, will present a session titled "Integration and Data Warehousing with Eclipse" on Friday, September 19, at 2 pm. The presentation will include a live demonstration of Kourier Integrator's data warehousing capabilities.

Posted September 10, 2014

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is deploying Entrinsik Informer as its new reporting solution to allow end users to create and run their own reports, and leverage dashboard creation and data analysis capabilities. In evaluating new solutions, NIACC sought to implement a reporting solution that could be set up to easily answer questions as they arise; and provide the ability to join tables and views in the background giving the end user access to more data with less reliance on technology services.

Posted September 10, 2014

Enhancements in Yellowfin 7.1 are concentrated on extending its capabilities in core technical areas by increasing the number of visualizations supported by Yellowfin's Auto Chart functionality and improving CSV support. In addition, Yellowfin provides the ability to track data geographically and that improves with version 7.1. "The ability to combine location-relevant information with other business data and map that insight is becoming increasingly important across the board," said Yellowfin CEO Glen Rabie.

Posted September 09, 2014

Many in the industry have begun to look to data lakes and Hadoop as the future for data storage. To help shed light on the data lake approach, the pros and cons of this data repository were considered in a recent Unisphere webcast presented by Peter Evans, BI and analytics product evangelist and product technologist consultant, Dell Software; and Elliot King, Unisphere Research analyst.

Posted September 09, 2014

Continuing its push to help developers create new connected apps for the Internet of Things, Embarcadero has made the latest release of Appmethod available to active subscribers and new Appmethod developers. The release is aimed at helping developers streamline the creation of apps for IoT using a single app development platform and shared C++ codebase. According to Embarcadero, Appmethod September 2014 Release provides a complete software development solution for building natively compiled C++ apps that connect mobile and desktop devices, sensors, gadgets, wearables, cloud services, and data.

Posted September 08, 2014

Broadening the range of tools at its disposal to help customers who are grappling with emerging technologies for leveraging unstructured data, Teradata this week announced its acquisition of Think Big Analytics, a consulting and solutions company that is focused exclusively on Hadoop and open source big data solutions.

Posted September 04, 2014

Moore's Law is coming to an end and silicon alone will not be able to continue to deliver 2x performance gains to address the expanding demands of applications hungry for data, hungry for performance, and hungry for analytics insight. What's needed is a new way to innovate, a new way to continue to drive performance increases.

Posted September 03, 2014

IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers to help accelerate software development to meet the growing global demand for new kinds of applications that take advantage of IBM's POWER8 architecture. The expansion - a more than 10x increase in global reach - provides in-person and online access to Linux on Power Systems application development resources to potentially thousands of additional IBM Business Partners, developers, and clients worldwide in key regions including Brazil, Russia, India, Vietnam, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.

Posted September 03, 2014

Oracle Gold Partner EmeraldCube Solutions has introduced its offering of Oracle Business Intelligence Managed Services. With this new offering, the company assumes responsibility for monitoring and supporting OBIEE for a fixed monthly fee and provides SLA based support, routine maintenance activities, real-time server monitoring, and on-demand hours that can be personalized by company need.

Posted September 03, 2014

In a new release of Logi Vision, Logi Analytics is combining new analytical capabilities with social features to support data discovery for users ranging from data scientists to anyone who needs data-driven insights. Logi Vision 1.3 is being made available to try as a downloadable, full-featured version, so anyone can work with their spreadsheets, cloud applications and corporate data within the security of their workplace, or via a hosted trial option.

Posted September 02, 2014

Providing the opportunity to breathe new life into existing Windows applications, Embarcadero Technologies has launched RAD Studio XE7, a complete solution to build connected apps for Windows, Android, iOS, Mac OS X, gadgets, and wearables.

Posted September 02, 2014

The Internet of Things integrates multiple wired and wireless communication, control, and IT technologies, which connect various terminals or subsystems under a unified platform that uses open and standardized data technologies such as XML/web services/SOA. So how will this impact you and/or your organization? The biggest areas of concern are security and privacy.

Posted September 02, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4, which provides an updated user experience, customer-driven enhancements across the suite, and more integrations to Oracle Cloud Solutions. "Organizations today need to provide the workforce with a more modern user interface, and address business challenges with greater automation and efficiency," said Cliff Godwin, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development.

Posted August 27, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 27, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 27, 2014

The deluge of big data available for analysis presents great opportunity, but many organizations are having difficulty managing it. This has led to companies not being able to process valuable data, or having to delete sets of data to clear room for the massive amounts of new data.

Posted August 26, 2014

With the game-changing potential of big data, data governance continues to grow in importance. To better understand the impact of new data sources on data governance practices, IBM commissioned Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., to survey IT and business stakeholders at organizations across North America. The survey report has just been released and is now available.

Posted August 26, 2014

Improvements for mobile data management and mobile data virtualization have been added KidoZen's enterprise mobile application platform in order to simplify integration, management and security of enterprise data consumed by mobile applications.

Posted August 25, 2014

During its annual user conference in San Francisco, Couchbase launched the beta release of Couchbase Server 3.0. As part of the beta release, Couchbase is also announcing a contest - the Couchbase Server 3.0 Bug Bash.

Posted August 21, 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform how and when decisions are made throughout business and our daily lives, but only if that data can be processed and analyzed effectively. Join DBTA for a special webcast featuring Robert Geiger, vice president, Products, at TransLattice; Michael Hummel, CTO of ParStream; and Hannah Smalltree, director of Treasure Data, to learn about the key technologies and practices shaping the future. This webcast takes place August 26 at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT.

Posted August 21, 2014

Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, has introduced data deduplication and compression capabilities in its Concerto 2200 solution. According to Violin Memory, the new Concerto 2200 array update with inline deduplication and compression gives customers maximum storage efficiency, with deduplication rates commonly between 6:1 and 10:1.

Posted August 19, 2014

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