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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

As business applications continue to grow more sophisticated, the challenge of supporting them is growing more complex. Modern applications that incorporate high volume transactions and analytical processing of new types of data require speed, scalability and flexibility — whether on commodity hardware or in the cloud.

Posted September 08, 2015

There are fundamental differences in priorities and approaches in building operational solutions and in constructing analytical supporting solutions. However, these differences can produce a gap in understanding that occasionally results in minor battles and skirmishes between these groups along the path of getting work done. A critical area of conflict is access to production data. When building an operationally focused solution such as a website, the application is supreme.

Posted September 08, 2015

Extending the Oracle Marketing Cloud's capabilities with a new solution to optimize web and mobile customer experiences, Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Maxymiser. The digital marketing insights and data specialist firm provides software that enables marketers to test, target and personalize what a customer sees on a web page or mobile app to increase engagement and revenue.

Posted September 02, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted September 02, 2015

Databricks is enhancing its cloud-based platform to strengthen its security, manageability and ease of application development. According to the vendor, the new features securely manage data access for large teams while streamlining Spark application development and deployment for enterprises dealing with complex and fast-paced environments.

Posted September 02, 2015

Syncsort, a provider of specialized solutions for big data, is making a major open source contribution to the IBM z Systems mainframe with a connector for Apache Spark. Syncsort's mainframe connector conforms to Spark's Data Sources API specification, and because of Spark's ability operate on data in memory, the connector will allow queries to access mainframe data without offloading the data first.

Posted September 01, 2015

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted September 01, 2015

Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems at IBM Corporation took the stage as a keynote speaker at SHARE in Orlando. In the spirit of celebration, Rosamilia reminded the crowd of the continued progress of the mainframe as it evolves to meet the increased demands on the industry in the context of mobile, cloud and security.

Posted August 31, 2015

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has formed a new Mobile Apps for EBS Special Interest Group (SIG) to provide timely information about the various Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Applications released by Oracle. The SIG enables users to more effectively share educational information and best practices related to all mobile apps for the various modules of Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted August 31, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for cross-platform application and database development, has released its largest release of RAD Studio in a decade, "RAD Studio 10 Seattle." A primary goal of the new release is to help Embarcadero's community of three million C++ and Delphi developers easily get new and existing applications on Windows 10, plus OS X, and mobile platforms.

Posted August 31, 2015

SGI, a provider of high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that its SGI UV 300H is now certified to run the SAP HANA platform in controlled availability at 20-sockets - delivering up to 15 terabytes (TB) of in-memory computing capacity in a single node. Being integrated with the recently announced SAP HANA SPS10, the SGI UV 300H capitalizes on deep collaboration between SAP, Intel, and SGI to optimize SAP HANA-based workloads on multicore NUMA (non-uniform memory access) systems.

Posted August 26, 2015

OpenText, a company specializing in enterprise information management, is partnering with SAP SE to provide B2B managed services and capabilities to multinational enterprises. Together with Ariba, an SAP company, OpenText will provide customers with a solution that enables them to improve time to revenue, reduce costs, and help to advance the digital transformation that today's leaders are undertaking, according to OpenText.

Posted August 26, 2015

SAP SE is offering an on-premise 30-day trial edition for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. The trial edition spans end-to-end digitized business processes in finance, procurement, sales, and manufacturing.

Posted August 26, 2015

SUSE has announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available to support IBM Power Systems running the SAP HANA platform. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server will allow customers to take advantage of IBM's recently introduced series of Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA.

Posted August 26, 2015

Each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine announces the Readers' Choice Awards to recognize leading vendors across a range of segments in the IT industry, including MultiValue. Unlike other awards programs conducted by DBTA, the Readers' Choice Awards program is unique because winners are selected by the readers themselves.

Posted August 26, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard Microsoft has introduced the initial release of Windows 10. Windows 10 has been a widely anticipated release on the part of consumers and business alike, with Microsoft aiming to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices within the next few years. Here are 10 technical and market reasons why Windows 10 will become Microsoft's biggest release ever.

Posted August 26, 2015

A recent DBTA webcast spotlighted an intriguing project in which IBM has partnered with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists in using signal patterns in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The project leverages IBM Analytics for Apache Spark, a powerful cluster-computing framework with in-memory processing and analytics.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals converged in Orlando, August 9th-14th, for the annual SHARE summer conference, which featured more than 500 educational sessions. "Mainframe data is growing tremendously and companies want to utilize it," said James Vincent, president of SHARE. "They are investing in data analytics," he added. "But data security and privacy are really growing in importance."

Posted August 25, 2015

BlueData is undergoing two big changes that will augment its infrastructure software platform. The company is announcing a $20 million Series C funding round led by Intel Capital and a partnership with Intel that will blend together BlueData's infrastructure software for big data with the data center architecture based on Intel Xeon processor technology.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hortonworks, a provider of enterprise Hadoop, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Onyara, Inc., the creator of and key contributor to Apache NiFi, an open source project. The acquisition will make it easy for customers to automate and secure data flows fueling the fueling the "Internet of Anything (IoAT)" and to collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from data in motion. As a result of the acquisition, Hortonworks is introducing Hortonworks DataFlow powered by Apache NiFi, which was made available through the NSA Technology Transfer Program in the fall of 2014. The Hortonworks acquisition of Onyara is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.

Posted August 24, 2015

ScaleArc is acquiring ScaleBase in an effort to enhance its database load balancing solutions with sharding technology. By incorporating ScaleBase's technology and Intellectual Property ScaleArc's offerings will broaden around application availability and zero downtime for enterprise application.

Posted August 24, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd, the printing and document management company, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. To unify the data across the company for accurate views and analysis, Ricoh built a private cloud accessible by the entire remote service group that allows high speed access from internal networks.

Posted August 19, 2015

Some industry pundits have been speculating that with cloud and IT automation, the need for database administrators (DBAs) is going to fade. However, this is far from reality. In fact, the DBA is even more vital than ever to enterprises—and the jobs of DBAs are evolving rapidly to meet new challenges and technology paradigms.

Posted August 19, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 19, 2015

Datameer, which offers a big data analytics application purpose-built for Hadoop, has closed a $40 million round of financing. ST Telemedia (STT) led the round, joined by Top Tier Capital Partners (TTCP) and participation from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Redpoint, Next World Capital, Software AG and Citi Ventures.

Posted August 18, 2015

HP is enhancing its Vertica platform to allow organizations to quickly ingest and analyze high-speed streaming data from various sources, including IoT applications. The new version of Vertica, dubbed "Excavator," is integrated with Apache Kafka to allow organizations to analyze volumes of data in real-time.

Posted August 18, 2015

IBM today announced a significant expansion of the mainframe's strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open communities. The company disclosed it is shipping two Linux mainframe servers - called LinuxONE - which the company brands as "the most secure Linux servers in the industry." The company also announced it is ramping up its support for open source offerings on its mainframe systems.

Posted August 17, 2015

Hadoop distribution provider Cloudera has released Cloudera Director 1.5, an integrated solution for deploying and managing enterprise-grade Hadoop in cloud environments that enables deployment flexibility through an open API. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the first to integrate with the API.

Posted August 12, 2015

Melissa Data has introduced data quality integration for Microsoft Dynamics CRM to simplify global address verification for enterprise users. Available as a pre-integrated package with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the Melissa Data plugin enables global address verification capabilities without complex programming or development resources.

Posted August 11, 2015

Paxata is releasing an updated version of its Adaptive Data Preparation platform, addressing critical enterprise-grade security, manageability and performance functionality. "We are becoming a critical part of the enterprise fabric," said Nenshad Bardoliwalla, co-founder and vice president of products at Paxata. "Data preparation is becoming a mission-critical enterprise capability."

Posted August 11, 2015

Data integration software provider Informatica has been acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Microsoft Corporation and Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce's corporate investment group, are also strategic investors in the company alongside the Permira funds and CPPIB. In making the announcement, Informatica said the new ownership would allow it continue to grow while taking a longer view rather than focusing on quarters.

Posted August 11, 2015

Google, whose name became synonymous with internet search, is reorganizing to maintain its innovation and competitiveness. The company is creating a new public holding company called Alphabet, with Google as well as other companies, housed within the new structure. According to Larry Page, CEO of Google, the reorganization is part of an effort to avoid getting "too comfortable," observing in a blog post that in the tech industry, "where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Posted August 11, 2015

Shortly after the explosion of non-relational databases, around 2009, it became apparent that rather than being part of the problem, SQL would instead continue to be part of the solution. If the new wave of database systems excluded the vast population of SQL-literate professionals, then their uptake in the business world would be impeded. Furthermore, a whole generation of business intelligence tools use SQL as the common way of translating user information requests into database queries. Nowhere was the drive toward SQL adoption more clear than in the case of Hadoop.

Posted August 10, 2015

As a data professional, you have heard the term "unstructured data." And you probably know what is meant by that term, as well. For those who do not, unstructured data is a general term used to define data that is not numbers, letters, and dates stored or viewed as rows and columns. But it is a horrible term. In fact, unstructured data is a lie. Let me tell you why.

Posted August 10, 2015

In my last column, I discussed shadow IT and suggested that this might be the future of IT rather than an anomaly. Reframing what IT might look like in the future, and acknowledging that it could be radically different than it is today, is a challenging task but not an impossible one. In fact, I would suggest that such reframing is necessary if IT is to remain relevant.

Posted August 10, 2015

Let's rephrase the question above: The next ticking time bomb is your database. Regardless of whether you run Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL, the odds lean toward your organization having a ticking time bomb. The only question to be posed is whether you are going to become collateral damage or diffuse the bomb before the damage happens.

Posted August 10, 2015

Rocket Software has released version 5.2.0 of the U2 Web Development Environment (U2 Web DE), a tool that provides an environment to handle incoming requests and outgoing responses that are often variable in volume. Upgraded features include monitoring, logging improvements, and RESTful services.

Posted August 10, 2015

One of the side effects of the growth in data is the vast variety that data now comes in. While it presents advantages, the newer data types and sources also make data integration more complex. To highlight new technologies and techniques for overcoming data silos and enabling the delivery of information across the enterprise - where and when it is needed - Database Trends and Applications recently hosted a special roundtable webinar sponsored by Attunity, MarkLogic, and SnapLogic. The webinar covered the key big data integration issues facing enterprises and presented real-world solutions and best practices.

Posted August 10, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, is now supporting NetApp storage solutions, enabling organizations to optimize a variety of storage resources. Customers will be able to use NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI) to leverage Cirba to place VMs and achieve visibility into storage requirements and health.

Posted August 07, 2015

Lavastorm Analytics has launched an update to its analytics engine that builds upon its self-service software for enterprises, providing a seamless way of sharing governed data analytical flows.

Posted August 07, 2015

Faced suddenly with the challenge of quickly extracting valuable consumer data from a massive file for customer acquisition programs, DX Marketing selected Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Marketing Cloud Service to replace its on-premise computing platform.

Posted August 07, 2015

Addressing the need for more big data skills training, Apache Hadoop distribution provider MapR Technologies has announced availability of a complete Apache HBase design and development curriculum on its free Hadoop On-Demand Training program.

Posted August 06, 2015

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