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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.



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You have until April 11 to take advantage of special pricing for DBTA's Data Summit, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. Providing an intensive 2-day immersion into critical technologies for becoming a data-driven enterprise, IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike will benefit from Data Summit.

Posted March 26, 2014

Along with big data there come some fundamental challenges. The biggest challenge is that big data is not able to be analyzed using standard analytical software. There is new technology called "textual disambiguation" which allows raw unstructured text to have its context specifically determined.

Posted March 26, 2014

Using SAP Lumira and SAP Predictive Analysis, the data viz team at SAP analyzed data from 64 NCAA college basketball teams. They used public data from several sports websites and looked at a few key statistics when analyzing the teams. Still, human elements always play a role.

Posted March 26, 2014

Finding high quality education and training remains a key challenge for SAP users, according to Mike Harrold, executive director for the Independent SAP Technical Users Group (ISUG-TECH). With the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference fast-approaching (April 14-17), Harrold talked about SAP's planned launch of ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) 16 at the conference and the best ways for SAP users to get the product information they need.

Posted March 26, 2014

SAP has announced the availability of the 7.4 version of the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) powered by SAP HANA as part of the new in-memory data fabric architecture.

Posted March 26, 2014

To help ensure customers and partners get the most out of their investments in SAP software, Compuware has opened a new Center of Excellence for SAP solutions near SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.

Posted March 26, 2014

Kore Technologies' Mark Dobransky plans to talk about key BI and integration trends impacting the MultiValue industry and also highlight the new integration capabilities of Kourier Integrator 4.1 during a breakout session at the International Spectrum conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Posted March 26, 2014

Specialist Crafts, which supplies art and craft products to a broad range of educational establishments throughout the U.K. and beyond, has selected Rocket Software's CorVu as to replace its previous business intelligence tool.

Posted March 26, 2014

CAKE, a provider of business intelligence to marketers and advertisers, has selected the ParStream real-time database to query and analyze data quickly.

Posted March 26, 2014

To help financial institutions meet new requirements, accelerate statistical model development and deployment and reduce model management complexity, Oracle Financial Services introduced Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications R Modeling Framework as a new component for Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications Infrastructure.

Posted March 26, 2014

Extending support for mission critical Project Portfolio Management (PPM) requirements, Oracle has introduced Primavera Prime as well as the first available module in that offering, Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management. Primavera Prime is Oracle's first enterprise PPM offering designed to leverage Oracle's Engineered Systems approach.

Posted March 26, 2014

With recent announcements, including the 11.2 release of its business information platform and a formalized partnership with Cloudera, Logi Analytics is expanding its big data analytics capabilities.

Posted March 25, 2014

Be sure to nominate your favorite vendors' products now. The nominating process for the Database Trends and Applications' Readers' Choice Awards is well underway, and will conclude on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Posted March 24, 2014

To expand its portfolio of information management solutions, and enhance the company's open approach to data management,Dell has acquired Oklahoma-based StatSoft.

Posted March 24, 2014

Alyssa Johnson, who became president of the OAUG in January, recently spoke with DBTA about the challenges and choices facing OAUG members. A major topic of discussion for Oracle users at the upcoming COLLABORATE 14 conference will be how and when to migrate to E-Business Suite 12, says Johnson. Covering a range of business areas, including CRM, financial management, supply chain management, EBS is a backbone suite of ERP applications on which many companies rely to run their businesses. End of support is looming for 11i, Johnson says, and it's time to decide on 12.1.3 or 12.2 and start planning that upgrade now.

Posted March 24, 2014

Today, HP announced the new ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, a portfolio of integrated systems to help accelerate clients' SAP HANA time to value. According to HP's Frances Guida, HP is addressing two dominant market trends with products - the strong rate of in-memory adoption and the need for purpose-built systems that alleviate integration complexity.

Posted March 19, 2014

Oracle announced that fiscal 2014 Q3 total revenues were up 4% to $9.3 billion. In constant currency, Oracle's Cloud Software subscriptions revenues grew 25% and its Engineered Systems revenue grew more than 30% in the quarter, said Oracle president and CFO Safra Catz in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 19, 2014

Using a single codebase, Appmethod, a new application development platform from Embarcadero, allows developers to build multi-device applications up to 20 times faster. The new platform delivers an end-to-end solution that aims to alleviate the increasing pressure on developers to quickly deliver new apps that support multiple platforms and devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops.

Posted March 19, 2014

At an event in New York City, IBM and leading researchers at the New York Genome Center (NYGC) unveiled a new collaboration to advance genomic medicine using IBM Watson, the cognitive computing system that won fame and fortune in its 2011 Jeopardy! competition.

Posted March 19, 2014

Cloudera has closed on a new round of funding for $160 million which will be used to further drive the enterprise adoption of and innovation in Hadoop and promote the enterprise data hub (EDH) market; support geographic expansion into Europe and Asia; expand its services and support capabilities; and scale the field and engineering organizations. The funding round was led by T. Rowe Price, and included an investment by Google Ventures and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment firm for Michael S. Dell and his family.

Posted March 18, 2014

Forward-looking CIOs and IT organizations are exploring new strategies for tapping into non-traditional sources of information such as websites, tweets and blogs. While this is a step in right direction, it misses the bigger picture of the big data landscape.

Posted March 17, 2014

Pivotal has introduced Pivotal HD 2.0 and Pivotal GemFire XD, which along with the HAWQ query engine, form the foundation for the Business Data Lake architecture, a big data application framework for enterprise

Posted March 17, 2014

As the deployment of big data analytics becomes part of a business' "must-do" list, cloud platforms offer the scalability, flexibility, and on-demand ability to handle workload spikes that are hard to come by with on-premises systems. But, as is the case with every system and data environment, it takes careful planning to achieve the desired business value—which is to enable unprecedented opportunities to better understand and engage with key customer segments and markets.

Posted March 12, 2014

Data Summit will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. The advance program is now available and registration is open with a special early bird registration rate when you register before April 11, 2014.

Posted March 12, 2014

To recognize the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. The nominations period will conclude on March 28, 2014, and voting will begin on April 11.

Posted March 12, 2014

Tableau and Splunk have formed an alliance, which allows users of Tableau's visual analytics software to access machine data with Splunk Enterprise. The ability to use Tableau to visualize structured data with machine data in Splunk will enable customers to gain new business insights.

Posted March 10, 2014

To take advantage of new Oracle Database capabilities, CSX Corporation, an international transportation company, upgraded more than 400 databases supporting critical commercial, packaged and proprietary business applications, including payroll, dispatching, and a customer-facing order entry system. To minimize the business impact and downtime during the transition, CSX used Oracle Real Application Testing, an Oracle Database option, in conjunction with Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Posted March 05, 2014

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) and IBM have launched a Big Data Survey to provide a timely analysis of the key technologies, practices and strategies that businesses across different industries are using to improve confidence in their decision making. Respond with a completed survey by March 2nd, 2014, in order to be included in a drawing to win one of three $200 American Express gift cards to be awarded at the conclusion of the study.

Posted February 26, 2014

While minimizing risk is important for financial services organizations, companies need to think beyond fraud detection and understand the wider benefits predictive analytics can provide in terms of better customer experience, driving opportunities and increasing revenue in a highly competitive market. Among other uses, a comprehensive customer database, combined with advanced analytics, will allow organizations to spot trends, identify cohorts, and micro-target discrete populations.

Posted February 26, 2014

Believing that its ability to do advanced customer analytics on an increasingly vast data set would be enhanced by a platform that would grow exponentially, the customer science company dunnhumby turned to Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Advanced Analytics. dunnhumby's global chief information officer Yael Cosset explains what the company gained with the implementation.

Posted February 26, 2014

These days, companies have more and more of their applications and data being accessed through mobile devices. To enable secure access to sensitive enterprise applications and data on mobile devices, Oracle rolled out the Oracle Mobile Security Suite, which, combined with Oracle's existing Identity and Access solutions, aims to deliver an integrated platform for managing access to all applications from a complete range of device types.

Posted February 26, 2014

ISUG-TECH 2014 in Atlanta, April 14-17, will be the first technology event to explore the features and functionality in Sybase ASE 16. The conference will provide more than 150 hours of technical session, more than 60 hours of workshops, and more than 50 expert speakers, and a range of workshops, including the SAP ASE Quick Start for Oracle and SQL Server DBAs workshop which will double as a refresher course for people who had been Sybase DBAs but have not recently been in that role.

Posted February 26, 2014

After almost two decades of delivering technology training and education to customers, partners, consultants, and employees through the SAP TechEd conference series, SAP is changing the conference name to SAP d-code.

Posted February 26, 2014

A new offering from Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is designed to help companies migrate their existing implementations of the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse application to the SAP HANA platform in a private cloud managed by WFT Cloud. The service by WFT Cloud includes an upgrade at no additional charge of the customer's existing implementation of SAP NetWeaver BW to version 7.3.

Posted February 26, 2014

In order to be effective, big data analytics must present a clear and consistent picture of what's happening in and around the enterprise. Does a new generation of databases and platforms offer the scalability and velocity required for cloud-based, big data-based applications—or will more traditional relational databases come roaring back for all levels of big data challenges?

Posted February 26, 2014

In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the array of choices for not only managing relational and unstructured data but also protecting it and extracting value from it. To shine a spotlight on the best data management offerings, DBTA will soon open nominations for our first-ever Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted February 26, 2014

Mission-critical applications in the banking, education, retail, healthcare, oil and gas, government, and travel industries depend on trusted MultiValue database systems. Yet, new requirements are emerging for MultiValue technology vendors to support integration with other enterprise data sources, enable mobile and web access, provide comprehensive business intelligence, and enforce greater security. In this special report, executives of seven leading MultiValue companies discuss how they are responding to their customers' evolving needs.

Posted February 26, 2014

The challenges of funding and executing IT projects that support competitive advantage for the enterprise are explored in a new EMC-sponsored survey of 285 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. A fundamental process to support big data analytics initiatives is the delivery of reliable information through the integration of networks, data systems and applications. However, many organizations find themselves instead mired in low-level database administration tasks.

Posted February 24, 2014

IBM has agreed to acquire Cloudant, Inc., a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create mobile and web apps. Following the close, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014, Cloudant will join IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group led by Senior Vice President Bob Picciano, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group.

Posted February 24, 2014

Infobright has added a new Approximate Query functionality to the Infobright Enterprise Edition. The new functionality, which is now in beta testing, speeds up customer access to the results of their ad hoc queries.

Posted February 21, 2014

To say that big data is the sum of its volume, variety, and velocity is a lot like saying that nuclear power is simply and irreducibly a function of fission, decay, and fusion. It's to ignore the societal and economic factors that—for good or ill—ultimately determine how big data gets used. In other words, if we want to understand how big data has changed data integration, we need to consider the ways in which we're using—or in which we want to use—big data.

Posted February 21, 2014

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