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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

HarperDB, an enterprise class database company, is launching HarperDB, an HTAP (Hybrid Transactional/Analytical Processing) database solution that will eliminate the need for multiple database products and costly expenses amassed by big data footprints. This solution is designed for developers and HarperDB's database is powered by a patent pending data storage algorithm that ingests both unstructured and structured data into a fully indexed, single model data store.

Posted February 07, 2018

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has introduced Melissa Direct, a one-stop shop for list hygiene, data appends, sales leads, and mailing software.

Posted February 07, 2018

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, is acquiring Datos IO to extend its reach into cloud applications and databases adopted by application and DevOps teams. By bringing together the two companies' complementary product portfolios, Rubrik accelerates its mission to become the premier cloud platform for enterprises to orchestrate application data across datacenter and public cloud.

Posted February 07, 2018

SentryOne is planning to expand internationally by opening an office in Dublin City Centre, Ireland, in early 2018. The company plans to manage its European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) operations through the new Irish subsidiary and will add sales, channel and customer support staff as soon as next month. The Irish company, SentryOne Ltd., will be wholly owned by SentryOne. 

Posted February 07, 2018

DFLabs, a provider of security automation and orchestration, is receiving increased funding from an existing investor, allowing the company to expand and meet the growing demand for security.

Posted February 06, 2018

Maintaining and updating the businesses database is crucial to running a successful company. To prevent and diagnose availability, health, and performance issues it is essential to review and manage the configuration of SQL Server instances and databases.

Posted February 05, 2018

DH2i, a provider of multi-platform disaster recovery and cost improvement solutions, is being added to Microsoft's SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Partners List. The SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Partner List includes DH2i's DxEnterprise software, a unified Windows and Linux Smart Availability solution for databases and stateful Docker containers. 

Posted February 05, 2018

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." Nonetheless, experts agree, there has never been a better time to be a DBA—provided you are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

Posted February 05, 2018

The industrial revolution has given way to the digital age but, how do traditional factories weather the storm of this change? Modern demands require manufacturers to have the ability to support faster production, vary product output at a moment's notice, lower power consumption, and eliminate waste all while improving throughput and efficiency.

Posted February 02, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted February 01, 2018

Are machines better equipped to do what DBAs do? There was an interesting post recently that stated 800 million jobs worldwide were at risk due to automation by 2030. The impact will not be equally distributed between job functions. In addition, different job functions will see different percentages of jobs automated.

Posted February 01, 2018

The term "big data" has been bandied about for a number of years now, to the point where it has been used so much that it is a part of IT culture. Hard to specifically define, yet everyone seems to have a good idea what is meant by it, big data is here to stay. And that is a good thing!

Posted February 01, 2018

As the president of the Independent Oracle Users Group I often get asked for advice about which Oracle event to attend—COLLABORATE or Oracle OpenWorld. Sometimes it's just, "What is COLLABORATE?" or even, "Isn't COLLABORATE just a mini Oracle OpenWorld?" These two events are very different, and, depending on your role, one may be better for you than the other.

Posted February 01, 2018

Based in Saddlebrook, N.J., Riverside Cemetery maintains public records for burials, private records on families, maintains billing, and oversees all the work done to burial plots in addition to taking care of monuments and records relating to them, and other tasks associated with running the business. The 1980s brought dramatic changes to Riverside. This technological transition in 1980 was aided by WinWin Solutions, parent company of Revelation Software. Initially using Revelation Software's DOS-based Advanced Revelation, and then migrating to the Windows-based OpenInsight platform, Riverside has evolved technologically while remaining a traditional cemetery serving the community with warmth, compassion, and professionalism.

Posted February 01, 2018

Download any app onto a smartphone these days and you'll be prompted by the same question: Do you want to turn location services on? For consumers, letting Google Maps or Waze know exactly where you are is a must — it's the essence of why those apps exist. But have you ever wondered why other types of businesses, from grocery stores to social media platforms, want to know where their patrons are at all times?

Posted February 01, 2018

MemSQL, provider of real-time data warehouse solutions, is receiving Amazon Web Services (AWS) Big Data Competency status, recognizing MemSQL's efforts of helping customers reach their goals on the cloud platform. This designation recognizes that MemSQL has demonstrated success helping customers evaluate and use the tools, techniques, and technologies of working with data productively, at any scale successfully achieving their big data goals on AWS.

Posted February 01, 2018

Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a Hazelcast Go Client for client-server deployments of Hazelcast IMDG, allowing Go applications to integrate and share large datasets. Go (often referred to as Golang) is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Go's concurrency and networking features, and its high degree of portability, make it well-suited for building cloud-native applications.

Posted January 31, 2018

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, is adding support for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements to its security information and event management (SIEM) solution, Log360. With its new correlation rules and GDPR-specific report, Log360 helps enterprises improve their ability to detect data breaches, prove that their data is always protected, and meet requirements stated in Articles 25(1) and (2), 32(1)(b) and 33.

Posted January 31, 2018

InterSystems, a provider of information technology platforms for health, business, and government applications, has released InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, a data platform for delivering multi-workload and multi-model data management, native interoperability, and open analytics in a single product.

Posted January 31, 2018

Boundless, a provider of open GIS, today is unveiling Boundless Server Enterprise, a cloud-native geospatial web server designed to take advantage of the cloud's ability to scale up and out. With Boundless Server Enterprise, enterprises now have a high performing, cost effective, and massively scalable way to serve maps to their applications running in the cloud, according to the vendor.

Posted January 30, 2018

IBM is introducing three new offerings that aim to streamline the data management, data governance, and data science processes. As data continues to increase in value and complexity, IBM's latest platform approach will make it easier for organizations to begin leveraging the most effective data science and governance solutions in the most strategic and effective ways possible, according to the vendor.

Posted January 29, 2018

LicenseFortress has launched as a standalone entity to focus on database software license management and audit protection service with a financial guarantee. Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017.

Posted January 25, 2018

As we enter a new year new trends will take their turn in the spotlight. This is no different for the big data landscape. We have come a long way since the term "big data" swept the business world off its feet as the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. Hadoop, NoSQL, and Spark have become members of the enterprise IT landscape, data lakes have evolved as a real strategy and migration to the cloud has accelerated across service and deployment models.

Posted January 25, 2018

Organizations are still skeptical of investing in the cloud and planning for the future, now that 2018 has arrived is no different. Enterprises are looking at ways to secure their data while also staying at the cutting edge. A few experts offer their predictions for cloud and multi-cloud platforms in 2018.

Posted January 25, 2018

TimeXtender, a provider of self-service BI and analytics, is now a certified technology partner with Tableau Software, enabling customers to make business decisions on the fly. TimeXtender was selected as a new partner as its Discovery Hub works seamlessly with Tableau, allowing customers to make business decisions in a timely manner based on data that is important to them.

Posted January 25, 2018

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is making three new updates to the Toad product family, including Toad Edge v1.2, Toad Data Point v4.3 and Toad Intelligence Central v4.3. The new release of Toad Edge simplifies the development and management of next-generation open source database platforms, with added support for MariaDB and MySQL instances running on Microsoft Azure.

Posted January 25, 2018

Zumasys, a provider of MultiValue software products and cloud computing, continues to grow as several companies recently modernized their MultiValue applications with jBASE. These companies include General Air Service and Supply, Denver, CO, Sanders Supply, Hot Springs, AR, Sepulveda Building Materials, Laguna Niguel, CA, The Corken Steel Products Co., Florence, KY, and Calverley Supply, Sterling Heights, MI.

Posted January 24, 2018

Entrinsik Inc., developer of Informer, is partnering with RamQuest Inc., allowing RamQuest users to extract any data element from production data, create custom reports and visualizations, and then glean critical business insights. Informer enables agents and underwriters using RamQuest to manipulate and interact with data, then collaborate as needed.

Posted January 24, 2018

The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 24, 2018

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is releasing HyperStore 7, bridging both on-premises and cloud environments. This update allows users to manage data in both private and public clouds around the globe as a single, unified storage pool. 

Posted January 24, 2018

Dremio has closed $25 million in a Series B funding round led by new investor Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures.

Posted January 24, 2018

Actian, a data management, analytics and integration company, has introduced new multi-platform editions of the Actian Zen Embedded database solution family designed to address the demanding scale-down and scale-out requirements of data-centric IoT solutions.

Posted January 24, 2018

Anaplan, a provider of a platform for connected planning, has launched Anaplan Bring Your Own Key (BYOK), a data encryption solution. Anaplan BYOK allows customers to self-manage keys, which enables them to encrypt and decrypt workspaces and have sole access to their data on the Anaplan platform.

Posted January 24, 2018

Database administrators are typically swamped with simultaneous numerous jobs. They have to keep their database platforms up to date and working smoothly. That requires manual effort to perform certain tasks on a regular basis, sometimes daily or hourly.

Posted January 24, 2018

Esri, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analytics, is certifying SAP HANA  as an ArcGIS enterprise geodatabase to provide customers with greater insights, improved business decisions, and a swifter ability to innovate. Esri and SAP customers will benefit from enhanced performance and scalability, as well as full integration of both enterprise and spatial data, according to the vendor.

Posted January 24, 2018

SAP is creating a global network of partnership with 18 strategic partners to help more businesses adopt Internet of Things (IoT) technology. This global network of partners will provide implementation services for SAP Leonardo IoT accelerator packages, which are designed to help customers build IoT solutions specific to their business needs at a predictable price.

Posted January 24, 2018

SAP is unveiling a new program that will help customers with on-premise SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions transition and expand into the cloud. The program, titled Upgrade2Success, will provide clear guidance, predictable outcomes, faster time to value, and flexible commercial arrangements, offering the services and tools for digital HR transformation, according to the vendor.

Posted January 24, 2018

appsFreedom Inc. and its platform have achieved SAP certification to be integrated with SAP S/4HANA, allowing users to deploy the latest SAP software. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the appsFreedom Platform version 4.5 integrates with SAP S/4HANA using standard integration technologies.

Posted January 24, 2018

Data security is a growing concern in all enterprises, and since DBAs have been guardians of the data, their skillset can be utilized in moving forward to combat new risks and threats, writes Extreme Scale Solutions' Michelle Malcher in the latest article in a six-part series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on the "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM reported fourth-quarter revenue of $22.5 billion, up 4%. Systems (includes systems hardware and operating systems software)—saw revenue of $3.3 billion, up 32% over the same quarter last year, driven by growth in IBM z, Power Systems, and storage.

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM and Salesforce, a provider of CRM, are expanding their strategic partnership, bringing together IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein. The move will enable companies to connect with their customers and collaborate more effectively with deeper insights.

Posted January 19, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, says it plans to increase its investment in R&D by more than 50% as part of its mission to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform.

Posted January 18, 2018

MicroStrategy Incorporated, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, unveiled the availability of new connectors to data discovery vendors at its annual user conference MicroStrategy World 2018. With this announcement, users can connect to Microsoft Power BI, Qlik Technologies, and Tableau Software and leverage MicroStrategy 10.

Posted January 16, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), an independent, global, member-led organization that maximizes customers' investment in Oracle and partner solutions, has announced Christine Hipp as its 2018 president. An active member of the OAUG since 2004, Hipp has served on the OAUG's education, finance, governance, international, marketing, and meetings and conferences committees. She was elected in 2011 to the OAUG Board of Directors, where she served as the board secretary in 2013 and 2016 and president elect in 2017.

Posted January 16, 2018

erwin, Inc. has announced its evolution to "the data governance company," based on its expertise and the centering of its technology platform around data governance. As part of this focus, the company has acquired A&P Consulting, a technology and consulting services firm based in Rome, Italy.

Posted January 15, 2018

There are many things to consider when capacity planning for SQL Server. Storage and disk capacity are apparent, but when you want to right-size your database(s) for a new SQL implementation or migration, there is a lot more to think about than space.

Posted January 15, 2018

Database administration tasks can be time consuming so they require a comprehensive range of tools. Tasks can be error-prone, especially when they involve developing, testing, and maintaining custom scripts.

Posted January 12, 2018

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