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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

When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you're generally going to consider three approaches, one of which is a cloud implementation. SQL Server 2012, and even more so in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release, has built out a very strong Apache Hadoop infrastructure on Windows Azure called HDInsight. Despite all its goodness, it is in the cloud—and a lot of people aren't ready to go there yet.

Posted February 10, 2014

A new test drive feature for Entrinsik Informer allows visitors interested in trying the reporting and business intelligence software to access a free trial version instantly on their own web browser. Entrinsik Informer provides access to real-time data from multiple sources, in-depth analytic capabilities, and intuitive data visualizations, all accessible anytime, anywhere from a web-based interface.

Posted February 10, 2014

HP has officially launched a new online destination called the HP Vertica Marketplace to support partners and customers in the creation, sharing, and marketing of solutions and add-ons to the Vertica Analytics Platform including connectors and third-party extensions, business intelligence tools, ETL and data transformation products.

Posted February 10, 2014

Expanding its big data analytics portfolio, Apigee has acquired InsightsOne, a technology company that provides big data predictive intelligence to help businesses understand consumer preferences. The acquisition of InsightsOne adds a predictive analytics infrastructure that is consistent with Apigee's big data offerings, built on top of a massively scalable distributed processing foundation based on open source Hadoop and an in-memory real-time process.

Posted February 05, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

Cloudera introduced simplified packaging and pricing for its product line-up to align closely with the way customers use Hadoop. At the top of the stack is Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition which gives customers everything they need to build an enterprise data hub, including unlimited supported use of all Cloudera's advanced components.

Posted February 03, 2014

Combining a high-speed operational database with in-memory analytics, the latest release of VoltDB's flagship product features a ten-fold throughput improvement of analytic queries and can do writes and reads on millions of data events per second, according to the company. By enabling organizations to take advantage of data when it arrives, VoltDB says the database is purpose-built to support telecommunications billing, gaming, sensor management, smart energy and capital markets applications.

Posted January 29, 2014

To streamline the movement of SAP system data into the Teradata Database, Teradata has launched Teradata Analytics for SAP software and services. The new solution enables SAP system data to be moved to Terada and integrated with big data and business data to support a comprehensive view and enable more insightful business decisions.

Posted January 29, 2014

With demand growing for easy-to-use analytical applications that can make big data actionable for more users, MicroStrategy has launched MicroStrategy PRIME, a cloud-based, in-memory analytics service. The company says it has been built from the ground up to support the engineering challenges that are associated with development of powerful new information-driven apps.

Posted January 28, 2014

On Thursday, January 30, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, join DBTA for the second installment of the "Making Big Data User-Centric" webcast series. The live webcast will showcase two brand-new solutions that allow organizations to empower their businesses users with faster access to all their data and help accelerate analytical insights.

Posted January 28, 2014

To address the technical requirements of big data analysis, organizations are deploying new data platforms, tools and techniques. Concurrently, more organizations are interested in moving data workloads to the cloud to capitalize on cost-efficiencies and rapid time-to-value. A recent DBTA roundtable webcast explored how these two trends are converging to present organizations with new opportunities for fast, cost-effective business analysis.

Posted January 28, 2014

Attivio and Quant5 have joined forces to create a Predictive Customer Analytics Suite. Despite the increased focus on corporate "data-centricity," many large companies are struggling to effectively use customer data. According to the companies, the Quant5-Attivio partnership addresses this challenge by making data accessible with cloud-based solutions that provide immediate value to non-technical users, without requiring a team of data scientists.

Posted January 27, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted January 22, 2014

Former SAP principal solution engineer Lou Stanton has joined Bradmark Technologies after a short-term retirement as a senior technical consultant. Previously, with Sybase, Stanton authored much of the material used in SAP IQ internal documentation and mentored the field sales organization in sales presentation as well as conducted technical proof of concepts for sales opportunities.

Posted January 22, 2014

ISUG-TECH, the technical user group for SAP products, has published the conference tracks and sessions for the upcoming ISUG-TECH 2014 conference which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, and sponsored by SAP. In addition to the main conference tracks, there also will be six pre-conference and three post-conference workshops providing deeper technical dives.

Posted January 22, 2014

Expanding its range of data replication offerings for heterogeneous IT environments, Attunity Ltd. has acquired Hayes Technology Group, a provider of data replication software solutions targeted at the SAP space. Hayes will provide new synergies and cross-sell opportunities to Attunity, said Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing.

Posted January 22, 2014

New funding will enable in-memory database technology provider MemSQL to expand product development, support its growing customer base, and capitalize on the market for big data technologies. The $35 million Series B funding round was led by Accel Partners.

Posted January 22, 2014

In the past two weeks, IBM made two huge announcements regarding both the big data and cloud fronts - committing more than $1 billion to its new Watson Group, dedicated to boosting artificial intelligence-based solutions, and another $1.2 billion to enlarge its cloud footprint.

Posted January 21, 2014

Veristorm is providing a commercial Hadoop distribution for Linux on the mainframe, with drag-and-drop access to mainframe databases and files. The platform, vStorm Enterprise, also enables access and analytics of sensitive mainframe data and other big data sources.

Posted January 21, 2014

The newest generation of IBM's enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers provides improvements for analytics and cloud. The new architecture increases application performance by providing the low system write latency, essential for analytics applications. Memory and storage features also are designed to boost virtual machine capacity to enable SaaS delivery of applications.

Posted January 21, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers who possess unique insight into leading technologies, and experience with successful IT and business strategies for the Data Summit conference in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2014.

Posted January 20, 2014

Providing "enterprise BI" that includes social analytics will be a significant challenge to many enterprises in the near future. This is one of the primary reasons for the success of the new wave of innovative and easy-to-use BI and social media analytical tools within the last several years.

Posted January 20, 2014

Volume is only one of the challenges organizations face. Real-time processing of in-motion high-velocity feeds is crucial to truly unlock big data's potential. A look at where data is originating and being consumed puts the opportunity and importance of velocity processing into context. What's the solution?

Posted January 20, 2014

While all the excitement is currently focused on new-age solutions that have surfaced in the past few years—NoSQL, NewSQL, cloud, and open source databases—there is still a great deal of uncertainty and consternation among corporate and IT leaders as to what role new data sources will play in business futures.

Posted January 20, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers with unique insight and experience in leading technologies and techniques, successful IT and business strategies, and real-world use cases for the Data Summit conference at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The call for speakers is now open.

Posted January 17, 2014

Big data and cloud technologies are converging to create a cost-effective delivery model for fast, easily-accessible business analytics. On Thursday, January 23, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET, join DBTA for a "Big Data Analytics in the Cloud" roundtable webcast to explore the key technologies and approaches that are being deployed to enable big data analytics.

Posted January 17, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced that Alyssa Johnson is its 2014 president. Johnson who is also practice director at Alpharetta, Ga.-based Rolta Americas, was elected by the OAUG board in 2013 to serve as president-elect, is the first OAUG president to take part in a formal succession planning program.

Posted January 14, 2014

Logic Information Systems, Inc., a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Yomari Information Services, a consulting company focused on enterprise data analytics and BI for retailers. The acquisition is part of Logic's strategy to establish itself as a leading systems integration and business process services provider, with end-to-end knowledge across Oracle Retail product footprint and geographic reach across retailers around the world.

Posted January 13, 2014

At an event in NYC, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, unveiled IBM's new Watson Group, which is aimed at enabling a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of big data. IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, which will be headquartered in New York City's Silicon Alley technology hub.

Posted January 09, 2014

Changes and enhancement to solutions are hard, even under the best of circumstances. It is not usual that, as operational changes roll out into production, the business intelligence area is left uninformed, suggesting that data warehouses and business intelligence be categorized according to the view of the old comedian Rodney Dangerfield because they both "get no respect."

Posted January 07, 2014

Logi Analytics has announced its new data discovery product, Logi Vision. With Logi Vision, Logi Analytics wants to ensure easier management, deployment and scalability to reach to a broader set of users within the organization.

Posted January 07, 2014

The data-driven demands on organizations have never been greater. Two of the most pressing concerns that organizations face today are the need to provide analytic access to newer data types such as machine-generated data, documents and graphics, and the need to control the cost of information management for growing data stores. DBTA's new list of Trend-Setting Products in Data for 2014 highlights the products, platforms, and services that seek to provide organizations with the tools necessary to address rapidly changing market requirements.

Posted December 20, 2013

A new rapid-deployment solution from SAP aims to address the issue of big data storage access and analysis which companies are grappling with as they attempt to balance what information needs to be accessible in real time and what can be stored for historical analysis. The SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution facilitates seamless data transfer between the business warehouse and the near-line storage that holds historical data. This, the company says, helps limit a business' burden around housing volumes of big data while also creating an online and accelerated retrieval system with the near-line storage.

Posted December 18, 2013

More businesses are beginning to realize the value that big data analytics can provide, according to ParStream, which has compiled a list of five key trends that will impact the big data landscape in the next year. In 2014, "fast data" - which enables companies to make real-time, fact-based decisions by using historical and live data to improve the way they run their business, deliver solutions, and engage with customers - will become the factor that separates inexperienced big data solution providers from established ones, the company says.

Posted December 17, 2013

Yellowfin has launched the Yellowfin 7 analytics platform with overall improvements to make enterprise-wide data discovery easier. The additions and enhancements of the release are focused on five core technical capabilities - better content creation, multi-chart formatting, enriched administration, and new collaborative decision-making and mobile report authoring functionality.

Posted December 17, 2013

There are many ways that big data can help businesses make better decisions and succeed more quickly, ranging from product innovation to manufacturing to marketing. To help organizations get their big data projects off on the right foot, here are five essential truths about big data analytics.

Posted December 17, 2013

Datawatch, a provider of visual data discovery software that optimizes any data, and Xerox Canada have joined forces to provide a solution to digitize and add analytics to the inventory reporting process. This solution will minimize the burden of paper and make it easier for retailers and large enterprises to extract valuable information from the data they collect.

Posted December 10, 2013

Appfluent, a provider of big data analytic solutions, has introduced Appfluent Visibility Version 5.5. The release features new capabilities enables organizations to implement an effective data management strategy to boost performance and help contain rising IT costs by advancing data usage analytics.

Posted December 10, 2013

Applied Relevance has announced general availability of a new information management application, Epinomy version 7 optimized for MarkLogic 7. According to Applied Relevance, Epinomy provides information architects with a comprehensive approach to linking and tagging information assets such as tables and text; and then leveraging triple store technology to enable a high-speed search experience.

Posted December 09, 2013

A technique for gaining new insights by combining big data from distributed cloud services with data stored on local IT systems has been patented by IBM inventors. The new approach provides a method for developing enterprise applications that more seamlessly combine locally-stored data from business process across an enterprise with cloud-based big data.

Posted December 09, 2013

While there have always been many database choices, it's only recently that enterprises have been embarking on new journeys with their data strategies. Today's database landscape is increasingly specialized and best of breed, due to the expanding range of new varieties of databases and platforms—led by NoSQL, NewSQL, and Hadoop. This is complicating the already difficult job of bringing all these data types together into a well-integrated, well-architected environment.

Posted December 04, 2013

Microsoft has been pouring resources into building out its business intelligence (BI) feature set since at least the SQL Server 2000 release. The upcoming SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014) release will continue that trend. Here's what SQL2014 will do for you with regard to business intelligence.

Posted December 04, 2013

Tableau 8.1, an update to Tableau Software's 8.0 release, delivers new features for the enterprise, sophisticated analytics, and more interactivity on the web and for mobile devices. The update also provides users with rich analytics by integrating with the open source statistics program, R.

Posted December 03, 2013

OpenText, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, has announced Project Red Oxygen, which the company describes as a "harmonized" release of new EIM software advancements designed to give CIOs the ability to extract value from their enterprise information and accelerate competitive advantage.

Posted December 02, 2013

The Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH), has opened the call for papers for the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference, which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton, Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. With a strong focus on SAP's database technologies, the conference will provide three days of technical content across all SAP products, including SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), SAP Sybase Replication Server, SAP PowerBuilder, the SAP Mobile Platform and SAP HANA.

Posted November 27, 2013

Significant momentum for SAP Business Suite software on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) has developed in the year and a half since the offering's release in April 2012, according to SAP. The company says more than 1,000 customers have chosen to run SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE and there are more than 2,000 customer installations

Posted November 27, 2013

Syncsort has introduced its new ETL Hadoop offering for the cloud on Amazon Web Services. Syncsort Ironcluster brings Hadoop ETL to Amazon Elastic MapReduce in the cloud with the aim of enabling customers to quickly and cost-effectively process large amounts of data in the cloud.

Posted November 26, 2013

Attivio and Actian have formed an alliance that will allow their customers to have access to both internal and external sources of unstructured content. The combination of Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine with Actian's ParAccel Big Data Analytics is aimed at helping business users to gain new, real-time business insights that help them build revenue, increase competitiveness, and manage risk.

Posted November 26, 2013

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