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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.



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More "things" are now connected to the internet than people, a phenomenon dubbed The Internet of Things. Fueled by machine-to-machine (M2M) data, the Internet of Things promises to make our lives easier and better, from more efficient energy delivery and consumption to mobile health innovations where doctors can monitor patients from afar. However, the resulting tidal wave of machine-generated data streaming in from smart devices, sensors, monitors, meters, etc., is testing the capabilities of traditional database technologies. They simply can't keep up; or when they're challenged to scale, are cost-prohibitive.

Posted August 07, 2013

In many ways, Hadoop is the most concrete technology underlying today's big data revolution, but it certainly does not satisfy those who want quick answers from their big data. Hadoop - at least Hadoop 1.0 - is a batch-oriented framework that allows for the economical execution of massively parallel workloads, but provides no capabilities for interactive or real-time execution.

Posted August 07, 2013

Kore Technologies will be a sponsor of the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Training and Networking Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV, from September 19 to September 20, 2013. Formed in 1994, the Eclipse Users Group is an independent organization of distribution companies that use the Epicor Eclipse software within their organizations. Kore provides integrated data warehousing, e-commerce, and enterprise integration solutions for the Eclipse user community via integrated best-in-class solutions to complement and extend the functionality of Eclipse.

Posted August 07, 2013

Progress Software announced availability of new data connectivity and application capabilities as part of its Progress Pacific application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) for building and managing business applications on any cloud, mobile or social platform. "Pacific is a platform running in the cloud that is targeted at small and medium-size businesses, ISVs and departmental IT," John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress Software, explained in an interview. Instead of requiring a highly trained IT staff to build applications, Goodson says, the platform provides a visual design paradigm that allows users with limited skills to build powerful applications that can quickly connect to any data sources.

Posted August 06, 2013

SAP AG introduced new high availability and disaster recovery functionality with SAP Sybase Replication Server for SAP Business Suite software running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE). "After only a year and a quarter supporting the Business Suite, ASE has already garnered about 2,000 customer installations. This easily provides that near zero-downtime for HA/DR that is non-intrusive to the system using Replication Server as the key enabling technology," said Dan Lahl, vice president, Database Product Marketing, SAP, in an interview.

Posted August 06, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, a provider of information optimization solutions, introduced new server and management automation capabilities for its Datawatch Monarch Professional, Datawatch Data Pump and Datawatch Enterprise Server products. Datawatch says the new releases of its flagship information optimization software will enable businesses to better secure, simplify and accelerate their big data and business intelligence applications, and also extend the technology to more users.

Posted August 06, 2013

IBM announced its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe, designed for enhanced analytics, cloud, and mobile computing. Priced at $75,000 for the base model, IBM says it is targeting smaller organizations. The computer giant says it is also adding new industry solutions and software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio, designed for financial services and government operations.

Posted August 05, 2013

To encourage partners to build, market and sell software applications on top of technology platforms from SAP, the company has introduced the new SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development. The new partnering model, a component of the SAP PartnerEdge program, is intended to help partners create and monetize innovative, specific applications in the mobile, cloud, database or high-performance in-memory areas. Participating partners will be able to also get go-to-market support, including the SAP partner logo, free application reviews and the ability to leverage SAP Store, the online channel from SAP for enterprise applications and services.

Posted August 01, 2013

IBM says it is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open cloud environment. According to IBM, the new PowerLinux 7R4 server, built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's Watson cognitive computing solution, can provide clients the performance required for the new business-critical and data-intensive workloads increasingly being deployed in Linux environments. IBM is also expanding the portfolio of software for Power Systems with the availability of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and EnterpriseDB database software, each optimized for Linux on Power.

Posted July 30, 2013

TIBCO Software and Composite Software have teamed up to provide a complete analytic application stack. With the combination of the TIBCO Spotfire Analytics Platform and the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, the companies say, businesses will be able to get an analytic solution in production much faster than with alternatives, and allow them to quickly adapt as data sources and business needs change.

Posted July 30, 2013

Join DBTA and MarkLogic for a webcast on Wednesday, July 31, to learn about the essential technologies and approaches to succeeding with predictive analytics on Big Data. In a recent survey of Database Trends and Applications subscribers, predictive analytics was cited as the greatest opportunity that big data offers to their organizations. The reason is simple — whether you're fighting crime, delivering healthcare, scoring credit or fine-tuning marketing, predictive analytics is the key to identifying risks and opportunities and making better decisions. However, to leverage the power of predictive analytics, organizations must possess the right technology and skills.

Posted July 25, 2013

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

Posted July 25, 2013

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau Online, a SaaS or hosted version of Tableau Server with the goal of making analytics easier. With Tableau Online, users can share, author and edit dashboards and reports with their company, customers and partners without requiring IT support or specially trained programmers.

Posted July 23, 2013

The latest version of Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine, version X3-4, features significant software enhancements and hardware updates to improve the capabilities of the high-speed engineered system for business analytics. The new Exalytics X3-4 system doubles the amount of on-board RAM to 2TB, and features 2.4TB of flash storage, and 5.4TB of hard disk.

Posted July 17, 2013

Big data analytics provider Actian is putting assets from the recent acquisition of ParAccel, Pervasive Software and Versant Corporation to work. The company announced plans to offer two new platforms, the Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms. The Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms are designed to provide end-to-end capabilities, from data connection through preparation and analytics, all the way to automated action. Built on technology that takes advantage of advances in chips, cores and clusters, the company says the platforms provide clients with integration and analytics on any data.

Posted July 16, 2013

We typically think of predictive analytics being used for providing business insight into opportunities such as upselling customers or detecting risk of fraud, but Patterns and Predictions, a predictive analytics company, is putting its technology to work for a higher purpose. The company is working on a big data initiative dubbed "The Durkheim Project" which is using its machine learning data fabric built on technologies from Attivio and Cloudera to predict suicide at scale.

Posted July 16, 2013

Logi Analytics, which allows organizations to create web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within their business applications, systems, and processes, is enhancing its big data capabilities with new support for Amazon Redshift and a new technology partnership with ParStream.

Posted July 16, 2013

Accenture has entered into an agreement with Predixion Software, a provider of collaborative predictive analytics software, to jointly develop advanced industry- and process-specific analytics solutions designed for the needs of business users. The agreement, which is part of a strategic investment Accenture has made in Predixion Software, strengthens Accenture's ongoing strategy to bring capabilities to its clients that cover the full analytics value chain.

Posted July 16, 2013

MemSQL, a provider of real-time analytics, announced the availability of MemSQL 2.1, which includes new features and enhancements to enable customers to access, explore and increase the value of data, regardless of size or file format. To meet the demands posed by increasing amounts of data and data types, MemSQL has updated its analytics platform to enable customers to receive real-time results on analytical queries across both real-time and historical datasets.

Posted July 16, 2013

Cloud BI company Birst and 3coast, a business analytics and CRM solutions provider, have formed a partnership to provide organizations custom business intelligence and analytics solutions. 3coast's IT consultants work closely with organizations to develop custom business intelligence solutions based on their unique needs. With Birst's enterprise-caliber Cloud BI platform, 3coast can now offer customers a complete cloud-based solution that is quick to deploy and easy to use.

Posted July 16, 2013

28msec, Inc. announced the launch of the company and its first product, 28.io, which it calls an Information Processing Platform (IPP). Reducing the time to develop and run complex queries on SQL and NoSQL databases by an order of magnitude over existing solutions, the company says 28.io enables businesses to retrieve and process data from multiple formats (such as JSON, XML, HTML, relational data, CSV, and text), located in various data stores, including both SQL and NoSQL sources using one single language and platform.

Posted July 09, 2013

IBM says that it has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure company based in Dallas, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. The initial acquisition agreement was announced on June 4th, and is the basis of IBM's new cloud services division, which combines SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud.

Posted July 08, 2013

Splunk Inc., which provides a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, has introduced the beta version of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop. Hunk is a new software product from Splunk that integrates exploration, analysis and visualization of data in Hadoop. According to Splunk, Hunk drives improvements in the speed and simplicity of interacting with and analyzing data in Hadoop without programming, costly integration or forced data migrations.

Posted July 02, 2013

Progress Software Corporation has expanded the range of data sources for its DataDirect Cloud service and DataDirect Connect family of products. With this release, DataDirect supports data sources from Cloudera Impala to Apache Hive to Greenplum, among others. The company is also announcing beta support for Social Media Data, Relational Data, NoSQL Data and ERP Data

Posted July 02, 2013

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca, which leverages Oracle Endeca Information Discovery technology to provide a more efficient way for businesses and organizations to explore their operational data in real-time.

Posted July 02, 2013

Datameer 3.0, the newest version of Datameer's big data analytics tool for business users, builds on existing self-service data integration, analytics, and visualization capabilities, to add new Smart Analytic functions, which, automatically identify patterns, relationships, and even recommendations based on data stored in Hadoop.

Posted July 02, 2013

Silverback Enterprise Group has acquired Noetix Corp., a provider of business intelligence (BI) and data analytics software. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Noetix is Silverback's sixth acquisition in the past 2 years. Silverback is headquartered in Austin, Texas and backed by Austin Ventures, a venture capital firm with $3.9 billion of capital raised.

Posted July 02, 2013

SAP AG announced this week that version 16 of the company's Sybase software has achieved a Guinness World Record for loading and indexing big data. In cooperation with BMMsoft, HP and Red Hat, SAP Sybase IQ 16 achieved an audited result of 34.3 terabytes per hour, surpassing the previous record of 14 terabytes per hour achieved by the same team using an earlier version of SAP Sybase IQ. The latest version of th real-time analytics server and enterprise data warehouse (EDW) provides a new, fully parallel data loading capability and a next-generation column store, enabling the jump in big data performance.

Posted June 27, 2013

Composite Software has released the Composite Data Virtualization Platform 6.2 SP3. This release really has four elements, Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing, Composite, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It updates the Hortonworks, Cloudera and the Apache Distribution of Hadoop big data integrations through the HiveServer2 interface, and then fourth, provides new access to Cloudera CDH through Impala. "The key problem with big data is that there are not enough people that are skilled at the big data tools to use them effectively," Eve notes.

Posted June 27, 2013

Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural "DBTA 100," a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Posted June 27, 2013

Are we attempting to view 21st-century organizations through a 1990s window? Decision makers' ability to understand what customers are thinking and to be able to deliver service that dazzles and amazes them, depends on their organization's ability to sift through all the available data. However, organizations are not doing a very good job of competing on analytics. Efforts to introduce more analytic power across enterprises to analytics-driven cultures appear to be lukewarm at best. What is needed is a way to embed analytics deeper into day-to-day business operations.

Posted June 27, 2013

RainStor, a provider of an enterprise database for managing and analyzing historical data, says it has combined the latest data security technologies in a comprehensive product update that has the potential to rapidly increase adoption of Apache Hadoop for banks, communications providers and government agencies.

Posted June 27, 2013

DBTA and SAP will present a webcast on how extreme transaction works and how it is helping data-intensive enterprises overcome their data growth and complexity challenges. Across the public sector, financial services, healthcare, and other industries, organizations are being challenged with managing more data and more users are demanding access to that data with less time and resources. This trend was underscored in a study conducted over Database Trends and Applications readers in April, which found that faster query performance was the number-one technology challenge that respondents are trying to get their arms around.

Posted June 27, 2013

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine has announced the inaugural "DBTA 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data," a list saluting this year's companies in data and enterprise information management—from long-standing industry veterans to fast-growing startups tackling big data. "Beyond the explosion of interest surrounding big data, the past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating both challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to protect, optimize, integrate, and extract actionable insight from a sea of data assets," remarked Thomas Hogan, group publisher of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted June 26, 2013

These are heady times for data products vendors and their enterprise customers. When business leaders talk about success these days, they often are alluding to a new-found appreciation for their data environments. It can even be said that the tech vendors that are making the biggest difference in today's business world are no longer software companies at all; rather, they are "data" companies, with all that implies. Enterprises are reaching out to vendors for help in navigating through the fast-moving, and often unforgiving, digital realm. The data vendors that are leading their respective markets are those that know how to provide the tools, techniques, and hand-holding needed to manage and sift through gigabytes', terabytes', and petabytes' worth of data to extract tiny but valuable nuggets of information to guide business leaders as to what they should do next.

Posted June 19, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, a provider of information optimization solutions, has agreed to acquire Panopticon Software AB, a privately held Swedish company specializing in the delivery of real-time visual data discovery solutions. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of Datawatch's fiscal year September 30. The acquisition of Panopticon adds additional capabilities for Datawatch that are important in the big data space, Ben Plummer, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Datawatch, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 17, 2013

There is an emerging field of companies looking to take on the challenges presented by the roiling tide of big data. While their visions vary, each has identified a market need that it believes its technology uniquely addresses. Here, DBTA highlights the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.

Posted June 13, 2013

Entrinsik has signed a partnership agreement with Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of hosting, cloud computing, system backups and disaster recovery, professional services, and monitoring for MultiValue applications. The agreement enables Pick Cloud to offer Informer as a reporting and data analysis solution.

Posted June 13, 2013

To enable faster, more efficient decision-making, Oracle has introduced JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems. New in-memory applications include JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor. The new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications provide users with new functionality by delivering immediate availability to summarization and simulations leveraging massive sets of broad and near real-time transactional information to aid in decision making, process accuracy and control.

Posted June 12, 2013

To help organizations make better decisions with big data, SAS has introduced SAS Decision Manager, which integrates predictive analytics, business rules, and data management. The announcement was made at The Premier Business Leadership Series event in Amsterdam, a business conference presented by SAS.

Posted June 11, 2013

DBTA and Tableau Software will present a webcast on how organizations can take advantage of their big data assets on Wednesday, June 20, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. The webcast will enable attendees to gain a better understanding of the key challenges, the technology consideration, and the best practices involved in realizing fast and easy analytics from big data.

Posted June 11, 2013

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