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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.



Business Intelligence and Analytics Articles

ParStream, a provider of real-time big data analytics technologies, has partnered with Panopticon, a visual data analysis software vendor, to offer a comprehensive solution focused on big data requirements of real-time analytics and advanced data visualization. The merging of Panopticon and ParStream technologies supports agile business intelligence operations relying on complex big data while requiring minimal, non-specialty hardware.

Posted June 11, 2013

Business intelligence and analytics vendor Yellowfin has released the latest version of its BI software, Yellowfin 6.3 with enhancements that focus on three key product areas: collaboration, usability and data visualization. A key new feature of the new release is "Timeline," which enables users to monitor and understand their relationship with BI content and relevant decision-makers. Timeline records users' specific activities and interactions within Yellowfin in real-time. According to Yellowfin, the result is a searchable, personalized, chronological catalog of the particular movements of, and anything related to, each individual user within Yellowfin.

Posted June 11, 2013

Oracle has introduced the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud that includes Oracle RightNow and also launches the new Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App for the iPad. With new capabilities to support servicing customers when agents are away from their desks, Oracle Service Cloud now leverages the power of Oracle Fusion Tap, a native application for iPad. The new release of Oracle Service Cloud with Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App aims to specifically address pain points for mobile employees, helping them stay connected and productive.

Posted June 05, 2013

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, has released free software and a community site aimed at R developers tasked with broadening the use of predictive analytics in the enterprise. TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R Developers Edition is a free version that is available to the entire Open Source R community, while the TERR Community Site provides enterprise developers with community-based technical support and a peer forum to help them build and deploy analytics for their organization.

Posted June 04, 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 04, 2013

It's become clear to me that the Business Intelligence (BI) market is undergoing a period of significant change. Organizations now realize the potential and value of empowering people—throughout the enterprise—with the ability to take better, faster fact-based action.

Posted June 03, 2013

Big Data has changed the game for all of us. The performance and expertise required to manage and use the ever-increasing flow of data into our companies have effectively sidelined older technologies. A new generation of data analytics tools is emerging; built to scale without losing performance, able to incorporate more data from diverse sources in disparate formats, and deliver high confidence results in our on demand world.

Posted June 03, 2013

Infobright is proud to be selected for inclusion in the DBTA 100. Infobright's investigative analytic engine enables organizations to extract rich, real-time insight from machine-generated data at the speed of business. Specifically focused on the rapid analysis of volumes of information from Web logs, mobile data, call records, stock tickers, sensors and more, Infobright empowers organizations to ask all the questions they want, and get the detailed answers they need to make better, faster and more profitable decisions.

Posted June 03, 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 03, 2013

David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, recently highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey." According to the research, contrary to the perception that big data only provides value when it is crunched on the type of large-scale clustering technologies used by web companies, many big data issues are being successfully addressed now by conventional technologies such as relational databases. But while many respondents believe their current technology is capable of helping them manage and capitalize on big data, they also are concerned about gaining faster access to their large datasets.

Posted May 29, 2013

HP and SAP AG are making progress on a joint initiative, code-named "Project Kraken," to improve business processes and mitigate risks for customers. Unveiled last January, Project Kraken is a co-innovation effort between HP and SAP, built from years of HP server technology innovations and optimized with the in-memory SAP HANA database for SAP Business Suite. The prototype system was demonstrated for the first time at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, Fla.

Posted May 29, 2013

Strengthening its cloud message, SAP AG has announced a unified strategy and vision for its cloud portfolio, combining enterprise solutions with the simplicity of cloud on SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the real-time enterprise. SAP HANA Cloud Platform will serve as the foundation for the full portfolio of cloud solutions from SAP. The announcement of the integrated approach, builds on SAP recent launch of the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Posted May 29, 2013

SAP AG has announced the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service. With the new offering, running mission-critical SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and new applications powered by the SAP HANA in-memory platform, will be possible as a managed cloud service with elastic petabyte-scale.

Posted May 29, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, announced the expansion of the OpenText ECM Suite for SAP Solutions in support of SAP's latest technologies, including the SAP HANA platform, and cloud and mobility solutions. This support builds on a partnership that spans more than two decades and is growing every year, says Patrick Barnert, senior vice president, Partners and Alliances, OpenText. OpenText, he adds, is the first SAP ISV partner to have its products fully tested and confirmed by SAP to be integrated with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.

Posted May 29, 2013

Actian, a provider of data management solutions, has announced the general availability of its Hadoop On Demand Integration module v2.0 for ParAccel, including support for HCatalog, the centralized metadata repository supported in Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and other distributions of Hadoop. This solution addresses the challenges of running advanced analytics on big data in Apache Hadoop.

Posted May 24, 2013

Splunk Inc., which provides a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Hortonworks, a contributor to Apache Hadoop, have formed an alliance to enable organizations to gain operational intelligence using open source Apache Hadoop. The alliance enables organizations to use Splunk Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) through Splunk Hadoop Connect, which moves data between Splunk Enterprise and Hadoop.

Posted May 24, 2013

DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp provided attendees with an immersion experience in the world of big data. Presentations and panel discussions with data experts covered the value provided by Hadoop and related solutions, how it all fits into the overall enterprise data management picture, real-world use cases in which big data technologies are now being deployed, how to get started, the legal implications of big data management that organizations need to be aware of before they initiate a big data project, and how to successfully engage with customers through social media. Ten salient points emerged from the two-day conference which wrapped up at the Hilton New York on Wednesday.

Posted May 23, 2013

Many argue that for big data to truly matter, you need some serious computing power and some data scientist wizards with mathematical prowess. While the volume of big data certainly can present challenges, there is also the velocity and variety of it to consider. Variety is actually the biggest concern and issue for most organizations that find it difficult to track, correlate and glean insight from data that's coming from so many diverse sources.

Posted May 23, 2013

Three things people need to think about in a big data implementation are persistence, context and access, John O'Brien, founder and principal, Radiant Advisors, told attendees during his keynote, "The Big Data Paradigm," at DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp. O'Brien's talk provided an overview of the technologies and issues that attendees would learn about during the conference which took place this week in New York City. Following the opening address, David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey," which revealed a variety of practical approaches that organizations are adopting to manage and capitalize on big data.

Posted May 23, 2013

NuoDB, Inc., a provider of a cloud data management system offering SQL compliance and guaranteed ACID transactions, has introduced the NuoDB Starlings Release 1.1. Following on from its 1.0 release in January, NuoDB's Starlings Release 1.1 focuses on overall usability in three key areas, Seth Proctor, NuoDB chief architect, tells DBTA. The enhancements focus on greater Microsoft Windows support, general performance and stability, and an improved development and management experience in the web console, says Proctor.

Posted May 23, 2013

What does it mean to be a "real-time enterprise"? It means having a well-connected organization, free of the shackles of siloed and slow-moving data environments. It means being able to compete in today's hyper-competitive economy by giving decision makers immediate access to the right information, at the right time.

Posted May 23, 2013

Kore Technologies will soon unveil the next major release of Kourier Integrator, its enterprise integration suite providing both extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration (EAI) capabilities for connecting UniData/UniVerse applications to Microsoft SQL server and other best-in-class applications. Kourier Integrator Release 4, which will add several new features and product enhancements, is expected to be available by the end of May.

Posted May 22, 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 May 22, 2013

Dell Software's latest release of SharePlex, a data replication solution, has added support for near real-time data integration to drive improved data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. SharePlex, which has a heritage as an Oracle-to-Oracle data replication solution, now enables customers to replicate Oracle data using CDC to other databases, including structured databases such as SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, Netezza, and Teradata, as well as emerging unstructured databases such as Hadoop and Greenplum. SharePlex 8.0 also adds new support for Oracle Transparent Data Encryption and Hybrid Columnar Compression.

Posted May 22, 2013

Redesigned to improve implementation, Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications Release 11.1.1.7.1 incorporates enhancements across the BI Applications product line and also introduces two new in-memory analytic applications. Built on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle BI Applications enable organizations to benefit from a packaged BI solution, while tight integration with a single, common BI architecture allows businesses to extend those solutions to meet their specific needs or build completely custom BI applications. By leveraging Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle GoldenGate, and adding new setup and configuration utilities, Oracle says the applications can be implemented faster and offer improved real-time reporting.

Posted May 22, 2013

EdgeSpring, a visual analytics and business intelligence provider, has announced the general availability of its BI and analytics platform, designed to allow users to draw business insights from data of any size or structure without dependence on analysts or IT specialists. The company has raised $11 million in series A financing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Lightspeed Ventures.

Posted May 21, 2013

At SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, SAP AG unveiled SAP HANA service pack 6 (SP6). In a key new capability, HANA now enables real-time insights across heterogeneous systems - including Hadoop. In addition, there are new geospatial capabilities, as well as a new open hardware architecture deployment model for tailored integration with customers' existing data centers. The added capabilities are part of a continued expansion of HANA as platform, and will be available by the end of this quarter, David Jonker, senior director of Big Data Marketing, SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 16, 2013

BI software vendor Yellowfin has signed an agreement with DIKW, a Dutch provider of business intelligence consulting, training and services. Through this reseller agreement, DIKW will make Yellowfin's solution, and associated training and implementation services, available to its clients and businesses throughout Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

Posted May 14, 2013

MapR Technologies is integrating LucidWorks Search with the MapR Platform for Apache Hadoop to enable customers to perform predictive analytics, full search and discovery; and conduct advanced database operations on one platform. Integrated search and discovery on the MapR Big Data platform is currently in beta, and will be generally available next quarter in MapR's just-released M7 Edition, which combines Hadoop with NoSQL capabilities.

Posted May 07, 2013

Strategic analytics provider Alteryx, Inc. has announced Alteryx Project Edition, a free analytics solution designed to enhance the capabilities of business and data analysts. Compatible with all data sources, the Project Edition utilizes the newly available Alteryx Strategic Analytics 8.5 platform, enabling analyst to build, iterate and deploy an analytic workflow or application without the delay sand budget restrictions of legacy solutions. Users can create and run their analytic workflow and deliver their required output up to 15 times, or with incentives for additional output.

Posted May 07, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, provider of information optimization solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Lavastorm Analytics, an analytics software vendor, to provide customers the ability to expand their use of unstructured and semi-structured data sources when developing analytic applications.

Posted May 07, 2013

Noetix Corp., a provider of business intelligence software and services for enterprise applications, has introduced Noetix Generator for QlikView, a solution to automate and simplify setting up QlikView for access to the data structures in Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted May 01, 2013

Dell Software today announced the latest version of Toad Business Intelligence Suite, an integrated solution to enable organizations to more easily access and extract meaningful information from traditional and non-traditional data sources. The latest release of Toad Business Intelligence Suite, which will be available this quarter, is planned to further facilitate self-service business intelligence across complex data environments.

Posted May 01, 2013

Revolution Analytics, a provider of software, services and support for the open source R project, has released upgrades to its commercial-grade analytics software built upon the powerful open source R statistics language for R-based enterprise-class data analytics. Revolution R Enterprise 6.2, available now, features new advances in high-performance predictive analytics, including quick and easy stepwise regression for big data linear models and predictive analytics on data stored in Teradata databases.

Posted April 30, 2013

MemSQL has made available a distributed version of its in-memory database and real-time analytics platform, enabling organizations to perform real-time analytics at big data scale. Also included in the release is MemSQL Watch, a browser-based interface that provides insight into software status, hardware performance, and system configuration in a single view.

Posted April 30, 2013

As machines increasingly are fitted with internet and other network access, enterprises will be able to capture and increasingly expected to respond to more customer data than ever before. Machine-to-machine (M2M) network connections—this so-called "Internet of Things"—is positioned to become the next source of major competitive advantage. Whatever you call it, M2M is turning out to be the poster child for big data's "Three Vs": Volume, Velocity and Variety. What M2M data requires is a fourth "V" (Visualization) to convert its big data into value by giving users the ability to identify data patterns through real-time analytics.

Posted April 30, 2013

Adding to its list of recent acquisitions (Pervasive, Versant), Actian Corp. a big data management vendor, announced the purchase of ParAccel, a leader in high-performance analytics. The acquisition adds Amazon, The Royal Bank of Scotland, OfficeMax and MicroStrategy to Actian's big data customer portfolio.

Posted April 25, 2013

The conference agenda as well as the list of speakers is now available for DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp, a deep dive designed to bring together thought leaders and practitioners who will provide insight on how to collect, manage, and act on big data. The conference will be held May 21-22 at the Hilton New York. SAP is the diamond sponsor, and Objectivity and MarkLogic are platinum sponsors of the two-day event.

Posted April 25, 2013

Teradata, a provider of analytic data solutions, is offering business analysts self-service access to Apache Hadoop to enable quicker and smarter business decisions. According to the company, Teradata Enterprise Access for Hadoop, part of the Teradata Unified Data Architecture, allows business analysts to reach through Teradata directly into Hadoop to find new business value from the analysis of big data.

Posted April 23, 2013

Adaptive Planning, provider of cloud-based business analytics solutions, has introduced Adaptive Consolidation, a cloud-based solution for comprehensive close-and-disclose financial consolidations and analysis. The solution provides a complete, integrated cloud-based suite of products spanning corporate performance management and business intelligence.

Posted April 23, 2013

Prognoz, a provider of business analytics solutions, has unveiled Prognoz Platform version 7. This solution is intended to help managers, business analyst and other experts manage their big data and derive the information needed to predict future opportunities and improve decision-making.

Posted April 23, 2013

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