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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

The mobile revolution has revitalized the need for searchable curated content. Mobile internet use and mobile search advertising spend are both predicted to overtake desktop usage and spend this year, and as people change the way they access the internet, they change the way they search.

Posted May 21, 2014

The explosion of machine data has made it impossible for humans to write every rule to detect relevant events. Most of these events are unknown, new (or rather anomalous), or indescribable, and as a result, they go undetected. IT organizations need a mechanism to automatically "tell" users what is happening inside of their data without the administrator's prerequisite knowledge of the event.

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Olson, director of product management, Embarcadero Technologies, tackled the cultural, technical and methodology gaps between the worlds of data architecture and agile development the challenge of retaining the benefit of data architecture and data modeling in the agile world in a lively presentation at DBTA's Data Summit in NYC that drew numerous follow-on questions from attendees.

Posted May 21, 2014

Great tech conferences provide information on new approaches and thought-provoking - sometimes even uncomfortable - discussions. With three tracks of sessions, preconference workshops and a product showcase, DBTA's 3-day Data Summit conference in NYC allowed attendees to hear what experts really think is important in big data.

Posted May 21, 2014

The challenges of big data quality were discussed at Data Summit in NYC in a session presented by Paula Wiles Sigmon, program director, product marketing, IBM, and Elliot King, who has just authored a Unisphere Research report on how "governance moves data from hype to hope." Increasingly, organizations across industries are adopting formal data governance strategies to get a grip on their data lineage, quality and protection, said Sigmon.

Posted May 21, 2014

In his hard-hitting presentation on big data at Data Summit, Rick Smolan, a Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, and author of the book, "The Human Face of Big Data," described big data as "the development of a nervous system for the planet," and shared insights about the current impact as well as the potential for the future - of everything that can be measured being measured.

Posted May 21, 2014

In diverse areas ranging from fraud detection to personnel recruitment, said Kamran Khan, CEO, Search Technologies, in his keynote at Data Summit in NYC, search is augmenting big data technologies. The advantage of search, Khan said, is that you can not only iterate faster but also merge structured and unstructured data, and in the process, democratize data access so it is no longer just in the hands of just data scientists.

Posted May 21, 2014

Big data is causing a big shift in three areas - people, process and technology, said SAS thought leader Anne Buff, who gave a keynote at Data Summit dotted with examples of the rich opportunities for greater customer insight that can be achieved as well as the pitfalls lying in wait for companies that fail to use their data wisely.

Posted May 21, 2014

Delphix has formed a new partnership with DBmaestro to increase the speed and lower the cost of application development. According to the companies, teams or individual developers can work in parallel, with an enforced version control process, making sure best practices are followed, and integrating and merging their individual database changes, thus completing application development projects in less time and with lower cost.

Posted May 20, 2014

The latest version of the Lavastorm Analytics Engine, a data discovery solution, helps provide business users with quick access to the data needed to discover business insights. According to Lavastorm, while organizations seek to leverage analytics to transform disparate and big data into a business driver, there still remains a struggle to provide business users with quick access to the data needed to discover business insights.

Posted May 20, 2014

To help simplify solution implementation, increase productivity and accelerate time to value with Oracle engineered systems for clients, Accenture is acquiring Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner specializing in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle database administration and development.

Posted May 20, 2014

Unlike other awards programs which rely on our editorial and publishing staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. The voting period ends soon, so if you haven't already done so, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Posted May 19, 2014

At Data Summit in NYC, Mason Sharp, chief architect of TransLattice, spotlighted the just-announced release candidate for Postgres-XL, which he said provides MPP, OLTP write scalability, multi-tenancy security, and cluster-wide ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability) properties.

Posted May 16, 2014

Extending organizations' ability to gain insight from a range of data sources and applications, Oracle has announced the latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications, which adds new ways to analyze procurement data, and a new module for analyzing talent.

Posted May 14, 2014

Providing customers with turnkey sales and support - including installation, upgrades, training and system maintenance - GSI, Inc., a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), is now distributing Oracle's JD Edwards software.

Posted May 14, 2014

The Internet of Things is resulting in more customer data at executives' fingertips than ever before. In 2009, there were 2.5 billion things connected to the internet, creating data. That number will explode to 30 billion things by 2020. So how can businesses harness the power of all that customer data being generated by this new networked reality to create insights that help build lifelong customer relationships? And how can they keep from being overwhelmed by all that noise?

Posted May 14, 2014

Concurrent CEO Gary Nakamura says the latest release of Cascading will give enterprises the flexibility to build data-oriented applications on Hadoop once, and then run the applications on the platform that best meets their business needs. "What we are providing is a standard way to develop data-centric applications without the risk of having to rewrite those applications when distributions or the providers of the computation engines underneath it change direction one day."

Posted May 13, 2014

ParStream, provider of a real time database for fast analytics, and BI vendor Yellowfin, have formed a new alliance. The alliance will enable organizations to process massive amounts of stored and streaming data, in structured and semi-structured formats, in real-time, which can then be delivered throughout the enterprise in the form of visualizations to support decision-makers with timely, fact-based actionable intelligence.

Posted May 13, 2014

New Cloudera certification enables customers to use Tungsten Replicator 3.0 to replicate transactions from operational database systems such as MySQL, MariaDB and Oracle to Cloudera Enterprise 5 in real-time. The Cloudera certification confirms that the data replicated by Tungsten Replicator matches the source and target to ensure data quality, and does not stress either side of the replication stream in the process.

Posted May 12, 2014

DataStax and Databricks are partnering to integrate Cassandra and Spark. "More and more, we see customers in the community wanting to do analytics on data in as real time as possible. That is what this is really about," said Martin Van Ryswyk, executive vice president of engineering, DataStax.

Posted May 12, 2014

The value proposition for the Splice Machine database, according to Monte Zweben, CEO and cofounder of Splice Machine, is that it enables companies to replace traditional RDBMSs when they hit a wall, either from a performance or cost perspective, with a full-featured, transactional SQL database on Hadoop, to power both operational applications and real-time analytics.

Posted May 12, 2014

TIBCO Software Inc. says its acquisition of Jaspersoft Corp. accelerates its expansion into embedded business intelligence and reporting, giving the company the portfolio needed to address two fast-growing segments of the business intelligence market.

Posted May 12, 2014

A majority of executives want to make their companies data-driven but have no idea how to go about it, according to SiSense co-founder and CPO Elad Israeli, who will cover what's needed to plan a big data project at Data Summit, taking place in New York City, May 12-14. Despite the potential rewards, a solid strategy is needed before jumping into a big data project, Israeli cautions.

Posted May 09, 2014

Recursive SQL can be very elegant and efficient. However, because of the difficulty developers can have understanding recursion, it is sometimes thought of as "too inefficient to use frequently." But, if you have a business need to walk or explode hierarchies in your database, recursive SQL will likely be your most efficient option.

Posted May 08, 2014

Presenting workshops, thought-provoking keynotes, and information packed sessions led by industry experts, DBTA's Data Summit kicks off Monday, May 12.

Posted May 08, 2014

MongoDB's Kelly Stirman and Cloudera's Yuri Bukhan recently talked with DBTA about the companies' new partnership and what it will mean for the big data ecosystem in the future. There is a need to demistify big data, they say, so that organizations can understand what technologies are right for their individual needs.

Posted May 08, 2014

Entrinsik, developer of Informer agile operational reporting and business intelligence software, has formed a partnership with SugarCRM, provider of customer relationship management (CRM) solution. Delivered with pre-configured mappings and sample reports, Informer software provides real-time reporting, data analysis and interactive dashboards to extend the value of customers' SugarCRM systems.

Posted May 08, 2014

With more than 300 nominees across multiple product categories, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning products and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. You can vote for as many or as few of the nominees as you choose. Vote today! Voting closes May 23.

Posted May 08, 2014

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 finally went RTM (Released to Manufacturing) at the beginning of this month. Here's a look at the key new features within three major areas of enhancement: Mission-Critical Performance, Business Intelligence, and Hybrid Cloud.

Posted May 08, 2014

Varonis Systems has announced the upcoming beta release of DatAnswers, a new solution for secure, relevant search for NAS, Windows file servers and SharePoint.

Posted May 06, 2014

Ariba, an SAP company that provides cloud-based procurement solutions, is moving to SAP HANA, the company's in-memory platform for real-time computing. The initial step, involving the transition of Ariba Spend Visibility has been completed and the company is now shifting the Ariba Network to the platform. "We have been running cloud operations here for 15 years at Ariba, and we have a mature cloud platform, said SAP Ariba engineering vice president Mark Dao.

Posted May 06, 2014

Just after data is created, there is high value attached to it. As data begins to age, its value does not diminish, but the nature of that value begins to change. For many enterprises that are dealing with large data volumes, timely data access can be a major issue, especially when customers demand quick response times. Let's examine the challenge of processing data in real time reliably and meeting customers' expectations for quick responses.

Posted April 30, 2014

CodeFutures has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for its continuous replication technology that helps DBAs perform maintenance and other processing functions without downtime. CodeFutures' new patent provides the technology backbone for dbShards/Replicate, its replication and failover solution for enterprise databases.

Posted April 29, 2014

TIBCO Spotfire Spotfire 6.5 provides support for Esri Arc-GIS and WMS/WFS location data, making it easier to blend an organization's WMS and analytics strategies. The new release provides access to a range of demographic, climate, geographic, and other data sources, as well as map projections to support greater insight to location-based analyses.

Posted April 29, 2014

SAS Institute's Anne Buff has given her upcoming Data Summit keynote a humorous title, but, there is nothing funny about companies' need to find ways to exploit big data, achieve data monetization, and leverage the opportunities of data's ROI, she says. Buff will deliver her presentation, "Oh, Shift! How Big Data Is Calling for an Enterprise Data Rethink," at the Data Summit at the New York Hilton Midtown, taking place May 12-14.

Posted April 25, 2014

Helping data analysts and business users make better data-driven decisions, Alteryx Analytics 9.0 enables the blending of new and established sources of data such as social media feeds, Google Analytics, Marketo, and SAS Analytics.

Posted April 24, 2014

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud now offers applications such as SAP Business Suite, the SAP Business Warehouse application and the SAP HANA platform on a subscription model. New subscription offerings not only emphasize the company's commitment but also increase the choice and simplicity for customers to deploy HANA, according to SAP.

Posted April 24, 2014

TEKsystems, an IT staffing solutions provider, says that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire business intelligence and security experts.

Posted April 23, 2014

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