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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

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

JackBe has released its Presto Real-Time Analytics Add-On With Terracotta BigMemory (RTA Add-On), which bundles Terracotta's enterprise-grade BigMemory in-memory data management platform for high performance in-memory analytics. According to the vendors, this combination of in-memory and analytics allows Presto to mash big data with live and transactional enterprise data into actionable dashboards faster.

Posted June 11, 2013

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

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

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

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