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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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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

Actian Corp. has completed the acquisition of Pervasive. The agreement for Actian to acquire Pervasive was announced earlier this year. Pervasive provides software to manage, integrate and analyze data, in the cloud or on premises, throughout the data lifecycle.

Posted April 16, 2013

Lavastorm Analytics is building a partner ecosystem with its analytics platform at the center to help business analysts optimize their organizations' big data. Cyfeon Solutions and QlikView are two of the most recent integrations with Lavastorm.

Posted April 16, 2013

In business, the rear view mirror is clearer than the windshield, said the sage of Omaha. And that is particularly true of business intelligence, composed almost entirely of such retrospectives. Consider this: Business intelligence proffers neatly organized historical data as a potential source of hindsight. Of course, there are also the dashboards of happenings in the "now" but precious little in terms of prompts to timely action. The time required to traverse that path from data to insight to intelligence to ideas to implementation to results is often the culprit. It's nowhere near quick enough, especially for businesses like banking, telecommunications and healthcare that set great store by the time value of information and the money value of time.

Posted April 10, 2013

"Big data" and the impact of analytics on large quantities of data is a persistent meme in today's Information Technology market. One of the big questions looming in IT departments about big data is what, exactly, does it mean in terms of management and administration. Will traditional data management concepts such as data modeling, database administration, data quality, data governance, and data stewardship apply in the new age of big data? According to analysts at Wikibon, big data refers to datasets whose size, type and speed of creation make it impractical to process and analyze with traditional tools . So, given that definition, it would seem that traditional concepts are at the very least "impractical," right?

Posted April 10, 2013

At COLLABORATE 13 in Denver, Oracle announced new releases of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite and Endeca Information Discovery. Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite centralizes enterprise reporting, dashboards, and analytics on an integrated platform, and Endeca Information Discovery is an enterprise data discovery platform for intuitive analysis of information from structured and unstructured sources.

Posted April 10, 2013

DBTA and Tableau Software will present a webcast on the Top Trends in Business Intelligence in 2013 on Thursday, April 11, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. This webcast will enable attendees to better understand how visual analytics is helping organizations act on big data, how to realize the value of unstructured data, the new role of cloud in business intelligence, and how to leverage mobile BI.

Posted April 09, 2013

JackBe, a provider of real-time intelligence, and Axeda, a cloud-based service and software vendor, have announced a partnership that unifies their complementary technologies to enhance the value of machine-to-machine (M2M) data. Through the JackBe-Axeda partnership, user-driven tooling from JackBe Presto combines with Axeda Machine Cloud's M2M event processing and data management.

Posted April 09, 2013

New technologies designed to help companies and governments tackle big data have been unveiled by IBM. The new technologies include the new IBM PureData System for Hadoop, designed to make it easier and faster to deploy Hadoop in the enterprise, and "BLU Acceleration," which is aimed at improving analytical performance in data management systems.

Posted April 05, 2013

Oracle Event Processing (OEP) for Oracle Java Embedded, a smaller footprint version of Oracle Event Processing tailored for deployment on gateways, has been introduced by Oracle. According to Oracle, OEP for Oracle Java Embedded is a solution for building embedded device applications to filter, correlate and process events in real-time so that downstream applications, services and event-driven architectures are driven by true, real-time intelligence.

Posted April 03, 2013

Data visualization and analysis vendor Tableau Software has released version 8.0 of its analytics and visualization platform, with more than 90 news features to help organizations answer deeper questions about their data and integrate it across their organization. Web and mobile authoring enables drag and drop analytics in browsers and tablets, new data connections allow customers to interactively analyze large amounts of cloud data, and additional visualization types foster new ways to communicate with data. In addition, new APIs allow authors to integrate custom data, visualizations and dashboards into their applications and portals faster.

Posted April 02, 2013

Software integration vendor Talend has partnered with Caserta Concepts, a consulting and technology services firm specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence and big data analytics, to help Caserta build highly scalable big data analytics solutions for their clients.

Posted April 02, 2013

Big data, in-memory analytics and cloud computing vendor Kognitio has announced that the Kognitio Analytical Platform enables new fully parallel not-only-SQL (NoSQL) capabilities, including the R language for statistical computing and graphics.

Posted April 02, 2013

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