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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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Big data is toughfor enterprises to handle, and adding to the challenge is the fact that much of it is unstructured data—business documents, presentations, log files, and social media data. Respondents to a survey of 264 data managers and professionals—subscribers to Database Trends and Applications—almost unanimously agree that unstructured data is on the rise and ready to engulf their current data management systems. The trouble is, their management typically does not understand the scope of the challenge and is failing to recognize the significance of unstructured data assets to the business.

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP AG introduced a new solution to help organizations gain real-time insights into market trends and customer sentiment. The SAP rapid-deployment solution for sentiment intelligence with SAP HANA is intended to allow users to analyze customer sentiment from social networking sites, communities, wikis, blogs and other sources, and combine the information with CRM data. Customers that have had success getting started with big data analytics are the ones that have set out to solve a very specific use case or set out to solve a specific problem, David Jonker, director of marketing for database and technology at SAP, tells DBTA. "The rapid deployment solution for sentiment intelligence does exactly that."

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP AG has announced a free mobile developer license, a new SAP Mobile Apps Partner program, and additional support for integrating the software development frameworks from Adobe, Appcelerator Titanium, and Sencha with the SAP mobile platform. With the new programs, SAP seeks to encourage the developer community to create new mobile apps for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) environments, David Brutman, senior director, Developer Relations at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP BusinessObjects reporting solution vendor LaunchWorks Inc. has partnered with Centigon Solutions, developer of location intelligence solutions for SAP BusinessObjects, to deliver integrated location and mapping intelligence known as GMaps Plugin in secure outward facing dashboards, providing real-time business intelligence. The integration partnership is intended to enable customers to provide better product quality, reduced time and costs, and quicker identification of areas that need improvement by consuming and monetizing business intelligence quickly and accurately.

Posted August 21, 2012

Big data analytics and visualization vendor Centrifuge has released version 2.7 of Visual Network Analysis, its big data analytics platform. Described by the company as the first big data analytics solution that allows users to "bring their own data" without costly data transformation, reducing the need for data scientists, version 2.7 delivers context intelligence and pattern discovery by quickly filtering through large amounts of data, shortening discovery time and reducing cost.

Posted August 21, 2012

Business intelligence software vendor Tableau has announced that direct access to the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop for big data analytics is included in Tableau 7.0.7. This enables customers to instantly construct reports, data visualizations and dashboards without any programming or coding. The 7.0.7 update also includes support for Tableau's Desktop and Server products in Japanese.

Posted August 21, 2012

Symantec Corp. has partnered with Hortonworks to introduce the new Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop, providing a scalable, resilient data management solution for handling big data workloads. The add-on solution for Symantec's Cluster File System enables Symantec customers to run big data analytics on their existing storage infrastructure.

Posted August 14, 2012

ParAccel, an enterprise analytics platform provider, has announced the general availability of ParAccel 4.0. "If you consider how analytics have traditionally been run - offline, static, standalone - there's a large gap that needs to be filled if organizations want to meet 21st century demands," says Chuck Berger, CEO at ParAccel. The new release builds on ParAccel's expertise to help organizations achieve high performance, interactive big data analytics with improved speed and reliability

Posted August 14, 2012

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has signed a distribution partnership agreement with Tokyo-based Insight Technology Inc. (ITI). The reseller agreement provides ITI the rights to distribute Attunity's data replication solutions in Japan, together with ITI's database machine "Insight Qube." "The partnership with Attunity is an important and strategic one for ITI," says Ichiro Obata, CEO at Insight Technology, Inc. "The key reason is big data. Making big data available is a critical need for today's top companies in Japan and all over the world, yet accessing and managing it quickly and efficiently for analytics and disaster recovery initiatives is a persistent challenge."

Posted August 14, 2012

Throughout the 2000s, a huge number of website developers rejected the Enterprise Java or .NET platforms for web development in favor of the "LAMP" stack - Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/Python/PHP. Although the LAMP stack was arguably less scalable or powerful than the Java or .NET frameworks, it was typically easier to learn, faster in early stages of development - and definitely cheaper. When enterprise architects designed systems, they often chose commercial application servers and databases (Oracle, Microsoft, IBM). But, when web developers or startups faced these decisions, the LAMP stack was often the default choice.

Posted August 09, 2012

Oracle has enhanced its Exastack Optimized program with the ability to achieve Oracle Exastack Optimized status for Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. In addition, partners can now test their solutions on the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 through the Oracle Exastack Labs, remotely accessible environments for the purposes of testing and tuning applications on the latest major releases of key Oracle Exastack components. Part of the Oracle Exastack Program, Oracle Exastack Optimized enables independent software vendors (ISVs) and other qualifying members of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) to optimize their applications to run faster and more reliably on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Posted August 08, 2012

Oracle has announced Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. According to Oracle, customers in 43 countries across 22 industries have already adopted Oracle Exalogic, and it is the fastest growing Oracle engineered system with 3x Y/Y sales bookings based on the last two quarters of FY 2012. The second generation of Exalogic is raising the bar even further, with a single integrated system that addresses the key business goals of application owners - to seize market opportunities, lower business risk and reduce cost and complexity, noted Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president for product development at Oracle, who spoke during a webcast presentation to launch the new release.

Posted August 08, 2012

Learn how in-memory technology works, where it is being used and its advantages in this special August 9th webcast. Led by DBTA columnist and Unisphere Research analyst Joseph McKendrick, moderated by Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Research, and sponsored by Tableau Software, the webcast will provide the opportunity to gain a better understanding of this emerging technology that is changing the way organizations can work with big data and helping them achieve agile business intelligence.

Posted August 07, 2012

Big data and cloud analytics vendor Kognitio has partnered with Xtremeinsights, a provider of solutions for leveraging Hadoop in existing data management systems. Together, the partners aim to deliver software and integration technologies to businesses that want to leverage the Hadoop platform and gain actionable insights from their big data. Using its in-memory analytical platform, Kognitio speeds up the analysis of data from Hadoop clusters, enabling ad hoc, real-time analytics at a significantly lower cost. "Xtremeinsights can build the underlying infrastructure so that your business users can do ad hoc analysis on ridiculous amounts of data and get answers in real-time," Michael Hiskey, Kognitio's vice president of marketing and business development, tells DBTA.

Posted August 07, 2012

With the rise of big data,the database and data management tools market is in a state of flux, the likes of which have not been seen in this sector before. Companies are now awash in big data, and end users are demanding greater capability and integration to mine and analyze new sources of information. As a result, organizations are supplementing their relational database environments with new platforms and approaches that address the variety and volume of information being handled.

Posted August 07, 2012

Data management provider Actian has announced the upcoming release of its Hadoop Data Connector, which will increase performance and make analysis of Hadoop data more affordable for businesses and enterprises. With bi-directional data integration, Actian Vectorwise optimizes the analysis of Hadoop data, providing enterprises with actionable information for business decisions. The Hadoop Data Connector allows businesses to alternate between running quick, interactive queries in Vectorwise and running large-scale Hadoop data analysis.

Posted August 07, 2012

Big data is one of the most significant industry disruptors in IT today. Even in its infancy, it has shown significant ROI and has almost universal relevance to a wide cross-section of the industry. Why? Big data turns traditional information architecture on its head, putting into question commonly accepted notions of where and how data should be aggregated, processed, analyzed, and stored. Enter Hadoop and NoSQL, the open source data-crunching platform. Although these technologies are hotter than an Internet IPO, you simply can't ignore your current investments - those investments in SQL which drive everything from your data warehouse to your ERP, CRM, SCM, HCM and custom applications.

Posted August 07, 2012

Informatica, Talend, Jaspersoft, and Pervasive Software Inc. have joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as Technology Partners. To help customers get the most out of its cloud platform products, explains Eric Morse, head of Sales and Business Development, for Google's Cloud Platform, Google work closely with technology companies that provide powerful complementary solutions integrated with the platform.

Posted July 31, 2012

Pentaho's Business Analytics 4.5 is now certified on Cloudera's latest releases, Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 and CDH4. Pentaho also announced that its visual design studio capabilities have been extended to the Sqoop and Oozie components of Hadoop. "Hadoop is a very broad ecosystem. It is not a single project," Ian Fyfe, chief technology evangelist at Pentaho, tells DBTA. "Sqoop and Oozie are shipped as part of Cloudera's distribution so that is an important part of our support for Cloudera as well - providing that visual support which nobody else in the market does today."

Posted July 27, 2012

Information availability software provider Attunity has partnered with EMC to offer a high-performance big data replication solution for the EMC Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform, as well as dedicated optimizations to Attunity Replicate from EMC Greenplum. "Enterprise architects have to pay special attention to data flow. Data is their critical asset and right now enterprise architects are really challenged with a ‘data bottleneck,'" Matt Benati, Attunity's vice president of global marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 25, 2012

Jaspersoft, maker of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced availability of Jaspersoft Business Intelligence 4.7, with reports generated by JasperReports Server now give casual users the ability to interact with more of their data. According to Jaspersoft, its open source business model and zero-cost per-user licensing fees make interactive reporting affordable for even the largest scale reporting projects. Additional improvements in Jaspersoft 4.7 include direct native connectivity to big data sources and expanded mobile device support. "This is exciting for a couple of reasons," Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing for Jaspersoft, tells DBTA. "One is that no BI tool out there so far has this level of interactivity for what we call casual BI users."

Posted July 25, 2012

Data management software vendor Terracotta has released the latest version of its flagship product, BigMemory 3.7, providing performance at any scale through in-memory data management. The latest release offers improved in-memory access, allowing customers to store big data in real time with high application speed, performance, and scale. "We've made optimizations that allow people to put more data and capacity into our product so that they get more value out of the data that they put in," Gary Nakamura, general manager of Terracotta, explains to DBTA.

Posted July 25, 2012

Websites such as MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn have brought social networking and the concept of online community to a huge cross-section of our society. Penetration and usage of these platforms may vary depending on demographic (age and geography, in particular), but no one can debate the impact of Facebook and Twitter on both everyday life and on society in general.

Posted July 25, 2012

MITS, a provider of advanced reporting and analytics solutions, has introduced a new release of MITS Discover, an online analytics processing (OLAP) technology platform that provides easy-to-use tools for tracking and capitalizing on company patterns and trends, including sales, profitability, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. "MITS Discover 8.0 is the culmination of over a year and a half of intense effort, and several enhancements we included in this release were based on predicted future requests from our user base. This customer-focused approach is designed to maximize user satisfaction in what is already a highly regarded data analysis and reporting tool," says Mickey Lass, vice president, MITS Sales & Business Development.

Posted July 25, 2012

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is planning two OAUG Connection Point events - one focused on Enterprise Performance Management/Business Intelligence and the other on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1+/Fusion Coexistence.

Posted July 24, 2012

Dell is introducing a new Big Data retention solution aimed at reducing the costs of retaining big data while helping to improve management for easy retrieval and analysis. "Not only are the volumes of data growing - so is its value to the organization," says Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Enterprise Storage. "Being able to cost-effectively capture and store all of the relevant data makes it possible to gain insights that support innovation and business value. The key is having the right data management solution to fluidly move data, tier it, dedupe it, protect it and archive it. To us, that means your data is fluid."

Posted July 24, 2012

SAP AG has announced new business intelligence (BI) innovations to bring customers richer business insights. Now generally available, feature pack 3 for the 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions - including SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition - and the 1.0.1 release of SAP Visual Intelligence software equip users with analytics tools that are easy to access and use. The feature pack release for SAP Crystal Server software is planned to be generally available this month.

Posted July 24, 2012

Kognitio, provider of big data analytics and analytics in the cloud, has announced the general availability of its in-memory analytical platform via Amazon Web Services (AWS). This expansion of Kognitio Cloud provides customers with the industry's widest range of cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings for companies seeking to leverage their big data. Kognitio clients can cut costs by choosing how they want to perform data analytics and where they want to store that data.

Posted July 19, 2012

Quest Software, which earlier this month announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dell, has enhanced its unified partner program to better meet the needs of its reseller, distribution, service providers (SPs), and global partners. Launched in July a year ago, the Quest Partner Circle (QPC) is now being expanded to include SPs and global partners. In addition, SPs and global partners now have access to QPC infrastructure benefits, including partner training, certification, marketing, business planning, and dedicated technical support.

Posted July 19, 2012

Imagine Google returning search results on "Lady Gaga" in 0.03 seconds, but taking 30 seconds to return results for "Lunar Eclipse." That might seem unacceptable; however, that is the reality for most of today's enterprise data analytics. Some queries can come back in seconds with others taking minutes or even hours. Perhaps with a lot of tuning ahead of time, ad hoc analysis query performance can be improved, but in most cases, it remains a huge challenge. When you have the right indexes, summary tables, and statistics, you can get answers quickly. The IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator solves this problem using novel algorithms on modern hardware.

Posted July 11, 2012

Big data is everywhere today. It fills IT headlines and keynotes technology conferences. It's become a favorite topic for both industry analysts and technology investors. With lots of computing power and better database storage techniques, Big data makes it practical to store and analyze petabytes and petabytes of detailed transactional and media data. But despite the headlines, big data is not the most compelling data need that the majority of business end users have. A far bigger challenge for most people is getting access to the right data to help them do their jobs better.

Posted July 11, 2012

Data virtualization vendor Composite Software and Armanta, Inc., a provider of an integrated BI and analytics platform, have formed a partnership to deliver end-to-end enterprise risk management solutions to the financial services industry. The recent financial crisis points to a need for better enterprise level risk management, Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing at Composite Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing. However, he notes, the challenge with traditional risk management is that it does not include enough factors for the analysis or may not be capable of handling the volume of information that should be considered for analysis. "If you can't access all the information, or the information is at a volume level that is too great to analyze, then you are really not able to manage risk, and do what-if analysis to avoid problems."

Posted July 11, 2012

Oracle has introduced Customer Experience (CX), its vision for a complete customerexperience, designed to help organizations create consistent, connected and personalized brand experiences across all channels and all devices. "Companies have fewer ways to differentiate themselves and we are seeing that the power is shifting from the company into the hands of the consumer," Jon Ekoniak, vice president, Product Marketing at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The customer experience must acknowledge who the customer is in a personalized manner, make the experience painless and efficient, while also rewarding the person for his or her loyalty and advocacy, says Ekoniak.

Posted July 05, 2012

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Retail Customer Analytics, a business intelligence solution that provides segmentation, demographic, product affinity and promotion information to help retailers better understand their customers and the motivation for their buying decisions. The new solution provides more than 10 pre-built dashboards based on almost 100 key performance indicators, and is designed to deliver rapid time-to-value and enable retailers to adapt to customer preferences and market opportunities on the fly.

Posted July 05, 2012

Improving enterprise project, portfolio and resource management, Oracle has announced the release of Primavera Inspire for SAP 8.0, which aims to help eliminate information silos and inefficient processes by extending the interoperability between Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) project related applications.

Posted July 05, 2012

Datameer has announced a new release of its big data analytics solution, which combines data integration, analytics and visualization of any data type in one application. The new capabilities offered in Datameer 2.0 are in two main categories, Joe Nicholson, vice president of marketing, Datameer, tells DBTA. One is adding new functionality and the other is bringing Hadoop to the desktop with Hadoop natively embedded in two of three new editions of the application.

Posted June 28, 2012

Lucid Imagination, a developer of search, discovery and analytics software based on Apache Lucene and Apache Solr technology, has unveiled LucidWorks Big Data, a fully integrated development stack that combines advantages of multiple open source projects including Hadoop, Mahout, R and Lucene/Solr to provide search, machine learning, recommendation engines and analytics for structured and unstructured content in one solution available in the cloud. "With more and more companies being challenged by the explosive growth of information, as has been widely reported, the vast majority of that content is unstructured or semi structured text, and traditional business intelligence or traditional analytics methodologies don't come close to addressing the vast percentage of content," Paul Doscher, CEO of Lucid Imagination, tells DBTA.

Posted June 28, 2012

Data analytics vendor Teradata and information management software provider Kalido have introduced a new joint solution that they say will allow customers to build or expand a data warehouse in 90 days or less, providing deeper analytics to users for improved business decision-making. This solution combines the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance with the Kalido Information Engine, providing customers with a streamlined data consolidation tool that aggregates disparate data into a single unified platform.

Posted June 28, 2012

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