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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

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

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 08, 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

Centerprise Rt, cloud-based data integration software from Astera Software can integrate complex, hierarchical and unstructured data. The software can be used by companies to businesses to create web services that integrate and share data of any complexity with their partners, customers and vendors, and suppliers, making important data accessible via the web on a 24/7 basis.

Posted April 22, 2014

Datawatch's visual data discovery solution has added new capabilities to make developing and deploying visualizations faster and more effective. Among the key new features in the Datawatch 12.3 release of the Datawatch solution are predictive and advanced analytics with built-in support for R and Python execution and transforms; and high-performance, in-memory caching of data to support big data and sub-optimized databases.

Posted April 22, 2014

Join industry experts - Couchbase's Cihan Biyikoglu, and DataWatch's Dan Potter - for this special webcast on April 17th at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET to learn about the key technologies for real time analytics, how they work, and how they are enabling businesses in the real world to act on data in ways not possible before.

Posted April 16, 2014

Twitter is acquiring Gnip, a provider of social data and a long-standing Twitter data partner. "Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter," said Jana Messerschmidt, Twitter VP, Global Business Development & Platform, in a blog announcing the acquisition.

Posted April 15, 2014

MapR has added the complete Apache Spark technology stack to the MapR Distribution for Hadoop. Spark is an Spark is an in-memory processing framework that provides speed, programming ease, and advantages for real-time processing.

Posted April 15, 2014

To accommodate its expanding customer base, the safety science organization UL overhauled its IT infrastructure, implementing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle E-Business Suite. The result? The new IT environment runs up to 10 times faster than UL's previous environment, allowing UL to more quickly deliver information to its customers and drive better decision-making.

Posted April 10, 2014

Kelly Stirman, director of product marketing at MongoDB, emphasized simplicity, reliability, and security in a recent conversation about the new capabilities of MongoDB 2.6. "Don't let the 2.6 fool you. It is absolutely the biggest release we have ever done."

Posted April 08, 2014

IBM, which marked the 50th anniversary of the mainframe today, looked to the future by rolling out new mobile, storage, cloud, and Hadoop for Big Data offerings for System z. According to IBM, as it celebrates this landmark occasion, more than 70% of enterprise data resides on a mainframe and 71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core businesses on a mainframe

Posted April 08, 2014

Today, at COLLABORATE 14 in Las Vegas, Oracle announced two key new mobile capabilities to its Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System. The new capabilities are available on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Posted April 08, 2014

Splice Machine is the newest member of the more than 800-member Cloudera Connect Partner Program. According to Splice Machine, its technology enables Cloudera users to tap into real-time updates with transactional integrity and standard ANSI SQL, which the company says are necessary features for organizations that are looking to become real-time, data-driven businesses.

Posted April 07, 2014

InfiniDB has announced the results of a new, independent benchmark from Radiant Advisors that examined the performance of leading open source SQL-on-Hadoop query engines, including InfiniDB for Hadoop 4.0

Posted April 07, 2014

Teradata has introduced the Teradata Database 15 with a new software product called Teradata QueryGrid that provides virtual compute capability within and beyond the Teradata Unified Data Architecture. The company also announced Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse 6750 platform with new capabilities to support customers' most demanding real-time workloads.

Posted April 07, 2014

Companies use data—big or not—to solve business problems. The data-centric company, however, doesn't just treat data as an asset—it treats data as gold—and they're willing to pay for it, too.

Posted April 04, 2014

About 3 years ago, the AMP (Algorithms, Machines, People) lab was established at U.C. Berkeley to attack the emerging challenges of advanced analytics and machine learning on big data. The resulting Berkeley Data Analytics Stack—particularly the Spark processing engine—has shown rapid uptake and tremendous promise.

Posted April 04, 2014

Driving a wide range of applications, from operational applications such as fraud detection to strategic analysis such as customer segmentation, advanced analytics goes deeper than traditional business intelligence activities into the "why" of the situation, and delivers likely outcomes.

Posted April 04, 2014

Kore Technologies' Mark Dobransky plans to talk about key BI and integration trends impacting the MultiValue industry and also highlight the new integration capabilities of Kourier Integrator 4.1 during a breakout session at the International Spectrum conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Posted April 04, 2014

Specialist Crafts, which supplies art and craft products to a broad range of educational establishments throughout the U.K. and beyond, has selected Rocket Software's CorVu as to replace its previous business intelligence tool.

Posted April 04, 2014

A new partnership between Hortonworks and LucidWorks, which provides a search development platform leveraging Apache Solr, will enable users throughout an organization to easily access and gain insight from big data sets that were previously available only to developers, analyst and data scientists.

Posted April 03, 2014

The theme for COLLABORATE 14-IOUG Forum is "Become Your Office Superhero," because, while you may look like a mild mannered technical resource in meetings or at your desk, you fight a daily battle to protect your organization's data, improve performance and generate new business opportunities. COLLABORATE is your chance to recharge your superpowers and to take on new skills.

Posted April 02, 2014

SAP has officially announced Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 16, a major release of the company's RDBMS, as well as Replication Server, 15.7 SP200 which includes synchronous replication for HA/DR for SAP Business Suite on ASE. It has been 9 years since Sybase (acquired by SAP in 2010) announced ASE 15 in August 2005. With the new release, said Dan Lahl, SAP VP, Database & Technology Marketing, SAP is providing "the right system of record that is going to be able to handle the new world of transaction processing."

Posted April 02, 2014

Continuent, Inc., a provider of open source database clustering and replication solutions, has announced the availability of Continuent Tungsten Replicator 3.0, an open source replication solution for Hadoop.

Posted April 01, 2014

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