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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

Social media business intelligence is on the rise, according to a new Unisphere Research study sponsored by IBM and Marist College. The study found that while social media monitoring and analysis is in its early stages, many organizations plan to monitor, collect, stage and analyze this data over the next 1 to 5 years and. In particular, LOB respondents, who are closer to customers, show appreciation for the benefits of monitoring SMNs.

Posted March 20, 2012

For enterprises grappling with the onslaught of big data, a new platform has emerged from the open source world that promises to provide a cost-effective way to store and process petabytes and petabytes worth of information. Hadoop, an Apache project, is already being eagerly embraced by data managers and technologists as a way to manage and analyze mountains of data streaming in from websites and devices. Running data such as weblogs through traditional platforms such as data warehouses or standard analytical toolsets often cannot be cost-justified, as these solutions tend to have high overhead costs. However, organizations are beginning to recognize that such information ultimately can be of tremendous value to the business. Hadoop packages up such data and makes it digestible.

Posted March 19, 2012

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a high-speed engineered system featuring in-memory business intelligence software and hardware. Oracle Exalytics features a new release of Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics enhanced for an Oracle Sun server designed for in-memory analytics. According to Oracle, the interactive real-time analysis enabled by Oracle Exalytics, is intended to enable organizations to maximize profitability, increase revenues and market share, and react more quickly to changing business conditions.

Posted March 14, 2012

Talend, a provider of open source integration software, has announced the availability of Talend Open Studio for Big Data, to be released under the Apache Software License. Talend Open Studio for Big Data is based on Talend Open Studio, augmented with native support for Apache Hadoop. In addition, Talend Open Studio for Big Data will be bundled in Hortonworks' Apache Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform, constituting a key integration component of Hortonworks Data Platform.

Posted March 13, 2012

Quest Software said it has entered into definitive agreements with affiliates of Insight Venture Partners to become a private company. In the deal, stockholders would receive $23 per share in cash, valuing the company at approximately $2.0 billion. Upon closing, Quest will be a privately held company and will continue to be led by chairman and CEO Vinny Smith and the existing senior management team. "As a private company, we will have increased flexibility to drive innovation across our product lines and execute our long-term strategy," said Smith in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 09, 2012

MapR Technologies and Informatica have announced joint support for MapR's distribution for Hadoop with the Informatica Platform. In addition, Informatica HParser Community Edition which is available for free will be available for download as part of the MapR distribution from the MapR website. The MapR distribution is also available through the EMC Greenplum MR Edition and Cisco UCS.

Posted March 08, 2012

Knowing how your customers feel about your products is arguably as important as actual sales data but often much harder to determine. Traditionally, companies have used surveys, focus groups, customer visits, and similar active sampling techniques to perform this sort of market research. Opposition or lack of faith in market research takes a number of forms. Henry Ford once said, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses," while Steve Jobs said, "People don't know what they want until you show it to them." The real problem with market research is more pragmatic: It's difficult and expensive to find out what people think.

Posted March 07, 2012

MarkLogic Corporation has joined the technology partner program of Hortonworks, a leading vendor promoting the development and support of Apache Hadoop. According to the vendors, by leveraging MarkLogic and Hortonworks, organizations will be able to seamlessly combine the power of MapReduce with MarkLogic's real-time, interactive analysis and indexing on a single, unified platform. There are two main reasons that MarkLogic has chosen to partner with Hortonworks, says Justin Makeig, senior product manager at MarkLogic. One is Hortenworks' extensive experience with Hadoop installations and the second is that its core product is 100% open source.

Posted March 06, 2012

Serena Software, a software development lifecycle vendor, has expanded its partnership with Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence solutions, to extend BI capabilities to application lifecycle management and IT service management. Using the Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform, Serena is enhancing its Serena Dashboard to provide higher-level intelligence across both its own solutions and third-party IT tools.

Posted March 05, 2012

EMC Corporation has announced version 4.2 of EMC Greenplum Database, which includes a high-performance gNet for Hadoop; simpler, scalable backup with EMC Data Domain Boost; an extension framework and turnkey in-database analytics; language and compatibility enhancements for faster migrations to Greenplum; and targeted performance optimization.

Posted March 01, 2012

Datameer, Inc. has announced a relationship with Microsoft Corporation to support Datameer on the Apache Hadoop-based service on Windows Azure. The new relationship enables Windows Azure users to perform big data analytics with Datameer's BI platform, and Datameer's customers to run and deploy their solutions on Microsoft's Hadoop-based service on Windows Azure.

Posted February 29, 2012

At the Strata Conference today Calpont anounced InfiniDB 3, the latest release of its high performance analytic database. Designed from the ground up for large-scale, high-performance dimensional analytics, predictive analytics, and ad hoc business intelligence, the new release includes capabilities to capitalize on a variety of data structures and deployment variations to meet organizations' need for a flexible and scalable big data architecture.

Posted February 29, 2012

In a partnership announced today, Tableau Software and Attivio will combine Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) with Tableau's visualization and rapid-fire BI solutions to enable unified information access for customers. Attivio and Tableau have completed joint product testing and certification enabling their mutual customers to build new Tableau analytic dashboards based on the AIE platform.

Posted February 28, 2012

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics, a new option for Oracle Database 11g that combines Oracle R Enterprise with Oracle Data Mining. According to Oracle, Oracle R Enterprise delivers enterprise class performance for users of the R statistical programming language, increasing the scale of data that can be analyzed by orders of magnitude using Oracle Database 11g.

Posted February 23, 2012

BMMsoft Corporation, a provider of real-time analytic software that automates the storing, integration, management and analysis of big data, has announced the availability of high-speed EDMT 9 for large enterprises, which it says can be deployed instantly and without intensive programming needed by other big data systems. The combination of EDMT 9, Sybase IQ 15.4 and HP Proliant DL 980 Server and cloud, on-premise or hybrid deployment offers the big data functionality to large enterprises that need quick deployment and can't spend time on long development projects, according to Paul Krneta, CTO of BMMsoft.

Posted February 22, 2012

Like TechWave 2011, TechWave will be co-located with SAP TechEd in 2012. This year's conference will be held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., October 15 to 19.

Posted February 22, 2012

SAP AG has announced two new offerings that will offer the benefits of the SAP HANA platform to small businesses and midsize enterprises (SMEs). With analytics powered by SAP HANA for the SAP Business One application and SAP HANA, Edge edition, SMEs will be able to leverage in-memory technology from SAP. The new offerings from SAP aim to provide SMEs with real-time access to information tailored to their individual requirements.

Posted February 22, 2012

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced new programs in the 2012 OAUG Educational Series, a virtual learning series of webinars offered exclusively to OAUG members. "OAUG members consistently report that education is one of the primary reasons for being a member," said Mark Clark, president of the OAUG. "The OAUG Educational Series is a prime example of how our organization continually serves its members by offering informative training events throughout the year to help them reap the most benefit from their Oracle investment."

Posted February 21, 2012

At the TDWI 2012 Conference, Jaspersoft, a business intelligence (BI) software provider, announced an upgraded OEM agreement with Talend to include native connectors to Apache Hadoop big data environments in Jaspersoft ETL. With this enhanced ETL offering, Jaspersoft offers CIOs, data scientists, and BI builders the flexibility of three options to harness big data - direct reporting, direct real-time analysis, and batch analysis through ETL data mart access. "Today's data scientists want options to explore data faster," says Karl Van den Bergh, Jaspersoft's vice president of Product and Alliances.

Posted February 16, 2012

Birst Inc., a provider of business analytics solutions, has announced support for Apache Hadoop, combining the scale of Hadoop data sets with Birst's agile multi-dimensional database. "Business analytics is changing as the volume of data from online web interactions skyrockets and customers increasingly want to browse, query or merge transactional data with interaction data," says Rick Spickelmier, Birst CTO. "Data in Hadoop is not well suited for business intelligence and to make it actionable takes a lot of work. Birst's automated multi-dimensional database allows organizations to quickly and easily take big data and make sense of it."

Posted February 14, 2012

Today's organizations must capture, track, analyze and store more information than ever before - everything from mass quantities of transactional, online and mobile data, to growing amounts of "machine-generated data" such as call detail records, gaming data or sensor readings. And just as volumes are expanding into the tens of terabytes, and even the petabyte range and beyond, IT departments are facing increasing demands for real-time analytics. In this era of "big data," the challenges are as varied as the solutions available to address them. How can businesses store all their data? How can they mitigate the impact of data overload on application performance, speed and reliability? How can they manage and analyze large data sets both efficiently and cost effectively?

Posted February 09, 2012

InterSystems Corporation, a provider of advanced database, integration and analytics technologies, announced it has become ISO 9001:2008 certified. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management standard, and for InterSystems, the certification covers all processes related to the product and service creation associated with the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database and InterSystems Ensemble integration and development platform that are performed or managed from InterSystems' Cambridge-based headquarters.

Posted February 09, 2012

InterSystems HealthShare has been chosen to support health information exchange (HIE) throughout Denmark. The Danish NSI (Nationalt Sundheds-IT), an agency operating under the Ministry of Health, is beginning development of a new service to link healthcare information systems used within Danish regions on a national level. The new HealthShare-based initiative enables the sharing of patient information between healthcare providers and government agencies countrywide.

Posted February 07, 2012

Just as the New York Giants rallied late in the fourth quarter on Sunday to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years, IBM and the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab teamed up last week to determine fans' favorite quarterback leading up to Super Bowl XLVI: Tom Brady or Eli Manning. Researchers examined data from Twitter using new analytics technologies that can understand positive, negative and neutral sentiments, distinguish irony, and utilize "machine learning" to separate important tweets from trivial ones.

Posted February 07, 2012

Splunk Inc. has released the latest version of its flagship software, Splunk Enterprise 4.3, which extracts and harnesses customers' machine data and translates it into real-time operational intelligence. One of the cornerstones of Splunk's design has been its ease of use, and the latest release continues that emphasis, according to the company. Splunk 4.3 supports non-IT and business users by making it, "a lot simpler to organize a dashboard or visualization according to how you want to see it yourself without having to code anything or speak to the IT person," Sanjay Mehta, senior director of product marketing at Splunk, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We don't require that you're a data scientist or advanced statistician to use Splunk."

Posted January 31, 2012

NTT Data Corporation, a global provider of IT services including business consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, has selected the Sybase Aleri Streaming Processor (ESP) and Sybase RAP, Sybase's complex event processing (CEP) and analytics platform for real-time analysis of large data sets, to enhance NTT Data's bridge monitoring system. NTT Data is using the Sybase technology to help improve the ability to analyze large, complex data sets collected at rapid rates, particularly during high-traffic periods.

Posted January 25, 2012

KXEN, a provider of predictive analytics for business users, has certified its flagship product, InfiniteInsight, for Sybase IQ v.15, the column-based analytics server. The combination of the two solutions allows businesses to gain speed and performance in building predictive models and social network analysis to support business decisions.

Posted January 25, 2012

SAP AG has introduced the SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail analytic application powered by the SAP HANA platform. The application aims to offer prebuilt data models, key performance indicators (KPIs), role-specific dashboards and customized reports to provide retailers with a deeper understanding of all factors influencing the merchandising lifecycle. SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail is planned for global availability to customers in the second quarter of 2012.

Posted January 25, 2012

Tableau Software, a provider of business intelligence software, has announced the general availability of Tableau 7.0. The release offers improvements in performance and scalability, adds new visualization types and improves the product's overall analytical power and ease-of-use. In addition, the new Tableau Data Server capabilities will make it easy to share large volumes of data, share data models in large groups, and provide enhanced management of data assets, says Chris Stolte, chief development officer, co-founder, and inventor of Tableau Software.

Posted January 25, 2012

Star Analytics, Inc., a provider of application process automation and integration software, has released the latest version of its data bridging technology, Star Integration Server, which is intended to make it easy to extract and combine data from Oracle systems with other business intelligence (BI) applications and data warehouses.

Posted January 24, 2012

Jaspersoft, a BI software provider, has announced the development of what it describes as the first BI architected for platform-as-a-service, with the planned integration of Jaspersoft BI with Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS. "With Jaspersoft's suite of reporting and analysis capabilities now available on OpenShift, organizations can quickly realize the benefits of the cloud while gaining deep insights from the data that powers these applications," says Scott Crenshaw, vice president, Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat.

Posted January 17, 2012

"Big data" and analytics have become the rage within the executive suite. The promise is immense - harness all the available information within the enterprise, regardless of data model or source, and mine it for insights that can't be seen any other way. In short, senior managers become more effective at business planning, spotting emerging trends and opportunities and anticipating crises because they have the means to see both the metaphorical trees and the forest at the same time. However, big data technologies don't come without a cost.

Posted January 11, 2012

The latest version of expressor software's flagship data integration platform, expressor 3.5, features cloud integration with Melissa Data's Data Quality Tools and Salesforce.com to provide comprehensive BI reporting and CRM integration with on premises applications. The new Salesforce.com and Melissa Data capabilities ship with expressor 3.5 Desktop Edition and Standard Edition.

Posted January 10, 2012

The first calendar year following SAP's acquisition of Sybase is coming to a close. David Jonker, director, product marketing - Data Management & Analytics, Sybase, discusses key product integrations, IT trends that loom large in Sybase's data management strategies, and the emergence of what Sybase describes as DW 2.0. 2011 has been "a foundational year," with effort focused on making Sybase technologies work with SAP and setting the stage for 2012, says Jonker. "We believe 2012 is going to be a big year for us on the database side."

Posted December 21, 2011

In this, our last E-Edition of Database Trends and Applications for 2011, we're taking a look back at some of the most widely read articles of the past year. These articles cover a range of topics. Some provide an examination of just-emerging or quickly evolving technologies, others highlight best practices in a specific discipline, while others comment on trends observed by industry experts. Click on the "December 2011 E-Edition UPDATE" headline above to access the articles. If you missed one earlier in the year, here's your second chance. All DBTA E-Editions are archived by month on the DBTA website.

Posted December 16, 2011

Birst Inc., a provider of business analytics, has announced the release of an in-memory database optimized exclusively for business analytics. The Birst in-memory analytics database builds on Birst's data warehouse automation technology which provides for data integration across numerous data sources, including SAP, SalesForce, operational and financial systems, into a multi-dimensional, star schema design.

Posted December 14, 2011

IBM and DemandTec have entered into a definitive merger agreement for IBM to acquire DemandTec in an all cash transaction for approximately $440 million. DemandTec delivers cloud-based analytics software that enables businesses to examine different customer buying scenarios, both online and in-store, so they can spot trends and shopper insights to make better price, promotion, and assortment decisions that increase revenue and profitability.

Posted December 08, 2011

LexisNexis, a pioneer of information technology, has selected big data specialist MarkLogic to power components of the new platform behind Lexis Advance, its legal research solution. LexisNexis, a pioneer of information technology, has selected big data specialist MarkLogic to power components of the new platform behind Lexis Advance, its legal research solution.

Posted December 08, 2011

EMC Corporation has introduced the EMC Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP), a platform to support big data analytics, that combines the co-processing of structured and unstructured data with a productivity engine that enables collaboration among data scientists. The new EMC Greenplum UAP brings together the EMC Greenplum database for structured data, the enterprise Hadoop offering EMC Greenplum HD for the analysis and processing of unstructured data, and EMC Greenplum Chorus, its new productivity engine for data science teams. Greenplum UAP will be available in the first quarter of calendar 2012.

Posted December 08, 2011

LogiXML, a provider of web-based business intelligence (BI) software, announced that it has received a $10 million investment led by Summit Partners, a growth equity firm that invests in rapidly growing companies. Also participating in the round is Grotech Ventures, an existing LogiXML investor. The funds will be used to accelerate LogiXML's growth and expand the company's share of the BI and analytics software market.

Posted December 06, 2011

Attivio announced the launch of an advanced unified information access platform that condenses information from existing BI and big data technologies into a single environment accessible to business end users. Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) 3.0 is designed to support information access methods used across the enterprise and provide search queries and role-based dashboards for mainstream business users.

Posted December 06, 2011

The release of OpenInsight 9.3, the next version of Revelation Software's flagship product, is now imminent, and includes many new features eagerly awaited by Revelation customers. On track to be generally available by the end of the year, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, says that data encryption is among the major new components in OpenInsight 9.3. "Data encryption will be a key component that will be built into the database. It is data encryption at rest and that means that you can specify tables and fields that are sitting in on your disk drive and that data will be encrypted."

Posted December 01, 2011

InterSystems Corporation, has announced that Pronger Smith Medical Care rolled out InterSystems Ensemble as its core enterprise integration platform. The strategic decision to build application interfaces with in-house staff on the Ensemble platform has already generated tens of thousands dollars in cost savings over any other development approach, according to Craig Cypress, Network System Manager at Pronger Smith.

Posted December 01, 2011

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