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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.



Business Intelligence and Analytics Articles

After almost two decades of delivering technology training and education to customers, partners, consultants, and employees through the SAP TechEd conference series, SAP is changing the conference name to SAP d-code.

Posted February 26, 2014

A new offering from Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is designed to help companies migrate their existing implementations of the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse application to the SAP HANA platform in a private cloud managed by WFT Cloud. The service by WFT Cloud includes an upgrade at no additional charge of the customer's existing implementation of SAP NetWeaver BW to version 7.3.

Posted February 26, 2014

In order to be effective, big data analytics must present a clear and consistent picture of what's happening in and around the enterprise. Does a new generation of databases and platforms offer the scalability and velocity required for cloud-based, big data-based applications—or will more traditional relational databases come roaring back for all levels of big data challenges?

Posted February 26, 2014

In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the array of choices for not only managing relational and unstructured data but also protecting it and extracting value from it. To shine a spotlight on the best data management offerings, DBTA will soon open nominations for our first-ever Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted February 26, 2014

Mission-critical applications in the banking, education, retail, healthcare, oil and gas, government, and travel industries depend on trusted MultiValue database systems. Yet, new requirements are emerging for MultiValue technology vendors to support integration with other enterprise data sources, enable mobile and web access, provide comprehensive business intelligence, and enforce greater security. In this special report, executives of seven leading MultiValue companies discuss how they are responding to their customers' evolving needs.

Posted February 26, 2014

The challenges of funding and executing IT projects that support competitive advantage for the enterprise are explored in a new EMC-sponsored survey of 285 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. A fundamental process to support big data analytics initiatives is the delivery of reliable information through the integration of networks, data systems and applications. However, many organizations find themselves instead mired in low-level database administration tasks.

Posted February 24, 2014

IBM has agreed to acquire Cloudant, Inc., a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create mobile and web apps. Following the close, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014, Cloudant will join IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group led by Senior Vice President Bob Picciano, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group.

Posted February 24, 2014

While minimizing risk is important for financial services organizations, companies need to think beyond fraud detection and understand the wider benefits predictive analytics can provide in terms of better customer experience, driving opportunities and increasing revenue in a highly competitive market. Among other uses, a comprehensive customer database, combined with advanced analytics, will allow organizations to spot trends, identify cohorts, and micro-target discrete populations.

Posted February 24, 2014

Infobright has added a new Approximate Query functionality to the Infobright Enterprise Edition. The new functionality, which is now in beta testing, speeds up customer access to the results of their ad hoc queries.

Posted February 21, 2014

To say that big data is the sum of its volume, variety, and velocity is a lot like saying that nuclear power is simply and irreducibly a function of fission, decay, and fusion. It's to ignore the societal and economic factors that—for good or ill—ultimately determine how big data gets used. In other words, if we want to understand how big data has changed data integration, we need to consider the ways in which we're using—or in which we want to use—big data.

Posted February 21, 2014

Splice Machine, provider of a real-time SQL-on-Hadoop database for big data applications, has completed a $15M Series B round of funding, led by InterWest Partners, along with returning Series A investor Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). The investment will be used to accelerate product development and expand sales and marketing in preparation for the company's upcoming public beta offering later this quarter.

Posted February 18, 2014

Alpine Data Labs has introduced a collaboration solution that aims to help deliver on the predictive analytics potential of big data. Alpine Chorus 3.0 is a product that it allows users to log in, work with colleagues, and explore data.

Posted February 18, 2014

Attivio has released the latest version of the Active Intelligence Engine unified information access platform, version 4.0, which includes new unified information access modules that give more control to non-technical business users and eliminates the source integration challenge.

Posted February 18, 2014

New data center monitoring software from Compuware adds enhanced analytics to help end users better monitor and understand the network impact on application performance. The new availability analytics span all layers of a business transaction, from the network TCP session all the way up to the application logic.

Posted February 18, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted February 14, 2014

SiSense has unveiled the latest version of its analytics solution which enables business users to query large amounts of data from any device or PC without any involvement from IT. SiSense 5 works on any device including desktop, tablet, smartphones.

Posted February 13, 2014

Believing that its ability to do advanced customer analytics on an increasingly vast data set would be enhanced by a platform that would grow exponentially, the customer science company dunnhumby turned to Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Advanced Analytics. dunnhumby's global chief information officer Yael Cosset explains what the company gained with the implementation.

Posted February 13, 2014

Today at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, MapR Technologies unveiled the latest MapR Distribution including Hadoop 2.2 with YARN for next-generation resource management. The company also announced availability of the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, which provides a fully-configured virtual machine installation of the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop to allow users to jump-start their Hadoop exploration; and the early access release of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform on MapR.

Posted February 11, 2014

MemSQL, a provider of in-memory database technology, has announced the release of MemSQL v3.0, which provides a highly compressed column store in a new integrated architecture. The new tiered storage architecture enables companies to combine in-memory and flash optimized columnar engines to capture, store and query large amounts of data in real time.

Posted February 11, 2014

When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you're generally going to consider three approaches, one of which is a cloud implementation. SQL Server 2012, and even more so in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release, has built out a very strong Apache Hadoop infrastructure on Windows Azure called HDInsight. Despite all its goodness, it is in the cloud—and a lot of people aren't ready to go there yet.

Posted February 10, 2014

A new test drive feature for Entrinsik Informer allows visitors interested in trying the reporting and business intelligence software to access a free trial version instantly on their own web browser. Entrinsik Informer provides access to real-time data from multiple sources, in-depth analytic capabilities, and intuitive data visualizations, all accessible anytime, anywhere from a web-based interface.

Posted February 10, 2014

HP has officially launched a new online destination called the HP Vertica Marketplace to support partners and customers in the creation, sharing, and marketing of solutions and add-ons to the Vertica Analytics Platform including connectors and third-party extensions, business intelligence tools, ETL and data transformation products.

Posted February 10, 2014

Expanding its big data analytics portfolio, Apigee has acquired InsightsOne, a technology company that provides big data predictive intelligence to help businesses understand consumer preferences. The acquisition of InsightsOne adds a predictive analytics infrastructure that is consistent with Apigee's big data offerings, built on top of a massively scalable distributed processing foundation based on open source Hadoop and an in-memory real-time process.

Posted February 05, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

Cloudera introduced simplified packaging and pricing for its product line-up to align closely with the way customers use Hadoop. At the top of the stack is Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition which gives customers everything they need to build an enterprise data hub, including unlimited supported use of all Cloudera's advanced components.

Posted February 03, 2014

Combining a high-speed operational database with in-memory analytics, the latest release of VoltDB's flagship product features a ten-fold throughput improvement of analytic queries and can do writes and reads on millions of data events per second, according to the company. By enabling organizations to take advantage of data when it arrives, VoltDB says the database is purpose-built to support telecommunications billing, gaming, sensor management, smart energy and capital markets applications.

Posted January 29, 2014

To streamline the movement of SAP system data into the Teradata Database, Teradata has launched Teradata Analytics for SAP software and services. The new solution enables SAP system data to be moved to Terada and integrated with big data and business data to support a comprehensive view and enable more insightful business decisions.

Posted January 29, 2014

With demand growing for easy-to-use analytical applications that can make big data actionable for more users, MicroStrategy has launched MicroStrategy PRIME, a cloud-based, in-memory analytics service. The company says it has been built from the ground up to support the engineering challenges that are associated with development of powerful new information-driven apps.

Posted January 28, 2014

On Thursday, January 30, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, join DBTA for the second installment of the "Making Big Data User-Centric" webcast series. The live webcast will showcase two brand-new solutions that allow organizations to empower their businesses users with faster access to all their data and help accelerate analytical insights.

Posted January 28, 2014

To address the technical requirements of big data analysis, organizations are deploying new data platforms, tools and techniques. Concurrently, more organizations are interested in moving data workloads to the cloud to capitalize on cost-efficiencies and rapid time-to-value. A recent DBTA roundtable webcast explored how these two trends are converging to present organizations with new opportunities for fast, cost-effective business analysis.

Posted January 28, 2014

Attivio and Quant5 have joined forces to create a Predictive Customer Analytics Suite. Despite the increased focus on corporate "data-centricity," many large companies are struggling to effectively use customer data. According to the companies, the Quant5-Attivio partnership addresses this challenge by making data accessible with cloud-based solutions that provide immediate value to non-technical users, without requiring a team of data scientists.

Posted January 27, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted January 22, 2014

Former SAP principal solution engineer Lou Stanton has joined Bradmark Technologies after a short-term retirement as a senior technical consultant. Previously, with Sybase, Stanton authored much of the material used in SAP IQ internal documentation and mentored the field sales organization in sales presentation as well as conducted technical proof of concepts for sales opportunities.

Posted January 22, 2014

ISUG-TECH, the technical user group for SAP products, has published the conference tracks and sessions for the upcoming ISUG-TECH 2014 conference which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, and sponsored by SAP. In addition to the main conference tracks, there also will be six pre-conference and three post-conference workshops providing deeper technical dives.

Posted January 22, 2014

Expanding its range of data replication offerings for heterogeneous IT environments, Attunity Ltd. has acquired Hayes Technology Group, a provider of data replication software solutions targeted at the SAP space. Hayes will provide new synergies and cross-sell opportunities to Attunity, said Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing.

Posted January 22, 2014

New funding will enable in-memory database technology provider MemSQL to expand product development, support its growing customer base, and capitalize on the market for big data technologies. The $35 million Series B funding round was led by Accel Partners.

Posted January 22, 2014

In the past two weeks, IBM made two huge announcements regarding both the big data and cloud fronts - committing more than $1 billion to its new Watson Group, dedicated to boosting artificial intelligence-based solutions, and another $1.2 billion to enlarge its cloud footprint.

Posted January 21, 2014

Veristorm is providing a commercial Hadoop distribution for Linux on the mainframe, with drag-and-drop access to mainframe databases and files. The platform, vStorm Enterprise, also enables access and analytics of sensitive mainframe data and other big data sources.

Posted January 21, 2014

The newest generation of IBM's enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers provides improvements for analytics and cloud. The new architecture increases application performance by providing the low system write latency, essential for analytics applications. Memory and storage features also are designed to boost virtual machine capacity to enable SaaS delivery of applications.

Posted January 21, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers who possess unique insight into leading technologies, and experience with successful IT and business strategies for the Data Summit conference in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2014.

Posted January 20, 2014

Providing "enterprise BI" that includes social analytics will be a significant challenge to many enterprises in the near future. This is one of the primary reasons for the success of the new wave of innovative and easy-to-use BI and social media analytical tools within the last several years.

Posted January 20, 2014

Volume is only one of the challenges organizations face. Real-time processing of in-motion high-velocity feeds is crucial to truly unlock big data's potential. A look at where data is originating and being consumed puts the opportunity and importance of velocity processing into context. What's the solution?

Posted January 20, 2014

While all the excitement is currently focused on new-age solutions that have surfaced in the past few years—NoSQL, NewSQL, cloud, and open source databases—there is still a great deal of uncertainty and consternation among corporate and IT leaders as to what role new data sources will play in business futures.

Posted January 20, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers with unique insight and experience in leading technologies and techniques, successful IT and business strategies, and real-world use cases for the Data Summit conference at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The call for speakers is now open.

Posted January 17, 2014

Big data and cloud technologies are converging to create a cost-effective delivery model for fast, easily-accessible business analytics. On Thursday, January 23, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET, join DBTA for a "Big Data Analytics in the Cloud" roundtable webcast to explore the key technologies and approaches that are being deployed to enable big data analytics.

Posted January 17, 2014

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