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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

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a provider of cloud and on-premise application platform and business integration (BI) solutions, has signed a global alliance agreement to resell software from MicroStrategy Inc., a worldwide provider of BI software, enabling the delivery of an integrated BI solution that will allow business users to turn raw data from various sources in the enterprise for improved decision making.

Posted January 25, 2011

MicroStrategy Inc., a provider of business intelligence software, says that in benchmark tests of its latest software release, MicroStrategy 9.0.2, the software can support more than 100,000 active users while delivering average response times under two seconds. MicroStrategy's high performance and scalability tests consisted of a four-node clustered configuration of MicroStrategy Intelligence Server containing a total of 32 CPU cores, running on commodity Intel-based hardware with the Red Hat Linux ES operating system. A query volume of 560,000 round-trip queries per hour was sustained while supporting over 100,000 active users, which can be extrapolated to a total user population of 500,000 people, the vendor says.

Posted January 18, 2011

Queplix Corp., a data virtualization software vendor, has introduced three new Application Software Blades in Virtual Data Manager enabling companies to integrate social media data with internal corporate systems. Companies can now automatically capture information from FaceBook, LinkedIn and Google Contacts and harmonize it with their own corporate data. According to Queplix, companies typically struggle with how to incorporate and leverage the data within social media communities for business gain. "The value of social media and its potential to enhance corporate initiatives is widely recognized, yet barely tapped," said Mark Cashman, chief executive officer, Queplix. With the new integration capability, Queplix allows organizations to combine data from social media sources with internal information, thus providing a new layer of intelligence to business-supporting functions.

Posted January 18, 2011

The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) will present the first event in its 2011 conference series February 13-18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with the theme "Building An Enterprise Data Strategy: A Framework For Consistent Information Across The Enterprise." The aim of the 6-day event is to provide attendees with the education they need about how to inventory, govern, integrate, and exploit their data assets. Organizations have "massive amounts of data" as well as a variety of different databases and duplicates of databases, and, as a result, people are not aware of all the data they have and how they can utilize it, Paul Kautza, director of education of TDWI, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The conference will provide classes on how to gain critical executive sponsorship, connect point projects into a unified data management approach, and define and implement a true corporate data strategy that will deliver consistent information across an enterprise.

Posted January 18, 2011

Teradata has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aprimo, a provider of cloud-based integrated marketing software for approximately $525 million. The transaction is expected to close later this quarter. Aprimo will be integrated into Teradata's operations and will continue to market its products and services under the name Aprimo. Once the acquisition is complete, Aprimo will support the strategy of Teradata's analytic and applications business, including development, marketing, sales, and services going forward.

Posted January 18, 2011

Jaspersoft, a provider of business intelligence software today announced the general availability of Jaspersoft 4, a complete commercial open source BI suite designed for web applications.Jaspersoft 4 leverages a new modular UI architecture to deliver a best-in-class environment for building and deploying BI. By separating the content and presentation layers in line with today's web application standards, Jaspersoft 4 aims to accelerate the process of bringing BI to users. Featuring a new GUI for rich visual dashboarding and self-service features, this latest release of the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite is intended to overcome traditional barriers to adoption of BI, the company says.

Posted January 11, 2011

Oracle has announced a suite of analytics tools intended to help organizations derive greater insight from information in their SAP systems. The new product, Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP, is now part of the Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications product family. "What we're announcing is the availability of the first one of those also with out-of-the-box connectivity to SAP R3 and ECC," Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management for Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "These BI apps have a source-specific understanding of all those thousands of complex SAP tables, along with a pre-built ETL built on top of Oracle Data Integrator."

Posted January 11, 2011

Health Insights has signed a partnership agreement to deploy its popular MedicaPlus Hospital and Clinical Information System on the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database. Health Insights' decision to partner with InterSystems follows the successful port of MedicaPlus to run on CACHÉ and a series of tests using industry-standard SQL database queries. By using CACHÉ, Health Insights has boosted the scalability and performance of its applications.

Posted January 11, 2011

The exponentially increasing amounts of data being generated each year make getting useful information from that data more and more critical. The information frequently is stored in a data warehouse, a repository of data gathered from various sources, including corporate databases, summarized information from internal systems, and data from external sources. Analysis of the data includes simple query and reporting, statistical analysis, more complex multidimensional analysis, and data mining.

Posted January 07, 2011

Business Intelligence (BI) systems are used to improve an enterprise's decision making by combining tools for gathering, storing, accessing, and analyzing business data. While traditional features for querying, reporting, and analytics have long been the core focus of these tools, BI has evolved in recent years to become comprehensive, enterprise-wide platforms, and newer trends, such as self-service BI, have helped to continue interest in this technology.

Posted January 07, 2011

MITS, a provider of online analytical processing business intelligence and operational reporting solutions, has announced the availability of two completely new OLAP cubes for its Discover analytics solution.

Posted January 07, 2011

Entrinsik Software has announced that Summit Professional Education (SPE), a global training company, has implemented SEMtek ERP software and Informer Web Reporting software.

Posted January 07, 2011

MITS, a provider of online analytical processing business intelligence and operational reporting solutions, has announced the availability of two completely new OLAP cubes for its Discover analytics solution.

Posted December 15, 2010

Rocket Software has announced a free product called U2 DataVu Query. This tool provides fully functioning capabilities to graphically build queries against U2 data sources, including the ability to group and aggregate information to provide totals, and to print the results or export them to PDF. All queries built with U2 DataVu Query can be reused in U2 DataVu Report and Dashboard without any re-coding. Instructional material on using U2 DataVu Query can be found on the U2 Developer Zone section of Rocket U2's website.

Posted December 15, 2010

Entrinsik Software has announced that Summit Professional Education (SPE), a global training company, has implemented SEMtek ERP software and Informer Web Reporting software.

Posted December 15, 2010

Melissa Data, a developer of high performance data quality and address management solutions, has announced expanded coverage for its GeoCoder Object. Available as a multiplatform API or as part of WebSmart Services, GeoCoder Object now provides accurate location-based information on 95% of all rooftops in the U.S.

Posted December 14, 2010

Database Trends and Applications recently hosted an educational webcast to explain how organizations can extract business intelligence and business value from large and complex data, with Apache Hadoop. Moderated by Tom Wilson, president, DBTA and Unisphere Research, an on-demand replay of this live web event featuring Joe Nicholson, vice president of product marketing, Pentaho Corporation, and Omer Trajman, vice president, customer solutions, Cloudera, is now available.

Posted December 14, 2010

SnapLogic has unveiled the new SnapCenter enterprise integration control center as well as improved performance and scalability in SnapLogicServer 3.1. This release continues SnapLogic's initiatives to meet the integration needs of the most demanding enterprises as they tackle "big data" problems driven the by the ever increasing adoption of cloud computing and mobile, distributed architectures. Separately, SnapLogic, which is led by Gaurav Dhillon, founder and former CEO of Informatica, also announced that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz and that Ben Horowitz has joined SnapLogic's board of directors.

Posted December 14, 2010

IBM announced a new software and analysis solution intended to provide a more efficient and accurate way to help organizations design, build and manage secure applications. The new software, based on enhancements to the IBM Rational AppScan line, consolidates software vulnerability analysis and reporting into a single view across the enterprise. Developers can now assess security threats across the entire software development lifecycle, enabling global development teams to more readily identify and test security exposures.

Posted December 13, 2010

At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design created by IBM scientists that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will improve the speed of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization.

Posted December 09, 2010

At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design created by IBM scientists that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will improve the speed of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization.

Posted December 08, 2010

Oracle has announced a world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on a SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers. In addition to the new world record, Oracle also announced a new service called Gold Support, as well as the SPARC Solaris-based Exalogic Elastic Cloud System, and a complete refresh of the SPARC Enterprise Server product line.

Posted December 07, 2010

At SAP TechEd 2010 held in Bangalore, India, last week, SAP AG announced availability of the new High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA). According to the company, the SAP in-memory computing engine that resides at the heart of SAP HANA is an integrated database and calculation layer that allows the processing of massive quantities of real-time data in main memory to provide immediate results from analyses and transactions. The engine supports industry standards such as SQL and MDX but also incorporates a high-performance calculation engine that embeds procedural language support directly into the database kernel. This approach, SAP explains, eliminates the need to read data from the database, process it, and then write data back to the database.

Posted December 07, 2010

Aster Data nCluster 4.6, a massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic database with an integrated analytics engine, offers a unified SQL and SQL-MapReduce analytical framework on a hybrid row and column DBMS that enables advanced reporting and analytics on large data volumes and diverse data types. Tableau 6.0 enables everyone-from enterprises to enterprising individuals-to rapidly access and analyze all their data for smarter and faster business decisions.

Posted December 07, 2010

expressor software has announced an update to its enterprise data integration platform, which features enhancements in performance and reusable data mappings. expressor 3.0 is a design, development and deployment platform for supporting various data integration applications, from tactical data migrations to large enterprise data warehouses and strategic, predictive analytics.

Posted December 01, 2010

The IOUG has completed a number of ground-breaking studies in 2010 through the IOUG ResearchWire program. Conducted among IOUG members by Unisphere Research, 2010 IOUG ResearchWire Executive Summaries are available to all on the IOUG website.

Posted December 01, 2010

Panorama Software, a provider of proactive business intelligence (BI) solutions, has announced support for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse through its flagship business intelligence solution, Panorama NovaView 6.2.

Posted November 30, 2010

There comes a point in technology evolution when the question of adoption moves from "why implement" to "when to implement." Typically, we reach this inflection point when technology has developed sufficient functionality to represent a mature solution. In data virtualization, we have recently reached this inflection point of "When data virtualization?" Its functionality has matured to a fitness for both project-level and enterprise-scale implementations in a variety of use cases.

Posted November 30, 2010

Kore Technologies has announced Release 3.0 of Kourier Integrator for U2, Kore's enterprise integration suite which provides extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration (EAI) capabilities for connecting UniData/UniVerse (U2) applications to Microsoft SQL Server and other best-in-class applications.

Posted November 30, 2010

The fourth annual U2 University conference was held last month in Denver, providing 3 days of hands-on instruction covering the latest best practices in the database and servers industry. "Attendance was up by at least 30% over last year, so we were bursting at the seams at the Warwick hotel in Denver," Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, Rocket U2, tells DBTA.

Posted November 30, 2010

The year 2010 brought many new challenges and opportunities to data managers' jobs everywhere. Companies, still recovering from a savage recession, increasingly turned to the power of analytics to turn data stores into actionable insights, and hopefully gain an edge over less data-savvy competitors. At the same time, data managers and administrators alike found themselves tasked with managing and maintaining the integrity of rapidly multiplying volumes of data, often presented in a dizzying array of formats and structures. New tools and approaches were sought; and the market churning with promising new offerings embracing virtualization, consolidation and information lifecycle management. Where will this lead in the year ahead? Can we expect an acceleration of these initiatives and more? DBTA looked at new industry research, and spoke with leading experts in the data management space, to identify the top trends for 2011.

Posted November 30, 2010

IBM scientists have come up with a solution for the huge volumes of data now slowing down organization's systems. At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, they unveiled details of a new storage architecture design that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible.

Posted November 29, 2010

SOA Software, a provider of SOA and cloud services governance software, released a suite of governance products to help customers successfully plan, build and run applications for the IBM WebSphere Business Services Fabric.

Posted November 29, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted November 23, 2010

ParAccel, Inc., provider of a high-speed analytic database, announced a new release of its analytical database, designed to enable organizations to more rapidly generate custom analytics, accelerate time to analysis, and use existing infrastructure standards. The new database release, ParAccel Analytic Database (PADB) 3.0, is intended to help organizations leverage in-database analytics to eliminate errors and delays from unnecessary data movement.

Posted November 23, 2010

Sybase has announced a new release of Sybase Liquidity Management Suite (LMS), providing the global financial services industry with new modules enabling native support for Sybase's relational database management system and analytics platform. Sybase LMS consolidates payment and transaction information in real-time, across multiple systems, to provide a comprehensive enterprise-wide capability for managing operational liquidity, supporting optimal use of operating capital while minimizing operation risk.

Posted November 17, 2010

Sybase has issued the third and final installment of results from a study on the business impacts of effective data. The study benchmarked some of the world's leading companies across a range of vertical industries by measuring the direct correlation between a company's IT investments and overall business performance.

Posted November 17, 2010

Our friends at Entrinsik tell us that Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, which offers a full selection of commercial, medical malpractice and personal insurance programs, has chosen Informer software for its ease of use, reporting and analysis flexibility, and automated scheduling capabilities.

Posted November 17, 2010

Kore Technologies has announced Release 3.0 of Kourier Integrator for U2. The theme for the new release of Kourier Integrator for U2 is "U2 to SQL Made Easier" and focuses on streamlining the process of creating a SQL data warehouse from a U2 database while making it even faster and easier than before.

Posted November 17, 2010

The fourth annual U2 University conference was held last week in Denver, providing 3 days of hands-on instruction covering the latest best practices in the database and servers industry. "Attendance was up by at least 30% over last year, so we were bursting at the seams at the Warwick hotel in Denver," Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, Rocket U2, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 17, 2010

Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, announced major enhancements to its CDC Suite for SSIS, providing a comprehensive solution for replicating data in real-time across a wide range of heterogeneous data sources at an affordable price point. The product suite is used by customers worldwide to enable real-time business intelligence (BI) and designed to improve business operations and reduce costs.

Posted November 16, 2010

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) held the annual PASS Summit last week drawing 2,814 delegates and 993 pre/post-conference attendees for a total of 3,807 registrations. It is the largest turnout since the inception of the conference, and represents a 25% increase in attendance over 2009. The SQL Server community is growing "and we are very much a part of that community," Rick Heiges, vice president of marketing, PASS, told 5 Minute Briefing. The record conference attendance was not a surprise, he added. "Last year, our numbers were down about 10% but that was actually fantastic because a lot of other shows were down as much as 50%. We knew that we had a strong base to build upon. We saw signs of the economy coming back so when we started to budget for this year we had a good feeling that we would be able to have record attendance because our community is just so passionate about being here and getting together each and every year."

Posted November 16, 2010

Talend, an open source data management software vendor, announced it has acquired Sopera, a provider of open source SOA and middleware platforms, creating a global company specializing in open-source middleware solutions.

Posted November 15, 2010

It has been widely documented - data is growing at astronomical rates. The amount of data your organization has is less important than how the data is being used. Is data growth hindering your business or is it providing a better understanding of the direction you need to go?

Posted November 09, 2010

Rocket Software has released U2 DataVu. It is the first entirely new product the U2 group has delivered since becoming part of Rocket Software, Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, Rocket U2, tells DBTA.

Posted November 09, 2010

Embarcadero Technologies today announced the availability of ER/Studio XE, database design and data modeling tool suite. This latest version offers improvements in the user experience, enhanced scalability and performance, and expanded database management system (DBMS) support for Netezza's TwinFin appliance.

Posted November 09, 2010

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, today announced the release of Sybase IQ 15.3 to beta customers. The new release introduces the PlexQ Distributed Query Platform, a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture that accelerates highly complex queries by distributing work to many computers in a grid configuration. GA is planned for the first half of 2011.

Posted November 09, 2010

Vertica Systems, a provider of real-time analytics platforms, today unveiled the latest version of its Vertica Analytics Platform, version 4.1, which provides performance enhancements for large-scale operations - including loads, queries, deletes and updates - and improves "out-of-the-box" integration with third-party tools.

Posted November 09, 2010

IBM announced new software that combines sophisticated information management and analytics with social networking and collaboration capabilities for mobile workforces. The company's newly released Cognos 10 integrates collaboration with Lotus Connections software and business analytics with Cognos.

Posted November 01, 2010

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, says it is seeing significant adoption momentum of Sybase CEP, a complex event processing (CEP) technology for performing analytics on high speed streaming data.

Posted October 27, 2010

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