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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

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 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

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 24, 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

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 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

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 10, 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

MapR Technologies will make its distribution for Hadoop available on Google Compute Engine. The combination of the new Google service and the MapR distribution is intended to enable customers to quickly provision large MapR clusters on demand and to take advantage of the scalability of a cloud-based solution. "Off-premise, on-demand computing is an important part of the future for Hadoop," says John Schroeder, CEO and co-founder of MapR Technologies. "MapR is solidifying that future by partnering with Google and leveraging their cost-effective, high performance and scale-out infrastructure."

Posted June 28, 2012

SAP marked the 1-year anniversary of the SAP HANA platform becoming generally available. To celebrate the occasion, SAP AG announced the launch of the SAP HANA Distinguished Engineer program. The new program is focused on promoting SAP HANA expertise in the market and is intended to support a new group of community-driven, hands-on HANA technical professionals.

Posted June 27, 2012

Sybase Inc. has introduced the "CEP (Complex Event Processing) For Dummies" reference book to explore the inner workings of CEP and provides a how-to guide to handling big data - structured and unstructured data that come from everywhere including smartphones, networks, sensors, tweets, emails, and stock trades.

Posted June 27, 2012

Connotate, Inc., a provider of solutions that help organizations monitor and collect data and content from the web, is partnering with Digital Reasoning, which enables unstructured data analytics at scale, to provide a solution that creates actionable intelligence from fact-based analysis of big data.

Posted June 26, 2012

In addition to the new IBM Netezza High Capacity Appliance, IBM also recently introduced new predictive analytics software designed to automatically correlate and analyze big data to help clients embed intelligence consistently into every business decision. IBM says the new software geneates insights on internal data more quickly, and also measures the impact of social networking channels and factors this information into organizational decision making. The decision management capabilities can be used to improve the way organizations gain, share and take action based on information gathered as part of business processes such as marketing, claims processing, and fraud detection.

Posted June 26, 2012

IBM has introduced a new analytics appliance that is intended to allow organizations to analyze up to 10 petabytes of data in minutes, helping them uncover patterns and trends from large data sets, while meeting compliance mandates. The new IBM Netezza High Capacity Appliance addresses a growing challenge: Banks, insurance companies, healthcare organizations and communications services providers are required by industry regulators to retain massive amounts of data - in some cases up to a decade. And, as data retention laws continue to evolve, organizations are faced with the need to store and analyze ever-expanding "big data" sets that may not be directly related to daily operations, yet still hold potential business value.

Posted June 26, 2012

Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation has entered a software licensing agreement with IBM to offer IBM InfoSphere BigInsights software with its BigD family of systems hardware. The turnkey platform is intended to provide mid-market clients with an enterprise-class big data system to help them quickly deploy Hadoop-based analytics without the need for on-premise professional services or developers. To achieve enterprise-class standards in BigD systems, Hyve Solutions and IBM collaborated with Zettaset, Inc. to build in safeguards that provide service management, failover and restart, as well as alerting and monitoring features.

Posted June 19, 2012

Companies are scrambling to learn all the various ways they can slice, dice, and mine big data coming in from across the enterprise and across the web. But with the rise of big data — hundreds of terabytes or petabytes of data — comes the challenge of where and how all of this information will be stored. For many organizations, current storage systems — disks, tapes, virtual tapes, clouds, inmemory systems — are not ready for the onslaught, industry experts say. There are new methodologies and technologies coming on the scene that may help address this challenge. But one thing is certain: Whether organizations manage their data in their internal data centers, or in the cloud, a lot more storage is going to be needed. As Jared Rosoff, director of customer engagement with 10gen, puts it: "Big data means we need ‘big storage.'"

Posted June 13, 2012

As data continues to grow unabated, organizations are struggling to manage it more efficiently. By better leveraging their expanding data stores and making the information available more widely, organizations hope to put big data to work — helping them to achieve greater productivity and more informed decision making, as well as compete more effectively as a result of insights uncovered by analytics on their treasure troves of information. Improving the management of big data is not something to consider addressing at some point in the hazy future — the big data challenge is already here, according to a new survey of 264 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications.

Posted June 13, 2012

Social media network-based business intelligence represents the next great frontier of data management, promising decision makers vast vistas of new knowledge gleaned from exabytes of data generated by customers, employees, and business partners. Mining data from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wikis, and internal corporate networks potentially may surface new insights into impending market shifts, patterns in customer sentiment, and competitive intelligence. It's a rich opportunity not lost on today's organizations, a new survey of 711 business and IT managers from across the globe reveals. A majority of respondents are either planning to collect and analyze data from both proprietary and public social media networks, or are doing so already.

Posted June 13, 2012

Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik, showcases Hawaii Human Resources (HiHR), a company using HRPyramid and Entrinsik Informer to help provide customized HR solutions to nearly 250 clients, in a new blog post this month on the Entrinsik website. Prior to purchasing Informer, HIHR was limited to the stock reports and unable to extract the specific data needed for internal and external reporting purposes, Shelton explains. But, since deploying Informer, HiHR has created almost 200 reports, including basic census, 401K reporting, and code file listings, and the company also makes heavy use of more advanced Informer functionality, such as Live Excel.

Posted June 13, 2012

Kore Technologies, a provider of enterprise integration, business intelligence and e-commerce web solutions for MultiValue and Microsoft SQL Server databases, is partnering with Paciolan, a provider of ticketing, marketing, and fundraising solutions, and SSB Consulting Group to create a SQL-based data warehouse solution called Paciolan Ticketing Intelligence. The new solution will provide Paciolan's clients with real-time dashboards, cross-systems reporting and direct data warehouse access to help them make data-driven business decisions.

Posted June 13, 2012

QlikTech, a business intelligence software provider, has acquired Expressor Software, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based data management software company and QlikTech Qonnect partner. "Expressor fits squarely in our acquisition strategy. We are acquiring complementary, tuck-in technology that will enhance the value we provide to our customers as we further develop and bring to market these solutions. We are also adding more than 20 outstanding people, primarily software engineers, expanding our R&D skill set," said Lars Björk, CEO of QlikTech.

Posted June 13, 2012

Hortonworks, a commercial vendor promoting the innovation, development and support of Apache Hadoop, has announced the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 1.0 which is intended to make Hadoop easy to consume and use in enterprise environments. "With the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform 1.0, Hortonworks is delivering on its promise to make Apache Hadoop an enterprise viable data platform," says Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks.

Posted June 13, 2012

Ravi Pendekanti heads Systems Product Marketing for Oracle on a global basis. He has been in the Systems industry for more than two decades, working in the areas of servers, storage, software and networking. In this article, Exabriefing talks with Pendekanti about the Oracle engineered systems approach - what's been learned and why it works.

Posted June 13, 2012

Eagle Creek Software Services, a consulting and technical services company specializing in Oracle CRM, business intelligence and enterprise software development, has been named the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce's "2012 Business of the Year." Founded in 1999, Eagle Creek (Eden Prairie, Minn) provides IT consulting and technical expertise to organizations utilizing Oracle CRM, business intelligence and enterprise software development.

Posted June 06, 2012

Closely following its announcement of plans to acquire Vitrue, a cloud-based social marketing and engagement platform, Oracle says it has also entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect, a provider of cloud-based social intelligence solutions. The Collective Intellect transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year; and the Vitrue acquisition, which was announced on May 23, is expected to close in the summer of 2012.

Posted June 06, 2012

Teradata and Aprimo, a Teradata company that provides integrated marketing management software and services, announced that the acquisition of Munich-based eCircle, a European vendor in digital marketing, is complete. eCircle's digital marketing solutions, when combined with Aprimo's Integrated Marketing Management applications, are intended to help marketers to deliver highly targeted, consistent and personalized digital marketing campaigns that are integrated across all channels. Customers are expected to also benefit from Teradata Aster's big data analytics and Teradata's data warehousing for deeper customer engagement.

Posted June 05, 2012

Kapow Software, a provider of social media, cloud, and big data solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Informatica Corporation to deliver Informatica PowerExchange for Kapow Katalyst. This solution harnesses the power of the web, cloud applications and social media, allowing IT and line-of-business users alike to access and extract relevant information from disparate data sources in real time. The solution will be integrated into Informatica 9.5, which is scheduled to be released at the end of June.

Posted May 29, 2012

Idera, a provider of application management solutions for Windows and Linux, has introduced SharePoint diagnostic manager 2.7, which provides new capacity planning features enabling administrators to predict when they will need to expand or upgrade hardware in order to prevent performance issues caused by growth of SharePoint sites and content. This release also provides expanded analytics for SQL Server performance, web page health and uptime, and content usage and composition.

Posted May 29, 2012

With the advance of big data and the corollary increasing demand for business intelligence (BI), the market is experiencing an ongoing challenge in finding and retaining skilled BI professionals, according to Simon Boardman, vice president of marketing, Eagle Creek Software Services. This problem is being further exacerbated by stricter visa rules for skilled foreign workers, notes Boardman, who spoke with DBTA during the COLLABORATE 12 conference in Las Vegas.

Posted May 23, 2012

As a leader in pharmacy technology, National Health Systems, Inc. provides a range of services for the retail pharmacy industry. Built on a foundation of dedication and commitment to its customers and the profession of Pharmacy, NHS companies PDX, NHIN, and Rx.com provide pharmacies with the tools they need to provide the best possible patient care, manage their businesses, and enhance their competitiveness in the marketplace.

Posted May 23, 2012

Google has announced that Google BigQuery, a web service that lets users do interactive analysis of massive data sets, is now available to the public. Billed as enabling customers to "analyze terabytes of data with just a click of a button," the company says the data is secured, replicated across data centers, and can be easily exported.

Posted May 23, 2012

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software and services, has announced the latest release of its Informatica Cloud solution. Offered as an integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), the latest release from Informatica features the Cloud Connector Toolkit, Cloud Integration Templates, and new enterprise features, all of which are part of the new Informatica Cloud Developer Edition and allow developers to rapidly embed end-user customizable integration logic and connectivity into cloud applications.

Posted May 23, 2012

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