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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

Kore Technologies has released a new version of Kourier Integrator, which continues to strengthen Kourier's support for external non-U2 data sources, and provides clients with more options and flexibility when designing ODBC-type exports to extract and transform data.

Posted August 05, 2014

Entrinsik has revamped its website to be easier to use and navigate, with the help of technology partner, Big Bite Creative. In addition, Entrinsik has introduced an interactive Informer Dashboard into the site at www2.entrinsik.com/InformerSugarDashboard, enabling visitors to interact with and get a feel for how dashboards work. Informer Dashboards allow users to see the big picture view of their data in just a few clicks, performing ad hoc data analysis with easy-to-use, interactive visualizations.

Posted August 05, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted August 05, 2014

Quest International Users Group (Quest) supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers, and is comprised of 55,000 members in 95 countries. Throughout Oracle OpenWorld 2014, you'll find members of the Quest team speaking at various breakout sessions, hosting SIG meetings and networking with members, Oracle personnel, and other customers. We will be answering questions and sharing information on how our members use and work with their Oracle products.

Posted August 04, 2014

You're invited to connect with the Oracle Applications Users Group at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, September 28-October 2, 2014, and get the answers you need to get ahead. The OAUG is the world's largest education, networking, and advocacy forum for Oracle Applications Users. Find out how OAUG membership helps you find answers, network with real users and expert consultants, and influence Oracle. And discover why 96% of OAUG members recommend membership.

Posted August 04, 2014

Members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), which represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals, will be out in force at OpenWorld 2014—presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most.

Posted August 04, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2014

Query and reporting solutions are part of a comprehensive business intelligence approach, and increasingly modern query and reporting solutions provide capabilities for self-service reports so users can get answers independently, include visualizations that support better understanding of data, and enable users to easily share insights with others. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Query and Reporting Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Organizations see data as a treasure trove from which they can extract valuable insights. Data mining solutions provide the tools that enable them to view those hidden gems and better address new opportunities and challenges. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Mining Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Big data represents an ocean of possible insight which has yet to be thoroughly leveraged. The goal today is to embed business intelligence more widely and more deeply into the enterprise so that insights from analytics can inform day-to-day business decisions. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Business Intelligence Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

When you need to analyze fast-developing business events as they happen in real time—with the ability to evaluate threats, risks, and opportunities—a streaming data solution is what is required to improve usability and speed time to insight. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Streaming Data Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data virtualization is an approach to data integration that addresses organizations' need to achieve a comprehensive view of their data, while also helping them avoid the need to rip and replace physical systems already in place. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Virtualization Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Moving only the data that has changed in the source systems to a target such as a data warehouse, change data capture or CDC, is a critical component of many enterprise initiatives since it maintains the timeliness of data but with minimal overhead. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Change Data Capture Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data replication is used as part of many different enterprise scenarios. Whether companies need to share information as part of their BI and reporting processes, support high availability and disaster recovery, or arrange a no-downtime migration, data replication can help them achieve their goals. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Replication Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data integration is critical to many organizational initiatives such as business intelligence, sales and marketing, customer service, R&D, and engineering, to name a few. Whether seeking to achieve a comprehensive view of data across disparate relational database management systems, or across unstructured data repositories and the cloud, the goal for many companies is the same—to help reduce costs and drive better decision making to fuel business success. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers Choice Awards for Best Data Integration Solution (Overall).

Posted August 04, 2014

In-memory is gaining traction within enterprise data environments and leading enterprise vendors are including it in their new releases with the goal of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best In-Memory Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

With new and varied sources of data, including unstructured human-generated data from sources such as social media and weblogs, to IoT data coming from sensors, machines and user devices, a radical shift is taking place in the world of business and analytics. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Analytical Platform (Overall).

Posted August 04, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 04, 2014

Novetta Identity Analytics has achieved Hortonworks Certification, and Novetta has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program. Novetta Identity Analytics provides a central, multi-dimensional view of the entities across the data silos and uncovers the relationships within and among those entities to support customer intimacy, churn prediction, risk profiling, fraud analysis and detection, and other use cases.

Posted August 04, 2014

Corvil, an IT data analytics company, has introduced Corvil Giga, a new streaming analytics platform for real-time operational intelligence and big data integration. The release is targeted at companies in the financial industry and others that need to operate their business in real time.

Posted July 29, 2014

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has formed a new partnership with MapR Technologies. The two companies are developing turn-key solutions to address big data challenges.

Posted July 29, 2014

The industry hype would have you believe that the key word in the phrase "big data" is big, a reference to datasets so large and complex that they cannot be managed within the confines of traditional IT systems and that the many opportunities for operational improvement that come from better analysis of data and information are reserved for those in the enterprise. Understandable, but completely wrong.

Posted July 23, 2014

SAP and Esri are strengthening and simplifying integration of the SAP HANA platform, analytics, mobile and business applications with Esri's geospatial services and content. The companies say the partnership helps customers break down information silos and simplifies access to shared data in SAP business applications and Esri GIS systems so business users have a more complete picture and can make more informed decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Considered a landmark partnership by industry observers, the new joint effort by IBM and Apple, to bring IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions to market is actually just one more step in a long line of innovative and sometimes surprising initiatives from IBM, the venerable IT powerhouse. Big Blue's extensive line of businesses range from mainframes to cloud software to ground-breaking partnerships in the open source space, including its commitment to Linux and the opening of the technology surrounding its Power Architecture offerings

Posted July 23, 2014

How do you catch the next big wave - not the wave everyone's already riding, but the one on the horizon? When it comes to big data, the next big wave is in-memory technologies, which accelerate data processing for faster, more accurate decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Extendings and complementing the existing capabilities provided by IBM to run SAP solutions on IBM Cloud Managed Services, IBM has expanded its global partnership with SAP to deliver the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service, and other SAP applications on the cloud platform from SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

Posted July 23, 2014

Databricks and SAP have collaborated on a Databricks-certified Apache Spark distribution offering for the SAP HANA platform. This production-ready distribution offering is the first result of a new partnership between Databricks and SAP.

Posted July 23, 2014

The latest version of SAP Demand Signal Management enables users to capture external market research and retailer point-of-sales (POS) data close to real time and combine it with internal business data and analytics to assess and respond to demand signals faster. Aimed at consumer products companies, life science companies, wholesalers and high-tech manufacturers, SAP Demand Signal Management provides insights for their supply chain management, sales, marketing and category management departments.

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

In "Big Data at Work," Tom Davenport explains to readers why big data is important to them and their organizations, what technology they actually need to manage it, and where to start capitalizing on its potential. Here, the author shares an excerpt from his recent book.

Posted July 23, 2014

Helping companies get more from big, unstructured data, Actian has unveiled the Actian Analytics Platform - Hadoop SQL Edition. In addition, as a result of a partnership with Logi Analytics, the Actian Analytics Platform combines with Logi Info to offer customers a comprehensive analytics platform to connect, visualize, analyze and act on big data.

Posted July 22, 2014

Addressing the market for lower raw capacity all-flash offerings, Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays, has added four new Windows Flash Array (WFA) configurations, and a flexible pricing model that enables customers to align storage investment with capacity as it is consumed.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

To make it easier for organizations to select MicroStrategy for all their business analytics and mobile application needs, MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has introduced a new packaging structure that reduces its 21 discreet offerings into four simple packages.

Posted July 21, 2014

InfiniDB has released version 4.6 of its fourth generation columnar data platform, which includes enhanced support for large-scale join operations and support for additional data load commands to speed the extraction, transformation, and load (ETL) process. The company also introduced a new 60-day enterprise trial that includes InfiniDB Enterprise Manager, a management console to simplify the administration of InfiniDB, and provide real-time visibility into the performance and availability of users' InfiniDB servers.

Posted July 15, 2014

Oracle today introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, which allows customers to run one SQL query across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database, minimizing data movement while overcoming data silos. According to Oracle the new solution helps customers gain a competitive advantage by making it easier to uncover insights faster, and allows them to leverage existing SQL skills while protecting data security and enforcing governance. Oracle Big Data SQL runs on Oracle Big Data Appliance and can work in conjunction with Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Posted July 15, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted July 09, 2014

As part of a collaboration to make Apache Hadoop and Spark accessible for everyday analysts, Alteryx and Databricks will become the primary committers to SparkR, a subset of the overall Apache Spark framework. In addition, Alteryx and Databricks are forming a technology and go-to-market partnership to accelerate the adoption of SparkR and SparkSQL, in order to help analysts get greater value from Spark as the leading open source in-memory engine.

Posted July 08, 2014

Data Lake Hadoop, a new bundle from Pivotal and EMC, combines scale-out enterprise storage and big data and analytics to offer a production-grade HDFS solution. The bundle consists of pre-configured EMC Isilon X410 nodes, HAWQ subscriptions and Pivotal HD, Pivotal's enterprise version of Apache Hadoop.

Posted July 08, 2014

Revolution Analytics is providing certification testing for its flagship product, Revolution R Enterprise, with independent proctoring by Kryterion. Citing an anticipated shortage of individuals with advanced analytics expertise, Revolution Analytics says the certification is designed to demonstrate a person's proficiency in managing, mining and analyzing big data sets within the Revolution R Enterprise environment.

Posted July 08, 2014

MicroStrategy's full feature set, previously split into 21 discrete offerings, has been reduced to four packages that the company says will allow developers, analysts, power users. MicroStrategy also announced that it is extending free upgrades for existing clients to the premium capabilities included in the new product packaging, offering greater value to clients and new users to take advantage of the comprehensive MicroStrategy platform with simplified value-based pricing.

Posted July 08, 2014

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