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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

Open source software vendor Talend announced that it has added big data profiling for Apache Hadoop and support for NoSQL databases in the upcoming release of its integration platform, Talend v5.2. Data profiling, the process of evaluating the character and condition of data stored across the enterprise, is a critical step toward gaining control over organizational data, and is emerging as a big data best practice. "Profiling allows you to understand what you have in your Hadoop cluster and how this data can be used for your big data integration and management project," Yves de Montcheuil, Talend's vice president of marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 06, 2012

Big data is here, offering both vast opportunities — as well as vexing challenges — for every organization it touches. For a number of years, it has been understood that to be of value, information needs to be readily available, as close to real time as possible, to users in any location. Now, with the onset of "big data," the task gets more daunting. "These are all increasing the demands on both transactional and analytics data systems," says Bernie Spang, director of database software and systems for IBM.

Posted November 06, 2012

BI Software provider MicroStrategy rolled out MicroStrategy Cloud Express, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed for "do-it-yourself" business analytics, mobile intelligence and data publishing. According to the company, the new solution enables any business person - regardless of technical skill - to access and analyze data on their own, as well as design and share mobile apps data-driven mobile apps without writing code.

Posted November 01, 2012

With information now being generated from all corners of the enterprise, executives, managers, and professionals can ask and get answers to questions they have never been able to consider. For companies that are able to offer business decision makers rapid and easy access to business intelligence (BI) or analytic data from which they can assemble their own interfaces and reports, this means competitive advantage. However, today's BI systems still present obstacles to realizing this vision, according to a new survey of 250 data managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., for Tableau Software. The survey findings are outlined in a new report, titled, "Opening Up Business Intelligence to the Enterprise: 2012 Survey of Data Professionals On Self-Service BI and Analytics."

Posted October 30, 2012

Mark Clark, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), spoke with 5 Minute Briefing at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference about issues facing Oracle Applications users and the OAUG's plans for the year ahead. Helping members understand the significance of the cloud, Fusion applications, and EBS 12.2 are key issues, as the OAUG continues to provide education, networking opportunities, and a voice for members to Oracle, says Clark, who is also a senior partner at O2Works.

Posted October 30, 2012

HiT Software, a provider of data replication and change data capture (CDC) solutions for heterogeneous database environments, has announced the release of DBMoto 7.2, which includes support for the Actian Vectorwise analytical database. "Vectorwise is a leading analytical database that is designed to deliver an incredible speed in returning queries on big data," Carolyn Hughes, director of marketing at HiT Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing. In turn, she notes, users also want to be able to get data into Vectorwise at the same level of speed so that their reporting and analytics can be as close to real time as possible. DBMoto captures data from all major relational databases including Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2 (all versions), MySQL, Informix, Sybase and others, and automatically passes data and any updates to Vectorwise.

Posted October 30, 2012

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, is partnering with Teradata to offer Attunity Replicate for Teradata, a big data replication solution designed to enable loading of heterogeneous data to Teradata with high performance, efficiency and ease-of-use.

Posted October 25, 2012

Kognitio is allowing companies to download a fully functional copy of its software at no charge, and with no time restrictions. The company, which made the announcement at O'Reilly Strata and Hadoop World conference, said it is offering a full-featured, perpetual use license of up to 128 gigabytes without an expiration period or other limited functions normally found in "trialware." This capability gives companies the ability to do in-memory analytics on, for example, more than 500 million customer records at once.

Posted October 25, 2012

At SAP TechEd 2012 in Las Vegas, SAP unveiled its plans for SAP HANA Cloud, a next-generation cloud platform based on in-memory technology. As part of SAP HANA Cloud, the company also announced the general availability of SAP NetWeaverCloud, an open standards-based application service, and SAP HANA One, a deployment of SAP HANA certified for production use on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, as the first offerings based on SAP HANA Cloud.

Posted October 24, 2012

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison laid out four key products in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld this year. The announcements - all related to the cloud - include an Oracle IaaS offering in addition to PaaS and SaaS; the addition of an Oracle Private Cloud option; Oracle Database 12c; and the new Exadata X3.

Posted October 24, 2012

At OpenWorld, Oracle's annual conference for customers and partners, John Matelski, president of the IOUG, and CIO for Dekalb County, Georgia, gave his perspective on the key takeaways from this year's event. Matelski also described the user group's efforts to help the community understand the value of Oracle's engineered systems and deal with the broad implications of big data, and how the IOUG is supporting Oracle DBAs in their evolving roles.

Posted October 24, 2012

Entrinsik, Inc., has announced that its Informer self-service reporting and business intelligence software is now listed on SugarCRM'sSugarExchange and can integrate directly with SugarCRM implementations. Through the integration between Entrinsik and SugarCRM, users can log into Sugar and access real-time reporting, data analysis and interactive dashboards. "It allows users to integrate multiple sources of data without even leaving the Sugar instance and without having to set up a separate data store or data cube which they would typically have to do in order to access data from multiple data sources," Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik, tells DBTA.

Posted October 24, 2012

Platfora has introduced what it describes as the first in-memory business intelligence platform for Hadoop. The company unveiled its product, which is now in beta, at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York. It will go GA in Q1 2013. "There is a lot of excitement out there among our early customers as well as the Hadoop distribution companies and other systems vendors," Ben Werther, founder and CEO, Platfora, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted October 23, 2012

It is an understatement to say we're witnessing an example of Moore's Law — which states the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every two years — as we seek to manage the explosion of big data. Given the impact this new wealth of information has on hundreds of millions of business transactions, there's an urgent need to look beyond traditional insight-generation tools and techniques. It's critical we develop new tools and skills to extract the insights that organizations seek through predictive analytics.

Posted October 16, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 2 was recently introduced with capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Java platform-as-a-service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. According to Oracle, "engineered-together management" is especially important for a consolidation platform such as Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, where multiple business applications need to run reliably and securely. In addition, as a result of demand from customers leveraging Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, a new IOUG Management Special Interest Group (SIG) has been created.

Posted October 16, 2012

SAP AG announced the availability of the SAP Precision Retailing solution, which is designed to help companies reach consumers at the moment of decision. The enterprise solution delivers personalized offers and suggestions in real time to consumers across multiple channels, including mobile devices, in-store kiosks and websites. "The solution we just launched bridges the gap between the consumer at the point of decision who needs to make a purchase and the ocean of data - and we extract the needle in the haystack - that piece of information that will help the consumer make a decision," Herve Pluche, vice president, Retail Consumer Mobile Initiative, SAP Labs, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted October 11, 2012

Composite Software introduced version 6.2 of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform at Data Virtualization Day 2012, its data virtualization conference in New York City. The new release contains additional analytics enablement capabilities including support for more analytic data sources, additional analytic platform optimizations, and expanded data governance. "High-performance access to big data, analytic appliances and data warehouses is far simpler and faster with Composite's data virtualization solution," says Kevin Ott, Composite Software senior VP of product development.

Posted October 10, 2012

CA Technologies launched a new book called "Service Virtualization: Reality Is Overrated" at Oracle OpenWorld. Co-authored by CA CTO John Michelsen and CA LISA director of product marketing Jason English, the book explains how deploying service virtualization to simulate the behavior, responsiveness and data of dependent systems can help remove constraints in the existing software environment, and help increase the speed, performance, and agility for the development of enterprise application software.

Posted October 10, 2012

Are today's data systems — many of which were built and designed for legacy systems of the past decade — up to the task of moving information to end users at the moment they need it? And is this information timely enough? In many cases, there's a lot of work that still needs to be done before real-time information, drawn from multiple sources, becomes a reality. A new survey of 338 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications reveals that real-time data access is still a distant pipe dream for at least half of the companies represented in the survey. The survey, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Attunity in March of 2012, finds that close to half of the survey respondents, 48%, report that relevant data within their organizations still take 24 hours or longer to reach decision makers. This suggests that much data is still batch-loaded overnight.

Posted October 09, 2012

Infrastructure software vendor TIBCO Software Inc., has announced the latest version of its data discovery and analytics platform, Spotfire 5.0. Featuring a redesigned in-memory engine, users across the enterprise will be able to visualize and interact with enormous amounts of data. Spotfire 5.0 is integrated with data warehouses such as Teradata, Oracle, and Microsoft, and accesses Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services cubes.

Posted October 02, 2012

Business analytics vendor OpTier has released OpTier APM 5.0, a solution that provides real-time business transaction analytics and deep diagnostics, enabling improved visibility and gains in productivity. OpTier also released a new Big Data Analytics solution that takes advantage of OpTier's business transaction-based platform, providing real-time big data analytics already in context and reducing time and cost.

Posted October 01, 2012

Quest Software has introduced Toad Business Intelligence Suite, a packaged suite of tools to link traditional and non-traditional data sources, bridging the gap between BI environments and distributed big data sources. In addition, Toad BI Suite aims to span the divide between technical and non-technical users by offering tailored interfaces designed to meet their individual data provisioning and analytic needs.

Posted September 26, 2012

SAP is offering new analytics software that bundles SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions and the SAP Sybase IQ server, a high-performance data foundation designed specifically for analytics. The solutions help organizations of all sizes gain better insight into "big data" with advanced data visualization, self-service data discovery, mobile BI and predictive capabilities.

Posted September 26, 2012

Quest Software, Inc. announced that Quest's stockholders approved the acquisition of Quest by Dell Inc. at the meeting of Quest's stockholders held Tuesday, September 25. Closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction and waiver of remaining closing conditions.

Posted September 26, 2012

The opportunities and challenges presented by big data are examined in a new survey of 298 data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. According to this new survey, more than one out of 10 data managers now have in excess of a petabyte of data within their organizations, and a majority of respondents report their levels of unstructured data are growing. Fewer than one out of five respondents feel their IT infrastructure will be ready to handle this incoming surge of data. Protecting data overall is important, but unstructured data gets low priority at this time.

Posted September 26, 2012

If you have not heard the buzz around Oracle's Engineered Systems, then you must not be keeping up with Oracle's marketing promotions, reading any technical journals, or even just walking through any airports lately. While the marketing claims are impressive, the use of Marvel's characters was imaginative and Oracle's use of the slogan "Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together" is enticing, you may be asking yourself, "What does all of this mean to me?" Well, let's illustrate by example.

Posted September 26, 2012

MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence (BI) software, has introduced a new release of the company's core platform. MicroStrategy 9.3 includes new capabilities and improvements to MicroStrategy's data discovery software, Visual Insight; increased support for advanced analytics from 'R' - the open source language for predictive analysis; and improved connectivity to Hadoop. In addition, MicroStrategy 9.3 delivers a high speed "Google-like" search experience and introduces an innovative, new administration product, MicroStrategy System Manager, for automating manual, multi-step processes.

Posted September 25, 2012

Business analytics provider Birst Inc. has released a free cloud-based analytics edition of Birst available to business users, called Birst Express. Users can connect directly to Salesforce.com for sales analytics that span Salesforce.com and their own data sources, as well as visualize data and deliver analysis in a cloud-based environment. Users can then share their analyses and access their insights anywhere, on their desktop or mobile device.

Posted September 25, 2012

Infobright has introduced a database appliance purpose-built for the analysis of machine-generated data called Infopliance. Integrating Infobright's analytic database with dedicated server and storage hardware, the new appliance is intended to provide customers with a cost-effective, scalable solution for extracting insight from growing volumes of real-time and historical information generated by web logs, network logs, call detail records, security data, and sensor data. "We have seen a growing need among customers who are going from one terabytes to two terabytes, to 15 terabytes, to 30 terabytes. They are experiencing very explosive data growth, and we began to realize that there would be a market for delivering a purpose-built machine-generated data appliance," Don DeLoach, president and CEO of Infobright, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 24, 2012

The first computer program I ever wrote (in 1979, if you must know) was in the statistical package SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), and the second computer platform I used was SAS (Statistical Analysis System). Both of these systems are still around today—SPSS was acquired by IBM as part of its BI portfolio, and SAS is now the world's largest privately held software company. The longevity of these platforms—they have essentially outlived almost all contemporary software packages—speaks to the perennial importance of data analysis to computing.

Posted September 19, 2012

In recent years, the networks of developers, integrators, consultants, and manufacturers committed to supporting database systems have morphed from one-on-one partnerships into huge ecosystems in which they have become interdependent on one another, and are subject to cross-winds of trends and shifts that are shaping their networks. Nowhere is this more apparent than the huge ecosystem that has developed around Oracle. With Oracle's never-ending string of acquisitions, new functionality, and widespread adoption by enterprises, trends that shape this ecosystem are certain to have far-reaching effects on the rest of the IT world. Concerns that percolate through the ecosystem reflect — and influence — broad business concerns. New paradigms — from cloud computing to big data to competing on analytics — are taking root within the Oracle ecosystem long before anywhere else.

Posted September 19, 2012

EMC and Alpine Data Labs, under a formal reseller agreement, have released a joint solution that combines Alpine's predictive analytics application with EMC's Greenplum analytics platform. EMC resells the Alpine Data Labs product suite, including Alpine Miner and Illuminator, integrated with EMC Greenplum Database, EMC Greenplum Chorus, EMC Greenplum HD, and EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA). An in-database solution for big data predictive analytics, the joint offering from EMC and Alpine eases deployment and accelerates time to value for improved insights into big data. Additionally, customers benefit from coordinated Alpine/EMC global support.

Posted September 18, 2012

Join Progress DataDirect and DBTA for a practical primer into the space of Big Data, Analytics and Hadoop. This webcast will show how companies are successfully starting and using big data to drive business decisions and also how they are planning to integrate their Hadoop clusters with existing analytics tools to get the most out of those systems.

Posted September 18, 2012

IBM unveiled new social sentiment analysis tools, based on its sophisticated analytics technologies, targeted at helping cities better measure and understand public opinions on key issues and services, such as public transportation or education. With a wealth of online content and public commentary on social channels such as Twitter and Facebook, city officials need new ways to measure positive, neutral and negative opinions shared by citizens regarding important city issues. IBM's advanced analytics and natural language processing technologies - used to analyze large volumes of public social media data in order to assess and understand citizen opinions - are now available to city governments around the world via new capabilities delivered with the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities.

Posted September 17, 2012

Big data is toughfor enterprises to handle, and adding to the challenge is the fact that much of it is unstructured data—business documents, presentations, log files, and social media data. Respondents to a survey of 264 data managers and professionals—subscribers to Database Trends and Applications—almost unanimously agree that unstructured data is on the rise and ready to engulf their current data management systems. The trouble is, their management typically does not understand the scope of the challenge and is failing to recognize the significance of unstructured data assets to the business.

Posted September 12, 2012

Australia-based Koorong Books has migrated its enterprise computer system to run on the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database, enhancing its legacy system and improving its performance and integration. One of the most important characteristics of the next generation of applications is that they will utilize all of the data in the enterprise, Robert Nagle, vice president of Software Development, InterSystems, tells DBTA.

Posted September 11, 2012

Splunk Inc., a provider of operational intelligence software, has released a cloud service offering for organizations that develop and run applications in the public cloud using services such as Amazon Web Services, Heroku, Google App Engine, Rackspace, and others. Splunk Storm enables users to diagnose and troubleshoot application problems instantly, attain rapid insight into cloud-based applications, as well as monitor vital business metrics to achieve more effective operational intelligence.

Posted September 11, 2012

Syncsort has certified its DMExpress data integration software for high-performance loading of HP's recently released analytics platform software, HP Vertica 6. HP's Vertica FlexStore architecture allows access to any data, including structured, semi-structured and unstructured, stored in any location. "As companies are looking to do more with analytical data stores like Vertica, they need to load their big data into Vertica very quickly. And they need that to not only happen today but to scale over time as that big data and the volume and variety of data grows," Keith Kohl, Syncsort's director of product management, data integration, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 11, 2012

Business intelligence software vendor Actuate has partnered with VoltDB, provider of ultra-high-throughput relational database systems, to offer a solution that will allow ActuateOne and VoltDB customers to process their big data more quickly and effectively, resulting in improved insights. Together, the VoltDB and ActuateOne alliance is expected to substantially reduce the time from big data access to operational insights, providing customers with a competitive advantage in the market and improving the bottom line.

Posted September 11, 2012

A new conference called Big Data Insights: Finance is being launched this year, December 4-5, at the Hilton Stamford in Connecticut. According to conference organizers, financial services firms have been collecting, collating and harvesting data for years, and this conference is intended to help them find the right technologies to take advantage of those rich data assets. Banking has long been in data warehousing, but there are new opportunities that are bubbling up in terms of analysis of data, Diana Middleton, conference director, Finance & Investments, Institute for International Research, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We are really hoping to create a forum where the business side of the house and the technology side of the house can get together and determine how best to use data, be strategic with it, and be able to generate revenue."

Posted September 07, 2012

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