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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

Informatica has broadened its partnership with Tableau Software, a provider of business analytics software, to expand the reach of Informatica Rev, a cloud data preparation product, for non-technical business users.

Posted January 09, 2015

The old models of data architecture aren't enough for today's data-driven business demands. An architecture designed a decade ago, that rapidly and seamlessly moves data from production systems into data warehouses, for example, may not be capable of meeting the needs of today's real-time enterprises. Here are the 8 essential components to building a modern data architecture.

Posted January 08, 2015

HP, a member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN), has introduced HP Digital Customer Experience services for Oracle to help companies plan, build and manage customer experience business solutions for more personalized, consistent interaction with their customers across store, web, mobile and social channels. "Consumers increasingly associate their digital experience with a company's overall brand and reputation, making it even more important to exceed their service expectations and rise above the competition," observed Robert Hildenbrand, vice president, worldwide Oracle Applications Services, HP Enterprise Services.

Posted January 07, 2015

SQL Server 2012/2014 delivers compelling new capabilities that make an upgrade worthwhile. However, along the upgrade path, companies have also discovered key obstacles to achieving the new opportunities. Without awareness and understanding about these challenges - and their potential consequences - an organization's upgrade to SQL Server 2012/2014 can be costly, inefficient, and plagued by system errors. Here are the top 5 SQL Server 2012/2014 ‘gotchas' as well as tips for addressing them.

Posted January 07, 2015

We are stuck with an antiquated two-dimensional integration and implementation model which assumes that before value can be realized, we need to get components of that value into a more stable and normalized condition. A third dimension is critical for analytics and BI to stay effective against the growth of data and activities at the edge.

Posted January 07, 2015

Statisticians and data miners have been using R software and language for analytics within research and academia environments for some time. This open source community has contributed thousands of packages to meet the diverse needs across research and business analytics. And, to top off the perks of the software and language - R is free. But even in the face of its benefits, programmers still face fundamental challenges.

Posted January 07, 2015

Smart watches can perform continuous biometric validation (through pulse signatures and other cues), and are always at hand - or at least, at wrist. Coupled with the ability to continually monitor health and fitness, and perhaps even the ability to include basic phone capability, there are real advantages to be had as smart watches mature.

Posted January 07, 2015

In 2014, the big data drumbeat continued to pound, major DBMS vendors expanded their product offerings, Microsoft hired a new CEO, and a range of new technology offerings were introduced. In retrospect, what stands out?

Posted January 07, 2015

Consumers are shopping online in greater numbers than ever before. Kore Technologies is working to help its brick-and-mortar clients begin to adapt to the e-commerce world.Kore Technologies offers the KommerceServer eCommerce Suite, which contains a webStoreFront, webPortal, webAdminstration and Mobile Edition. The suite also contains out-of-the-box functionality for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) eCommerce environments.

Posted January 07, 2015

Entrinsik, developer of award-winning data management software Informer has announced its inclusion in the Data Discovery & Visualization Business Intelligence TrustMap published by TrustRadius.

Posted January 07, 2015

Based in the Chicago metropolitan region, Solution Specialties, Inc. has been developing information systems for justice agencies since 1987, and has customers using its Tracker software from coast to coast. Tracker is designed to provide a fully integrated view of the justice process from the point of an initial crime report all the way up to and including corrections and parole and long-term follow-up. This highly evolved software suite rests on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, a MultiValue-based application development environment.

Posted January 07, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted December 29, 2014

MapR, a provider of an enterprise grade distributed data platform including Hadoop, has announced a relationship with SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services. "If I were to summarize the journey the two companies are on, it is about getting data results bigger and faster," explained Jack Norris, CMO, MapR Technologies. The partnership of both organizations will allow for additional flexibility and control of Hadoop-based data.

Posted December 29, 2014

As analytics continues to play a larger role in the enterprise, the need to leverage and protect the data looms larger. According to the IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015. Here are 10 predictions from industry experts about the data and analytics in 2015.

Posted December 19, 2014

In its fourth big data-related acquisition this year, Teradata announced it has acquired RainStor, a privately held company specializing in online big data archiving on Hadoop. RainStor's technology offers three key advantages, explains Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services at Teradata. It enables extreme data compression with the ability to compress data from 10x to 40x, Rainstor data is immutable which is important for compliance and security regulations, and it is all accessible by SQL.

Posted December 18, 2014

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and provider of IT consulting and managed services, is now a SAP-certified provider of hosting services for SAP solutions and operations services for the SAP HANA platform. The companies say the certifications complement the existing Hitachi Consulting Cloud Framework for SAP solutions and serve to confirm the ability of Hitachi Consulting to deliver comprehensive IT operations services for customers running SAP solutions or applications running on the SAP HANA platform.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP has completed its acquisition of Concur Technologies. Concur is a provider of integrated T&E management solutions for companies of all industries and sizes, with more than 25,000 customers and 25 million active users in over 150 countries. Concur will operate as a business unit within SAP and continue to be led by its existing management team.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, running on AWS combines the flexibility of the cloud with powerful in-memory technology from SAP and helps companies of all sizes streamline their overall business execution through accessible, easy-to-use, real-time data that provide clear insights. According to SAP, this AWS pay-as-you go, subscription-based model will help reduce total cost of ownership for the solution.

Posted December 17, 2014

Oracle has opened its latest cloud development facility in Toronto's downtown tech center. The company plans to increase its Toronto cloud software development team by 30% with a focus on advancing Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Posted December 17, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 17, 2014

This is the final issue of 5 Minute Briefing: MultiValue for 2014. Look for the next issue filled with the latest news about MultiValue products and trends in January 2015.

Posted December 17, 2014

Data is increasingly being recognized as a rich resource flowing through organizations from a continually growing range of sources. But to realize its full potential, this data must be accessed by an array of users to support both real-time decision making and historical analysis, integrated with other information, and still kept safe from hackers and others with malicious intent. Fortunately, leading vendors are developing products and services to help. Here, DBTA presents the list of Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015.

Posted December 17, 2014

Aerospike has introduced new features and enhancements to its open source, flash-optimized, in-memory NoSQL key-value store database. Enhancements include new clients, easier installation and deployment, storage and performance improvements, enterprise security enhancements, Hadoop integration and numerous community contributions.

Posted December 15, 2014

Denodo's latest release connects to all internal and external data sources such as structured, semi-structured or unstructured, and combines them into logical, virtual data services to provide unified access and integrated delivery through a single "virtual" data layer and publishes these to consuming applications in real time. "In today's information economy, organizations rely heavily on the availability and quality of data at all levels in order to support investments in new business capabilities, business intelligence, compliance, and for creating an information-driven, strategic advantage," said Suresh Chandrasekaran, Senior VP, Denodo Technologies.

Posted December 15, 2014

Similar to server, storage, and network virtualization, data virtualization simplifies how data is presented and managed for users, while employing technologies - under the covers - for abstraction, decoupling, performance optimization and the efficient use/reuse of scalable resources.

Posted December 15, 2014

2014 has been described as the year of the data breach. But 2015 will be the year of the regulator, says Suni Munshani, CEO of Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 708 breaches that took place in the past year, grabbing headlines and sending warnings to retailers to prepare for the 2014 holiday shopping season that is now in full swing.

Posted December 15, 2014

Data has grown at an exponentially faster rate over the past 2 years than all of the previous years combined. "Ninety percent of data that exists today has been created in the past 2 years," said Bill Brunt, product manager of Dell SharePlex, during a recent DBTA webcast. This increase in data has caused companies to look for more efficient ways of moving data within their organizations. Dell SharePlex strives to offer the best overall customer experience when working with their software.

Posted December 15, 2014

Big data continues to have an impact on business, government, and society at large. Here's a look back at 10 noteworthy blog posts from 2014. These blog posts explore the benefits and downsides of advancements in big data technologies.

Posted December 15, 2014

Oracle has announced its latest-generation NAS storage system, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, the ZFS Storage ZS4-4 provides analytics for pluggable databases, doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence, and also provides high-level protection against security breaches with fine-grained encryption capabilities. The OS 8.3 adds over 30 enhancements and three new innovations that expand Oracle's leadership in NAS performance, efficiency, and application-engineered storage, said Oracle executive vice president John Fowler.

Posted December 10, 2014

With the latest update to the Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle has built in the notion of a "dev/test appliance," according to Sohan DeMel, vice president, product strategy and business development, Oracle. According to DeMel, Oracle has found that customers use five, six, or as many as seven times as many systems for their test and development functions because there are so many different aspects to testing - such as integration testing, user acceptance testing, and stress testing. While the dev/testing capability is not new to the market, DeMel points out that what is different about the Database Appliance approach to dev/test is that Oracle has essentially commoditized the capability and is providing it as a core platform feature and not something that it is up-selling and charging customers more for.

Posted December 10, 2014

Town Sports International (TSI) operates fitness clubs in major United States metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. TSI needed a high-availability, high-performance platform to host its updated Oracle E-Business Suite applications, but wanted to avoid the complex and lengthy deployment timelines typically associated with integrating servers, networks, and storage from multiple vendors, as well as the costs and data center space requirements associated with such projects. To meet its goals, TSI deployed an architecture based on two Oracle Database Appliances with the virtualized platform, one for test and one for production, as the platform for its deployment of Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters, Oracle VM and Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted December 10, 2014

IBM has announced that the availability of a beta for Watson Analytics, a cloud-based, natural language-based cognitive service that can provide access to predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses.

Posted December 08, 2014

There is still time to submit a speaking proposal for DBTA's Data Summit 2015, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015.

Posted December 08, 2014

TIBCO, a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, has released TIBCO Jaspersoft 6. With this release, Jaspersoft is introducing embeddable dashboards powered by Visualize.js, the new JavaScript framework for embedding BI components. "We have been focused on a very particular type of BI, embedded BI, which is pretty under-served," stated Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing at TIBCO.

Posted December 04, 2014

Watson Analytics, IBM's natural language-based cognitive service is now open for business and available in beta.

Posted December 04, 2014

Delayed durability offers something that many SQL Server professionals have wanted for years—the ability to disable transaction logging. Why turn off the transaction log? You can accelerate performance in a lot of situations where you do NOT need transactional consistency.

Posted December 03, 2014

Lock contention issues can be frustrating problems to investigate and debug. Before blaming the database system (as is the usual response), there are a few questions to consider that can help identify the cause of the locking problems.

Posted December 03, 2014

Kore Technologies' Kourier Integrator has helped improve Rockland Community College's speed and accuracy when it comes to its database performance. Kourier Integrator is Kore's flagship enterprise integration and data management suite with extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration capabilities (EAI).

Posted December 03, 2014

Entrinsik Informer has been recognized in a recent survey of BI products. Entrinsik Informer, an agile reporting and business intelligence application, provides access to real-time data from multiple sources, in-depth analytic capabilities, and intuitive data visualizations from one user-friendly web interface.

Posted December 03, 2014

Oracle has introduced the Oracle solution for Project-Driven Supply Chain. The new solution integrates Oracle Value Chain Planning and Oracle's Primavera project portfolio management solutions to help organizations better align material planning, decision-making, and execution throughout the project lifecycle.

Posted December 03, 2014

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, has released a new Postgres extension to connect MySQL and Postgres databases, giving end users the ability to get more value from their data by combining systems for a single view.

Posted December 03, 2014

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