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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

Constructing a modern database demands performance and ease of operations, both at scale. The performance aspect consists of two aspects: high-throughput and low-latency.

Posted December 20, 2017

Magnitude Software has completed the acquisition of Innowera, a global software provider that enables users to more efficiently manage SAP processes and workflows for productivity and data management. This acquisition expands Magnitude's portfolio of solutions in the SAP marketplace, provides access to additional target users in the office of finance, and complements key solutions, including Magnitude SourceConnect for SAP, Magnitude RapidDecision, and Magnitude Connectivity solutions.

Posted December 20, 2017

To help organizations better protect their clouds and digital services, Oracle is expanding its security portfolio and unveiling a new partner program. The Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now includes new capabilities to help enterprises manage and certify user identities, applications, and confidential data more securely and through a richer, consumerized user experience. In addition, a new partner program is aimed at improving collaboration with security vendors and simplifying customer adoption.

Posted December 20, 2017

In the past, user groups were the place where you would meet people interested in the same thing you were.  Vendors worked with the user groups to communicate new releases, and gather feedback on beta testing and leveraged them as a source for new features. The user group had a library of information, presentations, events, and ways to interact with other users and vendors. Now, with social tools, including Facebook, Slack, and LinkedIn, and powerful search engines such as Google and Bing, the question is: Are user groups still needed? They are, and here is why.

Posted December 20, 2017

Oracle has announced general availability of the newest release of its flagship core banking application, Oracle FLEXCUBE V14.  With FLEXCUBE V14, banks now have the choice of either deploying a pre-configured offering for a comprehensive solution or updating one line of business at a time.

Posted December 20, 2017

MicroStrategy Incorporated, a worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is updating its signature platform, introducing a redesigned desktop and new workstation. MicroStrategy 10.10 builds on its previous release, which introduced the Dossier feature and MicroStrategy Library.

Posted December 19, 2017

IBM announced its next-generation Power Systems Servers, incorporating its newly designed POWER9 processor. Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks, enabling enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.

Posted December 18, 2017

IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. They include: JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, Samsung, JSR Corporation, Barclays, Hitachi Metals, Honda, Nagase, Keio University, Oak Ridge National Lab, Oxford University and University of Melbourne.

Posted December 18, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its vision for its Smart Data Center, which brings together technologies and approaches in infrastructure management, predictive analytics and internet of things (IoT) capabilities.

Posted December 18, 2017

Over the past 12 months, there have been many new initiatives aimed at boosting access to and adoption of artificial intelligence. Many resources need to be aligned, including data analytics and computing processing power. But the most important ingredient is human intelligence. AI will only succeed if it is working in partnership with human intelligence, and only humans can provide the business context that gives AI value. This will be the final issue of this newsletter for 2017, and we will resume publishing on January 8th. We wish all our readers a very happy and safe holiday season!

Posted December 18, 2017

Dell Boomi's integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is designed to equip enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers.

Posted December 18, 2017

BMC is expanding its Remedy solution to multi-cloud environments, including AWS, Jira, and Microsoft Azure, allowing companies to deliver seamless experiences. IT leaders can now broker tickets and manage all incidents both on-premises and across multiple clouds. 

Posted December 18, 2017

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2018 presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly. For a limited time, super early bird pricing is also available for the conference which will take place May 22 - 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Posted December 15, 2017

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted December 15, 2017

Adoption of cross-cloud containers is increasing as developers push for an open cloud stack to avoid vendor lock-in, say IT leaders. However, in their efforts to embrace multi-cloud environments, organizations have to be mindful of avoiding the complexity of cloud sprawl, they caution. Here, three IT leaders share their predictions for the impact that containers and microservices will have in 2018

Posted December 12, 2017

A new on-demand e-learning course on profit-driven business analytics is available through SAS. The course is taught by Wouter Verbeke, an assistant professor in business informatics at the University of Brussels (Belgium), and Bart Baesens, a professor of Big Data and Analytics at KU Leuven (Belgium) and a lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Recently, Baesens, who also writes the Data Science Deep Dive column for Big Data Quarterly, discussed the role of profit-driven analytics and the objectives of the new course.

Posted December 12, 2017

RedPoint Global, a provider of data management and customer engagement technology, is updating its RedPoint Data Management solution within the RedPoint Customer Data Platform. With RedPoint Data Management 8.0, organizations can harness massive amounts of data from an ever-growing number of touchpoints to create a truly unified customer profile - all in an expanded open garden environment.

Posted December 11, 2017

Panoply, Stitch, and Chartio are partnering to offer an Automatic Cloud Data Stack, allowing users to gain insights through data visualization. The combined solution includes a self-optimizing petabyte-scale data warehouse, a self-serve ETL pipeline, and a modern business intelligence platform with pre-built business dashboards.

Posted December 08, 2017

SentryOne, a Charlotte-NC-based provider of solutions for optimizing SQL Server performance, has launched a Global Partner Network to better serve its customers and partners outside of the United States.  

Posted December 08, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, has expanded its partnership with Runner Technologies (Runner EDQ), a provider of integrated address verification solutions and Platinum level member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). Together,, the two firms are rolling out CLEAN_Address, an Oracle-validated, integrated address verification solution for PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and E-Business Suite platforms.

Posted December 06, 2017

RedPoint Global, a provider of data management and customer engagement technology, is rolling out the 8.0 release of RedPoint Data Management within the RedPoint Customer Data Platform.

Posted December 06, 2017

The expanding role of the citizen developer is explored in a new Unisphere Research report authored by analyst Joe McKendrick. The report, titled "The Rise of the Empowered Citizen Developer: 2017 Low-Code Adoption Survey," was based on a survey of readers of KMWorld and CRM magazines, and sponsored by Kintone.

Posted December 06, 2017

IBM is launching its next-generation Power Systems Servers incorporating its newly designed POWER9 processor, advancing performance improvements across popular AI frameworks. Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly which allows enterprises to build more accurate AI applications.

Posted December 05, 2017

XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps software, announced a goal-based DevOps Intelligence solution that optimizes DevOps performance and measures the business impact of DevOps initiatives.

Posted December 04, 2017

Web scraping can be an invaluable skill to possess when working on data-related projects because many interesting analytics projects often start not with over-explored internal data, but with the treasure trove of information found on the web, according to authors, lecturers, and data scientists Seppe vanden Broucke and Bart Baesens. However, while the web holds a wealth of information, collecting and structuring web data can be a daunting prospect for many data practitioners, believes Baesens who has written a new book on the topic with vanden Broucke titled, Web Scraping for Data Science with Python. Here, Baesens expands on the techniques and uses for web scraping.

Posted December 04, 2017

More and more organizations are moving their data to the cloud to capitalize on cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities. The technologies underpinning big data and cloud computing are converging and offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging data access. However, only if integrated and managed properly.

Posted December 04, 2017

Talend unveiled a new Quick Start solution for deploying cloud data lakes on Amazon Web Services (AWS) platforms, allowing organizations to get data lakes up and running fast. Available for download immediately, the Quick Start automates the building of data lake environments by deploying Talend Big Data Integration components and AWS services such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

Posted December 01, 2017

StreamSets Inc., provider of an enterprise data operations platform, is releasing StreamSets Data Collector Edge (SDC Edge). Available as open source software, SDC Edge packs the core functionality of the adopted StreamSets Data Collector into a footprint of less than 5MB, an order of magnitude smaller than alternatives.

Posted December 01, 2017

There never has been a more interesting time to be involved in the data management field. Data not only has become "the new oil" but is also the catalyst that is powering organizations to new heights of success. The past year has seen the rise of powerful analytics and an embrace of new tools and platforms emerging to more effectively tap into the power that data offers. DBTA reached out to industry experts to document the most important trends shaping data management in 2018.

Posted December 01, 2017

Data is a powerful tool, but it's all too often out of reach of the very people who need it most. That is changing as the model for consuming technology and the technology itself evolves to better support the needs of companies working at the speed of digital.

Posted December 01, 2017

This year's PASS Summit packed more than 5,000 data professionals into the Washington State Convention Center for hardcore technical sessions covering all aspects of the Microsoft data platform. Here are some highlights.

Posted December 01, 2017

Breaches are becoming increasingly common as hackers gain more access to personal information such as social security numbers, credit cards, etc. Now another attack could be under way as researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption protocol. This flaw could allow hackers to intercept credit card numbers, passwords, photos, and other sensitive information.

Posted December 01, 2017

Solution4strategy recently used BlueFinity's Evoke Platform to help roll out cloud-based apps for its customers. Solutions4strategy a provider of innovative software and consultancy services serving the Australian, U.K. and U.S. markets used the platform to launch a series of business apps that is helping drive its international business expansion.

Posted December 01, 2017

Over the past few years, the scale, speed, and power of analytics have been dramatically transformed. The amount of data available from the internet, combined with advances in software to make use of it, has created a practice called "big data analytics." It can provide types of information that were not available in the recent past and it has the potential to do so in real-time.

Posted December 01, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 30, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics technologies has acquired Alpine Data, a cloud-based data science and social collaboration platform. TIBCO says the addition will bolster its data science technology and analytics portfolio, complementing solutions such as Statistica, Spotfire, and StreamBase to help companies accelerate insights and action.

Posted November 30, 2017

IBM announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds. IBM Cloud Private software is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development.

Posted November 30, 2017

Baffle, Inc., a developer of a database encryption solution, is launching a comprehensive data protection service that enables cloud applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and Microsoft's Azure Marketplace to operate on encrypted data. The platform, BaffleManager, enables secure compute for cloud applications while delivering dynamic access control and enhanced data access monitoring. 

Posted November 30, 2017

Built.io Flow, an integration-as-a-service (iPaaS) platform that unifies and automates disparate IT systems and cloud applications integrations through APIs, and Zilkr are partnering to offer a new integrated platform for telecommunications clouds. Together Built.io Flow and Zilkr extend workflow innovation by bringing telecommunication services and enterprise application products into integrated, automated business processes.

Posted November 30, 2017

Percona has introduced version 1.5 of its free and open source platform for managing and monitoring MySQL and MongoDB performance. This new release improves support for MySQL on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and Amazon Aurora, which simplifies configuration and usage, provides more efficient data collection and delivers faster resolution of Percona Support tickets.

Posted November 30, 2017

TimeXtender, a recognized global software company enabling self-service BI and analytics, is upgrading its Discovery Hub platform, adding a shared semantic layer that enables users to use the same language across platforms. The update also provides different perspectives—grouping together related data for area-specific purposes, for example, finance, sales, marketing, or cross-business analytics.

Posted November 30, 2017

Redgate has upgraded its Source Control for Oracle tool so that it version-controls static data within databases as well as database schemas.

Posted November 30, 2017

Confluent, provider of the streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, is releasing Confluent Cloud, allowing users to manage large streaming environments. The fully managed service helps companies deploy their Customer 360, fleet management, fraud detection, and other real-time, large-scale initiatives.

Posted November 29, 2017

Trifacta is expanding support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with releasing Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise on AWS Marketplace. Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise provide an intuitive, efficient way for teams and organizations to wrangle data across AWS services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Redshift for ML and visualization in applications including Amazon QuickSight.

Posted November 29, 2017

Snowflake Computing has announced the public preview of Snowpipe, an automated service to load data into the Snowflake cloud data warehouse, that is built using Amazon SQS and other Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions.

Posted November 29, 2017

Loom Systems, provider of an AI-powered log analysis solution, is launching its newest Streaming 2.0 platform, enabling more precise log analysis in enterprise IT environments. New features of Streaming 2.0 include new data architecture, better options to structure data, improved integration with notification systems, and the ability to do script-less mapping of sources along with creating custom alerts and more.  

Posted November 29, 2017

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