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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.



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Join DBTA for a special webcast on how organizations can capitalize on the promise of big data by giving business users the right platform and tools to incorporate critical insights into their everyday decision-making. Sponsored by Tableau Software, the webcast on Thursday, November 21 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET, will focus on the key technologies for a user-centric approach to big data.

Posted November 19, 2013

Logi Analytics has formed a new partnership with MongoDB and created the Logi Analytics native connector. Logi Analytics' new connector to MongoDB gives developers the ability to specify custom filter expressions, perform aggregations using MongoDB's pipeline operations, and employ MapReduce functions to query the data for interactive analytics, reporting and dashboards.

Posted November 19, 2013

Tableau Software has expanded its work with Amazon Web Services. The combination of Tableau software and Amazon Redshift provides a business intelligence platform that delivers the reliability, availability, and capability to visualize large volumes of data, derive rapid insight, and make data-driven decisions faster without setting up a costly and time consuming traditional data warehouse environment.

Posted November 18, 2013

IBM announced new business analytics and cloud software solutions to help zEnterprise clients take advantage of new workloads. These include a new version of the DB2 and IMS databases, and Cognos analytics tools configured for zEnterprise.

Posted November 13, 2013

Entrinsik, a provider of information management solutions, has formed a new partnership with KeyedIn Solutions, a software business specializing in cloud-based enterprise applications. The combination of KeyedIn Solutions and Entrinsik Informer reporting software enables users to analyze a wide range of organizational data through a single application and portal.

Posted November 13, 2013

Birst, a provider of a cloud-based business intelligence platform, has launched its new Recurring Revenue Solution Accelerator targeted at businesses offering SaaS, ongoing maintenance contracts, and other subscription-based products and services. The solution allows organizations to gain insight into product and revenue performance and trending customer data, based on industry best practices.

Posted November 12, 2013

Datawatch has introduced a new Visualization Accelerator that enables users to connect to almost any source of information, including Splunk, to develop visual data discovery applications using a drag-and-drop design environment.

Posted November 12, 2013

To address evolving sales dynamics, Oracle Sales Cloud gives sales representatives the opportunity to sell more, know more and drive growth to their company, said Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, product development, Oracle, in a recent webcast. Citing data from a recent Oracle study, Kurian said that sales teams spend 78% of their time on administrative work with only 22% of their time focused on selling.

Posted November 06, 2013

The challenges associated with big data can be turned into opportunities for small-to-midsize enterprises (SMEs) with the right data strategy. As SMEs look to increase their businesses, it is critical to incorporate a cost-effective approach that aligns with both existing data challenges and future plans for expansion. Laying a strong base for big data will help SMEs prepare for this growth by providing immediate insight on key business drivers and objectives.

Posted November 05, 2013

Clustrix, a provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has just released ClustrixDB as a software download. The software enables companies to perform complex analytic at the same time as high transaction volumes on the same database with the need for an additional analytic database.

Posted October 31, 2013

Splunk has announced general availability of Hunk, a full-featured integrated analytics platform that aims to enable anyone in an organization to analyze historical data in Hadoop. Hunk is built on patent-pending virtual index technology that delivers self-serve analytics without the need for specialized programming skill sets.

Posted October 29, 2013

0xdata, a provider of open source machine learning and predictive analytics for big data, has announced general availability of the latest release of H2O, "Fluid Vector," which delivers new levels of performance, ease of use, and integration with R.

Posted October 28, 2013

ClearStory Data has launched its first product, Data Intelligence, which is designed to accelerate and simplify access to and analysis of diverse data types to enable business users to make faster decisions.

Posted October 28, 2013

At Strata Conference + Hadoop World today,Big data analytics vendor SiSense announced the new opening of its New York city headquarters and new capabilities for SiSense Prism enabled by In-Chip technology with Crowd Accelerated Analytics.

Posted October 28, 2013

SAS and SAP have formed a strategic partnership to create a joint technology and product roadmap that will leverage the SAP HANA platform and SAS analytics capabilities. The companies will target target business areas that require a combination of advanced analytics running on an in-memory platform.

Posted October 24, 2013

SAP is advancing HANA on three fronts, all aimed at improving the overall experience with the platform. The enhancements include a more visually appealing and intuitive user experience, powerful new features, and simplified cloud-based deployment.

Posted October 24, 2013

A new rapid-deployment solution for SAP HANA Live enables real-time operational reporting within and beyond SAP Business Suite software powered by the SAP HANA platform. The solution offers customers pre-configured content in the form of pre-built reports.

Posted October 24, 2013

If you look at what is really going on in the big data space it's all about inexpensive open source solutions that are facilitating the modernization of data centers and data warehouses, and at the center of this universe is Hadoop. In the evolution of the big data market, open source is playing a seminal role as the "disruptive technology" challenging the status quo. Additionally, organizations large and small are leveraging these solutions often based on inexpensive hardware and memory platforms in the cloud or on premise.

Posted October 24, 2013

Glassbeam has released SCALAR, a new cloud-based platform to organize and analyze multi-structured machine data, as well as Glassbam Explorer, a cloud-based search and log management application, and Glassbeam Studio, a tool that enables uses advanced ETL and semantics to map unstructured logs.

Posted October 24, 2013

Entrinsik, a provider of information management solutions, has formed a new partnership with KeyedIn Solutions, a software business specializing in cloud-based enterprise applications. The combination of KeyedIn Solutions and Entrinsik Informer reporting software enables users to analyze a wide range of organizational data through a single application and portal.

Posted October 23, 2013

Calpont Corporation, a provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, has announced InfiniDB 4.0 and InfiniDB for the Cloud. In addition, the core product will be available under the General Public License version 2.0 to enable more users to have access to its MPP, column-oriented data technology.

Posted October 22, 2013

TIBCO Software introduced the latest version of its data discovery and visualization platform, TIBCO Spotfire 6.0, which includes enhancements and new products that offer greater automation, better contextualization, and expanded deployment opportunities.

Posted October 15, 2013

IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.

Posted October 14, 2013

With the upcoming release of SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014), Microsoft is making advancements in the area of mission-critical performance. Microsoft wants to stake out this ground not only as performance enhancements in the relational engine, but also in terms of features which support better data availability, performance, security, and data integration. Here's what SQL2014 will do for you in those key areas.

Posted October 09, 2013

Modern marketers are increasingly targeting their efforts at providing the right information to the right customer at just the right moment. These marketers see the ability to provide relevant content to clients and prospective customers as a way of building their brand awareness and forging lasting relationships. However, according to a new survey, sponsored by Skyword, Inc., and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., there are obstacles in the path to achieving the full effect of these efforts.

Posted October 09, 2013

Scaleout Software, a provider of in-memory data grids (IMDGs), announced the availability of ScaleOut hServer V2, which incorporates new technology to run Hadoop MapReduce on live data. This new platform now gives users the ability to analyze live data using standard Hadoop MapReduce code, in memory and in parallel, without the need to install and manage the Hadoop stack of software.

Posted October 08, 2013

Logi Analytics, a data analytics company, has formed a partnership with Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop technology, to help its customers better address the challenges they are facing as they collect and store more information than ever before. Hortonworks provides the Hortonworks Data Platform, an enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution. Logi Analytics provides web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within applications, systems, and processes. As a result of the new partnership, Logi Analytics customers can connect directly to the Hortonworks Data Platform, allowing them to uncover new insights, distribute valuable information, and improve business decision making.

Posted October 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.

Posted October 02, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted October 02, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted October 02, 2013

Splunk, a platform for real-time operational intelligence, introduced its Splunk Enterprise 6 edition. Splunk's mission is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone and - to further that objective - Splunk Enterprise 6 has features that are aimed at eliminating the data divide struggle between the business and IT

Posted October 01, 2013

MemSQL announced that its distributed in-memory database can now provide JSON analytics, to deliver a consolidated view of structured and semi-structured data, including standard enterprise and social-media data. "This basically fuses SQL and semi-structured data into one system," said Eric Frenkiel, CEO, MemSQL, in an interview.

Posted September 30, 2013

Revolution Analytics, which provides production-grade analytics software built upon the open source R statistics language, and Teradata, a provider of analytic data solutions, recently announced that as a result of a deepened partnership, Teradata is now offering in-database R Analytics that are fully parallel and scalable. David Smith, Revolution Analytics' vice president of marketing and community, talks about what's ahead for the companies' joint customers.

Posted September 30, 2013

There is no limit to the potential, business- building applications for big data, springing from the capability to provide new, expansive insights never before available to business leaders. However, the new forms of data, along with the speed in which it needs to be processed, requires significant work on the back end, which many organizations may not yet be ready to tackle. IT leaders agree that to make the most of big data, they will need to redouble efforts to consolidate data environments, bring in new solutions, and revisit data retention policies. These are the conclusions of a new survey of 322 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corp. and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted September 26, 2013

RainStor, a provider of an enterprise database for managing and analyzing all historical data, has introduced RainStor FastForward, a new product that enables customers to re-instate data from Teradata tape archives (also known as BAR for Backup, Archive and Restore) and move it to RainStor for query. The new RainStor FastForward product resolves a pressing challenge for Teradata customers that need to archive their Teradata warehouse data to offline tape, which can make it difficult to access and query that data when business and regulatory users require it, Deirdre Mahon, vice president of marketing, RainStor, explained in an interview.

Posted September 26, 2013

SAP AG has introduced a new offering to speed adoption of the SAP HANA platform for customers running SAP Business Suite software. The offering automates the migration process through a series of preconfigured software, implementation services, standardized content and end-user enablement. Delivered as a complete package with a modular approach, the SAP Rapid Deployment Solution allows customers to take advantage of a simple and pre-integrated framework that helps them unlock value quickly, Elvira Wallis senior vice president of analytics, Database Technology and Mobile Solutions Packages, at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 25, 2013

Accenture and SAP are expanding their global alliance by providing clients with end-to-end solutions running on the SAP HANA platform. Accenture will be the single point of contact for clients handling contracts for all software and services, allowing clients to focus on deployments of the solutions, either as a public or private cloud service. The first offering ready for release is the Marketing Performance Solution by Accenture and SAP, which enables chief marketing officers (CMOs) to view and act on centralized key marketing performance data such as sales figures, media spend and social reach in near real-time.

Posted September 25, 2013

SAP's latest BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions suite, version 4.1, has just been released. With this release, SAP is seeking to address the needs of the three very different users that BusinessObjects caters to - the decision maker, the business analyst, and IT developers building applications - with one product line. In addition, with this release, SAP has put a strong focus on something customers were demanding - stability, Jason Rose, vice president of product marketing at SAP, said in an interview.

Posted September 25, 2013

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