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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

SAP Business Objects recently announced enhancements to its Data Services and Data Federator software products, part of the SAP Business Objects Information Management (IM) Solutions Portfolio. These products support both SAP and non-SAP IT environments, and now with the latest release have expanded support for SAP customers with integration to the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW).

Posted July 28, 2009

Oracle said last week that it has agreed to acquire GoldenGate Software, Inc., a leading provider of real-time data integration solutions.

Posted July 28, 2009

Oracle said today that it has agreed to acquire GoldenGate Software, Inc., a leading provider of real-time data integration solutions.

Posted July 23, 2009

Sybase, Inc. yesterday reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. Highlights of the quarter include historical second quarter records achieved in operating income, operating margin, net income, EPS, and cash flow; as well as license revenue that increased 4% year over year and 11% in constant currency; and database license revenue that increased 23% and 30% in constant currency. Additionally, mobile software license revenue increased 4% and 11% in constant currency.

Posted July 22, 2009

SPSS, a provider of predictive analytics software and solutions, has released PASW Statistics 18, the latest version of its statistics software suite used by commercial, government and academic organizations to solve business and research problems.

Posted July 21, 2009

Visual i/o, a technology vendor that provides business analytics and and visualization software, has announced a cloud-based Software-as-Service (SaaS) solution that allows employees and managers throughout an enterprise to simultaneously access, visualize, analyze and collaborate with one another on essential data.

Posted July 21, 2009

Sybase, Inc. today announced the availability of Sybase IQ 15.1, the newest version of its column-based analytics server. With this new release, organizations can utilize Sybase IQ 15.1 in-database analytics functionality to run predictive analytics business logic directly in the database.

Posted July 14, 2009

SAP AG recently introduced new capabilities in two SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions that promote automated risk management and compliance strategies. New versions of the SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management and Process Control applications give customers the clarity required to help ensure that the right controls are in place, helping them to both comply with government regulations and manage business risks.

Posted July 14, 2009

SenSage has announced that it is participating in the EMC Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/Analytics Competency Center to provide customers an optimized solution to manage large-scale event data warehouse and business intelligence environments. SenSage offers patented event data warehouse solutions that provide actionable results from large amounts of log and event data. The SenSage data warehouse software is integrated with EMC networked storage systems, and is designed to help organizations achieve cost efficiencies and reduce time-to-value in data warehouse deployments.

Posted July 14, 2009

Predictive Analytics - sometimes referred to as Predictive Data Mining - is a branch of Business Intelligence that attempts to use historical data to make predictions about future events. At its simplest, predictive analytics utilizes statistical techniques, such as correlation and regression, which many of us have encountered in college or even high school. Correlation analysis determines if there is a statistically significant relationship between two variables. For instance, height and age are highly correlated, while IQ and height are very weakly correlated. Regression attempts to find an equation between the two or more variables, so that you can predict one from the other.

Posted July 13, 2009

At a rather muted Microsoft TechEd in Los Angeles in May, the crowds were diminished and the educational content was slimmed down. In the past, SQL Server sessions were so abundant that you'd have trouble choosing which of several you might want to attend. This year, the state of the economy was reflected in many ways, including the one, or, in just a few cases, two sessions per time slot allotted SQL Server professionals. Despite the low ebb, the Microsoft SQL Server team made an exciting announcement about the upcoming availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP (Community Technology Preview).

Posted July 13, 2009

ParAccel, Inc., a provider of massively parallel processing (MPP) columnar database technology, has introduced version 2.0 of the ParAccel Analytic Database (PADB) for data warehousing and analytics. PADB 2.0 tackles complex business questions faster by leveraging dozens of new features and enhancements, including patent-pending innovations in query optimization and SAN integration. PADB 2.0 will be generally available in August, 2009 and can be licensed as software or as a virtual or packaged data warehouse appliance.

Posted July 07, 2009

Panorama Software, a provider of BI solutions, has announced NovaView Version 6.0, a tightly integrated suite of web-enabled BI applications. Like past versions, NovaView 6.0 combines strong capabilities for query and analysis, formatted reporting, performance dashboards, KPI scorecards, modeling, advanced visualization and automated report distribution. It also includes new deployment wizards and applications, as well as a more robust platform.

Posted July 07, 2009

MicroStrategy has announced the availability of MicroStrategy business intelligence reports, dashboards, and scorecards on the Amazon Kindle DX, enabling MicroStrategy BI users to store, retrieve, and review business intelligence reports on the Kindle DX in PDF format while away from the office.

Posted July 07, 2009

Software AG, a provider of business infrastructure software, announced it would soon be shipping the latest release of its flagship webMethods platform, webMethods 8.0. The package includes CentraSite ActiveSOA, a unified repository for business and technical services.

Posted July 07, 2009

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Real-Time Decisions Release 3.0. Oracle Real-Time Decisions is a decision management platform to deliver targeted recommendations during customer interaction, or wherever optimized decisions need to be made in business processes such as risk management, retention management or cross-sell/upsell.

Posted July 01, 2009

Infobright, a open source data warehousing company, and Pentaho Corporation, a commercial open source alternative for business intelligence, have joined forces with Sun Microsystems to deliver a hardware and software solution that lowers the cost of entry and simplifies deployment of a powerful BI infrastructure.

Posted June 30, 2009

Jive, a technology vendor focused on social business software has recently announced an OEM agreement with SAP Business Objects, through which it will deliver community analytics that combine its Social Business Software (SBS) platform together with SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand offerings

Posted June 30, 2009

Visual Numerics, Inc., part of Rogue Wave Software, and a producer of advanced numerical analysis and visualization software, has announced an OEM partnership with Sybase. Visual Numerics offers two product lines: the IMSL Numerical Libraries for powerful mathematical and statistical analysis and the PV-WAVE visual data analysis development environment. As part of the OEM partnership, Sybase is embedding multiple IMSL Library time series analysis functions into Sybase RAP - The Trading Edition Enterprise, a unified market analytics platform that lets capital markets firms make more intelligent, efficient use of data for better analytics, decisions and reporting across the front-to-back office trade lifecycle.

Posted June 24, 2009

The first of Sybase's regional Sybase TechWave Symposia will be held in Washington, D.C., Aug. 26-27, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Representing a departure from Sybase's previous approach of holding one major TechWave event annually, regional events are intended to provide an opportunity to get closer to customers and prospects and to tailor content and presentations to a specific audience. The format includes keynotes from Sybase's executive leadership team, business content, exhibits and a day and a half of technical sessions.

Posted June 24, 2009

ILOG, an IBM Company, announced new offerings across its business rule management and supply chain management portfolio of products to help enterprises more quickly analyze an ever-increasing flow of data and make smarter decisions about their operations and the customers they serve.

Posted June 22, 2009

Interactive Edge LLC, a provider of data analysis and visualization solutions, has announced the debut of XP3 BI Presenter, a Microsoft Office add-in which brings data directly into Microsoft PowerPoint, enabling users to quickly create high-impact, dynamic presentations utilizing existing SAP BEx queries or Microsoft Analysis Services OLAP cubes. BI Presenter eliminates the need for time-consuming, error-prone cut-and-paste activities associated with moving from Excel to PowerPoint and connects PowerPoint to SAP NetWeaver BI InfoCubes or Microsoft Analysis Services cubes.

Posted June 16, 2009

MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence software, has unveiled a free reporting software package for departmental BI applications. MicroStrategy Reporting Suite enables companies to use MicroStrategy's integrated BI platform to develop and deploy premium, web-based reporting applications, at no cost. With the new reporting package, MicroStrategy seeks to eliminate the cost and time impediments for departments and workgroups to initiate new reporting applications.

Posted June 16, 2009

At the PASS Summit 2009 conference in Seattle, Wash., Nov. 2-5, 2009, the Professional Association for SQL Server will present by-invitation-only Spotlight sessions highlighting top presenters who have received high speaker ratings at past PASS Summits. Spotlight sessions are 90 minutes long, providing speakers with the opportunity to delve more deeply into their technical topics.

Posted June 16, 2009

IBM announced a new social networking community, called PartnerWorld Communities, designed to help partners more easily connect and collaborate with each other from anywhere around the world to bring new technologies to market and close sales faster and more efficiently.

Posted June 15, 2009

Syncsort, a provider of data integration software, and Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture, have formed a strategic partnership targeted at helping customers solve complex real-time data integration challenges.

Posted June 15, 2009

In today's competitive and crisis-ridden market, companies are under pressure to rapidly deliver results and make necessary changes—which requires that decision makers have accurate and timely information readily available. However, many executives have doubts about the timeliness of the information they now receive through their current BI and analytics systems.

Posted June 15, 2009

This is a time of great change for data centers. Technology is advancing and getting smarter, and workloads and performance demands keep growing. For this issue of Database Trends and Applications, we sought a range of industry views on the most profound—and perhaps unexpected—changes reshaping data centers and enterprise it.

Posted June 15, 2009

Sybase turned in the best year in its history in 2008, followed by its best-ever first quarter in 2009. Brian Vink chats with Database Trends and Applications about what he sees as the key issues in information management, the company's partnership with SAP and the plans to revamp TechWave this year.

Posted June 15, 2009

illuminate Solutions has announced the release of version 4.0 of its iLuminate correlation database technology. New iLuminate 4.0 features include a 64-bit architecture that allows for nearly unlimited scalability and faster query performance, enhanced multithreading that enables a larger number of users to have simultaneous database access, a web services architecture that allows for managed services and cloud deployments, LDAP/Active Directory-based user and privileges management that plugs into customers' existing production environments, and public APIs (Java, .Net, C++) that enable easy development of custom analytic applications.

Posted June 09, 2009

Greenplum, a provider of database software for the next generation of data warehousing and analytics, has unveiled its Enterprise Data Cloud (EDC) initiative. The EDC Initiative is a new vision for bringing the power of self-service to data warehousing and analytics, encompassing the primary areas of platform (the EDC platform, based on self-service provisioning, elastic scale and massively parallel processing), methodology (an agile approach to data analytics that embraces large-scale data collection, getting data into the hands of business users, and iterating quickly), and ecosystem (customers and partners that embrace these new capabilities with tools, infrastructure and creative methodologies).

Posted June 09, 2009

Tableau Software, a leading provider of analytics and business intelligence software, has announced the general availability of Tableau version 5.0, the next generation of the Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server product suite. Tableau 5.0 has more than 60 new features including new dashboard and interactive visualization capabilities, improved scalability, and higher performance. These features help businesses of all sizes see and understand their data better and more visually.

Posted June 09, 2009

Vertica recently announced an upgrade to its Vertica Analytic Database for the Cloud that brings all the new features of the recently announced Vertica 3.0 platform to cloud computing customers. The new version also adds improved Java development capabilities, support for Sun's forthcoming Sun Cloud, and a number of new ease-of-use and management features.

Posted June 09, 2009

IBM announced 12 of 30 new System z software offerings, designed to help improve developer productivity, increase business intelligence and data management capabilities, and improve transaction speeds.

Posted June 08, 2009

TIBCO Software has announced the launch of TIBCO Spotfire 3.0, the latest version of the company's in-memory analytics platform for business decision-making. The new release introduces simplified connectivity to popular business applications such as Oracle and SAP, load balancing, and enhanced in-memory performance to better enable IT organizations to scale Spotfire throughout the enterprise.

Posted June 03, 2009

Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. and a provider of data quality solutions, has released version 12 of the Trillium Software System. The new capabilities of this release are specifically targeted to address four major trends that Trillium sees, namely the data governance movement to enterprise-wide data quality project deployment, the need for real-time data quality as initiatives move from traditional business intelligence environments to operational environments, the expanding roles of data stewards and business analysts, and the need for complete end-to-end data quality platforms. Given these factors, the latest version of Trillium's enterprise data quality solution provides for high-volume data profiling and discovery, data cleansing, and data quality dashboards and reporting.

Posted June 02, 2009

As part of its recent update of its complete solution portfolio for Microsoft SQL Server, Quest Software is now offering version 3.0 of its Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise performance management tool. Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise is a powerful tool for detection, diagnosis and resolution of performance issues in real time, instantly alerting administrators about deadlocks, blocking, and SQL bottlenecks. Enhanced notifications and troubleshooting capabilities point to the root of performance issues, which DBAs can quickly resolve with new integrated SQL optimization functionality. This solution is built to tackle the challenges faced by SQL Server professionals in the key area of database performance management, and is paired with free access to SQLServerPedia, a community knowledgebase powered by Quest Software.

Posted June 02, 2009

Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, has announced the general availability of Attunity Oracle-CDC for SSIS, delivering change data capture (CDC) technology integrated with Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).

Posted June 02, 2009

Sybase, Inc., has entered into a new agreement with MicroStrategy Incorporated, a provider of business intelligence software. Sybase will offer integrated packaging and pricing in an exclusive promotion on MicroStrategy products when sold with its Sybase IQ analytics server.

Posted May 27, 2009

Entrinsik Inc., a leading provider of web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has announced that members of its product development team will demonstrate their use of the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) in the development of the latest release of Informer Web Reporting at the upcoming Google I/O Developer Conference. The two-day event will be held today through tomorrow at the Moscone West in San Francisco, CA. Entrinsik will be participating in the Developers Sandbox at the conference today from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Posted May 27, 2009

TIBCO Software has announced the launch of TIBCO Spotfire 3.0, the latest version of the company's in-memory analytics platform for business decision-making. The new release introduces simplified connectivity to popular business applications such as SAP and Oracle, load balancing, and enhanced in-memory performance to better enable IT organizations to scale Spotfire throughout the enterprise.

Posted May 26, 2009

At the recent COLLABORATE 09 conference, Oracle introduced Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications Release 7.9.6, prebuilt solutions for Oracle and non-Oracle applications that enable organizations to make informed, actionable decisions and drive toward optimized performance across the enterprise.

Posted May 20, 2009

At its recent TechEd conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced new innovations from the SQL Server team. The next release, SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro'), is intended to empower end users to make better decisions through self-service business intelligence, and help IT drive greater efficiency and reduce costs through new capabilities such as multi-server management and Master Data Services. The first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available in the second half of 2009 and Microsoft is on track to ship SQL Server 2008 R2 in the first half of calendar year 2010. In 2010, Microsoft will also introduce complex event processing for real-time insight into streaming information. This will offers customers and partners faster time to solution and equal or better performance than competitive alternatives to gain insight from streaming information.

Posted May 19, 2009

5 Minute Briefing: Data Integration had a chance to visit the COLLABORATE 09 conference for Oracle users in Orlando during the week of May 4. We conducted interviews with both Ian Abramson, the president of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), and later with Raymond Payne, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG).

Posted May 19, 2009

At its recent SAPPHIRE 09 conference, SAP AG announced SAP Business Objects Explorer, a new software product that brings together search and navigation capabilities from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator) software, enabling customers to navigate mountains of business data at high speed and give them a clear view across their organizations. Another milestone in the company's acquisition and integration of Business Objects, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer will deliver the most significant and largest combination of SAP and Business Objects technology to date, according to the company.

Posted May 19, 2009

Talend, a leading provider of open data integration software, has announced the availability of Talend Integration Suite MPX, a new edition of its Integration Suite Platform specially designed to help organizations attain high levels of performance and remove obstacles typically associated with traditional data integration processes.

Posted May 19, 2009

Composite Software, Inc., a leading provider of data virtualization software, and Motio, Inc., a leading provider of advanced sofware development lifecycle tools for IBM-Cognos business intelligence deployments, have begun shipping the new Composite BI Accelerator Appliance. Jointly developed by Composite and Motio, the BI Accelerator Appliance automates currently cumbersome tasks in the BI lifecycle. The initial release, a self-contained appliance, has been optimized for IBM-Cognos environments. The end-to-end solution automates steps throughout the BI process including upfront data discovery and ongoing maintenance of IBM-Cognos reporting environments.

Posted May 19, 2009

IBM announced the availability of "stream computing" software that enables massive amounts of data to be analyzed in real time, delivering fast insights. The new software is called IBM System S, and is available as a part of the InfoSphere product line.

Posted May 18, 2009

Sybase, Inc., has announced the latest version of Sybase Replication Server, specifically designed to move and synchronize data across the enterprise.

Posted May 12, 2009

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.1.2, which unifies performance management and business intelligence to support a range of strategic, financial and operational management processes.

Posted May 07, 2009

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