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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

InterSystems Corporation will next week roll out a new version of its Caché high-performance object database. The new release targets the growing demand by CIOs for economical high availability by introducing database mirroring, while also addressing Java developers' need for high-volume high-performance processing combined with persistent storage for event processing systems. Robert Nagle, InterSystems vice president for software development, recently chatted with 5 Minute Briefing about the release and the new features it offers. Commenting on the growing interest in NoSQL databases, Nagle observes that many of the beneficial characteristics people see in NoSQL are in fact true of Caché - a flexible data model and zero DBA cost. "But for us, what is unique is that it is not NoSQL, it is that it needs to be SQL - without the overhead of relational technology - because I think SQL is extremely important for almost every class of application that is deployed."

Posted September 21, 2010

IBM today announced its intention to acquire Netezza, a publicly held company based in Marlborough, Mass., in a cash transaction at a price of $27 per share or at a net price of approximately $1.7 billion, after adjusting for cash. Business analytics is one of the fastest growing segments in the IT industry, observed Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM's Software Group's Information Management business, during an IBM press teleconference to discuss the significance of the planned acquisition. By bringing the simplicity, ease of deployment, and speed of Netezza to IBM, the acquisition will help IBM accelerate its initiatives "to bring analytics to the masses," added Jim Baum, president and CEO of Netezza. The transaction, which is subject to Netezza shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Posted September 20, 2010

Symantec Corp. announced the availability of Symantec Enterprise Vault 9.0 and Enterprise Vault Discovery Collector, technology to help organizations store, manage and discover information across the enterprise. The vendor also announced NetBackup 5000 deduplication appliance and cloud storage for NetBackup and Backup Exec to help organizations reduce their data storage footprints and more effectively leverage cloud-based data storage services.

Posted September 20, 2010

Oracle has introduced Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, new releases of the two products that form the foundation of Oracle's data integration product line. The new products, part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family, offer tighter integration with Oracle applications and technologies, support for additional heterogeneous systems, and improved performance.

Posted September 15, 2010

Oracle has introduced Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, new releases of the two products that form the foundation of Oracle's data integration product line. Oracle GoldenGate 11g delivers real-time data integration and continuous availability for mission-critical systems through its low-impact, low-latency data acquisition, distribution and delivery capabilities, and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g provides loading and transformation of data into a data warehouse environment through its high-performance extract, load and transform (E-LT) technology.

Posted September 14, 2010

Informatica today kicks off the Informatica Customer Centricity tour in North America. The multi-city road show starting today in Boston will focus on educating business and IT leaders across enterprises to empower sales, marketing and channel teams to maximize account revenue and optimize channel operations through the use of master data management as well as complementary capabilities of the Informatica Platform including data Integration, data quality and B2B data exchange.

Posted September 14, 2010

Oracle is a fast-changing company, and in recent years, its pace has accelerated to blinding speed. The software giant has expanded well beyond its relational database roots to encompass applications, management tools, service-oriented architecture and middleware, and even hardware. There are now many components to Oracle - from three major databases, to enterprise resource applications, to web applications to development languages to open source desktop tools.

Posted September 07, 2010

Many organizations now have, in their possession, the sophisticated analysis tools and dashboards that connect to back-end systems and enable them to peer deeply into their businesses to assess progress on all fronts-from revenues to stock outs to employee performance. However, a recent survey of 279 Oracle applications managers reveals that when it comes to decision making, simple spreadsheets still remain the tool of choice. And business users still wait days, weeks, and months for their IT departments to deliver reports, despite significant investments in performance management systems.

Posted September 07, 2010

Many organizations now have, in their possession, the sophisticated analysis tools and dashboards that connect to back-end systems and enable them to peer deeply into their businesses to assess progress on all fronts-from revenues to stock outs to employee performance. However, a recent survey of 279 Oracle applications managers reveals that when it comes to decision making, simple spreadsheets still remain the tool of choice.

Posted September 07, 2010

LogiXML, a business intelligence tool provider, announced a new release of the company's Web-based ad hoc reporting solution, Logi Ad Hoc Version 10. Logi Ad Hoc is a self-service business intelligence application that enables business users to create sophisticated dashboards and reports without IT involvement.

Posted September 07, 2010

Oracle recently hosted a 6-hour online forum to showcase its strategy for virtualization. Oracle's Edward Screven, chief corporate architect, and John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, kicked off the agenda of analyst, customer and product webcasts, by explaining how Oracle delivers a complete virtualization offering, all the way from desktop through the data center and why that approach provides more customer benefits than point solutions.

Posted September 02, 2010

The Rocket U2 Denver team is moving its offices. According to the company, customers should see minimal-to-no disruption in service during the relocation, as the U2BC system and U2 websites are hosted at another Rocket site. Starting Monday, August 30, the new address will be 4600 S. Ulster Street, Suite 1100, Denver, Colo., 80237. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

Posted August 25, 2010

Entrinsik has announced that, at the recommendation of its solution provider, Progenixx, the Everett Housing Authority (EHA) has selected Entrinsik's Informer Web Reporting software. For over 60 years, EHA has served the housing needs of the people of Everett, Wash. Critical to supporting this commitment is the ability to provide its staff across four departments with information that is up-to-the-minute and easily accessible in order to optimize decision making without burdening IT with numerous custom report requests.

Posted August 25, 2010

At an event last week co-located in Boston and Frankfurt, company leaders from SAP AG and Sybase came together for the first time to share the strategy and joint product direction for the newly combined companies. SAP confirmed that Sybase will be run as a separate, independent unit - and that customer investments in Sybase products will be preserved and supported.

Posted August 25, 2010

Sybase has introduced a new version of Sybase Replication Server, Sybase's database replication product, which supports change data capture, data distribution and synchronization of data across heterogeneous database environments for real-time analytics, reporting, distributed operations and disaster recovery.

Posted August 25, 2010

The latest version of Sybase Unwired Platform, 1.5.2, that will enable enterprise developers to simply and quickly build applications that connect business data from more sources, including SAP applications, to mobile workers on any device, is now available.

Posted August 25, 2010

Sybase ASE 15 is a significant upgrade for Sybase customers who are expecting to spend more time testing their applications to ensure getting their environment up and running as quickly as possible. To reduce the complexities of the upgrade process, Bradmark's Surveillance enables Sybase professionals to benchmark their current environment to see the cause of any outage or slow performance issues before or after the migration process.

Posted August 25, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. "The new mainframe is the fastest enterprise server in the world and represents a giant leap forward in performance," says Tom Rosamilia, general manager for IBM Power and z Systems. "This new dimension in enterprise computing - extending mainframe governance to POWER7 and System x blades integrated into the zEnterprise System architecture - was developed over the past three years with direct involvement from a team of IBM's 30 top customers, which provided direct input at every stage of the development process."

Posted August 11, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. "The new mainframe is the fastest enterprise server in the world and represents a giant leap forward in performance," says Tom Rosamilia, general manager for IBM Power and z Systems. "This new dimension in enterprise computing - extending mainframe governance to POWER7 and System x blades integrated into the zEnterprise System architecture - was developed over the past three years with direct involvement from a team of IBM's 30 top customers, which provided direct input at every stage of the development process."

Posted August 11, 2010

Today, at Sybase TechWave 2010 in Washington, D.C., Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, announced a new version of Sybase Replication Server, Sybase's database replication product, which supports change data capture, data distribution and synchronization of data across heterogeneous database environments for real-time analytics, reporting, distributed operations and disaster recovery.

Posted August 10, 2010

Today, Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, also announced a new HP-Sybase BI (business intelligence) reference architecture that leverages the HP Converged Infrastructure. The joint solution optimizes query response and data loads with reduced overhead, storage costs and maintenance requirements. Featuring Sybase IQ 15 running on HP ProLiant DL785 servers, Sybase says the solution will help organizations looking for high performance, scalability and energy efficiency at a lower TCO than other analytics server offerings.

Posted August 10, 2010

IBM today announced the acquisition of Datacap Inc., a privately-held company based in Tarrytown, N.Y. Datacap is a provider of software that enables organizations to improve the way they capture, manage and automate the flow of business information to improve business processes, reduce paper costs or manual errors and meet compliance mandates. "We've chosen to make Datacap's approach the foundation of IBM's document capture strategy. Datacap's approach to image capture, using sophisticated business rules management, sets it above the rest in the industry and provides the most complementary capabilities for IBM," states Ron Ercanbrack, vice president of Enterprise Content Management for IBM.

Posted August 10, 2010

First elected to Oracle Applications Users Group board of directors in 2009, David Ferguson became president of the OAUG this year. He talks with DBTA this month about how the users group is getting "back to basics" with educational sessions and networking opportunities as well as the new approaches it is taking to meet its members' evolving needs.

Posted August 10, 2010

Earlier this year, Andy Flower took over as president of the Independent Oracle Users Group from Ian Abramson. With Oracle OpenWorld right around the corner, Flower talks with DBTA about how the IOUG is changing to best meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the expanding Oracle ecosystem, despite what continues to be a difficult economy. For the IOUG, it is "the year of the member" and it all starts with the database, he says.

Posted August 10, 2010

Entrinsik, a provider of web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has announced the latest release of Informer Web Reporting software, Informer 4.1. The new release provides a plug-in architecture that allows developers to amend and extend core Informer functionality into existing organizational environments.

Posted August 10, 2010

Advancing its position in the complex event processing (CEP) category, Informatica Corporation, a provider of enterprise data integration software, has announced the availability of Informatica RulePoint 5.1. With the new release, RulePoint, which enables enterprises to rapidly detect, immediately analyze and intelligently respond to data-driven events, adds enhancements such as support for Oracle 11g R1, as well as IBM DB2, Firefox 3.6 and Java 1.6. And, to enable rapid user onboarding, allows non-technical users to easily specify simple alerts and complex rules across multiple, diverse data sources such as real-time message queues, databases, click streams, telemetry feeds and control systems.

Posted August 04, 2010

Informatica Corporation yesterday announced the availability of Informatica RulePoint 5.1. With the new release, RulePoint, which enables enterprises to rapidly detect, immediately analyze and intelligently respond to data-driven events, adds enhancements such as rapid user onboarding, support for broader customer environments, lower latency processing through change data capture, higher performance event enrichment, extended geospatial capabilities, and the ability to attach optional metadata. "We continue to extend the functionality and value of Informatica RulePoint in parallel with integrating its differentiated CEP capabilities with the industry-leading Informatica Platform," states Mike Appelbaum, vice president and general manager, Complex Event Processing, Informatica.

Posted August 03, 2010

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Storwize, a privately held company based in Marlborough, Mass. With Storwize, IBM says, it is acquiring storage technology that is unique in the industry due to its ability to compress primary data, or data that clients are actively using, of multiple types - from files to virtualization images to databases - in real-time while maintaining performance. "This is in contrast to what we see our competitors doing, which is primarily focusing on compressing data that is inactive, or data at rest - backup data, as an example," explained Doug Balog, vice president of IBM Storage, during a conference call announcing the planned acquisition.

Posted August 03, 2010

Revelation Software has announced the availability of a new release of OpenInsight (OI) Development Suite, which continues Revelation's commitment to extend OpenInsight by embracing new technologies as well as providing seamless integration with external databases.

Posted August 03, 2010

OpTier, a provider of business transaction (BTM) management software for the enterprise, has launched the OpTier Business Events module. Built around a complex event processing (CEP) engine, the new module will monitor real-time business transactions and give enterprises the ability to make rapid, proactive decisions about business-critical activities by providing continuous intelligence.

Posted August 03, 2010

Revelation Software has announced the availability of a significant new release of OpenInsight (OI) Development Suite, which continues Revelation's commitment to extend OpenInsight by embracing new technologies as well as providing seamless integration with external databases. OI 9.2, which the company has been working on for more than 2 years, includes the new OpenInsight for Web (O4W) and SQL Connector.

Posted July 27, 2010

Entrinsik, a provider of web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has announced the latest release of Informer Web Reporting software, Informer 4.1. The new release provides a plug-in architecture that allows developers to amend and extend core Informer functionality into existing organizational environments.

Posted July 27, 2010

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, announced that it has released the results of an OAUG ResearchLine study that focused on performance management solutions and methodologies. The study, conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by IBM Cognos, is based on the results of a survey completed by members of the OAUG. The purpose of the study was to measure the challenges enterprises face when adopting performance management, which leverages business Intelligence (BI), enterprise planning and analytic application software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

Posted July 27, 2010

Pitney Bowes Business Insight has released Sagent Data Flow v6.6, the latest version of its data integration and business intelligence solution. With a number of new integration capabilities and zero-tolerance defect management, Sagent Data Flow consolidates data from disparate sources into a single view for improved analysis, operations and better decision-making. By enabling organizations to access and integrate data from multiple data sources, the Sagent Data Flow solution helps organizations create data that is "fit for use" to better understand, service and grow customer relationships.

Posted July 27, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. The new mainframe is also "the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever," the company says.

Posted July 27, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. The new mainframe is also "the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever," the company says.

Posted July 26, 2010

The Pythian Group Inc., a remote database infrastructure services company and a Platinum member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork has announced the implementation of the Sun Oracle Database Machine at LinkShare Corporation, a division of Rakuten, Inc., and the launch of Pythian's Oracle Exadata services practice.

Posted July 21, 2010

TIBCO Software is targeting the mid market with TIBCO Silver Spotfire, a fully functional on-demand offering that enables users to create, publish and share custom dashboards or reports for business analytics and business intelligence (BI) in the cloud. According to the vendor, TIBCO Silver Spotfire enables visual analytics and interactive dashboards to be created and published to the cloud in minutes without requiring time-consuming setup or infrastructure. The TIBCO Silver Spotfire offering is available at no charge for one-year and provides an authoring client, web-based sharing and hosting for the user's favorite personal or business Spotfire application.

Posted July 20, 2010

EMC Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Greenplum, Inc. Greenplum is a privately-held provider of data warehousing technology, and a key enabler of "big data" clouds and self-service analytics.

Posted July 13, 2010

The Data Warehousing Institute will present the TDWI World Conference 2010 with a focus on creating an Agile BI environment. The conference will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel, August 15-20, 2010. "Agile is becoming very hot in the business intelligence industry and in data warehousing. It has been mainstream in software development for some time, but is coming of age now in business intelligence," Paul Kautza, director of education of TDWI, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 13, 2010

Oracle has introduced Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. "The new release allows customers to integrate relational and OLAP analysis across a multitude of different federated data sources and presents that in a very simple way to end users so that they can do analysis on their own without understanding or needing to know that there might be potentially multiple data sources beneath," Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management for Oracle Business Intelligence, tells DBTA. Representing the result of a large investment in simplifying the end user experience, adds Rodwick, companies will see "very interactive dashboards that are completely live and completely interconnected and allow business people to do their own analysis without really needing to go into any kind of query tool." The new release also provides new capablities for search and collaboration, and enhanced performance, scalability, and security through deeper integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g and other components of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Posted July 12, 2010

Maxwell Systems, a provider of complete construction business management software solutions, and Entrinsik, a provider of operational reporting and analysis solutions, are partnering to offer Maxwell Systems' clients Informer Web Reporting, a powerful web-based reporting and analysis solution that provides technical, business, and front-line users with real-time access to information from multiple systems, platforms, or locations.

Posted July 12, 2010

When integrating data, evaluating objects from multiple sources aids in determining their equivalence. Each source may identify customers, but determining which customer from each system represents the same customer can prove daunting. Sometimes matching things is straight-forward; for example, if all sources should have an accurate social security number or taxpayer ID, success involves simply linking the matching numbers.

Posted July 12, 2010

Oracle today announced Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, an integrated and scalable suite of business intelligence products for helping customers to achieve better business visibility and alignment. The new release provides a unified environment for accessing and analyzing data that resides in relational, OLAP, and XML data sources; improved end user experience with a new integrated scorecard application and innovations in enterprise reporting, visualization, search and collaboration; and enhanced performance, scalability, and security through deeper integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g and other components of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Posted July 07, 2010

Informatica, a provider of data integration software, has launched the Informatica Marketplace, which is intended to enable Informatica customers to lower their cost of deployment and speed time-to-market. Using pre-built components, customers will not have to manually code solutions, but can leverage the knowledge of the community to help deliver a specific data integration solution. The Informatica Marketplace will provide vendors, partners and individual developers with a central location to buy and sell assets and solutions called "Blocks." A Block can be developed for on-premise or cloud use and may include data models, mappings, mapplets, tools, utilities, packaged services, methodologies, white papers, connectors and other useful resources. Users will be able to browse Blocks for industry-specific solutions or platform use cases.

Posted July 06, 2010

expressor software, a provider of data integration solutions, announced version 2.3 of the expressor semantic data integration system, which features enhanced low-latency data processing performance and strengthened support for Netezza. The new release includes new data windowing functionality that provides developers with fine-grained, real-time data control. expressor now also includes several connectivity enhancements, including support for Netezza NPS 5.0 and bi-directional connectivity with Netezza via ODBC.

Posted July 06, 2010

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, and San Francisco-based IT Convergence (ITC), which provides solutions for Oracle Database, and the Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle E-Business Suites, have expanded their OAUG & ITC Oracle Applications Workshops series with the addition of several upcoming Oracle R12 regional workshops in Atlanta; Denver; Dallas; and Madison, Wis. The Oracle Applications workshops are designed to assist users in learning the new functions and features of Oracle solutions. The " R12 Financials New Features" workshop offers an overview of R12 functional enhancements, new features and latest modules in the Oracle R12 Financial product suite. For users planning to migrate to R12, the " Preparing for an Oracle R12 Upgrade" workshop provides an outlet to learn Oracle Applications Release 12's functional and technical architecture in detail.

Posted July 06, 2010

EnterpriseDB, a supplier of PostgreSQL-based solutions, and Netezza Corporation, a provider of data warehouse and analytic appliances, has formed a new partnership intended to ease database migration projects. Under the agreement, Netezza will resell EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server, which includes its Oracle Compatibility Layer, as Netezza Migrator. Migrator will be compatible with the Netezza TwinFin appliance.

Posted June 29, 2010

Infobright, an open source data warehousing company, has announced Infobright Enterprise Edition (IEE) 3.4, which provides performance improvements for analytics involving large volumes of data. The release includes query performance improvements of up to 500%, delete performance improvement of over 1600%, the ability to run queries while data is loading, more efficient workload management, and support for multi-language data. "Our focus is on providing the best query performance possible, but always balancing that with low cost and ease of use," Susan Davis, vice president of marketing, Infobright, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 29, 2010

InterSystems Corporation has announced that CareGroup Healthcare System, a Boston-based integrated delivery network (IDN) comprised of four hospitals, has selected the InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration and development platform to replace its legacy eGate platform for strategic integration throughout the organization. In addition to determining that Ensemble could support all current file and application interfaces, CareGroup found that configuration was fairly straightforward-an important consideration in an organization where Ensemble will eventually handle more than 200 system and information interfaces. "Ensemble will be used to support data integration throughout the IDN," states Steve Herzog, senior director, Financial Systems at CareGroup "Our strategy is to deploy Ensemble at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center first and then to the community hospitals that are included in the CareGroup network."

Posted June 29, 2010

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