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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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Former SAP principal solution engineer Lou Stanton has joined Bradmark Technologies after a short-term retirement as a senior technical consultant. Previously, with Sybase, Stanton authored much of the material used in SAP IQ internal documentation and mentored the field sales organization in sales presentation as well as conducted technical proof of concepts for sales opportunities.

Posted January 22, 2014

ISUG-TECH, the technical user group for SAP products, has published the conference tracks and sessions for the upcoming ISUG-TECH 2014 conference which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, and sponsored by SAP. In addition to the main conference tracks, there also will be six pre-conference and three post-conference workshops providing deeper technical dives.

Posted January 22, 2014

Expanding its range of data replication offerings for heterogeneous IT environments, Attunity Ltd. has acquired Hayes Technology Group, a provider of data replication software solutions targeted at the SAP space. Hayes will provide new synergies and cross-sell opportunities to Attunity, said Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing.

Posted January 22, 2014

New funding will enable in-memory database technology provider MemSQL to expand product development, support its growing customer base, and capitalize on the market for big data technologies. The $35 million Series B funding round was led by Accel Partners.

Posted January 22, 2014

In the past two weeks, IBM made two huge announcements regarding both the big data and cloud fronts - committing more than $1 billion to its new Watson Group, dedicated to boosting artificial intelligence-based solutions, and another $1.2 billion to enlarge its cloud footprint.

Posted January 21, 2014

Veristorm is providing a commercial Hadoop distribution for Linux on the mainframe, with drag-and-drop access to mainframe databases and files. The platform, vStorm Enterprise, also enables access and analytics of sensitive mainframe data and other big data sources.

Posted January 21, 2014

The newest generation of IBM's enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers provides improvements for analytics and cloud. The new architecture increases application performance by providing the low system write latency, essential for analytics applications. Memory and storage features also are designed to boost virtual machine capacity to enable SaaS delivery of applications.

Posted January 21, 2014

A new test drive feature for Entrinsik Informer allows visitors interested in trying the reporting and business intelligence software to access a free trial version instantly on their own web browser. Entrinsik Informer provides access to real-time data from multiple sources, in-depth analytic capabilities, and intuitive data visualizations, all accessible anytime, anywhere from a web-based interface.

Posted January 21, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers who possess unique insight into leading technologies, and experience with successful IT and business strategies for the Data Summit conference in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2014.

Posted January 20, 2014

Providing "enterprise BI" that includes social analytics will be a significant challenge to many enterprises in the near future. This is one of the primary reasons for the success of the new wave of innovative and easy-to-use BI and social media analytical tools within the last several years.

Posted January 20, 2014

Volume is only one of the challenges organizations face. Real-time processing of in-motion high-velocity feeds is crucial to truly unlock big data's potential. A look at where data is originating and being consumed puts the opportunity and importance of velocity processing into context. What's the solution?

Posted January 20, 2014

While all the excitement is currently focused on new-age solutions that have surfaced in the past few years—NoSQL, NewSQL, cloud, and open source databases—there is still a great deal of uncertainty and consternation among corporate and IT leaders as to what role new data sources will play in business futures.

Posted January 20, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers with unique insight and experience in leading technologies and techniques, successful IT and business strategies, and real-world use cases for the Data Summit conference at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The call for speakers is now open.

Posted January 17, 2014

Big data and cloud technologies are converging to create a cost-effective delivery model for fast, easily-accessible business analytics. On Thursday, January 23, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET, join DBTA for a "Big Data Analytics in the Cloud" roundtable webcast to explore the key technologies and approaches that are being deployed to enable big data analytics.

Posted January 17, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced that Alyssa Johnson is its 2014 president. Johnson who is also practice director at Alpharetta, Ga.-based Rolta Americas, was elected by the OAUG board in 2013 to serve as president-elect, is the first OAUG president to take part in a formal succession planning program.

Posted January 14, 2014

Logic Information Systems, Inc., a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Yomari Information Services, a consulting company focused on enterprise data analytics and BI for retailers. The acquisition is part of Logic's strategy to establish itself as a leading systems integration and business process services provider, with end-to-end knowledge across Oracle Retail product footprint and geographic reach across retailers around the world.

Posted January 13, 2014

At an event in NYC, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, unveiled IBM's new Watson Group, which is aimed at enabling a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of big data. IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, which will be headquartered in New York City's Silicon Alley technology hub.

Posted January 09, 2014

Changes and enhancement to solutions are hard, even under the best of circumstances. It is not usual that, as operational changes roll out into production, the business intelligence area is left uninformed, suggesting that data warehouses and business intelligence be categorized according to the view of the old comedian Rodney Dangerfield because they both "get no respect."

Posted January 07, 2014

Logi Analytics has announced its new data discovery product, Logi Vision. With Logi Vision, Logi Analytics wants to ensure easier management, deployment and scalability to reach to a broader set of users within the organization.

Posted January 07, 2014

The data-driven demands on organizations have never been greater. Two of the most pressing concerns that organizations face today are the need to provide analytic access to newer data types such as machine-generated data, documents and graphics, and the need to control the cost of information management for growing data stores. DBTA's new list of Trend-Setting Products in Data for 2014 highlights the products, platforms, and services that seek to provide organizations with the tools necessary to address rapidly changing market requirements.

Posted December 20, 2013

A new rapid-deployment solution from SAP aims to address the issue of big data storage access and analysis which companies are grappling with as they attempt to balance what information needs to be accessible in real time and what can be stored for historical analysis. The SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution facilitates seamless data transfer between the business warehouse and the near-line storage that holds historical data. This, the company says, helps limit a business' burden around housing volumes of big data while also creating an online and accelerated retrieval system with the near-line storage.

Posted December 18, 2013

More businesses are beginning to realize the value that big data analytics can provide, according to ParStream, which has compiled a list of five key trends that will impact the big data landscape in the next year. In 2014, "fast data" - which enables companies to make real-time, fact-based decisions by using historical and live data to improve the way they run their business, deliver solutions, and engage with customers - will become the factor that separates inexperienced big data solution providers from established ones, the company says.

Posted December 17, 2013

Yellowfin has launched the Yellowfin 7 analytics platform with overall improvements to make enterprise-wide data discovery easier. The additions and enhancements of the release are focused on five core technical capabilities - better content creation, multi-chart formatting, enriched administration, and new collaborative decision-making and mobile report authoring functionality.

Posted December 17, 2013

There are many ways that big data can help businesses make better decisions and succeed more quickly, ranging from product innovation to manufacturing to marketing. To help organizations get their big data projects off on the right foot, here are five essential truths about big data analytics.

Posted December 17, 2013

Datawatch, a provider of visual data discovery software that optimizes any data, and Xerox Canada have joined forces to provide a solution to digitize and add analytics to the inventory reporting process. This solution will minimize the burden of paper and make it easier for retailers and large enterprises to extract valuable information from the data they collect.

Posted December 10, 2013

Appfluent, a provider of big data analytic solutions, has introduced Appfluent Visibility Version 5.5. The release features new capabilities enables organizations to implement an effective data management strategy to boost performance and help contain rising IT costs by advancing data usage analytics.

Posted December 10, 2013

Applied Relevance has announced general availability of a new information management application, Epinomy version 7 optimized for MarkLogic 7. According to Applied Relevance, Epinomy provides information architects with a comprehensive approach to linking and tagging information assets such as tables and text; and then leveraging triple store technology to enable a high-speed search experience.

Posted December 09, 2013

A technique for gaining new insights by combining big data from distributed cloud services with data stored on local IT systems has been patented by IBM inventors. The new approach provides a method for developing enterprise applications that more seamlessly combine locally-stored data from business process across an enterprise with cloud-based big data.

Posted December 09, 2013

While there have always been many database choices, it's only recently that enterprises have been embarking on new journeys with their data strategies. Today's database landscape is increasingly specialized and best of breed, due to the expanding range of new varieties of databases and platforms—led by NoSQL, NewSQL, and Hadoop. This is complicating the already difficult job of bringing all these data types together into a well-integrated, well-architected environment.

Posted December 04, 2013

Microsoft has been pouring resources into building out its business intelligence (BI) feature set since at least the SQL Server 2000 release. The upcoming SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014) release will continue that trend. Here's what SQL2014 will do for you with regard to business intelligence.

Posted December 04, 2013

Tableau 8.1, an update to Tableau Software's 8.0 release, delivers new features for the enterprise, sophisticated analytics, and more interactivity on the web and for mobile devices. The update also provides users with rich analytics by integrating with the open source statistics program, R.

Posted December 03, 2013

OpenText, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, has announced Project Red Oxygen, which the company describes as a "harmonized" release of new EIM software advancements designed to give CIOs the ability to extract value from their enterprise information and accelerate competitive advantage.

Posted December 02, 2013

The Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH), has opened the call for papers for the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference, which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton, Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. With a strong focus on SAP's database technologies, the conference will provide three days of technical content across all SAP products, including SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), SAP Sybase Replication Server, SAP PowerBuilder, the SAP Mobile Platform and SAP HANA.

Posted November 27, 2013

Significant momentum for SAP Business Suite software on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) has developed in the year and a half since the offering's release in April 2012, according to SAP. The company says more than 1,000 customers have chosen to run SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE and there are more than 2,000 customer installations

Posted November 27, 2013

Syncsort has introduced its new ETL Hadoop offering for the cloud on Amazon Web Services. Syncsort Ironcluster brings Hadoop ETL to Amazon Elastic MapReduce in the cloud with the aim of enabling customers to quickly and cost-effectively process large amounts of data in the cloud.

Posted November 26, 2013

Attivio and Actian have formed an alliance that will allow their customers to have access to both internal and external sources of unstructured content. The combination of Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine with Actian's ParAccel Big Data Analytics is aimed at helping business users to gain new, real-time business insights that help them build revenue, increase competitiveness, and manage risk.

Posted November 26, 2013

With the introduction of two new products, Treasure Viewer and Treasure Query Accelerator, Treasure Data says it is now making big data analytics accessible to any user with new capabilities and monthly pricing.

Posted November 26, 2013

The latest version of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID 3.1) offers new enterprise self-service discovery capabilities for business users. In addition to self-service data mashup and discovery capabilities, the new release provides extended support for unstructured analytics and tighter integration with Oracle Business Intelligence software.

Posted November 20, 2013

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

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