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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

Data visualization and analysis vendor Tableau Software has released version 8.0 of its analytics and visualization platform, with more than 90 news features to help organizations answer deeper questions about their data and integrate it across their organization. Web and mobile authoring enables drag and drop analytics in browsers and tablets, new data connections allow customers to interactively analyze large amounts of cloud data, and additional visualization types foster new ways to communicate with data. In addition, new APIs allow authors to integrate custom data, visualizations and dashboards into their applications and portals faster.

Posted April 02, 2013

Software integration vendor Talend has partnered with Caserta Concepts, a consulting and technology services firm specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence and big data analytics, to help Caserta build highly scalable big data analytics solutions for their clients.

Posted April 02, 2013

Big data, in-memory analytics and cloud computing vendor Kognitio has announced that the Kognitio Analytical Platform enables new fully parallel not-only-SQL (NoSQL) capabilities, including the R language for statistical computing and graphics.

Posted April 02, 2013

Dell Software is rolling out the latest version of its Kitenga Analytics solution, which extends the analysis of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data stored in Hadoop. Kitenga was acquired by Dell along with Quest Software in September 2012.

Posted March 27, 2013

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will celebrate its 20th anniversary at COLLABORATE 13, a conference on Oracle technology presented jointly by the IOUG, OAUG (Oracle Applications User Group) and the Quest International User Group. The event will be held April 7 to 11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. As part of the conference, the IOUG will host the COLLABORATE 13-IOUG Forum with nearly 1,000 sessions providing user-driven content. The theme of this year's COLLABORATE 13-IOUG Forum is "Elevate - take control of your career and elevate your Oracle ecosystem knowledge and expertise," says IOUG president John Matelski.

Posted March 27, 2013

At the recent Strata conference, CitusDB showcased the latest release of its scalable analytics database. According to the vendor, CitusDB 2.0 brings together the performance of PostgreSQL and the scalability of Apache Hadoop, and enables real-time queries on data that's already in Hadoop. This new functionality is possible with CitusDB's distributed query planner, and PostgreSQL's foreign data wrappers.

Posted March 27, 2013

Two big questions are on the minds of data professionals these days. How are increasing complexity and the inevitable onslaught of big data shaping the future of database administrators and data architects? How will our roles change? In the interest of studying the evolving landscape of data, the Independent Oracle User's Group (IOUG) took the pulse of the community. The Big Data Skills for Success study polled numerous individuals in the IOUG Oracle technology community, to identify just how the responsibilities of handling data are changing and what the future of these roles looks like.

Posted March 27, 2013

Infrastructure software provider TIBCO Software Inc. has announced the latest version of its data discovery and visualization platform, TIBCO Spotfire 5.5. The offering maximizes corporate investment through a unified approach to simultaneously work with data in-memory and directly query a variety of data systems and engines. Spotfire 5.5 also integrates with Teradata Aster, TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer, and TIBCO BusinessEvents, providing users with the ability to use predictive analytics for real-time events and big data insights.

Posted March 26, 2013

Platfora, a native in-memory business intelligence platform for Hadoop, is now generally available. This platform puts business users directly in touch with big data and removes the need for data warehouse and ETL software. This provides customers with meaningful insights from their data in hours instead of weeks or months, the company says. Additionally, Platfora enters the market with support from the greater Hadoop community.

Posted March 26, 2013

Splunk Inc., a software platform provider for real-time operation intelligence, has announced Splunk DB Connect, delivering reliable, scalable, and real-time integration between Splunk Enterprise and traditional relational databases. Using this product, structured data from relational databases can be easily integrated into Splunk Enterprise, driving greater levels of operational intelligence and richer business analytics across the enterprise.

Posted March 26, 2013

Google's dominance of internet search has been uncontested for more than 12 years now. Before Google, search engines such as AltaVista indexed web pages and allowed for keyword search with an interface and functionality superficially similar to that provided by Google. However, these first-generation search engines provided relatively poor ordering of results. Because an internet search would return pages ranked by the number of times a term appeared on the website, unpopular or irrelevant sites would be just as likely to achieve top rank as popular sites.

Posted March 20, 2013

Alteryx, Inc., a provider of strategic analytics software, has announced Alteryx Strategic Analytics 8.5, designed to place powerful analytics into the hands of business analysts and decision makers. New features to the Alteryx platform include capabilities to drive social media data into any analytics, native creation of the Tableau Data Extract, and a new designer interface specifically designed for line-of-business users.

Posted March 19, 2013

Databases are restricted by reliance on disk-based storage, a technology that has been in place for several decades. Even with the addition of memory caches and solid state drives, the model of relying on repeated access to information storage devices remains a hindrance in capitalizing on today's "big data," according to a new survey of 323 data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The survey was underwritten by SAP Corp. and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted March 14, 2013

Michigan State University (Michigan State), University of Michigan (Michigan) and University of Texas-Austin (Texas) plan to implement the Paciolan Ticketing Intelligence data warehouse in order to more efficiently aggregate and utilize data about interaction between university athletics and sports fans.

Posted March 14, 2013

Margaret Wright, who was elected president of the OAUG (Oracle Applications Users Group) in January 2013, recently laid out her plans for the coming year in a conversation with 5 Minute Briefing. Wright says she plans to strengthen educational services, increase networking opportunities, and continue the OAUG's focus on being an advocate to Oracle on behalf of members.

Posted March 14, 2013

Early bird registration is now open for the Big Data Boot Camp, a two-day intensive dive into the world of big data. The conference, produced by Database Trends and Applications, will be held Tuesday, May 21, through Wednesday, May 22, at the Hilton New York. The agenda of the Big Data Boot Camp has been designed to bring together thought leaders and practitioners who will identify emerging technologies and provide case studies and best practices in big data management.

Posted March 12, 2013

Showing that there's more to the real-time SAP HANA platform than just business, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and SAP announced they have worked together to launch NBA.com/Stats, a new statistical destination on NBA.com giving fans interactive access to official NBA statistics and analysis.

Posted March 12, 2013

A new survey of nearly 200 data managers and professionals, who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), looks at the role of the data scientist - data professionals who can aggregate data from internal enterprise data stores as well as outside sources to provide the forecasts and insight required to help lead their organizations into the future. The research was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted March 06, 2013

Big data analytics provider Pentaho has announced new templates for Instaview, its big data discovery application, simplifying access to and analysis of big data sources. Templates help solve the data integration challenge in gaining value from big data. Pentaho has released a Twitter template and will release templates for MongoDB, Amazon Redshift, Google Analytics and Cloudera Impala on a weekly basis for download from the Pentaho site.

Posted March 05, 2013

Infobright has announced Investigative Analytics for mobile data, enabling network carriers, service providers and mobile-data applications to improve upon operational statistic-gathering by monetizing streams of mobile data. Using Infobright's suite of Investigative Analytics, including data compression, high performance ad hoc querying, and a miniaturized software footprint, enterprises can ask questions about how to increase profits, market share and competitive advantage.

Posted March 05, 2013

EMC announced a new distribution of Apache Hadoop called Pivotal HD that features native integration of EMC's Greenplum MPP database with Apache Hadoop. According to the vendor, Pivotal HD with HAWQ provides a key advancement by offering SQL processing for Hadoop, thereby expanding the platform's reach to SQL programmers.

Posted March 05, 2013

Revolution Analytics has integrated Revolution R Enterprise with Hortonworks Data Platform. In a move designed to help Hadoop customers derive more value from their big data technology investments, Revolution Analytics and Hortonworks are co-developing "in-Hadoop predictive analytics" without the need to import or export data from Hadoop, David Smith, vice president of marketing and community at Revolution Analytics, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 28, 2013

SAP AG has introduced a new version of its Sybase IQ disk-based column store analytics server. The overriding theme of this new release, which will be generally available later in the first quarter, "is positioning IQ 16 to go from terabytes to petabytes," Dan Lahl, senior director of product marketing at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. To accomplish this, IQ 16 provides enhancements in three critical areas.

Posted February 27, 2013

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president of product development Thomas Kurian recently hosted a conference call to provide an update on Oracle's cloud strategy and recap of product-related developments. Oracle is trying to do two things for customers - simplify their IT and power their innovation, said Hurd.

Posted February 27, 2013

Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, has released Hortonworks Sandbox, a learning environment and on-ramp for anyone interested in learning, evaluating or using Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. This tool seeks to bridge the gap between people who want to learn Hadoop, and the complexity of setting up a cluster with an integrated environment that provides demos, videos, tutorials.

Posted February 27, 2013

Establishing a data warehousing or business intelligence environment initiates a process that works its way through the operational applications and data sources across an enterprise. This process focuses not only on identifying the important data elements the business lives and breathes, but the process also tries very hard to provide rationality in explaining these elements to business intelligence users.

Posted February 27, 2013

MarkLogic said it plans to deliver an enterprise-grade application and analytics software solution based on the new Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop software. The Intel Distribution will be combined with the MarkLogic Enterprise NoSQL database to support real-time transactional and analytic applications.

Posted February 26, 2013

LucidWorks, a provider of enterprise-grade search development platforms, has partnered with MapR Technologies, a Hadoop technology vendor, to deliver the integration between LucidWorks Search and MapR. This solution enables organizations to search their MapR Distributed File System (DFS) to discover actionable insights from information stored in Hadoop.

Posted February 26, 2013

Data integration software vendor Informatica announced a partnership with Amazon Redshift to deliver a new cloud data integration solution for direct connectivity to the Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud-based data warehouse service. Informatica seeks to make cloud-based analytics a viable and affordable option for small and large organizations alike.

Posted February 26, 2013

Attunity is developing a solution for fast data loading into Amazon Redshift, AWS's new data warehouse in the cloud. The Attunity solution is expected to be available for customer preview in March 2013.

Posted February 21, 2013

Denodo Technologies, a provider of data virtualization software, has unveiled the Denodo Platform 5.0. This latest version of Denodo´s solution enables data virtualization for both agile business intelligence and agile development of connected application and helps organizations access all of their information sources including big data, cloud and unstructured sources. The new release was previewed at the TDWI conference in Las Vegas.

Posted February 20, 2013

Attivio has made available Version 3.5 of its Active Intelligence Engine, featuring a new ontology module and event-driven visualization capabilities that give analysts an instant understanding of what's happening on large, multi-node systems. AIE 3.5 also includes expanded SQL support and automatic generation of thumbnail and preview images to enhance users' ability to view and retrieve critical information.

Posted February 19, 2013

Terracotta, a provider of enterprise big data management solutions, and JackBe, a real-time intelligence software vendor, have announced a collaboration to leverage their complementary technologies for real-time big data solutions. According to the vendors, JackBe's Presto real-time data visualizations for analytics coupled with Terracotta's BigMemory high-performance and scalability enables JackBe to deliver visual data exploration and dashboards with the speed, scale and simplicity of in-memory data management.

Posted February 19, 2013

Oracle has introduced Hyperion Tax Provision, a new web-based tax application that allows customers to collect, calculate and report on the consolidated tax provision and more closely align tax with financial reporting. Built on the Hyperion Financial Close Suite, Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is intended to replace the manual methods used by many organizations with an automated and standardized process.

Posted February 14, 2013

Oracle has introduced Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle applications. The Oracle applications have been packaged as ready-to-run virtual machines for deployment in Oracle's Exalogic Elastic Cloud environment, explains Adam Hawley, senior director of desktop and server virtualization product management at Oracle. The templates are now available for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1, Oracle's PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52 and Oracle's Siebel CRM 8.1.1.8 and 8.2.2. These are the first Oracle VM templates built for Oracle Exalogic.

Posted February 13, 2013

Having vast amounts of data at hand doesn't necessarily help executives make better decisions. In fact, without a simple way to access and analyze the astronomical amounts of available information, it is easy to become frozen with indecision, knowing the answers are likely in the data, but unsure how to find them. With so many companies proclaiming to offer salvation from all data issues, one of the most important factors to consider when selecting a solution is ease of use. An intuitive interface based on how people already operate in the real world is the key to adoption and usage throughout an organization.

Posted February 13, 2013

In-memory technology—in which entire data sets are pre-loaded into a computer's random access memory, alleviating the need for shuttling data between memory and disk storage every time a query is initiated—has actually been around for a number of years. However, with the onset of big data, as well as an insatiable thirst for analytics, the industry is taking a second look at this promising approach to speeding up data processing.

Posted February 13, 2013

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