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Take advantage of the many opportunities for peer interaction through panel discussions and provocative talks at this year's Data Summit conference. This unique event brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from all types of organizations.

Posted February 07, 2018

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." A decade ago, the relational database management system (RDBMS) ruled the enterprise.  Today, polyglot persistence is the mandate, and innovative NoSQL and NewSQL databases, cloud services, and data processing technologies have arisen alongside stalwart RDBMSs, data warehouses, and traditional on-premise deployments. However, despite the increasingly challenging data environment, experts agree, opportunities for DBAs abound—provided they are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

Posted February 07, 2018

Oracle has announced the Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) to help organizations assess the security configuration of their databases, identify sensitive data, and evaluate database users for risk exposure.  

Posted February 07, 2018

As the president of the Independent Oracle Users Group I often get asked for advice about which Oracle event to attend—COLLABORATE or Oracle OpenWorld. Sometimes it's just, "What is COLLABORATE?" or even, "Isn't COLLABORATE just a mini Oracle OpenWorld?" These two events are very different, and, depending on your role, one may be better for you than the other.

Posted February 07, 2018

Cisco, Apple, Aon, and Allianz have announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of evaluation services from Aon, technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz. 

Posted February 07, 2018

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, is acquiring Datos IO to extend its reach into cloud applications and databases adopted by application and DevOps teams. By bringing together the two companies' complementary product portfolios, Rubrik accelerates its mission to become the premier cloud platform for enterprises to orchestrate application data across datacenter and public cloud.

Posted February 07, 2018

Cisco announced a turnkey production-grade software container platform intended to address companies' need to have applications seamlessly run the same way on premises and in public clouds. The Cisco Container Platform is designed to help simplify and accelerate how application development and IT operations teams configure, deploy, and manage container clusters based on 100% upstream Kubernetes.

Posted February 05, 2018

IBM Security has released a study that found that younger adults are putting less care into traditional password hygiene, yet are more likely to use biometrics, multifactor authentication, and password managers to improve their personal security. Only 42% of millennials use complex passwords that combine special characters, numbers and letters (versus 49% of those 55 years of age and older), and 41% reuse the same password multiple times (versus 31% of those 55 and older).

Posted February 05, 2018

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." Nonetheless, experts agree, there has never been a better time to be a DBA—provided you are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

Posted February 05, 2018

The industrial revolution has given way to the digital age but, how do traditional factories weather the storm of this change? Modern demands require manufacturers to have the ability to support faster production, vary product output at a moment's notice, lower power consumption, and eliminate waste all while improving throughput and efficiency.

Posted February 02, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted February 01, 2018

Fresh challenges and opportunities in data management and analytics are constantly emerging. A new year brings a renewed focus on addressing challenges head on. As we embark on 2018, some of the issues that are top-of-mind for many companies include compliance with the EU's upcoming GDPR, the need for integration with additional data management frameworks as well as cloud platforms, support for more languages, and stronger security.

Posted February 01, 2018

Based in Saddlebrook, N.J., Riverside Cemetery maintains public records for burials, private records on families, maintains billing, and oversees all the work done to burial plots in addition to taking care of monuments and records relating to them, and other tasks associated with running the business. The 1980s brought dramatic changes to Riverside. This technological transition in 1980 was aided by WinWin Solutions, parent company of Revelation Software. Initially using Revelation Software's DOS-based Advanced Revelation, and then migrating to the Windows-based OpenInsight platform, Riverside has evolved technologically while remaining a traditional cemetery serving the community with warmth, compassion, and professionalism.

Posted February 01, 2018

MemSQL, provider of real-time data warehouse solutions, is receiving Amazon Web Services (AWS) Big Data Competency status, recognizing MemSQL's efforts of helping customers reach their goals on the cloud platform. This designation recognizes that MemSQL has demonstrated success helping customers evaluate and use the tools, techniques, and technologies of working with data productively, at any scale successfully achieving their big data goals on AWS.

Posted February 01, 2018

Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a Hazelcast Go Client for client-server deployments of Hazelcast IMDG, allowing Go applications to integrate and share large datasets. Go (often referred to as Golang) is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Go's concurrency and networking features, and its high degree of portability, make it well-suited for building cloud-native applications.

Posted January 31, 2018

InterSystems, a provider of information technology platforms for health, business, and government applications, has released InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, a data platform for delivering multi-workload and multi-model data management, native interoperability, and open analytics in a single product.

Posted January 31, 2018

Blockchain technology is being leveraged in various markets to deliver governance, collaboration, and intelligent understanding around digital assets.

Posted January 31, 2018

Boundless, a provider of open GIS, today is unveiling Boundless Server Enterprise, a cloud-native geospatial web server designed to take advantage of the cloud's ability to scale up and out. With Boundless Server Enterprise, enterprises now have a high performing, cost effective, and massively scalable way to serve maps to their applications running in the cloud, according to the vendor.

Posted January 30, 2018

You're a large organization headquartered in the U.S. Your clients and customers live mainly in the U.S. You have no intention to expand beyond the U.S. What could you possibly need to know about new data rules in the EU? Everything, it turns out.

Posted January 25, 2018

Emerging technologies are outpacing data governance at a rapid clip. Specifically, the rate of growth and development of emerging technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning (ML) drastically exceeds the current speed and willingness of businesses to change their governance models to manage and protect their data and information assets.

Posted January 25, 2018

The expense to design and manufacture robots is rapidly declining. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning, coupled with componentized software and near-unlimited processing power, are enabling new classes of robotics never possible before.

Posted January 25, 2018

LicenseFortress has launched as a standalone entity to focus on database software license management and audit protection service with a financial guarantee. Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017.

Posted January 25, 2018

A new study conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Quest Software examines the challenges being faced by database administrators (DBAs) and other data professionals who have long been the key guardians of companies' critical data assets. DBAs' primary responsibilities have been aimed at ensuring that data is safely, securely, accurately, and appropriately stored, managed, and maintained. However, over the last 10 years, major trends in technology have shaped—and reshaped—the ongoing role of the DBA in many organizations, according to the study, "DBAs Face New Challenges: Trends in Database Administration."

Posted January 25, 2018

As we enter a new year new trends will take their turn in the spotlight. This is no different for the big data landscape. We have come a long way since the term "big data" swept the business world off its feet as the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. Hadoop, NoSQL, and Spark have become members of the enterprise IT landscape, data lakes have evolved as a real strategy and migration to the cloud has accelerated across service and deployment models.

Posted January 25, 2018

Organizations are still skeptical of investing in the cloud and planning for the future, now that 2018 has arrived is no different. Enterprises are looking at ways to secure their data while also staying at the cutting edge. A few experts offer their predictions for cloud and multi-cloud platforms in 2018.

Posted January 25, 2018

TimeXtender, a provider of self-service BI and analytics, is now a certified technology partner with Tableau Software, enabling customers to make business decisions on the fly. TimeXtender was selected as a new partner as its Discovery Hub works seamlessly with Tableau, allowing customers to make business decisions in a timely manner based on data that is important to them.

Posted January 25, 2018

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is making three new updates to the Toad product family, including Toad Edge v1.2, Toad Data Point v4.3 and Toad Intelligence Central v4.3. The new release of Toad Edge simplifies the development and management of next-generation open source database platforms, with added support for MariaDB and MySQL instances running on Microsoft Azure.

Posted January 25, 2018

The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 24, 2018

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is releasing HyperStore 7, bridging both on-premises and cloud environments. This update allows users to manage data in both private and public clouds around the globe as a single, unified storage pool. 

Posted January 24, 2018

Eastwind Networks, provider of a cybersecurity solutions and breach analytics cloud platform, has introduced Eastwind for SaaS, an addition to Eastwind's product line that provides visibility for companies using online services, such as G Suite, Office 365, Dropbox, Box and Salesforce.

Posted January 24, 2018

Anaplan, a provider of a platform for connected planning, has launched Anaplan Bring Your Own Key (BYOK), a data encryption solution. Anaplan BYOK allows customers to self-manage keys, which enables them to encrypt and decrypt workspaces and have sole access to their data on the Anaplan platform.

Posted January 24, 2018

SAP is unveiling a new program that will help customers with on-premise SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions transition and expand into the cloud. The program, titled Upgrade2Success, will provide clear guidance, predictable outcomes, faster time to value, and flexible commercial arrangements, offering the services and tools for digital HR transformation, according to the vendor.

Posted January 24, 2018

appsFreedom Inc. and its platform have achieved SAP certification to be integrated with SAP S/4HANA, allowing users to deploy the latest SAP software. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the appsFreedom Platform version 4.5 integrates with SAP S/4HANA using standard integration technologies.

Posted January 24, 2018

Data security is a growing concern in all enterprises, and since DBAs have been guardians of the data, their skillset can be utilized in moving forward to combat new risks and threats, writes Extreme Scale Solutions' Michelle Malcher in the latest article in a six-part series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on the "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM reported fourth-quarter revenue of $22.5 billion, up 4%. Systems (includes systems hardware and operating systems software)—saw revenue of $3.3 billion, up 32% over the same quarter last year, driven by growth in IBM z, Power Systems, and storage.

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM and Salesforce have expanded their strategic partnership, bringing together IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein.

Posted January 22, 2018

IBM and Salesforce, a provider of CRM, are expanding their strategic partnership, bringing together IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein. The move will enable companies to connect with their customers and collaborate more effectively with deeper insights.

Posted January 19, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, says it plans to increase its investment in R&D by more than 50% as part of its mission to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform.

Posted January 18, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), an independent, global, member-led organization that maximizes customers' investment in Oracle and partner solutions, has announced Christine Hipp as its 2018 president. An active member of the OAUG since 2004, Hipp has served on the OAUG's education, finance, governance, international, marketing, and meetings and conferences committees. She was elected in 2011 to the OAUG Board of Directors, where she served as the board secretary in 2013 and 2016 and president elect in 2017.

Posted January 16, 2018

Veeam Software has acquired N2WS, provider of cloud-native enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in an all-cash deal worth $42.5 million. N2WS is a provider of IaaS data protection technology, providing a cloud-native backup solution specifically designed for AWS workloads that enables organizations to back up data and applications as often as needed and recover them rapidly.

Posted January 16, 2018

erwin, Inc. has announced its evolution to "the data governance company," based on its expertise and the centering of its technology platform around data governance. As part of this focus, the company has acquired A&P Consulting, a technology and consulting services firm based in Rome, Italy.

Posted January 15, 2018

Database administration tasks can be time consuming so they require a comprehensive range of tools. Tasks can be error-prone, especially when they involve developing, testing, and maintaining custom scripts.

Posted January 12, 2018

Cymulate, a technology startup  that helps companies safeguard their business-critical assets using a breach and attack simulation platform, has launched a new product developed specifically for managed security service providers (MSSPs).

Posted January 11, 2018

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted January 10, 2018

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