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Mainframes continue to represent the strong core of Data Center technology, while Virtualization and Cloud are also emerging as important technologies to support efficiency, scalability, and cost containment. Topics critical to Data Center Operations and Computing including hardware and software for Storage, Consolidation, High Availability, Backup & Recovery, and IT Optimization, as well as automated tools that help compensate for the growing Mainframe Skills Shortage.



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Our friends at CA Technologies recently shared some survey results with us: As application containerization adoption continues to rise, new types of challenges emerge. Despite their benefits, containerized application environments have created exponential complexity in cloud-based application management and monitoring. While Docker popularity is rising, more than 50% of organizations surveyed say their use of Docker container technology is "just getting started." Primary use cases at this time include app development and testing. And the business impact of Docker container performance is largely unmeasured today. More than half of executives (56%) said they are not monitoring Docker container performance problems for business impact yet.

Posted September 27, 2018

Kore recently attended the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Encounter 2018 where the company showcased its new Eclipse REST APIs and the enhancements offered in the latest releases of Kourier Integrator and KommerceServer eCommerce Suite. The event took place on September 9 -11 in Atlanta, GA. The Eclipse Users Group (UFO) User Friendly Organization is an independent business organization founded to create a strategic alliance with Epicor Eclipse management, developers, and support staff to help direct and enhance the software package to our mutual benefit and satisfaction.

Posted September 26, 2018

Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is releasing its signature platform, Snowflake, on Microsoft Azure. Customer demand for Azure, and the need for large organizations to have flexibility in choosing cloud options, prompted Snowflake to offer its solution as an Azure-based cloud computing option.

Posted September 26, 2018

Instana, provider of a monitoring solution to automate application performance monitoring (APM), has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel. This brings the company's total funding to $57 million.

Posted September 26, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of enterprise software, has joined Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. As a member, Syncsort will leverage its Syncsort Integrate data integration and data quality software and expertise to help support development of the shared technology resources while accelerating innovation through open source leadership and participation.

Posted September 26, 2018

Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP are introducing the Open Data Initiative (ODI), empowering companies to derive more value from their data and deliver world-class customer experiences in real-time. The core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, is expanding its Attunity Data Integration platform to include comprehensive support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), including Google Cloud Storage and Google Dataproc. The expanded solution supports data movement from major enterprise databases and mainframes, as well as applications such as SAP, to accelerate cloud data lake adoption as well as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

This past summer, I had the opportunity to stay in a wide variety of hospitality establishments for both personal and professional travel, which, for me, has generated another fun way to look at data governance that I am excited to share. Because, let's face it, without good analogies, data governance on its own can be, well, kind of dry. Welcome to the Hotel Data Governance. Such a lovely place. (The tune is already in your head isn't it? You're welcome.)

Posted September 26, 2018

Many organizations nowadays are struggling with finding the appropriate data stores for their data, making it important to understand the differences and similarities between data warehouses, data marts, ODSs, and data lakes. All these data structures clearly serve different purposes and user profiles, and it is necessary to be aware of their differences in order to make the right investment decisions.

Posted September 26, 2018

SAP is boosting SAP Analytics Cloud with new machine learning features to uncover correlations in an organization's data and help users make faster and more confident decisions. The announcement was made at the Strata Data Conference held September 12-14 in New York City.

Posted September 26, 2018

In a new IOUG SELECT article, Eric Mader writes about the role of DevOps in development and operational modernization: "Often misinterpreted as a buzzword endorsing development teams taking over platform and infrastructure roles, DevOps is all about development and operational modernization. Rather than operating as siloed, asynchronous teams as has been the norm for decades, DevOps represents a fundamental, holistic, organization-wide shift not only in processes and tools, but in people and culture."

Posted September 25, 2018

As more and more companies try to implement use cases that need to do things in real-time, make decisions in real-time, collect in real-time, show dashboards in real-time, organizations have to build an architecture that's able to collect data in real-time, said Will Ochandarena, senior director, product management, MapR Technologies during Data Summit 2018.

Posted September 25, 2018

For far too long technology teams have lived in silos. Not only physical silos, but cultural silos pushed by competing objectives. This includes informational silos where business users require one set of data and tech teams require different data. DevOps is intended to bridge these gaps, making tech -driven operations more aligned and efficient.

Posted September 24, 2018

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, is launching the CrateDB Event Hubs Connector, a new capability that allows users to route data from Microsoft Azure IoT Hub or Event Hubs directly to CrateDB.

Posted September 24, 2018

A recent survey among 1,295 members of the Society for Information Management (SIM) finds a great deal of support for the shared services concept. The average percentage of shared IT services increased by more than 50% -- from 42% in 2016 to 63 percent in 2018. More than 90% of organizations used at least some shared services. In addition, 37% of organizations indicated they deliver more than 90% of all IT in a shared service model. Cloud adoption has a lot to do with the continuing embrace of shared services - 79% report their cloud adoption has been on the rise.

Posted September 24, 2018

A recent survey among 1,295 members of the Society for Information Management (SIM) finds a great deal of support for the shared services concept. The average percentage of shared IT services increased by more than 50%—from 42% in 2016 to 63% in 2018. More than 90% of organizations used at least some shared services. In addition, 37% of organizations indicated they deliver more than 90% of all IT in a shared service model. Cloud adoption has a lot to do with the continuing embrace of shared services—79% report their cloud adoption has been on the rise.

Posted September 24, 2018

CloudBees, a DevOps platform provider, has announced an enhanced product suite designed to support an end-to-end software delivery system to address the needs of modern software development organizations who are adopting continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD) and DevOps practices.

Posted September 24, 2018

IBM has introduced technology intended to provide businesses new transparency into AI. The software service, which automatically detects bias and explains how AI makes decisions—as the decisions are being made —runs on the IBM Cloud, and is designed to help organizations manage AI systems from a wide variety of industry players. In addition, IBM Research will release into the open source community an AI bias detection and mitigation toolkit, bringing forward tools and education to encourage global collaboration around addressing bias in AI.

Posted September 24, 2018

Quest Software has announced the general availability of KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) 9.0, a multi-platform endpoint and asset management solution that helps businesses proactively provision, manage, secure and service their growing endpoint environments.

Posted September 24, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is committed to the education, networking, and advocacy of Oracle Applications users. Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, the group hosts special interest group (SIG) meetings as well as additional opportunities for networking and education. 

Posted September 20, 2018

Quest Oracle Community (formerly Quest International Users Group) just rebranded and launched a fully redesigned digital experience to better meet customer needs amidst the rapidly changing landscape of business technology and Oracle solutions. Quest offers Oracle users a wealth of resources through webinars, blogs, customer stories and more, along with support from a community of users with similar interests.

Posted September 20, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Oracle OpenWorld, with as much change in the event format as there is in the technology. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will be well represented in the Content Catalog, as over 20 members are scheduled to present on the hot topics for data professionals.

Posted September 20, 2018

Every year, thousands of data experts and professionals from over 100 different countries converge at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco to discover the newest updates to Oracle's ecosystem of technologies. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,200 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand.

Posted September 20, 2018

MariaDB is acquiring Clustrix, a provider of distributed database technology. With the acquisition, MariaDB adds scale-out capability that runs on premises with commodity hardware or in any cloud environment.

Posted September 20, 2018

Couchbase has announced the latest version of the Couchbase Data Platform with Couchbase Server 6.0. The latest release delivers new Analytics Services that enable organizations to derive real-time insights from operational data with quick set up in five clicks.

Posted September 20, 2018

BackOffice Associates is entering a partnership with MANTA, a provider of data lineage and impact analysis solutions to offer data lineage tracking, impact analysis, and metadata scanning. BackOffice Associates will directly embed MANTA's Flow technology into its suite of integrated information governance and data stewardship solutions.

Posted September 20, 2018

TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform for the enterprise, is introducing its latest release that is designed to help enterprises harness the power of the fastest and most scalable graph analytics more easily than ever before. New features include seamless integration with popular databases and storage systems, support for Docker and Kubernetes containers, availability on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace and Microsoft Azure, and a new graph algorithm library.

Posted September 20, 2018

Periscope Data is partnering with Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, to help accelerate workflows for data teams. Combined with Periscope Data's leading cloud BI platform, this partnership is the next step in the company's effort to build solutions that deliver the speed, power, and flexibility modern businesses demand to make informed decisions.

Posted September 19, 2018

Today, data management environments are highly complex and often span multiple vendors with deployments across on-premise data centers, clouds, and hybrid installations. In addition to the heterogeneity of systems, the processes surrounding database development and management have also changed. DevOps, a methodology for data scientists, developers, database administrators (DBAs) and others to participate in an Agile workflow, puts a premium on speed and also means that DBAs do not wield the firm control they did in the past.

Posted September 19, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd., provider of self-service metadata discovery software, is entering a global reseller agreement with IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools. Through this agreement, IDERA will market and resell Safyr to complement its ER/Studio data modeling and architecture product suite.

Posted September 19, 2018

New tools and technologies are becoming established in enterprises, helping organizations extract more value from data. Recently, industry experts weighed in on the trends that loom large in the future and those that appear to be waning.

Posted September 18, 2018

Gurucul, a provider of behavior based security and fraud analytics technology, is introducing Gurucul Labs, a turn-key managed security analytics service based on the Gurucul Risk Analytics (GRA) platform. The solution will provide the data science expertise many organizations lack to operationalize their investments in behavior based security analytics.

Posted September 18, 2018

IT departments are under increasing pressure to keep up with the pace of business innovation. As data volumes rise, automation looms as a light at the end of the complex-process tunnel. The ability to leverage software, framework, and application tools to generate automated sequences based on various trigger events has become critical to the IT industry. But, it doesn't come without its challenges. When well-executed, IT automation can increase efficiency and productivity, reduce cost, and speed time to value. However,  poorly crafted automated sequences and lack of integration between applications can make a lasting impact on application deployment and management, causing a ripple effect across the entire IT landscape.

Posted September 18, 2018

Qlik is releasing two new big data offerings - the latest version of the Podium Data product and the initial release of Qlik's Associative Big Data Index available this month. With these latest releases, Qlik continues to streamline the enterprise data journey from raw data source to end user insights.

Posted September 17, 2018

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is introducing a new solution for Apache Spark Based Big Data Cloud environments. These new innovations, powered by the CLAIRE engine, enable organizations to stream, ingest, process, cleanse, protect, and govern even more big data with less effort. 

Posted September 17, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation is a set of laws on data protection and privacy for all individuals in the EU. The regulation, which sets a new standard for consumer rights regarding their data, came into effect within the European Union on May 25, 2018. It's been four months since the new regulations have gone into effect and according to research commissioned by Talend, the majority of companies are failing to comply with the rules.

Posted September 17, 2018

Machine learning and AI continue to be the hottest topic at tech conferences around the country and Strata Data was no different. Data professionals converged at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from September 11 - 13 and the event was humming with the latest talk of how ML and AI will change the future.

Posted September 14, 2018

Identifying new and disruptive technologies, as well as evaluating when and where they may prove useful, is a challenge in the fast-changing big data market. To contribute to the discussion each year, Big Data Quarterly presents the "Big Data 50," a list of forward-thinking companies that are working to expand what's possible in terms of collecting, storing, protecting, and deriving value from data.

Posted September 13, 2018

Zoomdata, a business intelligence company, is launching ZAP! - the Zoomdata Application Partner program. The announcement was made at the Strata Data Conference held September 11-13 in New York City.

Posted September 13, 2018

Pepperdata, a provider of Application Performance Management (APM) solutions, unveiled new enterprise-grade features to its APM suite that include auto-tuning, enhanced recommendations, and management and operational reporting. The company is also introducing a set of services offerings that include best-practices, performance planning, capacity planning, and architecture design for big data success.

Posted September 13, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of Big Iron to Big Data software, is introducing new functionalities in its Syncsort Integrate family of products, enabling a continuous, real-time data stream from multiple data sources. The new products provide speed, flexibility, and resiliency for the most demanding enterprise IT environments.

Posted September 13, 2018

WinMagic, an encryption and key management solution provider, has introduced enterprise-class managed full drive encryption solution for Linux.

Posted September 13, 2018

MapR has announced six new data science service offerings to help customers speed time to value from machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). In addition, MapR announced the release of a new book, "AI and Analytics in Production," by Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman that examines best practices for maximizing the value of data-driven applications in production.

Posted September 11, 2018

Data lakes are a convenient and cost effective way to store a lot of data with completely diverse structures so that you don't have to build the model ahead of time, explained Paul Sonderegger, senior data strategist, Oracle, during Data Summit 2018. Data lakes are a convenient way and cost effective way to store a lot of data with completely diverse structures so that you don't have to build the model ahead of time, explained Paul Sonderegger, senior data strategist, Oracle during Data Summit 2018.

Posted September 11, 2018

The Open Mainframe Project has announced Zowe, an open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe, intended to provide easier interoperability and scalability among products and solutions from multiple vendors. Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS.

Posted September 10, 2018

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of integration, API management, and analytics solutions, is enhancing capabilities for the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud (TCIC). The additions to TCIC are intended to provide users with highly customizable and simple-to-use functions, such as business event processing, full lifecycle APIs, and visual analytics.

Posted September 10, 2018

Moogsoft, a provider of artificial intelligence for IT operations, has announced Moogsoft Observe, intended to provide core AIOps platform capabilities from centralized analytics to the data source. Moogsoft ingests time-series and metrics data in real-time and applies AI to detect incidents at the source of the problem. Observe stores only anomalous and contextual data, providing IT teams specific knowledge to improve their online services and applications. It is targeted at IT generalists, including site reliability engineers and DevOps.

Posted September 10, 2018

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