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Traditional approaches to the process of combining disparate data types into a cohesive, unified, organized view involve manual coding and scripting. The need for Real-Time Business Intelligence and the ability to leverage a wider variety of data sources is driving companies to embrace new ways to achieve Data Integration, including Data Virtualization, Master Data Management, and Integration Automation.



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Social media business intelligence is on the rise, according to a new Unisphere Research study sponsored by IBM and Marist College. The study found that while social media monitoring and analysis is in its early stages, many organizations plan to monitor, collect, stage and analyze this data over the next 1 to 5 years and. In particular, LOB respondents, who are closer to customers, show appreciation for the benefits of monitoring SMNs.

Posted March 21, 2012

MarkLogic Corporation has joined the technology partner program of Hortonworks, a leading vendor promoting the development and support of Apache Hadoop. According to the vendors, by leveraging MarkLogic and Hortonworks, organizations will be able to seamlessly combine the power of MapReduce with MarkLogic's real-time, interactive analysis and indexing on a single, unified platform. There are two main reasons that MarkLogic has chosen to partner with Hortonworks, says Justin Makeig, senior product manager at MarkLogic. One is Hortenworks' extensive experience with Hadoop installations and the second is that its core product is 100% open source.

Posted March 21, 2012

All the major extensions to the Spring Framework are now compatible with Spring 3.1, the latest version of the open source Java development framework, according to VMware. Spring Integration, Spring Security, Spring Batch, Spring Data, Spring Mobile and Spring for Android all now support Spring 3.1, making it easier and faster for enterprise developers to build the next generation of enterprise applications. "The latest release of the Spring Framework and its major extensions continue the tradition of taking care of the infrastructure so developers can focus on building applications that address today's business requirements," Adrian Colyer, CTO Cloud and Application Services, VMware.

Posted March 20, 2012

SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services, has updated its Enterprise Data Integration Server to include support for the popular open source data framework Apache Hadoop. This integration not only brings the power of SAS analytics to Hadoop, but also makes it easier for SAS customers to use and manage Hadoop effectively along with their existing data sources, thus enhancing the value of customers' big data.

Posted March 20, 2012

For enterprises grappling with the onslaught of big data, a new platform has emerged from the open source world that promises to provide a cost-effective way to store and process petabytes and petabytes worth of information. Hadoop, an Apache project, is already being eagerly embraced by data managers and technologists as a way to manage and analyze mountains of data streaming in from websites and devices. Running data such as weblogs through traditional platforms such as data warehouses or standard analytical toolsets often cannot be cost-justified, as these solutions tend to have high overhead costs. However, organizations are beginning to recognize that such information ultimately can be of tremendous value to the business. Hadoop packages up such data and makes it digestible.

Posted March 19, 2012

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a high-speed engineered system featuring in-memory business intelligence software and hardware. Oracle Exalytics features a new release of Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics enhanced for an Oracle Sun server designed for in-memory analytics. According to Oracle, the interactive real-time analysis enabled by Oracle Exalytics, is intended to enable organizations to maximize profitability, increase revenues and market share, and react more quickly to changing business conditions.

Posted March 14, 2012

Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration software, and Hortonworks, a commercial vendor promoting the development and support of Apache Hadoop, are collaborating to enable high-performance delivery of big data in and out of Apache Hadoop, thus providing enterprises with real-time business intelligence and analytics, both in the cloud and across data centers.

Posted March 13, 2012

Talend, a provider of open source integration software, has announced the availability of Talend Open Studio for Big Data, to be released under the Apache Software License. Talend Open Studio for Big Data is based on Talend Open Studio, augmented with native support for Apache Hadoop. In addition, Talend Open Studio for Big Data will be bundled in Hortonworks' Apache Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform, constituting a key integration component of Hortonworks Data Platform.

Posted March 13, 2012

MapR Technologies and Informatica have announced joint support for MapR's distribution for Hadoop with the Informatica Platform. In addition, Informatica HParser Community Edition which is available for free will be available for download as part of the MapR distribution from the MapR website. The MapR distribution is also available through the EMC Greenplum MR Edition and Cisco UCS.

Posted March 08, 2012

Knowing how your customers feel about your products is arguably as important as actual sales data but often much harder to determine. Traditionally, companies have used surveys, focus groups, customer visits, and similar active sampling techniques to perform this sort of market research. Opposition or lack of faith in market research takes a number of forms. Henry Ford once said, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses," while Steve Jobs said, "People don't know what they want until you show it to them." The real problem with market research is more pragmatic: It's difficult and expensive to find out what people think.

Posted March 07, 2012

EMC Corporation has announced version 4.2 of EMC Greenplum Database, which includes a high-performance gNet for Hadoop; simpler, scalable backup with EMC Data Domain Boost; an extension framework and turnkey in-database analytics; language and compatibility enhancements for faster migrations to Greenplum; and targeted performance optimization.

Posted March 01, 2012

At the Strata Conference today Calpont anounced InfiniDB 3, the latest release of its high performance analytic database. Designed from the ground up for large-scale, high-performance dimensional analytics, predictive analytics, and ad hoc business intelligence, the new release includes capabilities to capitalize on a variety of data structures and deployment variations to meet organizations' need for a flexible and scalable big data architecture.

Posted February 29, 2012

In a partnership announced today, Tableau Software and Attivio will combine Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) with Tableau's visualization and rapid-fire BI solutions to enable unified information access for customers. Attivio and Tableau have completed joint product testing and certification enabling their mutual customers to build new Tableau analytic dashboards based on the AIE platform.

Posted February 28, 2012

InterSystems Corporation, a provider of software for connected care, announced that LOGICARE Corp. has migrated its top-tier patient instruction software system to the InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration and development platform. The transition is the first phase of a corporate strategy to cut costs and provide seamless connectivity by using Ensemble to handle HL7 messaging for all customer deployments.

Posted February 28, 2012

In celebration of ODBC's 20th anniversary this year, Progress Software Corporation has unveiled its Platinum ODBC drivers, Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC 7.0. The standards-based, fully interoperable Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC 7.0 driver allows application developers to reliably exchange data between cloud data and disparate data sources.

Posted February 23, 2012

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics, a new option for Oracle Database 11g that combines Oracle R Enterprise with Oracle Data Mining. According to Oracle, Oracle R Enterprise delivers enterprise class performance for users of the R statistical programming language, increasing the scale of data that can be analyzed by orders of magnitude using Oracle Database 11g.

Posted February 23, 2012

Kalido, a provider of agile information management software, unveiled the latest release of the Kalido Information Engine, which helps organizations decrease the time for data mart migrations and consolidations. With this new release, customers will be able to import existing logical and physical models and taxonomies to build a more agile data warehouse. Enabling customers to take advantage of existing assets and investments "is going to dramatically reduce the time and the cost that it takes to bring together data marts into more of a data warehouse scenario," says John Evans, director of product marketing at Kalido.

Posted February 23, 2012

Composite Software has introduced version 6.1 of its Composite Data Virtualization Platform. The new release offers improved caching performance, expanded caching targets, data ship join for Teradata, and Hadoop MapReduce connectivity. Composite 6.1 also provides improvements to the data services development environment with an enhanced data services editor and new publishing options for Representational State Transfer (REST) and Open Data Protocol (OData) data services.

Posted February 17, 2012

At the TDWI 2012 Conference, Jaspersoft, a business intelligence (BI) software provider, announced an upgraded OEM agreement with Talend to include native connectors to Apache Hadoop big data environments in Jaspersoft ETL. With this enhanced ETL offering, Jaspersoft offers CIOs, data scientists, and BI builders the flexibility of three options to harness big data - direct reporting, direct real-time analysis, and batch analysis through ETL data mart access. "Today's data scientists want options to explore data faster," says Karl Van den Bergh, Jaspersoft's vice president of Product and Alliances.

Posted February 16, 2012

Birst Inc., a provider of business analytics solutions, has announced support for Apache Hadoop, combining the scale of Hadoop data sets with Birst's agile multi-dimensional database. "Business analytics is changing as the volume of data from online web interactions skyrockets and customers increasingly want to browse, query or merge transactional data with interaction data," says Rick Spickelmier, Birst CTO. "Data in Hadoop is not well suited for business intelligence and to make it actionable takes a lot of work. Birst's automated multi-dimensional database allows organizations to quickly and easily take big data and make sense of it."

Posted February 14, 2012

Composite Software has added access to RainStor's Big Data management database, expanding the list of popular enterprise applications it now supports, including Oracle, SAP, and salesforce.com, as well as relational and multi-dimensional data sources from IBM, IBM Netezza, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP BW, SAP Sybase and Teradata.

Posted February 13, 2012

Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of data connectivity solutions, has released SimbaEngine ODBC SDK 9, a toolkit used by software companies to implement ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and OLE DB data connectivity within existing BI, analytics and database products. This latest release introduces key new features, including greater customizability, nine new data driver implementations, faster data access and information retrieval, and support for big data and cloud database platforms.

Posted February 13, 2012

Today's organizations must capture, track, analyze and store more information than ever before - everything from mass quantities of transactional, online and mobile data, to growing amounts of "machine-generated data" such as call detail records, gaming data or sensor readings. And just as volumes are expanding into the tens of terabytes, and even the petabyte range and beyond, IT departments are facing increasing demands for real-time analytics. In this era of "big data," the challenges are as varied as the solutions available to address them. How can businesses store all their data? How can they mitigate the impact of data overload on application performance, speed and reliability? How can they manage and analyze large data sets both efficiently and cost effectively?

Posted February 09, 2012

InterSystems Corporation, a provider of advanced database, integration and analytics technologies, announced it has become ISO 9001:2008 certified. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management standard, and for InterSystems, the certification covers all processes related to the product and service creation associated with the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database and InterSystems Ensemble integration and development platform that are performed or managed from InterSystems' Cambridge-based headquarters.

Posted February 09, 2012

InterSystems HealthShare has been chosen to support health information exchange (HIE) throughout Denmark. The Danish NSI (Nationalt Sundheds-IT), an agency operating under the Ministry of Health, is beginning development of a new service to link healthcare information systems used within Danish regions on a national level. The new HealthShare-based initiative enables the sharing of patient information between healthcare providers and government agencies countrywide.

Posted February 07, 2012

Just as the New York Giants rallied late in the fourth quarter on Sunday to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years, IBM and the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab teamed up last week to determine fans' favorite quarterback leading up to Super Bowl XLVI: Tom Brady or Eli Manning. Researchers examined data from Twitter using new analytics technologies that can understand positive, negative and neutral sentiments, distinguish irony, and utilize "machine learning" to separate important tweets from trivial ones.

Posted February 07, 2012

Attivio, creator of the Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), a unified information access platform, has introduced IT Knowledge Expert. The new solution aims to improve management of IT incidents by providing an aggregated and connected view into all relevant support information. By presenting unstructured content and structured data in one dashboard, IT Knowledge Expert helps to resolve IT incidents faster, reduces cost-per-ticket, number of tickets and service level agreement (SLA) penalties, and also eases the burdens of high employee turnover in the IT support industry.

Posted February 03, 2012

Oracle has announced three new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne mobile applications. The three new mobile applications - JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Requisition Self Service Approval, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Purchase Order Approval, and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Sales Inquiry - are aimed at helping to improve productivity by delivering management solutions that can be accessed at any time or from anyplace.

Posted February 01, 2012

EMC Corporation today announced EMC Isilon scale-out NAS with HDFS, combined with EMC Greenplum HD. The company is also offering services, training and certification, and customer support to provide a seamless user experience and eliminate CIOs' need to integrate products from multiple vendors. "Enterprise IT managers want to take advantage of Hadoop, but they want it delivered at the same level of service that they get from the rest of their IT infrastructure," Brian Cox, senior director of product marketing, EMC Isilon, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted January 31, 2012

Pentaho Corporation is making the big data capabilities of its new Pentaho Kettle 4.3 release freely available under open source, and has moved the entire Pentaho Kettle project to the Apache License Version 2.0. Pentaho says that because Apache is the license under which Hadoop and several of the leading NoSQL databases are published, this move will help to further accelerate the adoption of Pentaho Kettle by developers, analysts and data scientists as a tool for big data management and analytics.

Posted January 31, 2012

Splunk Inc. has released the latest version of its flagship software, Splunk Enterprise 4.3, which extracts and harnesses customers' machine data and translates it into real-time operational intelligence. One of the cornerstones of Splunk's design has been its ease of use, and the latest release continues that emphasis, according to the company. Splunk 4.3 supports non-IT and business users by making it, "a lot simpler to organize a dashboard or visualization according to how you want to see it yourself without having to code anything or speak to the IT person," Sanjay Mehta, senior director of product marketing at Splunk, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We don't require that you're a data scientist or advanced statistician to use Splunk."

Posted January 31, 2012

BlueFinity will demonstrate how to create a simple SSIS transformation to move MultiValue data into Microsoft SQL Server using mv.SSIS in a free webinar on Tuesday, January 31.

Posted January 25, 2012

NTT Data Corporation, a global provider of IT services including business consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, has selected the Sybase Aleri Streaming Processor (ESP) and Sybase RAP, Sybase's complex event processing (CEP) and analytics platform for real-time analysis of large data sets, to enhance NTT Data's bridge monitoring system. NTT Data is using the Sybase technology to help improve the ability to analyze large, complex data sets collected at rapid rates, particularly during high-traffic periods.

Posted January 25, 2012

KXEN, a provider of predictive analytics for business users, has certified its flagship product, InfiniteInsight, for Sybase IQ v.15, the column-based analytics server. The combination of the two solutions allows businesses to gain speed and performance in building predictive models and social network analysis to support business decisions.

Posted January 25, 2012

SAP AG has introduced the SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail analytic application powered by the SAP HANA platform. The application aims to offer prebuilt data models, key performance indicators (KPIs), role-specific dashboards and customized reports to provide retailers with a deeper understanding of all factors influencing the merchandising lifecycle. SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail is planned for global availability to customers in the second quarter of 2012.

Posted January 25, 2012

Tableau Software, a provider of business intelligence software, has announced the general availability of Tableau 7.0. The release offers improvements in performance and scalability, adds new visualization types and improves the product's overall analytical power and ease-of-use. In addition, the new Tableau Data Server capabilities will make it easy to share large volumes of data, share data models in large groups, and provide enhanced management of data assets, says Chris Stolte, chief development officer, co-founder, and inventor of Tableau Software.

Posted January 25, 2012

Talend, an open source software provider, has announced the availability of the Talend Platform for Data Services, which provides developers and users of the data services a common development, deployment and monitoring environment for both data management and application integration. Talend's data services solution offers common tooling, providing organizations with the ability to choose the most effective enterprise-grade technologies to solve their integration needs.

Posted January 24, 2012

Star Analytics, Inc., a provider of application process automation and integration software, has released the latest version of its data bridging technology, Star Integration Server, which is intended to make it easy to extract and combine data from Oracle systems with other business intelligence (BI) applications and data warehouses.

Posted January 24, 2012

HiT Software, Inc. has announced a new release of its JDBC/DB2 type 4 SQL middleware, which conforms to the Java JDBC 4.1 specification. With this latest release, application developers can take advantage of added support for additional data types, improved security mechanisms and support for IBM DB2 on a wide range of systems and platforms.

Posted January 23, 2012

Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and integration solutions, today announced Contact Zone, its open source data integration software optimized for sophisticated contact data quality. Contact Zone provides a simple approach to data quality, using a streamlined graphical user interface to map data transformations from any type of source database to any type of data warehouse.

Posted January 17, 2012

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