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Data Integration

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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SAP AG announced this week that version 16 of the company's Sybase software has achieved a Guinness World Record for loading and indexing big data. In cooperation with BMMsoft, HP and Red Hat, SAP Sybase IQ 16 achieved an audited result of 34.3 terabytes per hour, surpassing the previous record of 14 terabytes per hour achieved by the same team using an earlier version of SAP Sybase IQ. The latest version of th real-time analytics server and enterprise data warehouse (EDW) provides a new, fully parallel data loading capability and a next-generation column store, enabling the jump in big data performance.

Posted June 27, 2013

SAP plans to acquire hybris, an e-commerce software company. SAP says the combination of its own enterprise solutions combined with e-commerce solutions from hybris will provide enterprises with the enhanced data and tools necessary to optimize margins and customer loyalty. Upon completion of the transaction, expected in the third quarter of 2013 and subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, SAP says hybris will operate as an independent business unit and will retain its existing management team led by Ariel Ludi, CEO, and Carsten Thoma, president and co-founder, of hybris.

Posted June 27, 2013

SAP has developed new professional services to help customers execute on their cloud strategy and speed up customer projects. The services include a cloud catalyst service that is internationally available, and a live scoping for accelerated innovation service that is initially available in North America. Both services are offered by the SAP Consulting organization

Posted June 27, 2013

The U.S. Government Services Administration (GSA) has identified SAP Afaria as a potential source of mobility management solutions for federal government agencies. This identification facilitates an improved procurement process that enables government agencies to provide their employees with secure mobile tools to serve the U.S. public better.

Posted June 27, 2013

Composite Software has released the Composite Data Virtualization Platform 6.2 SP3. This release really has four elements, Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing, Composite, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It updates the Hortonworks, Cloudera and the Apache Distribution of Hadoop big data integrations through the HiveServer2 interface, and then fourth, provides new access to Cloudera CDH through Impala. "The key problem with big data is that there are not enough people that are skilled at the big data tools to use them effectively," Eve notes.

Posted June 27, 2013

Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural "DBTA 100," a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Posted June 27, 2013

Are we attempting to view 21st-century organizations through a 1990s window? Decision makers' ability to understand what customers are thinking and to be able to deliver service that dazzles and amazes them, depends on their organization's ability to sift through all the available data. However, organizations are not doing a very good job of competing on analytics. Efforts to introduce more analytic power across enterprises to analytics-driven cultures appear to be lukewarm at best. What is needed is a way to embed analytics deeper into day-to-day business operations.

Posted June 27, 2013

Oracle expanded its partnerships with key cloud vendors. Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have formed a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle. In addition, Salesforce.com and Oracle also announced a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

Posted June 27, 2013

DBTA and SAP will present a webcast on how extreme transaction works and how it is helping data-intensive enterprises overcome their data growth and complexity challenges. Across the public sector, financial services, healthcare, and other industries, organizations are being challenged with managing more data and more users are demanding access to that data with less time and resources. This trend was underscored in a study conducted over Database Trends and Applications readers in April, which found that faster query performance was the number-one technology challenge that respondents are trying to get their arms around.

Posted June 27, 2013

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced an OEM partnership agreement with Zettaset, a big data management vendor. In this partnership, Informatica PowerCenter Big Data Edition will embed within the Zettaset Orchestrator Hadoop cluster management solution, a management platform that automates, accelerates and simplifies Hadoop installation, cluster management, and security for big data deployments.

Posted June 26, 2013

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine has announced the inaugural "DBTA 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data," a list saluting this year's companies in data and enterprise information management—from long-standing industry veterans to fast-growing startups tackling big data. "Beyond the explosion of interest surrounding big data, the past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating both challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to protect, optimize, integrate, and extract actionable insight from a sea of data assets," remarked Thomas Hogan, group publisher of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted June 26, 2013

Terracotta, a provider of in-memory technologies for enterprise big data, is making Terracotta Universal Messaging available as a standalone product. Terracotta Universal Messaging is a software platform for big data applications using real-time data-streaming across a wide range of devices and networks. Addressing the growing challenge of eliminating bottlenecks in transferring data within and beyond enterprise systems to external devices, such as sensors, smart phones and databases, Terracotta's unified messaging solution extends the use of data beyond current enterprise boundaries and accelerates time to insights and action.

Posted June 25, 2013

Dell Software has introduced the latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance, which now includes integrated software asset management to boost software license compliance, while helping lower IT costs. The K1000 adds automated software asset identification, tracking and optimization to its capabilities for managing the deployment, operation and retirement of software assets. The need for the appliance is being fueled by a range of factors, including the influx of new technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and BYOD, which are adding complexity in terms of systems management, Lisa Richardson, senior product marketing manager for Endpoint Systems Management, Dell Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 25, 2013

AIMS Innovation is launching a new technology in the U.S. market tailored for system integrators working with Microsoft BizTalk. "We help IT operations turn from a reactive mode to a proactive mode and really reduce a lot of the time that is spent monitoring, maintaining and supporting their system integration," Ivar Sagemo, CEO of AIMS Innovation, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 25, 2013

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Composite Software, a privately held company specializing in data virtualization software and services. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Composite provides data virtualization software that enables a simplified and optimized logical view of data from multiple sources across the network, giving applications and business users the ability to access and query all types of data as if it is in a single place. According to Cisco, the acquisition of Composite will expand its Smart Services portfolio and extend its services platform by optimizing data and connecting to the infrastructure layer, enhancing programmability and use of APIs for Cisco customers.

Posted June 20, 2013

These are heady times for data products vendors and their enterprise customers. When business leaders talk about success these days, they often are alluding to a new-found appreciation for their data environments. It can even be said that the tech vendors that are making the biggest difference in today's business world are no longer software companies at all; rather, they are "data" companies, with all that implies. Enterprises are reaching out to vendors for help in navigating through the fast-moving, and often unforgiving, digital realm. The data vendors that are leading their respective markets are those that know how to provide the tools, techniques, and hand-holding needed to manage and sift through gigabytes', terabytes', and petabytes' worth of data to extract tiny but valuable nuggets of information to guide business leaders as to what they should do next.

Posted June 19, 2013

To enable faster, more efficient decision-making, Oracle has introduced JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems. New in-memory applications include JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor. The new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications provide users with new functionality by delivering immediate availability to summarization and simulations leveraging massive sets of broad and near real-time transactional information to aid in decision making, process accuracy and control.

Posted June 12, 2013

DBTA and Tableau Software will present a webcast on how organizations can take advantage of their big data assets on Wednesday, June 20, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. The webcast will enable attendees to gain a better understanding of the key challenges, the technology consideration, and the best practices involved in realizing fast and easy analytics from big data.

Posted June 11, 2013

JackBe has released its Presto Real-Time Analytics Add-On With Terracotta BigMemory (RTA Add-On), which bundles Terracotta's enterprise-grade BigMemory in-memory data management platform for high performance in-memory analytics. According to the vendors, this combination of in-memory and analytics allows Presto to mash big data with live and transactional enterprise data into actionable dashboards faster.

Posted June 11, 2013

Oracle has introduced the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud that includes Oracle RightNow and also launches the new Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App for the iPad. With new capabilities to support servicing customers when agents are away from their desks, Oracle Service Cloud now leverages the power of Oracle Fusion Tap, a native application for iPad. The new release of Oracle Service Cloud with Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App aims to specifically address pain points for mobile employees, helping them stay connected and productive.

Posted June 05, 2013

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, has released free software and a community site aimed at R developers tasked with broadening the use of predictive analytics in the enterprise. TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R Developers Edition is a free version that is available to the entire Open Source R community, while the TERR Community Site provides enterprise developers with community-based technical support and a peer forum to help them build and deploy analytics for their organization.

Posted June 04, 2013

Customers across a wide variety of industries know analyzing Big Data is critical to sustain competitiveness. More importantly, they are quickly realizing that traditional architectures won't help them, especially when it comes to integrating data - what we commonly know as ETL.

Posted June 03, 2013

The volume and diversity of information being exchanged in both structured and unstructured formats in the enterprise has shifted the center of gravity for data from on-premises to cloud architectures. In order to take advantage of the market opportunities that this Golden Age of data has offered, many organizations are innovating in the form of SaaS, or Software-as-a-Service, because of its inherent benefits of speedy procurement, on-demand installation, portability to any device, efficient utilization of compute, network and storage resources and the ability to consume and repurpose use on demand.

Posted June 03, 2013

Economic recessions are to the business cycle as wild fires are to a forest. They are dangerous but necessary to clear the overgrowth around the stronger trees and promote new life. When the 2008 recession hit, the stronger companies began strategically adapting to survive. Investing in Business Intelligence ("BI") is one strategy that provides companies a way to look at their forest of data from a birds-eye view rather than through the trees. From this viewpoint, companies can identify their strengths and weaknesses and gain useful insights into their customers' needs.

Posted June 03, 2013

At HiT Software, we know that fresh data is key to business success. Our clients rely on information about their systems, business units, customers or vendors that is no more than few hours, and often only a few minutes old. Reporting on seasonal pricing and promotions, or consumption of goods versus parts, or financial planning on interest earned all demand actionable data in real-time.

Posted June 03, 2013

Embarcadero Technologies gives 97% of the world's top 2000 companies the tools needed to address the biggest challenges in data management. Facing significant growth in complexity, diversity and volume of enterprise data, companies worldwide are increasingly turning to data governance as a strategic solution. Helping our customers manage this complexity, and close the "governance gap" has been a major driver of innovation in our products.

Posted June 03, 2013

Delphix is happy to be included in the DBTA 100. We believe that agile data is already transforming how our customers view database and application management. Enterprise applications must constantly evolve to meet changing business demands, triggering expensive projects that are often over budget and behind schedule. Today, many applications have to be migrated into new data centers, private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, onto SSDs, etc. adding more complexity and fragmentation to application portfolios.

Posted June 03, 2013

With so much data today, the difference between business leaders and also-rans is often how well they leverage their data. Significant leverage equals significant business value, and that's a big advantage over the competition.

Posted June 03, 2013

David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, recently highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey." According to the research, contrary to the perception that big data only provides value when it is crunched on the type of large-scale clustering technologies used by web companies, many big data issues are being successfully addressed now by conventional technologies such as relational databases. But while many respondents believe their current technology is capable of helping them manage and capitalize on big data, they also are concerned about gaining faster access to their large datasets.

Posted May 29, 2013

HP and SAP AG are making progress on a joint initiative, code-named "Project Kraken," to improve business processes and mitigate risks for customers. Unveiled last January, Project Kraken is a co-innovation effort between HP and SAP, built from years of HP server technology innovations and optimized with the in-memory SAP HANA database for SAP Business Suite. The prototype system was demonstrated for the first time at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, Fla.

Posted May 29, 2013

Strengthening its cloud message, SAP AG has announced a unified strategy and vision for its cloud portfolio, combining enterprise solutions with the simplicity of cloud on SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the real-time enterprise. SAP HANA Cloud Platform will serve as the foundation for the full portfolio of cloud solutions from SAP. The announcement of the integrated approach, builds on SAP recent launch of the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Posted May 29, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, announced the expansion of the OpenText ECM Suite for SAP Solutions in support of SAP's latest technologies, including the SAP HANA platform, and cloud and mobility solutions. This support builds on a partnership that spans more than two decades and is growing every year, says Patrick Barnert, senior vice president, Partners and Alliances, OpenText. OpenText, he adds, is the first SAP ISV partner to have its products fully tested and confirmed by SAP to be integrated with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.

Posted May 29, 2013

HostBridge Technology, a provider of web services integration software for CICS and System z, released a new version of software designed to help organizations increase efficiency and service agility when using CICS, CICS socket applications, and DB2 in enterprise integration.

Posted May 28, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of big data integration solutions, has announced the availability of its Spring '13 release, featuring two new Hadoop offerings and enhancements to DMX that provide a feature rich and easy-to-use ETL solution. With the rise of big data, organizations are looking to Hadoop to process more data in less time and for less money, but it is not yet a complete ETL solution.

Posted May 28, 2013

Splunk Inc., which provides a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Hortonworks, a contributor to Apache Hadoop, have formed an alliance to enable organizations to gain operational intelligence using open source Apache Hadoop. The alliance enables organizations to use Splunk Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) through Splunk Hadoop Connect, which moves data between Splunk Enterprise and Hadoop.

Posted May 24, 2013

Three things people need to think about in a big data implementation are persistence, context and access, John O'Brien, founder and principal, Radiant Advisors, told attendees during his keynote, "The Big Data Paradigm," at DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp. O'Brien's talk provided an overview of the technologies and issues that attendees would learn about during the conference which took place this week in New York City. Following the opening address, David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey," which revealed a variety of practical approaches that organizations are adopting to manage and capitalize on big data.

Posted May 23, 2013

Talend, a global open source software provider, has released version 5.3 of its integration platform, scaling the integration of data, application and business processes of any complexity. Talend version 5.3 reduces the skill sets and development costs necessary to leverage big data and Hadoop by enabling integration developers without specific expertise to develop on big data platforms. "The big challenge that organizations are facing today is not about getting the data; it's not about the platform to explore it; it's really about people who are operating the platform. There is a big shortage of developers with big data and Hadoop skills, and a big shortage of data scientists," Yves de Montcheuil, vice president of marketing at Talend, tells DBTA

Posted May 23, 2013

What does it mean to be a "real-time enterprise"? It means having a well-connected organization, free of the shackles of siloed and slow-moving data environments. It means being able to compete in today's hyper-competitive economy by giving decision makers immediate access to the right information, at the right time.

Posted May 23, 2013

Kore Technologies will soon unveil the next major release of Kourier Integrator, its enterprise integration suite providing both extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration (EAI) capabilities for connecting UniData/UniVerse applications to Microsoft SQL server and other best-in-class applications. Kourier Integrator Release 4, which will add several new features and product enhancements, is expected to be available by the end of May.

Posted May 22, 2013

Dell Software's latest release of SharePlex, a data replication solution, has added support for near real-time data integration to drive improved data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. SharePlex, which has a heritage as an Oracle-to-Oracle data replication solution, now enables customers to replicate Oracle data using CDC to other databases, including structured databases such as SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, Netezza, and Teradata, as well as emerging unstructured databases such as Hadoop and Greenplum. SharePlex 8.0 also adds new support for Oracle Transparent Data Encryption and Hybrid Columnar Compression.

Posted May 22, 2013

Redesigned to improve implementation, Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications Release 11.1.1.7.1 incorporates enhancements across the BI Applications product line and also introduces two new in-memory analytic applications. Built on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle BI Applications enable organizations to benefit from a packaged BI solution, while tight integration with a single, common BI architecture allows businesses to extend those solutions to meet their specific needs or build completely custom BI applications. By leveraging Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle GoldenGate, and adding new setup and configuration utilities, Oracle says the applications can be implemented faster and offer improved real-time reporting.

Posted May 22, 2013

EMC has announced new solutions and services that enable customers to move workloads of SAP solutions to private cloud infrastructures. EMC is expanding its relationship with SAP and VMware by integrating their services capabilities and helping customers accelerate full-lifecycle transformation of SAP applications to virtualized x86 environments. These new additions simplify the design, planning and operation of on-premise cloud computing infrastructures that take advantage of the latest EMC, SAP and VMware technologies.

Posted May 21, 2013

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