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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.



Data Integration Articles

Data is not sedentary. Once data has been created, organizations tend to move it around to support many different purposes—different applications, different geographies, different users, different computing environments, and different DBMSs. Data is copied and transformed and cleansed and duplicated and stored many times throughout the organization. Different copies of the same data are used to support transaction processing and analysis; test, quality assurance, and operational systems; day-to-day operations and reporting; data warehouses, data marts, and data mining; and distributed databases. Controlling this vast sea of data falls on the DBA who uses many techniques and technologies to facilitate data movement and distribution.

Posted May 09, 2013

Rocket U2 is now providing a single ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) driver for UniData and UniVerse that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. The driver provides a standard interface for user applications, third-party reporting and BI tools to connect with data sources. In addition, the U2 Metadata Manager (U2 MDM) is now also available for UniVerse 11.1.11 and above.

Posted May 09, 2013

Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA) has selected Informer Dashboards from Entrinsik to help it quickly and easily create and share data visualizations. Informer Dashboards answers a pressing need for OCHA. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has various reporting guidelines for housing authorities that require a significant amount of data to ensure compliance. HUD is beginning to require dashboards as a way of presenting this data and OCHA had no easy way of quickly and easily developing the necessary visualizations.

Posted May 09, 2013

MapR Technologies is integrating LucidWorks Search with the MapR Platform for Apache Hadoop to enable customers to perform predictive analytics, full search and discovery; and conduct advanced database operations on one platform. Integrated search and discovery on the MapR Big Data platform is currently in beta, and will be generally available next quarter in MapR's just-released M7 Edition, which combines Hadoop with NoSQL capabilities.

Posted May 07, 2013

Noetix Corp., a provider of business intelligence software and services for enterprise applications, has introduced Noetix Generator for QlikView, a solution to automate and simplify setting up QlikView for access to the data structures in Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted May 01, 2013

Dell Software today announced the latest version of Toad Business Intelligence Suite, an integrated solution to enable organizations to more easily access and extract meaningful information from traditional and non-traditional data sources. The latest release of Toad Business Intelligence Suite, which will be available this quarter, is planned to further facilitate self-service business intelligence across complex data environments.

Posted May 01, 2013

Revolution Analytics, a provider of software, services and support for the open source R project, has released upgrades to its commercial-grade analytics software built upon the powerful open source R statistics language for R-based enterprise-class data analytics. Revolution R Enterprise 6.2, available now, features new advances in high-performance predictive analytics, including quick and easy stepwise regression for big data linear models and predictive analytics on data stored in Teradata databases.

Posted April 30, 2013

MemSQL has made available a distributed version of its in-memory database and real-time analytics platform, enabling organizations to perform real-time analytics at big data scale. Also included in the release is MemSQL Watch, a browser-based interface that provides insight into software status, hardware performance, and system configuration in a single view.

Posted April 30, 2013

As machines increasingly are fitted with internet and other network access, enterprises will be able to capture and increasingly expected to respond to more customer data than ever before. Machine-to-machine (M2M) network connections—this so-called "Internet of Things"—is positioned to become the next source of major competitive advantage. Whatever you call it, M2M is turning out to be the poster child for big data's "Three Vs": Volume, Velocity and Variety. What M2M data requires is a fourth "V" (Visualization) to convert its big data into value by giving users the ability to identify data patterns through real-time analytics.

Posted April 30, 2013

Adding to its list of recent acquisitions (Pervasive, Versant), Actian Corp. a big data management vendor, announced the purchase of ParAccel, a leader in high-performance analytics. The acquisition adds Amazon, The Royal Bank of Scotland, OfficeMax and MicroStrategy to Actian's big data customer portfolio.

Posted April 25, 2013

A recent webcast presented by DBTA and Tableau Software on the Top Trends in Business Intelligence in 2013 is now available on-demand. Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick made the case that by now it is well accepted that the ability to leverage data and analytics can be a critical game-changer for organizations, perhaps more so than even pricing or product innovation. However, too often the power of analytics is still not accessible across a broad enough range of enterprise users to make that strong impact. In light of the high volume of data that exists today, visualizations can be highly effective in presenting data, noted Tableau executive Suzanne L. Hoffman.

Posted April 25, 2013

The conference agenda as well as the list of speakers is now available for DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp, a deep dive designed to bring together thought leaders and practitioners who will provide insight on how to collect, manage, and act on big data. The conference will be held May 21-22 at the Hilton New York. SAP is the diamond sponsor, and Objectivity and MarkLogic are platinum sponsors of the two-day event.

Posted April 25, 2013

Confio Software released version 8.3 of its Ignite database performance monitoring software at COLLABORATE 13 this week. Ignite 8.3 enhancements were developed specifically to address the needs of DBAs with very large database deployments spread out geographically as well as enterprise-level requirements for security and compliance, Don Bergal, chief marketing officer of Confio, tells DBTA.

Posted April 25, 2013

Memory-based storage system provider Violin Memory Inc. and SAP AG have announced that Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays are now certified for interoperability with SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), providing reliability and increased performance across a range of enterprise applications. Together, these solutions will provide enhanced and simplified solutions that leverage the power of Violin Flash Memory Arrays and business-critical SAP applications to accelerate transaction-driven environments.

Posted April 24, 2013

A new version of SAP Sybase Replication Server is planned to provide high-performance, secure and reliable delivery of data across the enterprise. SAP Sybase Replication Server satisfies a range of mission-critical needs, including gathering real-time business intelligence and recovering from disaster. The latest release will replicate data in real time from multiple sources into multiple instances of SAP HANA — without disrupting or slowing the production applications at the source — while transactional consistency is preserved.

Posted April 24, 2013

SEEBURGER announced that its SEEBURGER Purchase-to-Pay 6.3.5 solution has achieved SAP certification as powered by the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that SEEBURGER Purchase-to-Pay 6.3.5 integrates with SAP NetWeaver 7.01 as an add-on to the ABAP programming language for use with the SAP ERP application.

Posted April 24, 2013

SAP rolled out three new enterprise resource planning (ERP) rapid-deployment solutions to speed and simplify adoption of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. Rapid-deployment solutions include preconfigured software, implementation services, best-practices content and end-user enablement. The new SAP ERP for Finance and Controlling, SAP ERP for Manufacturing and SAP ERP for Trading SAP Rapid Deployment solutions come with a fixed price.

Posted April 24, 2013

Teradata, a provider of analytic data solutions, is offering business analysts self-service access to Apache Hadoop to enable quicker and smarter business decisions. According to the company, Teradata Enterprise Access for Hadoop, part of the Teradata Unified Data Architecture, allows business analysts to reach through Teradata directly into Hadoop to find new business value from the analysis of big data.

Posted April 23, 2013

Prognoz, a provider of business analytics solutions, has unveiled Prognoz Platform version 7. This solution is intended to help managers, business analyst and other experts manage their big data and derive the information needed to predict future opportunities and improve decision-making.

Posted April 23, 2013

Continuent, Inc., a provider of clustering and replication solutions , has announced the availability of completely open-sourced Tungsten Replicator 2.1. This release includes previously closed-source capabilities to extract data in real time from Oracle EE and SE servers, including RAC.

Posted April 22, 2013

Lavastorm Analytics is building a partner ecosystem with its analytics platform at the center to help business analysts optimize their organizations' big data. Cyfeon Solutions and QlikView are two of the most recent integrations with Lavastorm.

Posted April 16, 2013

Vision Solutions, Inc., a provider of protection and recovery solutions, has announced the release of an automated tool that enables real-time data sharing between disparate databases. Double-Take Share version 5.1 provides enhanced support for Microsoft SQL Server, including support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, increased performance when running in IBM i and Teradata environments, and support for additional versions of z/OS.

Posted April 15, 2013

"Big data" and the impact of analytics on large quantities of data is a persistent meme in today's Information Technology market. One of the big questions looming in IT departments about big data is what, exactly, does it mean in terms of management and administration. Will traditional data management concepts such as data modeling, database administration, data quality, data governance, and data stewardship apply in the new age of big data? According to analysts at Wikibon, big data refers to datasets whose size, type and speed of creation make it impractical to process and analyze with traditional tools . So, given that definition, it would seem that traditional concepts are at the very least "impractical," right?

Posted April 10, 2013

Oracle announced the availability of the Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack and Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion. The new Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack is intended to help customers jump start their first big data projects and the new Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion is aimed at helping them cost-effectively scale the system as their data grows. In addition, the Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 (Full Rack configuration) is now available through Oracle Infrastructure as a Service.

Posted April 10, 2013

At COLLABORATE 13 in Denver, Oracle announced new releases of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite and Endeca Information Discovery. Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite centralizes enterprise reporting, dashboards, and analytics on an integrated platform, and Endeca Information Discovery is an enterprise data discovery platform for intuitive analysis of information from structured and unstructured sources.

Posted April 10, 2013

DBTA and Tableau Software will present a webcast on the Top Trends in Business Intelligence in 2013 on Thursday, April 11, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. This webcast will enable attendees to better understand how visual analytics is helping organizations act on big data, how to realize the value of unstructured data, the new role of cloud in business intelligence, and how to leverage mobile BI.

Posted April 09, 2013

Global software vendor Progress Software has expanded its big data connectivity capabilities with the release of ODBC driver technologies that make it easier to leverage the newest data warehousing applications. Support for HiveServer2 and Cloudera CDH 4.1 Hadoop distributions in Progress DataDirect Connect XE for ODBC 7.1 are aimed at reducing complexity for developers and providing fast, reliable and secure access from multiple data sources.

Posted April 09, 2013

JackBe, a provider of real-time intelligence, and Axeda, a cloud-based service and software vendor, have announced a partnership that unifies their complementary technologies to enhance the value of machine-to-machine (M2M) data. Through the JackBe-Axeda partnership, user-driven tooling from JackBe Presto combines with Axeda Machine Cloud's M2M event processing and data management.

Posted April 09, 2013

Oracle Event Processing (OEP) for Oracle Java Embedded, a smaller footprint version of Oracle Event Processing tailored for deployment on gateways, has been introduced by Oracle. According to Oracle, OEP for Oracle Java Embedded is a solution for building embedded device applications to filter, correlate and process events in real-time so that downstream applications, services and event-driven architectures are driven by true, real-time intelligence.

Posted April 03, 2013

Data keeps growing, systems and servers keep sprawling, and users keep clamoring for more real-time access. The result of all this frenzy of activity is pressure for faster, more effective data integration that can deliver more expansive views of information, while still maintaining quality and integrity. Enterprise data and IT managers are responding in a variety of ways, looking to initiatives such as enterprise mashups, automation, virtualization, and cloud to pursue new paths to data integration. In the process, they are moving beyond the traditional means of integration they have relied on for years to pull data together.

Posted April 03, 2013

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

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

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has introduced DB PowerStudio XE3.5, the latest release of the company's database management and development platform. DB PowerStudio XE3.5 is a key component of Embarcadero's new metadata governance platform, which allows organizations to leverage diverse data across information management and the software development lifecycle for data governance initiatives.

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

Concurrent, Inc. announced that it has raised $4 million in Series A funding. This follows a $900,000 seed investment in August 2011. The company says that the new investment, led by True Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners, will be used to fuel product development, grow the core team and further deliver on the company's vision to simplify big data application development on Apache Hadoop. Concurrent also announced that Gary Nakamura has been named as its CEO.

Posted March 20, 2013

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