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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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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 22, 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

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 16, 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

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 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

Alteryx, Inc., a provider of strategic analytics software, has announced Alteryx Strategic Analytics 8.5, designed to place powerful analytics into the hands of business analysts and decision makers. New features to the Alteryx platform include capabilities to drive social media data into any analytics, native creation of the Tableau Data Extract, and a new designer interface specifically designed for line-of-business users.

Posted March 19, 2013

Designing solutions that address MultiValue database customers' evolving needs in an affordable way while also maintaining the core attributes on which they have built their IT infrastructure has never been more important. Mobility, software-as-a service, enhanced analytics on burgeoning data volumes, and easy integration with other computing platforms are areas on which MV companies are focusing their efforts. In this special report, DBTA asks leading MV vendors: What are the new capabilities you are implementing to help fulfill customers' changing requirements? Hear from Revelation Software's Mike Ruane and Rocket U2's Susie Siegesmund; Kore Technologies' Ken Dickinson and Entrinsik's Doug Leupen; as well as BlueFinity's David Cooper, jBASE's David Peters, and Pick Cloud's Mark Pick.

Posted March 14, 2013

Databases are restricted by reliance on disk-based storage, a technology that has been in place for several decades. Even with the addition of memory caches and solid state drives, the model of relying on repeated access to information storage devices remains a hindrance in capitalizing on today's "big data," according to a new survey of 323 data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The survey was underwritten by SAP Corp. and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted March 14, 2013

Rocket Software has announced the general availability of the Rocket U2 Toolkit for .NET v1.2 (U2NETDK), which delivers Microsoft .NET interfaces for the UniVerse and UniData data servers. The new release allows .NET programmers to leverage the Microsoft .NET Framework and CLR (Common Language Runtime) with the U2 databases.

Posted March 14, 2013

Revelation Software is inviting members of its Works Subscription program to take part in the beta test of OpenInsight 9.4. The new release includes Improvements to the MVBFS (MultiValue Based Filing System) connector, as well as additional minor updates that have been requested by users, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA.

Posted March 14, 2013

Michigan State University (Michigan State), University of Michigan (Michigan) and University of Texas-Austin (Texas) plan to implement the Paciolan Ticketing Intelligence data warehouse in order to more efficiently aggregate and utilize data about interaction between university athletics and sports fans.

Posted March 14, 2013

Margaret Wright, who was elected president of the OAUG (Oracle Applications Users Group) in January 2013, recently laid out her plans for the coming year in a conversation with 5 Minute Briefing. Wright says she plans to strengthen educational services, increase networking opportunities, and continue the OAUG's focus on being an advocate to Oracle on behalf of members.

Posted March 14, 2013

Showing that there's more to the real-time SAP HANA platform than just business, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and SAP announced they have worked together to launch NBA.com/Stats, a new statistical destination on NBA.com giving fans interactive access to official NBA statistics and analysis.

Posted March 12, 2013

Rackspace has made updates to its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software which was first introduced in August 2012. Among the key new additions is OpenCenter, a single interface for deploying, configuring and operating clouds at scale in an enterprise data center.

Posted March 08, 2013

A new survey of nearly 200 data managers and professionals, who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), looks at the role of the data scientist - data professionals who can aggregate data from internal enterprise data stores as well as outside sources to provide the forecasts and insight required to help lead their organizations into the future. The research was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted March 06, 2013

EMC announced a new distribution of Apache Hadoop called Pivotal HD that features native integration of EMC's Greenplum MPP database with Apache Hadoop. According to the vendor, Pivotal HD with HAWQ provides a key advancement by offering SQL processing for Hadoop, thereby expanding the platform's reach to SQL programmers.

Posted March 05, 2013

IBM has unveiled IBM THINK, a new interactive experience at Walt Disney World Epcot. The 6,600 square-foot interactive exhibit is designed to showcase how the world can work better with the help of technology and innovation. The THINK exhibit engages visitors through a combination of experiences, including a 40-foot "gesture wall" that reveals the ebb and flow of data through colorful visualizations of information such as traffic, solar energy and air quality IBM is also providing game stations, a film about making the world work better, and a self-guided interactive tour.

Posted March 04, 2013

Revolution Analytics has integrated Revolution R Enterprise with Hortonworks Data Platform. In a move designed to help Hadoop customers derive more value from their big data technology investments, Revolution Analytics and Hortonworks are co-developing "in-Hadoop predictive analytics" without the need to import or export data from Hadoop, David Smith, vice president of marketing and community at Revolution Analytics, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 28, 2013

Progress Software released a new version of its OpenEdge platform with a new mobile app development toolkit. The toolkit offers developers a fast and easy way to deploy full enterprise applications on mobile operating systems, including iOS and Android, while also taking advantage of specific mobile device features.

Posted February 28, 2013

SAP AG has introduced a new version of its Sybase IQ disk-based column store analytics server. The overriding theme of this new release, which will be generally available later in the first quarter, "is positioning IQ 16 to go from terabytes to petabytes," Dan Lahl, senior director of product marketing at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. To accomplish this, IQ 16 provides enhancements in three critical areas.

Posted February 27, 2013

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president of product development Thomas Kurian recently hosted a conference call to provide an update on Oracle's cloud strategy and recap of product-related developments. Oracle is trying to do two things for customers - simplify their IT and power their innovation, said Hurd.

Posted February 27, 2013

Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, has released Hortonworks Sandbox, a learning environment and on-ramp for anyone interested in learning, evaluating or using Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. This tool seeks to bridge the gap between people who want to learn Hadoop, and the complexity of setting up a cluster with an integrated environment that provides demos, videos, tutorials.

Posted February 27, 2013

SAP is offering a new solution to help customers quickly adopt SAP cloud solutions by using a phased and non-disruptive approach. The SAP ERP HCM Integration to SuccessFactors rapid-deployment solution is intended to enable customers to keep their implementation on track, on time and on budget. The approach is comprised of integration tools based on standard APIs and pre-packaged integration content — both on premise and cloud-based — with the end goal of lowering cost, and increasing speed and simplicity for customers running hybrid deployment scenarios.

Posted February 27, 2013

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