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Data Modeling and Database Design and Development – including popular approaches such as Agile and Waterfall design - provide the basis for the Visualization, and Management of, Business Data in support of initiatives such a Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Data Security, and other enterprise-wide data-driven objectives.



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It's time to submit nominations for the fourth annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them.

Posted February 22, 2017

Registration is open and the program is available for review for DBTA's 2017 Data Summit conference, a unique event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike. This year's conference will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown from Tuesday, May 16, to Wednesday, May 17, with preconference workshops on Monday, May 15.

Posted February 15, 2017

It is still early in 2017 but as the new year unfolds, several new trends are becoming clear in the analytics marketplace. Today, along with smart data discovery, cloud, mobile, and big data, companies are focusing on leveraging the latest in analytics to stay ahead of their competition and reduce costs with modern data-driven techniques.

Posted February 14, 2017

Our friends at Compuware recently published a how-to guide on successfully introducing DevOps to the mainframe world. Among the advice given is to modernize mainframe environments as much as possible. "A modernized mainframe workspace should possess the look and feel of the Eclipse-style IDEs that have become the de facto standard for other platforms. This user-friendly interface will allow staff at all experience levels to move easily between development and testing as they work on both mainframe and non-mainframe applications. Your modernized mainframe IDE will also support a complementary palette of value-added tools as you continue your mainframe transformation." Just as important: Agile training for staff.

Posted February 13, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) platform, is unveiling Hazelcast Jet, a new platform that gives users a distributed processing engine for big data streams. With Hazelcast's IMDG providing storage functionality, Hazelcast Jet is a new Apache 2 licensed open source project that performs parallel execution to enable data-intensive applications to operate in near real-time.

Posted February 07, 2017

With all the talk about "big data" in the last few years, the conversation is now turning to: What can be built on this platform? It isn't just about the analytics—many people talk about data lakes, but in reality, organizations are looking beyond the data lake.

Posted February 03, 2017

Java started its life in the early 1990s as an attempt to develop an architecture-independent language that could be used in consumer electronics and other embedded contexts. It found itself in the right place at the right time when the web exploded in the mid-1990s and over the next 10 years became one of the mainstays of web development. Today, Java remains as popular as ever. It's arguably the most popular programming language of our generation.

Posted February 01, 2017

Our friends at SpiceWorks recently shared some of their data from 900 IT buyers with us. For the year ahead, mobile computing, security, and IT automation are topping IT spending agendas. However, expect IT budgets to remain relatively flat—with the exception of cloud services, storage and IT consulting services. Overall, new IT purchasing won't be automatic—it will only happen as systems reach their end of life, or a significant new business requirement emerges.

Posted January 25, 2017

The past year was a blockbuster one for those working in the data space. Businesses have wrapped their fates around data analytics in an even tighter embrace as competition intensifies and the drive for greater innovation becomes a top priority. The year ahead promises to get even more interesting, especially for data managers and professionals. Leading experts in the field have witnessed a number of data trends emerge in 2016, and now see new developments coming into view for 2017.

Posted January 25, 2017

vArmour has been awarded a patent by the USPTO for security technology for container microservices. Marc Woolward, CTO of vArmour described what's changing in the world of clouds, containers, and microservices.

Posted January 24, 2017

Kinetica, a provider of an in-memory database accelerated by GPUs, has announced the availability of in-database analytics via user-defined functions (UDFs). "What we are offering are UDFs that are accelerated by GPUs. This enables us to benefit from the magic that comes from some of the deep learning and AI libraries that are out there, as well as taking the UDFs that customers have been using for years and moving them into a distributed model with GPUs," said Eric Mizell, VP, Global Solutions Engineering, Kinetica.

Posted January 24, 2017

IoT has massive implications for businesses of all kinds, and for individuals at all organizational levels, as well. Bart Schouw, IoT solutions director at Software AG, recently reflected on the changes taking place and explained why 2020 will be a critical year for IoT.

Posted January 20, 2017

At Oracle CloudWorld in New York City, Oracle unveiled new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform to help customers move business-critical applications to the cloud. Describing the industry's move to the cloud as an "irresistible force," Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said, "This is not a what-if; this is the way things are going to go. The sooner you get on board with that the better."

Posted January 18, 2017

IBM broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016. IBM's 2016 patent output covers inventions in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

Posted January 16, 2017

Compuware announced it has acquired MVS Solutions and its ThruPut Manager mainframe batch automation technology. Compuware's acquisition of MVS Solutions follows three acquisitions made in 2016: ISPW's source code management (SCM) and deployment technology, Itegration's SCM migration practice, and most recently, COPE IMS virtualization technology from Standardware.

Posted January 16, 2017

Open data is on the rise and freely available, bringing huge value and new features to applications. However, the challenge for developers is to efficiently wrangle, store, and deliver open datasets without having to build complex data architectures.

Posted January 16, 2017

There was a time when what you saw was what you got. Building up the components of a business intelligence area was very straight-forward. A staging area was a staging area; an operational data store was an operational data store. But like buying a pitcher of beer for $2, or gas for less than a dollar per gallon, those days are gone. The dynamics have changed, things are more federated, and IT must accept more than one standard tool.

Posted January 03, 2017

Arcadia Data, provider of real-time modern business intelligence (BI) platforms, is releasing Arcadia Enterprise 3.3, making significant upgrades to uncover real-time insights. The new features - including Arcadia Smart Acceleration, advanced segmentation and cohort analytics, analytic extensions, and mobile and tablet support - unify real-time insights from streaming data with historical data discovery in a single view.

Posted December 20, 2016

IBM has announced new Bluemix services designed to simplify and speed app development in the cloud. With these new services, developers can now access and construct preconfigured toolchains using popular DevOps tools, including GitHub and Slack.

Posted December 12, 2016

The past year has seen big data get bigger, complex systems get more complex, and cloudy systems get cloudier. The coming year guarantees more of the same. We wish all our readers a happy holiday season, and look forward to serving you in 2017!

Posted December 12, 2016

erwin Inc., a provider of data management software, has acquired business process analysis vendor Casewise Ltd.

Posted December 09, 2016

Scribe Software is releasing the next generation of Scribe Online, offering a completely revamped user experience and an extended application programming interface. The new update simplifies and accelerates the process of creating and maintaining integrations between cloud services, on-premises applications, and databases.

Posted December 08, 2016

Terms such as "active," "inactive," and "canceled" may seem mundane and inconsequential, and when folks hear the term,"valid values," their eyes glaze and expectations of interest diminish. But exciting or not, reference values and an understanding of them are important to every organization.

Posted December 01, 2016

To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 2016

Yellowfin, business intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, is launching a virtualized data preparation module for analytics, fully integrating it into the metadata layer of its BI platform. Yellowfin's Data Preparation Module will enable organizations to model, profile, clean, shape, enrich, secure, and publish all data for reporting and analytics in a single BI environment.

Posted December 01, 2016

What's ahead for 2017 in terms of big data and IoT? IT executives reflect on the impact that Spark, blockchain, data lakes, cognitive computing,AI and machine learning, and other cutting-edge approaches may have on data management and analytics over the year ahead.

Posted November 30, 2016

Redgate, a Cambridge-UK based software company that develops SQL Server tools, has launched the beta of its new database cloning tool called SQL Clone that enables databases to be cloned quickly while saving up to 99% of disk space.

Posted November 28, 2016

Expanding the capabilities for customers to take advantage of the elasticity of Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark in the cloud to power new workloads and analytic applications, Hortonworks, Inc. has announced the availability of Hortonworks Data Cloud on the AWS Cloud.

Posted November 15, 2016

Why is there such pervasive abuse and misuse of database views today? Views are a helpful tool in building a business intelligence environment, yet many organizations establish practices that not only rob views of their full usefulness but present patterns that actually confuse issues instead.

Posted November 02, 2016

Driven by the demands of an always-on global economy, the widespread proliferation of data is combining with an expectation to leverage seamlessly-integrated data in near-real time. However, data integration methods aren't keeping up.

Posted November 02, 2016

Data has become a disruptive force for global businesses and a catalyst for digital transformation. But data can only be leveraged for BI initiatives to the extent it can be accessed and trusted. And, while today's self-service BI and analytics tools satisfy a user's craving for more "consumerized" technology, they often leave an analyst stuck in neutral because the users, first and foremost, cannot find the data they need to perform any analysis.

Posted November 02, 2016

Trifacta, a provider of data wrangling solutions, is launching Wrangler Edge, a platform designed for analyst teams wrangling diverse data outside of big data environments. "We are packing the Trifacta product and adding enterprise features such as the ability to schedule jobs to handle larger data volumes to connect to diverse sources," said Will Davis, director of product marketing. "We also added collaboration and sharing features as well all without requiring organizations to manage a large Hadoop infrastructure."

Posted November 01, 2016

Compuware has unveiled new REST APIs for ISPW, the source code management and release automation solution that it acquired in January 2016. The new APIs are designed to help enable enterprises to integrate their numerous other mainframe and non-mainframe DevOps tools with ISPW to create their own custom cross-platform DevOps toolchains.

Posted October 17, 2016

A new world of self-service BI brings with it its own issue of data chaos. When everyone is looking at the data their own way, people find different answers to the same questions.

Posted October 10, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

Typically, most applications consist of both batch and online workloads. This is true even today, when most of our attention has turned to online and web-based interaction. Sure, online activities are the most obvious, in-your-face component of countless applications, but batch processing still drives many actions behind the scenes. This can include applying updates, processing reports, integrating input from multiple sources and locations, data extraction, database utility processing, and more.

Posted October 07, 2016

One symptom of an organization in the middle of a knowledge vacuum is evidenced by SQL that often includes what appears to be extravagant usage of the GROUP BY clause. Writing GROUP BYs here, there, and everywhere becomes a little SQL development dance step, a jitterbug to bypass the issue—moving but not really getting anywhere. Why do these kinds of circumstances exist? Well, maybe the only expert on the involved system has retired and no one else has picked up the torch, so no one is willing to touch the code.

Posted October 07, 2016

Vormetric, a Thales company, is releasing a new platform called Thales Orchestrator, to help reduce the cost of protecting data at rest across organizations. Thales Orchestrator's features include live data transformation, key management-as-a-service, Bring Your Own (encryption) Key management for AWS with Thales HSMs, vaultless tokenization, and Docker Encryption and Access Controls. Docker data-at-rest encryption and access controls that help to assure container images and file systems are controlled and secure.

Posted October 06, 2016

Syncsort is incorporating new open metadata management capabilities in its DMX-h data integration software that, along with its seamless integration with Cloudera Navigator, aim to make big data governance easier.DMX-h provides organizations with a single interface for accessing and integrating all enterprise data, including IBM z mainframes, and the flexibility to use the metadata repository that best meets their needs, on premise and in the cloud.

Posted October 04, 2016

MariaDB Corporation is updating its MaxScale platform, adding a data streaming integration with Kafka, enhanced security, and high availability capabilities. MariaDB MaxScale is a next-generation database proxy that manages administrative functions like security, scalability, data streaming and high availability, enabling the database to focus on core functionality to drive faster innovation.

Posted October 03, 2016

Database Brothers, Inc. (DBI) has released V6.3 of its flagship product, pureFeat Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUW, which adds the Predictive Index Impact Analysis capability.

Posted September 27, 2016

In his keynote on Monday at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd showcased customer success stories and offered three new predictions for the future of cloud, which, he said, represents a generational shift in the IT market.

Posted September 21, 2016

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