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Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) continue to do the heavy lifting in data management, while newer database management systems are taking on prominent roles as well. NoSQL database systems such as Key-Value, Column Family, Graph, and Document databases, are gaining acceptance due to their ability to handle unstructured and semi-structured data. MultiValue, sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database, is also a well-established database management technology which continues to evolve to address new enterprise requirements.



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Recently, the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directions (MiFID II) launched in the EU. The sweeping regulatory changes will impact transaction reporting on all financial instruments traded in Europe and affect all U.S. firms that do business with European counterparts or customers. Firms will face new requirements in tracking data—including emails, texts, and documents related to every transaction—and will need to be able to quickly reconstruct trades and search across data silos,  presenting a significant challenge. Here, Ken Krupa, CTO at enterprise database company MarkLogic, discusses the impact to U.S. firms, and how new regulations underscore the importance of increasing transparency, consumer protection, and data integrity.

Posted April 30, 2018

To provide customers with the tools and insight to meet rapidly evolving business demands, Oracle NetSuite has introduced an intelligent cloud suite. By building capabilities based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) within its cloud business management suite, Oracle says, NetSuite can deliver the insight, interaction and automation customers need to grow their businesses.

Posted April 30, 2018

erwin has introduced the next generation of erwin DM NoSQL, which supports native integration with the Couchbase Data Platform for new enterprise applications and legacy RDBMS-based migrations. With this integration, erwin DM NoSQL provides native (non-relational) data modeling for document databases, automating the creation of platform-specific deployment scripts, to strengthen data governance. It also helps reduce the risks and costs associated with new platform adoption and accelerates the time-to-value, the company says.

Posted April 30, 2018

SentryOne has acquired Pragmatic Works Software (PWS), a provider of solutions for developing, testing, documenting, and monitoring the Microsoft Data Platform. According to SentryOne, the addition of the PWS product suite gives it a comprehensive offering for the Microsoft data professional, both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted April 30, 2018

Due to the constant influx of data, data warehousing has been forced to evolve or get left behind. Conventional, on-premises data warehouses are simply unable to provide the agility, elasticity or pay-as-you-go efficiency that today's businesses and analytics use cases demand.

Posted April 26, 2018

Companies continue to get wrapped up in this constant big data deluge. Expanding data volumes and longer data retention requirements are putting enormous and previously unforeseen stresses on organizations' data security and compliance environments.

Posted April 26, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 26, 2018

More and more DBAs are being tasked with taking care of "non-relational" databases. In the past it was just Oracle or SQL Server that DBAs had to worry about. Now, platforms such as MongoDB and Cassandra are coming under the management of IT, requiring a new set of skills for existing teams. Jason Hall, senior systems consultant, Quest Software, explores familiar concepts DBAs are accustomed to, and how these concepts can translate to NoSQL platforms in his Data Summit 2018 session titled, "NoSQL Concepts for the Relational DBA."

Posted April 26, 2018

For enterprises storing sensitive data in the cloud, an enhanced security strategy is key to monitoring and protecting that data. In fact, according to Oracle research, 40% of respondents say that detecting and responding to cloud security incidents is now their top cyber security challenge. As part of efforts to address this concern, four in 10 companies have hired dedicated cloud security architects, while 84% say they are committed to using more automation to effectively defend against sophisticated attackers.

Posted April 26, 2018

There's almost unanimous agreement that availability and performance are the most important services data shops can deliver. Big data keeps getting bigger, and growing faster by the year. A new study sponsored by Quest Software finds that databases continue to expand in size and complexity, while at the same time, more enterprises are turning to cloud-based resources to keep information highly available.

Posted April 26, 2018

HCL Technologies (HCL), along with Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology and growth-focused private equity firm, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Actian Corporation. The all-cash deal is valued at $330 million.

Posted April 26, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 25, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted April 25, 2018

In many database environments, there is frequently a need to make a copy—or clone—of a production database for reasons as varied as development testing, analytics and reporting, backup, and quality assurance.

Posted April 25, 2018

As we enter a new era of database technology with the introduction of Oracle's Autonomous Database Cloud, it is time for organizations to get up to speed in terms of what it enables for the business, and for DBAs, as well, to prepare for the changes to their roles.

Posted April 24, 2018

Data preparation, or "data wrangling," has historically been the biggest bottleneck in any analytics process—taking up more than 80% of the time and resources in any data project. However, new self-service tools are evolving to create higher levels of analytics productivity for business users.

Posted April 23, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

LicenseFortress has announced the availability of LicenseFortress Legal Edition on Oracle. Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017 with a focus on real-time software license compliance and customer alerting.

Posted April 18, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article. Malcheski goes over the "hot topics," including blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things, and notes that DBAs of the future will need to understand not only the technical aspects of these and the other technologies but also must be able understand and add value to the functional data requirements necessary for all-encompassing solutions. "This is characterized in a data point from Gartner: By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be 'versatilists' holding multiple roles, most of which will be business rather than technology related."

Posted April 18, 2018

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and provider of consulting-led solutions and services, has been named an OPN Cloud Elite partner. Joining a small number of Oracle partners who have attained this designation, Hitachi Consulting earned the status by achieving a set of criteria that demonstrate its full investment in Oracle Cloud solutions.

Posted April 18, 2018

Presented once each year by three major Oracle users groups—Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group—COLLABORATE is one event focused solely on the spectrum of Oracle technologies and solutions that you can count on to get information from experts and fellow users about practical implications, real-world use cases, and how to benefit from new solutions and overcome difficulties you may be having.

Posted April 18, 2018

As the volume and complexity around data grows, it has become more critical than ever for organizations to develop a deep knowledge of their business context and to understand and quantify the value of that data.

Posted April 18, 2018

Special early bird registration pricing for Data Summit 2018 has been extended for 1 week, and will end Friday, April 27. The Data Summit conference is a unique world-class event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from top corporations, government agencies, and public institutions to learn about the leading technologies and strategies for succeeding in this increasingly data-driven world.

Posted April 17, 2018

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications, is releasing NuoDB Insights, a graphical dashboard of database and system metrics to help users understand the overall health of their distributed database domain. Customers can use this information to make decisions about how to optimize and troubleshoot their NuoDB database, its processes, and its associated resources.

Posted April 17, 2018

DataStax, provider of a distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra, has introduced DataStax Enterprise 6 (DSE 6). DSE 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises. This new release also increases performance for both reads and writes, which is critical for high-volume data ingestion requirements. With double the performance of Apache Cassandra, DataStax says, DSE 6 delivers twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure.

Posted April 17, 2018

Priority Software Ltd., a provider of ERP solutions, is releasing Priority v18.2, enhancing system openness and mobile capabilities, introducing a new document generator, and boosting support for regulations compliance.

Posted April 12, 2018

Couchbase has announced the latest release of its product for mobile data management, Couchbase Mobile 2.0. Available today, the new release offers enterprise developers SQL queries, full-text search, synchronization, and end-to-end security among other features to easily mobilize business applications to create exceptional customer experiences and a more effective workforce.

Posted April 12, 2018

For data architects, it is not unusual to use a data modeling tool to reverse-engineer existing solutions' databases. The reverse-engineering could occur for a functional reason, such as gathering information to evaluate a replacement option, or to comprehend a solution, seeking to work out what data should be extracted for a downstream business intelligence need.

Posted April 12, 2018

Women's issues have headlined the news media for the past several months. Many stories, ranging from the #MeToo movement to the "Brogrammer" email blast at Google, have shown that women in technology (WIT) face negative work conditions and social pressures. In light of that, it seemed appropriate to dive into the topic of WIT within the SQL Server community (aka, the Data Platform community) and gauge where we're at.

Posted April 12, 2018

Data lake is a newer IT term created for a new category of data store. But just what is a data lake? According to IBM, "a data lake is a storage repository that holds an enormous amount of raw or refined data in native format until it is accessed." That makes sense. I think the most important aspect of this definition is that data is stored in its "native format." The data is not manipulated or transformed in any meaningful way; it is simply stored and cataloged for future use.

Posted April 12, 2018

Moving to automation means many decisions and modifications will occur without human involvement. Alterations are likely to occur that are not to the benefit of the end user (we will not get this 100% right in its nascence). Data "owners" will need very good information about what was adjusted, when it changed, and whether it was ultimately good for the user experience. The right tools will be needed as uptime, resource consumption/capacity, and relative health become basic "pay-to-play" propositions managed by automation. As end user experience continues to trump all other concerns in the application world, taking the end user vantage point will be central to monitoring autonomous changes.

Posted April 12, 2018

Bitcoin was the hot topic in financial and tech circles in 2017. The decentralized digital currency jumped from just under $1,000 at the start of the year to a $20,000 all-time high in December. The real game-changer here isn't Bitcoin, though, but the technology that powers it, known as blockchain. Despite volatility and suspicion marking the crypto-market, the blockchain concept could be a truly revolutionary innovation.

Posted April 12, 2018

IBM has launched three new consulting services offerings, as well as an IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan, a low-cost plan to help clients, developers, and startups to develop, operate, and govern networks on the IBM Blockchain Platform.

Posted April 11, 2018

Startups with a mission to address an unanswered problem continue to emerge in the tech sector. These companies tap into new and still emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, machine learning, containerization, AI, NoSQL, and blockchain to provide fresh solutions that simply were not possible before.

Posted April 11, 2018

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing an enhanced version of its flagship software, boosting mapping capabilities and more. Version 10.11 introduces new out-of-the-box visualizations, intelligent recommendations for content, prompts for dossiers, a native MicroStrategy Library app for smartphones, and more.

Posted April 10, 2018

SentryOne has launched new professional services offerings aimed at helping companies save time and resources in resolving SQL Server performance issues. While SentryOne has always offered service to customers who needed to supplement their internal structure with a deeper level of expertise in deploying monitoring tools, Pro Services formalizes the different levels of engagement options and provides access to the company's database administration experts, said Scott Brooks, SentryOne vice president of customer success.

Posted April 10, 2018

NGINX, Inc. is releasing new capabilities and major enhancements to its Application Platform - an integrated suite of software technologies that simplify the adoption and deployment of microservices.

Posted April 09, 2018

Launched in 2012 after 2 years in stealth mode, cloud data warehousing company Snowflake Computing kicked off 2018 by announcing $263 million in additional growth funding. Since its founding 6 years ago, Snowflake has raised a total of $473 million in growth funding with the mission to combine the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud. Recently, Christian Kleinerman, the company's VP of product, reflected on how enterprise data architecture is changing and the growing role of cloud in analytics.

Posted April 09, 2018

Businesses must become more competitive than ever in the big data arena. Executives must know where to focus their efforts to capitalize on the growing opportunities of the analytics economy. Anne Buff, advisory business solutions manager at SAS, will discuss how executives can generate substantial business value, internal and external, from the growing analytics economy in her Data Summit 2018 session titled, "Five Executive Imperatives to Compete in the Analytics Economy."

Posted April 09, 2018

ASG Technologies, a provider of solutions for information access, management, and control for the has introduced ASG-TMON Performance Analyzer (TMON PA) 11.0 to help organizations better manage IT resource performance and costs while intelligently planning for the future.

Posted April 09, 2018

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