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What's ahead for 2016 in terms of cloud, IoT, big data, analytics, and open source technologies? IT executives gaze into their crystal balls, and weigh in on the upcoming challenges and opportunities ahead in the next year - and beyond.

Posted December 16, 2015

Dataguise, provider of data-centric security solutions for detecting and protecting confidential information, is now securing relational databases such as Oracle and SQL Server, as well as Teradata data warehouses, deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Now Azure users can utilize big data and cloud technologies for improved business intelligence and performance.

Posted December 16, 2015

Moving infrastructure, databases, or software into the cloud is no longer a bleeding edge decision. Many organizations have implemented this successfully with great benefits, and more continue to do so. It was not that long ago that we started learning about cloud technologies and capabilities. Technologists listened to webinars and read about the possibilities of such a paradigm shift with cynicism. It sounded great, but what about the practicalities, cost, and risk? The only organizations that seemed to embrace this new landscape were technology companies, while the rest of us stood on the sidelines watching and, on occasion, snickering. We thought nothing would ever replace our data centers. It appears we were wrong … it's time to embrace the paradigm shift.

Posted December 16, 2015

SnapLogic is receiving $37.5 million of series E financing, fueling the company's expansion into the world of big data. The world's biggest technology company and private equity firms join other top tier investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Triangle Peak Partners to provide Snaplogic with the finacing which will be used for accelerating SnapLogic's expansion with further investments in technology and extending field operations to give the company a broader reach in sales and marketing to continue growing internationally.

Posted December 15, 2015

Couchbase today announced general availability of Couchbase Server 4.1. The new release adds full CRUD support, in addition to covering indexes and prepared statements to improve the speed of complex queries, and expands platform support to further accelerate the adoption of Couchbase by large enterprises and the developer community. The new release makes it easier for developers to build agile enterprise applications on a NoSQL database that has the architecture to operate at any scale, according to Ravi Mayuram, senior vice president, products and engineering, Couchbase.

Posted December 15, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of Big Data management software solutions, is releasing a new cloud solution, Attunity CloudBeam for Google Cloud SQL. CloudBeam accelerates transfer between on-premises enterprise data sources and Google Cloud SQL. Customers can leverage this solution to enable cloud-based Business Intelligence and Big Data analytics applications.

Posted December 14, 2015

Hortonworks, Inc. is advancing its Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with the in-memory analytics capabilities of Spark. Apache Spark 1.5.2 will include support for Spark SQL and Spark Streaming. With the inclusion of Spark 1.5.2 on HDP, customers can get new Spark capabilities and maximize its value for the enterprise.

Posted December 11, 2015

Rocket Software has announced a new version of Rocket Discover, a self-service data preparation, visualization, and discovery solution for business users. Discover version 1.5 contains new features that make it easier for end users to display data insights and allow for organizations to make better business decisions with the help of their data.

Posted December 11, 2015

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics tools, is updating its Qlikview platform to strengthen its analytics capabilities. Qlikview version 12 brings QlikView onto the same modern QIX Associative Data Indexing Engine (QIX) that powers Qlik Sense.

Posted December 11, 2015

Bomgar, a provider of secure access solutions, has acquired password management technology from Pitbull Software, expanding Bomgar's portfolio of Privileged Access Management solutions. The acquired Pitbull KeyHolder solution is used to secure, manage, and administer passwords for privileged users. Bomgar's solutions allow organizations to provide administrators, vendors, and business users with the access capabilities they need to be more productive, while protecting high value infrastructure, assets, and applications from cyberattacks

Posted December 10, 2015

Salesforce has announced the next generation of Lightning Connect, its service that allows developers and business admins to build real-time integrations with external data sources without writing any code. The updated service, dubbed Salesforce Connect, allows Salesforce users to access and manage data in external apps, whether on-premise or cloud, directly from Salesforce. The goal with the new offering, Kunzle says, is to allow workers to proactively manage customer data so they can connect and collaborate in an agile way, and be more responsive to customers.

Posted December 10, 2015

Dataguise, provider of data-centric security solutions for detecting and protecting confidential information, is now securing relational databases such as Oracle and SQL Server, as well as Teradata data warehouses, deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Now Azure users can utilize big data and cloud technologies for improved business intelligence and performance.

Posted December 09, 2015

Tableau Software is releasing a comprehensive update to its flagship platform and introducing a new iPhone app. "Working with data on a small device presents really unique challenges so we thought very deeply about the experience of what you might want to do there and we're very excited with the iPhone app that's coming out," said Ellie Fields, vice president of product marketing at Tableau. Customers in the past could use their iPhones with their Tableau dashboards and visualizations, but the new Tableau Mobile app now makes it easier for people to interact with and access data on the go.

Posted December 08, 2015

It's estimated that out of the 2.5 billion gigabytes of data which are created every day, 80% is comprised of unstructured content. To help make it faster, easier and more secure for developers to tap into and store growing volumes of unstructured data, including content such as images, documents and videos, IBM has introduced IBM Object Storage, an IBM Cloud service

Posted December 08, 2015

MapR Technologies has introduced the MapR Converged Data Platform, which integrates file, database, stream processing, and analytics to accelerate data-driven applications and address emerging IoT needs. "Increasingly companies are looking at how they can move beyond batch to a real time paradigm where instead of reporting what happens they are actually incorporating analytics into these streams and impacting business as it happens," said Jack Norris, chief marketing officer, MapR. "That is what is driving this technology advancement."

Posted December 08, 2015

SAP is launching a set of unique enterprise information management (EIM) tools that will help simplify how data is used in business processes and shared across business networks along with enhancements to security, improving areas such as customer experience, supplier collaboration, and employee engagement.

Posted December 08, 2015

IBM is expanding its Direct Link services through new collaborations with leading network and data center providers to help enterprises adopt hybrid cloud infrastructures. IBM Direct Link enables enterprises to directly plug into the IBM Cloud through private and secure IP network connections.

Posted December 07, 2015

Type80 Security Software, Inc., a provider of real-time intrusion detection and response software for the IBM mainframe, has updated its real-time security event monitoring solution for the IBM z/OS operating system. Type80 SMA_RT Release 3.3 is designed to help centralize security event monitoring, bridging the gap between mainframe and network security products.

Posted December 07, 2015

Seagate Technology plc and Newisys are collaborating on what they are calling the industry's fastest flash storage design to date. The two companies announced that the 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate's newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s.

Posted December 07, 2015

Vanguard Integrity Professionals announced the launch and availability of Version 2 Release 2 security and compliance software for the IBM z/OS Security Server. This version of Vanguard's Security and Compliance software improves on nearly every aspect of its predecessor for Enterprise, z/OS Security Server and cloud deployments with new features and functionality.

Posted December 07, 2015

OpsClarity, an operations analytics and monitoring company, has introduced a new platform that brings intelligence to operations for modern web-scale applications. The OpsClarity Intelligent Operations Platform is able to process and visualize massive amounts of data in real time and extract key insights needed for DevOps.

Posted December 07, 2015

Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys, has launched a new offering, "Finacle as a managed service on Oracle Cloud." "Up to now, the banking industry has been wary of adopting cloud solutions," said Michael Reh, executive vice president and CEO (designate), EdgeVerve. "The combination of Finacle and Oracle allows financial institutions to benefit from the flexibility and scalability of the cloud with confidence."

Posted December 02, 2015

Oracle has introduced new innovations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to help marketers deliver a more consistent customer experience across paid, owned and earned media. The improvements are aimed at helping marketers to orchestrate relevant mobile interactions for consumers and salespeople, clearly attribute revenue to marketing activities and optimize the experience for individual customers.

Posted December 02, 2015

There's no question that the pace of data movement has quickened dramatically in recent years. This calls for new strategies for integrating data at the speed of business. That is the challenge as companies increasingly rely on data analytics in their decision making. In a new survey, a majority of managers and professionals (57%) state their business leaders now rely heavily on analytics in their day-to-day decision making. The survey, covering 303 data managers and professionals and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., finds that organizations are employing a range of new strategies and approaches to improve the speed of data delivery and integration. The survey, among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), and sponsored by Oracle, included respondents from organizations of all sizes and across various industries.

Posted December 02, 2015

TeamQuest, an IT capacity planning and management solutions vendor, is acquiring PureShare, a provider of business value dashboards. According to TeamQuest, the acquisition will enable IT organizations to better predict the health and risk of their operations while providing IT and business leadership with actionable information they need to make informed decisions.

Posted December 01, 2015

HPE and Microsoft have expanded their partnership with new innovation in hybrid cloud computing through Microsoft Azure, HPE infrastructure and services, and new program offerings. Microsoft Azure has been designated a preferred public cloud partner for HPE customers and HPE will serve as a preferred partner in providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft's hybrid cloud offerings.

Posted December 01, 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has introduced HPE Synergy, a platform designed to run both traditional and cloud native applications in a hybrid infrastructure. HPE Synergy leverages fluid resource pools, software defined intelligence and a unified API to provide the foundation for organizations to continually optimize the right mix of traditional and private cloud resources.

Posted December 01, 2015

Datameer, a provider of a big data analytics platform, has announced a range of product enhancements, including the availability of Datameer Enterprise in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace via Microsoft HDInsight, a new Spark connector, and native support for Amazon Redshift and updated support for leading Hadoop distributions.

Posted December 01, 2015

Traditionally, the cardinal rule has been to model data first and load it later. But with new technologies and repositories such as Hadoop, NoSQL, and data lakes, and big data itself, the rule is being flipped to load first and model later. And, with SQL remaining an effective and widely embraced query language, companies have to balance working with traditional methods against the need for some of the newer methods as well.

Posted December 01, 2015

More and more facets of data management are moving towards the cloud. To address this trend, IBM's BigInsights, a Hadoop as a service offering, gives organizations the opportunity to deploy Hadoop in the cloud.

Posted December 01, 2015

BDNA has announced the release of BDNA Data Platform 5.0 to improve enterprise IT asset management. "There are a whole lot of capabilities that are going to enable greater functionality," said Jay Scroggins, BDNA's EVP of engineering and operations.

Posted December 01, 2015

Vormetric is joining the Hortonworks Technology partner program, promising users a comprehensive enterprise solution that is made for big data environments and optimizes performance. The advantage for the customers is that they will be able to use the Vormetric solution across their entire infrastructure, said Ashvin Kamaraju, vice president of product development and partner management at Vormetric. "What our customers like is for us to be the provider of all the data security solutions across their entire enterprise."

Posted December 01, 2015

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise Postgres products and database compatibility solutions is expanding its partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to enable HPE to resell and support EDB Postgres database and tools software and services worldwide. With the newly expanded agreement, HPE sales representatives will resell EDB's database subscriptions, training, consulting and bundled services such as EDB's RemoteDBA and Database Migration Assessment.

Posted December 01, 2015

Melissa Data, a provider of global data quality solutions, has announced that its address verification engine, Address Object, has been certified by Canada Post's Software Evaluation and Recognition Program (SERP) to provide complete, consistent, and valid Canadian addresses. Address Object is available as a multiplatform API, cloud service, or directly integrated with major CRM platforms such as Salesforce.com and data integration platforms including Pentaho and Microsoft SQL ServerIntegration Services.

Posted November 24, 2015

Sisense is improving its flagship platform to advance its analytics capabilities and the platform's ability to integrate across the business analytics ecosystem. A key advancement in Sisense version 6 is the utilization of In-Chip analytics to improve business users' access to advanced analytics on low-cost, commodity machines without the need for special data warehouse tools or dedicated IT staff. "There's no reason why in 2015 a business user needs to go to a math genius to get their equation," said Amir Orad, CEO of Sisense.

Posted November 24, 2015

CA Technologies announced new product releases in its identity-centric security portfolio that protect and enable the hybrid enterprise, spanning cloud, distributed, mobile, and mainframe. A new release of CA Privileged Access Manager helps control privileged user access to dynamic VMware NSX environments. Updates to CA Identity Suite help simplify identity governance for all users, and a new product, CA Data Content Discovery, helps address compliance demands by discovering and classifying mainframe data.

Posted November 24, 2015

With heightened SEC, FINRA, IIROC and FCA regulatory scrutiny within financial services firms, Actiance is releasing expanded supervisory capabilities for Alcatraz, its cloud-based archive platform. "Our company is really focused around regulatory compliance and helping organizations to get control of various channels that are being used for communications," said Robert Cruz, senior director of information governance at Actiance.

Posted November 23, 2015

CA Technologies announced new product releases in its identity-centric security portfolio that protect and enable the hybrid enterprise, spanning cloud, distributed, mobile, and mainframe. A new release of CA Privileged Access Manager helps control privileged user access to dynamic VMware NSX environments. Updates to CA Identity Suite help simplify identity governance for all users, and a new product, CA Data Content Discovery, helps address compliance demands by discovering and classifying mainframe data.

Posted November 23, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, released integration to EMC ViPR SRM, enabling organizations to optimize use of storage resources through smarter workload placements and visibility into storage health. The new integration adds to Cirba's existing support for placing workloads and optimizing infrastructure considering datastore requirements and physical storage resources managed by NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI), announced in August 2015.

Posted November 23, 2015

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management solutions, outlined the new features that will be part of it next releases of its flagship OpenText EIM offerings, with features that support deployments on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments.

Posted November 23, 2015

IBM and several fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members revealed new technologies, collaborations and developer resources to enable clients to more deeply and more rapidly analyze data. The new offerings center on the tight integration of IBM's open and licensable POWER processors with accelerators, dedicated high performance processors that can be optimized for computationally intensive software code.

Posted November 23, 2015

IBM and Xilinx, Inc., a provider of data center efficiency tools, announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration enabled by the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, genomics, high performance computing and big data analytics.

Posted November 23, 2015

SAP SE is offering the option to run the SAP Business One Cloud solution powered by the SAP HANA platform at data centers run by SAP, providing an end-to-end SAP-branded experience. Partners will now have three deployment options for the subscription-based offering of SAP Business One Cloud, including running in a partner's private hosted cloud, in a cloud infrastructure hosted by a third party, or in data centers run by SAP. Taking advantage of this offer, says SAP, will allow partners to help SME (small and midsize enterprise) customers gain the benefit of streamlined operations. The offering will be available first in North America, with expansion planned to Europe and Asia in 2016.

Posted November 18, 2015

SUSE is teaming up with SAP on the Cloud Foundry Foundation's BOSH OpenStack Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) project, helping enable Cloud Foundry users to effortlessly run applications of their choice on cloud networks. The SAP-led Cloud Foundry OpenStack CPI project aims to improve the ease with which Cloud Foundry communicates with underlying OpenStack infrastructure, whether the cloud is public or private.

Posted November 18, 2015

AP and Google Inc are entering a patent cross licensing agreement, covering the companies' existing patents and those filed over the next five years. The agreement advances the relationship between the companies, which joined the LOT Network in 2014, a community-based patent-licensing agreement designed to reduce for its members patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.

Posted November 18, 2015

SAP SE is now enabling customers to deploy and consume SAP Fiori apps across both on premise and cloud architectures to deliver superior mobile app performance. By introducing these new options, customers will have the ability to choose the deployment model which best suits their business environment and ensures a secure and rapid deployment option for SAP Fiori apps.

Posted November 18, 2015

SAP is the first company to announce IoT solutions based on the Intel's new IoT Platform. SAP plans to develop its IoT enterprise end-to-end solutions utilizing the Intel platform along with its SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Posted November 18, 2015

A new cloud-based knowledge management solution within the Oracle Service Cloud is has been launched to help organizations deliver a better customer experience, while reducing overall customer support costs. Oracle Knowledge Advanced cloud is fully integrated into Oracle Service Cloud, and is aimed at helping organizations to create and refine their knowledge assets to deliver a seamless cross-channel customer experience in 33 languages for both end customers and contact center agents.

Posted November 18, 2015

CloudBerry Lab, a provider of backup and management solutions for cloud storage services, has introduced CloudBerry Backup for Oracle Database, which enables backups to be easily stored in the Oracle Database Backup Cloud with a data restore capability. "We've heard a lot from customers about the need for a purpose-built solution to back up Oracle databases directly to an Oracle Database Backup Cloud," said CloudBerry Lab CTO Alexey Serkov.

Posted November 18, 2015

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (BI 12c), which provides new capbilities for blending and visually analyzing any data in an enterprise-scale analytics platform. Oracle BI 12c provides four key areas of enhancement.

Posted November 18, 2015

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