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Syncsort is continuing to grow its platforms capabilities by announcing new integration with two active open source platforms, Apache Kafka and Apache Spark, enabling users to better handle real-time, large-scale data processing, analytics, and feeds.

Posted October 01, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, SAP showcased its portfolio of big data solutions, including the HANA platform that offers real-time integration of big data and information held in Hadoop with business processes and operational systems, Lumira and SAP BI tools that enable data discovery on Hadoop along with data wrangling capabilities, SAP Data Services, and the newest SAP product for the Hadoop world, HANA Vora, which takes advantage of an in-memory query engine for Apache Spark and Hadoop to speed queries. SAP HANA Vora can be used as a stand-alone, or in concert with SAP HANA platform to extend enterprise-grade analytics to Hadoop clusters and provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop and HANA data.

Posted October 01, 2015

Teradata Corp. has accelerated its roadmap for the open source Presto by delivering ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)/JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) drivers for free. Presto is an open source SQL query engine which supports big data analytics.

Posted October 01, 2015

Pepperdata, a provider of solutions that optimize cluster performance in Hadoop, showed off a new feature of its platform that will help measure and allocate the costs of increasing workloads across distributed systems at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC. With this new chargeback feature IT teams can clearly see how much capacity each user or workload requires and allocate costs back to departments that share a centralized, multi-tenant Hadoop deployment.

Posted October 01, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World, TIBCO announced the availability of the Spotfire Cloud's data discovery and advanced analytics connector to Apache Spark SQL, along with a commercial integration with SparkR. The Spark SQL direct connector is now available in TIBCO Spotfire Cloud, and will also be incorporated in the next TIBCO Spotfire on-premises release.

Posted October 01, 2015

Objectivity, which recently introduced ThingSpan, a purpose-built information fusion platform intended to simplify and accelerate companies' ability to deploy and derive value from industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has announced plans to support Intel's TAP (Trusted Analytics Platform) at Strata + Hadoop World, in NYC. ThingSpan is aimed at helping companies "that are drowning in data but thirsty for answers in time" said Jay Jarrell, CEO and president of Objectivity, during an interview at the conference.

Posted September 30, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World in New York City, Talend, a provider of data integration software for the cloud and big data, is announcing a new version of its platform, now offering support for Apache Spark and Spark Streaming. Talend 6 will leverage over 100 Spark components to deliver rapid data processing speed and enable any company to convert streaming big data or IoT sensor information into immediate actionable insights.

Posted September 30, 2015

DataTorrent is teaming up with two big companies that will allow it to provide access to better security and make adoption of Hadoop easier. DataTorrent is partnering with Cisco to allow integration between its DataTorrent RTS platform and Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) through the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), offering a unified management architecture for enterprises to manage their big data applications along with network and security. DataTorrent is also integrating its platform with Microsoft Azure HDInsight via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Posted September 29, 2015

Pivotal has confirmed it will continue its commitment to advancing open source by contributing its technology to Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Pivotal's contribution of the HAWQ advanced SQL on Hadoop analytics and MADlib machine learning technologies will cement Hadoop's place as the as the cornerstone of advanced data science, business intelligence, and data warehousing, according to Pivotal.

Posted September 29, 2015

Paxata, provider of an adaptive data preparation platform, is partnering with Cisco, creating a jointly developed solution dubbed Cisco Data Preparation (CDP). "We are delighted to partner with a world-class organization like Cisco as we continue to fulfill our vision to bringing Adaptive Data Preparation to every analyst in the enterprise," said Prakash Nanduri, Co-founder and CEO of Paxata.

Posted September 29, 2015

Redis Labs is extending its cloud strategy to on-prem, private and hybrid, allowing enterprises to install an enterprise-grade cluster that acts as a container for managing and running multiple Redis databases.

Posted September 29, 2015

Pentaho is updating its platform to help users blend data more efficiently and manage the analytic data pipeline. "We've learned so much over the last couple of years from our big data customers and customers that have scaled and seen the value of big data and their environments," said Donna Prlich, vice president of products solutions and marketing at Pentaho. "We're really looking at our product line and saying, ‘Where do we take this and where does it need to go?' In 6.0 it's really all about putting big data to work."

Posted September 29, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, recently unveiled DB PowerStudio 2016, a suite of database tools that provides database managers and data professionals with comprehensive administration, development, performance and monitoring capabilities across multiple platforms.

Posted September 29, 2015

Arcadia Data, a provider of a unified visual analytics and business intelligence (BI) platform for big data, is releasing Arcadia Enterprise, a solution that will run natively in Hadoop. The company says the platform, dubbed Arcadia Enterprise, bypasses the restrictions of legacy BI and visualization tools by allowing users to work directly with their data on Hadoop. "We give the analyst the ability to do free-form exploration of the highest granularity of data in the Hadoop system," said Priyank Patel, co-founder and chief product officer at Arcadia.

Posted September 29, 2015

The Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) support subscription is now available. HDF, powered by Apache NiFi, a top-level open source project, is intended to help organizations take advantage of data related to the Internet of Anything (IoAT) and helps make it easier to automate and secure data flows and collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from any data, from anything, anywhere. "By flowing that data into HDP, our customers are able to rapidly bring these new data elements under management in a completely secure and purely open way," said Tim Hall, vice president of product management at Hortonworks.

Posted September 29, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World in New York City, Cloudera announced a public beta of a new storage to enable faster analytics in Hadoop. Kudu, a new columnar store for Hadoop, enables the combination of fast analytics on fast data. Complementing the existing Hadoop storage options, HDFS and Apache HBase, Kudu is a native Hadoop storage engine that supports both low-latency random access and high-throughput analytics, dramatically simplifying Hadoop architectures for increasingly common real-time use cases.

Posted September 28, 2015

Cloudera has launched a public beta release of RecordService, a new high-performance security layer for Apache Hadoop that centrally enforces role-based access control policies across the platform. Complementing Apache Sentry (incubating), which provides unified policy definition, RecordService delivers complete row- and column-based security, and dynamic data masking, for every Hadoop access engine. The announcement was made at Strata + Hadoop World in New York City.

Posted September 28, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration. The two cloud services join Oracle's other iPaaS services, including Oracle Integration Cloud, which was announced in June. The two new releases are part of Oracle's ongoing process of augmenting and covering integration use cases to address the variety of different user requirements, according to Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform. "These are two different offerings for two different use cases."

Posted September 28, 2015

IBM introduced a new cloud security technology that helps safeguard the increasing use of "bring-your-own" cloud-based apps at work. Cloud Security Enforcer combines cloud identity management (Identity-as-a-Service) with the ability for companies to discover outside apps being accessed by employees, including those they are using on their mobile devices. These combined capabilities enable companies to equip their workforce with a secure way to access and use the apps that they want.

Posted September 28, 2015

IBM expanded its array of APIs, technologies, and tools for developers who are creating products, services and applications embedded with Watson. Over the past 2 years, the Watson platform has evolved from one API and a limited set of application-specific deep Q&A capabilities to more than 25 APIs powered by over 50 technologies.

Posted September 28, 2015

Continuity Software, a provider of IT operations analytics for infrastructure outage prevention, unveiled a new release of its AvailabilityGuard software, intended to provide enterprise IT teams with advanced predictive analytics, risk detection, and outage prevention capabilities across their software-defined data centers. "The transition towards the software-defined data center delivers higher levels of agility and control to IT organizations, but at the same time presents new challenges," said Doron Pinhas, CTO of Continuity Software.

Posted September 28, 2015

TeamQuest, a provider of IT capacity planning and management solutions, has introduced a new release of its flagship TeamQuest Performance Software. This latest release is intended to help enable organizations to assess the health and potential areas of risk in their IT infrastructure, by applying automated and accurate predictive algorithms using data sources within their IT enterprise.

Posted September 28, 2015

In advance of an event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, at which MongoDB showcased leading use cases for the company's NoSQL database technology, and introduced a new MongoDB University app for iOS, Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB, discussed how companies are putting MongoDB to use now, and upcoming features in MongoDB 3.2 which will be rolled out before the end of the year.

Posted September 24, 2015

Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company, and Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, have formed a partnership to create new data quality plug-ins for Pentaho's big data integration and analytics platform.

Posted September 24, 2015

Cambridge Semantics, a provider of data solutions driven by semantic web technology, has formed an alliance with MarkLogic, which provides enterprise NoSQL database technology. According to the vendors, the partnership will will help organizations to rapidly store, access, visualize and act upon diverse data to create scalable, semantic-driven data management and investigative analytics applications at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional approaches.

Posted September 24, 2015

MemSQL, a provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, has announced Spark Streamliner, an integrated Spark solution to give enterprises immediate access to real-time analytics.

Posted September 24, 2015

Steve Capelli, former president of Sybase Inc., which was acquired by SAP, is joining the team at Bradmark Technologies, a provider of monitoring and performance management software. Capelli will now serve as Bradmark's Chairman of the Board, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the company.

Posted September 23, 2015

SAP is releasing a set of enhancements for one of its platforms that it says will change the way enterprises interact with customers. A portfolio of SAP hybris tools is being introduced to enable in-the-moment customer profiling, digital commerce and community development, allowing an organization's front office to stay connected with the frequently shifting needs of its customers and prospects.

Posted September 23, 2015

Tableau has introduced an upgraded version of its comprehensive data visualization platform, which includes increased enterprise security features, such as single Sign On for SAP HANA and Mutual SSL Authentication, new connectors, and visual analytics upgrades.

Posted September 23, 2015

SAP is overhauling its PartnerEdge program, providing a new simplified way to partner with SAP for bigger opportunities. The extensive update streamlines the framework of partner levels to meet the needs of evolving partner business models, offers a unified reward structure that gives partners credit for their total SAP business, and introduces eContracts that will reduce paperwork and speed processing.

Posted September 23, 2015

Virtustream, which was recently acquired by EMC, is strengthening its partnership with SAP, becoming one of a select few global partners providing cloud infrastructure services for SAP business-critical applications in SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. The collaboration will allow SAP to leverage Virtustream's xStream Cloud Management Platform and its Micro-VM technology to deliver an IaaS with Service Level Agreements covering application performance.

Posted September 23, 2015

To help companies get more value from big data, SAP has introduced HANA Vora, a new in-memory computing engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop. HANA Vora is a completely new product built from the ground up and is aimed at better processing of data to make business decisions.

Posted September 23, 2015

Kore Technologies showed off the 5.4 release of KommerceServer at the Eclipse Users Group's annual Encounter conference. The KommerceServer eCommerce Suite encompasses the webStoreFront, webPortal, webAdminstration and Mobile Editions. It contains significant out-of-the-box functionality for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce environments.

Posted September 23, 2015

Pick Cloud CEO and founder Mark Pick will be a featured speaker at Rocket Software's MultiValue University. The event will take place October 5-8, 2015, at Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Posted September 23, 2015

Rocket MultiValue University (MVU) is fast approaching. MVU is one of the premiere conferences covering MultiValue each year for anyone working with business solutions powered by Rocket's MultiValue data servers, tools, and related technology. MVU will take place October 5-8 at Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Posted September 23, 2015

Just-in-time manufacturing and leaner inventory levels mean that all components have to arrive at factories exactly when they are expected. To ensure that unforeseen production glitches don't occur, Waterloo Manufacturing Software develops and markets TACTIC advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software to manufacturers of all sizes worldwide. Waterloo, a longtime Revelation Software customer, has built its product on Revelation's flagship product, OpenInsight, a Windows-based database application development tool.

Posted September 23, 2015

Trifacta, which provides a data wrangling solution for exploratory analytics, has announced the release of Trifacta v3. With this latest release, Trifacta is enhancing the way it empowers users by updating its platform to focus on real-time productivity, connectivity, security, and better operationalization. "The theme of this release is user empowerment meets data governance," said Will Davis, director of product marketing at Trifacta.

Posted September 22, 2015

Looker, which provides a data discovery and analytics platform, has announced a new offering. According to the vendor, Looker Blocks, which are reusable and customizable, are apps that are components of business logic, such as churn prediction or lifetime value metrics, that can be put together and customized to address data needs company-wide as well as any industry-specific requirements.

Posted September 22, 2015

Datos IO has announced a recovery platform for next-generation scale-out databases. The company, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., was founded by former Data Domain (EMC), Veritas and IBM Research veteran Tarun Thakur, CEO, and Prasenjit Sarkar, CTO, who spent more than 15 years at IBM Research. The company is now offering its Early Access Program (EAP), and the product will is planned to be generally available in 2016.

Posted September 22, 2015

Percona, a provider of enterprise-class MySQL and MongoDB solutions and services, is introducing Percona Server for MongoDB, an enhanced, open source, fully compatible drop-in replacement for MongoDB Community Edition that offers additional enterprise features and lower total cost of ownership. Completely open source and free to download and use, Percona Server for MongoDB offers all the features of MongoDB 3.0 Community Edition, along with two additional storage engine options - PerconaFT and Facebook's RocksDB - and enterprise-grade functionality, including Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) and advanced auditing.

Posted September 22, 2015

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a distribution for Apache Hadoop, has extended its support for SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services. According to the vendors, the collaboration between SAS and MapR provides advanced analytics with ease of data preparation and integration with legacy systems, assurance of SLAs, and security and data governance compliance. Additionally, joint customers can cost-effectively grow their big data storage infrastructure without relying on storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS).

Posted September 22, 2015

Splunk, a provider of real-time operational intelligence solutions, has announced a new version of the Splunk Enterprise platform and the availability of a new solution that targets the complexity of IT intelligence.

Posted September 22, 2015

Platfora, a data discovery platform native to Hadoop, is reaching another milestone for its solution, bringing modern data preparation and real-time capabilities to a wide audience.

Posted September 22, 2015

Dell has introduced a new solution for Hadoop, co-designed with Cloudera and Syncsort, to ease the planning, design, construction and deployment process of transforming data into a ready state for analysis, then loading it for business reporting or for querying.

Posted September 22, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has unveiled the Embarcadero RAD Solution Pack, a collection of VCL and FMX tools and components aimed at enhancing applications and boosting productivity for developers using RAD Studio, Delphi, and C++Builder. The RAD Solution Pack delivers charting, reporting, grids, UI controls, debugging, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) components and tools in a single solution.

Posted September 18, 2015

Oracle announced new releases of Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management, which help customers optimize their logistics and global trade compliance operations. The solution provides comprehensive transportation and global trade management functionality on a unified platform, spanning transportation, compliance and customs processes across industries and geographies.

Posted September 16, 2015

SolarWinds, a provider of hybrid IT infrastructure management platforms, is adding support for MySQL databases to SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) 10.0. "DPA allows you to quickly pinpoint what is slowing down your database and applications and you can find problems that are usually very hard to find within your database," said Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing at SolarWinds.

Posted September 16, 2015

In my last column, I discussed shadow IT and suggested that this might be the future of IT rather than an anomaly. Reframing what IT might look like in the future, and acknowledging that it could be radically different than it is today, is a challenging task but not an impossible one. In fact, I would suggest that such reframing is necessary if IT is to remain relevant.

Posted September 16, 2015

Many considerations go into evaluating whether it is time to implement an upgrade to a new version of SQL Server. You need to think about socket vs. core licensing, side-by-side vs in-place upgrades, and resource provisioning. Maybe your SQL instance is a good candidate for ‘cloudification'? And, what new functionality, like SQL Server's new cardinality estimator or a database's Target Recovery Time setting, would you like to take advantage of?

Posted September 15, 2015

Tableau is releasing an upgraded version of its comprehensive data visualization platform, introducing a new mobile app and a web data connector that will allow developers to do more with their data.

Posted September 15, 2015

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