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Organizations have been collecting data for years, but never before has there been such urgency to have it immediately available. The business need is pressing—decision makers need up-to-the-minute situational awareness in a volatile global economy.

Posted October 08, 2014

The data profession itself is splintering into an array of new specialties and tasks—away from database administration and programming and toward higher-level data science and business consulting tasks. A new survey of 281 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications reveals that data managers and professionals are embracing their expanded roles and are motivated not just by money, but by the technology challenges and learning opportunities the database field now offers.

Posted October 08, 2014

Ron Bodkin founded Think Big Analytics to help organizations gain value from big data. Before that, he was vice president of engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineering teams deploying Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. In this interview, Bodkin who is CEO of Think Big, now a Teradata company, discusses the challenges organizations face in getting big data projects off the ground and what they need to consider when they embark on projects to leverage data from the Internet of Things and social media.

Posted September 25, 2014

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

Posted September 25, 2014

In simpler times, businesses kept their data in one place. That made the data easy to access and control. Today, many large enterprises have a global component to daily business transactions, with customers, partners and employees located around the world. Given the distributed nature of an organization's users and increasing data location regulations, the traditional method of storing data on a central server to support worldwide stakeholders no longer meets business needs.

Posted September 25, 2014

The expectations for technology in business have never been higher—thanks to the consumerization of IT, disruptions across the tech stack, and the emergence of new technology-based business models. And the pressures facing corporate IT departments been greater. So, how can business leaders and CIOs maximize the value of their technology investments to drive competitive business advantage? By tackling three important areas.

Posted September 25, 2014

Many in the industry have begun to look to data lakes and Hadoop as the future for data storage. To help shed light on the data lake approach, the pros and cons of this data repository were considered in a recent Unisphere webcast presented by Peter Evans, BI and analytics product evangelist and product technologist consultant, Dell Software; and Elliot King, Unisphere Research analyst.

Posted September 25, 2014

A new survey of data managers and professionals who are subscribers to DBTA finds that, over the next 10 years, about two-fifths of respondents expect to leave the field - with about half of those people retiring and the other half moving on to other jobs in management or self-employment.

Posted September 25, 2014

It's not unusual to have different parts of your data system solving different problems. From utilizing partitioning in a relational database to user-facing in-memory caches to a Lambda architecture, it is important that pieces of the system are the "right tool for the job"; appropriate for the task at hand, and not duplicating the functionality of another piece of the system. While there are technical challenges, the root and the solutions to these challenges is largely non-technical.

Posted September 10, 2014

When should you scale your database? The short answer often is: Don't scale until you have to. It is important to understand—and exhaust—all of your options for improving database performance first. Here is a look at the common options available.

Posted September 10, 2014

When it comes to data analysis, companies often have a long project list with each project having it's own set of specific needs - the net result is a lengthy and growing project backlog. Since the late 1980s, business intelligence (BI) vendors have been attempting to address this backlog through various "ease of use" enhancements. We've seen big improvements with the latest generation of cloud-based BI solutions. But how can companies evaluate which analysis projects will work well with a cloud-based solution?

Posted September 10, 2014

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for Hadoop. The big data giant is continuing to move forward and expand and evolve as big data technology and big data analytics become more mainstream. Here are six key points that demonstrate the advances being made.

Posted August 19, 2014

The overwhelming movement to cloud computing and big data is creating compelling efficiencies for businesses. However, this growing revolution is also introducing previously unseen levels of complexity for IT managers.In order to solve the problem of big data and cloud architectures that don't fit into traditional IT frameworks—and unlock their potential rewards—entirely new technologies are needed.

Posted August 19, 2014

Many data integration use cases only require simple transformations—and others don't require any transformations at all. For these scenarios, traditional ETL tools are overly complicated and can't deliver data updates as rapidly as business users need. The priority isn't on the T, but rather on the L—expediting data delivery—so users have fresh, accurate data to make business decisions.

Posted August 19, 2014

Managing business-critical databases is no easy task even for experienced DBAs, so for IT pros who might be new to the role—and likely already wear multiple other hats within their organization—it can be a challenging endeavor to say the least. Here are the 5 key areas that IT pros who have found themselves in the position of accidental DBAs should focus on.

Posted August 19, 2014

Just months after the massive data breaches of the 2013 holiday season, a newly discovered data breach is again shining a spotlight on the need for better enterprise data security and the fact that not enough is being done to secure critical customer data. The most recent headlines involve a Russian crime ring and 1.2 billion user names and passwords as well as at least 500 million email addresses. Against this backdrop, Oracle announced Oracle Key Vault, a software appliance designed to securely manage encryption keys and credential files in the enterprise data center.

Posted August 19, 2014

Scientists from IBM, AT&T, and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have announced a proof-of-concept for technology that reduces set-up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds."This technology not only represents a new ability to scale big data workloads and cloud computing resources in a single environment but the elastic bandwidth model removes the inefficiency in consumption versus cost for cloud-to-cloud connectivity," said Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research senior technical staff member and master inventor.

Posted August 19, 2014

As demand for IT services and data volumes grow, so do the challenges with managing databases. For Oracle's vast and growing network of independent software vendors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, and consultants, these are fast-changing times. With Oracle OpenWorld rapidly approaching, DBTA examines Oracle's current product line-up and evolving ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2014

Big data is coming from everywhere and anywhere, creating massive headaches for data managers and IT executives. The good news is that some enterprises are gaining a semblance of control over, and are seeing business value from, their big data assets. What's troubling though is that most organizations are only just beginning to recognize the scope of the challenge that lies ahead of them and are not satisfied with the pace of data integration.

Posted August 05, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 04, 2014

Members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), which represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals, will be out in force at OpenWorld 2014—presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most.

Posted August 04, 2014

NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud database—or database as a service approaches—are increasingly coming to the fore to address a dizzying array of new requirements posed by the massive influx of unstructured,the Internet of Things, and the new demands posed by e-commerce and mobile applications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database (Overall).

Posted August 04, 2014

You're invited to connect with the Oracle Applications Users Group at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, September 28-October 2, 2014, and get the answers you need to get ahead. The OAUG is the world's largest education, networking, and advocacy forum for Oracle Applications Users. Find out how OAUG membership helps you find answers, network with real users and expert consultants, and influence Oracle. And discover why 96% of OAUG members recommend membership.

Posted August 04, 2014

Critical to the success of any data management system is the ecosystem surrounding the technology. Because of its longevity, the relational database has a rich, multi-layered and highly evolved support network of applications for security, business intelligence and analytics, data integration, master data management and data quality, from which customers can choose. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Relational Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

Quest International Users Group (Quest) supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers, and is comprised of 55,000 members in 95 countries. Throughout Oracle OpenWorld 2014, you'll find members of the Quest team speaking at various breakout sessions, hosting SIG meetings and networking with members, Oracle personnel, and other customers. We will be answering questions and sharing information on how our members use and work with their Oracle products.

Posted August 04, 2014

A new class of databases called NewSQL has emerged, leveraging the best of NoSQL and SQL. With the ability to ingest large amounts of data quickly and scale to meet growing demand, NewSQL data systems support rapid analytics and decision making, helping organizations leverage their data for business advantage. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best NewSQL Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

Through conferences (COLLABORATE, RECONNECT and INFOCUS), a vibrant online community and a wide-variety of networking opportunities—the more our members engage with Quest programs, events and communications, the more time they save by quickly finding solutions to today's real issues.

Posted August 04, 2014

Cloud computing, especially cloud databases, provides an approach for organizations increasingly drowning in data to more effectively deal with demands for more access and capabilities while also keeping control of cost. Built on shared resources, cloud approaches facilitate the sharing of cost across business divisions as in the case of private clouds or across companies as is the case with public clouds. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

Continuent is a leading provider of database clustering and replication, enabling enterprises to run business-critical applications on cost-effective open source software. Continuent Tungsten provides enterprise-class high availability, globally redundant data distribution and real-time heterogeneous data integration in cloud and on-premises environments.

Posted August 04, 2014

There is a young upstart in the world of data management these days, eager to take on the establishment and show how things can be done differently—NoSQL. Why are NoSQL database approaches gaining ground? Because the pressure is strong to compete on analytics and leverage big data, using all the information available to make better decisions faster to take advantage of new business opportunities and better understand customer sentiment as well as detect problems ahead and spot anomalies. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best NoSQL Database

Posted August 04, 2014

As part of User Group Sunday at OpenWorld,IOUG's powerhouse program of 40+ presentations will engage attendees with real-world experiences on trending topics: Database12c, In-memory, Strategic Leadership, BI, Big Data, Cloud Computing,Engineered Systems, OEM, Performance Tuning, Security, Storage, WebCenter and more.

Posted August 04, 2014

MultiValue database technology has maintained a strong following of loyal supporters. The technology is rooted in many industry verticals, including retail, travel industry, oil & gas, healthcare, government, banking, and education. Over the years, these systems have become highly customized to support specific business requirements, and so are deeply entrenched in organizations. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best MultiValue Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

Find out how OAUG membership helps you find answers, network with real users and expert consultants, and influence Oracle. And discover why 96% of OAUG members recommend membership.

Posted August 04, 2014

With new and varied sources of data, including unstructured human-generated data from sources such as social media and weblogs, to IoT data coming from sensors, machines and user devices, a radical shift is taking place in the world of business and analytics. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Analytical Platform (Overall).

Posted August 04, 2014

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Posted August 04, 2014

In-memory is gaining traction within enterprise data environments and leading enterprise vendors are including it in their new releases with the goal of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best In-Memory Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

To succeed today, organizations need to become analytics-focused enterprises. Like the emerging category of in in-memory database technologies, columnar databases are deployed in market segments where speed of data analysis is paramount, such as financial services, retail, healthcare, and telecommunications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Columnar Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

With modular designs that allow companies to start small and add capacity as needed, the database appliance approach, contend its advocates, allows organizations to bypass the usual hardware upgrade headaches. Along with the often mentioned advantages of fast deployment and the proverbial "one throat to choke" if a problem occurs, database appliances seek to give organizations something they desperately need today: simplicity. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Appliance.

Posted August 04, 2014

The staggering variety of data—with much of it unstructured, including business documents, presentations, emails, log files and social media data—means that this data does not fit neatly into the rows and columns of relational database management systems. But Hadoop, which is an open source technology for storing and processing data that runs on industry-standard hardware, embraces this mixed bag of data types and enables companies to store and analyze data sets with no limits in size. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hadoop Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Today, organizations are looking for database administration solutions that can provide assistance with both managing routine day-to-day operations as well as provide alerts and insight when something has gone drastically wrong with mission-critical database applications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Administration Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Database development solutions provide the necessary support to help database development teams achieve success by avoiding the risks posed by a range of potential problems—from software bugs, to geographically dispersed development teams, to varied code standards and skill sets. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Development Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

According to a recent survey of 315 data managers and professionals, SLAs are getting more demanding and application owners are struggling to keep pace. Close to one-fourth of the survey respondents have SLAs of four nines of availability or greater, meaning they require less than 52 minutes of downtime per year. Unfortunately, unplanned downtime does occur for many reasons. That's when a trusted backup solution can come to the rescue. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Backup Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Although data is increasingly being viewed as a valuable asset and progress in data security is being made, advancements are not being implemented as quickly or as vigorously as they should, according to a recent Unisphere Research survey of 322 data managers and professionals. Among the salient data points from the study are the fact that close to two-thirds of respondents indicated that the bulk of their resources go toward protecting against network intrusions although they feel a breach at the database layer would cause the greatest harm. An aggressive stance with preventive security measures, the report states, is critical. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Security Solution

Posted August 04, 2014

Effective data modeling solutions help organizations construct high quality data models, modify existing structures as well as produce detailed documentation. And today, data modeling solutions also help companies visualize and manage business data across more platforms than ever before and extend that data to users with varying job roles and skill levels across geographies and time zones. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Modeling Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Poor quality data can mean a host of problems for companies. Incorrect data can result in duplicate entries which can make it difficult for vendors to achieve a single version of the truth, increase data storage costs, impede CRM initiatives, and create data compliance and security headaches. Data quality solutions provide the necessary data integrity for critical systems including customer relationship management, master data management, and database management. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Quality Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data governance is growing in importance along with the recognition of the game-changing potential posed by big data. As more data is amassed within organizations, effective data governance enables them to have confidence in the quality of that data for a variety of tasks as well adhere to security and privacy standards. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Governance Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data integration is critical to many organizational initiatives such as business intelligence, sales and marketing, customer service, R&D, and engineering, to name a few. Whether seeking to achieve a comprehensive view of data across disparate relational database management systems, or across unstructured data repositories and the cloud, the goal for many companies is the same—to help reduce costs and drive better decision making to fuel business success. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers Choice Awards for Best Data Integration Solution (Overall).

Posted August 04, 2014

Data replication is used as part of many different enterprise scenarios. Whether companies need to share information as part of their BI and reporting processes, support high availability and disaster recovery, or arrange a no-downtime migration, data replication can help them achieve their goals. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Replication Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Moving only the data that has changed in the source systems to a target such as a data warehouse, change data capture or CDC, is a critical component of many enterprise initiatives since it maintains the timeliness of data but with minimal overhead. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Change Data Capture Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

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