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Waterloo is known as the site of Napoleon's downfall. But it was the insufficiency of communication - a failure to deliver vital information concerning the proximity of enemy garrisons on the march - that deserves the lion's share of the blame. In the battle of conducting business today, information endures.

Posted August 20, 2016

While Hadoop can store and access vast amounts of detailed data at lower costs, businesses are still encountering high-performance demands and they face a bevy of business questions. Emerging in-memory frameworks, such as Apache Spark and SAP HANA Vora, are enabling enterprises with the tools to overcome the limitations of batch-oriented processing and achieve real-time, iterative access to data on Hadoop clusters.

Posted August 20, 2016

SHARE recently wrapped up its summer conference in Atlanta. James Vincent, immediate past president of SHARE, reflected on the changes that have taken place in the IT industry during his tenure and the key takeaways from the event which took place July 31-August 5. "One takeaway is that SHARE is on the right track when it comes to its focus on the new IT generation, what we call zNextGen," said Vincent.

Posted August 20, 2016

Many tools promise that users will gain rapid insights and create more flexibility by capturing and storing data, but introducing NoSQL database technologies into the data warehouse and analytics infrastructure is an approach that can yield faster and more flexible results.

Posted August 20, 2016

Being able to deliver a rapid response to problems is a core need for the modern enterprise. While many network "issues" can suffer a delay in response time, true problems such as security breaches and network outages cannot. Let's look at two situations that require a rapid response, five questions that IT never wants to hear, and one example of a solution that IT can implement.

Posted August 20, 2016

Anyone who has ever attended Oracle OpenWorld knows that you must plan ahead. The conference held in San Francisco each fall is vast, and the upcoming conference, scheduled for September 18-22, 2016, promises to be equally expansive. Just as in years before, tens of thousands of attendees from well over 100 countries can be expected converge to learn more about Oracle's ever-expanding ecosystem of technologies, products and services during thousands of sessions held at the Moscone Center and multiple additional venues in downtown San Francisco. Here, Database Trends and Applications presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2016

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is excited to be joining the Oracle technology community in San Francisco once again at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, September 18-22. IOUG's 30,0000+ member community is comprised of the top Oracle technology experts from around the globe, several of whom will be presenting sessions on hot topics like Data Intelligence, iOT, Data Security, and Cloud migrations.

Posted August 04, 2016

Thousands of members of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) get the answers they need by sharing best practices, case studies and lessons learned. As the world's largest education, networking and advocacy forum for users of Oracle Applications, the OAUG helps members connect to find the solutions they need to do their jobs better and to improve their organizations' return on investment in Oracle Applications.

Posted August 04, 2016

Can Oracle and its partners keep up with the increasing demands of customers for real-time digital capabilities? Is the Oracle constellation of solutions—from data analytics to enterprise applications—ready for the burgeoning requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven businesses? For Oracle—along with its far-flung network of software vendors, integrators, and partners—times have never been so challenging.

Posted August 04, 2016

The month of June heralded the long-awaited release of Microsoft's SQL Server 2016. The 2016 edition includes unique security functionality with Always Encrypted that protects data both at rest and in motion, ground-breaking performance and scale as evidenced by the number-one performance benchmarks, and accelerated hybrid cloud scenarios and Stretch Database functionality that supports historical data on the cloud.

Posted August 04, 2016

The rapid expansion of The IT market shows no signs of abating. The growth of data in all its forms—from traditional data sources and newer sources such as social media and connected devices—is driving swift innovation. To address the need to secure, integrate, and draw meaningful insights from all this data, a steady flow of products and services, as well as new features to long-established offerings, continues to emerge.

Posted August 03, 2016

Today, data is being recognized and appreciated as an asset, and even, some have suggested, a kind of currency. But beyond the obvious businesses built on data - such as Airbnb's rental business, Uber's car service app, and Alibaba's online marketplace - every business today is striving to become a data-driven organization, with turn-on-a-dime agility and rapid insights into customer behaviors and desires.

Posted August 03, 2016

The rise of new data types over the past 10 years has led to new ways of thinking about data, and new data storage and management technologies such as Hadoop, NewSQL, and NoSQL. However, despite all the new technologies that have emerged in the last 10 years, one thing is clear: the relational database management system which has been the enterprise workhorse for decades will remain a critical component of the data architecture.

Posted August 03, 2016

Cloud solutions and services continue to grow in acceptance for many reasons - the ease of deployment and upgrades, elastic scalability, and the pay as you go simplicity. Cloud database options offer an approach that allows organizations to run a database on a cloud platform, either running the DB on the cloud independently or selecting a database service that is maintained by a public cloud service provider.

Posted August 03, 2016

While relational database technology is still the undisputed leader when it comes to enterprise data management, it is also becoming increasingly apparent that it is no longer the only game in town. By now it is clear that Not Only SQL or NoSQL technology represents a key piece of a data management picture that is increasingly diverse.

Posted August 03, 2016

Over the years, MultiValue technology has maintained its base of strong advocates despite the decades-long trend toward relational database management systems. And, now with an expanding appreciation for polyglot persistence, or put more simply, the selection of the best tool for the job, there is a growing recognition that different data management systems offer different benefits with some simply better suited for certain requirements than others.

Posted August 03, 2016

There is more data available to organizations than ever before, but the goal remains the same - to unlock nuggets of gold, the useful information that will result in competitive advantage for the organization, allowing it to react to customer's needs with lightning speed, uncover new opportunities, and act fast to counter competitive threats.

Posted August 03, 2016

If information is the lifeblood of organizations today, then delivering information where it is needed faster can be considered a matter of business health, and in some cases, even business survival.

Posted August 03, 2016

In 2016, Hadoop marked its 10th anniversary and now represents much more than a platform for the storage and batch processing of vast quantities of data from disparate sources in many formats. The Apache Hadoop framework, consisting of Hadoop Common, Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS); Hadoop YARN, and Hadoop MapReduce, remains central to most big data projects and to the creation of data lakes, but Hadoop has also expanded to represent a large ecosystem of more than 100 interconnected open source Hadoop-related projects.

Posted August 03, 2016

With the growing appreciation of data as a valuable resource and the pressure on organizations to become data-driven, the role of database administration has become more critical than ever, and database administrators are increasingly appreciated for the critical role they play in delivering value to the organizations. Key concerns as far as database administration are availability, security, and integration across a variety of data types and storage mechanism so that analysts and business users are empowered to be able uncover key insights when they need it. It's a lot to think about, and that is why strong database administration solutions are highly valued.

Posted August 03, 2016

Database development is growing more challenging all the time. Releases are expected to come out faster than ever, and teams are more spread out across, global geographies, time zones, and skill levels. Software deployment, meanwhile needs to be spread across cloud and onsite, and accessible through more devices than ever. What's needed is an integrated end-to-end environment with multi-platform support that helps simplify development and provides automation to achieve repeatable processes and avoid potential risks that can translate into unanticipated delays.

Posted August 03, 2016

Unplanned downtime, never desirable in the past, today represents more than just an inconvenience. It packs a punch - with the potential to land a serious blow to a business, with potentially lethal effects. Today, there are database performance solutions that with lightning speed can help improve performance by identifying performance problems that affect user response times, correlating response times with additional metrics, and helping data professionals visualize trends for analysis of database performance over specified periods of time.

Posted August 03, 2016

For fast-paced, turn-on-a-dime digital enterprises, with demands for 24-by-7 uptime, no activity is more vital than keeping database systems up and running. Today, database availability is no longer just a critical IT issue; it is a critical business issue. To be prepared in the event of system failures, infrastructure owners and DBAs have developed strategies to increase resiliency and assure availability of data.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data is increasingly appreciated by companies as their most valuable asset. But the problem is that this view is not just held by organizations themselves, there are others - including hackers and - who see it that way as well. IT and data managers can play a pivotal role in enterprise security because they are the insiders with trusted status and they are aware of where the data is stored and how best to reduce or eliminate threats. Newer security technology can also relieve many of the manual burdens associated with database monitoring.

Posted August 03, 2016

Modern data modeling products offer a range of important capabilities such as ways to compare models and then synchronize them, reverse- and forward-engineer systems, visual interfaces for improved ease of use, ways for data assets to be visually documented and reused, and native support for new and emerging database platforms. Many data modeling solutions also provide features to help users map and understand their information architecture to prepare for technology upgrades and process improvements, as well as understand the impact of changes before they are implemented for better appreciation of risks and challenges.

Posted August 03, 2016

The last thing companies want is tainted data merging with incorrect information. The process of maintaining data integrity enhances the reliability of information for use by a business. This is where tools to ensure data quality come in.

Posted August 03, 2016

Effective data governance improves the usability, integrity, and security of enterprise data. As organizations gather, store, and access increasing volumes of data, strong data governance allows them to have confidence in the quality of that data for a variety of tasks as well adhere to security and privacy standards.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data integration is critical to many organizational initiatives such as business intelligence, sales and marketing, customer service, R&D, and engineering. For many enterprises, however, the road to data-driven nirvana is stymied by the inflexible, calcified systems and processes that were laid out decades earlier and still control the data flow within many enterprises, according to Joe McKendrick, lead research analyst at Unisphere Research.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data replication advances a number of enterprise goals, supporting scenarios such as distribution of information as part of business intelligence and reporting initiatives, facilitating high availability and disaster recovery, and as part of a no-downtime migration initiative.

Posted August 03, 2016

A key component to data integration best practices, change data capture (CDC) is based on the identification, capture, and delivery of the changes made to enterprise data sources. CDC helps minimize access to both source and target systems as well as supports the ability to keep a record of changes for compliance, and is a key component of many data processes.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data virtualization provides organizations with the ability to allow the business and IT sides of organizations to work closer together in a much more agile fashion, and helps to reduce the complexity.

Posted August 03, 2016

Many enterprises are finding themselves with different options when it comes to moving, working, and storing data. While one tool may be right for one organization, another or a combination of tools may be just what the doctor ordered.

Posted August 03, 2016

To evaluate data quickly and enable predictive analytics based on sources of rapidly changing data - including social media, sensors, and financial services data -- streaming data solutions come to rescue, providing the data when it is needed ... now.

Posted August 03, 2016

Business intelligence encompasses a variety of tools that enable organizations to collect data from internal systems and external sources, prepare it for analysis, develop, and run queries against the data, and create reports, dashboards and data visualizations.

Posted August 03, 2016

As data grows, organizations are looking for ways to dig up insights from underneath layers of information. Data mining solutions provide the tools that enable them to view those hidden gems and facilitate better understanding of new business opportunities, competitive situations, and complex challenges.

Posted August 03, 2016

Query and reporting solutions are part of a comprehensive business intelligence approach in every organization. As long as enterprises need to gather data, BI groups look to utilize query and report programs as primary applications that produce output from information systems

Posted August 03, 2016

The cloud continues to transform computing, making it less expensive, easier and faster to create, deploy, and run applications as well as store enormous quantities of data.

Posted August 03, 2016

Efficient, secure storage plays a critical role in the enterprise. Tech companies are offering smarter storage solutions, enabling greater efficiency through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies.

Posted August 03, 2016

Everyone knows the three Vs, volume, velocity, and variety, of big data but what's required is a solution that can extract valuable insights from new sources such as social networks email, sensors, connected devices as sensors, the web, and smartphones.

Posted August 03, 2016

In today's big data world, analytics play a critical role in delivering actionable insights that empower personnel to act decisively and confidently in any situation. Many organizations are embracing analytics, making it a cornerstone capability of their strategies. However, not all analytics solutions are equivalent or appropriate for specific needs. Given that the stakes are so high, making the best solution and vendor choice is paramount to the success of any analytics initiative.

Posted July 27, 2016

According to Gartner's 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs are moving from a systems-focused view to a platform-focused view in 2016, with digital revenue expected to more than double over the next year. Digitization will bring many benefits to the business, including increased revenue from better operations (expected by 66% of CIOs) and more business through digital channels (expected by 48% of CIOs). With the growing volume of digital data and its strategic value to the business, DBAs can also play an essential role in this digital transformation

Posted July 27, 2016

The only constant is change. So, get ready for it. Maybe that's easier said than done. Too often, we, as DBAs, are flooded with change when it comes to database sche­mas, and keeping up with updates isn't as simple as just being ready. Develop­ers don't get that, though. Updating the application is pretty easy—simply copy over the existing application binary with the new one, and if there's something wrong, roll back by getting the old version from the build server.

Posted July 27, 2016

Ending months of months of speculation on who would acquire Yahoo's operating business, including search engine, email services, and web properties, Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2017.

Posted July 27, 2016

Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platfora, a provider of operational analytics and data discovery tools that enable companies to visually interact with and analyze large volumes of data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Workday's third fiscal quarter, were not disclosed.

Posted July 27, 2016

EMC has announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held on July 19, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to the meeting.

Posted July 27, 2016

Following the recent signing of a definitive agreement for Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corp., a hedge fund management firm, to acquire the Dell Software Group, the deal is now anticipated to close in the third or fourth quarter of Dell's FY17, subject to approval by customary closing conditions and regulatory review and approval, according to a Dell spokesperson. The purchase price for Dell Software was not disclosed, though The New York Times said it is estimated to be more than $2 billion.

Posted July 12, 2016

Not all big data solutions are created equal. Patrick Smith, database administrator at EPX, found that out when EPX switched replication platforms. EPX was using another system for database availability. But after a database outage event, EPX turned to SharePlex for reliable replication of their critical databases to ensure high availability.

Posted July 12, 2016

When it comes to assigning value to different components in today's IT environment, it would be a serious mistake to underestimate the value of data and databases. Whether you are looking to reduce downtime and speed up your database-centric application or to save money and time on optimizing your database servers, the following best practices can help you improve the performance of your SQL Server environment and, ultimately, your business service delivery process.

Posted July 12, 2016

NoSQL database systems are designed to store data differently than relational database systems. NoSQL databases are known for their fast storage of a range of data types. However, when evaluating different systems it is important to understand the performance over time. Databases are meant to remain active over long periods of time as more data is stored. Organizations and business are increasingly sensitive to customer expectations, and predictable performance of their database is critical.

Posted July 12, 2016

Organizations have directed a lot of attention recently to consolidation, automation, and cloud efforts in their data management environments. This will purportedly result in decreased demand for data managers and the need for fewer DBAs per groups of databases. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. In actuality, there is a growing need for more talent, as well as expertise to manage through growing complexity. A new survey, sponsored by Idera and conducted by Unisphere Research among more than 300 data executives, managers, and professionals finds that a more challenging data environment is arising due to a confluence of factors.

Posted July 12, 2016

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