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We are increasingly living in a "sensors world," where data is constantly gathered by smartphones, smart watches, sport trackers, smart devices, and even smart houses. Service providers collect this data for research, marketing campaign effectiveness analysis, proactive solutions, and more. All these "sensors" generate a constant flow that needs to be stored, processed and analyzed in order to bring value.

Posted March 26, 2015

The ability to transform data into a competitive edge and financial benefit requires organizations to pay attention to the evolving trends in analytics across mobile and cloud applications, new data platforms and data discovery tools.

Posted March 26, 2015

Data science, famously described as the sexiest job of the 21st century in the Harvard Business Review, represents the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends and actions. The catch is that it requires an understanding of many elements of data analytics. To help provide information on how to harness the vast potential this data represents, Joe Caserta, president and founder of Caserta Concepts, will present an "Introduction to Data Science" workshop at the Data Summit 2015 conference in New York City and also participate in a panel discussion titled "The Data Lake: From Hype to Reality."

Posted March 26, 2015

The deadline for nominating products and services for the Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards is coming soon. This is a unique opportunity because the DBTA 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards is a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you.

Posted March 26, 2015

The age of big data is here and with it comes a unique set of problems. Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, hopes to help companies avoid those pitfalls by showing the importance of virtualizing data environments or taking advantage of cloud technologies.

Posted March 26, 2015

COLLABORATE is the single event that delivers the full range of Oracle applications and technology from three independent Oracle users groups. This year, COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum will provide the Oracle Community with more than 1,000 sessions and panels covering first-hand experiences, case studies, how-to content, news and information from Oracle executive management, opportunities for networking, SIG meetings, a Women in Technology Forum, and an exhibitor showcase highlighting products and solutions that can help solve real-world challenges.

Posted March 26, 2015

COLLABORATE is the single event that delivers the full range of Oracle applications and technology from three independent Oracle users groups. This year, COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum will provide the Oracle Community with more than 1,000 sessions and panels covering first-hand experiences, case studies, how-to content, news and information from Oracle executive management, opportunities for networking, SIG meetings, a Women in Technology Forum, and an exhibitor showcase highlighting products and solutions that can help solve real-world challenges.

Posted March 17, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Groups (IOUG) has been serving Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are very pleased with how much the community has grown as well as how much IOUG has accomplished. Having said this, we will not rest on our laurels. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead of us. While we set the bar pretty high in 2014 with the establishment of the content-rich blog #IOUGenius, an increased number of Master Classes offered across the nation and a truly inspirational COLLABORATE 14, you'll be very pleased with what IOUG has in store for 2015.

Posted March 17, 2015

COLLABORATE 15 - Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (hashtag #C15LV) is back in Las Vegas April 12-16, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, offering a wide variety of education and valuable opportunities for collaboration among peers. The more than 1250 planned education sessions in 17 tracks were sourced through the user communities of IOUG, OAUG and Quest and selected through a competitive process. The result is an agenda packed with relevant insights for functional as well as technical users, beginner to advanced.

Posted March 17, 2015

The 55,000+ member Quest International Users Group supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers and offers tons of resources to make your job easier. Here are just a few reasons you should go Quest green at COLLABORATE 15.

Posted March 17, 2015

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Posted March 17, 2015

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Posted March 17, 2015

VMware vSphere is increasingly becoming the platform of choice for companies seeking efficiency and effectiveness from the platform that they chose to run their critical applications and databases.

Posted March 17, 2015

It looks like 2015 will be an important year for big data and many other technologies such as HTAP and in-memory computing. Many businesses have gone from investigation to experimentation to actual implementation. With installations coming online, and more to come in 2015 and beyond, big data will become more efficient and more customer-focused. Essentially, what many saw as hype will now turn into real implementations.

Posted March 12, 2015

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology allows users to engage with large, relational datasets in a map format. GIS adds another dimension of understanding to traditional databases through its emphasis on location. This technology significantly enhances business intelligence in three key ways.

Posted March 12, 2015

Software-defined technologies and software-defined data centers (SDDCs) are generating significant traction in the IT community, and many organizations recognize the potential operational benefits to be had by software-defining their own IT infrastructure. What most do not realize, however, is that SDDC is not achieved by simply bolting together virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), and software-defined storage (SDS).

Posted February 26, 2015

What is the best product or solution for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing, or analyzing data? It depends on who you ask. To shine a spotlight on the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you.

Posted February 26, 2015

Enterprise data security has become not only a major focus of attention in the tech industry, but has also become a concern for the mainstream public. With the steady stream of data breaches at companies such as the retail giant Target, the tech and media leader Sony, and most recently medical insurer Anthem, Inc., many organizations are now beginning to appreciate the importance of data security and just how much a financial toll a hack can cause. According to many executives, a turning point has been reached.

Posted February 26, 2015

Hadoop has continued its growth and become part of the consciousness of decision makers dealing with big data. However, Hadoop is a still too advanced for the typical business user to work with. To help make it easier, Oracle has created Big Data Discovery, a product that aims to help simplify Hadoop for the average business user.

Posted February 26, 2015

Early bird registration is now available for Data Summit 2015, which will take place Monday, May 11, through Wednesday, May 13, at the New York Hilton Midtown. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rates.

Posted February 26, 2015

Couchbase has introduced N1QL (pronounced as "nickel") in its NoSQL distributed database Couchbase Server. Put simply N1QL is "SQL for documents," explained Couchbase senior product manager Ilam Siva during a recent DBTA webcast.

Posted February 26, 2015

Unisphere Research and Radiant Advisors have announced the publication of a brand new report on the emerging concepts and strategies surrounding the data lake. "We wrote The Definitive Guide to the Data Lake to provide guidance to those considering the data lake by sharing the findings of companies within our research and advisory network that are actively implementing data lake strategies today," said John O'Brien, CEO of Radiant Advisors.

Posted February 11, 2015

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 11, 2015

Oracle unveiled the sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine during a launch event led by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison. In a recent interview, Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata Product Management at Oracle, and Juan R. Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technologies, discussed the significance of key innovations, including elastic configurations, the new Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and new capacity on demand licensing, that make it one of the most important releases in the history of Exadata.

Posted February 11, 2015

There has been no shortage of disturbing accounts of data breaches and system hacks across many of the world's organizations. A recent survey of 353 data managers and professionals, members of the Independent Oracle Users Group, finds that enterprises are well aware of the risks they may encounter and bracing for the next potential onslaught of data security threats. More than one-third say their organizations are vulnerable, and likely to be hit by an incident, up from 20% in a similar survey conducted in 2008.

Posted February 11, 2015

Attunity recently added new capabilities to its solution suite with the acquisition of BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, which eliminates the complex, manual tasks of preparing data for BI and big data analytics. Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing, spoke with DBTA about BIReady and other Attunity solutions for customers dealing with big data projects.

Posted February 11, 2015

In 2014, we continued to watch big data enable all things "big" about data and its business analytics capabilities. We also saw the emergence (and early acceptance) of Hadoop Version 2 as a data operating platform, with cornerstones of YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). In 2015, the mainstream adoption with enterprise data strategies and acceptance of the data lake will continue as data management and governance practices provide further clarity. The cautionary tale of 2014 to ensure business outcomes drive big data adoption, rather than the hype of previous years, will likewise continue.

Posted January 21, 2015

It is no secret that we are in the data age. Data comes at us from all directions, in all shapes and sizes.Incumbent vendors and startups constantly add new features, build on top of emerging open source projects, and claim to solve the next wave of challenges. Within the Hadoop ecosystem alone, there are (at least) 11 Hadoop-related open source projects. Making sense of it can be a time-consuming headache. To bring clarity and peace of mind, here are the top 5 big data predictions for 2015 and beyond.

Posted January 21, 2015

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2015, providing the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the industry, learn what works, and chart your course forward in an increasingly data-driven world. The event is designed to offer a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis today.

Posted January 21, 2015

As data volumes continue to grow rapidly, ways to store and analyze data more efficiently and cost effectively are being explored. More than 50% of organizations surveyed by Unisphere Research in August 2014 reported that they currently use cloud-based services. Another study found that the number of big data projects being planned or in production will triple over the next 18 months. As the worlds of big data and cloud computing converge, many businesses have begun to look for ways to utilize both together to create competitive advantages for themselves.

Posted January 21, 2015

Cloud is being embraced strongly at Oracle. That is the message loud and clear from the company, which brought its CloudWorld to New York City on January 13. During the event, which drew customers, analysts, and thought leaders, Oracle offered an overview of its cloud strategy and the progress the company has made thus far in addressing consumers and enterprise constituents in the cloud. Oracle's cloud strategy is very simple, said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. The idea is to bring Oracle's business applications, technology, software, database, middleware, analytic tools and infrastructure "to any customer anywhere in the world through the internet browser."

Posted January 21, 2015

There's good news and bad news on the cybersecurity front, an IBM study finds. Over the past 2 years, there has been a 50% decline in the number of cyberattacks against U.S. retailers. However, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminals' increasing sophistication and efficiency. Ironically, while Black Friday and Cyber Monday were identified as the two biggest shopping days of the year by IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark, cyber attackers reduced their activity across all industries on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, rather than taking action.

Posted January 21, 2015

SQL Server 2012/2014 delivers compelling new capabilities that make an upgrade worthwhile. However, along the upgrade path, companies have also discovered key obstacles to achieving the new opportunities. Without awareness and understanding about these challenges - and their potential consequences - an organization's upgrade to SQL Server 2012/2014 can be costly, inefficient, and plagued by system errors. Here are the top 5 SQL Server 2012/2014 ‘gotchas' as well as tips for addressing them.

Posted January 07, 2015

We are stuck with an antiquated two-dimensional integration and implementation model which assumes that before value can be realized, we need to get components of that value into a more stable and normalized condition. A third dimension is critical for analytics and BI to stay effective against the growth of data and activities at the edge.

Posted January 07, 2015

Statisticians and data miners have been using R software and language for analytics within research and academia environments for some time. This open source community has contributed thousands of packages to meet the diverse needs across research and business analytics. And, to top off the perks of the software and language - R is free. But even in the face of its benefits, programmers still face fundamental challenges.

Posted January 07, 2015

The Sony hack not only sidelined a major film, "The Interview," but it is beginning to look as if the data breach may be worthy of a Hollywood movie itself. The incident which exposed sensitive company and employee data has drawn widespread scrutiny on how it happened as well as how it has been handled. The still-unfolding events are placing a renewed focus on the importance of enterprise data security and what must be done to ensure it.

Posted January 07, 2015

Similar to server, storage, and network virtualization, data virtualization simplifies how data is presented and managed for users, while employing technologies - under the covers - for abstraction, decoupling, performance optimization and the efficient use/reuse of scalable resources.

Posted December 15, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 15, 2014

2014 has been described as the year of the data breach. But 2015 will be the year of the regulator, says Suni Munshani, CEO of Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 708 breaches that took place in the past year, grabbing headlines and sending warnings to retailers to prepare for the 2014 holiday shopping season that is now in full swing.

Posted December 15, 2014

Data has grown at an exponentially faster rate over the past 2 years than all of the previous years combined. "Ninety percent of data that exists today has been created in the past 2 years," said Bill Brunt, product manager of Dell SharePlex, during a recent DBTA webcast. This increase in data has caused companies to look for more efficient ways of moving data within their organizations. Dell SharePlex strives to offer the best overall customer experience when working with their software.

Posted December 15, 2014

Big data continues to have an impact on business, government, and society at large. Here's a look back at 10 noteworthy blog posts from 2014. These blog posts explore the benefits and downsides of advancements in big data technologies.

Posted December 15, 2014

The rise of digital platforms is spurring new innovation and new thinking within the data management world to an unprecedented degree, and it is recasting the look, feel, and functionality of solutions and approaches to data applications. There are many business opportunities arising from digital platforms that call for proactive leadership or engagement by data managers. A prime example is the emergence of the Internet of Things, which SMAC makes possible.

Posted December 03, 2014

Exploding data assets and the need for greater agility are helping to drive the move to virtualization. More than two-thirds of organizations in a recent Unisphere Research survey among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group indicate that the number of Oracle databases they manage is expanding. At the same time, many managers admit that their IT departments are sluggish when it comes to responding to new business requirements. For more than 50% of organizations, it takes their IT department 30 days or more to respond to new initiatives or deploy new solutions. For one-quarter of organizations, it takes 90 days or more.

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