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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

As storage requirements continue to spiral upward, more organizations are relying on the cloud to help them do data management, backup, data warehousing, development/test and archive, according to a new research report, based on a survey among members of the IOUG that was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted June 17, 2016

With the increase in data sources, data types, and data management platforms, new obstacles can also appear, creating difficulties in combining data for important insights. During educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, keynotes, discussions, and hands-on workshops at Data Summit 2016, the philosophies and technical approaches that can help organizations be successful at putting their data to work were addressed.

Posted June 17, 2016

As the growing size and complexity of database environments strain resources at most IT departments, many are looking for ways to standardize infrastructure and automate routine tasks to free up assets. Joe McKendrick, lead research analyst at Unisphere Research, and Sam Lucido, director for technical applications marketing at EMC Corp., recently discussed strategies for Oracle users and IT, including the results of a new survey conducted in partnership with the IOUG, VMware, and EMC regarding obstacles data managers face while managing networks and delivering reliable information.

Posted June 17, 2016

What's on the horizon for big data, analytics, and business intelligence as technology evolves faster and faster? In Data Summit's 2016 closing keynote John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how technology will evolve and grow in the future.

Posted June 17, 2016

Here we go again - yet another world changing innovation. Billions of dollars are being invested to develop and deploy this next-generation industry. Many existing methods of doing business, and businesses themselves, will be disrupted and replaced by this new wave of technology. What is this wondrous new innovation? Why it is the Internet of Things (IoT) of course.

Posted June 17, 2016

It's rare now to read about breaches that resulted from direct attacks on the data center, as organizations have done a great job at securing their network infrastructures. But, with business applications moving to the cloud and mobile users connected all the time, traditional appliance-based security measures can no longer protect the modern business. The glass box is broken, the perimeter has vanished, and attacks have shifted to the weakest link: the user.

Posted June 09, 2016

The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today's up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions. Business leaders recognize that the key to success in hyper-competitive markets is the ability to leverage data to draw insights that predict and provide prescriptive action to stay ahead of markets and customer preferences. For that, they need to keep up with the latest solutions and approaches in data management. Here are 12 of the key technologies turning heads—or potentially opening enterprise wallets—in today's data centers.

Posted June 09, 2016

The IT landscape is always shifting and being contoured by external market forces and internal industry initiatives. Against this changing backdrop, each year, DBTA presents a list of 100 companies that matter in data, compelling us to pause and reflect on the market changes taking place.

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Emerging and newer vendors can offer fresh, innovative ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching.

Posted June 06, 2016

With newer and newer big data sources exploding onto the scene, traditional data warehouses are being challenged. Satya Bhamidipati, director of business development of big data and advanced analytics at Oracle, discussed data mining and advanced analytics techniques that will enable the monetization of data during a session at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

Thanks to the cloud and other empowering technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, we're at the tipping point for big data. These technologies now provide a path to big data success for companies who otherwise lack the specialized big data skills or heretofore proprietary (and expensive) infrastructure to do it themselves. As 2016 progresses, we'll see the broader market put big data capabilities to work and the benefits of big data will, in turn, spread beyond the privileged few companies that were early big data adopters.

Posted May 25, 2016

Utilizing data lakes are an alluring option for users with an enormous amount of information, yet questions remain regarding data accuracy, security, and relevancy. Three experts in the big data space, including Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, Abhik Roy, database solution engineer at Experion, and Tassos Sarbanes, data architect at Credit Suisse, participated in a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016 that focuses on these questions and more regarding data lakes.

Posted May 25, 2016

The OpenStack Trove database as a service (DBaaS) project has come a long way since incubation in Grizzly and Havana, and integration in the Icehouse release in April 2014. At that time, it supported single instances of MongoDB, MySQL and a few other databases. Today, Trove supports Cassandra, Couchbase, CouchDB, DataStax Enterprise, DB2 Express, MariaDB, MongoDB, MySQL Percona, Percona XtraDB Cluster, Redis, and Vertica.

Posted May 25, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted May 25, 2016

The world's data has doubled in 18 months' time. The industry estimates that the global amount of storage will reach 40 ZB by 2020. Historically, storage architectures were built on solutions that could only scale vertically. This legacy approach to storage presents significant challenges to being able to store the tremendous quantities of data being created today in a way that is cost-effective and maintains high levels of performance. Today, most of the world's data centers are still using vertical scaling solutions for storage, which means that organizations are seeking alternatives that allow them to scale cheaply and efficiently in order to remain competitive. And now, with software defined storage moving forward, we see the use of more scale-out storage solutions in data centers.

Posted May 04, 2016

The elastic and distributed technologies used to run modern applications require a new approach to operations — one that learns about your infrastructure and assists IT operators with maintenance and problem-solving. The inter-dependencies between new applications are creating chaos in existing systems and surfacing the operational challenges of modern systems. Solutions like micro services architectures alleviate the scalability pains of centralized proprietary services but at a tremendous cost in complexity.

Posted May 04, 2016

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

With the speed of business constantly increasing, the demand for real-time data has grown along with it. As business-driven demands on data speed heighten, however, some organizations are still inhibited by slow moving data that can't keep up. New strategies must be created to process data at the speed that is expected from today.

Posted April 25, 2016

Along with an increasing flow of big data that needs to be captured and analyzed, IT departments today also have more solution choices than ever before. However, before making a solution selection, organizations need to understand their requirements and also evaluate the attributes of the possible tools.

Posted April 25, 2016

The COLLABORATE 16 conference for Oracle users kicked off with a presentation by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick who shared insights from a ground-breaking study that examined future trends and technology among 690 members of three major Oracle users groups.

Posted April 25, 2016

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