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To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 2016

IT operations teams have been furiously preparing for this year's holiday season - the retail industry's busiest time of the year for web traffic. Here is a checklist of the key factors IT operations teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready now - and stays that way throughout the shopping season.

Posted December 01, 2016

It is not uncommon for a medium-to-large company to have 50 or more different security technologies in place. While fiscally inefficient, this approach has been somewhat effective up to this point in dealing with the types of attacks launched against it. But the threat landscape is currently changing more rapidly than ever, forcing businesses to shift to a more forward-thinking security model.

Posted December 01, 2016

By now it's well documented that employees will take IT tasks into their own hands when IT cannot give them the support they need, and when they need it. The phenomenon is ubiquitous and persistent, even to the point that it's been dubbed "shadow IT." Gartner recently noted that by 2020, a third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.

Posted December 01, 2016

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) calls it "The Treacherous Twelve." Others have called it the Dirty Dozen. But by whatever name, this is the list to know if you have concerns about security in the public cloud. To be honest, much is being done to address the items on this list. In fact, some predict that in a few years' time the public cloud may be more secure than private ones—and certainly more than traditional networks. Imagine, even, the possibility of security being the reason to go to—rather than shun—the public cloud.

Posted November 02, 2016

In the age of big data, efficiently managing relational databases, particularly SQL Server, may be the single most important issue facing a growing number of CIOs and data center managers. Throughout the enterprise IT community, and in the world of big data in particular, SQL Server is on a tear. Gartner projects that the market for relational database management systems will grow to $40 billion by 2018, with expanding instances of SQL Server growing nearly as fast as the big data opportunities they are expected to manage.

Posted November 02, 2016

Running databases both on premises and in a public cloud is increasingly becoming the answer to many of the headaches that database administrators and developers alike run into when working on their organization's databases. Most organizations originally favored private clouds, allowing their staff members to spin up private instances whenever needed, but public cloud providers and cloud database vendors now offer serious alternatives that make a good case for DBaaS.

Posted November 02, 2016

Driven by the demands of an always-on global economy, the widespread proliferation of data is combining with an expectation to leverage seamlessly-integrated data in near-real time. However, data integration methods aren't keeping up.

Posted November 02, 2016

One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.

Posted October 24, 2016

Business intelligence (BI) and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas this year, and with good reason. The competitive environment is intense, and business leaders are demanding they have access to greater insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better and faster decisions—often in real time. There have also been dramatic changes with BI and analytics tools and platforms. The three Cs—cloud, consolidation, and collaboration—are elevating BI and analytics to new heights within enterprises and gaining newfound respect at the highest levels.

Posted October 24, 2016

Almost all database workloads are now (or eventually will be) virtualized. High availability (HA) clusters using virtual servers provide the application protection needed to satisfy even the most demanding service-level agreements (SLAs). Configuring the shared storage needed for HA in VMware can present challenges to creating these clusters and therefore satisfying SLAs.

Posted October 07, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are revolutionizing the way we share data and carry a huge charter to improve our banking, shopping, transportation, patient, and individual care and safety, to name a just a few. The mission is admirable, but with thousands of devices flooding the market, the lack of standards and multitude of security deficiencies are creating an on-ramp to corporate, government, and private networks that is wide open to cyberattacks.

Posted October 07, 2016

Cyberattacks happen. How can you recover quickly? If you are in IT management, everywhere you turn, you see warnings of malicious forces working diligently with the one aim of compromising your security and eating your data for lunch. It's not a question of if anymore but rather of when. Many times, the cybersecurity tools will not prevent the break-in, but only alert you of the compromise.

Posted October 07, 2016

There is a tug-of-war of sorts going on in organizations today. On one hand, there is pressure on IT staff to maintain systems' uptime and availability along with a growing focus on data security, while dealing with the multitude of maintenance-level tasks, such as applying upgrades, fixes, and patches. But on the other hand, there is a growing requirement for IT to support the business as it seeks to use data in new ways for strategic benefit.

Posted October 07, 2016

The blood, sweat, and tears that go into enterprise data integrations may not go away anytime soon, but lately, it has become easier to make data from any and all sources more available to people and applications that need it. The cloud—and more specifically, database as a service (DBaaS)—has shifted the challenge of data integration.

Posted September 14, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted September 14, 2016

Building applications can already be a grueling process for developers, especially when networks become slow, spotty, or go down completely. By building offline-first apps, developers create an always-on experience for their users. An offline-first app is one that works, without error, when there is no network connection, with progressive enhancement applied whenever network connectivity is available.

Posted September 14, 2016

The year 2015 was especially rich in cyberattacks with companies such as T-Mobile, Kaspersky, and Anthem having had their security compromised and all sorts of personal information about users exposed. The urgent need to solve the problem of anomaly detection lies in the fact that any deviation from a general picture showing the current state of the system may carry important information about the existing issue.

Posted September 14, 2016

Cloud is changing how the world interacts with data. A majority of enterprises are considering, and many have already deployed, cloud services for applications, platform, and infrastructure needs.

Posted September 02, 2016

Data governance is sometimes viewed as a roadblock that keeps data scientists and analysts from turning data into business insights quickly and efficiently. Yet, in the enterprise data and analytics work that we've undertaken for clients across diverse industries, we've found that it's often a lack of sound data governance that prevents organizations from realizing the full value of their data.

Posted September 02, 2016

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

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