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Enterprise IT organizations today are facing a dilemma—their legacy integration technologies were built before the era of big data, social, mobile and cloud (SMAC) computing and simply can't keep up.

Posted June 02, 2014

New and emerging companies are targeting their efforts on technologies to help customers improve data management processes and get more value from their data.

Posted June 02, 2014

The mobile revolution has revitalized the need for searchable curated content. Mobile internet use and mobile search advertising spend are both predicted to overtake desktop usage and spend this year, and as people change the way they access the internet, they change the way they search.

Posted May 21, 2014

Fast decision-making depends on real-time data movement that allows businesses to gather data from multiple locations into Hadoop as well as conventional data warehouses. Unfortunately, traditional ETL tools use slow data-scraping techniques that put a heavy load on operational systems and cannot meet the low latency required by many businesses.

Posted May 21, 2014

The explosion of machine data has made it impossible for humans to write every rule to detect relevant events. Most of these events are unknown, new (or rather anomalous), or indescribable, and as a result, they go undetected. IT organizations need a mechanism to automatically "tell" users what is happening inside of their data without the administrator's prerequisite knowledge of the event.

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Olson, director of product management, Embarcadero Technologies, tackled the cultural, technical and methodology gaps between the worlds of data architecture and agile development the challenge of retaining the benefit of data architecture and data modeling in the agile world in a lively presentation at DBTA's Data Summit in NYC that drew numerous follow-on questions from attendees.

Posted May 21, 2014

Great tech conferences provide information on new approaches and thought-provoking - sometimes even uncomfortable - discussions. With three tracks of sessions, preconference workshops and a product showcase, DBTA's 3-day Data Summit conference in NYC allowed attendees to hear what experts really think is important in big data.

Posted May 21, 2014

The challenges of big data quality were discussed at Data Summit in NYC in a session presented by Paula Wiles Sigmon, program director, product marketing, IBM, and Elliot King, who has just authored a Unisphere Research report on how "governance moves data from hype to hope." Increasingly, organizations across industries are adopting formal data governance strategies to get a grip on their data lineage, quality and protection, said Sigmon.

Posted May 21, 2014

In his hard-hitting presentation on big data at Data Summit, Rick Smolan, a Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, and author of the book, "The Human Face of Big Data," described big data as "the development of a nervous system for the planet," and shared insights about the current impact as well as the potential for the future - of everything that can be measured being measured.

Posted May 21, 2014

It's an inevitable fact that every software system will have problems, but an enterprise-grade Hadoop infrastructure puts minimizing and managing these system errors at the forefront. When considering a distribution's dependability, you should evaluate a Hadoop distribution's position in five foundational necessities.

Posted May 08, 2014

The Internet of Things is resulting in more customer data at executives' fingertips than ever before. In 2009, there were 2.5 billion things connected to the internet, creating data. That number will explode to 30 billion things by 2020. So how can businesses harness the power of all that customer data being generated by this new networked reality to create insights that help build lifelong customer relationships? And how can they keep from being overwhelmed by all that noise?

Posted May 08, 2014

Presenting workshops, thought-provoking keynotes, and information packed sessions led by industry experts, DBTA's Data Summit kicks off Monday, May 12.

Posted May 08, 2014

MongoDB's Kelly Stirman and Cloudera's Yuri Bukhan recently talked with DBTA about the companies' new partnership and what it will mean for the big data ecosystem in the future. There is a need to demistify big data, they say, so that organizations can understand what technologies are right for their individual needs.

Posted May 08, 2014

At an event in NYC, Oracle president Mark Hurd and EVP John Fowler unveiled Solaris 11.2, which represents an evolution from operating system to a complete platform, they said. The phenomena of cloud and engineered systems are driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently, observed Hurd, who asked, "Who really wants to glue an operating system to a server?"

Posted May 08, 2014

With more than 300 nominees across multiple product categories, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning products and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. You can vote for as many or as few of the nominees as you choose. Vote today! Voting closes May 23.

Posted May 08, 2014

In recent years, PostgreSQL has become the default back-end choice of developers for many web and enterprise applications. PostgreSQL recently became available as one of the managed database offerings provided by Amazon RDS alongside MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server. If you haven't tried it already, RDS provides a great platform for those getting started with PostgreSQL. Here's what you need to know.

Posted April 23, 2014

Voting is now open in the 2014 Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards. It's time to cast your vote for Best Database Overall. There are 40 nominees in this category - ranging from newcomers to seasoned veterans, open source to proprietary, relational to NoSQL, on premise to cloud.

Posted April 23, 2014

Quality Assurance testing is a critical component of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and failing to allow sufficient time for thorough testing can mean the difference between a successful, revenue-driving application and a costly, reputation-damaging outage. The importance of comprehensive QA testing has been hammered into the brains of developers since the beginning of modern-day application development, but traditional approaches to QA are no longer viable. There are three things shaking up QA today.

Posted April 23, 2014

Just after data is created, there is high value attached to it. As data begins to age, its value does not diminish, but the nature of that value begins to change. For many enterprises that are dealing with large data volumes, timely data access can be a major issue, especially when customers demand quick response times. Let's examine the challenge of processing data in real time reliably and meeting customers' expectations for quick responses.

Posted April 23, 2014

TEKsystems, an IT staffing solutions provider, says that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire business intelligence and security experts.

Posted April 23, 2014

Companies use data—big or not—to solve business problems. The data-centric company, however, doesn't just treat data as an asset—it treats data as gold—and they're willing to pay for it, too.

Posted April 04, 2014

Cloud database technology may be ready for the enterprise, but enterprises are not quite ready for cloud databases. Even leading cloud database proponents agree that cloud databases are a relatively new—and untested phenomenon.

Posted April 04, 2014

While database administrators and managers need to focus on a variety of issues, probably the most critical part of the job is developing and managing backup and recovery processes. However, according to a new study sponsored by Oracle, many current backup solutions and methodologies are not rising to the task of managing sophisticated data environments, writes DBTA research analyst Joe McKendrick.

Posted April 04, 2014

COLLABORATE 14 is a unique event jointly presented by three Oracle users groups - the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and Quest International Users Group (Quest). Located at the Venetian and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 7 to 11, COLLABORATE offers a mix of peer to peer interaction as well as the opportunity to gain insights from technology experts and Oracle strategists, solution providers, and consultants.

Posted March 28, 2014

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is a community of Oracle database and technology professionals that has provided virtual and in-person knowledge-sharing/education and networking opportunities for over 20 years. IOUG's COLLABORATE 14 powerhouse program will engage attendees with real-world experiences on trending topics.

Posted March 28, 2014

Broadcasting live from the OAUG Membership booth at COLLABORATE 14, RadiOAUG will feature live interviews with Oracle experts, leaders from the OAUG community and exhibitors.

Posted March 28, 2014

PeopleSoft and JD Edwards users: Are you taking advantage of all the resources Quest has to improve the way you work?

Posted March 28, 2014

Confio Software, now a part of the SolarWinds family, develops database performance solution for DBAs, IT managers, and database developers, for both physical and virtual server environments.

Posted March 28, 2014

Get to know Melissa Data by first name. Be introduced to scalable, multiplatform data quality development tools that integrate with Windows, Linux, Solaris, Sun and Oracle applications.

Posted March 28, 2014

The theme for COLLABORATE 14-IOUG Forum is "Become Your Office Superhero," because, while you may look like a mild mannered technical resource in meetings or at your desk, you fight a daily battle to protect your organization's data, improve performance and generate new business opportunities. COLLABORATE is your chance to recharge your superpowers and to take on new skills.

Posted March 28, 2014

Quest's SIG Monday offers 33 PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World, and Fusion Special Interest Groups meetings onsite with information targeted to user needs. Find out all the resources Quest International Users Grop members have available to them—and that make your job easier—at the Quest booth: #1019.

Posted March 28, 2014

The COLLABORATE 14-OAUG Forum provides the venue for Oracle Applications users to meet peers using Oracle products, share knowledge, and get energized to achieve results. COLLABORATE-OAUG Forum offers technical and functional content covering Oracle E-Business Suite, Fusion Applications, Hyperion, Primavera, EPPM, EBS Extensions for Endeca, CRM On Demand, Siebel, and more.

Posted March 28, 2014

Fast data growth is nothing new in enterprise data centers. Until recently, most have found ways to handle data growth and to control complexity in their data protection environments. In the past few years, however, they have started to lose their battle against data growth, and now many data managers do not feel that their backup environment is meeting their needs. What's needed now?

Posted March 26, 2014

Be sure to nominate your favorite vendors' products now. The nominating process for the Database Trends and Applications' Readers' Choice Awards is well underway, and will conclude on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Posted March 26, 2014

Alyssa Johnson, who became president of the OAUG in January, recently spoke with DBTA about the challenges and choices facing OAUG members. A major topic of discussion for Oracle users at the upcoming COLLABORATE 14 conference will be how and when to migrate to E-Business Suite 12, says Johnson. Covering a range of business areas, including CRM, financial management, supply chain management, EBS is a backbone suite of ERP applications on which many companies rely to run their businesses. End of support is looming for 11i, Johnson says, and it's time to decide on 12.1.3 or 12.2 and start planning that upgrade now.

Posted March 26, 2014

Forward-looking CIOs and IT organizations are exploring new strategies for tapping into non-traditional sources of information such as websites, tweets and blogs. While this is a step in right direction, it misses the bigger picture of the big data landscape.

Posted March 26, 2014

You have until April 11 to take advantage of special pricing for DBTA's Data Summit, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. Providing an intensive 2-day immersion into critical technologies for becoming a data-driven enterprise, IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike will benefit from Data Summit.

Posted March 26, 2014

Along with big data there come some fundamental challenges. The biggest challenge is that big data is not able to be analyzed using standard analytical software. There is new technology called "textual disambiguation" which allows raw unstructured text to have its context specifically determined.

Posted March 26, 2014

Today, businesses are ending up with more and more critical dependency on their data infrastructure. If underlying database systems are not available, manufacturing floors cannot operate, stock exchanges cannot trade, retail stores cannot sell, banks cannot serve customers, mobile phone users cannot place calls, stadiums cannot host sports games, gyms cannot verify their subscribers' identity. Here is a look at some of the trends and how they are going to impact data management professionals.

Posted March 26, 2014

As the deployment of big data analytics becomes part of a business' "must-do" list, cloud platforms offer the scalability, flexibility, and on-demand ability to handle workload spikes that are hard to come by with on-premises systems. But, as is the case with every system and data environment, it takes careful planning to achieve the desired business value—which is to enable unprecedented opportunities to better understand and engage with key customer segments and markets.

Posted March 12, 2014

Much of the information contained in databases is sensitive and can be sold for cash or, such as in cases of theft by a disgruntled employee or by a hacker with political motivations, to cause the organization loss of business or reputation, especially if the organization is found to be in breach of regulations or industry standards that demand high levels of data security. However, there are 5 key steps that can be taken to ensure database security.

Posted March 12, 2014

Data Summit will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. The advance program is now available and registration is open with a special early bird registration rate when you register before April 11, 2014.

Posted March 12, 2014

Rogue IT practices have grown exponentially with the use of public cloud services. Will these herald the end of internal IT or a means for healthy IT transformation? The risk exists for either outcome. It all depends on how IT organizations approach it.

Posted March 12, 2014

To recognize the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. The nominations period will conclude on March 28, 2014, and voting will begin on April 11.

Posted March 12, 2014

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) and IBM have launched a Big Data Survey to provide a timely analysis of the key technologies, practices and strategies that businesses across different industries are using to improve confidence in their decision making. Respond with a completed survey by March 2nd, 2014, in order to be included in a drawing to win one of three $200 American Express gift cards to be awarded at the conclusion of the study.

Posted February 26, 2014

The newest version of DataStax's eponymously named enterprise database platform adds a new in-memory option as well as enterprise search enhancements to support high performance. Along with the latest release of its enterprise NoSQL database, DataStax has also introduced version 4.1 of DataStax OpsCenter which supplies improved capacity management capabilities and visual monitoring of production database clusters.

Posted February 26, 2014

Enterprise data warehouses aren't going away anytime soon. Despite claims that Hadoop will usurp the role of data warehousing, Hadoop needs data warehouses, just as data warehouses need Hadoop. However, making the leap from established data warehouse environments—the kind most companies still have, based on extract, transform and load (ETL) inputs with a relational data store and query and analysis tools—to the big data realm isn't a quick hop.

Posted February 26, 2014

In many ways, IT protection is like a game of poker. There are two things you need to win: a strong ability to play and the best hand you can get. With the former, a lot of it comes down to knowing what not to do.

Posted February 26, 2014

While minimizing risk is important for financial services organizations, companies need to think beyond fraud detection and understand the wider benefits predictive analytics can provide in terms of better customer experience, driving opportunities and increasing revenue in a highly competitive market. Among other uses, a comprehensive customer database, combined with advanced analytics, will allow organizations to spot trends, identify cohorts, and micro-target discrete populations.

Posted February 26, 2014

Believing that its ability to do advanced customer analytics on an increasingly vast data set would be enhanced by a platform that would grow exponentially, the customer science company dunnhumby turned to Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Advanced Analytics. dunnhumby's global chief information officer Yael Cosset explains what the company gained with the implementation.

Posted February 26, 2014

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