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As a leader in the data modeling space, CA ERwin is privileged to be an integral part of organizations' key strategic initiatives such as business intelligence and analytics, data governance, or data quality—many of which revolve around data. At CA Technologies, we understand that data runs your business, and we've put a strong focus on developing a solution that can act as an "information hub" for these initiatives.

Posted December 20, 2013

Database Plugins is pleased to have its keystone product, the Database Plugin Server, selected as a trend-setting application for 2013 by DBTA. The Database Plugin Server has certainly fostered a continuing line of innovative products.

Posted December 20, 2013

More businesses are beginning to realize the value that big data analytics can provide, according to ParStream, which has compiled a list of five key trends that will impact the big data landscape in the next year. In 2014, "fast data" - which enables companies to make real-time, fact-based decisions by using historical and live data to improve the way they run their business, deliver solutions, and engage with customers - will become the factor that separates inexperienced big data solution providers from established ones, the company says.

Posted December 17, 2013

Database technology has gone through somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, given new goals and requirements for storage, processing and analytics and new database vendors have emerged. When evaluating modern data management technologies, there are five key characteristics to consider.

Posted December 17, 2013

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Posted December 17, 2013

As unstructured data overtakes structured data within enterprises, the coming year will see the start of a reassessment of how data is architected, stored, and queried in enterprises. To meet this challenge, new technologies and solutions have already begun to transform data management within enterprises.

Posted December 17, 2013

Big data can be a Siren, whose beautiful call lures unsuspecting sailors to a rocky destruction. The potential value of big data analysis to increase income (or lower expenses) for the company tends to drown out the calls for risk oversight. Understanding the legal and regulatory consequences will help keep your company safe from those dangerous rocks.

Posted December 17, 2013

It's time to look back at some of the most interesting big data blog posts of the past 12 months. These 12 posts provide warnings, tips and tricks, and often a touch of humor as well.

Posted December 17, 2013

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated application development and release management solutions, has announced Serena Release Manager v5. The new release automates application deployments, provides visibility, control and standardization of the release process, and supports coordination and collaboration for release teams.

Posted December 17, 2013

The latest release of CA ERwin Data Modeler, a solution for collaboratively visualizing and managing business data, addresses two major objectives - the need for organizations to manage more data across more platforms, and to easily share that data with an expanding number of users with a range of roles and skill sets.

Posted December 17, 2013

There are many ways that big data can help businesses make better decisions and succeed more quickly, ranging from product innovation to manufacturing to marketing. To help organizations get their big data projects off on the right foot, here are five essential truths about big data analytics.

Posted December 17, 2013

A newly published Unisphere Research survey of 160 data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and currently running Oracle Databases finds that business demand for database services as well as the associated data volumes has been on an upward trajectory. The survey reveals deep concern among IT managers and decision makers with meeting demand for database services in a world where both the number of requests as well as the associated data volumes is steadily climbing.

Posted December 04, 2013

While there have always been many database choices, it's only recently that enterprises have been embarking on new journeys with their data strategies. Today's database landscape is increasingly specialized and best of breed, due to the expanding range of new varieties of databases and platforms—led by NoSQL, NewSQL, and Hadoop. This is complicating the already difficult job of bringing all these data types together into a well-integrated, well-architected environment.

Posted December 04, 2013

When it comes to service recovery, speed matters. The costs of recovery from failures can be staggering in terms of business service downtime, in lost revenues and damaged reputations. For DR preparedness to significantly improve, companies should consider these 5 dimensions of disaster recovery.

Posted November 13, 2013

There can be many reasons for big data projects failing, but the causes often fall under the umbrella of a lack of careful planning and a failure to effectively reconcile the panoramic visions of business objectives with technical and structural realities. Business objectives are often abstract and high level, and operationalizing those abstractions into the kind of detailed information that feeds the development of effective big data projects is often to be found at the root of that failure. Precision and measurability are the keys to defining the business objectives that will be addressed by the project.

Posted November 13, 2013

Offering DBAs and developers a new means to prove their expertise on MongoDB, the open source document database company has introduced a new program that offers comprehensive exams worldwide through MongoDB University. MongoDB will first offer the Associate MongoDB Certified Developer exam beginning December 3.

Posted November 13, 2013

The number of databases continues to grow, but evolution tells us that not all may survive. Through the natural selection of most useful traits, intensifying the most crucial features, and implementing the best of both, databases will continue to flourish in new remarkable ways, helping organizations achieve specialized goals unique to their business. Here's a look at where the evolutionary path of the data center could take us in the coming years.

Posted November 13, 2013

IBM announced new business analytics and cloud software solutions to help zEnterprise clients take advantage of new workloads. These include a new version of the DB2 and IMS databases, and Cognos analytics tools configured for zEnterprise.

Posted November 13, 2013

The challenges associated with big data can be turned into opportunities for small-to-midsize enterprises (SMEs) with the right data strategy. As SMEs look to increase their businesses, it is critical to incorporate a cost-effective approach that aligns with both existing data challenges and future plans for expansion. Laying a strong base for big data will help SMEs prepare for this growth by providing immediate insight on key business drivers and objectives.

Posted October 23, 2013

Survivorship, known as the Golden Record in data terms, allows for the creation of a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record. A new technique for Golden Record selection offers a much more effective and logical approach when it comes to record survivorship. The most powerful future for data quality lies in the new and unique ability to discern contact data quality information and select the surviving record based on the level of quality of the information provided.

Posted October 23, 2013

Modern data centers contain a mix of physical and virtual systems and must be able to provide access to highly distributed collaborative applications as well as support systems that leverage cloud computing. Here are 8 best practices for achieving data center security and an in-depth analysis of the new security concerns presented by next-generation data centers.

Posted October 23, 2013

Clustrix, provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has been granted two new patents for systems and methods for redistributing and slicing data in relational databases from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "For years, people have been trying to figure out how to take a relational database and make sure that you can use it across multiple distributed servers and get linear, better performance and that is at essence of what these patents do," said Robin Purohit, CEO, Clustrix in an interview.

Posted October 23, 2013

MarkLogic unveiled the latest version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform, MarkLogic 7. With this release, MarkLogic automates the process of placing data in the storage tiers that are most cost-effective and performance-appropriate, and introduces the new MarkLogic Semantics option.

Posted October 23, 2013

Datical, Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and introduced Datical DB which uses a patent-pending, data model approach for automating, simplifying and managing database schema change, configuration and complex dependencies as part of the application release process. The solution provides a graphical user interface and wizards for creating a model of schema from an existing database which can be simultaneously migrated to any environment and database such as Oracle, DB2, MySQL, SQL Server, and Postgres.

Posted October 23, 2013

Cloud computing is no longer hype; it is the reality today for most organizations because of the numerous benefits that it brings. There are three main deployment models for cloud computing—private cloud, public cloud, and a hybrid mix of the two. Here is a look at the risks and disadvantages with each of the cloud deployment models.

Posted October 09, 2013

Modern marketers are increasingly targeting their efforts at providing the right information to the right customer at just the right moment. These marketers see the ability to provide relevant content to clients and prospective customers as a way of building their brand awareness and forging lasting relationships. However, according to a new survey, sponsored by Skyword, Inc., and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., there are obstacles in the path to achieving the full effect of these efforts.

Posted October 09, 2013

Constantly changing tax rules can make payroll deductions and tax payments a time-consuming and costly endeavor for businesses. To get this onerous job done efficiently and cost-effectively, many utilize payroll software specialists that provide tools to support their in-house staff. Read how Revelation Software's OpenInsight and OpenInsight for Web are giving Ardbrook, a Dublin, Ireland-based software provider of payroll software, the agility it needs.

Posted October 09, 2013

Why is data integration so difficult? For many organizations, data integration has been handled as a dark art over the years, implemented behind the scenes with ad hoc scripts, extract, transform, and load (ETL) operations, connectors, manual coding, and patching. Often, front-end applications to get at needed data are built and deployed one at a time, requiring considerable IT staff time, as well as creating a waiting period for business decision makers. To address this challenge, there's a renewed push across the industry to elevate data integration from being a series of one-off projects shrouded in mystery to the core of a multidisciplinary, enterprise architecture—incorporating new and existing approaches such as master data management, data virtualization, and data integration automation.

Posted September 26, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted September 26, 2013

At LinuxCon 2013, IBM announced plans to invest $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for IBM's Power Systems servers. The new pledge recalled the company's announcement in 2000 that it would embrace Linux as strategic to its systems strategy, followed a year later with the promise of $1 billion dedicated to backing the Linux movement. The new investment will fuel two immediate initiatives - a new client center in Europe and a Linux on Power development cloud.

Posted September 26, 2013

There is no limit to the potential, business- building applications for big data, springing from the capability to provide new, expansive insights never before available to business leaders. However, the new forms of data, along with the speed in which it needs to be processed, requires significant work on the back end, which many organizations may not yet be ready to tackle. IT leaders agree that to make the most of big data, they will need to redouble efforts to consolidate data environments, bring in new solutions, and revisit data retention policies. These are the conclusions of a new survey of 322 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corp. and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted September 26, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted September 26, 2013

RainStor, a provider of an enterprise database for managing and analyzing all historical data, has introduced RainStor FastForward, a new product that enables customers to re-instate data from Teradata tape archives (also known as BAR for Backup, Archive and Restore) and move it to RainStor for query. The new RainStor FastForward product resolves a pressing challenge for Teradata customers that need to archive their Teradata warehouse data to offline tape, which can make it difficult to access and query that data when business and regulatory users require it, Deirdre Mahon, vice president of marketing, RainStor, explained in an interview.

Posted September 26, 2013

If you look at what is really going on in the big data space it's all about inexpensive open source solutions that are facilitating the modernization of data centers and data warehouses, and at the center of this universe is Hadoop. In the evolution of the big data market, open source is playing a seminal role as the "disruptive technology" challenging the status quo. Additionally, organizations large and small are leveraging these solutions often based on inexpensive hardware and memory platforms in the cloud or on premise.

Posted September 11, 2013

Featuring a multi-tenant architecture that streamlines the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud and enables organizations to manage many databases as one, Oracle Database 12c is a next-generation database. To avoid confusion, however, here are 10 things that Oracle Database 12c is not.

Posted September 11, 2013

Oracle holds an enviable position in the IT marketplace with a wide array of database systems, development tools, languages, platforms, enterprise applications, and servers. Riding the coattails of this industry giant is a healthy and far-flung ecosystem of software developers, integrators, consultants, and OEMs. These are the partners that will help make or break Oracle's struggle with new forces disrupting the very foundations of IT. And lately, Oracle—long known for its own brand of xenophobia and disdain for direct competitors—has been making a lot of waves by forging new alliances with old foes. This is opening up potentially lucrative new frontiers for business partners at all levels.

Posted September 11, 2013

As the sponsor of Cisco's acquisition of Composite Software, I am often asked about expected synergies from combining the leaders in data virtualization and networking. While I cannot divulge all our secrets, analyst firm EMA was prescient in their recent report entitled "Data Virtualization Meets the Network."The Changing Nature of Data Management Drives Data Virtualization

Posted September 10, 2013

For more than a decade, MarkLogic has delivered a powerful and trusted next-generation Enterprise NoSQL database that enables organizations to turn all data into valuable and actionable information. Organizations around the world rely on MarkLogic's enterprise-grade technology to make better decisions faster.

Posted September 10, 2013

Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members will be out in force at OpenWorld 2013 - presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the IOUG represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals and allows them to be more productive in their business and careers through context-rich education, sharing best practices, and providing technology direction and networking opportunities.

Posted September 10, 2013

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 20 years.

Posted September 10, 2013

Exhibiting at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in booth 2214, Attunity is a leading provider of data integration software solutions that make data available where and when needed across heterogeneous enterprise platforms and the cloud.

Posted September 10, 2013

The flagship Oracle OpenWorld conference each year in San Francisco is recognized for attracting tens of thousands of highly qualified and influential attendees from more than 140 countries. With a focus on key current and future Oracle technologies and solutions, attendees converge at the conference because they are serious about educating themselves and having a good time as well.

Posted September 10, 2013

On Tuesday morning, September 24th, at 8:00am PST EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci will deliver a keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco, CA. In addition, as a Diamond sponsor, EMC will have six breakout sessions covering relevant best practices for optimizing your Oracle infrastructure. When on the show floor, attendees can engage with EMC's Oracle experts and learn how to Lead Your Transformation in booth #1301.

Posted September 10, 2013

Phone and Name Verification, and customer Deduping, within Oracle Forms, Oracle/Java applications, PL/SQL packages, and PeopleSoft. Melissa Data APIs and Web Services for Data Quality lower costs, improve customer relations, enable BI initiatives, and empower sales and marketing teams to generate and close more opportunities.

Posted September 10, 2013

Delphix delivers agility to enterprise application projects, addressing the largest source of inefficiency and inflexibility in the datacenter—provisioning, managing, and refreshing databases for business-critical applications. With Delphix in place, QA engineers spend more time testing and less time waiting for new data, increasing utilization of expensive test infrastructure.

Posted September 10, 2013

Make big ideas happen with a strategic approach to converged cloud, converged infrastructure, big data, security and management tools for your database, middleware and applications. HP booth 1701 is the heartbeat of innovation, your area for conversations and investigation.

Posted September 10, 2013

Database performance issues? Our Oracle customers rely on Ignite to help them quickly pinpoint exactly where the problem lies—in just four clicks. Confio Ignite is a tool for DBAs, developers, and IT managers to collaborate and resolve performance issues faster.

Posted September 10, 2013

Even before all the new data sources and platforms that big data has come to represent arrived on the scene, providing users with access to the information they need when they need it was a big challenge. What has changed today? The growing range of data types beyond traditional RDBMS data - and a growing awareness that effectively leveraging data from a wide variety of sources will result in the ability to compete more effectively.Join DBTA on Thursday August 29, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET for a special roundtable webcast to learn about the essential technologies and approaches that help to overcome the big data integration challenges that get in the way of gaining actionable insights.

Posted August 21, 2013

There may be no more commonly used term in today's IT conversations than "big data." There also may be no more commonly misused term. Here's a look at the truth behind the five most common big data myths, including the misguided but almost universally accepted notion that big data applies only to large organizations dealing with great volumes of data.

Posted August 21, 2013

Data analytics, long the obscure pursuit of analysts and quants toiling in the depths of enterprises, has emerged as the must-have strategy of organizations across the globe. Competitive edge not only comes from deciphering the whims of customers and markets but also being able to predict shifts before they happen. Fueling the move of data analytics out of back offices and into the forefront of corporate strategy sessions is big data, now made enterprise-ready through technology platforms such as Hadoop and MapReduce. The Hadoop framework is seen as the most efficient file system and solution set to store and package big datasets for consumption by the enterprise, and MapReduce is the construct used to perform analysis over Hadoop files.

Posted August 21, 2013

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