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Top data modeling solutions enable organizations to discover, design, visualize, standardize and deploy high-quality data assets through an intuitive GUI. With the ability to view "any data" from "anywhere" for consistency, clarity and artifact reuse across large-scale data integration, master data management, big data and business intelligence/analytics initiatives, today, data modeling is a critical component to many initiatives.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today, data quality solutions are available in the cloud as software as a service as well as on premise, and support the necessary data integrity for critical systems such as customer relationship management, master data management, data governance initiatives, and database management, as well as for regulatory compliance initiatives—including the E.U.'s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted August 08, 2018

While the data growth rate, number of database instances, and number of platforms that each DBA must support has not changed radically in the last few years, the database infrastructure has become more complicated. Two key factors are at play in the increasing complexity.

Posted August 08, 2018

Cyberattacks are becoming the number-one risk to businesses, brands, operations, and financials, according to recent "SonicWall Cyber Threat Report" (March 2018).  There were 9.32 billion malware attacks in total in 2017, representing an 18.4% increase over 2016. On the other hand, Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) shows that more a quarter of the time, data breaches across the world originated from an organization's "insiders." But the report notes, malicious employees looking aren't the only insider threat you face. Errors were at the heart of almost one in five (17%) breaches.

Posted August 08, 2018

Storage solutions provide critical services for backup and archiving, content storage and distribution, big data analytics, and disaster recovery. Increasingly also there are smarter storage solutions, enabling greater efficiency and cost reduction through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies.

Posted August 08, 2018

With data virtualization organizations can gain the ability to allow the business and IT sides of organizations work closer together in a much more agile fashion, reducing complexity and boosting productivity. Data Virtualization helps customers find and analyze the data they need in hours or days, rather than months, so that they can quickly discover insights and take insight-driven action, said Mark Palmer, senior vice president of analytics, TIBCO.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's data visualization tools go beyond the standard charts and graphs used in Excel spreadsheets, displaying data in more sophisticated ways such as infographics, dials and gauges, geographic maps, sparklines, heat maps, and detailed bar, pie and fever charts. The images may include interactive capabilities, enabling users to manipulate them or drill into the data for querying and analysis.

Posted August 08, 2018

Companies are increasingly looking for the right database for the data storage need at hand. That might mean NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud databases—also known as database as a service—approaches. 

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's database administration solutions help to improve DBA productivity while simplifying repetitive administrative tasks, helping to locate and alleviate performance bottlenecks, and optimizing code. Businesses are utlizing highly complex, data environments with multiple data platforms across physical data centers and the cloud, managing systems and processes manually is no longer sufficient. What is needed is the ability to manage and monitor business-critical assets with automated precision.

Posted August 08, 2018

Database downtime can inflict a fatal wound on the life of a business and having a trusted backup solution that can ensure that databases can be back up and running quickly in the event of an outage is critical. With long downtimes simply unacceptable, organizations seek solutions with capabilities such as the ability to manage backups seamlessly, manage and monitor backups, ensure data integrity, scale efficiently restore quickly to any point in time, and provide security features to stay in compliance with local geographic and industry mandates.

Posted August 08, 2018

Providing an integrated environment that simplifies software development, these solutions are valued for their ability to improve database development with an end-to-end approach that helps developers stay on top of the latest technology innovations and build modern applications. For database development teams, maximizing competence, performance, adaptability, and readiness, will help simplify development and allow automation to achieve repeatable processes, all while avoiding potential risks that create downtime.

Posted August 08, 2018

A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud. As a result, it's no surprise that the biggest priorities for database teams this year are improving database performance, database upgrades, and data integration.

Posted August 08, 2018

After more than 10 years, there is no technology more aligned with advent of big data than Hadoop. The Apache Hadoop framework allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across compute clusters, enabling scale up from single commodity servers to thousands of machines for local computing and storage. Designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, the framework supports high availability.

Posted August 08, 2018

In-memory technology has become a relied-upon part of the data world, now available through most major database vendors. In-memory can process workloads up to 100 times faster than disk-to-memory configurations, which enables business at the speed of thought.

Posted August 08, 2018

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Posted August 08, 2018

MultiValue database technology continues to boost a strong following of loyal supporters. This NoSQL database technology is found in many industry verticals, including retail, travel industry, oil & gas, healthcare, government, banking, and education. Highly customized, mission-critical applications have been built on MultiValue database technology, which is sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database technology. The MultiValue database dates back to the mid-1960s, with Don Nelson and Dick Pick widely credited as the founding fathers of the technology. Also referred to as Pick or MultiDimensional, a key advantage of MultiValue, is the database structure's use of attributes that can have multiple values, rather than one single value as with relational technology.

Posted August 08, 2018

Addressing the need to store and manage increasingly large amounts of data that does not fit neatly in rows and columns, NoSQL databases can run on commodity hardware, support the unstructured, non-relational data flowing into organizations from the proliferation of new sources, and are available in a variety of structures that open up new types of data sources, providing ways to tap into the institutional knowledge locked in PCs and departmental silos.

Posted August 08, 2018

A relational database is a set of formally described tables from which data can be accessed or reassembled in many different ways without having to reorganize the database tables. The standard user and application programming interface (API) of a relational database is the Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL statements are used both for interactive queries for information from a relational database and for gathering data for reports.

Posted August 08, 2018

Still a relatively new solution coming into its own streaming platforms allow individuals to see data in real-time batches. Streaming solutions can help businesses analyze data in motion, simplify the development of applications, and extend the value of existing systems by integrating with already implemented applications along with supporting both structured and unstructured data.

Posted August 08, 2018

Expanding its range of services, in 2017, Dell Boomi acquired ManyWho, a provider of a unified cloud and low-code development platform that helps simplify workflow automation. Recently, Steve Wood, chief product officer at Boomi, talked about what's ahead for Boomi, what it means to be a connected business in the new hybrid cloud era, and the importance of low-code development.

Posted July 02, 2018

A distributed cloud database is a database in which operational data is spread across different physical locations—for example, across different data centers, across hybrid clouds (such as private and/or public clouds), different public cloud regions of a public cloud, or even different public clouds.

Posted July 02, 2018

"ECM is dead," proclaimed Michael Woodbridge in a Gartner blog post earlier this year. And, the fact is, today's legacy enterprise content management (ECM) systems and other traditional approaches to managing information are no longer feasible in a world where 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day—resulting in general confusion when itcomes to document management.

Posted July 02, 2018

Today's business landscape is more dynamic than ever. Stringent regulations, new revenue models, and high customer expectations are forcing organizations to evolve or face being overrun by more nimble competitors. Chief data officers (CDOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) of established businesses are looking to digital transformation as a key initiative to drive organizational change.

Posted July 02, 2018

You are moving to the cloud. That means your data is moving to the cloud, too. But, are you prepared for the challenges that you will face when moving your databases to the cloud?

Posted July 02, 2018

The hype around blockchain technology as it relates to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin is reaching an all-time high, but enterprise organizations are taking a longer-term, more measured approach.

Posted July 02, 2018

There's a new generation of technologies reshaping data management as we know it. To explore some of the game-changing technologies or approaches that are having the most profound impact on today's enterprises, DBTA asked industry experts and leaders to cite what they see as having the most positive impact. The following are eight areas effecting the most change.

Posted July 02, 2018

A shifting environment—from batch-oriented databases housed in server rooms to digital, software-defined data centers powering analytics-driven business decisions—has led to a dramatic expansion of the DBA or data management role.

Posted July 02, 2018

Innovative vendors are helping to point the way forward with technologies and services to take advantage of the wealth of data that is pouring into companies. This sixth DBTA 100 list spans a wide variety of companies that are each addressing the evolving demands for hardware, software, and services. Some are long-standing companies with well-established offerings that have evolved over time, while others are much newer to the data scene.

Posted June 14, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, considered the value of polyglot persistence versus a multi-model database approach. 

Posted June 01, 2018

NVMe quickly gained a foothold in the client space as the storage interface of choice for higher end desktops, laptops, and even phones. In the enterprise space NVMe has been used as a direct-attached storage (DAS) option, where storage is accessed through a PCIe interface on the CPU within the server. The advent of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) promises to expand the utility of NVMe in the datacenter beyond just a DAS replacement, which will push the demand for flash storage even higher.

Posted June 01, 2018

The unprecedented volumes of data now pouring forth from virtualization technologies and cloud-based infrastructure have taxed traditional storage architectures beyond their limits. Organizations want to store their data in an efficient and affordable way that is also flexible. Software-defined storage (SDS) meets these criteria and, therefore, is enjoying a surge in adoption.

Posted June 01, 2018

It's spring-cleaning season, meaning many diligent homeowners are busy trying to organize their closets and homes in preparation for the spring and summer. Organizations, both small and large, also must keep up with cleaning their virtual dust bunnies on a regular basis, just as one would do within their own home.

Posted June 01, 2018

Since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018, organizations have  hopefully already emerged from the strategy phase and are now well into implementation. However, the nuances of GDPR are something most of us are still trying to comprehend—and we probably won't truly understand all of it for a while. In the hustle to reach compliance, errors will likely have been made. In the process of GDPR planning and execution, there are four key areas that companies need to be wary of. If not managed carefully, they can slow down the process of achieving, and maintaining, compliance goals.

Posted June 01, 2018

As the value and volume of data continues to rise, the need to effectively assess and communicate data-related risks has never been greater. Business executives need a focused set of metrics that enable fast and effective decisions. IT and security pros often lack the right metrics, information, and approach needed to embed themselves into business conversations and positively affect data security practices.

Posted May 08, 2018

When it comes to capturing and analyzing data, IT departments have more choices today than ever before. And choice is a good thing. However, in order to pick the right tool for the job, enterprises need to fully understand the business requirements as well as choices. DBTA recently held a webinar with Brian Bulkowski, CTO and founder of Aerospike, and Jean-Pierre Dijcks, master product manager, big data, Oracle, who discussed the key differences between Hadoop, NoSQL,  and RDBMS and how to choose between them.

Posted May 08, 2018

Neural networks and deep learning are frequently recognized as the key to futuristic innovations like facial recognition, with consumers paying up for the novelty of using their visage to unlock their phones, and police squads partnering with AI startups to catch criminals. But the use cases for neural nets extend well beyond those flashy scenarios, and innovations in hardware are enhancing accessibility, signaling that it's time for more companies to find appropriate business cases for their industry.

Posted May 08, 2018

Organizations worldwide are grappling with the requirements of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and it's no secret that finding ways to remain compliant has become one of the most visible challenges, and one that has dominated the conversation. What's more pertinent; however, is the root of the problem: outdated systems which organizations use to track and understand where their data lives. This has grown more difficult day-by-day, as the amount of data collected by organizations grows exponentially. GDPR is a good forcing function to spur them to dig into this problem before it gets worse.

Posted May 08, 2018

Today, data is understood to be the fuel that propels companies' growth and success. As a result, safeguarding that valuable resource is more important—but also harder—than ever. To help companies on their journey to data security and compliance, DBTA and Big Data Quarterly have launched the 2018 Cybersecurity Sourcebook, a "go-to" resource for IT and business stakeholders looking for real direction on the challenges and imperatives of cybersecurity and new regulatory initiatives.

Posted May 08, 2018

It's time to vote for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. Voting ends Friday, May 11, 2018, so be sure cast your ballot now for the candidates of your choice.

Posted May 08, 2018

Innovative organizations in a range of fields are using ground-breaking tools to put data to work for a variety of purposes—in some cases, with life-saving results. At Data Summit 2018, Fabricio Silva, an informationist at Knowledgent, and Yan Ge, director of data analytics, Global R&D, Data Science Institute, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, will showcase how Knowledgent's technology is improving diagnostics for the global pharmaceuticals company during a presentation, titled "Disrupting Paradigms with Analytics."

Posted May 08, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 12, 2018

Today's global economy runs on data. Every day, individuals are providing data, while companies collect it. The rapid growth and volume of this data has been overwhelming and nearly impossible to manage. But, as the value of data increases, so does the interest from outside, including potentially nefarious sources. What's required are newer, specific safeguards that address the myriad of data challenges brought about by the digital age.

Posted April 12, 2018

Bitcoin was the hot topic in financial and tech circles in 2017. The decentralized digital currency jumped from just under $1,000 at the start of the year to a $20,000 all-time high in December. The real game-changer here isn't Bitcoin, though, but the technology that powers it, known as blockchain. Despite volatility and suspicion marking the crypto-market, the blockchain concept could be a truly revolutionary innovation.

Posted April 12, 2018

If you're looking for a popular database management system (DBMS) platform, Microsoft SQL Server is a solid choice. Research from Gartner shows it's among the most widely deployed platforms in the category—second only to Oracle—with more than 20% of the DBMS market's $34.4 billion total. SQL Server also is experiencing rapid growth. Industry data from 2016 shows that SQL Server revenue rose more than that of Oracle and even of the market overall, with 10.3% growth.

Posted April 12, 2018

Digitization is transforming business faster than ever before—with software and technology now deeply ingrained in the core of organizations' operations and business functions, rather than siloed in IT. While companies reap the benefits of digital transformation, not every organization is prepared for the double-edged sword that comes with the widespread implementation of software and technology: audits.

Posted April 12, 2018

"Digital transformation" is a term that can both unite and divide audiences in a single conversation. Delve into the topic at a conference or a cocktail party, and people within earshot will quickly agree that it's a good thing—an initiative that every organization should undertake if it wants to stay competitive. But just as quickly, the same people will start a debate about what digital transformation really is and what an organization should do to make it happen.

Posted April 12, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted April 12, 2018

Keeping data highly available is no longer a simple matter of backing up one database with an up-to-the-second copy of another. Today's enterprise data environments are complex, with many database platforms and modes of computing. A hybrid data infrastructure calls for new approaches to data replication. This is one of the takeaways of a recent survey of 285 IT managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Posted April 12, 2018

Presented once each year by three major Oracle users groups—Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group—COLLABORATE is one event focused solely on the spectrum of Oracle technologies and solutions that you can count on to get information from experts and fellow users about practical implications, real-world use cases, and how to benefit from new solutions and overcome difficulties you may be having.

Posted March 14, 2018

Every organization is unique. So is every Oracle user. Enter COLLABORATE 18: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (April 22-26 in Las Vegas). Designed to serve the evolving educational needs of today's users, COLLABORATE offers 12,00 informative sessions and events carefully selected by volunteers, Oracle pros themselves, from a global call for content. While there's no "one-size-fits-all," there is something for everyone.

Posted March 14, 2018

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