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Posted December 02, 2015

Posted December 02, 2015

The concept of the data lake has become a hot topic. The data lake retains data in its original format to allow the data to be more flexible for everyone involved. While this sounds fine in theory, it is a more complicated in practice due to the need for governance and security.

Posted November 09, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted November 09, 2015

Each year at Oracle OpenWorld, new products are introduced and existing ones updated during keynotes and presentations. Along the way, top executives make observations about how IT is changing overall and at customer deployments. This year, the impact of cloud is being felt strongly.

Posted November 09, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 22, 2015

With the current rate of data growth, it is not inconceivable that in 3 years, we'll have 10 times the volume of data we have today. The challenge will only continue to grow, but by following the five C's of data visualization, it is possible to prepare data and present eye-opening data visualization to improve users' reporting, analytics, and overall business intelligence.

Posted October 22, 2015

What does it take to have an always-on organization? While an impressive array of technology exists to deliver data on a real-time, continuous basis, even those organizations with multiple redundancies built into their systems and networks still face challenges keeping up.

Posted October 22, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 07, 2015

IT suppliers and data management managers are experiencing a major pain point with efficient data logging management. The availability of NoSQL open source software has enabled enterprises to collect large volumes of data from different sources, and software companies have implemented "call back home" features that allow their software to send information to data collection centers within various parameters, creating additional run time configurations and data traffic. And as the Internet of Things and a "connected everything" approach to businesses become increasingly popular, more and more data will flow in and out of data management systems, leaving IT managers muddled with millions of pieces of data they must properly manage and store.

Posted October 07, 2015

Traditional data warehousing models and open source alternatives such as Apache Hadoop and Storm have been touted as solutions to a variety of "big data" challenges. However, utilities have found that these approaches cannot handle the scale and complexity of data generated in industrial environments. Additionally, they fail to provide the real-time analysis and situational awareness that utilities need to improve decision making or address critical events in real-time, such as optimizing crews during outages and severe weather events.

Posted September 24, 2015

In-memory databases and grids have entered the enterprise mainstream. New offerings from pure-play in-memory database providers as well as the large relational database management systems vendors are helping organizations that are scrambling to keep pace with the demands of an always-on, real-time economy. These in-memory databases are emerging in many forms—from extensions of relational database management systems to NoSQL databases to cloud hosted NoSQL databases. These new technologies couldn't come a moment too soon.

Posted September 24, 2015

Microsoft has been releasing newer versions of SQL with greater frequency, prompting DBAs to constantly ask themselves: "Is it time to upgrade?" Once that answer is yes, they have a lot of information to parse through to see what is right for their unique needs and finances.

Posted September 24, 2015

There are various terms being bandied about that describe the new world data centers are entering—from the "third platform" to the "digital enterprise" to the "always-on" organization. Whatever the terminology, it's clear there is a monumental shift underway. Business and IT leaders alike are rethinking their approaches to technology, rethinking their roles in managing this technology, and, ultimately, rethinking their businesses. The underlying technologies supporting this movement—social, mobile, data analytics, and cloud—are also causing IT leaders to rethink the way in which database systems are being developed and deployed.

Posted September 24, 2015

There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Here are the eight things that matter the most in today's market.

Posted September 09, 2015

Marketers continue to become more technologically astute as their roles evolve, but one tool remains under-utilized: data management platforms. These platforms provide numerous ways for marketers to slice and dice data to develop compelling ways to reach customers, often in real time. However, when used incorrectly, these platforms can push marketing campaigns off-course - which is why marketers must get smart on what the platforms are designed to do and how to use them most effectively.

Posted September 09, 2015

To help companies get more value from big data, SAP has introduced HANA Vora, a new in-memory computing engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop. HANA Vora is a completely new product built from the ground up and is aimed at better processing of data to make business decisions.

Posted September 09, 2015

With predictive and prescriptive analytics beginning to gain traction in B2B markets, CIOs are faced with the ever-present build-versus-buy decision. Yet, building the in-house expertise to tackle advanced analytics is a very costly, time-consuming and risky endeavor. When considering SaaS solutions, one of the primary concerns for any CIO should be data security since advanced analytics solutions will require the use of company data.

Posted September 09, 2015

MongoDB announced plans to offer support for MongoDB's products on IBM z Systems mainframe. The announcement comes as IBM launches LinuxONE, a new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions based on the z Systems mainframe that's designed for enterprise-grade Linux applications.

Posted September 09, 2015

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted August 25, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals converged in Orlando, August 9th-14th, for the annual SHARE summer conference, which featured more than 500 educational sessions. "Mainframe data is growing tremendously and companies want to utilize it," said James Vincent, president of SHARE. "They are investing in data analytics," he added. "But data security and privacy are really growing in importance."

Posted August 25, 2015

A recent DBTA webcast spotlighted an intriguing project in which IBM has partnered with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists in using signal patterns in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The project leverages IBM Analytics for Apache Spark, a powerful cluster-computing framework with in-memory processing and analytics.

Posted August 25, 2015

When anyone hears the word "fragmentation," they typically think of a physical disk platter problem where the fragmentation of physical blocks results in disk latency due to the extra head movement required to process a file. What about solid-state drives (SSDs)?

Posted August 25, 2015

Some industry pundits have been speculating that with cloud and IT automation, the need for database administrators (DBAs) is going to fade. However, this is far from reality. In fact, the DBA is even more vital than ever to enterprises—and the jobs of DBAs are evolving rapidly to meet new challenges and technology paradigms.

Posted August 10, 2015

Oracle recently rolled out major updates to Oracle Identity Management to help organizations securely manage access to mobile, cloud, and on-premise applications. Jim Taylor, senior director, product management, Oracle, discussed how the data security landscape is being shaped by greater digitization, more demand for access from more devices, and the relentless reports of high-profile data breaches.

Posted August 10, 2015

Let's rephrase the question above: The next ticking time bomb is your database. Regardless of whether you run Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL, the odds lean toward your organization having a ticking time bomb. The only question to be posed is whether you are going to become collateral damage or diffuse the bomb before the damage happens.

Posted August 10, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard Microsoft has introduced the initial release of Windows 10. Windows 10 has been a widely anticipated release on the part of consumers and business alike, with Microsoft aiming to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices within the next few years. Here are 10 technical and market reasons why Windows 10 will become Microsoft's biggest release ever.

Posted August 10, 2015

"Big Data," "Cloud," "Mobile," "IoT," "Social," "Real Time"—the stream of buzzwords seems unending. Helping Oracle customers stay on top of the latest technologies, deal with new challenges, and make the most of emerging opportunities, each fall Oracle presents OpenWorld, an event spanning the entirety of Oracle's offerings. The conference attracts tens of thousands of influential attendees who converge in San Francisco to learn about current and future technologies and trends from Oracle and the surrounding ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 05, 2015

Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Geos and SIGs present more than 50 sessions on Sunday. The user-led SIG sessions feature users and expert consultants sharing their firsthand knowledge and problem-solving tips and suggestions on a range of topics including EBS, Hyperion EPM, OBIEE, BI, and more. In addition, many Geos host Sunday sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to meet peers from their local community.

Posted August 05, 2015

Connect with Quest at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct. 25-29, 2015, and learn more about how you could get the answers and solutions you need to solve ERP challenges facing your business. At OpenWorld, you will have many opportunities to connect with the Quest team; from breakout sessions to SIG meetings to various networking opportunities, you'll be able to discover how Quest members leverage the community to achieve a higher satisfaction with their ERP.

Posted August 05, 2015

The IT industry continues to expand at a brisk pace with a steady influx of innovative products and technologies to help organizations extract value from data, integrate it with new and traditional sources, as well as ensure quality and security.

Posted August 04, 2015

An array of database technologies, including NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud database—or database as a service approaches, are increasingly being adopted to address the new requirements created by the explosive growth in data volume and variety. Social media, the Internet of Things, the need for mobile access, and real-time insights are just some of the new factors wielding pressure on organizations.

Posted August 04, 2015

The past few years have brought radical changes to the world of IT. After more than 40 years as the undisputed leader in enterprise data management, for the first time, the relational database is facing some worthy challengers.

Posted August 04, 2015

As organizations seek to leverage more data in more forms, some are finding that cloud-based, or cloud-friendly, databases provide advantages in terms of faster deployment, flexibility, reduced upfront capital commitment, and easy maintenance.

Posted August 04, 2015

NoSQL database technology is increasingly gaining ground in enterprises. It is true that the relational database is still the undisputed leader when it comes to enterprise data management. But today, newer technologies, and in particular, NoSQL database technologies, are making forays into the enterprise.

Posted August 04, 2015

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 04, 2015

Putting data to work by extracting useful information for competitive advantage is the goal for many companies. Why else amass huge stores of data if not to use it to understand customers' needs better, foresee new opportunities, and ward off impending threats.

Posted August 04, 2015

In-memory databases and grids have entered the enterprise mainstream. Today, new offerings are emerging in many forms—from extensions of relational database management systems to NoSQL databases to cloud-hosted NoSQL databases.

Posted August 04, 2015

While new and bigger data environments may seem complex, the objective is always simply to exploit data for decision making. Column-oriented relational databases - which store data in columns rather than in rows - were developed in the 1990s.

Posted August 04, 2015

Perhaps no technology is more aligned with the new world of big data than Hadoop, which allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across compute clusters

Posted August 04, 2015

Maintaining and optimizing database management systems has never been as important or as complex. Today, it involves far more than simply ensuring the high performance of a set of homogenous databases.

Posted August 04, 2015

Developing new database software quickly and collaboratively among globally located team members with varying skill levels, for deployment on cloud or on premise while also avoiding potential pitfalls that can create downtime and delays is a goal for many organizations. To effectively deal with today's rapid business cycles, what's needed are nimble development solutions.

Posted August 04, 2015

Four years ago in The Wall Street Journal, Marc Andreesen wrote that software is eating the world. Those words continue to resonate. But with the heavy focus on software, there is pressure on underlying database systems to remain up and running, always available and functioning with lightning speed.

Posted August 04, 2015

For data-driven enterprises, no activity is more vital than keeping the database systems up and running. Still, unplanned downtime does happen for a variety of reasons. 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 04, 2015

Today, data is under assault from within organizations and from outside. The risks are endless. Breaches can be caused by any number potential threats - outside hackers, accidental staff mistakes, abuse by rogue employees, sharing data with outside partners. And, the damage can be costly, damaging finances and reputations.

Posted August 04, 2015

Data is flowing into organizations in greater faster and from more sources and in more formats than ever before. Along with this deluge, there is also a greater appreciation for the fact that is data can be leveraged for faster and better decision-making, connecting more appropriately with customers, creating better products, and avoiding risk.

Posted August 04, 2015

As organizations place more value on data than ever before, the adage "garbage in, garbage out" has taken on more significance. Sloppy data hygiene is reflected in subpar business outcomes.

Posted August 04, 2015

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 04, 2015

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