December 2013

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Trends and Applications

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.

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.

Columns - Notes on NoSQL

Not all Hadoop packages offer a unique distribution of the Hadoop core, but all attempt to offer a differentiated value proposition through additional software utilities, hardware, or cloud packaging. Against that backdrop, Intel's distribution of Hadoop might appear to be an odd duck since Intel is not in the habit of offering software frameworks, and the brand, while ubiquitous, is not associated specifically with Hadoop, databases or big data software. However, given its excellent partnerships across the computer industry, Intel has support from a variety of vendors, including Oracle and SAP, and many of the innovations in its distribution show real promise.

Columns - Database Elaborations

In the world of database products, trends seem to pop up quickly, like prairie dogs testing the air. However, regardless of the marketing jargon, or platform, vendor-product purchased, or open source utility downloaded, the one thing that remains unaltered is that in order to extract value from data, the data must be understood. The individuals within any organization who actually comprehend the data, the data structures, and all the exceptions to the usual rules are individuals who are considered critical resources.

Columns - DBA Corner

DB2 11 for z/OS brings with it a bevy of interesting and useful new features. They range the gamut from development to admin­istration to performance to integration with big data. Even if your company won't be migrating right away, now that DB2 11 is out in the field and available, the time has come for all DB2 users to take some time to learn what this latest and greatest version of DB2 can do.

Columns - Quest IOUG Database & Technology Insights

IT organizations see benefit in providing cloud services and database as a service in consolidation environments and in being able to deliver the needed business solutions quickly and cost-effectively. A first step to starting the journey to providing databases as a service is to consolidate database environments, and the Oracle Database 12c actually provides a great way to do just that.

Columns - SQL Server Drill Down

Microsoft has been pouring resources into building out its business intelligence (BI) feature set since at least the SQL Server 2000 release. The upcoming SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014) release will continue that trend. Here's what SQL2014 will do for you with regard to business intelligence.

MV Community

Temenos, a provider of solutions to the financial services industry, has announced that Arab Investment Bank - Egypt (AIBK) has selected T24, Temenos' core banking system to support its expansion plans. Since 2000, T24 has shipped exclusively with integrated jBASE One of the prerequisites for the Temenos T24 banking application is the jBASE open connectivity technology integrated with the banking functionality and coupled with an open database such as Oracle, IBM's DB2, Microsoft's SQL Server or jBASE, which provides clients with options in terms of future direction.

Rocket Software has acquired the MultiValue database business from TigerLogic Corporation. According to Rocket Software, the acquisition demonstrates its commitment to MultiValue database technology, to its partners whose solutions depend on the technology, and customers that rely on those applications to run their businesses.

The first major release of Rocket Software's UniVerse Database in two years, UniVerse 11.2 provides enhancements targeted at two main groups of constituents - partners who are writing their software on top of UniVerse and end users. UniVerse, which was launched more than 25 years ago, is used heavily in the banking, retail, travel, healthcare, government, and oil & gas sectors, observed Dan McGrath, managing director for research and development, U2 Servers, at Rocket Software.

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development, has completed the implemented of Entrinsik's Informer reporting and BI software in order to order to better track, understand and manage its SugarCRM data.