July 2016 - UPDATE

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In today's big data world, analytics play a critical role in delivering actionable insights that empower personnel to act decisively and confidently in any situation. Many organizations are embracing analytics, making it a cornerstone capability of their strategies. However, not all analytics solutions are equivalent or appropriate for specific needs. Given that the stakes are so high, making the best solution and vendor choice is paramount to the success of any analytics initiative.

According to Gartner's 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs are moving from a systems-focused view to a platform-focused view in 2016, with digital revenue expected to more than double over the next year. Digitization will bring many benefits to the business, including increased revenue from better operations (expected by 66% of CIOs) and more business through digital channels (expected by 48% of CIOs). With the growing volume of digital data and its strategic value to the business, DBAs can also play an essential role in this digital transformation

The only constant is change. So, get ready for it. Maybe that's easier said than done. Too often, we, as DBAs, are flooded with change when it comes to database sche­mas, and keeping up with updates isn't as simple as just being ready. Develop­ers don't get that, though. Updating the application is pretty easy—simply copy over the existing application binary with the new one, and if there's something wrong, roll back by getting the old version from the build server.

EMC has announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held on July 19, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to the meeting.

Ending months of months of speculation on who would acquire Yahoo's operating business, including search engine, email services, and web properties, Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2017.

Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platfora, a provider of operational analytics and data discovery tools that enable companies to visually interact with and analyze large volumes of data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Workday's third fiscal quarter, were not disclosed.