March 2016 - UPDATE

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Trends and Applications

For those whose brackets took a blow after just the first several games of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball championships, this year's tournament may provide a case in point on the value of analytics over sentiment.

From POODLE, Heartbleed, and Shellshock in 2014, to the Hacking Team breach, OpenSSL's FREAK, and a variety of zero-day vulnerabilities in 2015, we have seen a consistent ramp-up in security threats and successful data breaches. 2016 is the time for businesses to take their collective managerial and accounting heads out of the sand and build security into every level of their products and processes.

In recent years there has been an explosion of innovation in the database market. A popular rating report recently included more than 30 vendors in its 2015 report. And, organizations today are realizing how specific and complex their evolving needs are, and that they cannot solely rely on the "big three."

Many businesses have implemented new enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, expecting business benefits to magically fall into place, only to be disappointed. According to recent studies, 25% of ERP implementations fail, and at least 80% exceed budget or take longer than the originally planned development time. This is not good for business in more way than one.