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May 2016 - UPDATE

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With newer and newer big data sources exploding onto the scene, traditional data warehouses are being challenged. Satya Bhamidipati, director of business development of big data and advanced analytics at Oracle, discussed data mining and advanced analytics techniques that will enable the monetization of data during a session at Data Summit 2016.

Thanks to the cloud and other empowering technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, we're at the tipping point for big data. These technologies now provide a path to big data success for companies who otherwise lack the specialized big data skills or heretofore proprietary (and expensive) infrastructure to do it themselves. As 2016 progresses, we'll see the broader market put big data capabilities to work and the benefits of big data will, in turn, spread beyond the privileged few companies that were early big data adopters.

Utilizing data lakes are an alluring option for users with an enormous amount of information, yet questions remain regarding data accuracy, security, and relevancy. Three experts in the big data space, including Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, Abhik Roy, database solution engineer at Experion, and Tassos Sarbanes, data architect at Credit Suisse, participated in a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016 that focuses on these questions and more regarding data lakes.

The OpenStack Trove database as a service (DBaaS) project has come a long way since incubation in Grizzly and Havana, and integration in the Icehouse release in April 2014. At that time, it supported single instances of MongoDB, MySQL and a few other databases. Today, Trove supports Cassandra, Couchbase, CouchDB, DataStax Enterprise, DB2 Express, MariaDB, MongoDB, MySQL Percona, Percona XtraDB Cluster, Redis, and Vertica.

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

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