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How fast and far can databases grow, and how can such growth be sustained? That's the question faced by many data managers these days, who deal with growing demands from their businesses for real-time, analytical capabilities, incorporating data-driven initiatives such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. They are responding and keeping up with these requirements through a combination of cloud resources and automation.

Posted December 19, 2018

Big data continues to be top of mind while new technologies are also emerging to reel in and uncover important insights. In 2018, a variety of solutions came to the fore and 2019 is setting the stage for another data explosion. Here, several experts in the big data space offer their predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted December 18, 2018

In 2018, there was heightened awareness of AI and machine learning and, in 2019, the emphasis is expected to increase on cognitive computing technologies that can analyze data in ways previously unimaginable and act independently or with limited human intervention. Here, executives of leading IT companies offer 9 predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted December 13, 2018

IBM has announced IBM Talent & Transformation, a new business to help companies and their employees flourish in the era of AI and automation. IBM Talent & Transformation is targeted at providing not only AI skills training, but also helping companies drive the changes necessary to use AI to empower employees, transform workflows, eliminate bias, and build a modern workforce.

Posted December 10, 2018

In a wide-ranging keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd presented a picture of the issues shaping change in IT. And, as his become a customary part of his presentations, Hurd shared new predictions for the future.

Posted December 10, 2018

C3 is releasing version 7.8 of its platform, delivering improvements for developers, data scientists, and end users. The update introduces a new C3 Integrated Development Studio, (C3 IDS), enhanced security, improved performance and scalability, new model management capabilities, updated machine learning pipelines, local Docker development environments, and other features across the suite of SaaS C3 Applications. In addition, new virtual data lake support enables organizations to use the C3 Platform to connect to multiple, existing local data stores (e.g., Oracle Database, SAP HANA, SQL Server, AWS S3, Azure Blob, Apache HDFS, Apache Hbase, Postgres, Cassandra, AWS DynamoDB, and MongoDB) while providing developers and data scientists a virtual unified data access layer.

Posted December 05, 2018

As we enter a world of machine learning and data science, are there any gotchas or negatives? It sounds as if it is all sunshine and rainbows, but, as the title to this post alludes, there are.

Posted December 05, 2018

The 2018 Microsoft Ignite conference was overflowing with attendees this year, as user enthusiasm continues to grow with the advent of CEO Satya Nadella.

Posted December 04, 2018

Everything changes—especially when we seek to automate tasks. Automation is leading to amazing consumer benefits—from vehicles to clothing to voice-activated devices—and making our lives better. In the workplace, as automation becomes applied to repetitive tasks that are being handled manually, people become concerned about their livelihoods. Will they lose their jobs? How will they provide for themselves and their family? How will automation impact them personally?

Posted December 04, 2018

The year just ending has been an interesting one for data managers. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning took center stage, which also meant an increasingly glaring spotlight on data sourcing, management, and viability. The continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) also meant no letting up on demands for data environments to deliver requirements fast and furiously. The year ahead will bring more of the same—as well as a continuation of the transformation of information management.

Posted December 04, 2018

BlueFinity is introducing new features to its signature platform Evoke, enabling new machine learning and AI capabilities. To improve help and support for end-users of an Evoke App a new Chatbot feature is being added, giving gives users chat-style AI support.

Posted December 04, 2018

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is releasing a suite of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that combine machine reasoning, natural language processing, and machine learning. Melissa Informatics' Sentient (MIS) solution is a new and unique set of clinical data quality and integration tools that turn diverse, dirty, and disconnected data into a clean, research-ready data resource.

Posted December 04, 2018

TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform for the enterprise, is introducing TigerGraph Cloud, a robust way to run scalable graph analytics in the cloud. Users can get their TigerGraph service up and running, tapping into TigerGraph's library of customizable graph algorithms to support key use cases including AI and machine learning.

Posted December 04, 2018

Qubole, the data activation company, is unveiling a solution that runs on Amazon SageMaker, allowing data scientists to harness the power of machine learning. The solution uses Qubole Notebooks and Apache Spark to explore, cleanse, and prepare data, while leveraging the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build, train, and deploy ML models at any scale.

Posted November 29, 2018

SAP is expanding SAP Leonardo's machine learning capabilities based on its upgraded SAP Conversational AI service, enabling companies to build increasingly sophisticated corporate chat bots easily. SAP is also investing in intelligent robotic process automation (RPA) that is intended to help SAP automate repetitive processes across its portfolio. And SAP plans to release smart application design capabilities in the SAP Analytics Cloud solution.

Posted November 28, 2018

SAP is introducing SAP Cloud Platform innovations that will allow customers to connect their demand chain to their supply chain, meet new privacy and security regulations, and provide an exclusive cloud environment for their critical applications.

Posted November 28, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, has launched Attunity for Data Lakes on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a new solution to automate streaming data pipelines on AWS.

Posted November 26, 2018

Veritas Technologies, provider of enterprise data protection, is unveiling Veritas Predictive Insights, a new solution that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms to deliver always-on proactive support. Utilizing years of encrypted event data from thousands of Veritas appliances, Veritas Predictive Insights' cloud-based AI/ML Engine monitors system health, detects potential issues, and creates proactive remediation before problems can occur.

Posted November 16, 2018

BlueData, provider of container-based software, and H2O.ai, an open source leader in AI, will partner to advance AI and machine learning (ML) deployments. The collaboration includes integration of H2O.ai's full suite of products - including open source H2O, H2O Sparkling Water for machine learning with Spark, and the automated H2O Driverless AI - with the container-based BlueData EPIC software platform.

Posted November 14, 2018

Cognigo, provider of an AI-driven enterprise platform for data protection and compliance, has announced the completion of a $8.5 million Series A round.

Posted November 13, 2018

Arun Murthy—CPO and co-founder of Hortonworks—who will also serve as CPO at Cloudera after the merger is complete—recently shared his thoughts on what's ahead for 2019. According to Murthy, data at the edge, AI, IoT, open source, and cloud will all factor in strongly in organizations' plans for analytics and governance.

Posted November 12, 2018

Oracle is acquiring DataFox, whose cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) data engine and derived business content provide company-level information and insightful data to optimize business decisions. The combination of Oracle and DataFox is expected to enhance Oracle Cloud Applications with an AI-derived company-level data and signals, enabling customers to reach better decisions and business outcomes.

Posted November 07, 2018

Data security was top of mind for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison when he took the stage to announce Cloud Computing - Generation 2 in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

Posted November 07, 2018

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud solutions, is updating a variety of its products including ONTAP 9.5, MAX Data, StorageGRID SG6060, NetApp Solution Support for FlexPod, and Flash Performance Guarantee.

Posted November 05, 2018

While AI and machine learning cannot—yet—turn back time, cognitive technologies can analyze data in ways that were previously unattainable. Manual modeling on past failure patterns executed by "data scientists" is nothing new, but data analysis performed by AI-powered platforms builds cognitive learning which not only can learn from past failure patterns but more importantly learn to detect issues not known or seen before.

Posted November 01, 2018

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud solutions, is updating a variety of its products including ONTAP 9.5, MAX Data, StorageGRID SG6060, NetApp Solution Support for FlexPod, and Flash Performance Guarantee. These new data services and solutions further extend the NetApp Data Fabric across edge, core, and cloud, to enable organizations to fully realize the promise of artificial intelligence.

Posted October 29, 2018

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle launched Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud, a new suite of use-case-specific SaaS applications to enhance traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain.

Posted October 23, 2018

Tableau's new Ask Data allows people to ask questions in plain language and instantly get a response. Tableau will return an interactive visualization with no need to learn data dimensions, measures, or any data structure. According to Tableau, Ask Data uses sophisticated algorithms that are driven by an understanding of the person's intent, not keywords, which helps Tableau understand a person's question, anticipate needs, and allow for smart visualization selection.

Posted October 23, 2018

IBM reported growth in the most recent quarter, much of it led by its cloud computing initiatives. Strategic imperatives revenue over the last 12 months was $39.5 billion, up 13%. Total cloud revenue over the last 12 months was $19 billion, up 20%, with $8.1 billion from hardware, software, and services to enable IBM clients to implement hybrid cloud solutions across public, private and multi-cloud environments, and $10.9 billion delivered as a service. The annual exit run rate for as-a-service revenue increased in the quarter to $11.4 billion, up 21%.

Posted October 22, 2018

Oracle and NVIDIA have announced that Oracle is the first public cloud provider to support the NVIDIA HGX-2 platform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, helping to meet the needs of the next generation of analytics, machine learning and  artificial intelligence (AI). The companies are also announcing the general availability of support for GPU-accelerated deep learning and high performance computing (HPC) containers from the (NGC) container registry on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted October 17, 2018

There's a renaissance happening in organizations today. Process automation is now ‘in vogue' again. It's no doubt that robotic process intelligence and artificial intelligence are driving this renaissance, helping to transform the enterprise. But what that transformation looks like is another question entirely.

Posted October 10, 2018

MarkLogic Corporation, a transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, is launching MarkLogic Data Hub Service, providing a fast and cost-effective way for enterprises to integrate, store, harmonize, analyze, and secure mission-critical data in the cloud.

Posted October 09, 2018

IBM has introduced Watson solutions and services pre-trained for a variety of industries and professions including agriculture, customer service, human resources, supply chain, manufacturing, building management, automotive, marketing, and advertising. This follows IBM's previous announcement of a new software service that gives businesses more transparency into AI decisions.

Posted October 08, 2018

DataRobot, a provider of automated machine learning, is partnering with UiPath, an Enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, to train and infer machine learning models from DataRobot into UiPath processes to augment decision-making.

Posted October 08, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Oracle OpenWorld, with as much change in the event format as there is in the technology. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will be well represented in the Content Catalog, as over 20 members are scheduled to present on the hot topics for data professionals.

Posted October 03, 2018

Naveego, an emerging provider of cloud-based Data Quality and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, is introducing its Complete Data Accuracy Platform 2018.2.0, empowering organizations to proactively transform data into viable, actionable information assets.

Posted October 02, 2018

Splunk Inc., is unveiling an updated product vision that will enable Splunk customers to drive the next wave of business evolution with data through a series of innovations in machine learning, performance and scale, with new versions of Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud.

Posted October 02, 2018

In my last article, I discussed how the Internet of Things market is showing early signs of maturity, but that many projects still can stumble. I identified seven "habits" that successful projects have in common, which, when used together, are powerful enough to set your IoT project on the right path.

Posted September 27, 2018

Volumes of data surround us. The internet, advertising, social media, connected cars and smart homes have driven an exponential increase in information, primarily unstructured data. But, this data is useless unless we can also comprehend, analyze and make operational, tactical and strategic (yet democratized) decisions based on the information. This realization has pushed organizations to rethink business strategies and outcomes as related to big data and digital transformation. It's also prompted an investment in technologies that enable data mining, as well as prescriptive, descriptive and predictive analytical solutions.

Posted September 27, 2018

There's been a lot of discussion recently about autonomous databases, which offer the promise of keeping database systems stable and performant while alleviating much of the tuning and configuration drudgery that DBAs must typically slog through. It is important to note that an autonomous database needs to strike a balance between giving administrators too much and too little control. Too much control takes the form of endless configuration and tuning parameters that place the burden of performance and stability on the operator. Too little control takes the form of automated behaviors that reduce the predictability of the system to an unacceptable level.

Posted September 26, 2018

Arago has developed a solution to connect HIRO to SAP environments of any size and complexity. In April 2018, Arago, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent automation, entered the world of specialized solutions by creating Arago da Vinci as a subsidiary company focusing exclusively on SAP automation.

Posted September 26, 2018

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