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While the cloud can offer an organization a wide array of benefits—including a reduction in infrastructure costs, greater flexibility to deploy regionally, and more—it's not always an organization's first choice when it comes to building out an SAP landscape, where high availability (HA) is essential. If you're invested in real-time analytics or building out AI services that depend on uninterrupted access to your SAP landscape, you don't want to find yourself unable to access the data and services you need.

Posted October 28, 2020

IBM is introducing new services, partnerships, and capabilities designed to help clients accelerate their hybrid cloud journeys and deploy and run SAP software workloads wherever they choose—from the IBM public cloud to on-premises. These new offerings expand on IBM and SAP's global alliance partnership to help clients optimize their SAP software workloads.

Posted October 28, 2020

Videos of presentations from Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a 3-day series of data management and analytics webinars presented last week by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, are now available for on-demand viewing on the DBTA YouTube channel. Use this opportunity to take another look, catch up on a session you missed, or share with a colleague!

Posted October 26, 2020

Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced an enhanced, bi-directional, and automatic integration between the Dynatrace Software Intelligence Platform and the ServiceNow Platform. With precise topology and service mapping for dynamic multicloud environments, joint customers can increase efficiency through intelligent automation and reduce the risk of disruptions with predictive problem identification and automatic remediation, giving BizDevOps teams more time to innovate and accelerate digital transformation, according to the vendors.

Posted October 23, 2020

Next Pathway Inc., the Automated Cloud Migration company, is rolling out a self-service version of its SHIFT Migration Suite. Putting SHIFT directly in the hands of customers will ultimately make it faster, easier, and cheaper for enterprises to jumpstart cloud migration projects—including planning, code migration and cutover—with just a few clicks, according to the vendor.  

Posted October 23, 2020

Comprehending natural language text with its first-hand challenges of ambiguity, synonymity, and co-reference has been a long-standing problem in natural language processing. Transfer learning uses some of the models that have been pre-trained on terabytes of data and fine-tunes them based on the problem at hand. It's the new way to efficiently implement machine learning solutions without spending months on data cleaning pipeline. Jayeeta Putatunda, senior data scientist, Indellient US Inc., discussed how to implement language model BERT during his Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 session, "The Power of Transfer Learning in NLP using BERT."

Posted October 22, 2020

At Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, data management expert Craig S. Mullins delivered a presentation titled, "The Changing Requirements of Database Administration."  Mullins, who is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, an IBM Gold Consultant, and a longtime DBTA columnist, looked at the industry trends and issues that are impacting DBAs and fundamentally transforming the duties associated with their jobs. Mullins was joined in the session by John Pocknell, senior market strategist, database solutions at Quest, whose presentation titled, "Tools for a Cross-Platform DBA," covered tools for monitoring and management.

Posted October 22, 2020

Qlik is acquiring Blendr.io, an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure embedded integration and automation platform (iPaaS), expanding Qlik's ability to deliver active intelligence through its end-to-end data integration and cloud analytics platform. Blendr.io's technology enables Qlik to expand the existing breadth of its data integration and data analytics offerings to also include automation to trigger actions and enhance augmented analytics capabilities.

Posted October 22, 2020

At Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO, Radiant Advisors, provided guidance about the agile methodology and templates that project delivery teams can follow to build modern data infrastructures (on-prem, hybrid, and multi-cloud). He was followed by Waqas Dhillon, product manager for machine learning, Vertica, whose presentation focused on best practices for scaling analytics workloads.

Posted October 21, 2020

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Started by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the non-profit National Cyber Security Alliance, the goal of this designation is to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security. Find out what data governance and security leaders think about the state of data security today.

Posted October 21, 2020

Originally started as automating the IT operations tasks, AIOps has moved beyond the rudimentary RPA, event consolidation, noise reduction use cases into mainstream use cases such as root causes analysis, service ticket analytics, anomaly detection, demand forecasting, and capacity planning. During Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, Andy Thurai, emerging tech strategist, AI consultant, thought leader, Field CTO, Forbes Contributor, discussed "AIOps: The Savior for Digital Business Unplanned Outages."

Posted October 20, 2020

OpenStack Foundation has announced it will be changing its corporate name to Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF) starting in 2021, reflecting the organization's broader commitment and valuable expertise in driving innovations in open source. OIF's goal is to build an open infrastructure for the next decade by solving infrastructure issues raised by continuing demands in new markets.

Posted October 20, 2020

Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a series of data management and analytics webinars presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, is going on this week. Whether your interests lie in the technical possibilities and challenges of new and emerging technologies or using the wealth of data your company is collecting for business intelligence, analytics, and other business strategies, Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 has something for you!

Posted October 20, 2020

BMC has announced the results of its 15th Annual Mainframe Survey. The findings reveal strong support for mainstreaming the mainframe, new strategic priorities, and a resurgence of next-generation mainframe talent. "The IBM Z ecosystem continues to evolve to support a modern, hybrid cloud. But it's more than that, because the practitioners who run IBM Z are shifting as well to represent the modern workforce—with 40% representation from women and over one-third representation from those with less than 5 years experience on the Z platform," said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM Z and LinuxONE.

Posted October 19, 2020

AtScale, a software provider for advanced analytics, is releasing the AtScale 2020.4 platform, extending cloud online analytical processing (OLAP) capabilities for cloud data platforms, including Snowflake and analytics applications like Microsoft Excel and Tableau.

Posted October 16, 2020

CompassRed, a data analytics and artificial intelligence company, will use its $2 million grant from the CARES Act to fund a Data Innovation Lab to accelerate the use of data insights and intelligence to address COVID-related issues in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Posted October 16, 2020

Tellius, the decision intelligence company, announced that the Tellius platform is available in AWS Marketplace, allowing customers to try, purchase, and deploy Tellius within their AWS account. Tellius offers a decision intelligence platform for business and analytics teams to make smarter decisions from their enterprise data using AI-driven Guided Insights.

Posted October 13, 2020

Alation, a provider of enterprise data intelligence solutions, has formed a partnership with Dataiku, an enterprise AI and machine learning platform, to ensure that sensitive data used to create AI and machine-learning models is properly classified and governed. With the Alation and Dataiku integration, data scientists have immediate access to curated data ingested directly into Dataiku.

Posted October 13, 2020

Knowledge graphs are taking on greater prominence in enterprise information strategies. Joe Hilger, co-founder of the consultancy Enterprise Knowledge, recently explained what's happening and why the technology is now in the spotlight as a critical piece in the information management puzzle. "Any technologies that make it easier to find, share, and collaborate remotely are incredibly valuable," says Hilger.

Posted October 12, 2020

This may be the era of the data-driven enterprise, but only a handful of organizations report they are ready for it. There is a growing volume of "dark data" that remains obscure to IT managers and decision makers. This period unfolding before us will be driven by several technology initiatives, from 5G wireless and IoT to AI.

Posted October 08, 2020

Both data warehouses and data lakes offer robust options for ensuring that data is well-managed and prepped for today's analytics requirements. However, the two environments have distinctly different roles, and data managers need to understand how to leverage the strengths of each to make the most of the data feeding into analytics systems.

Posted October 08, 2020

"It's yours, free. Just pay shipping and handling!" claims the infomercial host. We've all seen them, the advertisements for home maintenance, gardening equipment, or even cooking products that promise the world but end up costing a lot of money. Whether it's through shipping fees or the need to sign up for long contracts that are hard to break, unfortunately, most deals that seem "too good to be true" usually are not what they seem.

Posted October 08, 2020

Employers today look for a broader and more adaptive skill set in their DBAs. Here's a look at skills that any DBA should have and also those that a DBA should look to obtain and nurture, regardless of which new technology is entering the hype cycle.

Posted October 08, 2020

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Cloud Guard and Oracle Maximum Security Zones. With Oracle Maximum Security Zones, Oracle can activate security policy enforcement of best practices automatically from day one so customers can prevent misconfiguration errors and deploy workloads securely.

Posted October 07, 2020

The role of cloud computing in today's enterprises continues to accelerate, fueled by both market pressures to compete more aggressively against digital-savvy competitors and, more recently, by the COVID-19 crisis, which has prompted a massive shift to digital work and consumer engagement. While it's clear that cloud computing has a vital role to play in supporting new and existing applications, it presents difficult choices for data managers.

Posted October 07, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is releasing Amazon Timestream, a new time series database for IoT and operational applications that can scale to process trillions of time series events per day. According to AWS, Amazon Timestream saves customers effort and expense by keeping recent data in-memory and moving historical data to a cost-optimized storage tier based upon user-defined policies, while its query processing gives customers the ability to access and combine recent and historical data transparently across tiers with a single query, without needing to specify explicitly in the query whether the data resides in the in-memory or cost-optimized tier.

Posted October 05, 2020

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, is releasing Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.5, delivering Kubernetes-based data services for modern, cloud-native applications across the open hybrid cloud. Tightly integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.5 is designed to help organizations enable a more seamless data services architecture for applications.

Posted October 05, 2020

Actifio, a pioneer of multi-cloud copy data management software, has announced an OEM agreement with Dell Technologies enabling the companies to offer two new solutions to help customers accelerate digital transformation. The new solutions are aimed at database cloning, cloud connectivity, and DevOps initiatives.

Posted September 30, 2020

At VMworld 2020, VMware and NVIDIA announced a partnership to deliver both an end-to-end enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data center, cloud, and the edge that uses NVIDIA DPUs (data processing units) to support existing and next-generation applications. "We are partnering with NVIDIA to bring AI to every enterprise; a true democratization of one of the most powerful technologies," said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. "We're also collaborating to define a new architecture for the hybrid cloud—one purpose built to support the needs and demands of the next generation of applications."

Posted September 29, 2020

Denodo, a provider of data virtualization, has announced the Denodo Platform version 8.0, which accelerates hybrid and multi-cloud integration, automates data management with AI/machine learning, and boosts performance with smart query acceleration.

Posted September 29, 2020

dotData, focused on delivering full-cycle data science automation and operationalization for the enterprise, is providing dotData Enterprise on Microsoft Azure, offering increased speed and efficiency of data science and machine learning processes coupled with Azure's strong managed IaaS/PaaS capabilities.

Posted September 25, 2020

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise data solutions, is focusing on disrupting the analytics space with a series of platform releases, including TIBCO Hyperconverged Analytics, providing immersive, smart, and real-time analytics to data-driven businesses. The company also unveiled TIBCO Spotfire 11 and TIBCO Cloud Data Streams, accelerating insights and actions for businesses.

Posted September 24, 2020

IBM has announced the next generation of its IBM POWER central processing unit (CPU) family: IBM POWER10. Designed to offer a platform to meet the needs of enterprise hybrid cloud computing, the IBM POWER10 processor uses a design focused on energy efficiency and performance in a 7nm (nanometer) form factor with an expected improvement of up to 3x greater processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density than the IBM POWER9 processor.

Posted September 23, 2020

Alcide, a Kubernetes security provider, has achieved the AWS Outposts Ready designation, part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Ready Program. This designation recognizes that Alcide's platform has demonstrated successful integration with AWS Outposts deployments.

Posted September 17, 2020

Pure Storage, an IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Portworx, a Kubernetes data services platform enterprises trust to run mission-critical applications in containers in production.

Posted September 16, 2020

Oracle has confirmed that it has a deal with TikTok. In an announcement, Oracle said: "Oracle confirms Secretary Mnuchin's statement that it is part of the proposal submitted by ByteDance to the Treasury Department over the weekend in which Oracle will serve as the trusted technology provider. Oracle has a 40-year track record providing secure, highly performant technology solutions."

Posted September 16, 2020

Oracle University has launched an initiative to train business professionals on more than 50 technology job roles that are becoming more important to nearly every company. The new initiative is meant to address a growing problem as more businesses seek to accelerate their own digital transformations.

Posted September 16, 2020

AtScale, a provider of intelligent data virtualization solutions, is adding new datasets and business intelligence (BI) dashboards to the AtScale Data Insights Marketplace, empowering users with up-to-date data on COVID-19. The new datasets include points-of-interest (POI) data, demographic data, campaign finance data, in addition to public economic indicators, and other geospatial data.

Posted September 15, 2020

NVIDIA and SoftBank Group Corp. announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SBG and the SoftBank Vision Fund (together, "SoftBank") in a transaction valued at $40 billion. Following the closing of the transaction, NVIDIA intends to retain the name and brand identity of Arm and expand its base in Cambridge. Arm's intellectual property will remain registered in the U.K. 

Posted September 14, 2020

CenturyLink is rebranding as the company shifts to a new purpose, becoming Lumen Technologies, or simply Lumen. The company aims to help lead enterprises through the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution - a time when smart, connective devices are everywhere.

Posted September 14, 2020

No matter where you live in the world, your life has been impacted by the technology and innovation conceived of in Silicon Valley. The wealth that has been created has been enormous. A popular British newspaper once published an article suggesting that if Silicon Valley were a country, it would be among the richest on Earth.

Posted September 11, 2020

When talking about data science, most people feel as if they are in one of two camps as far as data size. The first is really small data—hundreds of megabytes to a few gigabytes. The second is gigabytes to terabytes. Notice I didn't say "big data," nor did I say "petabytes." The source datasets may start at petabyte-scale, but keep in mind that data is often very raw, and most of it is ignored.

Posted September 11, 2020

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