Business Intelligence and Analytics

The world of Business Intelligence and Analytics is evolving quickly. Increasingly, the emphasis is on real-time Business Intelligence to enable faster decision making, and on Data Visualization, which enables data patterns to be seen more clearly. Key technologies involved in preparing raw data to be used for Business Intelligence, Reporting and Analytics – including ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load), CDC (Change Data Capture), and Data Deduplication – support a wide range of goals within organizations.

Business Intelligence and Analytics Articles

Accenture and SAP are expanding their global alliance by providing clients with end-to-end solutions running on the SAP HANA platform. Accenture will be the single point of contact for clients handling contracts for all software and services, allowing clients to focus on deployments of the solutions, either as a public or private cloud service. The first offering ready for release is the Marketing Performance Solution by Accenture and SAP, which enables chief marketing officers (CMOs) to view and act on centralized key marketing performance data such as sales figures, media spend and social reach in near real-time.

Posted September 25, 2013

SAP's latest BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions suite, version 4.1, has just been released. With this release, SAP is seeking to address the needs of the three very different users that BusinessObjects caters to - the decision maker, the business analyst, and IT developers building applications - with one product line. In addition, with this release, SAP has put a strong focus on something customers were demanding - stability, Jason Rose, vice president of product marketing at SAP, said in an interview.

Posted September 25, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted September 24, 2013

Glassbeam, a big data applications company specializing in multi-structured machine data analytics has secured $3 million in additional equity funding. Glassbeam's mission is to help companies and enterprises across a variety of markets understand machine data by providing a platform and set of key values to reduce support costs, increase service revenue and improve products. "It's an exciting market. It is all about how to ride this new wave of connected devices and pings across multiple verticals," Puneet Pandit, founder and CEO, Glassbeam, said in an interview.

Posted September 19, 2013

RainStor, a provider of an enterprise database for managing and analyzing all historical data, has introduced RainStor FastForward, a new product that enables customers to re-instate data from Teradata tape archives (also known as BAR for Backup, Archive and Restore) and move it to RainStor for query. The new RainStor FastForward product resolves a pressing challenge for Teradata customers that need to archive their Teradata warehouse data to offline tape, which can make it difficult to access and query that data when business and regulatory users require it, Deirdre Mahon, vice president of marketing, RainStor, explained in an interview.

Posted September 17, 2013

Oracle holds an enviable position in the IT marketplace with a wide array of database systems, development tools, languages, platforms, enterprise applications, and servers. Riding the coattails of this industry giant is a healthy and far-flung ecosystem of software developers, integrators, consultants, and OEMs. These are the partners that will help make or break Oracle's struggle with new forces disrupting the very foundations of IT. And lately, Oracle—long known for its own brand of xenophobia and disdain for direct competitors—has been making a lot of waves by forging new alliances with old foes. This is opening up potentially lucrative new frontiers for business partners at all levels.

Posted September 16, 2013

Pentaho has launched Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0. The new release represents a redesign of the company's data integration and analytics platform, and provides analytics for big data-driven businesses supported by more than 250 new features and improvements. Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0 is the culmination of years of work on development and also incorporates the result of usability studies on the Pentaho Business Analytics interface. "This is really an evolution of our platform as a whole. It is a significant release with a simplified analytics experience," Donna Prlich, Pentaho senior director of product and solution marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 12, 2013

If you look at what is really going on in the big data space it's all about inexpensive open source solutions that are facilitating the modernization of data centers and data warehouses, and at the center of this universe is Hadoop. In the evolution of the big data market, open source is playing a seminal role as the "disruptive technology" challenging the status quo. Additionally, organizations large and small are leveraging these solutions often based on inexpensive hardware and memory platforms in the cloud or on premise.

Posted September 11, 2013

Entrinsik is finalizing plans for the third annual Informer User Conference (ICON). The conference, which will be held September 30 - October 2, 2013, at Myrtle Beach, SC, is expected to bring attendees from across the country to share ideas, participate in presentations and exchange best practices related to using Informer.

Posted September 11, 2013

Cloudera has announced the general availability of Cloudera Search, a search engine for interactive exploration of data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Apache HBase. In addition, the accompanying add-on RTS (Real-time Search) subscription provides technical support, legal indemnification and continual influence over the development of the open source project.

Posted September 10, 2013

Syncsort has announced a technology partnership with Tableau Software. The combination of solutions is intended to provide mutual customers with a fast, cost-effective way to make data from across the enterprise - including mainframe and legacy systems - available in Hadoop so it can then be visualized and shared on-the-fly with drag and drop business analytics. The combination of technologies addresses a critical market need, said Jorge Lopez, director of product marketing at Syncsort, in an interview. "What I have seen in over 15 years of experience is that users are really tired of waiting."

Posted September 05, 2013

Noetix Corp., a provider of business intelligence (BI) software and services for enterprise applications, has introduced Noetix Analytics 5.3, with improvements including new data marts, performance enhancements, and a streamlined upgrade process. The release is an important one for Noetix customers and prospects because it provides additional functional capability, coverage for new subject areas, and also provides improvement to the performance of the application, Jeff Kirk, director of Product Management for Noetix Analytics, told 5 Minute Briefing in a recent interview.

Posted September 04, 2013

Grant Thornton LLP has acquired the Oracle consulting business of MarketSphere LLC, a Kansas City, Mo.-based business consulting firm. The acquisition brings more than 160 consultants to Grant Thornton's Technology Solutions practice, which is part of the firm's Business Advisory Services. The acquisition was effective Sept. 1.

Posted September 04, 2013

Software AG announced it is acquiring JackBe Corporation, a provider of real-time visual analytics and intelligence software. Providing rapid deployment and enterprise mashups of different data sources, JackBe will serve as the foundation for Software AG's new webMethods Intelligent Business Operations Platform. The new platform is designed to provide customers with an integrated, real-time awareness of dynamic operations and processes via visualizations.

Posted September 03, 2013

SAP AG introduced new high availability and disaster recovery functionality with SAP Sybase Replication Server for SAP Business Suite software running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE). "After only a year and a quarter supporting the Business Suite, ASE has already garnered about 2,000 customer installations. This easily provides that near zero-downtime for HA/DR that is non-intrusive to the system using Replication Server as the key enabling technology," said Dan Lahl, vice president, Database Product Marketing, SAP, in an interview.

Posted August 31, 2013

To encourage partners to build, market and sell software applications on top of technology platforms from SAP, the company has introduced the new SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development. The new partnering model, a component of the SAP PartnerEdge program, is intended to help partners create and monetize innovative, specific applications in the mobile, cloud, database or high-performance in-memory areas. Participating partners will be able to also get go-to-market support, including the SAP partner logo, free application reviews and the ability to leverage SAP Store, the online channel from SAP for enterprise applications and services.

Posted August 31, 2013

Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software, services and support for the open source R project, plans to offer increased support for Hadoop as a platform for big data analytics with Cloudera CDH3 and CDH4 in its upcoming release of Revolution R Enterprise 7.0.

Posted August 27, 2013

Vormetric, a provider of data security solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, has become a technology partner with Splunk Inc., which provides a software platform for real-time operational intelligence. Vormetric has also announced the general availability of Vormetric Data Security (VDS) for Splunk Enterprise, which provides customers with security intelligence for sensitive data using its Vormetric Data Firewall technology.

Posted August 27, 2013

Progress Software announced availability of new data connectivity and application capabilities as part of its Progress Pacific application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) for building and managing business applications on any cloud, mobile or social platform. "Pacific is a platform running in the cloud that is targeted at small and medium-size businesses, ISVs and departmental IT," John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress Software, explained in an interview. Instead of requiring a highly trained IT staff to build applications, Goodson says, the platform provides a visual design paradigm that allows users with limited skills to build powerful applications that can quickly connect to any data sources.

Posted August 21, 2013

IBM announced its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe, designed for enhanced analytics, cloud, and mobile computing. Priced at $75,000 for the base model, IBM says it is targeting smaller organizations. The computer giant says it is also adding new industry solutions and software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio, designed for financial services and government operations.

Posted August 21, 2013

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has formed a new special interest group (SIG) to allow users to share information and best practices regarding Oracle Endeca modules, including Oracle Endeca Commerce, Oracle Endeca Information Discovery and Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca. The first meeting will be at Oracle OpenWorld. In addition, the OAUG is offering IOUG members access to a virtual OAUG e-learning series featuring the most popular conference presentations from the COLLABORATE 13 - OAUG Forum.

Posted August 20, 2013

Pentaho Corporation, a provider of big data analytics and data integration software, has formed an alliance with Splunk Inc. to provide a big data analytics solution that enables business users to analyze machine data that is generated by websites, applications, servers, storage, network, mobile and other devices, including system sensors. As a result of the new alliance, Splunk customers will have the ability to use Pentaho's platform to do two things, said Eddie White, executive vice president, business development at Pentaho, in an interview.

Posted August 13, 2013

CSC, a provider of IT services and solutions has acquired Infochimps, a provider of big data platform-as-a-service for enterprise businesses. CSC says the addition of Infochimps' team will accelerate the development of CSC's data services platform, enabling CSC to quickly scale its big data business and offering customers as-a-service access to advanced data analytics.

Posted August 09, 2013

A new Oracle In-Memory Application - Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center - has been launched that enables customers to improve scenario management in order to increase supply chain resiliency and agility, decrease costs and enhance service levels. With supply chains and their associated logistics networks becoming increasingly complex, strategic and operational, Oracle says scenario management is now central to creating an effective logistics network. Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center leverages the performance capabilities of Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which can manage the large and complex data sets central to in-memory applications.

Posted August 07, 2013

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

Posted August 07, 2013

More "things" are now connected to the internet than people, a phenomenon dubbed The Internet of Things. Fueled by machine-to-machine (M2M) data, the Internet of Things promises to make our lives easier and better, from more efficient energy delivery and consumption to mobile health innovations where doctors can monitor patients from afar. However, the resulting tidal wave of machine-generated data streaming in from smart devices, sensors, monitors, meters, etc., is testing the capabilities of traditional database technologies. They simply can't keep up; or when they're challenged to scale, are cost-prohibitive.

Posted August 07, 2013

Kore Technologies will be a sponsor of the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Training and Networking Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV, from September 19 to September 20, 2013. Formed in 1994, the Eclipse Users Group is an independent organization of distribution companies that use the Epicor Eclipse software within their organizations. Kore provides integrated data warehousing, e-commerce, and enterprise integration solutions for the Eclipse user community via integrated best-in-class solutions to complement and extend the functionality of Eclipse.

Posted August 07, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, a provider of information optimization solutions, introduced new server and management automation capabilities for its Datawatch Monarch Professional, Datawatch Data Pump and Datawatch Enterprise Server products. Datawatch says the new releases of its flagship information optimization software will enable businesses to better secure, simplify and accelerate their big data and business intelligence applications, and also extend the technology to more users.

Posted August 06, 2013

IBM says it is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open cloud environment. According to IBM, the new PowerLinux 7R4 server, built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's Watson cognitive computing solution, can provide clients the performance required for the new business-critical and data-intensive workloads increasingly being deployed in Linux environments. IBM is also expanding the portfolio of software for Power Systems with the availability of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and EnterpriseDB database software, each optimized for Linux on Power.

Posted July 30, 2013

TIBCO Software and Composite Software have teamed up to provide a complete analytic application stack. With the combination of the TIBCO Spotfire Analytics Platform and the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, the companies say, businesses will be able to get an analytic solution in production much faster than with alternatives, and allow them to quickly adapt as data sources and business needs change.

Posted July 30, 2013

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau Online, a SaaS or hosted version of Tableau Server with the goal of making analytics easier. With Tableau Online, users can share, author and edit dashboards and reports with their company, customers and partners without requiring IT support or specially trained programmers.

Posted July 23, 2013

The latest version of Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine, version X3-4, features significant software enhancements and hardware updates to improve the capabilities of the high-speed engineered system for business analytics. The new Exalytics X3-4 system doubles the amount of on-board RAM to 2TB, and features 2.4TB of flash storage, and 5.4TB of hard disk.

Posted July 17, 2013

Big data analytics provider Actian is putting assets from the recent acquisition of ParAccel, Pervasive Software and Versant Corporation to work. The company announced plans to offer two new platforms, the Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms. The Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms are designed to provide end-to-end capabilities, from data connection through preparation and analytics, all the way to automated action. Built on technology that takes advantage of advances in chips, cores and clusters, the company says the platforms provide clients with integration and analytics on any data.

Posted July 16, 2013

We typically think of predictive analytics being used for providing business insight into opportunities such as upselling customers or detecting risk of fraud, but Patterns and Predictions, a predictive analytics company, is putting its technology to work for a higher purpose. The company is working on a big data initiative dubbed "The Durkheim Project" which is using its machine learning data fabric built on technologies from Attivio and Cloudera to predict suicide at scale.

Posted July 16, 2013

Logi Analytics, which allows organizations to create web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within their business applications, systems, and processes, is enhancing its big data capabilities with new support for Amazon Redshift and a new technology partnership with ParStream.

Posted July 16, 2013

Accenture has entered into an agreement with Predixion Software, a provider of collaborative predictive analytics software, to jointly develop advanced industry- and process-specific analytics solutions designed for the needs of business users. The agreement, which is part of a strategic investment Accenture has made in Predixion Software, strengthens Accenture's ongoing strategy to bring capabilities to its clients that cover the full analytics value chain.

Posted July 16, 2013

MemSQL, a provider of real-time analytics, announced the availability of MemSQL 2.1, which includes new features and enhancements to enable customers to access, explore and increase the value of data, regardless of size or file format. To meet the demands posed by increasing amounts of data and data types, MemSQL has updated its analytics platform to enable customers to receive real-time results on analytical queries across both real-time and historical datasets.

Posted July 16, 2013

Cloud BI company Birst and 3coast, a business analytics and CRM solutions provider, have formed a partnership to provide organizations custom business intelligence and analytics solutions. 3coast's IT consultants work closely with organizations to develop custom business intelligence solutions based on their unique needs. With Birst's enterprise-caliber Cloud BI platform, 3coast can now offer customers a complete cloud-based solution that is quick to deploy and easy to use.

Posted July 16, 2013

28msec, Inc. announced the launch of the company and its first product,, which it calls an Information Processing Platform (IPP). Reducing the time to develop and run complex queries on SQL and NoSQL databases by an order of magnitude over existing solutions, the company says enables businesses to retrieve and process data from multiple formats (such as JSON, XML, HTML, relational data, CSV, and text), located in various data stores, including both SQL and NoSQL sources using one single language and platform.

Posted July 09, 2013