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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

Grafana Labs is making new changes to Grafana Cloud, making it both free and easy to have a real, composable observability solution. The new plans make Grafana Cloud more flexible than ever, according to the vendor.

Posted January 21, 2021

Kyligence, originator of Apache Kylin and developer of the AI-augmented analytics platform Kyligence Cloud, has announced the availability of Kyligence Cloud 4, its new cloud-native distributed big data analytics platform. Kyligence Cloud 4 offloads processing from cloud data warehouses and data lakes by employing distributed aggregate indexes—a cloud-native successor to OLAP cubes.

Posted January 21, 2021

Delphix, provider of programmable data infrastructure, is offering new capabilities that close critical data gaps against ransomware attacks. "You can drive a truck through the holes in legacy ransomware solutions," said Jedidiah Yueh, CEO of Delphix. "Once-a-day backups are insufficient. Companies can't afford to lose a day's worth of transactional data. In addition, closed-box backup approaches fail to safeguard against undetected attacks, sometimes for months. Companies need an open-box detection approach, especially for mission-critical data." 

Posted January 20, 2021

Splice Machine, provider of a scale-out SQL database with built-in machine learning, is launching the Splice Machine Feature Store, helping more companies operationalize machine learning by reducing the complexity of feature engineering.

Posted January 20, 2021

Oracle Database 21c is now available on Oracle Cloud, including the Always Free tier of Oracle Autonomous Database. The new release contains more than 200 new innovations, including immutable blockchain tables, in-database JavaScript, native JSON binary data type, AutoML for in-database machine learning (ML), and persistent memory store, as well as enhancements for in-memory, graph processing performance, sharding, multitenant, and security. "Oracle Database 21c continues our strategy of delivering the world's most powerful converged database engine," said Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, database server technologies, Oracle.

Posted January 20, 2021

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, has announced the acquisition of erwin, Inc.  The deal adds data modeling, data governance, and business process modeling solutions to the Quest portfolio, providing customers with end-to-end capabilities to better understand and govern data.

Posted January 20, 2021

Octopai, provider of automated data lineage and discovery solutions, announced its support of Microsoft Azure Data Factory as part of Octopai's continued commitment to empowering organizations and their data users with advanced intelligence. Octopai is the first BI Intelligence platform to analyze Azure Data Factory in hybrid BI environments, providing automated data lineage and discovery and will continue to announce the early support of more platforms as part of an overall strategy to have one centralized view of the entire BI landscape, according to the vendor.

Posted January 19, 2021

Digibee, a leader in a holistic and agile approach to integration, is releasing Digibee Capsules, a solution that packs common integration steps into reusable components that can be safely shared across organizations to accelerate digital transformation.

Posted January 19, 2021

While many companies are using IoT for reasons numbers one and two, few have embraced it for reason number three—disrupting with new business models. Despite top management stating that digital is important (20% of all top strategic initiatives in annual reports now include the word "digital")—and that IoT is one of the most disruptive and necessary technologies to shape their markets—in reality, they are mainly using it to manage costs by improving efficiencies and enhancing customer experience by augmenting existing products. This is severely limiting organizations' ability to gain new value.

Posted January 18, 2021

As Charles Darwin famously posited, it is not strength but rather the ability to adapt that is critical for survival. We see examples of this all around.

Posted January 18, 2021

Indexing is a critical part of database optimization. Indexing can dramatically increase query speed. However, DBAs still struggle with finding optimal indexes or optimal SQL plans. DBTA held a webinar with Gary Jerep, solutions consultant, Quest Software, who discussed insights that regarding why query and index performance tuning gets so difficult on relational databases, and what and how a productivity solution called Toad can help.

Posted January 18, 2021

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions powered by the Apache Ignite distributed database, has announced GridGain 8.8, a new release that provides enhanced support for GridGain's multi-tier database engine, which scales up and out across memory and disk. The changes enable customers to leverage the disk tier of the database to query much larger datasets, reduce total cost of ownership, and secure sensitive or personal data at rest. This will enable them to use GridGain for a greater number of production use cases, ranging from complex real-time analytics to mission-critical transactional workloads.

Posted January 18, 2021

The tectonic technology shifts we saw with the advent of Hadoop will not be seen again for quite a long time, but don't get too comfortable because the development of new tools and technologies to support the data science space isn't slowing down any time soon.

Posted January 18, 2021

Aerospike has announced that Aerospike Connect for Presto is out of beta and now generally available. The newly available Presto connector enables business and data analysts to use ANSI SQL, which they are comfortable with, to query data stored in Aerospike via Presto.

Posted January 15, 2021

Alteryx, a provider of software for analytic process automation has formed a partnership with Snowflake that further integrates Alteryx analytics automation and data science capabilities with Snowflake's platform. The combination provides customers with automated data pipelining, faster data processing and speeds analytics outcomes at scale.

Posted January 14, 2021

The ability to quickly act on information to solve problems or create value has long been the goal of many businesses. However, it was until recently when new technologies emerged that the speed and scalability requirements of real-time analytics could be addressed both technically and cost-effectively by organizations on a large scale. DBTA held a roundtable webinar with Jamison Shaver, senior director, product management, Swim; Rob Hedgepeth, director, developer evangelist, MariaDB; and Rick Negrin, VP, product management, SingleStore, who discussed the key capabilities for succeeding with real-time analytics today.

Posted January 14, 2021

Molecula, an enterprise feature store built for machine-scale analytics and AI, is closing a $17.6 million Series A round of funding, allowing the company to accelerate the launch of Molecula Cloud and scale the organization's sales and marketing efforts.

Posted January 13, 2021

WhiteSource, providers of open source security and license compliance management software, announced new WhiteSource Advise support for JetBrains' PyCharm and WebStorm integrated development environments (IDEs). These new integrations provide PyCharm and WebStorm developers with real-time visibility and control on problematic open source components from within their preferred development environments.

Posted January 13, 2021

nClouds, a provider of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and DevOps consulting and implementation services and an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, has achieved AWS SaaS Competency status, recognizing the vendor has undergone rigorous technical validation by AWS and demonstrated expertise and proven customer success.

Posted January 13, 2021

SAI Global, a leader in cloud-based Governance, Risk, and Compliance software and learning, is releasing an updated version of its flagship SAI360 risk platform, along with introducing SAI360 Platform Editions, purpose-built bundles that enable risk management best practices for any organization.

Posted January 12, 2021

Cockroach Labs, the company behind CockroachDB, is receiving $160 million in new funding, enabling the company to continue its investments in product development to better support its customers. This latest funding round was led by Altimeter Capital with participation from new investors Greenoaks and Lone Pine, and existing investors Benchmark, BOND, FirstMark, GV, Index Ventures, and Tiger Global. This round brings Cockroach Labs' total funding to $355 million at a valuation of $2 billion.

Posted January 12, 2021

IBM, the consistent leader in U.S. patents, topped the U.S. Top 50 with 9,130 grants, down 1% from 2019. IBM scientists and researchers received 9,130 U.S. patents in 2020, the most of any company, marking 28 consecutive years of IBM patent leadership.

Posted January 12, 2021

To fit into modern analytics ecosystems, legacy data warehouses must evolve—both architecturally and technologically—to deliver the agility, scalability, and flexibility that business need to thrive in today's data-driven economy. DBTA held a webinar with Clive Bearman, director of content, product and marketing strategy, Qlik; David Leichner, CMO, SQream; and Felipe Hoffa, data cloud advocate, Snowflake who discussed the must-have capabilities for modern data warehousing.

Posted January 11, 2021

Push Technology, a provider of real-time, event-data streaming and messaging solutions, is expanding its support for open protocols by adding the MQTT protocol that is widely used by Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile applications.

Posted January 11, 2021

Many corporate IT leaders say their organizations are not prepared for the future IT needs of the business and nearly all are moving to advance their transition to cloud infrastructure, according to a new IBM survey of executives at mid-sized and large companies in the U.S. and U.K. "In this rapidly changing digital business environment, organizations can bring in the right technology and the right partners to help aggregate, integrate, build and maintain a scalable digital business, while also enforcing effective governance," said Archana Vemulapalli, general manager, IBM infrastructure services—offerings and CTO.

Posted January 11, 2021

IBM Security is offering a new service that allows companies to experiment with fully homomorphic encryption (FHE)—an emerging technology designed to allow data to remain encrypted even while being processed or analyzed in cloud or third-party environments. Building on groundwork and tools developed IBM Research and IBM Z, the new IBM Security Homomorphic Encryption Services provide a scalable hosting environment on IBM Cloud, along with consulting and managed services to help clients begin learning about and designing prototype solutions which can take advantage of FHE.

Posted January 11, 2021

MariaDB Corporation is releasing the MariaDB Connector/R2DBC, exposing a non-blocking API that interacts with MariaDB databases, including MariaDB SkySQL, to create fully reactive solutions. Reactive Relational Database Connectivity (R2DBC) is a new, emerging standard in the Java world. R2DBC enables applications to benefit from reactive programming by using a stream-oriented approach to interact with relational databases.

Posted January 08, 2021

Cloud data lakes benefit from an open and loosely-coupled architecture that minimizes the risk of vendor lock-in as well as the risk of being locked out of future innovation. However, the many benefits of cloud data lakes are negated if data is duplicated into a data warehouse and then again into cubes, BI extracts and aggregation tables. Because of this, many organizations are now striving to find the right balance between their data warehouse and data lake investments.

Posted January 08, 2021

Over the past several years, open source technology adoption has steadily increased in the enterprise space. Because of the impact it can have on the business, choosing the right open source technology—specifically a database—is a critical decision that shouldn't be taken lightly.

Posted January 08, 2021

Data Summit Connect 2021 will be held virtually this year, overcoming the current travel and geography challenges. The program will include a mix of formal presentations and interactive panel-participation-style sessions. Feel free to suggest something different from a normal conference presentation—creativity is encouraged and a virtual conference offers many possibilities!

Posted January 07, 2021

Succeeding in business is a lot like climbing a mountain and it requires a good amount of planning, and the right leaders and skill sets. In today's environment, that mountain is a mountain of data. An enterprise data catalog with embedded data governance and data privacy capabilities can ensure businesses have the requisite tools they need to scale the data mountain.

Posted January 07, 2021

It is safe to say that when data and analytics leaders built their data management and data analytics strategies in late 2019, they did not foresee the macroeconomic impacts of 2020. The upheaval of many of the best-laid plans touched all industries as executives looked to data to provide insight into how to withstand the fallout and course correct. While enterprises have long understood the need to migrate to the cloud, the COVID-19 pandemic served as the catalyst for quick plans to get started right away.

Posted January 07, 2021

Any organization that attaches importance to its data strategy must ensure that mobility remains a core part of its strategy and capabilities. However, many have valuable data that is locked in storage solos, hosted on everything from traditional storage technologies to fully outsourced service providers in the cloud. This does little to facilitate data mobility—an essential part of an approach which determines how well businesses can access and action their data assets. Effective migration can bridge the gap between infrastructure, protocols, and growing data volumes to deliver access to data that helps businesses to move forward with confidence.

Posted January 07, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many organizations and, in December 2020, PASS announced that, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is ceasing all regular operations, effective January 15, 2021. In a letter on its website, the PASS board explained the situation, stating, "PASS could not have anticipated the impact COVID-19 would have on the world, and on our organization. We are all reeling from what this year has been and done, and it is with heavy hearts that we must share yet one more bit of bad news from the annus horribilis that was 2020."

Posted January 07, 2021

The year 2020 will be remembered as a time of great upheaval-forcing companies to quickly adapt or succumb to the changing tide of digital transformation. Today, being data-driven is the goal of all companies, whether long established or born digital. To help make the process of identifying useful products and services easier, each year Database Trends and Applications magazine presents a list of Trend-Setting Products.

Posted January 07, 2021

Total Computing Solutions (TCS), a division of Zumasys, is updating the features and functionality of its TotaLink credit card processing software to make compliance simpler and integrations for MV platforms smoother. Built-in signature capture through native PICK calls into TotaLink software, allowing customers to avoid purchasing costly dedicated signature capture devices.

Posted January 07, 2021

BlueFinity is enhancing Evoke for the retail market in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the business sector. Using Evoke, retailers are now able to design and deploy the apps that specifically meet both their needs and the needs of their customers, and they do not have to employ specialist app developers to do it but can use their existing staff to create apps.

Posted January 07, 2021

Dremio, a provider of data lake transformation, has raised $135 million in Series D funding, enabling the company to expand its engineering centers around the globe, grow its customer-facing organization, contribute to open-source initiatives, and invest heavily in educating and enabling a growing community of data lake practitioners.

Posted January 07, 2021

Craig S. Mullins, DBTA columnist and president of Mullins Consulting, discussed how to contend with big data and data growth at an organizational level at Data Summit Connect Fall 2020.

Posted January 06, 2021

Starburst, the analytics anywhere company, is receiving $100 million in Series C funding, enabling the company to expand upon its single point of access mission. This recent financing bringing the three-year-old company's total to $164 million and valuation to $1.2 billion. The financing round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Salesforce Ventures, as well as existing investors Coatue and Index Ventures.

Posted January 06, 2021

SingleStore, The Database of Now for operational analytics and modern applications, is offering native support for AWS Glue, expanding its cloud data integration. This enables developers, data engineers, and data scientists to build with SingleStore on Amazon Web Services (AWS) more easily.

Posted January 06, 2021

The CDC is using Oracle's National Electronic Health Records Cloud plus Oracle's Public Health Management Applications Suite to manage the COVID-19 vaccination program throughout the U.S.

Posted January 06, 2021

Oracle has opened its new Chile Cloud Region, marking Oracle's 29th Cloud region worldwide. The opening is part of Oracle's plan to have 38 Cloud regions by the end of 2021. The Chile Cloud region will provide reduced latency to organizations, decreasing the time it takes for data to be transferred from the data center where the application data is hosted. In addition, the move to an Oracle Cloud region helps security-focused enterprises that need to meet demanding data residency requirements.

Posted January 06, 2021

Whether you're already using Oracle or currently considering database solutions for your business needs, Markus Michale­wicz, senior director of product management at Oracle, recently iden­tified five reasons why Oracle Database is the best option.

Posted January 06, 2021

The rise of cloud platforms is changing how enterprises are thinking about data management and architecture. With the promise of greater speed, scalability, and flexibility—as well as reduced CapEx costs—cloud adoption continues to accelerate.At the same time, many enterprises are finding that traditional data management approaches are inadequate to handle the growing size and complexity of hybrid, multicloud environments.

Posted January 05, 2021

Chronosphere, the company redefining monitoring for the cloud-native world, announced the general availability of its monitoring product, delivering scalable, reliable, and customizable monitoring for cloud-native deployments.

Posted January 05, 2021

Kubernetes is expanding the foundation of containers and is set to continue to ride the tide of increased adoption in 2021.Kubernetes's use is expanding into new frontiers such as 5G infrastructure, orchestrating VMs and serverless applications. However, it will also need to become more transparent as overhead gets simplified with new toolsets for infrastructure as code and cloud-native provider integration. Here IT experts predict key changes they see for Kubernetes in 2021.

Posted January 05, 2021

Modern BI tools present vast opportunities for organizations, allowing businesses to unearth new insights, efficiencies, and innovations, and become more proactive in carrying out daily operations. According to experts in this space, BI is prime for a paradigm shift in 2021. Here IT leaders predict key changes they see shaping up for BI in 2021.

Posted January 04, 2021

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