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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

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted April 25, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

Pivotal Software, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 37,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $15 per share. Pivotal shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker symbol "PVTL."

Posted April 20, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article. Malcheski goes over the "hot topics," including blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things, and notes that DBAs of the future will need to understand not only the technical aspects of these and the other technologies but also must be able understand and add value to the functional data requirements necessary for all-encompassing solutions. "This is characterized in a data point from Gartner: By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be 'versatilists' holding multiple roles, most of which will be business rather than technology related."

Posted April 18, 2018

DataStax is making enhancements to its DataStax Enterprise platform, making upgrades to deliver twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with all the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises.  DSE 6 includes all the advantages of Apache Cassandra and much more.

Posted April 18, 2018

As the volume and complexity around data grows, it has become more critical than ever for organizations to develop a deep knowledge of their business context and to understand and quantify the value of that data.

Posted April 18, 2018

Hortonworks, a provider of global data management solutions, is releasing Hortonworks Data Steward Studio (DSS), a new service that gives enterprises consistent security and governance. With DSS, businesses will be more able to identify and evaluate trust levels of their data, collaborate securely, and democratize data across the enterprise with confidence.

Posted April 17, 2018

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications, is releasing NuoDB Insights, a graphical dashboard of database and system metrics to help users understand the overall health of their distributed database domain. Customers can use this information to make decisions about how to optimize and troubleshoot their NuoDB database, its processes, and its associated resources.

Posted April 17, 2018

DataStax, provider of a distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra, has introduced DataStax Enterprise 6 (DSE 6). DSE 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises. This new release also increases performance for both reads and writes, which is critical for high-volume data ingestion requirements. With double the performance of Apache Cassandra, DataStax says, DSE 6 delivers twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure.

Posted April 17, 2018

Velostrata, a provider of accelerated enterprise cloud migration and mobility solutions, is partnering with Google Cloud in response to increasing enterprise demand in mass migrating on-premises workloads into the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The GCP-Velostrata-integrated solution takes a holistic approach to TCO reduction by not only being offered free of charge, but also accelerating the speed of cloud migrations.

Posted April 16, 2018

The key to understanding AI's current and future impact is its transformation of business processes. A widespread misconception is that AI systems, including advanced robotics and digital bots, will gradually replace humans in one industry after another. Self-driving vehicles, for example, will one day replace taxi, delivery, and truck drivers. That may be true for certain jobs, but what we've found in our research is that, although AI can be deployed to automate certain functions, the technology's greater power is in complementing and augmenting human capabilities.

Posted April 13, 2018

Tufin, a provider of Network Security Policy Orchestration solutions, is introducing Tufin Orca, a cloud-based solution that enables users to extend Tufin's policy-based approach to secure containers and microservices. Tufin Orca is available through an early access program that is now open. The solution integrates with DevOps teams' CI/CD tools to scan for threats, secure containers, and comply with regulations.

Posted April 13, 2018

NGINX, Inc., will partner with IBM to support its solution, NGINX Plus, for the IBM Cloud Private platform. NGINX Plus, the enterprise version of the NGINX open source software already integrated into IBM Cloud Private, allows companies to deliver their applications with a commercially supported Ingress controller along with advanced functionality needed for scaling production Kubernetes environments.

Posted April 13, 2018

Priority Software Ltd., a provider of ERP solutions, is releasing Priority v18.2, enhancing system openness and mobile capabilities, introducing a new document generator, and boosting support for regulations compliance.

Posted April 12, 2018

Couchbase has announced the latest release of its product for mobile data management, Couchbase Mobile 2.0. Available today, the new release offers enterprise developers SQL queries, full-text search, synchronization, and end-to-end security among other features to easily mobilize business applications to create exceptional customer experiences and a more effective workforce.

Posted April 12, 2018

Women's issues have headlined the news media for the past several months. Many stories, ranging from the #MeToo movement to the "Brogrammer" email blast at Google, have shown that women in technology (WIT) face negative work conditions and social pressures. In light of that, it seemed appropriate to dive into the topic of WIT within the SQL Server community (aka, the Data Platform community) and gauge where we're at.

Posted April 12, 2018

Data lake is a newer IT term created for a new category of data store. But just what is a data lake? According to IBM, "a data lake is a storage repository that holds an enormous amount of raw or refined data in native format until it is accessed." That makes sense. I think the most important aspect of this definition is that data is stored in its "native format." The data is not manipulated or transformed in any meaningful way; it is simply stored and cataloged for future use.

Posted April 12, 2018

FundRequest, a decentralized marketplace built for open source collaboration, is partnering with Indorse, a reward-based decentralized professional social network where users can control their data, to certify and reward open source developers on the Blockchain.

Posted April 11, 2018

HPE is acquiring RedPixie, a UK-based provider of cloud consulting, to further strengthen its hybrid IT capabilities and migration services for enterprises looking to move workloads to the cloud. With this acquisition, HPE will continue to expand its comprehensive hybrid IT portfolio and will be even better positioned to help customers build new digital experiences and drive better business outcomes now and into the future.

Posted April 10, 2018

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing an enhanced version of its flagship software, boosting mapping capabilities and more. Version 10.11 introduces new out-of-the-box visualizations, intelligent recommendations for content, prompts for dossiers, a native MicroStrategy Library app for smartphones, and more.

Posted April 10, 2018

SentryOne has launched new professional services offerings aimed at helping companies save time and resources in resolving SQL Server performance issues. While SentryOne has always offered service to customers who needed to supplement their internal structure with a deeper level of expertise in deploying monitoring tools, Pro Services formalizes the different levels of engagement options and provides access to the company's database administration experts, said Scott Brooks, SentryOne vice president of customer success.

Posted April 10, 2018

WSO2 is introducing a Spring 2018 release update that will  help enterprises comply with the most recent GDPR standards.WSO2's Spring 2018 Release includes new features and updates across all products, solutions, and services, which together empower organizations to rapidly comply with GDPR. 

Posted April 09, 2018

NGINX, Inc. is releasing new capabilities and major enhancements to its Application Platform - an integrated suite of software technologies that simplify the adoption and deployment of microservices.

Posted April 09, 2018

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, is enhancing its RecoveryManager Plus with the ability to periodically back up Windows servers and restore them. Available immediately, the latest version of RecoveryManager Plus helps administrators withstand any attack on or disaster to their Windows servers with its file, folder, and volume-level backup and one-click restoration, providing greater control in managing an organization's data.

Posted April 06, 2018

MariaDB Corporation, provider of an open source database, is acquiring enterprise analytics database company MammothDB, expanding its global presence and engineering team. The move will further strengthen its modern analytics solution, MariaDB AX, and advance its larger Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) strategy, according to the company.

Posted April 05, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, is launching GridGain Professional Edition 2.4, including a Continuous Learning Framework. The addition of this framework in the latest update includes machine learning and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network that enable companies to run machine and deep learning algorithms against their petabyte-scale operational datasets in real-time.

Posted April 05, 2018

OneLogin has announced a new product that allows companies to manage access for on-premises and cloud-based applications with a single identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

Posted April 04, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 04, 2018

Meta Networks Ltd., a provider of secure cloud-native networking, is releasing its signature network and security platform - Meta NaaS (Network-as-a-Service). Meta Networks' user-centric platform is delivered as a service to connect people, applications, clouds, and sites within a software-defined perimeter, reducing the possibility of a security breach while improving the overall user experience.

Posted April 04, 2018

SWIM.AI today exited stealth and announced the general availability of its edge software solution. SWIM EDX delivers edge intelligence and real-time business and operational insights. By applying analytics, self-training digital twins and edge computing, SWIM EDX allows manufacturers, infrastructure providers, enterprises, municipalities, and IoT vendors to analyze and take immediate action on fast edge data.

Posted April 04, 2018

JetStream Software Inc., a provider of cloud software, launched a new cross-cloud data management platform to support workload migration, resource elasticity, and business continuity across multi-cloud and multi-data center infrastructures. JetStream Cross-Cloud Platform provides "built for the cloud" data management capability in an all-software, hypervisor-integrated solution for multi-cloud, multi-data center operations.

Posted April 04, 2018

DFLabs, a provider of security automation and orchestration, has achieved certified technical integration of the DFLabs IncMan platform with both McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) and McAfee Data Exchange Layer (DXL). This combination enables customers to deploy end-to-end security solutions for faster, more automated detection and response to security threats, plus orchestration of remediation efforts.

Posted April 03, 2018

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform that, unveiled a new AI-Ready Infrastructure, AIRI, powered by NVIDIA, to power and operationalize AI-at-scale for every enterprise. Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIA DGX-1.

Posted April 03, 2018

As a part of its technology and marketing partnership with the NCAA, Google Cloud has unveiled an end-to-end analytics architecture and workflow built over the past few months (leveraging Kaggle, BigQuery, and more) to ingest, load, and analyze the NCAA's decades of data.

Posted March 30, 2018

Morpheus Data is enhancing its unified multi-cloud orchestration platform to enable customers to develop new applications faster with less administrative overhead on virtually any cloud or infrastructure. The rapid shift to hybrid IT coupled with increasing pressure from development teams creates a challenge for resource constrained IT departments.

Posted March 29, 2018

With news unfolding about an app that was able to gather 50 million Facebook users' data that was later resold to a political data firm in order to try to influence American voter sentiment, industry leaders are weighing in on what this may mean for the future of governance and regulatory compliance. While not a breach or hack, the use of the data by a third party, and the particular purposes it was collected for, has drawn outrage from lawmakers and Facebook customers, and prompted heightened interest in regulations that could enable individuals to control the use of their data.

Posted March 29, 2018

Entrinsik, developer of Informer, landed the "Top Performer" spot for business intelligence tools in the 2018 Summer Customer Success Report published by FeaturedCustomers.com. The Top Performer designation is awarded to vendors with significant market presence and resources and enough customer success content to validate their vision. Highly rated by customers, Entrinsik Informer consistently publishes customer-driven content and curates dozens of positive reviews from multiple third-party sites.

Posted March 28, 2018

Zumasys is offering a five day training class for programmers to become acclimated with the jBASE platform from April 9-13. Over the duration of the week, attendees will be educated on the differences of jBASE compared to other MultiValue platforms, and will explore the features of this powerful technology while being introduced to modern programming methodologies.

Posted March 28, 2018

SAP is introducing SAP Predictive Engineering Insights, a cloud-based solution that creates virtual equivalents of physical assets. Powered by SAP Leonardo, SAP Predictive Engineering Insights replaces the need for physical inspections with ongoing, live "digital inspection" and analysis.  The new platform will provide real-time, intelligent analysis based on sensor feeds.

Posted March 28, 2018

SAP is launching the application edition of the SAP Predictive Analytics software to help enterprises create and manage predictive machine learning models for applications that run business activities. Co-developed with Accenture, the application edition enables intelligent enterprises by embedding predictive and machine learning capabilities in their applications, putting powerful data-driven insights at the fingertips of every business user.

Posted March 28, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd, a supplier of enterprise application metadata intelligence software, is boosting its Safyr platform with SAP and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) integration. Safyr now provides users of SAP and SAP Business Warehouse greater visibility and intelligence about the data connections between the two products. The company has also enhanced product features for GDPR data discovery.

Posted March 28, 2018

iconectiv, an authoritative partner of the global communications industry, is joining SAP's partnership ecosystem, bringing its cloud-based telecom services. In this latest addition to the iconectiv TruPartner Program, the company will provide service providers and related telecom firms using the SAP HANA platform with solutions that enhance database management, maximize network efficiencies, decrease operational costs, and reduce risk by providing highly accurate and actionable network and numbering data and analysis.

Posted March 28, 2018

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is partnering with SQream to deliver real-time Big Data analytics solutions and accelerate business decision making.The combination of DDN's SFA and IME NVMe SSD storage platforms with SQream DB's GPU-based Big Data SQL database (SQream DB) enables enterprises to ingest, compress, store, and analyze massive amounts of data.

Posted March 28, 2018

Redgate Software, a Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor, is updating its SQL Monitor solution, adding capabilities that allow it to integrate with the deployment tools in Redgate's portfolio. The new deployment capability is important because the increased frequency of releases that DevOps enables means companies and organizations are shifting from big deployments to smaller ones.

Posted March 27, 2018

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