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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

Even the most ambitious data analytics initiatives tend to get buried by the 80/20 rule—with data analysts or scientists only able to devote 20% of their time to actual business analysis, while the rest is spent simply finding, cleansing, and organizing data. This is unsustainable, as the pressure to deliver insights in a rapid manner is increasing.

Posted May 21, 2020

Progress, a provider of application development and digital experience technologies, has announced the results of its 2020 Data Connectivity Survey. With more than 1,800 IT and business professionals from 13 industries worldwide participating, the results reveal new trends and areas of focus in enterprise data management, including system modernization, cloud migration, data protection, and data quality.

Posted May 20, 2020

ScaleOut Software is releasing its Digital Twin Streaming Service, a SaaS solution harnessing in-memory cloud computing to provide real-time analytics. By creating "real-time digital twins" that simultaneously analyze telemetry from thousands of streaming data sources, this solution enables customers to take advantage of deeper introspection and better real-time decision-making without waiting to query data at rest in data lakes.

Posted May 20, 2020

Quest Software has announced new feature updates for its KACE solution offerings. According to Quest, as new devices continue to proliferate company networks, the complexity of managing and security multi=platform environments and endpoint device management increases.

Posted May 20, 2020

Data security is creating fear and trust issues among IT professionals, according to the findings of a new Oracle cloud security survey. The study of 750 cybersecurity and IT professionals across the globe found that a patchwork approach to data security, misconfigured services and confusion around new cloud security models has created a crisis of confidence that will only be fixed by organizations making security part of the culture of their business.

Posted May 20, 2020

Matillion, a provider of data transformation software for cloud data warehouses (CDWs), is releasing Matillion ETL for Azure Synapse to enable data transformations in complex IT environments, at scale. Empowering enterprises to achieve faster time to insights by loading, transforming, and joining together data, the release extends Matillion's product portfolio to further serve Microsoft Azure customers.

Posted May 20, 2020

Grafana Labs is releasing Grafana 7.0, introducing enhancements to simplify the development of custom plugins and increase the power, speed, and flexibility of visualization.

Posted May 19, 2020

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of intelligent application availability, is releasing SIOS Protection Suite for Linux version 9.5 clustering software. The release features advanced automation and application-aware monitoring and failover orchestration that make creating and managing HA clusters in complex SAP S/4HANA environments easy and error free for enterprises, Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and cloud providers.

Posted May 18, 2020

As data sizes have grown over the last decade, so has the amount of time it takes to run ETL processes to support the myriad downstream workloads. A decade ago, most people were only thinking about making their KPI dashboards faster. As time rolled forward, they started to think about getting more intelligent analytics out of their data, and the data sizes quickly grew from gigabytes to terabytes.

Posted May 18, 2020

Micro Focus has introduced Micro Focus File Analysis Suite to offer IT administrators a comprehensive data lifecycle management solution for identifying, managing, and securing sensitive information across the enterprise. "Featuring tools that combine detailed information analysis and insight with extensive risk assessment tools our unified solution lowers the total cost of compliance, reduces risk and provides analytical insight and value that creates competitive advantage," said Rick Carlson, vice president, information management & governance solutions at Micro Focus.

Posted May 18, 2020

Syncsort is rebranding as Precisely as a result of the company's acquisition of the Pitney Bowes software and data business in December. Precisely delivers accuracy and consistency in data by spanning the breadth of the data integrity spectrum, with leading data integration, data quality, location intelligence, and data enrichment products.

Posted May 18, 2020

As a database consultant, one of the things I am most frequently asked about is dealing with database locking issues. Every DBMS has different settings and parameters to control locking at the system and database levels. And, yes, it is important to set these up correctly, but they are rarely the core cause of performance problems caused by locking. So let's focus on the universal issue that is almost always the culprit: poor coding techniques and inappropriate oversight before code is moved to production.

Posted May 18, 2020

Humio is now part of the IBM Edge Application Manager Ecosystem, an initiative designed to help enterprises capture the opportunities of edge computing with a variety of solutions built on IBM's technology. Humio collects machine data from edge devices, gateways, and servers to monitor the health of the entire infrastructure, detect security incidences, and reveal insights into the customer experience.

Posted May 18, 2020

Pure Storage is releasing Purity//FB 3.0 for FlashBlade, the next generation of the industry's most advanced storage software for unstructured data. The latest updates to FlashBlade enable real-time performance that allow application workflows to take center stage - resulting in a Modern Data Experience that replaces complexities and antiquated systems with fast, flexible and agile solutions built to fit modern needs.

Posted May 18, 2020

We live in a business world that craves instantaneous response times, especially in terms of the responsiveness of modern transactional applications. Customers expect to make a money transfer, pay a bill, or buy a product online in a matter of seconds. This insatiable desire for speed to customer parallels the need to increase speed to market for these modern apps. With development activity accelerating through DevOps, do we ever stop to consider the increased demands this is putting on batch processing?

Posted May 18, 2020

DevOps, DataOps, AI, and containers all lead to one important innovation for enterprises seeking to be more data-driven—and that is greater automation. Data-driven enterprises cannot function if data resources and applications are in any way being manually administered, deployed, remediated, or upgraded.

Posted May 18, 2020

OpenLegacy, provider of digital-driven integration for legacy and core systems, is partnering with GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, empowering GigaSpaces users to leverage their existing legacy stack in a modern microservices architecture to reduce time-to-market for new digital initiatives.

Posted May 15, 2020

MariaDB Corporation is introducing MariaDB SkySQL Power, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering that lets enterprises customize options and configurations to fit their distinct requirements. Built on top of SkySQL's Foundation, which delivers the complete MariaDB Platform experience in the cloud, Power adds important benefits such as the ability to customize instance types to maximize efficiency and resource utilization for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and the ability to meet specific enterprise security, high availability or disaster recovery requirements.

Posted May 15, 2020

Deep-tech company Dathena, a provider of AI-powered data protection and privacy management for global enterprises, is closing on a $12 million Series A round, allowing the company to continue its global expansion.

Posted May 14, 2020

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is unveiling SolarWinds Service Desk Enterprise, a new solution to help enterprises manage IT complexity, scale IT support services, and increase security within the service desk. SolarWinds Service Desk Enterprise offers advanced ITSM capabilities that meet the heightened security expectations of modern enterprises and improve key service management processes for employees.

Posted May 14, 2020

Scale Computing, a provider of edge computing solutions, is releasing the HC3250DF, the first of a new class of HC3 appliances designed to enhance support for performance-intensive use cases such as database analytics and high density Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

Posted May 13, 2020

Franz Inc., supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology for knowledge graph solutions, is introducing Gruff 8, a browser-based graph visualization software tool for exploring and discovering connections within enterprise knowledge graphs.

Posted May 13, 2020

One creates the potential for some interesting anomalies when building a star schema wherein the fact table contains future-dated metrics and any of the dimensions are Type 2.  A Type 2 dimension tracks changes to the data items contained within it. Effectively, each dimension contains a surrogate key, a natural key with a start and stop date, and additional descriptor columns. If any of the descriptor column values change, the existing dimension row has the stop date populated while a new row is inserted with the same natural key, new start date, and new descriptor values. 

Posted May 13, 2020

What more companies need today is a "data lab" to create ideas from data and a "data factory" to turn those ideas into products. Google, Amazon, and other data-driven giants already work like this. So should companies outside of technology. 

Posted May 13, 2020

Informed business decisions are backed by data and the actionable insights workers are able to glean from various datasets.  However, if you're a data steward, data engineer, data scientist, analyst, or anyone else requesting data to answer important business questions, the easy access to people with data and data context is suddenly and indefinitely gone.

Posted May 13, 2020

Business and IT have, in the past, used times of crisis to adapt and transform themselves for the better. While the COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably had a devastating effect on business, and life itself, it may also be a catalyst for change, compelling organizations to rethink their long-term operations and spending amidst the short-term crisis brought on by the health emergency. Industry leaders recently discussed what "the new normal" may look like.

Posted May 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, several companies have been instrumental in providing tools to promote remote workplace safety. Rocket Software is among the organizations that reacted swiftly when shelter in place orders were announced.

Posted May 13, 2020

Smyth Automotive provides full-service automotive parts, paint and body, and machine shop services. In business since 1963, the company differentiates itself with knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff, better prices and great quality.

Posted May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to switch to remote work and BlueFinity is assisting companies with the transition. Its Evoke product allows citizen developers (the company's existing staff) to build business apps using low-code, drop and drag, point and click; and option select methods.

Posted May 13, 2020

GoodData, a provider of end-to-end analytics solutions, is releasing a new web-based logical data model (LDM) modeler, bringing new capabilities and tooling to enables the simplification of data modeling. The web-based LDM modeler compliments the recently released GoodData data source management interface, which enables easy connection to Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, or a CSV file.

Posted May 12, 2020

Appian and KPMG are collaborating on a new offering that supports businesses impacted by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Built on Appian's low-code automation platform, the offering helps companies quickly and intelligently respond to data privacy requests, while decreasing manual tasks that run the risk of errors.

Posted May 12, 2020

Nokia is collaborating with Microsoft as part of the SONiC initiative, an open source network operating system based on Linux that has been production-hardened in the data centers of some of the largest cloud-service providers.

Posted May 12, 2020

Astera has announced Centerprise 8.2, which includes enhancements in connectivity and ease-of-use to simplify data integration for enterprise users. Included with Centerprise 8.2 is a new version of ReportMiner.

Posted May 12, 2020

MemSQL, the No-Limits Database for operational analytics and cloud-native applications, is receiving $50 million in new capital after signing a debt facility agreement with Hercules Capital, the largest non-bank venture debt provider with more than $2.4 billion in total assets, who served as underwriter for the financing.

Posted May 11, 2020

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is creating an integration with SAP that will help streamline businesses journeys to the cloud by adopting SAP's data and analytics cloud portfolio and Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services. This new integration will strengthen the partnership between SAP and Informatica.

Posted May 08, 2020

Ermetic, the cloud access risk security company, is emerging from stealth mode today and is releasing an analytics-based solution that prevents cloud data breaches. The platform automates the detection and remediation of identity and access risks in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings from Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Posted May 06, 2020

Cloudera, the enterprise data cloud company, is releasing an expanded set of production machine learning capabilities for MLOps, now available in Cloudera Machine Learning (CML). Organizations can manage and secure the ML lifecycle for production machine learning with CML's new MLOps features and Cloudera SDX for models.

Posted May 06, 2020

Datrium, providers of cloud-native disaster recovery with ransomware protection, is extending its Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS solution to support Edge environments. Datrium DRaaS for Edge is a new, easy to use, cost-effective SaaS solution for data protection and disaster recovery (DR) for VMware workloads in Edge environments and remote office/branch office (ROBO) implementations.

Posted May 06, 2020

GoodData, a provider of end-to-end analytics solutions, has added new capabilities to its Accelerator Toolkit, which is used by organizations to add data analytics into the natural flow of applications. "Achieving actionable insights from data is the make-it-or-break-it competitive advantage that all companies need, and GoodData continues to push innovation to make analytics everywhere possible," said Zdenek Svoboda, co-founder and vice president of product, GoodData.

Posted May 06, 2020

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure-Government Cloud has achieved FedRAMP High Authorization. "Government customers rely on Oracle Cloud to run their most critical workloads. With FedRAMP High and Impact Level 5 authorizations, we are able to support the highest levels of security standards for unclassified workloads across local, state, and federal government, as well as the Department of Defense," said Scott Twaddle, vice president, Regulated Markets, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted May 06, 2020

PlanetScale, creator of PlanetScaleDB, database-as-a-service built on Kubernetes and Vitess, is launching a multi-cloud database, enabling companies to deploy, run, and manage databases that span multiple cloud providers simultaneously. PlanetScaleDB is built on two trusted technologies: MySQL, which powers millions of applications, and Vitess, a cloud-native computing foundation (CNCF) hosted open source graduated project that serves massive-scale production traffic at companies such as YouTube, Slack, and Square.

Posted May 06, 2020

Yellowbrick Data, providing a data warehouse for hybrid cloud, and Next Pathway Inc., the Automated Cloud Migration company, are collaborating to accelerate the migration of complex on-prem workloads to the Yellowbrick Data hybrid cloud data warehouse.

Posted May 05, 2020

HVR, an independent provider of real-time cloud data replication technology, is forming a strategic partnership with Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity, enabling customers to integrate their data for a complete view of business operations and analytics.

Posted May 05, 2020

New Relic, a cloud-based observability platform built to help customers create more perfect software, is introducing New Relic Edge with Infinite Tracing. The new offering is a fully managed, cloud-native, tail-based distributed tracing solution built to empower software engineering teams to rapidly diagnose issues and latency across complex environments.

Posted May 05, 2020

Cockroach Labs, the company behind CockroachDB, is receiving $86.6 million in series D funding to further grow investments in R&D to better support customers looking to move to the cloud. The funding round was co-led by Altimeter Capital and BOND with participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Tiger Capital. This round brings Cockroach Labs' total funding to $195 million.

Posted May 05, 2020

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