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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

Two years after acquiring Qualtrics, SAP intends to spin out the company in a planned IPO. Qualtrics is a provider of software for customer experience and experience management, helping organizations manage and improve the four core experiences of business—customer, employee, product, and brand.

Posted December 30, 2020

Truera, providers of a Model Intelligence platform, has raised $12 million in Series A funding that will accelerate recruiting, product development, and sales and marketing. The round was led by Wing VC with participation from returning investors Conversion Capital and Greylock and new investors Data Community Fund, B Capital Group via the firm's Ascent Fund, and Harpoon Ventures. This brings Truera's total funding to date to $17.3M.

Posted December 28, 2020

Datadobi and Wasabi are forming a technology alliance partnership, under which DobiMigrate and DobiProtect have been tested and validated to integrate seamlessly with Wasabi hot cloud storage. The new joint offering provides channel solutions providers and end clients with an enterprise-class solution for migrating unstructured data from anywhere to Wasabi hot cloud storage, as well as enhanced protection against accidents, ransomware, and other cyber threats.

Posted December 28, 2020

Continuing work-from-home setups caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will impact security, employee collaboration, and business processes in 2021. Here, IT executives comment on the changes they see within organizations caused by the scaled-up WFH routines and what they expect for the coming year.

Posted December 23, 2020

Morpheus Data, the hybrid cloud application orchestration company, is releasing software and program updates designed to help customers, system integrators, and alliance partners accelerate hybrid cloud management projects in 2021.

Posted December 23, 2020

Platform9, provider of open-source SaaS managed solutions for private and edge clouds, is releasing Platform9 Managed Bare Metal, allowing IT teams to transform their installed physical servers into bare metal clouds, leveraging the API-driven automation and simplicity of Platform9's SaaS managed experience and bare metal controller.

Posted December 23, 2020

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 December 23, 2020

Artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to make waves in the industry, and 2021 looks to further that trend. Experts in the field see humans and machines working together to eliminate biases in algorithms while making work easier to manage through the automation of simple tasks and more. Here IT leaders reflect on the changes that 2020 has brought and the key changes they see shaping up for 2021.  

Posted December 22, 2020

PDI, a global provider of enterprise software solutions, is acquiring Cybera Inc. and ControlScan Managed Security Services (MSS), boosting the company's managed security solutions to protect customers against cybersecurity threats. The acquisition complements PDI's existing industry-focused cloud product strategy, bringing customers a fully managed, cloud-based network security solution, according to the vendor.

Posted December 22, 2020

MariaDB Corporation announced the certification and immediate availability of the MariaDB Direct Query Adapter in Microsoft Power BI. MariaDB and Microsoft worked together on the integration, giving Power BI users access to data analysis and visualization of live data in MariaDB Platform on-prem or in the cloud through MariaDB SkySQL.

Posted December 22, 2020

nOps, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud management platform for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and an AWS Advanced Technology partner, is introducing a new API integration with the AWS Well-Architected Tool. The company introduced additional new product features that support AWS Well-Architected Framework Reviews and enrich the product experience for partners and end-customers.

Posted December 21, 2020

StreamSets, provider of a DataOps platform, is receiving new certifications that grow its cloud presence for modern data integration in the enterprise. StreamSets' recent cloud growth amplifies the value it offers to customers looking to continuously flow big, streaming, and traditional data to their data science and data analytics applications.

Posted December 21, 2020

Ahana has announced general availability of Ahana Cloud for Presto, a cloud-native managed service focused on Presto on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Additionally, Ahana announced a go-to-market solution in collaboration with Intel via its participation in the Intel Disruptor Program to offer an Open Data Lake Analytics Accelerator Package for Ahana Cloud users that leverages Intel Optane on the cloud with AWS.

Posted December 18, 2020

Clumio Inc., providers of authentic SaaS for enterprise backup, is releasing Clumio RansomProtect,  air-gapped ransomware protection with 30-day retention for VMware/VMware Cloud on AWS, Amazon Web Services (EC2/RDS/EBS), and Microsoft M365 data.

Posted December 18, 2020

Gurucul, a leader in Unified Security and Risk Analytics technology for on-premises and the cloud, is releasing Gurucul XDR, a cloud-native analytics-driven platform that improves threat detection and incident response. Gurucul extended detection and response (XDR) significantly improves security operations effectiveness and productivity with extended data linking, out-of-the-box integrations, contextual ML analytics, and risk-prioritized alerting that enables intelligent investigations and risk-based response automation, according to the vendor.

Posted December 18, 2020

Matillion, a provider of data transformation for cloud data warehouses (CDWs), announced the availability of Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift and Matillion Data Loader on the Amazon Redshift Integration Console. The availability of both products will enable users to load data into Amazon Redshift, join together disparate datasets, and transform data into an analytics-ready state, according to the vendor.

Posted December 18, 2020

Boomi, a Dell Technologies business and provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS), is expanding its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Boomi, an AWS Technology Partner, has released Boomi Kubernetes Molecule on AWS Quick Start to help customers on AWS modernize through enterprise data integration and improve delivery of integrated experiences.

Posted December 17, 2020

AWS and Grafana Labs are forming a partnership that will result in providing Amazon Managed Services for Grafana, a scalable managed offering that provides AWS customers a native way to run Grafana directly within AWS alongside all their other AWS services.

Posted December 17, 2020

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 December 17, 2020

Oracle has announced the availability of the Oracle MySQL Database Service with integrated MySQL Analytics Engine, optimized for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The new service will enable OCI customers to run sophisticated analytics directly against their operational MySQL databases without requiring complex  data integration with a separate analytics database.

Posted December 17, 2020

Over the past 10 years we've seen a proliferation of non-re­lational database systems, usually based around a distributed, fault-tolerant architecture with flexible consistency models—databases such as DynamoDB, Cassandra, and Hadoop. However, in recent years, a new set of cloud-native, SQL-enabled databases have established significant traction.

Posted December 17, 2020

BIPP, Inc., a BI startup, is releasing the free beta version of its new business intelligence platform and bippLang data modeling language.

Posted December 16, 2020

The TrueNAS Open Storage portfolio is expanding with the addition of TrueCommand Cloud - a cloud-based service to simplify 24x365 TrueNAS management. As a major upgrade to the iXsystems Channel Partner Program, the cloud-based management software for TrueNAS deployments enables revenue producing services for partners moving into managed storage service delivery.

Posted December 16, 2020

Mindtree, a leading digital transformation and technology services company, is launching a dedicated Microsoft go-to-market business unit centered on building new solutions based on Microsoft platforms and technologies. The Microsoft go-to-market business unit is a component of Mindtree's multi-tiered initiative to support the continued demand of cloud services and solutions.

Posted December 16, 2020

NTT Corporation and SAP SE are forming a strategic alliance that creates a holistic partnership in which both companies serve as each other's customers, suppliers, and co-innovators. The deeper relationship enables SAP and NTT to leverage their best capabilities and expertise to deliver solutions that help companies transform into intelligent enterprises.

Posted December 16, 2020

Software intelligence company Dynatrace is expanding its partnership with SAP, positioning Dynatrace as a strategic observability partner for SAP Commerce Cloud. This means Dynatrace's digital experience monitoring capabilities, including real user monitoring and synthetic monitoring, and precise answers from its AI-engine, Davis, are now available for SAP Commerce Cloud, digital experience monitoring, which customers can subscribe to via the online SAP Store.

Posted December 16, 2020

Siemens Smart Infrastructure, a business of the Siemens AG group focusing on energy distribution and intelligent buildings, announced it is moving its SAP infrastructure to AWS. Moving these workloads to AWS will enable Siemens Smart Infrastructure to significantly shorten hardware refresh cycles, increase agility to test and deploy new systems, and provide the foundation for the company's future transformation using SAP S/4HANA technology.

Posted December 16, 2020

This past year has been a whirlwind for everyone, driven by the Coronavirus pandemic as it pushed IT trends in 2020. For 2021 COVID-19 continues to be a central story and a galvanizing force behind this year's forecast.  Several industry experts from SAP have offered up what they see as the top trends for 2021.

Posted December 16, 2020

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 December 16, 2020

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 December 16, 2020

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 December 16, 2020

It's been widely observed that COVID-19 has caused a dramatic acceleration of companies' digital transformation priorities, compressing dramatic changes that would have spanned years into just a few months. To better understand current trends in data management, including the impact of COVID-19 on IT budgets and innovation, as well as digital transformation and cloud priorities, Unisphere Research, the research arm of Database Trends and Applications, recently conducted a survey, in partnership with Aerospike, Inc., a provider of next-generation, real-time NoSQL data solutions for any scale.

Posted December 15, 2020

The primary role of database ‘custodian' continues to be the main emphasis of their jobs but increasingly, DBAs are expected to take on additional responsibilities.

Posted December 14, 2020

Due to the advent of client/server computing in the 1990s, then internet and web-connectivity driving development, and the more recent growth of NoSQL databases, we are now manag­ing more types of data on more platforms than we ever have before. And that means that managing data is a lot more complex. This also means that DBAs need to possess exper­tise in cross-platform management and administra­tion.

Posted December 14, 2020

Global database technology company FairCom recently announced new versions and rebranding of its major products, which include data solutions for high-speed transactions, Industry 4.0 environments, and legacy system modernization. c-treeRTG V3 is the latest addition to the FairCom "Ready-To-Go" solution dedicated to modernization of core legacy business applications. With its data-centric approach, c-treeRTG modernizes the data management engine underneath without touching the COBOL code.

Posted December 14, 2020

A recent study indicated that IT professionals were three times more likely to disagree with their leadership than professionals in other indus­tries. Identifying a three-times-more-likely differ­ence of opinion seems a significant variance. I don't know what detailed insights the study arrived at to account for this level of disagreeable­ness. Maybe the study considered IT folks as being more educated, more logical, and therefore more difficult?

Posted December 10, 2020

Microsoft and Red Hat have collaborated for more than 4 years on SQL Server and have come up with a variety of ways to better manage the server internals for higher performance. For example, the Windows OS has Large Pages and an option called Lock Pages in Memory. In Linux, you have the same capabilities using Transparent Huge Pages via trace flag 834, and even more memory management options by tuning dirty page ratios to pre­vent disk swapping.

Posted December 10, 2020

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 December 10, 2020

The year 2020 has been extremely eventful on many levels. Time­lines for digital transformation—supported by data analytics—suddenly had to accelerate from 5-year horizons to overnight implementations. Expect more of this continuing velocity in the year ahead, as companies fast-track their plans for initiatives ranging from AI to edge computing. These all require enor­mous volumes of quality data, meaning data managers will be quite busy in the months ahead. DBTA spoke to leaders across the industry to gain their perspec­tive on what to expect.

Posted December 10, 2020

Zumasys is making several changes to AccuTerm 8 that will support enhanced MultiValue functions. Additionally, the company has revamped its licensing model for AccuTerm 8 to enable customers to purchase a single license key for the whole company.

Posted December 10, 2020

Entrinsik, Inc., a provider of intuitive business intelligence, achieved an outstanding 40 top rankings and overall best price to value of all 33 products analyzed in the BI & Analytics 2021 Survey. "The survey results for Informer are fantastic," said Doug Leupen, founder and CEO of Entrinsik. "Our customer first mindset is the key to our success, we put ourselves in their shoes and ask what do they need the software to accomplish, how can we make onboarding easy and what support will they need to be successful."

Posted December 10, 2020

Revelation is releasing a "Roll Up" patch to OpenInsight version 9.4 that will enhance debug functionalities and improve operations.  This patch was made as a result of user reports and suggestions, said Mike Ruane, president and CEO of Revelation.

Posted December 10, 2020

IBM and R3, an enterprise software firm, are collaborating to provide blockchain technology solutions that deliver high levels of performance, compliance, and data privacy. As part of the collaboration, R3 announced a new open beta program to bring R3's enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise, to IBM LinuxONE next month across the hybrid cloud—both on-premises and the IBM Cloud—delivered via IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services.

Posted December 10, 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 December 10, 2020

Storj Labs is offering an integration with NEM to accelerate sync times for the NEM Symbol platform, improving the performance of connecting new nodes to the network and analyzing blockchain data. The solution—which was built by NEM partner IoDLT—leverages the native MongoDB integration that allows users to easily store data on the Tardigrade decentralized cloud storage service.

Posted December 10, 2020

Data management and integration demands continue to increase as organizations are faced with more data flowing in from a greater variety sources than ever before. At the same time, there is the need to extract business value, protect, and offer wider access to that data for more users. Today, being data-driven is the goal of all companies, whether long established or born digital.

Posted December 09, 2020

Bigstream, a big data solution provider that fuels acceleration of Apache Spark, is releasing its  Hyperacceleration software in AWS Marketplace, along with offering a 30-day free trial of the solution. Bigstream Hyperacceleration enables Spark to optimize the underlying processing platforms and can now be added to Apache Spark on Amazon EMR with just four additional clicks.

Posted December 09, 2020

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