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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

It's been amusing to watch the NoSQL movement transition from a "We don't need no stinking SQL" attitude to a "Can I please have some SQL with that?" philosophy. The nonrelational databases that emerged over the past 8 years initially offered no SQL capabilities. However, today we have an embarrassment of SQL options for "NoSQL." Hive offers SQL for Hadoop systems, Spark has SparkSQL, MongoDB has a SQL-based BI connector, and so on.

Posted December 01, 2016

There are three big challenges facing today's DBAs—a shift to an application-centric focus, the need to support multiple database platforms, and expanding responsibilities for managing database performance in the cloud as well as on premises.

Posted December 01, 2016

IT operations teams have been furiously preparing for this year's holiday season - the retail industry's busiest time of the year for web traffic. Here is a checklist of the key factors IT operations teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready now - and stays that way throughout the shopping season.

Posted December 01, 2016

By now it's well documented that employees will take IT tasks into their own hands when IT cannot give them the support they need, and when they need it. The phenomenon is ubiquitous and persistent, even to the point that it's been dubbed "shadow IT." Gartner recently noted that by 2020, a third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.

Posted December 01, 2016

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of software for automating IT and business processes.

Posted December 01, 2016

Yellowfin, business intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, is launching a virtualized data preparation module for analytics, fully integrating it into the metadata layer of its BI platform. Yellowfin's Data Preparation Module will enable organizations to model, profile, clean, shape, enrich, secure, and publish all data for reporting and analytics in a single BI environment.

Posted December 01, 2016

Dataguise - through its DgSecure platform - is now supporting sensitive data discovery on Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS, as well as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The platform will now scan for sensitive information stored on Amazon Redshift, RDS, and S3 and provide ongoing monitoring of sensitive data in S3 throughout its lifecycle.

Posted December 01, 2016

What's ahead for 2017 in terms of big data and IoT? IT executives reflect on the impact that Spark, blockchain, data lakes, cognitive computing,AI and machine learning, and other cutting-edge approaches may have on data management and analytics over the year ahead.

Posted November 30, 2016

SUSE is acquiring OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE. The agreement aims to accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

Posted November 30, 2016

Splice Machine is releasing an updated version of its signature platform for intelligent applications, strengthening its ability to run enterprise-scale transactional and analytical workloads. Version 2.5 of the Splice Machine platform introduces new abilities including columnar external tables that enables hybrid columnar and row-based querying; in-memory caching via pinning; statistics via sketching; and offers cost optimized storage for AWS users.

Posted November 30, 2016

At HPE Discover London, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced new solutions designed to help organizations deploy Internet of Things (IoT) devices in wide area, enterprise and industrial environments.

Posted November 30, 2016

VoltDB has partnered with Confluent and completed development and certification of its Sink Connector for Confluent Open Source, based on Apache Kafka, utilizing Kafka's Connect API.

Posted November 30, 2016

Syncsort has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trillium Software. Syncsort, Inc. is an IT solutions provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Trillium is a provider of data quality solutions.

Posted November 30, 2016

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, has introduced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant Apache Spark, cloud-based platform. The announcement was made today at the 2016 Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference.

Posted November 30, 2016

Tableau Online, a fully managed SaaS cloud analytics platform, allows organizations to connect, blend and analyze live or extracted data from on-premises and cloud databases such as Amazon Redshift and Teradata, applications such as Salesforce and Google Analytics, and data in spreadsheets stored in computers or online.

Posted November 29, 2016

CA Technologies is incorporating predictive analytics capabilities for monitoring data that touches the mainframe. CA Mainframe Operations Intelligence is a new algorithms-based solution suite that identifies and predicts system issues before they impact performance. Machine learning is applied to make sure there is no downtime and provides the intelligence that reduces the effort and skill to run data centers.

Posted November 28, 2016

Rackspace has announced that its Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) global team was awarded a certification distinction by AWS for achieving more than 500 AWS professional and associate certifications. Rackspace is an audited AWS Managed Service Partner, AWS DevOps Competency partner, and AWS Marketing & Commerce Competency partner in the AWS Partner Network.

Posted November 22, 2016

AtScale, which provides a self-service BI platform for big data, has announced an expansion of its services. With this announcement, the company says it is introducing a BI platform that enables businesses to work seamlessly across all of big data, on premise and in the cloud. In addition to Hadoop, AtScale has announced preview availability of support for data stored in Teradata, Google Dataproc and BigQuery, expanding on the company's existing support for Microsoft Azure and HDInsight.

Posted November 21, 2016

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based internet performance and domain name system (DNS) provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes internet applications and cloud services to enable faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end user satisfaction.

Posted November 21, 2016

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage solutions, based in Sweden, has released its Metro cluster, a high-availability solution designed to tolerate the loss of an entire data center with zero downtime.

Posted November 18, 2016

Aerospike, a provider of NoSQL solutions, is releasing a new version of its Aerospike platform, transforming how organizations store, access, and analyze data. The new version of Aerospike includes features such as SortedMap, durable delete, IPv6, improved cluster management, and updated network naming.

Posted November 17, 2016

Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for x86-64 servers is now generally available, according to Teri Whitaker, program manager at Oracle, who announced the release in a post on Oracle's Linux blog.

Posted November 17, 2016

Oracle has announced a new solution that enables brands to leverage insights from the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve customer service experiences. The two products have been combined in a packaged integration to help brands take advantage of the insights from IoT devices with the aim enabling value-added services such as remote diagnostics and preventive maintenance.

Posted November 16, 2016

The business of arranging millions or billions of zeros and ones in exactly the right order—also known as the business of software—has undergone many significant shifts over the history of computing, and we might be about to experience yet another.

Posted November 16, 2016

Zumasys is broadening use of the jBase platform with features to interest developers in MultiValue systems. Recently, the company attracted a new client that is using jBase to develop a warehouse management system and allows a hands-on experience for young developers.

Posted November 16, 2016

Rocket Software is releasing an enhanced version of its Discover platform, boosting the self-service business intelligence platform for MultiValue customers. Rocket Discover 1.6, with its native interface to Rocket D3, UniVerse and UniData databases, will enable business users to connect to MV data sources through secure Web services, and use Discover's interface for data visualization and discovery, and collaboratively share dashboards.

Posted November 16, 2016

DataStax is acquiring DataScale, a provider of cloud-based management services for data infrastructure, and is releasing a new cloud platform. The acquisition of DataScale brings both technology and industry expertise to DataStax that will make DataStax Managed Cloud a truly transformative offering, according to the companies.

Posted November 16, 2016

BMC, a provider of IT solutions for the digital enterprise, has announced enhancements to its BMC Discovery solution to improve its interaction with other systems while also increasing security and efficiency. Using a RESTful API, BMC Discovery v11.1 now provides an open platform enabling other systems to take advantage of discovery data and drive discovery configuration. The new version also leverages integration with the CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution to manage and secure privileged access to scanned environments.

Posted November 16, 2016

Databricks has announced that, in collaboration with industry partners, it has broken the world record in the CloudSort Benchmark, a third-party industry benchmarking competition for processing large datasets. Databricks was founded by the team that created the Apache Spark project.

Posted November 16, 2016

SAP SE is introducing new business services and key capabilities to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, extending support for customers as they embark on their digital transformation journeys. "We're starting to deliver higher level business services," said and Dan Lahl, VP of product marketing for HCP. "We're starting to really bring the power of what SAP can bring."

Posted November 16, 2016

SAP is making huge announcements that introduce a new HANA platform and boost SAP's analytical capabilities for its Business Objects solution. SAP HANA 2 includes and extends the proven technology from SAP's breakthrough in-memory computing platform to provide a new foundation for digital transformation.

Posted November 16, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an update to its SAP S/4HANA platform aimed at improving user productivity. By utilizing a simplified data model and SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience, the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release can reduce complexity and allow applications to yield new business capabilities, according to SAP. "All companies and all line-of-business and industries need to start with 1610 if they want to capitalize on the digital transformation for their company before their competitor does," said Sven Denecken, senior vice president of product management, co-innovation and packaging S/4HANA at SAP SE.

Posted November 16, 2016

Many providers of cloud services market the idea that all critical computing functions should be run using their public cloud services because this paradigm is the future and the future is now. While we do share that long-term vision, the reality is less impressive, and the solution is not yet complete. Amazon itself does not run 100% of its critical business systems in the AWS Public Cloud, a fact that was revealed in The Wall Street Journal article, "Cloud-Computing Kingpins Slow to Adapt to Own Movement." This is also true for Google, Microsoft, and other top cloud providers.

Posted November 15, 2016

The definition of "data visualization" often varies depending on whom you ask. For some, it's a process of visually transforming data for exploration or analysis. For others, it's a tool to share analytical insights or invite discovery.

Posted November 15, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, an addition to its Hitachi Content Portfolio (HCP), creating an object storage portfolio with search and analytics capabilities. The new intelligence solution rounds out the HCP portfolio, which offers a seamlessly integrated cloud-file gateway and enterprise file sync and sharing, and improves organizations' ability to strategically manage data.

Posted November 15, 2016

Expanding the capabilities for customers to take advantage of the elasticity of Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark in the cloud to power new workloads and analytic applications, Hortonworks, Inc. has announced the availability of Hortonworks Data Cloud on the AWS Cloud.

Posted November 15, 2016

IBM has formed a partnership with Topcoder, a global software development community of designers and developers, to harness the power of Watson to create the next generation of artificial intelligence apps, APIs, and solutions. This partnership also benefits businesses that gain access to an increased talent pool of developers through the Topcoder Marketplace with experience in cognitive computing and Watson.

Posted November 14, 2016

The Project Intu platform aims to simplify the process for developers that seek to create cognitive experiences in various form factors such as spaces, avatars, robots and other IoT devices. It also extends cognitive technology into the physical world, enabling devices to interact more naturally with users.

Posted November 10, 2016

At Couchbase Connect16, Couchbase, Inc., provider of a document database with a SQL-based query language, announced new capabilities including full text search and real-time analytics to simplify the way developers build web, mobile, and IoT applications.

Posted November 08, 2016

At its annual global conference, Tableau Software which is known for its data visualization software, provided information about new products for 2017, as well as its product roadmap for the next 3 years.

Posted November 08, 2016

Data as a service (DaaS) is a business-centric service that transforms raw data into meaningful and reusable data assets, and delivers these data assets on-demand via a standard connectivity protocol in a pre-determined, configurable format and frequency for internal and external consumption.

Posted November 04, 2016

MicroStrategy Incorporated is launching MicroStrategy Desktop at no cost to users, allowing professionals to utilize popular data sources and build insightful visualizations. MicroStrategy Desktop, available for Mac and PC, is a data discovery tool that allows users to access data on their own and build dashboards.

Posted November 03, 2016

Interana, a provider of behavioral analytics software, has raised $18 million in a funding round led by Vertex Ventures, with participation from Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Allen Company, Fuel Capital and Index Ventures. The company also announced a new online community forum called Interania.

Posted November 03, 2016

New data sources such as sensors, social media, and telematics along with new forms of analytics such as text and graph analysis have necessitated a new data lake design pattern to augment traditional design patterns such as the data warehouse. Unlike the data warehouse - an approach based on structuring and packaging data for the sake of quality, consistency, reuse, ease of use, and performance - the data lake goes in the other direction by storing raw data that lowers data acquisition costs and provides a new form of analytical agility.

Posted November 03, 2016

Why is there such pervasive abuse and misuse of database views today? Views are a helpful tool in building a business intelligence environment, yet many organizations establish practices that not only rob views of their full usefulness but present patterns that actually confuse issues instead.

Posted November 02, 2016

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