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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

Syncsort is integrating its Big Iron to Big Data powerhouse Ironstream with Compuware Corporation's Application Audit software, improving an organization's ability to detect threats against critical mainframe data, correlate them with related information, and events to satisfy compliance requirements.

Posted May 10, 2017

Dell EMC is announcing new data backup and protection solutions to enable customers to ensure data is secure, backed up and protected against disasters and outages.

Posted May 09, 2017

IBM is opening four new IBM Cloud data centers across the United States to support growing enterprise demand for cloud infrastructure that can provide access to services such as IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive. The new cloud centers are based in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Posted May 08, 2017

Blue Medora, a provider of enterprise cloud and datacenter management solutions, is releasing its True Visibility Suite will as a third-party product available as part of the VMware vCloud Air Network Program.

Posted May 08, 2017

Confluent, a provider of a streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, is rolling out Confluent Cloud, a fully managed streaming data service aimed at helping developers to focus on building streaming applications with Apache Kafka, rather than Kafka operations. Currently available via an early access program, the Confluent Cloud service will initially be available in Amazon Web Services, with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud to be added in the future.

Posted May 08, 2017

Fuzzy Logix, which offers in-database analytics, and Kinetica, a provider of GPU-accelerated database, have announced a partnership to offer a joint solution. Since 2012, Fuzzy Logix has had GPU-accelerated analytics, but no GPU-accelerated database to take advantage of their advancements at scale, said Amit Vij, CEO and co-founder of Kinetica. With this collaboration, he noted, Fuzzy Logix has chosen the Kinetica GPU database as the home for its library of GPU-accelerated analytics.

Posted May 08, 2017

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management software, has introduced the second enhancement pack for OpenText Release 16, the company's digital information platform that helps customers to digitize business processes and manage information flows across the digital enterprise. Supporting the flow of information inside and outside of the enterprise, the extended ECM platform offers stronger integrations within the OpenText Platform as well as with leading applications such as Archiving for Oracle EBS, and SAP S/4HANA, SAP Cloud for Customer (C4C), SuccessFactors, and Hybris Marketing.

Posted May 08, 2017

Open source database provider MariaDB has announced that the European Investment Bank (EIB) is making a 25 million euro investment in the company to support its next stage of growth and database innovation. MariaDB says that the EIB operation is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the European Commission's Investment Plan for Europe, aiming at reviving investment in strategic projects around Europe.

Posted May 08, 2017

Choices are pervasive when designing a database. The data modeler must progress through a series of issues: What ideas are important? Which objects stand out? Which concepts can take a back seat? Adding to all those decisions comes understanding the target structures one is shooting at. A normalized design may lean one way, while a dimensional design may lean another.

Posted May 05, 2017

Not only has the Microsoft SQL Server engineering team added more and stronger leadership, outstanding individual engineers and staff members, but it is also radically moving its entire development process into a "cloud-first" ethos. Now, I'd like to show one of the most salient results of this new development process-accelerated product releases. It was only a few years ago (and is still the case for other data management platforms) that a major new release takes at least 2, but more likely 3 years. With the "production-ready" release of SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0, we are only 1 year from the last production release.

Posted May 05, 2017

MongoDB faced its worst-ever public relations challenge earlier this year when a spate of ransomware attacks plagued tens of thousands of Mongo instances. It's important to realize that we are not talking about some sort of obscure vulnerability here - these MongoDB databases were configured with NO passwords at all, and were easily found listening on the default port (27017) on publicly-accessible servers.

Posted May 05, 2017

As DBAs, we can get mired in the depths of performance tuning parameters and scripts, sometimes getting lost in all the details. It is a good idea to always have a set of goals and philosophies that you can lean on to keep you focused and working on the appropriate things. That is what I want to talk about in this month's DBA Corner column. Some high-level rules of thumb for achieving your DBMS-related performance goals and maintaining your sanity.

Posted May 05, 2017

Splunk is unveiling a new edition of Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud, making it easier than ever for a wide range of users to leverage datasets, build dashboards, get answers and share insights. Indexer and search head clustering enhancements make the platform easier to manage at scale.

Posted May 05, 2017

Dell EMC has announced a new platform for implementing and sustaining a hybrid cloud based on Microsoft Azure Stack. The new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is aimed at helping organizations standardize on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem and provides automated IT service delivery for traditional and cloud-native applications.

Posted May 04, 2017

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, and Oracle have formed a new relationship to simplify management and enable advanced security features for Oracle's suite of mobile business applications and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (OMCS) for mobile devices.

Posted May 04, 2017

With the addition of modern infrastructure as a service (IaaS) architecture and new IaaS and platform as a service (PaaS) cloud services, Oracle is making enhancements to the Oracle Cloud EU Region in Germany.

Posted May 04, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Software is releasing the GDPR Starter Kit, helping organizations take the first step to prepare for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards. This bundled set of software solutions assists organizations to automatically identify, classify, and take action to secure information that falls under this regulation.

Posted May 03, 2017

Oracle has introduced new artificial intelligence-based customer experience applications to support B2B and B2C interactions. Helping organizations to avoid the need for additional processes and integrations, the applications are intended to allow organizations achieve immediate value and embrace more efficient approaches, according to Jack Berkowitz, vice president, Products & Data Science, Oracle Adaptive Intelligence.

Posted May 03, 2017

Megaport has announced a cloud connectivity collaboration with Oracle. Through this initiative, Megaport and Oracle aim to provide enterprises with an approach for creating dedicated and private connectivity to Oracle Cloud services that can scale with changing business needs.

Posted May 03, 2017

One of the significant changes enterprises should expect to gain speed this year is the expanding role of business users in IT. Fences around the IT landscape are slowly coming down and business users are playing an active part in the digital transformation. It's uncharted territory, driving an increased demand for information governance initiatives to help companies use data to navigate the transformation. Here are trends to watch as data and business users' roles evolve within IT and across the enterprise.

Posted May 03, 2017

Emerging from stealth mode this week, Aparna Systems announced the Orca µCloud and Orca µServer—providing an open software Cloud-in-a-Box solution. Going beyond "hyperconvergence," Aparna says it provides "ultra-convergence" with the combination of compute, storage and networking resources in a compact, energy-efficient system. "Hyper-convergence is compute and storage with a hypervisor on it. In our case it is that plus networking. We provide the networking software and networking infrastructure," said Sam Mathan, CEO and co-founder of Aparna.

Posted May 02, 2017

EnterpriseDB has collaborated with Red Hat to accelerate access to the EDB Postgres Platform on Red Hat OpenShift Container Application Platform.

Posted May 02, 2017

Sisense is launching "Sisense Startup," a new program to offer qualifying early-stage startups complimentary licensing of Sisense's analytics technology to embed in their application or solution.

Posted May 02, 2017

Datos IO has announced a new version of its cloud-scale data management platform, RecoverX 2.0, to help organizations be more agile, enhance productivity, and drive operational efficiency as they deploy their next-generation customer-centric applications in the cloud and scale their traditional applications across hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud infrastructures.

Posted May 02, 2017

Cloudera, which last week began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CLDR," has announced the general availability of the Cloudera Data Science Workbench, a self-service tool for data scientists. The workbench, which was announced in beta at Strata+Hadoop World San Jose 2017, enables fast, easy and secure self-service data science for the enterprise.

Posted May 02, 2017

Cloudera, a provider of a platform for machine learning and advanced analytics built on open source technologies including Hadoop, launched an IPO and is beginning public trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CLDR."

Posted April 28, 2017

Blue Medora, a provider of IT operational analytics (ITOA) for enterprise cloud, database and infrastructure management, is expanding its SelectStar SaaS database performance solution to support Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL databases. SelectStar for Azure provides metric-based and deep-dive monitoring for Azure native database workloads, enabling users to see query-level metrics on their Azure SQL databases.

Posted April 27, 2017

Unstructured data and complex information that doesn't fit neatly into tiny boxes can be difficult to work with in a traditional relational database. That's why organizations in industries from automotive design to toys to logistics rely on MultiValue databases to "bring order to chaos" by allowing just about any type of information to be transformed into useful data.

Posted April 26, 2017

SAP is introducing SAP Fieldglass Live Insights, a new machine learning-powered, data-driven insights service that makes it possible for executives to benchmark, plan, predict and simulate external talent scenarios. The new SAP Fieldglass service is the result of partnering with SAP Data Network to create this capability that is powered by SAP HANA.

Posted April 26, 2017

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a global provider of software platforms for enterprise mobility, cloud applications, and business integration, is extending its Magic xpi 4.6 release to enable users access to a broader range of platforms including SAP. With over 100 pre-built connectors to leading applications and technologies, Magic xpi Integration Platform supports organizations' on-premise, cloud, and hybrid integration needs.

Posted April 26, 2017

NextLabs, Inc., an SAP partner and provider of data-centric security software, released a new product in the Data Centric Security suite for SAP software, increasing access control and data security requirements. Entitlement Manager for S/4 HANA provides enhanced access control across all Fiori applications.

Posted April 26, 2017

SAP is launching the SAP.iO Fund, seeded with an initial investment of $35 million, to encourage early-stage investments in software startups that will expand the SAP ecosystem. The fund is just one component of the SAP.iO open innovation model, which enables innovators both inside and outside SAP to use the power of SAP data, application programming interfaces (APIs), and platform technologies to unlock new value for customers.

Posted April 26, 2017

Infor, a provider of business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, has reached an agreement to acquire Birst, Inc., a pioneer of cloud-native, business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data visualization. Birst provides a platform for sourcing, refining, and presenting standardized data insights at scale to drive business decisions. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Posted April 26, 2017

Infosys, a provider of consulting, technology, outsourcing and services, has launched Infosys Nia, a new artificial intelligence platform building on the capabilities of the company's existing AI platform, Infosys Mana, and its robotic process automation (RPA) solution, AssistEdge.

Posted April 26, 2017

Catalogic Software, a provider of software-defined copy data management, has announced the availability of a new version of its flagship software featuring expanded in-place database virtualization technology. Catalogic ECX 2.6 adds application-aware support for InterSystems Caché and Epic Electronic Health Record, SAP HANA, and extends Microsoft SQL Server support to physical hosts.

Posted April 25, 2017

IBM announced first-quarter earnings results, with traditional software and hardware solutions slumping, while next-generation offerings surged. The company's first-quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $3.5 billion, totaling $14.6 billion for the last 12 months.

Posted April 24, 2017

MuleSoft, a provider of platforms for building application networks, has introduced Crowd, a solution that features a set of collaboration capabilities that enable the creation, saving, discovery, and reuse of APIs and other integration assets. The solution runs within MuleSoft's Anypoint API platform.

Posted April 24, 2017

Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, recently acquired DataRPM, a privately-held provider of cognitive predictive maintenance software for the industrial IoT (IIoT) market. Mark Troester, vice president of strategy at Progress, discussed how the addition of DataRPM's predictive analytics and meta learning capabilities help to round out the Progress platform, enabling the company to embrace a "cognitive first" strategy.

Posted April 24, 2017

Software AG has announced two new partnerships to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and ecosystem, a priority for the company as it works to enable customers to keep up with today's technological innovations.

Posted April 24, 2017

Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of SaaS data protection, has been acquired by affiliates of Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm investing in software, internet and data services companies.

Posted April 20, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has introduced MAILERS Online, a cloud-based mailing solution designed to prepare USPS-compliant direct mail more easily.

Posted April 20, 2017

Syntax Systems, a provider of cloud managed ERP services, has announced the acquisition of Core Services Corp., enabling Syntax to now offer cloud-based ERP services for both Oracle JD Edwards and Enterprise Business Suites throughout North America.

Posted April 20, 2017

Striim, Inc. is releasing a new version of its end-to-end data integration and streaming analytics platform, enhancing real-time, hybrid cloud integration, and simplifying the management of applications running on streaming data. Version 3.7 includes several hybrid cloud integrations with Microsoft data solutions running on Azure, and enhanced application-to-database management through dynamic schema evolution.

Posted April 19, 2017

Oracle has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that provides a Docker-native continuous integration and deployment automation platform for Kubernetes and microservice deployments.

Posted April 19, 2017

Oracle is collaborating with Docker to release its flagship databases, middleware, and developer tools into the Docker Store marketplace via the Docker Certification Program. This will enable developers to build cloud-native applications using Docker Enterprise Edition as their container platform and Oracle's databases and developer tools immediately available as Docker containers through the Docker Store.

Posted April 19, 2017

While not the most media-hyped technology, databases are certainly one of the most crucial when it comes to our always-online, always-connected society. Databases power not just the applications and websites we use every day, but the businesses that generate revenue and fuel the economy. The internet relies on functioning and well-performing databases to operate.

Posted April 19, 2017

MicroStrategy is partnering with Alation, offering users of Alation Data access to a data catalog directly within the MicroStrategy interface that can seamlessly conduct self-service enterprise data discovery and analytics in the MicroStrategy platform. When Alation connects to an organization's data sources, it crawls and indexes data assets stored across different physical repositories, including databases, Hadoop files and data visualization tools, to produce a rich catalog.

Posted April 18, 2017

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