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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

Can Oracle and its partners keep up with the increasing demands of customers for real-time digital capabilities? Is the Oracle constellation of solutions—from data analytics to enterprise applications—ready for the burgeoning requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven businesses? For Oracle—along with its far-flung network of software vendors, integrators, and partners—times have never been so challenging.

Posted August 04, 2016

The month of June heralded the long-awaited release of Microsoft's SQL Server 2016. The 2016 edition includes unique security functionality with Always Encrypted that protects data both at rest and in motion, ground-breaking performance and scale as evidenced by the number-one performance benchmarks, and accelerated hybrid cloud scenarios and Stretch Database functionality that supports historical data on the cloud.

Posted August 04, 2016

Datavail, a provider of data and DBA services, offering 24×7 managed database services, database design, architecture, and staffing, has acquired Art of BI, an Oracle analytics consulting company focused on OBIEE and Hyperion.

Posted August 03, 2016

Oracle announced today that it is acquiring NetSuite in a transaction valued at approximately $9.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close in 2016. In a statement, Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite, said that NetSuite will benefit from Oracle's global scale and reach to accelerate the availability of its cloud solutions.

Posted August 03, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions, is releasing an updated version of its namesake platform, improving the solution with change management enhancements to boost workflows. Datical DB 4.0 includes a new Automated Deployment Packager that allows database changes to be continually validated, packaged, and integrated via more pervasive, hands-off automation.

Posted August 03, 2016

Organizations have directed a lot of attention recently to consolidation, automation, and cloud efforts in their data management environments. This will purportedly result in decreased demand for data managers and the need for fewer DBAs per groups of databases. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. In actuality, there is a growing need for more talent, as well as expertise to manage through growing complexity. A new survey, sponsored by Idera and conducted by Unisphere Research among more than 300 data executives, managers, and professionals finds that a more challenging data environment is arising due to a confluence of factors.

Posted August 03, 2016

To manage growing data volumes and pressing SLAs, many companies are leveraging Apache™ Kafka and award-winning Attunity Replicate with next-generation change data capture (CDC) for streaming data ingest and processing.

Posted August 03, 2016

The potential of your business intelligence or data processing application is limited without a comprehensive data connectivity solution. Staying competitive and relevant requires a breadth of data connectivity options.

Posted August 03, 2016

Our goal at Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to enable our customers to do things that were previously not possible, and make things that our customers can already do simpler and better at a much lower cost.

Posted August 03, 2016

It is both exciting and validating to be selected as the number 1 data modeling solution by DBTA's discerning readers for the third consecutive year in a row!

Posted August 03, 2016

Data replication advances a number of enterprise goals, supporting scenarios such as distribution of information as part of business intelligence and reporting initiatives, facilitating high availability and disaster recovery, and as part of a no-downtime migration initiative.

Posted August 03, 2016

Everyone knows the three Vs, volume, velocity, and variety, of big data but what's required is a solution that can extract valuable insights from new sources such as social networks email, sensors, connected devices as sensors, the web, and smartphones.

Posted August 03, 2016

Query and reporting solutions are part of a comprehensive business intelligence approach in every organization. As long as enterprises need to gather data, BI groups look to utilize query and report programs as primary applications that produce output from information systems

Posted August 03, 2016

As data grows, organizations are looking for ways to dig up insights from underneath layers of information. Data mining solutions provide the tools that enable them to view those hidden gems and facilitate better understanding of new business opportunities, competitive situations, and complex challenges.

Posted August 03, 2016

Business intelligence encompasses a variety of tools that enable organizations to collect data from internal systems and external sources, prepare it for analysis, develop, and run queries against the data, and create reports, dashboards and data visualizations.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data virtualization provides organizations with the ability to allow the business and IT sides of organizations to work closer together in a much more agile fashion, and helps to reduce the complexity.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data integration is critical to many organizational initiatives such as business intelligence, sales and marketing, customer service, R&D, and engineering. For many enterprises, however, the road to data-driven nirvana is stymied by the inflexible, calcified systems and processes that were laid out decades earlier and still control the data flow within many enterprises, according to Joe McKendrick, lead research analyst at Unisphere Research.

Posted August 03, 2016

The last thing companies want is tainted data merging with incorrect information. The process of maintaining data integrity enhances the reliability of information for use by a business. This is where tools to ensure data quality come in.

Posted August 03, 2016

Data is increasingly appreciated by companies as their most valuable asset. But the problem is that this view is not just held by organizations themselves, there are others - including hackers and - who see it that way as well. IT and data managers can play a pivotal role in enterprise security because they are the insiders with trusted status and they are aware of where the data is stored and how best to reduce or eliminate threats. Newer security technology can also relieve many of the manual burdens associated with database monitoring.

Posted August 03, 2016

For fast-paced, turn-on-a-dime digital enterprises, with demands for 24-by-7 uptime, no activity is more vital than keeping database systems up and running. Today, database availability is no longer just a critical IT issue; it is a critical business issue. To be prepared in the event of system failures, infrastructure owners and DBAs have developed strategies to increase resiliency and assure availability of data.

Posted August 03, 2016

Database development is growing more challenging all the time. Releases are expected to come out faster than ever, and teams are more spread out across, global geographies, time zones, and skill levels. Software deployment, meanwhile needs to be spread across cloud and onsite, and accessible through more devices than ever. What's needed is an integrated end-to-end environment with multi-platform support that helps simplify development and provides automation to achieve repeatable processes and avoid potential risks that can translate into unanticipated delays.

Posted August 03, 2016

If information is the lifeblood of organizations today, then delivering information where it is needed faster can be considered a matter of business health, and in some cases, even business survival.

Posted August 03, 2016

There is more data available to organizations than ever before, but the goal remains the same - to unlock nuggets of gold, the useful information that will result in competitive advantage for the organization, allowing it to react to customer's needs with lightning speed, uncover new opportunities, and act fast to counter competitive threats.

Posted August 03, 2016

Over the years, MultiValue technology has maintained its base of committed advocates despite the decades-long trend toward relational database management systems. And, now with an expanding appreciation for polyglot persistence, or put more simply, the selection of the best tool for the job, there is a growing recognition that different data management systems offer different benefits with some simply better suited for certain requirements than others.

Posted August 03, 2016

Today, data is being recognized and appreciated as an asset, and even, some have suggested, a kind of currency. But beyond the obvious businesses built on data - such as Airbnb's rental business, Uber's car service app, and Alibaba's online marketplace - every business today is striving to become a data-driven organization, with turn-on-a-dime agility and rapid insights into customer behaviors and desires.

Posted August 03, 2016

Splice Machine is teaming up with Incedo, a technology solutions provider specializing in data and analytics, product engineering, and emerging technologies, to generate solutions that will help enterprises manage data and accelerate data processing.

Posted August 03, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced significant updates to the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Version 10.2 supports MySQL as a back-end database in addition to SQL Server and Oracle Database, includes visualization and analysis tools to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking, and deadlock issues, and adds support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Posted August 02, 2016

NTT Security Corporation is bringing together its advanced analytics technologies to launch a specialized security company. NTT Security delivers Managed Security Services (MSS) and specialized security professional services that support the Full Security Life Cycle. These services will be taken to market globally and client engagement will be managed by NTT operating companies Dimension Data, NTT Communications and NTT Data.

Posted August 01, 2016

Reltio, an applications and data management PaaS company, is receiving $22 million in Series B funding, with the investement being used to expand and accelerate the company's hiring practices and further innovation.

Posted August 01, 2016

Talend S.A., a provider of big data and cloud integration solutions, successfully launched its IPO. The offering included 5,250,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), each representing one of its ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $18 per ADS, which was higher than anticipated - and then rose sharply.

Posted July 29, 2016

Riverbed Technology, which provides solutions for application performance, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aternity, a provider of end user experience and application performance monitoring solutions that monitors more than 1.7 million mobile, virtual and desktop workforce endpoints.

Posted July 28, 2016

Helping to address complex analysis problems, IBM has announced the general availability of IBM Graph, a Bluemix service that allows users to set up graph databases in the cloud. Previously offered in beta earlier this year, the availability was made public in an IBM developerWorks blog by Adrian Warman, documentation lead for IBM UK Application Platform Services, on behalf of the IBM graph team.

Posted July 28, 2016

There's a new buzzword on the loose, the data lake. At first glance, a data lake could be easily mistaken for a data warehouse. The two big data concepts have a common focus on analytics and they may, in certain situations, produce roughly equivalent output. But that's about where their similarities end.

Posted July 27, 2016

FogHorn Systems, a developer of "edge intelligence" software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has secured $12 million in Series A funding to further innovate its offerings. The funding round was led by March Capital and GE Ventures, with additional funds provided by Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and Darling Ventures.

Posted July 27, 2016

TIBCO Software Inc. is unveiling a new platform designed for companies investing in digital business strategies. The platform, called TIBCO Mashery Enterprise API, covers the entire API lifecycle, allowing users to create, integrate, and manage APIs with a single offering.

Posted July 27, 2016

Paxata is partnering with PwC US to deliver a new self-service data preparation solution to PwC's existing governance, risk, and compliance tools. This alliance allows Paxata to work with PwC to develop customized data preparation solutions that will help clients structure various types of data in an intuitive and visual way.

Posted July 27, 2016

Accellion, Inc., a provider of private cloud solutions for secure file sharing and collaboration, has added new security features in the kiteworks content platform to help enterprises keep their critical enterprise data secure while extending compliance with rigorous industry requirements.

Posted July 27, 2016

SAP SE is unveiling a new platform that will help organizations enrich business applications with geographic data from geographic information systems. "We have an entire portfolio of spatial solutions to our customers across a variety of industries," said said Marie Goodell, head of marketing of the SAP HANA Platform at SAP.

Posted July 27, 2016

By the mid-2000s, a huge number of web apps were built upon the so-called LAMP stack. LAMP applications utilize the Linux operating system, Apache web server and MySQL database server, and implement application logic in PHP or another language starting with the letter "P," such as Python or Perl. But the LAMP stack is now essentially obsolete technology, and the MEAN stack provides a lot of productivity advantages, especially for modern highly-interactive web sites. But the MEAN stack is not without compromise. Here's why.

Posted July 27, 2016

TriCore Solutions, an application management solution provider and an SAP-certified cloud hosting and SAP HANA managed service provider, is continuing its commitment to SAP by acquiring an SAP certified channel partner. By acquiring G3G, Inc., TriCore's customers will now have end-to-end SAP solution at their fingertips and the transaction with G3G, Inc. will more than double the size of TriCore's SAP practice.

Posted July 27, 2016

SAP SE is making big changes and introducing product innovations in its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio to offer improved support for cloud and Big Data environments, enhancements for more self-service capabilities, and comprehensive support for governing enterprise information.

Posted July 27, 2016

According to Gartner's 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs are moving from a systems-focused view to a platform-focused view in 2016, with digital revenue expected to more than double over the next year. Digitization will bring many benefits to the business, including increased revenue from better operations (expected by 66% of CIOs) and more business through digital channels (expected by 48% of CIOs). With the growing volume of digital data and its strategic value to the business, DBAs can also play an essential role in this digital transformation

Posted July 27, 2016

The only constant is change. So, get ready for it. Maybe that's easier said than done. Too often, we, as DBAs, are flooded with change when it comes to database sche­mas, and keeping up with updates isn't as simple as just being ready. Develop­ers don't get that, though. Updating the application is pretty easy—simply copy over the existing application binary with the new one, and if there's something wrong, roll back by getting the old version from the build server.

Posted July 27, 2016

Ending months of months of speculation on who would acquire Yahoo's operating business, including search engine, email services, and web properties, Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2017.

Posted July 27, 2016

Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platfora, a provider of operational analytics and data discovery tools that enable companies to visually interact with and analyze large volumes of data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Workday's third fiscal quarter, were not disclosed.

Posted July 27, 2016

EMC has announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held on July 19, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to the meeting.

Posted July 27, 2016

When it comes to assigning value to different components in today's IT environment, it would be a serious mistake to underestimate the value of data and databases. Whether you are looking to reduce downtime and speed up your database-centric application or to save money and time on optimizing your database servers, the following best practices can help you improve the performance of your SQL Server environment and, ultimately, your business service delivery process.

Posted July 26, 2016

AT&T and IBM are teaming up to combine their strengths in cognitive computing and global connectivity to create open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud to enable developers to more quickly build and implement Internet of Things-based solutions.

Posted July 25, 2016

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