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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

Emerging and newer vendors can offer fresh, innovative ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching.

Posted June 06, 2016

At Spark Summit in San Francisco this week, Microsoft announced it is making a major commitment for Spark to power Microsoft's big data and analytics offerings including Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, and Microsoft R Server.

Posted June 06, 2016

Teradata has introduced the Teradata Aster Connector for Spark, an integration of Apache Spark analytics with Teradata Aster Analytics. The connector enables pre-built analytics functions from both solutions to be executed from Aster Analytics, enabling anyone who can use Aster Analytics to also run advanced analytics on Spark without the need to learn or know Scala.

Posted June 06, 2016

NoSQL database technology vendor Couchbase has introduced a new Couchbase Spark Connector. According to Couchbase, the new Spark connector will enable businesses to gain business insights faster, enabling them to deliver better customer experiences through web, mobile and IoT applications.

Posted June 06, 2016

Attunity Ltd. is partnering with Microsoft Corp. to enable faster and easier adoption of Microsoft SQL Server 2016. The partnership allows Microsoft to tap into Attunity Replicate's data replication and change data capture technologies to achieve "zero-downtime migrations" from systems such as Oracle and others to SQL Server 2016.

Posted June 06, 2016

SQL Server 2016 became generally available on June 1, as scheduled previously by Microsoft. Described as the "biggest leap forward in Microsoft data platform history" in a Microsoft Developer Network blog, the new release provides improvements in real-time operational analytics, visualizations on mobile devices, analytics, as well as new security technology and hybrid cloud scenarios.

Posted June 06, 2016

Today at Spark Summit, MapR Technologies is announcing a new enterprise-grade Apache Spark Distribution. "This is a Spark-focused distribution that combines Apache Spark with the real time, persistent, web-scale data layer of MapR," said Jack Norris, SVP, Data and Applications, MapR. The new Spark Distribution option for the MapR Converged Data Platform enables advanced analytics - including batch processing, machine learning, procedural SQL, and graph computation, and is a production-ready platform for Spark workloads on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted June 06, 2016

Cisco and IBM are partnering to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) insights at the edge of the network. The new approach combines technology from both companies to allow businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations to tap the benefits of IBM's Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco's edge analytics capabilities.

Posted June 02, 2016

Open Text Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Information Management solutions, is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Recommind, Inc., a leading provider of eDiscovery, and information analytics. The transaction purchase price is approximately $163 million and with this acquisition, Recommind's eDiscovery platform will complement OpenText's own enterprise information management (EIM) solutions.

Posted June 02, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted June 01, 2016

The ability to stand up and voice your opinion about a solution or technology that will not solve a business problem is critical. At times, choices are made for budgetary reasons, and other times, it may be organizational pressure. But regardless of the reason, as IT professionals, we need to be courageous and do the right thing, whatever that is.

Posted June 01, 2016

Dynatrace, a management tools provider, has teamed up with Pivotal, a digital services tools vendor, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. Dynatrace Application Monitoring Service Broker Tile and Buildpack Extensions for Pivotal Cloud Foundry will provide actionable performance insights for businesses with cloud initiatives.

Posted May 31, 2016

Datameer is enhancing its flagship platform to enable a new class of data-driven business analysts. Datameer 6 introduces a new front end that reinvents the entire user experience, making the previously linear steps of data integration, preparation, analytics and visualization a single, fluid interaction.

Posted May 27, 2016

Confluent is releasing an updated version of its streaming data platform, making Kafka easier to understand and deploy. Confluent 3.0 includes the latest version of Kafka with critical bug fixes along with a variety of extensions to connect to the Kafka platform.

Posted May 27, 2016

EnterpriseDB , a Postgres database company, is releasing the EDB Postgres platform. The EDB Postgres platform enables a wide range of deployment topologies, integrates EDB's enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions, and offers a specialized partner ecosystem for new deployment models.

Posted May 27, 2016

Enhancing Its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities for clients, Accenture has completed its acquisition of OPS Rules, a boutique analytics consulting company that specializes in the application of data science to create supply chain and operations analytics solutions. With the purchase, Accenture says it is enhancing its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities.

Posted May 26, 2016

Melissa Data is introducing new data quality capabilities in its Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration platform. Dynamics CRM users now have access to data quality services to verify global address, email, name, and phone information for over 240 countries and territories.

Posted May 26, 2016

Dynatrace, a digital performance software company, is teaming up with Pivotal, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. The integration of Dynatrace with Pivotal Cloud Foundry will enable companies to take advantage of this acceleration by collecting analytics for applications running on PCF, allowing them to detect and act on performance shortcomings and optimize end-to-end transaction latencies.

Posted May 26, 2016

Alpine Data is making advancements to its Chorus platform, combining an integrated analytics platform with improvements that will accelerate the delivery of data. Chorus 6 now delivers capabilities that will help business leaders take the reins in assisting organizations in managing processes that connect machine learning to business behavior.

Posted May 26, 2016

Thanks to the cloud and other empowering technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, we're at the tipping point for big data. These technologies now provide a path to big data success for companies who otherwise lack the specialized big data skills or heretofore proprietary (and expensive) infrastructure to do it themselves. As 2016 progresses, we'll see the broader market put big data capabilities to work and the benefits of big data will, in turn, spread beyond the privileged few companies that were early big data adopters.

Posted May 25, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

Here we go again - yet another world changing innovation. Billions of dollars are being invested to develop and deploy this next-generation industry. Many existing methods of doing business, and businesses themselves, will be disrupted and replaced by this new wave of technology. What is this wondrous new innovation? Why it is the Internet of Things (IoT) of course.

Posted May 25, 2016

BackOffice Associates is releasing a tool that will help customers easily adopt SAP's suite of products. SAP Advanced Data Migration by BackOffice Associates automates the end-to-end process for enterprises to achieve implementations of the SAP HANA platform and of SAP S4/HANA at the lowest possible cost, complexity, and risk, according to the company.

Posted May 25, 2016

Enhancing its partnership with SAP, SUSE is introducing Live Patching for SUSE Linux Enterprise and a Connect program to boost the joint relationship. "These two programs are part of our longer investment in SAP for the last 17 years, and SAP HANA the last 8 or 9 years," said Dirk Oppenkowski, global alliance director.

Posted May 25, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 25, 2016

Entrinsik Inc., developer reporting and business intelligence software, is entering a partnership agreement with Atcore Systems, providing users of Atcore with reporting, real-time analysis, and dashboarding tools.

Posted May 25, 2016

Trifacta, a provider of data prep software and tools, is introducing the Wrangler Partner Program, a global program that will support and enable partners to sell, implement, and innovate with Trifacta.

Posted May 24, 2016

ThoughtSpot, a provider of search-driven analytics platforms, is receiving a $50 million investment, led by investor General Catalyst Partners and Geodesic Capital, to propel the company's growth.

Posted May 20, 2016

Syncsort is adding new capabilities to its platform, including native integration with Apache Spark and Apache Kafka. DMX-h v9 allows organizations to access and integrate enterprise-wide data with streams from real-time sources.

Posted May 18, 2016

SnapLogic is unveiling new updates to its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform that add the ability to integrate streaming data and power big data analytics in the cloud. The Spring 2016 release adds support for Apache Kafka, Microsoft HDInsight, and Google Cloud Storage, plus multiple enhancements that automate data shaping and management tasks.

Posted May 18, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse solutions company. Founded in 1984, Datalytics Technologies offers pre-built data warehouse and data mart solutions for SAP's and Oracle's families of ERP systems.

Posted May 18, 2016

AtScale, Inc., which provides a self-service BI platform for Hadoop, has raised a Series B round of $11 million, bringing its total funding to date to $20 million. According to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer of AtScale, its platform is different from others in three key ways, making it applicable to use cases in an array of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and financial services.

Posted May 17, 2016

Bringing another tool to its product portfolio, IDERA has released SQL BI Check, a no-cost option for real-time performance monitoring of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). SQL BI Check, with agentless installation, provides data on performance metrics with graphs and charts that assess and SSAS health.

Posted May 17, 2016

MarkLogic has announced that MarkLogic 9 is available for early access. The latest release of the enterprise NoSQL database features enhancements in data integration, security, and manageability.

Posted May 10, 2016

Trifacta is forming a partnership with Infosys to provide its data wrangling solution for the Infosys Information Platform (IIP) as well as Infosys' other platforms and offerings. Infosys is also participating in Trifacta's growth stage financing round.

Posted May 09, 2016

Looker is releasing a new platform of apps to help business units and departments gain the information they need to run their businesses. According to the company, Looker Data Apps have been developed from years of experience building custom applications for leading companies.

Posted May 09, 2016

Sinequa has announced the general availability of Sinequa ES Version 10. Powered by machine learning capabilities, the new version aims to deliver deep analytics of contents and user behavior, and offer information with continually improving relevance to users in their work environments. In order to achieve this advancement into the world of cognitive computing, with this new version, Sinequa has integrated the Spark platform in its distributed architecture and implemented machine learning algorithms on Spark within the core of its product

Posted May 05, 2016

Alteryx is releasing a new version of its self-service data analytics solution that offers support for a greater variety of data platforms and allows business users to achieve insights in hours.

Posted May 05, 2016

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

Dell is releasing an upgraded version of its Statistica advanced analytics platform, providing tools to address Internet of Things (IoT) analytics requirements and leverage heterogeneous data environments.

Posted May 04, 2016

What makes an IT organization static or dynamic? What triggers an organization to move from one to the other? The transformation is not easy and it certainly does not happen quickly. These questions can also be asked at a personal level. As an IT professional, are you more likely to be static or dynamic?

Posted May 04, 2016

Say what you will about Oracle, it certainly can't be accused of failing to move with the times. Typically, Oracle comes late to a technology party but arrives dressed to kill.

Posted May 04, 2016

Qlik is unveiling the next version of its Qlik Sense Enterprise platform, combing enterprise readiness and governance with visualization and data preparation capabilities, according to the company.

Posted May 03, 2016

TimeXtender, a provider of data warehouse automation (DWA) software for Microsoft SQL Server, is partnering with Qlik to offer a complete data warehouse and business intelligence package to users across the globe.

Posted May 03, 2016

Analytics provider Lavastorm is partnering with Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, to offer an integrated solution for a broader swath of users of all skill levels through Qlik Sense.

Posted May 03, 2016

Qubole is announcing two major changes. It is releasing an open sourced version of its StreamX tool and forming a partnership with Looker.

Posted May 02, 2016

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