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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

Rosslyn Analytics Ltd's RAPid Extract Studio 2.0 is now SAP-certified to integrate with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, providing users a rapid approach to obtain data from SAP software. The pre-built solution integrates with SAP solutions, allowing business and IT teams to cut the time and cost of accessing data for analytics projects by enabling them to start to automatically extract SAP data more quickly, according to Rosslyn Analytics.

Posted January 27, 2016

SAP SE and Accenture are teaming up to provide inclusive solutions for Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). This collaboration aims to accelerate development of SAP S/4HANA as well as business solutions, with a view to simplifying and fast-tracking customers' journeys to digital businesses.

Posted January 27, 2016

Synametrics Technologies, a provider of solutions for IT professionals and computer systems developers, is redesigning its WinSQL platform, offering a simplified environment for exploring data. WinSQL is a generic querying tool that connects to any relational database for which an ODBC driver is available.

Posted January 27, 2016

Database performance tuning is a complex but extremely important task. However, it can be difficult to effectively optimize databases when there are other "fires" to put out, limited resources, and an increasing number of databases to look after. But that doesn't mean it's impossible, especially with the right approach.

Posted January 27, 2016

The business world continues to shortchange a critical step between storing and analyzing the explosion of new data expected over the coming years. A business can quickly move from the old world of siloed, unusable data to a new one where stakeholders around the globe can find information in a few minutes from their local access points. The "findability" of data is particularly important for Global 1000 companies pursuing Industrial Internet-related innovation.

Posted January 27, 2016

As data continues to explode, DBAs must constantly stay a step ahead by finding new ways to improve database efficiency and performance. Managing data in today's complex IT environment requires creative approaches to a number of different DBA processes. Here are useful tips in five main categories that can help DBAs keep their heads above water and allow their companies to more effectively utilize their data to drive business value.

Posted January 27, 2016

Entrinsik is set to release Informer version 4.6 on February 1st. New capabilities include a formatted output add-on called Custom Format.

Posted January 27, 2016

In addition to StretchDB and AlwaysEncrypted, there are two more exciting features in the works for SQL Server 2016: dynamic data masking and row-level security. In the case of these two features, they'll be released first to the cloud platform (Azure SQL Database) and, later, to the on-premises version of SQL Server.

Posted January 27, 2016

EnterpriseDB has announced the availability of the EDB Postgres Advanced Server 9.5, which offers enhancements for increased performance, scalability, security and manageability for business critical workloads. The company also unveiled EDB Postgres Enterprise Manager 6.0, which is integrated into Postgres Advanced Server 9.5, and features expanded integration with other infrastructure solutions, new alert functions, and an improved alert user interface.

Posted January 26, 2016

ClearStory Data is making advancements and core improvements in the upcoming release of its native Apache Spark platform. With Apache Spark 1.6, ClearStory further speeds exploration on big, diverse data when business users need unrestricted data discovery and free-form exploration to answer new questions.

Posted January 26, 2016

IBM released its fourth-quarter and annual revenue numbers for 2015, showing soft business overall. However, the company's cloud, analytics, and mainframes continued to surge forward. Total revenue for the year 2015 was $81.7 billion, down 12% from the previous year, and down almost 24% from a peak of $106.9 billion in 2011.

Posted January 25, 2016

With the shortage of data scientists, today's modern business analysts are being challenged to become "citizen data scientists" and use predictive analytics to find hidden value within big and disparate data. However, the problem is that these business analysts often lack the statistical programming skills to navigate the data.

Posted January 25, 2016

Exponential data growth is hitting organizations of all sizes hard. It's not enough to merely add more capacity; recovery point objectives must be met, and time is money when it comes to data recovery. The simple truth is that to be effectively managed, adequately protected and completely recovered, your data size must be shrunk.

Posted January 20, 2016

Oracle continued to hammer home its message on the value of cloud at its CloudWorld event for customers and partners at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Cloud is critical to IT because of a confluence of factors, ranging from business trends to demographics, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his keynote at the event, repeating a warning he has issued at past Oracle events.

Posted January 20, 2016

Birst, a provider of cloud BI and analytics for the enterprise, is unveiling a host of new capabilities that will enable users to work with data in new and faster ways while maintaining governance. Users will be able "to rapidly access data and they'll be able to use it whether they are online, offline, on their tablet, laptop, in the office or on a train," said Southard Jones, vice president of product strategy at Birst.

Posted January 19, 2016

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, has announced the general availability of PostgreSQL 9.5, released by the Postgres community. The new 9.5 version boosts performance and scalability, enhances productivity with data analytics, and improves integration with other database solutions, laying the groundwork for supporting horizontal scaling across multiple servers.

Posted January 15, 2016

Datawatch Corporation has partnered with Tableau Software to help business analysts make faster and better decisions. Datawatch Monarch natively supports Tableau's data format (TDE), enabling users to independently access, manipulate and blend any kind of data from virtually any source, in less time than it takes to do so using spreadsheets and other labor intensive methods.

Posted January 12, 2016

Sisense is receiving a substantial amount of Series D funding which will be used to invest in innovation and allow the company to focus on simplifying analytics for large, multi-source datasets, while rapidly expanding business operations in support of Sisense's global growth.

Posted January 07, 2016

MicroStrategy is releasing an updated version of its analytics platform that will make it easier than ever to build apps and dashboards, offer speedy deployment, and improve governance.

Posted January 07, 2016

Data modelers must look at the big picture of an organization's data ecosystem to ensure additions and changes fit in properly. Simultaneously, each data modeler must be focused on the minute details, adhering to naming standards, domain rules, data type practices, still remaining ever vigilant for instilling consistency across everything they do. And while focused on all of the above, their efforts must culminate in a practical model that serves the individual project's requirements while also being implementable, maintainable, and extensible.

Posted January 07, 2016

If you're into data and databases and you have not heard the term "machine learning," may I suggest that you're not reading enough? This technology is hot and hyped, largely because it is the secret ingredient in many successful Big Data projects.

Posted January 07, 2016

Today, the success of many startups hinges upon the ability to gain insights from rapidly growing data. Yet startups and smaller businesses often don't have the resources to hire a full-scale data science team, especially considering the painful data scientist shortage that's making it difficult for even large enterprises to find qualified candidates. Here are three approaches companies can adopt to deal with their big and complex data analytics challenges in 2016.

Posted January 07, 2016

Entrinsik has formed a partnership with Technology Advisors, Inc., a global business and technology consulting company specializing in the development of customer relationship management (CRM) processes, working with technology solutions, including SugarCRM, Act-On, DocuSign, Infor, Microsoft Dynamics, SalesFusion, and Zendesk.

Posted January 07, 2016

Rocket Software has announced a new version of Rocket Discover, a self-service data preparation, visualization, and discovery solution for business users. Discover version 1.5 contains new features that make it easier for end users to display data insights and allow for organizations to make better business decisions with the help of their data.

Posted January 07, 2016

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire AddThis, a provider of publisher personalization, audience insight and activation tools that enables audience segment quality, scale and insight.

Posted January 06, 2016

In order to help automate and simplify access to data within Oracle E-Business Suite for operational and strategic reporting, Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has introduced Noetix Generator for Tableau, a solution that improves the ability of Tableau users to perform their own analysis and reporting on data within Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS).

Posted January 06, 2016

Though MySQL has evolved into a robust database engine that now handles large-scale operations for mission-critical workloads, the complexity of performance tuning can still prove challenging for DBAs who are increasingly being tasked with managing multiple database platforms in production for larger and complex workloads.

Posted January 06, 2016

The availability of Apache Spark 1.6 was announced today. The Spark 1.6 release continues the major theme of making Spark easier to use for data applications, said Reynold Xin, co-founder at Databricks, the company behind Spark. "There are lots of improvements and new features - in fact over 1,000 - in this Spark release," said Xin.

Posted January 04, 2016

We can expect to see every year within the next 5 years be "The Year of IoT." IoT promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. With IoT, physical assets become liquid, easily indexed and tracked, enabling identification of idle capacity or over utilization.

Posted December 22, 2015

Today's organizations don't need to be hesitant or "scared" of unstructured data. In actuality, the real fear should be about missing the opportunity to tap these resources. The magic really starts to happen when all datasets - structured and unstructured, inside and outside the enterprise - are analyzed in parallel.

Posted December 22, 2015

Servers.com, provider of cloud servers and cloud storage, is collaborating with Percona to deliver automated deployment of the Percona Server for MySQL database.

Posted December 22, 2015

FairCom, provider of "multimodel No+SQL" integrated database management tools, has updated its c-treeACE platform, offering up to 300% higher throughput, while keeping data consistent and durable. Version 11 of c-treeACE will provide developers with new configurations that will allow them to use flexible schemas to customize unique ways of storing and retrieving data.

Posted December 21, 2015

In 2015, big data, mobility, IoT, expanding requirements for security and real-time analytics and the introduction of the Cognitive Era continued to place greater pressure on IT organizations. Linux and open source technologies are at the center of many of the most innovative software and hardware solutions that are addressing emerging enterprise requirements. Here's a look back at some of the most significant announcements in Linux and open source technology of 2015.

Posted December 16, 2015

Denodo, a provider of data virtualization software, is now certified to integrate with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, allowing organizations to unite data from SAP BW with data from other sources such as enterprise applications, Apache Hadoop, NoSQL databases, Salesforce.com applications and more

Posted December 16, 2015

Looking ahead to 2016 David Jonker, senior director of big data at SAP, offered six key business and technology trends that will take the market by storm, including a continued interest in in-memory processing, enablement of real-time data and analytics, and an increased focus on advanced analytics and machine learning.

Posted December 16, 2015

SAP is making key updates to its SAP HANA platform, providing new high availability and disaster recovery features along with hardened security and unified administration for cloud and on premise deployments.

Posted December 16, 2015

SAP is launching a set of unique enterprise information management (EIM) tools that will help simplify how data is used in business processes and shared across business networks along with enhancements to security, improving areas such as customer experience, supplier collaboration, and employee engagement.

Posted December 16, 2015

MemSQL, provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced the latest version of MemSQL Ops which accelerates the use of Spark with Spark SQL pushdowns, allows for in-browser Python programming in MemSQL Streamliner, and provides automatic memory provisioning with the introduction of support for NUMA.

Posted December 16, 2015

It is often said that the only constant is change. For data executives and professionals, the coming year will only bring a lot more of it. Developments as diverse as cloud, big data, real time, NoSQL, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to reshape enterprise data operations and opportunities as we know them. Here are 16 trends that will shape the enterprise data landscape in 2016.

Posted December 16, 2015

What's ahead for 2016 in terms of cloud, IoT, big data, analytics, and open source technologies? IT executives gaze into their crystal balls, and weigh in on the upcoming challenges and opportunities ahead in the next year - and beyond.

Posted December 16, 2015

Dataguise, provider of data-centric security solutions for detecting and protecting confidential information, is now securing relational databases such as Oracle and SQL Server, as well as Teradata data warehouses, deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Now Azure users can utilize big data and cloud technologies for improved business intelligence and performance.

Posted December 16, 2015

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