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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

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals converged in Orlando, August 9th-14th, for the annual SHARE summer conference, which featured more than 500 educational sessions. "Mainframe data is growing tremendously and companies want to utilize it," said James Vincent, president of SHARE. "They are investing in data analytics," he added. "But data security and privacy are really growing in importance."

Posted August 25, 2015

BlueData is undergoing two big changes that will augment its infrastructure software platform. The company is announcing a $20 million Series C funding round led by Intel Capital and a partnership with Intel that will blend together BlueData's infrastructure software for big data with the data center architecture based on Intel Xeon processor technology.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hortonworks, a provider of enterprise Hadoop, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Onyara, Inc., the creator of and key contributor to Apache NiFi, an open source project. The acquisition will make it easy for customers to automate and secure data flows fueling the fueling the "Internet of Anything (IoAT)" and to collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from data in motion. As a result of the acquisition, Hortonworks is introducing Hortonworks DataFlow powered by Apache NiFi, which was made available through the NSA Technology Transfer Program in the fall of 2014. The Hortonworks acquisition of Onyara is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.

Posted August 24, 2015

ScaleArc is acquiring ScaleBase in an effort to enhance its database load balancing solutions with sharding technology. By incorporating ScaleBase's technology and Intellectual Property ScaleArc's offerings will broaden around application availability and zero downtime for enterprise application.

Posted August 24, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd, the printing and document management company, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. To unify the data across the company for accurate views and analysis, Ricoh built a private cloud accessible by the entire remote service group that allows high speed access from internal networks.

Posted August 19, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 19, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted August 18, 2015

Datameer, which offers a big data analytics application purpose-built for Hadoop, has closed a $40 million round of financing. ST Telemedia (STT) led the round, joined by Top Tier Capital Partners (TTCP) and participation from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Redpoint, Next World Capital, Software AG and Citi Ventures.

Posted August 18, 2015

HP is enhancing its Vertica platform to allow organizations to quickly ingest and analyze high-speed streaming data from various sources, including IoT applications. The new version of Vertica, dubbed "Excavator," is integrated with Apache Kafka to allow organizations to analyze volumes of data in real-time.

Posted August 18, 2015

IBM today announced a significant expansion of the mainframe's strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open communities. The company disclosed it is shipping two Linux mainframe servers - called LinuxONE - which the company brands as "the most secure Linux servers in the industry." The company also announced it is ramping up its support for open source offerings on its mainframe systems.

Posted August 17, 2015

Hadoop distribution provider Cloudera has released Cloudera Director 1.5, an integrated solution for deploying and managing enterprise-grade Hadoop in cloud environments that enables deployment flexibility through an open API. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the first to integrate with the API.

Posted August 12, 2015

Melissa Data has introduced data quality integration for Microsoft Dynamics CRM to simplify global address verification for enterprise users. Available as a pre-integrated package with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the Melissa Data plugin enables global address verification capabilities without complex programming or development resources.

Posted August 11, 2015

Paxata is releasing an updated version of its Adaptive Data Preparation platform, addressing critical enterprise-grade security, manageability and performance functionality. "We are becoming a critical part of the enterprise fabric," said Nenshad Bardoliwalla, co-founder and vice president of products at Paxata. "Data preparation is becoming a mission-critical enterprise capability."

Posted August 11, 2015

Data integration software provider Informatica has been acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Microsoft Corporation and Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce's corporate investment group, are also strategic investors in the company alongside the Permira funds and CPPIB. In making the announcement, Informatica said the new ownership would allow it continue to grow while taking a longer view rather than focusing on quarters.

Posted August 11, 2015

Google, whose name became synonymous with internet search, is reorganizing to maintain its innovation and competitiveness. The company is creating a new public holding company called Alphabet, with Google as well as other companies, housed within the new structure. According to Larry Page, CEO of Google, the reorganization is part of an effort to avoid getting "too comfortable," observing in a blog post that in the tech industry, "where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Posted August 11, 2015

There are fundamental differences in priorities and approaches in building operational solutions and in constructing analytical supporting solutions. However, these differences can produce a gap in understanding that occasionally results in minor battles and skirmishes between these groups along the path of getting work done. A critical area of conflict is access to production data. When building an operationally focused solution such as a website, the application is supreme.

Posted August 10, 2015

Shortly after the explosion of non-relational databases, around 2009, it became apparent that rather than being part of the problem, SQL would instead continue to be part of the solution. If the new wave of database systems excluded the vast population of SQL-literate professionals, then their uptake in the business world would be impeded. Furthermore, a whole generation of business intelligence tools use SQL as the common way of translating user information requests into database queries. Nowhere was the drive toward SQL adoption more clear than in the case of Hadoop.

Posted August 10, 2015

As a data professional, you have heard the term "unstructured data." And you probably know what is meant by that term, as well. For those who do not, unstructured data is a general term used to define data that is not numbers, letters, and dates stored or viewed as rows and columns. But it is a horrible term. In fact, unstructured data is a lie. Let me tell you why.

Posted August 10, 2015

Let's rephrase the question above: The next ticking time bomb is your database. Regardless of whether you run Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL, the odds lean toward your organization having a ticking time bomb. The only question to be posed is whether you are going to become collateral damage or diffuse the bomb before the damage happens.

Posted August 10, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard Microsoft has introduced the initial release of Windows 10. Windows 10 has been a widely anticipated release on the part of consumers and business alike, with Microsoft aiming to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices within the next few years. Here are 10 technical and market reasons why Windows 10 will become Microsoft's biggest release ever.

Posted August 10, 2015

Rocket Software has released version 5.2.0 of the U2 Web Development Environment (U2 Web DE), a tool that provides an environment to handle incoming requests and outgoing responses that are often variable in volume. Upgraded features include monitoring, logging improvements, and RESTful services.

Posted August 10, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, is now supporting NetApp storage solutions, enabling organizations to optimize a variety of storage resources. Customers will be able to use NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI) to leverage Cirba to place VMs and achieve visibility into storage requirements and health.

Posted August 07, 2015

Lavastorm Analytics has launched an update to its analytics engine that builds upon its self-service software for enterprises, providing a seamless way of sharing governed data analytical flows.

Posted August 07, 2015

Faced suddenly with the challenge of quickly extracting valuable consumer data from a massive file for customer acquisition programs, DX Marketing selected Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Marketing Cloud Service to replace its on-premise computing platform.

Posted August 07, 2015

Addressing the need for more big data skills training, Apache Hadoop distribution provider MapR Technologies has announced availability of a complete Apache HBase design and development curriculum on its free Hadoop On-Demand Training program.

Posted August 06, 2015

Unless you have been trapped under an elephant, you have heard a lot about big data. Today, most IT teams are either contemplating a Hadoop strategy or are well under way in the hopes of making data actionable.

Posted August 06, 2015

A typical organization loses 5% of its revenues to fraud each year, and in the U.S. alone the total cost of (non-health) insurance fraud is estimated at more than $40 billion per year, according to Bart Baesens, one of the authors of a new book on data science techniques for fraud detection. While opportunities for fraud are continuously evolving, fraud detection always has the biggest impact if it is done quickly. Fortunately, says Baesens, big data analytics can help to make early fraud detection possible.

Posted August 05, 2015

The Oracle Database In-Memory has been certified by SAP for use with SAP solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver 7.x technology platform. This move continues the longstanding collaboration between Oracle and SAP to enable SAP software to run together with Oracle technologies.

Posted August 05, 2015

Connect with Quest at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct. 25-29, 2015, and learn more about how you could get the answers and solutions you need to solve ERP challenges facing your business. At OpenWorld, you will have many opportunities to connect with the Quest team; from breakout sessions to SIG meetings to various networking opportunities, you'll be able to discover how Quest members leverage the community to achieve a higher satisfaction with their ERP.

Posted August 05, 2015

Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Geos and SIGs present more than 50 sessions on Sunday. The user-led SIG sessions feature users and expert consultants sharing their firsthand knowledge and problem-solving tips and suggestions on a range of topics including EBS, Hyperion EPM, OBIEE, BI, and more. In addition, many Geos host Sunday sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to meet peers from their local community.

Posted August 05, 2015

Linux applications have been on the rise for the last four years, according to a 2014 report from The Linux Foundation. What are the reasons behind the decline in Windows deployment and increase in Linux?

Posted August 03, 2015

IBM announced a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies. These consist of 50 projects focusing on cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas.

Posted August 03, 2015

IBM launched a new program intended to mentor and energize students to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The program, called the Academic Initiative for Cloud, will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. The company also announced a series of industry Hackathons reaching tens of thousands of new developers and a set of diversity programs for women coders.

Posted August 03, 2015

Yellowfin has signed 15 value added reseller (VAR) agreements, helping to sell and market its business intelligence solution.

Posted July 31, 2015

Predixion, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, is partnering with PLAT.One to deliver predictive insights for IoT applications.

Posted July 30, 2015

Denodo, a provider of data virtualization software, formed a technology partnership with Tableau Software, which offers software for analyzing and visualizing data. As a part of the relationship, Denodo is delivering the "Denodo Tableau Data Extract (TDE) Exporter Tool," which will improve the performance and management of data to enable data exploration and self-service BI and analytics. According to the vendors, the enhanced integration between the two technologies will enable IT departments to easily provision reusable and integrated data services while enabling enterprise data consumers to analyze, visualize and share information.

Posted July 30, 2015

Culminating two years of investment, Logi Analytics is releasing a solution to give enterprises a comprehensive platform for self-service analytics.

Posted July 28, 2015

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) will present the Best of COLLABORATE 15 - OAUG Forum eLearning series, which includes 40 live interactive webinars offered during a three-week period from Monday, August 10, to Friday, August 28, 2015.

Posted July 28, 2015

AtScale is collaborating with Microsoft to add the AtScale Intelligence Platform to Azure HDInsight, an Apache Hadoop-based service in the cloud. By deploying AtScale on HDInsight, customers can connect any business intelligence (BI) tool to Hadoop in minutes, according to the vendor.

Posted July 28, 2015

Dystopian visions of a future in which automation eliminates the vast majority of jobs are nothing new. However, even though previous predictions of doom have been misplaced, there is new concern about the impact of the latest generation of automation on the nature of work and the prospects for universal employment in the future. In particular, we're increasingly seeing automation disrupt jobs that were long considered to require human judgment or abilities.

Posted July 22, 2015

Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new cloud solution from Attunity, enables automated and optimized data loading from enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new offering will simplify and accelerate data loading from enterprise databases, making it easier for customers to adopt the new Microsoft data warehouse service and benefit from big data analytics, according to Itamar Ankorion, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted July 22, 2015

Continuing its global expansion, CoolaData, which provides a solution that tracks user behavior across all channels and aggregates the data to help monetize the insights, has opened an office in New York. The company's investors include 83North (formerly Greylock IL) and Carmel Ventures.

Posted July 22, 2015

The Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) version 2.3 is now available, with enhancements for user experience for both operators and developers, new security and data governance capabilities, a new cluster monitoring service for support subscription customers.

Posted July 22, 2015

MicroStrategy is releasing a cloud solution that will combine all the capabilities of the MicroStrategy 10 Platform, plus data integration, validation, warehousing services, and application management support.

Posted July 21, 2015

Talend is partnering with Salesforce to provide companies with a cost-effective way to cleanse, transform, and move big data. "We've been working with Salesforce for a long time," said Ashley Stirrup, CMO at Talend. "But now we are supporting Salesforce Analytics Cloud and allowing customers to bring in all sorts of additional types of data."

Posted July 21, 2015

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