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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

Cloud technology was a dominant focus at COLLABORATE 15, which took place earlier this month, according to Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG). "What's on top of everybody's mind is cloud strategy," English noted.

Posted April 27, 2015

Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based predictive analytics (PA) software, announced that Software AG will lead the company's series D funding round. the company says that this fourth round of funding, which includes participation from existing financial and strategic investors, including GE Software Ventures, will support Predixion's move into the Internet of Things (IoT) analytics market.

Posted April 27, 2015

Pivotal HAWQ is now available on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), enabling the benefits of SQL on Hadoop to be leveraged by enterprises that are investing in HDP. This marks the first time that the features and capabilities of Pivotal HAWQ have been made available outside of Pivotal. The availability aligns with a common Open Data Platform (ODP) Core that allows users to leverage the best-of-breed technology across providers.

Posted April 27, 2015

The future will flourish with machines. We've been told this in pop culture for decades, from the helpful robots of the Jetsons, to the infamous Skynet of the Terminator movies, to the omniscient "computer" of Star Trek. Smart, connected devices will be ubiquitous and it's up to us, the humans, to decide what's next. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is about more than devices and data.

Posted April 23, 2015

SUSE and Veristorm are partnering to provide certified high-performance Hadoop solutions that run directly on Linux on IBM z Systems, IBM Power Systems, and x86-64. Customers with IBM z Systems can team SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z with Veristorm zDoop, a commercial distribution of Hadoop supported on mainframes.

Posted April 23, 2015

Many DBAs are now tasked with managing multi-vendor environments, and handling a variety of data types. Increasingly, DBAs are turning to strategies such as database automation to be able to concentrate more on the big picture of moving their enterprises forward.

Posted April 23, 2015

To help ensure uptime and efficiency of key retail operations, while providing consistent, immediately available upgrades—and thus enabling internal IT groups to focus on differentiating the customer experience and driving growth, Oracle has introduced new Retail Cloud Services. The six new Oracle Retail cloud services are aimed at providing retailers with fast access to enterprise-grade applications for managing critical e-commerce, customer engagement, order management, order fulfillment, loss prevention, and brand compliance operations.

Posted April 22, 2015

Oracle has released Application Express 5, a new version of the popular tool for development and deployment of professional web-based applications for desktops and mobile devices using only a web browser. With the new release, the first since October 2012, not only did Oracle affect what can be produced but the development environment itself has been improved as well, according to Michael Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle, and Joel Kallman, director, software development at Oracle.

Posted April 22, 2015

MySQL has announced MySQL Server 5.7, release candidate 1 (5.7.7), which represents the first major release since the 5.6 GA release 2 years ago. MySQL 5.7 RC 1 adds enhancements in several important areas, which are targeted at both growing with existing customers and their current installed base and demands, as well as trying to enter into new market segments, according to Tomas Ulin, vice president for the MySQL engineering team at Oracle. In particular to broaden its use within enterprise environments, with this release, work has been done in areas such as security, GIS, and query optimization.

Posted April 22, 2015

SUSE has improved high availability capabilities for deployments of the SAP HANA platform via SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, the recommended and supported operating system for use with SAP HANA. The new version of the resource agents enhance the high availability component of SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications, with two additional scenarios for customers to automate their system replication of SAP HANA. In addition to the original performance-based scenario, SUSE now supports cost-based and multi-tier SAP HANA system replication.

Posted April 22, 2015

Progress Software has introduced a preview program for a standards-based connectivity solution to deliver fast transactions and analytics for SAP HANA. Called "Progress DataDirect ODBC" for SAP HANA, the connectivity solution will support both high-volume transactional workloads and massive analytics, provide connectivity to virtually any application including all major BI and analytics tools, and meet the demands of low latency, real-time query and analysis with superior throughput and CPU efficiency.

Posted April 22, 2015

SAP SE has announced an Industry 4.0 implementation project with GEA to address condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. GEA, a supplier for the food processing industry and a wide range of process industries, will work with SAP to optimize the performance of its separator and decanter machinery with the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, cloud edition. Based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the solution aims to bring together technology, sensors, and machine data with business processes, applications, and practices.

Posted April 22, 2015

A new release of the HP Haven Big Data Enterprise and OnDemand Platform incorporates advanced analytics and predictive capabilities for enterprises working with large volumes and varieties of information.

Posted April 22, 2015

SAP has announced it has certified its products on Oracle Database 12c. "More than two-thirds of all SAP customers run their SAP applications on the Oracle Database today. There is a strong overlap," said Sohan DeMel, vice president, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle. "These joint customers are looking to leverage Oracle's best database technology."

Posted April 22, 2015

To help organizations answer questions with data spread across disparate analytics systems and data repositories, Teradata has expanded its QueryGrid technologies. "With this announcement we have our foot on the gas pedal," Imad Birouty, director of product marketing, Teradata. "We have seven updates. We are announcing new connectors that are on their way, announcing that we have delivered on the connectors that we previously announced, and we are refreshing previously-released connector versions of the technologies."

Posted April 20, 2015

Unstructured data types and new database management systems are playing an increasing role in the modern data ecosystem, but structured data in relational database management systems (RDBMS) remains the foundation of the information infrastructure in most companies. In fact, structured data still makes up 75% of data under management for more than two-thirds of organizations, with nearly one-third of organizations not yet actively managing unstructured data at all, according to a new survey commissioned by Dell Software and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted April 15, 2015

Percona, a company that makes MySQL and OpenStack faster and reliable for customers, is acquiring Tokutek, allowing Percona to design, service, and support remote management for both MySQL and the ACID-compliant NoSQL database. Tokutek is known for delivering big data processing power across two open source data management platforms, MySQL and MongoDB.

Posted April 14, 2015

AtScale, Inc. has introduced a platform that will enable interactive, multi-dimensional analysis on Hadoop, directly from standard business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Excel, Tableau Software or QlikView. Dubbed the "AtScale Intelligence Platform," the new offering provides a Hadoop-native analysis server that allows users to analyze big data at full scale and top speed, while leveraging the existing BI tools they already own.

Posted April 14, 2015

Informatica, an independent provider of data integration software, has released a new tool aimed at taking a data-centric approach to information security by empowering organizations to identify and visualize sensitive data wherever it resides, inside or outside the corporate perimeter.

Posted April 13, 2015

Think Big, a Teradata company, has introduced the Dashboard Engine for Hadoop, which enables organizations to access and report on big data in Hadoop-based data lakes to make agile business decisions. "There are endless streams of data from web browsers, set top boxes, and contact centers that often land in Hadoop, but sometimes don't make their way into downstream analytics," said Ron Bodkin, president, Think Big.

Posted April 13, 2015

Delphix, a data as a service (DaaS) provider, has updated its DaaS Platform to support Amazon GovCloud, OpenStack, and KVM hypervisor environments for simple migration to both private and public clouds. "Getting data from the data center to private and public clouds is a major obstacle for cloud initiatives, both for migrations and continuing operations," said Dan Graves, VP of product management for Delphix.

Posted April 13, 2015

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data to help make big data integration more accessible and actionable for customers. The goal with the new data integration capabilities is to bring together disparate communities that have emerged within the Oracle client base and allow the mainstream DBAs and ETL developers as well as the big data development organization to be brought together on a single platform for collaboration, said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted April 08, 2015

In order to truly appreciate Apache Drill, it is important to understand the history of the projects in this space, as well as the design principles and the goals of its implementation.

Posted April 08, 2015

Translated to an analytical setting, Ockham's principle, also known as Ockham's razor, basically states that analytical models should be as simple as possible, free of any unnecessary complexities and/or assumptions.

Posted April 08, 2015

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau 9.0, a major release of its visual analytics software. New capabilities in the release help people to achieve more with data, answering questions at interactive speed, according to the vendor.

Posted April 07, 2015

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Oracle SVP and CIO Mark Sunday are confirmed as keynote speakers for COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, which runs April 12 - 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. COLLABORATE 15 is jointly hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest).

Posted April 07, 2015

Deep Information Sciences has launched Deep Engine. Available now for MySQL and Percona Server, Deep Engine is an adaptive database kernel and information orchestration system that combines machine learning with advanced computer science to transform database fundamentals. Implemented as a plug-and-play 10MB storage engine that can be deployed in parallel with, or instead of, existing engines, Deep Engine allows MySQL to easily adapt, accelerate and scale to unprecedented levels, with minimal cost.

Posted April 07, 2015

Using BI can be a difference maker in an organization's long-range profitability and competitiveness in the private sector, or an agency's ability to provide better constituent-focused delivery of services in the public sector.

Posted April 06, 2015

With the advancements in data technology, many businesses now have data coming in at unprecedented amounts. The key for many of these organizations is to maximize the value of their data and turn that value into financial benefits. Tim Nicholson, director of Informer Services with Entrinsik, recently presented a webinar on this topic.

Posted April 06, 2015

Datawatch Corporation has unveiled a new solution aimed at managing self-service data preparation and visual data discovery. Dubbed the "Datawatch Managed Analytics Platform," the new solution includes self-service data preparation, advanced data enrichment, automation without scripting, access to multi-structured data, synchronous visual authoring, visual data discovery, and frictionless governance. The platform is geared toward larger enterprises, IT organizations, and the line of business users.

Posted April 06, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Groups (IOUG) has been serving Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are very pleased with how much the community has grown as well as how much IOUG has accomplished. Having said this, we will not rest on our laurels. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead of us. While we set the bar pretty high in 2014 with the establishment of the content-rich blog #IOUGenius, an increased number of Master Classes offered across the nation and a truly inspirational COLLABORATE 14, you'll be very pleased with what IOUG has in store for 2015.

Posted April 01, 2015

Splice Machine has formed a strategic partnership with RedPoint Global, to provide a marketing solution for big data. According to the vendors, with database technology from Splice Machine and cross-channel marketing and data quality technology from RedPoint, the partnership provides a platform that can use big data to enable personalized, real-time interactions to engage customers across channels.

Posted March 31, 2015

Mtelligence Corporation (dba Mtell), and MapR Technologies have introduced a new big data platform called Mtell Reservoir that combines the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, Mtell Previse Software, and Open TSDB (time-series database) software technology. The solution is targeted at the oil and gas industry.

Posted March 31, 2015

Saffron, a cognitive computing platform, has launched an application aimed at providing end-to-end knowledge about issues and defects in a product's lifecycle, helping manufacturers shorten time to market and manage potential risks. The new product, SaffronStreamline, will be available April 27, 2015.

Posted March 31, 2015

IBM announced two Network Innovation Centers designed to help clients can explore Software Defined Networking, virtualization and analytics-driven automation technologies and services for their data and communications networks. The two centers - located in Nice, France, and Dallas, Texas - will focus on solutions for large enterprise networking systems and telecommunications operators, which require resilient, high-performing and continuously available networks.

Posted March 30, 2015

Many people love the NCAA's March Madness, where 68 teams vie for the championship title. A similar situation is occurring in the database world, where innovation is spurring exciting new competition and new solutions. There aren't 68 companies in the mix, but quite a few that are competing for the championship prize, which is a slice of the huge database market that could reach over $45B by 2018, according to Gartner.

Posted March 26, 2015

Oracle has launched three new cloud services accelerators for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) in the financial services, public sector, and engineering and construction industries. The purpose-built accelerators are aimed at enabling organizations to address the challenges associated with managing project, program, portfolio, and contract lifecycles in their respective industries.

Posted March 25, 2015

I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."

Posted March 25, 2015

Teradata Analytics for SAP Solutions can now infuse near real-time data from SAP ERP applications into enterprise analytic and reporting applications. According to Teradata, the expanded capability can help organizations extract business value hidden within their ERP applications. "By providing access to integrated data in near real-time we're enabling our customers to make data from SAP ERP applications usable for business intelligence across the enterprise," said Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Labs.

Posted March 25, 2015

Leveraging its partnership with SAP as well as its technology innovation in support of the SAP HANA platform, Lenovo announced its Lenovo System x3850 X6 has achieved an industry-leading result on the SAP Business Warehouse-Enhanced Mixed Load (SAP BW-EML) standard application benchmark. The Lenovo x3850 X6 achieved a record load of 1,542,060 ad hoc navigation steps per hour on the benchmark, more than 10 times better than the previously published winning results.

Posted March 25, 2015

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