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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

One day, corporations awoke to the fact that having data was not the same thing as having believable data. They awoke to discover the meaning of "data integrity." That was the day the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) was born. With an EDW, corporations had the bedrock data on which to make important and trustworthy decisions. Prior to the EDW, corporations had plenty of data, but the data was not believable.

Posted June 09, 2015

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Posted June 08, 2015

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted June 08, 2015

To help users extract insights from data lakes,Teradata has made a multi-year commitment to contribute to Presto's open source development. Based on a three-part roadmap, Teradata's says its contributions will be 100% open source under the Apache license and will advance Presto's code base, scalability, iterative querying, and ability to query multiple data repositories.

Posted June 08, 2015

Unstructured data presents many challenges — it's hard to manage, datasets can be extremely large, and it does not have a pre-defined schema. Still, enterprises and service providers who manage to tame and mine unstructured data will have the ability to drive true business transformation based on the new insights it provides.

Posted June 05, 2015

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Pentaho, a data integration, visualization and analytics company. According to Hitachi, Pentaho will retain its existing brand and continue to operate independently as "Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company" under the leadership of its CEO, Quentin Gallivan, who will now report to Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president of Social Innovation at HDS.

Posted June 04, 2015

Oracle's Fusion Middleware suite of software is big and growing bigger. Consisting of many products acquired through acquisitions, Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) covers a wide spectrum of middleware solutions.

Posted June 03, 2015

Data integration requirements are growing more demanding. In today's computing environments, data must often be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds. A new report based on a survey conducted by Unisphere Research among 342 IOUG members looks at the current state of data integration in the cloud era, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. The "2015 IOUG Data Integration for Cloud Survey" was sponsored by Oracle.

Posted June 03, 2015

Today, it's not enough for companies to collect as much data as possible in the hope of gleaning insight. Much of this information is useless and only serves to bog down corporate networks. Instead, companies need to focus on data integration and the ability to make the right data available to the right users, regardless of origin or platform. Here are 6 technologies to improve data integration.

Posted June 03, 2015

Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, is releasing support for the next generation of the Intel IoT Gateway. The new supportive software, called Predixion Insight 4.5, will help organizations prevent costly failures by performing real-time predictive analytics.

Posted June 03, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has introduced Attunity Replicate for MongoDB. The solution extends its capability to automate and accelerate data loading and replication between databases, data warehouses, Hadoop and MongoDB. According to Lawrence Schwartz, chief marketing officer at Attunity, new NoSQL integrations will be added in the future as well.

Posted June 03, 2015

Progress Software is releasing two new drivers for its DataDirect connectivity suite that will better enable integration and support of more than 200 of the most popular data sources. "MongoDB is one of the hottest databases right now but also provides unique challenges when accessing the data stored inside from different BI and integration tools," said Michael Benedict, president of the Data Connectivity and Integration Business Unit at Progress.

Posted June 03, 2015

Rackspace is launching a dedicated option for MongoDB customers called ObjectRocket for MongoDB databases. The solution, which combines the speed and scalability of the ObjectRocket platform with dedicated hardware and networking for compliance-dependent use cases is aimed at providing the the performance, security and compliance required in high-risk industries such as healthcare, financial services and insurance. "Today we're announcing a fully dedicated cabinet solution to provide a high level of isolation for our customers," said Chris Lalonde, co-founder of ObjectRocket. "On top of that, we are also announcing an on disk encryption for MongoDB."

Posted June 02, 2015

New and emerging companies are taking aim at data management challenges to help customers get more value from their data. Here, DBTA showcases the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.

Posted June 01, 2015

SAP has announced the cloud edition of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), which adds new simplification and innovations across core business functions. In addition, the new release gives customers the opportunity to deploy real hybrid scenarios — combining on-premise and cloud solutions.

Posted May 28, 2015

Helping to support enterprises' plans to implement SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data modernization solutions, announced that its data management solutions are available to help enterprises orchestrate the data migration and modernization process for implementations of SAP S/4HANA.

Posted May 28, 2015

Cloudera is now offering support for Capgemini's new reference architecture for the SAP HANA platform and Cloudera Enterprise. "By bringing the power of Cloudera's enterprise data hub offering to the ecosystem in support of SAP HANA, we can enable Capgemini's clients to expand the amount of data they have within their environment in a cost-efficient manner," said Tim Stevens, vice president of corporate and business development at Cloudera.

Posted May 28, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has unveiled the new XE7 version of ER/Studio, its flagship data architecture suite.

Posted May 28, 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 May 28, 2015

Entrinsik is showcasing the new capabilities in Informer 4.5, the latest version of the company's reporting and business intelligence software, which will be released on June 8. "With 4.5 we're really building on our SQL capabilities and adding more advanced options for users that are reporting on SQL platforms," stated Tim Nicholson, director of Informer services at Entrinsik.

Posted May 27, 2015

The end of life date for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. While the latest version of the operating system is now 10 years old, as of last summer more than 22 million servers around the world were still running production applications. Within the next few weeks, millions of enterprise IT professionals will be forced to decide if they are going to migrate off the OS or secure a custom support contract with Microsoft to manage the end-of-life OS.

Posted May 26, 2015

At Data Summit 2015 in New York City, Tony Shan, chief architect, Wipro, gave a talk on the key components of a successful big data methodology and shared lessons learned from real world big data implementations. According to Shan, there is an 8-step process for a big data framework with specific techniques and methods.

Posted May 26, 2015

Chartio, a cloud business intelligence service, is introducing a new solution called Data Stores for transforming and storing data for business intelligence in a more agile way. Data Stores will enable administrators to use Chartio's Data Pipeline to rapidly transform data and store it in the cloud, making it more useful and accessible for end users.

Posted May 20, 2015

Rosslyn Analytics, a provider of big data cloud technology, has announced it is one of the first to offer companies analytics as a service on Azure. The big data cloud analytics platform, powered by Azure, provides self-service management from source to analytics and enables business and IT users to interact with, change, and analyze data using a combination of self-service data integration, cleansing and enrichment tools and machine learning and visualization technologies.

Posted May 20, 2015

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a distribution for Apache Hadoop, is including Apache Drill 1.0 in the MapR Distribution.

Posted May 19, 2015

DataStax, which provides an enterprise distribution of Apache Cassandra, has introduced DataStax Enterprise 4.7 (DSE 4.7), which the company says, is purpose-built for the stringent performance and availability demands of web, mobile and Internet of Things (IOT) applications. The new release includes advancements to integrated enterprise search, analytics, in-memory computing, and database management and monitoring to address the increasing shift toward mixed workload deployments.

Posted May 19, 2015

The shortage of skilled talent and data scientists in Western Europe and the U.S. has triggered the question of whether to outsource analytical activities. This need is further amplified by competitive pressure to reduce time to market and lower costs.

Posted May 19, 2015

Similar to the dot-com revolution, the Internet of Things is the culmination of radical advances in four core technology pillars.

Posted May 19, 2015

Google white papers have inspired many great open source projects. What has been missing until now, however, has been a way of bringing these technologies together such that any data-centric organization can benefit from the capabilities of each technology across its entire data center, and in new ways not documented by any single white paper. This is called the "Zeta Architecture."

Posted May 19, 2015

Data-driven companies continue to explore data management technologies that better unify operational, analytical, and other disparate or siloed data in a way that offers tangible business value and data management relief.

Posted May 19, 2015

The demand for effective data management is intensifying. At the same time, the database market has expanded into a wide array of solutions—from traditional relational database management systems to alternative databases such as NoSQL, NewSQL, cloud, and in-memory offerings.

Posted May 19, 2015

RedPoint Global was founded in 2006 by Dale Renner, Lewis Clemmens, and George Corugedo, who previously had worked together at Accenture. Based in Wellesley, Mass., RedPoint collaborates with clients around the world in 11 different verticals. "We have always been very focused on the data, and recognize that a lot of business problems live and die by the quality of the data," says Corugedo.

Posted May 19, 2015

Hadoop is contributing to the success of data analytics. Anad Rai, IT manager at Verizon Wireless, examined the differences between traditional versus big data at Data Summit 2015 in a session titled "Analytics: Traditional Versus Big Data." The presentation, which was part of the IOUG track moderated by Alexis Bauer Kolak, education manager at the IOUG, showed how big data technologies are helping data discovery and improving the transformation of information and knowledge into wisdom.

Posted May 14, 2015

The data lake is one of the hottest topics in the data industry today. It is a massive storage reservoir that allows data to be stored in its rawest forms. Hadoop Day at Data Summit 2015 concluded with a panel on everything data lake featuring James Casaletto, solutions architect for MapR, Joe Caserta, president and founder of Caserta Concepts, and George Corugedo, CTO with RedPoint Global Inc.

Posted May 14, 2015

With the influx of big data solutions and technologies comes a bevy of new problems, according to Data Summit 2015 panelists Miles Kehoe, search evangelist at Avalon Consulting, and Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute. Kehoe and Buff opened the second day of Data Summit with a keynote discussion focusing on resolving data conundrums.

Posted May 14, 2015

To transform data into value, IT must move from thinking about what it does to data, and instead focus on business outcomes and what can be done with the data to advance the business, according to Edd Dumbill, vice president, strategy, Silicon Valley Data Science, who gave the welcome keynote at Data Summit 2015.

Posted May 14, 2015

If used correctly, machine data can provide a company a significant advantage in terms of understanding user and machine behavior, fighting cyber security risks and fraudulent behavior, service levels and customer behavior. In his talk at Data Summit 2015, Dejan Deklich, vice president, engineering platform and cloud at Splunk, discussed issues around machine data analysis and showcased some prominent use cases.

Posted May 13, 2015

In order to break down barriers in creating and storing data, understanding the modern data architecture is key. That was the focus of Mike Lamble, CEO at Clarity Solution Group, and Ron Huizenga's, product manager at Embarcadero Technologies, presentation at Data Summit 2015.

Posted May 12, 2015

Capgemini is extending its long-standing strategic partnership with SAP, allowing Capgemini to act as a single point of contact for customers globally, and delivering SAP products and support services through one consolidated framework. By signing a global value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with SAP, Capgemini is among a select group of global SAP partners that are part of the global program, which has specific entry requirements that include global reach, reseller capabilities and revenue targets.

Posted May 12, 2015

Splice Machine is partnering with Talend to enable customers to simplify data integration and streamline data workflows on Hadoop. Through this partnership, organizations building operational data lakes with Splice Machine can augment Talend's data integration technology with its data quality capabilities.

Posted May 12, 2015

Pentaho users will now be able to use Apache Spark within Pentaho thanks to a new native integration solution that will enable the orchestration of all Spark jobs. Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), an effort initiated by Pentaho Labs, will enable customers to increase productivity, reduce maintenance costs, and dramatically lower the skill sets required as Spark is incorporated into big data projects.

Posted May 12, 2015

Rocket Software has released Rocket Discover, a new self-service business intelligence solution that combines visual data discovery with data preparation.The new product also reduces the number of operations that can be performed on the data to the most fundamental ones that business users want to perform such as joining data, filtering data, and appending data.

Posted May 07, 2015

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