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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

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

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 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

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 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

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 08, 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

Tableau's cloud analytic solution, Tableau Online, is being upgraded to version 9.0. The new release enables faster performance, and provides additional live database connection support, single sign-on, and other new features designed to help users do more with their data in the cloud. The new update brings a complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform with capabilities such as parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches that will make Tableau Online as much as 10 times faster.

Posted May 07, 2015

Oracle has introduced Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Release 5.2, the latest version of the company's secure remote access solution for cloud-hosted enterprise applications and hosted desktops running on not only Microsoft Windows, but also Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers. SGD allows users to work securely from any device and from any location, while providing administrators controlled access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center, providing a key benefit to large companies in a BYOD world.

Posted May 06, 2015

Pivotal has made updates to its big data suite that include upgrades to the Pivotal HD enterprise-grade Apache Hadoop distribution, which is now based on the Open Data Platform core, and performance improvements for Pivotal Greenplum Database.

Posted May 05, 2015

BackOffice Associates has unveiled an updated solution that will fully automate data quality maintenance without the level of manual research, validation, or updating previously required for most companies. Dubbed "dspCompose," the new application has been included in Version 6.2 of its Data Stewardship Platform (DSP), and is aimed at reducing the time and money spent resolving thousands of data issues.

Posted May 05, 2015

Deep Information Sciences has closed $8 million in Series A funding. The round brings the total invested in Deep to $18 million. The funding will assist in the growth of the Deep Engine, which break downs the performance, speed and scale limitations of databases to help businesses achieve new insights and opportunities from big data.

Posted May 05, 2015

Dell is partnering with Datawatch Corporation to continue growing its analytics business by integrating Datawatch's interactive visualization and dashboarding capabilities directly into its Statistica advanced analytics platform.

Posted April 30, 2015

BackOffice Associates' HiT Software division, a provider of data replication and change data capture solutions for heterogeneous database environments, has announced the release of version 8.5 of its flagship product DBMoto.

Posted April 29, 2015

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics solutions, is previewing Qlik Sense Enterprise 2.0, the latest release of its business intelligence platform, which provides self-service data visualization, reporting and dashboards, guided analytics, and embedded analytics.

Posted April 28, 2015

Splice Machine, a provider of Hadoop RDMS, announced that it is partnering with mrc (michaels, ross & cole ltd), to allow Splice Machine's Hadoop RDBMS to be certified and integrated with mrc's m-Power platform. "Our partnership with mrc gives businesses a solution that can speed real-time application deployment on Hadoop with the staff and tools they currently have, while also offering affordable scale-out on commodity hardware for future growth," said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine.

Posted April 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 April 28, 2015

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

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