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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

GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, and SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions, have formed a partnership resulting in a new solution called GigaSpaces' XAP MemoryXtend.

Posted June 24, 2014

Splunk, aprovider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Syncsort, a provider of big data software, have formed a technical alliance aimed at unlocking insights from machine data generated by mainframe systems, a critical and major source of corporate data. The companies say they have joint customers, including top telcos, retailers, insurance, healthcare and financial organizations, who rely heavily on mainframes for critical business operations, but have had difficulty leveraging mainframe data for business insights.

Posted June 24, 2014

SiSense, a provider of big data analytics for business users, has added $30 million in new financing, which it plans to use to continue expanding its global footprint. Current customers include Target, eBay, ESPN, Samsung and Wix. The new financing was led by venture capital firm DFJ Growth, with participation from existing investors Battery Ventures, Genesis Partners and Opus Capital.

Posted June 17, 2014

In "Big Data at Work," Tom Davenport explains to readers why big data is important to them and their organizations, what technology they actually need to manage it, and where to start capitalizing on its potential. Here, the author shares an excerpt from his recent book.

Posted June 17, 2014

Applying automated analytics to a wide variety of IT and business metrics is rapidly becoming "the next big thing." When considering whether to give the data center the "Moneyball" treatment in 2014, there are two main architectural considerations that need to be evaluated.

Posted June 17, 2014

Big data analytics hold great promise, but the present methods of mining and managing big data are still evolving and pose serious security and privacy challenges. Confronting these challenges is essential if the potential of big data is to be fully exploited.

Posted June 17, 2014

At an event at Oracle's headquarters, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison showcased the new Oracle Database In-Memory, an additional option to the Oracle Database 12c. Oracle Database In-Memory is scheduled for release in July, said Ellison. The Oracle Database In-Memory is the underpinning of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality, explained Tim Shetler, Oracle vice president of product management, in an interview before the launch event in which he highlighted the key elements of the release. "We have built this in-memory option to be completely transparent to the huge ecosystem of Oracle Database customers and applications that are already written for the Oracle Database."

Posted June 11, 2014

With the vast amounts of data that organizations deal with, finding the right BI tools can be an arduous task. There are numerous solutions that can provide self-service BI, however, organizations are finding that one tool does not usually meet the needs of their various types of users. Therefore, finding the right BI platform that can support suites of tools is becoming the norm.

Posted June 11, 2014

Big data analytics is a complex field, but if you understand the basic concepts—such as the difference between supervised and unsupervised learning—you are sure to be ahead of the person who wants to talk data science at your next cocktail party!

Posted June 11, 2014

How does one tame the data beast to start making tangible progress toward an organization's business intelligence goals? For any progress to occur on the business intelligence-side, tasks, projects and goals need to be fashioned into small steps along a much larger path.

Posted June 11, 2014

AAAA World, a distributor and retailer of consumer electronics and home appliances, is now using Entrinsik Informer which enables users to generate and customize their own reports without IT support.

Posted June 11, 2014

Kore Technologies will be presenting at a number of higher education technology conferences this year. The solutions to problems that higher ed tech professionals are seeking are ones that Kore has solved in other industries, said Keith Lambert, Kore Technologies' vice president of marketing and business development. "Yes, the software applications are different but nonetheless it's the same root issue."

Posted June 11, 2014

The latest release of Fusion-io's Atomic Series is built on foundational technology achievements with the latest third-generation Fusion-io memory-based architecture. Flash powers applications that demand more performance and less infrastructure. According to Fusion-io, the series is architected for application acceleration through innovative software advancements, providing the ability to deliver higher performance than typical solid-state disks in less space.

Posted June 09, 2014

IBM is supporting the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service and other SAP applications on IBM's SoftLayer solution set. SAP has verified the SoftLayer platform to run SAP applications, including SAP Business Suite software and SAP BusinessObjects solutions.

Posted June 09, 2014

New services have been added to Bluemix, IBM's open cloud platform. New Bluemix services include AppScan, designed to build security by design via rapid testing in multiple environments and shared results, as well as embeddable reporting services to build advanced analytics within an app from the moment it is provisioned - turning volumes of big data into actionable feedback.

Posted June 09, 2014

MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom and his team brought the MarkLogic World Tour 2014 to Wall Street to showcase customer use cases and explain the key new features coming out in MarkLogic 8. The overarching theme for the new release is ease of use, said Bloom.

Posted June 04, 2014

Actian Corporation has announced that the Actian Analytics Platform, an end-to-end analytics platform that runs natively in Hadoop, is addressing the current challenges facing business analysts who want to use SQL on Hadoop.

Posted June 03, 2014

Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. The new certification enables Fusion-io to participate in SAP's program for SAP HANA-tailored data center integration using its certified solution.

Posted May 30, 2014

More than 1,000 developers and Tizen contributors are expected to meet in San Francisco for the 3-day Tizen Developer Conference, which focuses exclusively on the developer ecosystem around the Tizen open source operating system for converged devices. "Whether you are a platform developer wanting to use Tizen or an app developer who wants to build apps for deployment on Tizen, this is the only place you want to go. The whole point of the Tizen Developer Conference is knowledge transfer," said Brian Warner, manager of the Tizen Project.

Posted May 28, 2014

To improve cloud and data interoperability, and deliver new mobile and productivity solutions for joint customers, Microsoft and SAP are expanding their partnership of more than 20 years.

Posted May 28, 2014

The SAP ERP Financials solution, part of the SAP Business Suite, has new capabilities powered by HANA to provide users with a common source of information, new reporting and analytics, and an easier user experience. Currently in ramp-up phase, SAP's early adoption program for customers, the new innovations will be generally available in a few months, according to Amit Sinha, SVP, platform and applications marketing at SAP.

Posted May 28, 2014

The Internet of Things is resulting in more customer data at executives' fingertips than ever before. In 2009, there were 2.5 billion things connected to the internet, creating data. That number will explode to 30 billion things by 2020. So how can businesses harness the power of all that customer data being generated by this new networked reality to create insights that help build lifelong customer relationships? And how can they keep from being overwhelmed by all that noise?

Posted May 28, 2014

Ariba, an SAP company that provides cloud-based procurement solutions, is moving to SAP HANA, the company's in-memory platform for real-time computing. The initial step, involving the transition of Ariba Spend Visibility has been completed and the company is now shifting the Ariba Network to the platform. "We have been running cloud operations here for 15 years at Ariba, and we have a mature cloud platform, said SAP Ariba engineering vice president Mark Dao.

Posted May 28, 2014

To help simplify solution implementation, increase productivity and accelerate time to value with Oracle engineered systems for clients, Accenture is acquiring Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner specializing in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle database administration and development.

Posted May 28, 2014

Henry Olson, director of product management, Embarcadero Technologies, tackled the cultural, technical and methodology gaps between the worlds of data architecture and agile development the challenge of retaining the benefit of data architecture and data modeling in the agile world in a lively presentation at DBTA's Data Summit in NYC that drew numerous follow-on questions from attendees.

Posted May 21, 2014

In his hard-hitting presentation on big data at Data Summit, Rick Smolan, a Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, and author of the book, "The Human Face of Big Data," described big data as "the development of a nervous system for the planet," and shared insights about the current impact as well as the potential for the future - of everything that can be measured being measured.

Posted May 21, 2014

Big data is causing a big shift in three areas - people, process and technology, said SAS thought leader Anne Buff, who gave a keynote at Data Summit dotted with examples of the rich opportunities for greater customer insight that can be achieved as well as the pitfalls lying in wait for companies that fail to use their data wisely.

Posted May 21, 2014

Delphix has formed a new partnership with DBmaestro to increase the speed and lower the cost of application development. According to the companies, teams or individual developers can work in parallel, with an enforced version control process, making sure best practices are followed, and integrating and merging their individual database changes, thus completing application development projects in less time and with lower cost.

Posted May 20, 2014

The latest version of the Lavastorm Analytics Engine, a data discovery solution, helps provide business users with quick access to the data needed to discover business insights. According to Lavastorm, while organizations seek to leverage analytics to transform disparate and big data into a business driver, there still remains a struggle to provide business users with quick access to the data needed to discover business insights.

Posted May 20, 2014

Extending organizations' ability to gain insight from a range of data sources and applications, Oracle has announced the latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications, which adds new ways to analyze procurement data, and a new module for analyzing talent.

Posted May 14, 2014

Providing customers with turnkey sales and support - including installation, upgrades, training and system maintenance - GSI, Inc., a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), is now distributing Oracle's JD Edwards software.

Posted May 14, 2014

Concurrent CEO Gary Nakamura says the latest release of Cascading will give enterprises the flexibility to build data-oriented applications on Hadoop once, and then run the applications on the platform that best meets their business needs. "What we are providing is a standard way to develop data-centric applications without the risk of having to rewrite those applications when distributions or the providers of the computation engines underneath it change direction one day."

Posted May 13, 2014

ParStream, provider of a real time database for fast analytics, and BI vendor Yellowfin, have formed a new alliance. The alliance will enable organizations to process massive amounts of stored and streaming data, in structured and semi-structured formats, in real-time, which can then be delivered throughout the enterprise in the form of visualizations to support decision-makers with timely, fact-based actionable intelligence.

Posted May 13, 2014

New Cloudera certification enables customers to use Tungsten Replicator 3.0 to replicate transactions from operational database systems such as MySQL, MariaDB and Oracle to Cloudera Enterprise 5 in real-time. The Cloudera certification confirms that the data replicated by Tungsten Replicator matches the source and target to ensure data quality, and does not stress either side of the replication stream in the process.

Posted May 12, 2014

DataStax and Databricks are partnering to integrate Cassandra and Spark. "More and more, we see customers in the community wanting to do analytics on data in as real time as possible. That is what this is really about," said Martin Van Ryswyk, executive vice president of engineering, DataStax.

Posted May 12, 2014

The value proposition for the Splice Machine database, according to Monte Zweben, CEO and cofounder of Splice Machine, is that it enables companies to replace traditional RDBMSs when they hit a wall, either from a performance or cost perspective, with a full-featured, transactional SQL database on Hadoop, to power both operational applications and real-time analytics.

Posted May 12, 2014

TIBCO Software Inc. says its acquisition of Jaspersoft Corp. accelerates its expansion into embedded business intelligence and reporting, giving the company the portfolio needed to address two fast-growing segments of the business intelligence market.

Posted May 12, 2014

Recursive SQL can be very elegant and efficient. However, because of the difficulty developers can have understanding recursion, it is sometimes thought of as "too inefficient to use frequently." But, if you have a business need to walk or explode hierarchies in your database, recursive SQL will likely be your most efficient option.

Posted May 08, 2014

MongoDB's Kelly Stirman and Cloudera's Yuri Bukhan recently talked with DBTA about the companies' new partnership and what it will mean for the big data ecosystem in the future. There is a need to demistify big data, they say, so that organizations can understand what technologies are right for their individual needs.

Posted May 08, 2014

Entrinsik, developer of Informer agile operational reporting and business intelligence software, has formed a partnership with SugarCRM, provider of customer relationship management (CRM) solution. Delivered with pre-configured mappings and sample reports, Informer software provides real-time reporting, data analysis and interactive dashboards to extend the value of customers' SugarCRM systems.

Posted May 08, 2014

Varonis Systems has announced the upcoming beta release of DatAnswers, a new solution for secure, relevant search for NAS, Windows file servers and SharePoint.

Posted May 06, 2014

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