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Business Intelligence and Analytics

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

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) and IBM have launched a Big Data Survey to provide a timely analysis of the key technologies, practices and strategies that businesses across different industries are using to improve confidence in their decision making. Respond with a completed survey by March 2nd, 2014, in order to be included in a drawing to win one of three $200 American Express gift cards to be awarded at the conclusion of the study.

Posted February 26, 2014

While minimizing risk is important for financial services organizations, companies need to think beyond fraud detection and understand the wider benefits predictive analytics can provide in terms of better customer experience, driving opportunities and increasing revenue in a highly competitive market. Among other uses, a comprehensive customer database, combined with advanced analytics, will allow organizations to spot trends, identify cohorts, and micro-target discrete populations.

Posted February 26, 2014

These days, companies have more and more of their applications and data being accessed through mobile devices. To enable secure access to sensitive enterprise applications and data on mobile devices, Oracle rolled out the Oracle Mobile Security Suite, which, combined with Oracle's existing Identity and Access solutions, aims to deliver an integrated platform for managing access to all applications from a complete range of device types.

Posted February 26, 2014

ISUG-TECH 2014 in Atlanta, April 14-17, will be the first technology event to explore the features and functionality in Sybase ASE 16. The conference will provide more than 150 hours of technical session, more than 60 hours of workshops, and more than 50 expert speakers, and a range of workshops, including the SAP ASE Quick Start for Oracle and SQL Server DBAs workshop which will double as a refresher course for people who had been Sybase DBAs but have not recently been in that role.

Posted February 26, 2014

After almost two decades of delivering technology training and education to customers, partners, consultants, and employees through the SAP TechEd conference series, SAP is changing the conference name to SAP d-code.

Posted February 26, 2014

A new offering from Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is designed to help companies migrate their existing implementations of the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse application to the SAP HANA platform in a private cloud managed by WFT Cloud. The service by WFT Cloud includes an upgrade at no additional charge of the customer's existing implementation of SAP NetWeaver BW to version 7.3.

Posted February 26, 2014

In order to be effective, big data analytics must present a clear and consistent picture of what's happening in and around the enterprise. Does a new generation of databases and platforms offer the scalability and velocity required for cloud-based, big data-based applications—or will more traditional relational databases come roaring back for all levels of big data challenges?

Posted February 26, 2014

Mission-critical applications in the banking, education, retail, healthcare, oil and gas, government, and travel industries depend on trusted MultiValue database systems. Yet, new requirements are emerging for MultiValue technology vendors to support integration with other enterprise data sources, enable mobile and web access, provide comprehensive business intelligence, and enforce greater security. In this special report, executives of seven leading MultiValue companies discuss how they are responding to their customers' evolving needs.

Posted February 26, 2014

The challenges of funding and executing IT projects that support competitive advantage for the enterprise are explored in a new EMC-sponsored survey of 285 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. A fundamental process to support big data analytics initiatives is the delivery of reliable information through the integration of networks, data systems and applications. However, many organizations find themselves instead mired in low-level database administration tasks.

Posted February 24, 2014

IBM has agreed to acquire Cloudant, Inc., a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create mobile and web apps. Following the close, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014, Cloudant will join IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group led by Senior Vice President Bob Picciano, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group.

Posted February 24, 2014

Infobright has added a new Approximate Query functionality to the Infobright Enterprise Edition. The new functionality, which is now in beta testing, speeds up customer access to the results of their ad hoc queries.

Posted February 21, 2014

Splice Machine, provider of a real-time SQL-on-Hadoop database for big data applications, has completed a $15M Series B round of funding, led by InterWest Partners, along with returning Series A investor Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). The investment will be used to accelerate product development and expand sales and marketing in preparation for the company's upcoming public beta offering later this quarter.

Posted February 18, 2014

Alpine Data Labs has introduced a collaboration solution that aims to help deliver on the predictive analytics potential of big data. Alpine Chorus 3.0 is a product that it allows users to log in, work with colleagues, and explore data.

Posted February 18, 2014

Attivio has released the latest version of the Active Intelligence Engine unified information access platform, version 4.0, which includes new unified information access modules that give more control to non-technical business users and eliminates the source integration challenge.

Posted February 18, 2014

New data center monitoring software from Compuware adds enhanced analytics to help end users better monitor and understand the network impact on application performance. The new availability analytics span all layers of a business transaction, from the network TCP session all the way up to the application logic.

Posted February 18, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted February 14, 2014

SiSense has unveiled the latest version of its analytics solution which enables business users to query large amounts of data from any device or PC without any involvement from IT. SiSense 5 works on any device including desktop, tablet, smartphones.

Posted February 13, 2014

Today at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, MapR Technologies unveiled the latest MapR Distribution including Hadoop 2.2 with YARN for next-generation resource management. The company also announced availability of the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, which provides a fully-configured virtual machine installation of the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop to allow users to jump-start their Hadoop exploration; and the early access release of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform on MapR.

Posted February 11, 2014

MemSQL, a provider of in-memory database technology, has announced the release of MemSQL v3.0, which provides a highly compressed column store in a new integrated architecture. The new tiered storage architecture enables companies to combine in-memory and flash optimized columnar engines to capture, store and query large amounts of data in real time.

Posted February 11, 2014

When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you're generally going to consider three approaches, one of which is a cloud implementation. SQL Server 2012, and even more so in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release, has built out a very strong Apache Hadoop infrastructure on Windows Azure called HDInsight. Despite all its goodness, it is in the cloud—and a lot of people aren't ready to go there yet.

Posted February 10, 2014

A new test drive feature for Entrinsik Informer allows visitors interested in trying the reporting and business intelligence software to access a free trial version instantly on their own web browser. Entrinsik Informer provides access to real-time data from multiple sources, in-depth analytic capabilities, and intuitive data visualizations, all accessible anytime, anywhere from a web-based interface.

Posted February 10, 2014

HP has officially launched a new online destination called the HP Vertica Marketplace to support partners and customers in the creation, sharing, and marketing of solutions and add-ons to the Vertica Analytics Platform including connectors and third-party extensions, business intelligence tools, ETL and data transformation products.

Posted February 10, 2014

Expanding its big data analytics portfolio, Apigee has acquired InsightsOne, a technology company that provides big data predictive intelligence to help businesses understand consumer preferences. The acquisition of InsightsOne adds a predictive analytics infrastructure that is consistent with Apigee's big data offerings, built on top of a massively scalable distributed processing foundation based on open source Hadoop and an in-memory real-time process.

Posted February 05, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

Cloudera introduced simplified packaging and pricing for its product line-up to align closely with the way customers use Hadoop. At the top of the stack is Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition which gives customers everything they need to build an enterprise data hub, including unlimited supported use of all Cloudera's advanced components.

Posted February 03, 2014

Combining a high-speed operational database with in-memory analytics, the latest release of VoltDB's flagship product features a ten-fold throughput improvement of analytic queries and can do writes and reads on millions of data events per second, according to the company. By enabling organizations to take advantage of data when it arrives, VoltDB says the database is purpose-built to support telecommunications billing, gaming, sensor management, smart energy and capital markets applications.

Posted January 29, 2014

To streamline the movement of SAP system data into the Teradata Database, Teradata has launched Teradata Analytics for SAP software and services. The new solution enables SAP system data to be moved to Terada and integrated with big data and business data to support a comprehensive view and enable more insightful business decisions.

Posted January 29, 2014

With demand growing for easy-to-use analytical applications that can make big data actionable for more users, MicroStrategy has launched MicroStrategy PRIME, a cloud-based, in-memory analytics service. The company says it has been built from the ground up to support the engineering challenges that are associated with development of powerful new information-driven apps.

Posted January 28, 2014

Attivio and Quant5 have joined forces to create a Predictive Customer Analytics Suite. Despite the increased focus on corporate "data-centricity," many large companies are struggling to effectively use customer data. According to the companies, the Quant5-Attivio partnership addresses this challenge by making data accessible with cloud-based solutions that provide immediate value to non-technical users, without requiring a team of data scientists.

Posted January 27, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted January 22, 2014

Former SAP principal solution engineer Lou Stanton has joined Bradmark Technologies after a short-term retirement as a senior technical consultant. Previously, with Sybase, Stanton authored much of the material used in SAP IQ internal documentation and mentored the field sales organization in sales presentation as well as conducted technical proof of concepts for sales opportunities.

Posted January 22, 2014

ISUG-TECH, the technical user group for SAP products, has published the conference tracks and sessions for the upcoming ISUG-TECH 2014 conference which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, and sponsored by SAP. In addition to the main conference tracks, there also will be six pre-conference and three post-conference workshops providing deeper technical dives.

Posted January 22, 2014

Expanding its range of data replication offerings for heterogeneous IT environments, Attunity Ltd. has acquired Hayes Technology Group, a provider of data replication software solutions targeted at the SAP space. Hayes will provide new synergies and cross-sell opportunities to Attunity, said Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing.

Posted January 22, 2014

New funding will enable in-memory database technology provider MemSQL to expand product development, support its growing customer base, and capitalize on the market for big data technologies. The $35 million Series B funding round was led by Accel Partners.

Posted January 22, 2014

Veristorm is providing a commercial Hadoop distribution for Linux on the mainframe, with drag-and-drop access to mainframe databases and files. The platform, vStorm Enterprise, also enables access and analytics of sensitive mainframe data and other big data sources.

Posted January 21, 2014

The newest generation of IBM's enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers provides improvements for analytics and cloud. The new architecture increases application performance by providing the low system write latency, essential for analytics applications. Memory and storage features also are designed to boost virtual machine capacity to enable SaaS delivery of applications.

Posted January 21, 2014

Volume is only one of the challenges organizations face. Real-time processing of in-motion high-velocity feeds is crucial to truly unlock big data's potential. A look at where data is originating and being consumed puts the opportunity and importance of velocity processing into context. What's the solution?

Posted January 20, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced that Alyssa Johnson is its 2014 president. Johnson who is also practice director at Alpharetta, Ga.-based Rolta Americas, was elected by the OAUG board in 2013 to serve as president-elect, is the first OAUG president to take part in a formal succession planning program.

Posted January 14, 2014

Logic Information Systems, Inc., a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Yomari Information Services, a consulting company focused on enterprise data analytics and BI for retailers. The acquisition is part of Logic's strategy to establish itself as a leading systems integration and business process services provider, with end-to-end knowledge across Oracle Retail product footprint and geographic reach across retailers around the world.

Posted January 13, 2014

At an event in NYC, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, unveiled IBM's new Watson Group, which is aimed at enabling a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of big data. IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, which will be headquartered in New York City's Silicon Alley technology hub.

Posted January 09, 2014

Changes and enhancement to solutions are hard, even under the best of circumstances. It is not usual that, as operational changes roll out into production, the business intelligence area is left uninformed, suggesting that data warehouses and business intelligence be categorized according to the view of the old comedian Rodney Dangerfield because they both "get no respect."

Posted January 07, 2014

Logi Analytics has announced its new data discovery product, Logi Vision. With Logi Vision, Logi Analytics wants to ensure easier management, deployment and scalability to reach to a broader set of users within the organization.

Posted January 07, 2014

A new rapid-deployment solution from SAP aims to address the issue of big data storage access and analysis which companies are grappling with as they attempt to balance what information needs to be accessible in real time and what can be stored for historical analysis. The SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution facilitates seamless data transfer between the business warehouse and the near-line storage that holds historical data. This, the company says, helps limit a business' burden around housing volumes of big data while also creating an online and accelerated retrieval system with the near-line storage.

Posted December 18, 2013

Yellowfin has launched the Yellowfin 7 analytics platform with overall improvements to make enterprise-wide data discovery easier. The additions and enhancements of the release are focused on five core technical capabilities - better content creation, multi-chart formatting, enriched administration, and new collaborative decision-making and mobile report authoring functionality.

Posted December 17, 2013

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