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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

While the relationship between an agile organization and its success in the marketplace is clear, the competitive marketplace is tougher than ever, with technology-savvy innovators entering industries and challenging existing enterprises. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Paul Bartak, distinguished engineer, Rocket Software, discussed the core components to provide Db2 for z/OS DBaaS during his presentation, "Database as a Service Comes to the Enterprise."

Posted May 12, 2021

Data lakes are one of the fastest growing trends in managing big data across various industries. However, the rise of event streaming has created a new technology category for stream processing using frameworks like Apache Flink and Kafka Streams. Nishith Agarwal, engineering manager, Uber, and Sivabalan Narayanan, senior software engineer, Uber discussed "Apache Hudi: The Streaming Data Lake Platform" during their Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation.

Posted May 12, 2021

What exactly is MLOps, and why does it matter for the business? At Data Summit Connect 2021, Skander Hannachi, AI/ML specialist at Google Cloud, provided an overview of MLOps, how it is used, and why business stakeholders should care.

Posted May 12, 2021

As software infrastructure is stretched between on premise, public clouds, and hybrid clouds, keeping software in compliance is a significant challenge. Michael Corey, co-founder, COO, LicenseFortress and Don Sullivan, product line manager, business critical applications, VMware discussed current software license trends, the difference between Oracle policy and your contractual obligations, licensing Oracle on a virtualized environment, and licensing best practices, during their Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Database Licensing: Best Practices and Pitfalls."

Posted May 12, 2021

Grant Fritchey, DevOps advocate, Redgate Software, believes that DevOps is all about a cultural change to how you manage your IT resources. The biggest challenge when implementing DevOps is learning all the necessary tooling in support of automation. During his Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Automating AWS Database Deployments," he showed the tools and mechanisms needed to get databases deployed through AWS, with additional steps and tools within AWS to expand the complexity and functionality of the database deployment process.

Posted May 12, 2021

The second day of Data Summit Connect 2021 opened up with presentations by Seth Earley, Founder and CEO, Earley Information Science and author, "The AI-Powered Enterprise," and Kevin Kline, Head Geek, SolarWinds, who discussed the importance of data and how to governance can help organizations drive decisions with data.

Posted May 12, 2021

Graph-powered machine learning and analytics are enabling unprecedented benefits, Victor Lee, head of product strategy and developer relations at TigerGraph, who cited Gartner's statement that "Graph analysis is possibly the single most effective competitive differentiator for organizations pursuing data-driven operations and decisions after the design of data capture." At Data Summit Connect 2021, Lee drilled down on what graph technology can offer organizations and why they should be using them now.

Posted May 11, 2021

Many research reports on data usage echo the same message: Around 85% of analytics, big data, and AI projects will fail, despite massive investments of money. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Brian O'Neill, founder and principal, Designing for Analytics, explored why customers and employees are not engaging with data products and services and suggested that this is because, often, they weren't designed around user needs, wants, and behavior.

Posted May 11, 2021

Modern data platforms are built to serve a variety of purposes, from securing sensitive corporate data assets to answering the questions of technically unsophisticated users. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Emma McGrattan, SVP, Actian, outlined the key traits of a winning modern data architecture.

Posted May 11, 2021

The data management world is not standing still; it is constantly evolving as new technologies and new requirements emerge. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Inessa Gerber, director of product management, Denodo, and Ruben Ugarte, data strategist, Practico Analytics discussed data virtualization, the logical data fabric, and how they both mix during their presentation, "Modernizing Data Management with Logical Data Fabric".

Posted May 11, 2021

At Data Summit Connect 2021, Joe W. Perez, senior systems analyst, North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, kicked off the keynote session with a presentation on the value of making data available to users in forms that make it understandable and actionable, while Chuck Frisbie, field CTO, Sisense, delivered a keynote on data and analytics strategies.

Posted May 11, 2021

Fully automatic removal of private information to enable data sharing and aggregation, while protecting users' privacy is essential in today's privacy-conscious world. To be effective, AI training requires access to large datasets. Thus, one of the biggest challenges is the seemingly unavoidable trade-off between user privacy and the ability to share and aggregate data. At Data Summit Connect 2021 Julia Komissarchik, CEO and founder, Glendor, discussed how it is possible to do both fully automatically during her presentation, "Ensuring Data Privacy."

Posted May 11, 2021

At Data Summit Connect 2021, Paul Nelson, managing director, search and analytics group, Accenture, asked whether (and how) neural networks have become smarter than humans are during his presentation, "How Neural Networks Became Smarter."

Posted May 11, 2021

Today, most data and analytic leaders recognize that DataOps provides the foundation for analytics excellence. From his perspective leading DataOps transformations at enterprise organizations, Chris Bergh, DataKitchen's head chef and CEO, shared steps for success in an enterprise DataOps journey at Data Summit Connect 2021.

Posted May 11, 2021

The modern data warehouse needs to support advanced analytics on multiple types of data from semi-structured to streaming. Driving BI dashboards is still at the heart of a data warehouse, but even those now demand data be current. Old-school batch ETL won't cut it. Paige Roberts, open source relations manager, Vertica, explained why and how our old definitions no longer apply, along with what changed and what drove those changes during her Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Your Definition of a Data Warehouse Is Probably Wrong."

Posted May 11, 2021

Migrating a large-scale Hadoop cluster to the cloud is challenging, especially when the cluster is very active and downtime during the migration is not an option. Tony Velcich, senior director, product marketing, WANdisco, and Ken Seier, chief architect, data and AI, Insight discussed the challenges involved in such a migration during their Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Considerations for Large Scale Hadoop Data Migration to the Cloud."

Posted May 11, 2021

To maximize the value of their data, organizations are building large data teams with both supply-side functions that provide analytics-ready data from across the enterprise, and demand-side teams that analyze, transform, model, and commercialize data.

Posted May 11, 2021

PingCAP announced its fully managed Database as a Service, TiDB Cloud, is now available through Public Preview.TiDB is a MySQL compatible, open source, scalable, distributed SQL database that can handle both OLTP and OLAP workloads. With TiDB Cloud, customers can now easily use TiDB on Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud to quickly build modern, mission critical applications, according to the vendor.

Posted May 11, 2021

Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI), is introducing a host of new features and functionality in Altair One, a fully integrated platform that brings together the company's entire product suite and HPC capabilities. Altair One offers the ability to provision turnkey, scalable appliance clusters across all major cloud providers, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Google Cloud Platform, in just a few mouse clicks.

Posted May 10, 2021

When it comes to building a data strategy, plans are useless but planning in invaluable, said data management authority and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Peter Aiken. Aiken held a workshop titled, "Building a Data Strategy" during Data Summit Connect 2021. It should be concise, actionable, and understandable by business and IT, he said.

Posted May 10, 2021

Cloud adoption in the enterprise continues to accelerate as more and more businesses seek opportunities to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and improve agility. Right now, close to three quarters of DBTA subscribers are planning digital transformation projects focused on cloud solutions.

Posted May 07, 2021

IBM recently announced a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world's first chip with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. Semiconductors play critical roles in everything from computing, to appliances, to communication devices, transportation systems, and critical infrastructure. IBM says the new 2 nm chip technology helps advance the state-of-the-art in the semiconductor industry, addressing growing demand for increased chip performance and energy efficiency.

Posted May 07, 2021

Rivery is launching Rivery Kits, a new solution for all Rivery users to access readily available data models. Kits are pre-built data models to help data teams immediately create the right data pipelines to tackle common challenges and scenarios.

Posted May 07, 2021

dotData, a pioneer in AI automation and operationalization for the enterprise, is releasing dotData Py Lite, a new containerized AI automation solution to enable data scientists to execute quick POCs and deploy dotData on their desktop.

Posted May 07, 2021

Secret Double Octopus, a provider of enterprise passwordless authentication, is partnering with FEITIAN Technologies, the acclaimed manufacturer of hardware authentication tokens and security keys, offering an easy touch-and-go authentication solution for the entire workforce, and a clear path to becoming a fully passwordless enterprise.

Posted May 06, 2021

Forcepoint, a global leader in data-first cybersecurity solutions, is acquiring Cyberinc, bringing customers intelligent remote browser isolation (RBI) technology that gives administrators granular control that enables them to minimize risk without impeding user productivity. 

Posted May 06, 2021

In 2020, very few open source software projects remained truly "open" without a single company acting essentially as an owner. PostgreSQL and Debian are probably the last relics of the idealistic era of the 1980s and 1990s. Let's look at how and why the OSS market and the ownership of open source software projects have changed over time, and take a glimpse into what the future will bring as open source projects continue to mature and as adoption continues to rise.

Posted May 06, 2021

Aerospike has introduced a strategy that leverages the scale and performance of its real-time data platform to enhance and streamline query capabilities on massive datasets. "AI and ML applications have an insatiable appetite for data, but traditional databases can struggle to process and combine both streaming and system of record data and to deliver the predictable performance needed for the best decisions," said Srini Srinivasan, chief product officer and founder, Aerospike.

Posted May 05, 2021

Syniti, a provider of software for enterprise data management, and Data Migration Resources (DMR), a provider of high-quality data to leading organizations, have come together to address enterprises' rapidly growing need for holistic and strategic enterprise data management. With globally-trusted technology and expertise from thousands of successful go-lives, the organization provides unique solutions that rapidly translate data into valuable insights, helping enterprises grow faster, reduce risk and increase their competitive edge. It will operate under the Syniti name with Bridge Growth Partners, LLC as the majority shareholder.

Posted May 05, 2021

The full potential for companies that digitally transform is predicted to be $100 trillion by 2025. This astonishing value would be reached through the combination of digital technologies—mobile, cloud, AI, sensors, and analytics, among others. These are accelerating progress exponentially, said the World Economic Forum, but this growth can be realized only if there is collaboration between business, policymakers, and non-governmental organizations.

Posted May 05, 2021

Oracle has announced that trusted GoldenGate technology is now available as an automated, fully-managed cloud service that customers can use to help ensure that their valuable data is always available anywhere they need it and analyzable in real time. The new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) GoldenGate service provides customers with a real-time data fabric platform to design, execute, orchestrate, and monitor their data replication and streaming data events.

Posted May 05, 2021

StorageOS, a leader in cloud native storage management, is releasing Version 2.4 of its persistent container storage platform, delivering a range of powerful enhancements. Key features of StorageOS V2.4 include the provision of Encryption at Rest, a capability designed for organizations that are dependent on encrypted data as a requirement for Kubernetes workloads using persistent storage.

Posted May 04, 2021

Observable, the collaborative data visualization company, is launching the beta version of Observable Plot, an open-source JavaScript library that enables developers to create visual representations for exploring and interpreting data.  

Posted May 04, 2021

New Relic, the observability company, is joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Governing Board as a platinum member, supporting CNCF's mission of making cloud-native computing ubiquitous by providing governance, thought leadership, and engineering resources.

Posted May 04, 2021

ReleaseHub, maker of Environments-as-a-Service, is receiving a seed round of $2.7 million to continue growing its platform. The investing round was led by Sequoia, with participation from Y Combinator, Rogue VC, Liquid Capital, and other angel investors. ReleaseHub is also announcing general availability of its Environments-as-a-Service platform, which allows organizations to quickly and easily deploy, manage, and reproduce production-replica environments.

Posted May 03, 2021

Privacera, a cloud data governance and security leader, announced its successful completion of System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 audit for PrivaceraCloud. A recognized technical audit, SOC 2 requires companies to establish and follow strict information security policies and procedures, encompassing the security, availability, processing, integrity, and confidentiality of customer data.

Posted May 03, 2021

IBM announced first-quarter 2021 earnings results. The company announced GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $1.06, Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $1.77, and revenue of $17.7 billion. Systems (including Systems Hardware and Operating Systems Software) had revenues of $1.4 billion, up 4.3% (up 2.2% adjusting for currency), led by IBM Z.

Posted May 03, 2021

AtScale, a provider of semantic layer solutions for BI and data science teams, has added native support for Data Analysis Expressions (DAX), a formula expression language used in Analysis Services, Microsoft Power BI, and Power Pivot in Microsoft Excel.

Posted April 29, 2021

Today's data environments are becoming more flexible and portable than their more rigid, siloed predecessors, thanks to emerging approaches. Strategies that are the building blocks of portability, adaptability, and rapid delivery—containers, microservices, DevOps, and DataOps—are transforming the way data is managed.

Posted April 29, 2021

If you're looking for proof of the hybrid, multi-platform nature of today's data environments, look no further than many SQL Server sites. Linux—not too long ago seen as a competitive platform to all things Microsoft—has become a platform of choice now supporting many SQL Server environments.

Posted April 29, 2021

Even in today's modern IT environment, performance management is often conducted reactively instead of proactively. You know the drill. A client calls with a response time problem. A table space maxes out on extents. A program is running without taking commits causing all kinds of locking problems. Somebody changed an application package without checking on the new access paths and transactions are slower than before. And then somebody submitted that "query from hell" again that just won't stop running. Sound familiar?

Posted April 29, 2021

The next update to Entrinsik's Informer platform is coming soon, according to Madhavi Chandra, director of Informer product management. In a recent blog post, she outlined some of the new features to bolster data governance and business workflows that customers can expect from the upcoming release.

Posted April 29, 2021

Zumasys is releasing the latest version of jBASE, making it easier than ever to modernize MultiValue applications. With the release of jBASE 5.8, licensing options now include flexible CPU and SaaS-based models, the migration routes from other PICK databases have been vastly simplified, and the in-line operating system approach means even more scalability, speed, and stability.

Posted April 29, 2021

TigerGraph, provider of a graph analytics platform, announced that the company has now attained broad support across all cloud providers, becoming accessible with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and now, GCP. Additionally, the company is offering new connectors for Snowflake and Tableau, meaning users can access relationship analytics directly from their Snowflake and Tableau dashboards.

Posted April 29, 2021

Kyligence, originator of Apache Kylin and a leader in intelligent data analytics, announced the company has closed $70 million in Series D funding to continue powering its global expansion and rapid customer adoption. With this investment, Kyligence will keep fueling its rapid growth in research and development of its products to support innovative cloud-native and machine learning advances.

Posted April 29, 2021

Dataiku, a provider of leading AI and machine learning platforms, announced a new investment from Snowflake Ventures, the venture arm of Snowflake, further deepening the companies' partnership. Together, Dataiku and Snowflake deliver enterprise-ready AI capabilities that enable customers to easily and quickly build, deploy, and monitor all types of data science projects, including machine learning and deep learning, according to the vendors.

Posted April 29, 2021

Oracle has announced that ServiceNow now supports Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), enabling customers to access and manage OCI resources via their existing ServiceNow Service portal and the ServiceNow IT Operations Management (ITOM) Visibility application.

Posted April 29, 2021

It's time to cast your vote for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards, a competition in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are selected by you, our readers.

Posted April 29, 2021

Innovative enterprise tech startups are emerging to tackle both new and longstanding challenges and problems in ways never thought possible. Many of these companies have fresh approaches to accelerate digital transformation, expand AI and analytics initiatives, streamline DevOps, improve data observability, and more. Here are 16 startups DBTA thinks are worth watching in 2021.

Posted April 29, 2021

Qlik is expanding its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) by launching a collaborative solution that will help enterprises drive more value from SAP data with cloud analytics. Customers can now seamlessly and easily leverage Qlik Data Integration to deliver real-time, analytics-ready data from their SAP systems into AWS, accelerating and enabling cloud data warehousing, data lakes, and machine learning initiatives.

Posted April 28, 2021

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