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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.



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Data architectures are becoming more complex and changing more frequently, requiring that a new operational mindset be applied to data management. In particular, automating the building and maintenance of data pipelines is needed, as is instrumenting and continuously monitoring pipeline performance to ensure reliability and quality for data consumers. We call this practice "DataOps."

Posted May 16, 2019

Keep your eye on the ball! Good eye! Way to watch! Baseball season is in full swing (pun maybe intended) and, with three sons, I have begun to hear these phrases in my sleep. Enough so that it sent me down a rabbit hole of curiosity. I began looking for the origin of the phrase "Keep your eye on the ball." Turns out, there is an interesting parallel with data governance.

Posted May 16, 2019

SnapLogic is releasing the May 2019 version of the SnapLogic Intelligent Integration Platform, extending its leadership in AI-enabled integration. This latest release adds several new core platform, API management, and data science capabilities, driving greater productivity and insights for users while accelerating enterprise-wide innovation and automation initiatives.

Posted May 15, 2019

Datrium is releasing the Automatrix platform, a secure multicloud data platform for the resilient enterprise designed to deliver best-in-class compute, primary storage, backup, disaster recovery, encryption, and data mobility capabilities. Automatrix will offer a suite of autonomous data management applications, built on its new SaaS application framework, which leverages machine learning to simplify and automate complicated IT tasks.

Posted May 15, 2019

Syncsort has announced data integration with Snowflake, a provider of a data warehouse built for the cloud. The new integration will enable mutual customers to access, transform, and deliver customer and financial data from the mainframe to Snowflake for advanced analytics.

Posted May 14, 2019

MarkLogic has announced embedded machine learning and other features in MarkLogic Data Hub 5.0 and the MarkLogic 10 multi-model database, providing a complete enterprise solution for integrating, curating, securing, analyzing, and acting on business-critical data.

Posted May 14, 2019

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud data services, is releasing NetApp ONTAP 9.6, the new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and an expanded portfolio of services.

Posted May 13, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted May 13, 2019

NuoDB, the distributed SQL database company, has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification and NuoDB Operator is available on Red Hat OpenShift. The NuoDB Operator will also be available at OperatorHub.io, a community Operator registry launched by Red Hat in early 2019 in conjunction with AWS, Microsoft, and Google Cloud.

Posted May 10, 2019

Instaclustr, the leading provider of fully managed solutions for scalable open source technologies, is introducing its certification program for open source technologies. Following a certification process across several critical variables, enterprises can build applications with even greater confidence - leveraging Instaclustr's expertise and management supporting 100% open source deployments of technologies including Apache Cassandra, that are fully scalable, performant, optimized, and secure.

Posted May 10, 2019

Accenture's Bhaskar Ghosh recently reflected on how systems have and will change and the forces driving this transformation. "Boundaries between applications and infrastructure are blurring to the point they're nearly indistinguishable," noted Ghosh.

Posted May 09, 2019

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Kubernetes Operator is available in the Red Hat Container Catalog and has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification. The MariaDB Operator enables customers to deploy MariaDB Platform in a variety of database configurations in a Kubernetes environment and is a key technology for MariaDB's cloud strategy.

Posted May 08, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

Posted May 08, 2019

BackOffice Associates, a global data solution provider, has revealed a new name as part of its on-going transformation. Syniti is a blend between synergy and infinity, evoking infinite potential unlocked for clients through mindful synergy between data and business.

Posted May 08, 2019

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

Posted May 06, 2019

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is introducing its enterprise data streaming and ingestion solution for hybrid deployments, enabling enterprises to make insightful, data-driven business decisions in real-time. The single solution allows users to adapt to emerging and rapidly changing streaming technologies to process massive amounts of data, manage complex deployments, and make decisions at the speed of business.

Posted May 06, 2019

AntWorks, a global provider of artificial intelligence and intelligent automation solutions powered by fractal science, is introducing ANTstein SQUARE. The platform is a fullstack solution that enables non-technical business users to automate end-to-end business processes quickly, easily, and in a scalable manner.

Posted May 03, 2019

Kaseya, a provider of IT infrastructure management solutions for both external service providers (MSPs) and internal service providers (IT departments), is receiving an investment of more than $500 million to accelerate its record growth, customer momentum, and innovation of IT Complete.

Posted May 03, 2019

Trustwave is introducing a new database security scanning and testing software that helps organizations better protect critical data assets hosted on-site or by major cloud service providers. Trustwave DbProtect is a highly-scalable comprehensive database security platform that delivers real-time visibility and protection to data housed across an organization's entire footprint no matter where the data traverses or resides.

Posted May 02, 2019

Couchbase is releasing the latest version of Couchbase Mobile, an embedded NoSQL database, enabling developers to create mobile applications and manage data securely.

Posted May 02, 2019

The new suite of services incorporates Aerospike's expertise amassed over the past decade in helping companies around the world build and deploy mission-critical applications that demand "five nine-plus-level uptime."  

Posted May 01, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted May 01, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 29, 2019

Altova is launching a new product that will help enterprises acclimate to GDPR. The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect May 25, 2018, is a set of privacy and data protection rules that apply to organizations that process personal data of people residing in the European Union.

Posted April 26, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, is releasing Foglight Container Management, a solution that provides real-time and historical analytics of containers. Foglight Container Management supports business's container initiative by empowering IT infrastructure teams to quickly identify incidents and proactively prevent issues from happening.

Posted April 26, 2019

Snowflake is partnering with Anodot, the autonomous analytics company, allowing Snowflake customers to access Anodot's real-time anomaly detection. With Anodot and Snowflake's emerging partnership, customers will have access to Snowflake's built-for-the-cloud data warehouse and can receive instant alerts and insights from Anodot for potential issues before they cost customers significant ROI.

Posted April 26, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 25, 2019

SAP is introducing manufacturing technology innovations, including augmented reality, AI-powered management systems, 3D visualization and self-guided vehicles, to the SAP Manufacturing Suite and the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain program. With SAP's manufacturing execution software, operators with any smart device can access 3D visual work instructions to help navigate complex assembly steps, raising output, reducing waste and improving on-time delivery.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is launching two products designed to enable healthcare providers to manage patients more effectively and become intelligent enterprises. The SAP S/4HANA Cloud for patient accounting and SAP Patient Administration solutions address the needs of healthcare providers for flexible and extensible cloud services supported by intelligent technologies that will help break down legacy structural and technological barriers in healthcare.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is adding enhancements to its Next-Generation Support concept, including developments to AI-driven features such as incident solution matching and real-time support resources like the Schedule an Expert and Expert Chat services. Through the integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), these intelligent tools are helping to automate the customer support experience and deliver targeted results in a shorter amount of time.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is making enhancements to the SAP HANA database in the cloud and on premise, providing instant access to critical data and extreme performance to democratize in-memory computing. Updates include enhanced cloud support, persistent memory support with Intel, intelligent recommendations for efficient database management, new machine learning (ML) capabilities, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) certification, improved cost-effective data tiering, and data security enhancements.

Posted April 24, 2019

MongoDB has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Realm, the company behind the Realm mobile database and Synchronization Platform, for $39 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments.

Posted April 24, 2019

Attunity has introduced a new solution designed to automate streaming data pipelines for machine learning, AI, and data science initiatives. The software provides continuous change data capture, delivery, and automated refinement for creating analytic ready datasets in the Databricks Unified Analytics Platform.

Posted April 24, 2019

Tenable, Inc., the cyber exposure company, is integrating with Google Cloud Security Command Center, providing organizations with enhanced visibility into their cloud assets on a single dashboard. Tenable.io will now enable cloud-focused organizations to confidently manage Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface and reduce cyber risk in their environments.

Posted April 22, 2019

SHARE is introducing digital badges for technical session presenters selected by event attendees as the best in user, vendor, and IBM categories. These digital badges, the first offered by SHARE, allow those presenters to immediately display a secure and verifiable digital badge on social networks, resumes, email signatures, and websites.

Posted April 22, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Klusterkit - a set of three open source Kubernetes tools that enable organizations to easily deploy and operate production-grade Kubernetes clusters.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, will be offering a TensorFlow plug-in for its distributed file system, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. Using Quobyte storage with TensorFlow helps to simplify and streamline the operation of machine learning.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quest Software, a provider of systems management, data protection, and security software, has acquired ApexSQL, provider of SQL Server development and database tools. ApexSQL will join the Quest Information Management business unit, which is dedicated to helping companies manage, monitor, and move their data and database infrastructures across traditional databases, open source databases, both on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted April 18, 2019

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is introducing Pipeline Designer to Talend Cloud, a unified, comprehensive, and highly scalable integration platform as-a-service (iPaaS). Talend's new web-based graphical designer dramatically simplifies the creation of end-to-end data pipelines, giving customers the ability to preview live data and transform it with ease.

Posted April 16, 2019

Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, and Magnitude Software are releasing a new driver to enhance Kx's support for accessing large volumes of external enterprise data via the industry-standard ODBC. Using the Magnitude Simba ODBC driver, custom-built for the kdb+ time-series database, kdb+ users will now have a high-performance interface to seamlessly connect to third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and Excel, as well as other data visualization applications.

Posted April 11, 2019

Cloudian, an object storage provider, is releasing a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cloudian HyperStore on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform. The CVD reflects the companies' expanded collaboration in providing best-of-breed infrastructure solutions for modernizing enterprise data centers, including accelerating the transition to hybrid cloud.

Posted April 11, 2019

Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics platform, is releasing a new bi-directional integration for Atlassian Opsgenie. This new offering provides DevOps teams with full visibility across the entire incident management lifecycle for improved monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting when responding to service interruptions.

Posted April 11, 2019

Cloud computing—and everything that goes with it—is dramatically changing the roles and aspirations of database administrators. No longer do DBAs need to be chained to their databases, wrestling with managing updates, applying security patches, and dealing with capacity issues. Moving to a cloud data environment is steadily shifting DBAs' roles from hands-on database overseers to value-drivers for their businesses—and enabling a range of career advancement opportunities not seen since the dawn of relational databases.

Posted April 11, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is expanding its clckwrk Ltd., an RDX company, to provide more Oracle-database-to-AWS-Cloud migration tools. Clckwrk is an online marketplace for Oracle database to AWS Cloud migration tools.

Posted April 10, 2019

When working on a multidimensional design, every fact table within scope should be handled with care. In an ideal world, each low-level fact table represents the metrics related to a business event. The meaning of a fact table, ideally, should be evident based on the table name and the composition of the fact table's primary key. Deciding on a primary key for a fact table is an important choice.

Posted April 09, 2019

The implications of CAP Theorem, more than anything else, led to the schism in modern database management systems. With the rise of global applications with extremely high uptime requirements, it became unthinkable to sacrifice availability for perfect consistency.  Almost in unison, the leading Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook introduced new database services that were only "eventually" consistent but globally and highly available. Google has tried to resolve this database schism with its Spanner SQL database.

Posted April 09, 2019

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