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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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EMC has unveiled a new fully engineered solution incorporating storage and big data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware. Dubbed "the Federation Business Data Lake (FBDL)," it is designed for speed, self-service, and scalability for the enterprise, enabling organizations to deploy Hadoop and real-time analytics capabilities in as little as 7 days.

Posted March 23, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle Data as a Service (DaaS) for Customer Intelligence. The new Oracle Data Cloud product is designed to help organizations increase customer understanding and extract insights from unstructured data assets. This information can then be used to create a complete view of customer input across social and unify and enterprise channels, identify and manage customer issues, understand how customer voice is impacting sales, and ultimately arm businesses with the intelligence to create happier customers.

Posted March 18, 2015

Oracle announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 total revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. Without the currency headwinds caused by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, the company said total revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. "Oracle now has a cloud revenue run rate of well over $2 billion a year. We are already the world's second largest SaaS and PaaS company," said Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during a conference call discussing Oracle's third quarter financial results.

Posted March 18, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Groups (IOUG) has been serving Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are very pleased with how much the community has grown as well as how much IOUG has accomplished. Having said this, we will not rest on our laurels. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead of us. While we set the bar pretty high in 2014 with the establishment of the content-rich blog #IOUGenius, an increased number of Master Classes offered across the nation and a truly inspirational COLLABORATE 14, you'll be very pleased with what IOUG has in store for 2015.

Posted March 17, 2015

COLLABORATE 15 - Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (hashtag #C15LV) is back in Las Vegas April 12-16, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, offering a wide variety of education and valuable opportunities for collaboration among peers. The more than 1250 planned education sessions in 17 tracks were sourced through the user communities of IOUG, OAUG and Quest and selected through a competitive process. The result is an agenda packed with relevant insights for functional as well as technical users, beginner to advanced.

Posted March 17, 2015

The 55,000+ member Quest International Users Group supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers and offers tons of resources to make your job easier. Here are just a few reasons you should go Quest green at COLLABORATE 15.

Posted March 17, 2015

Trying to put together the perfect bracket for the 2015 NCAA men's basketball championship? Data scientists are offering their expertise to help basketball fans solve this real-world challenge.

Posted March 17, 2015

MemSQL, a provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, has added geospatial capabilities for its in-memory, distributed, SQL-based database. By bringing together geospatial and operational data in the same database, the goal is to help organizations improve agility for their geospatial analysis.

Posted March 17, 2015

SUSE has introduced the latest version of its OpenStack distribution for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Formerly called SUSE Cloud, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 is based on the latest OpenStack release (Juno) and provides increased networking flexibility and improved operational efficiency to simplify private cloud infrastructure management.

Posted March 16, 2015

TeamQuest, a provider of IT capacity planning and management solutions, announced new updates to its flagship software suite, aimed at providing analytics across multi-vendor environments.

Posted March 16, 2015

1010data, Inc, a big data discovery platform that combines a complete analytical platform with clients, is partnering with R to release R1010, a new R package that integrates directly with 1010data's platform. "R is a very popular programming language that allows analysts to do statistical analysis and modeling," said Sandy Steier, CEO and co-founder of 1010data. "It's open source, which means it's free which certainly explains part of its popularity but it's clearly effective and usable. It's a good way for our customers to analyze data in conjunction with 1010data."

Posted March 12, 2015

As information technology has improved, one thing that has grown exponentially over the past few years has been data. The variety of data sources can also present security issues as well. To address these concerns, AtomicDB is proposing an associative-based system, which, it says, is more secure and productive.

Posted March 12, 2015

Paxata is partnering with Carahsoft Technology Corp, a government IT solutions provider, to bring the Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation application and platform to government agencies to help them automate, collaborate and govern data integration, data quality and the enrichment process. "Paxata fills a critical technology gap between the industry-leading data management capabilities provided by Cloudera and innovative data visualization functionality pioneered by Tableau," said Michael Shrader, vice president, Intelligence and Innovative Solutions, at Carahsoft.

Posted March 12, 2015

It looks like 2015 will be an important year for big data and many other technologies such as HTAP and in-memory computing. Many businesses have gone from investigation to experimentation to actual implementation. With installations coming online, and more to come in 2015 and beyond, big data will become more efficient and more customer-focused. Essentially, what many saw as hype will now turn into real implementations.

Posted March 12, 2015

In information services, providing a solution that removes a user's pain can be a great boost to one's psyche. Being the hero, wins trust, and may even enhance job security. However, organizationally, too many sideline heroics create chaos. The day after the crisis has passed, things are left in a less than wonderful state.

Posted March 12, 2015

Until recently, mention of Alan Turing outside of computer science circles would fail to generate any recognition. In recent months, however, the British technology pioneer has been brought into the public eye following the release of the film, "The Imitation Game." The film itself is a combination of Turing's personal biography and an account of his pivotal work cracking the German Enigma cipher machine during World War II.

Posted March 12, 2015

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology allows users to engage with large, relational datasets in a map format. GIS adds another dimension of understanding to traditional databases through its emphasis on location. This technology significantly enhances business intelligence in three key ways.

Posted March 12, 2015

Ryft has unveiled the Ryft ONE, a commercial 1U platform designed to enable faster business insights by simultaneously analyzing up to 48 terabytes of historical and streaming data at 10 gigabytes/second or faster. The Ryft ONE will be available in early Q2 2015, as a hosted or on-premises solution, and the Ryft Early Access Program is now accepting applications.

Posted March 10, 2015

"This acquisition is strategic, synergistic, and will strengthen our leadership in the big data and Hadoop market," said Shimon Alon, Attunity's chairman and CEO, during a conference call this morning discussing his company's purchase of Appfluent, a provider of data usage analytics for big data environments, including data warehousing and Hadoop. "We also expect it to accelerate our revenue growth and to be accretive to earnings." The total purchase price is approximately $18 million, payable in cash and stock, with additional earn-out consideration based on performance milestones.

Posted March 05, 2015

IBM has acquired AlchemyAPI, a Denver-based provider of cognitive computing application program interface (API) services and deep learning technology. The goal IBM says is to improve the development of next generation cognitive computing applications. IBM says the acquisition also expands the Watson ecosystem, with the addition of 40,000 developers to the IBM Watson developer community. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed

Posted March 04, 2015

Oracle has announced the release of the Java Development Kit (JDK) 8, Update 40 (JDK 8u40). "With these updates to JDK 8, we continue to usher in the next era of Java to enable developers and enterprises alike to cement Java's role as the backbone of today's and tomorrow's revolutionary business solutions," said Georges Saab, vice president of development, Java Platform at Oracle.

Posted March 04, 2015

Informatica, a data management company, is collaborating with two major big data players - Capgemini and Pivotal - on a data lake solution. As part of the Business Data Lake ecosystem developed by Capgemini and Pivotal, Informatica will deliver certified technologies for data integration, data quality and master data management (MDM).

Posted March 03, 2015

Data as a set of information can only go so far. Many businesses need to be able to create data visualizations to enable the tangible benefits of being able to study data for better business practices. TIBCO, a provider of infrastructure and business intelligence software, is releasing a new release of Spotfire that is aimed at serving everyone from the novice user to the expert user.

Posted March 03, 2015

Xplenty has formed a partnership with Avlino, a big data solutions provider, to further accelerate batch processing within Xplenty's software. With the new partnership, Xplenty and Avlino say they want to reverse a commonly accepted industry statistic concerning data processing - that it takes business users 80% of the time to prepare data, allowing them only 20% of the time to actually analyze it.

Posted March 03, 2015

CA Technologies announced "Day One" support for IBM's z13, allowing customers to take advantage of the z13's advanced mobile, cloud and analytic capabilities. According to CA, the new mainframe delivers a high level of insight through secure management of exponentially growing data volume and an integrated transaction and analytics system.

Posted March 02, 2015

Syncsort, a provider of big data and mainframe software, has completed the acquisition of UK-based William Data Systems, a provider of advanced network monitoring and security software products for the IBM z Systems z/OS mainframe platform. According to Syncsort, because the mainframe is a high-volume transactional supercomputer, the networking and security data collected by the William Data product suite is particularly valuable to fast-growing big data and analytical platforms.

Posted March 02, 2015

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), has announced the members of its 2015 executive committee, which is responsible for the organization's strategic planning process and direction.

Posted March 02, 2015

InterSystems, a provider of data management technologies, has introduced a new release of its SQL/NoSQL platform Caché, which doubles the scalability of prior releases, based on independent third-party testing.

Posted February 26, 2015

Enterprise data security has become not only a major focus of attention in the tech industry, but has also become a concern for the mainstream public. With the steady stream of data breaches at companies such as the retail giant Target, the tech and media leader Sony, and most recently medical insurer Anthem, Inc., many organizations are now beginning to appreciate the importance of data security and just how much a financial toll a hack can cause. According to many executives, a turning point has been reached.

Posted February 26, 2015

SAP and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced a multi-year partnership. To start, SAP and the NHL are focusing on increasing fan engagement and deepening fan loyalty with the newly released statistics platform on NHL.com powered by the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.

Posted February 25, 2015

Early bird pricing has been extended to February 28 for ISUG-TECH's 2015 conference taking place March 29-April 2 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. "This conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to take advantage of some really in-depth training that they don't typically get exposure to - especially when you talk about ASE, IQ, PowerBuilder, PowerDesigner, and HANA. The folks that are putting on the training sessions for us are the most senior product engineers," said Bryan Enochs, acting president at ISUG-TECH.

Posted February 25, 2015

Zenmonics Inc., a provider of information technology solutions for the banking and finance sector, has joined the SAP PartnerEdge program as an SAP software solution partner, and will collaborate with SAP on bringing the latest mobile technology to global financial institutions.

Posted February 25, 2015

SAP has announced the general availability of the SAP Cloud for Planning solution, which simplifies planning processes with a consumer app-like user experience. Built natively on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Cloud for Planning embeds social collaboration and analytics directly within the context of the planning process so people can plan, analyze and discuss in context rather than having to jump to another application.

Posted February 25, 2015

SAP has announced SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). The new product is built on the in-memory platform SAP HANA and is designed leveraging the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. The announcement was made at a launch event at the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted February 25, 2015

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 25, 2015

Sqrrl, a big data analytics company that develops software to uncover hidden patterns, trends, and links in data, has announced the launch of Sqrrl Enterprise 2.0 coinciding with receiving $7 million in new funding. Sqrrl was developed by former employees of the NSA. "We don't shy away from our NSA heritage, we see it as a strength," stated Ely Kahn, co-founder and director of business development for Sqrrl.

Posted February 24, 2015

MapR Technologies has introduced the latest version of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, with new features that support real-time applications on globally-distributed, big and fast data.The company also launched three new quick start solutions to help jump-start customers' Hadoop deployments with MapR. The quick start solutions address common and high value Hadoop use cases.

Posted February 19, 2015

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.2.4, now available from Oracle, incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making.

Posted February 18, 2015

Informatica, a provider of data integration software, has announced a joint Data Warehouse Optimization solution with Cisco for organizations looking to modernize data management. The Data Warehouse Optimization solution works with a customer's Apache Hadoop distribution of choice, including Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR.

Posted February 18, 2015

HP has introduced a new offering called HP Haven Predictive Analytics to accelerate and operationalize large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis.

Posted February 18, 2015

GridGain Systems, provider of open source and commercial in-memory data fabric solutions, is introducing a new release of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Enterprise Edition built on Apache Ignite. Available for download in early in Q2, the new release includes ease-of-use and automation features to help simplify the deployment of the software as well as the migration from legacy in-memory data grids.

Posted February 18, 2015

Software AG and Wipro Ltd. announced a joint solution platform for streaming analytics that provides real-time actionable intelligence for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market. The solution, branded as Wipro Looking Glass, is engineered to respond to events in real-time with unlimited scalability.

Posted February 17, 2015

RapidMiner is releasing self-service analytics for Hadoop. RapidMiner offers a solution that accelerates time to value for building and deploying advanced analytic models with numerous types of data. "Our value is around accelerating time to value for our customers. We do this through pre-built models which we call accelerators," stated Michele Chambers, president and COO at RapidMiner.

Posted February 17, 2015

Tamr, Inc., has introduced a new version of its scalable data unification platform that lets enterprises continuously deliver better data to decision-makers. In a related announcement, Tamr also unveiled two data-unification solutions for specific, high-value data variety challenges: Tamr for CDISC and Tamr for Procurement. Founded in 2013 by big data entrepreneurs Andy Palmer and Michael Stonebraker, Tamr is based in Cambridge, Mass.

Posted February 17, 2015

To help simplify Hadoop deployments, Datameer is partnering with cloud providers Altiscale and Bigstep, to introduce Datameer Professional, a SaaS big data analytics platform targeted at department-specific deployments.

Posted February 17, 2015

Hadoop heavyweight Pivotal is open sourcing components of its Big Data Suite, including Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database, and GemFire; forming the Open Data Platform (ODP), a new industry foundation along with founding members GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, SAS, and other big data leaders; and forging a new business and technology partnership with Hortonworks.

Posted February 17, 2015

In the early days of data warehousing, lines were very simple. The data warehouse reflected the business. In providing this reflection, data was summarized, data was cleansed, data was standardized, and data was even drastically reformatted for legibility and reporting usage. But, the big rule of thumb, the never-to-be-crossed line, was that the data warehouse did not create new data.

Posted February 11, 2015

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