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The value of analytics is fairly easy to realize when implemented correctly. As businesses start to see increased operational efficiency, more successful marketing campaigns, improved customer retention, and many other benefits, adoption will continue to improve and analytics will soon be driving the decision making of the entire organization.

Posted November 01, 2021

We can count on seeing more cyberattacks and there are two reasons for that. First, as AI becomes more ubiquitous and embedded in our everyday lives, it presents yet another threat surface hackers will seek to exploit to wreak havoc at scale. More AI, more attacks. Second, the Silicon Valley "move fast and break things" model has meant that historically teams have pushed a lot of code into production without putting security guard rails in place. The same thing is now happening with AI. We're so focused on getting novel capabilities into production—that we prioritize first-to-market movements over security, leaving the door open for exploitation.

Posted November 01, 2021

Cloud migration benefits center primarily around increased efficiency. The ideal results of a successful cloud migration yield a more intelligent allocation of resources that allows companies to focus on their core competencies. Within that, successful migrations reduce IT costs, improve the end-user experience and increase scalability and security. Once adopted, cloud computing users can reduce capital expenditures and decrease maintenance and operational costs—ensuring maximum results with minimal expenses. However, not every migration is successful, and the process can be complex, leading to mistakes that can hinder the journey and incur negative ramifications.

Posted November 01, 2021

Data governance used to be relatively simple to define; it originally required handling data quality, metadata management, discovery, and classification. But traditional data governance has its limits—it doesn't take security into account and often leaves companies, customers and data at risk. Companies struggle to protect access to sensitive data—in fact, this is the leading cause of cyberattacks almost every year.

Posted November 01, 2021

Organizations focus a majority of their database migration efforts on a single task: synchronizing data from production to their new target database. The migration goal is to have a perfect copy of the production data in the replacement database so that the cutover will be in as small of a maintenance window as possible. While data migration is a critical step in the overall migration project plan, it shouldn't consume the majority of an organization's resources. There are four key areas to consider when planning a migration from MongoDB to Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility.

Posted October 05, 2021

October is "National Cyber Security Awareness Month," putting the spotlight on the need to keep data safe. In particular, as businesses continue to invest in SaaS-based solutions, they must rethink their risk management strategies to prioritize protecting one of their most important assets: SaaS app data. The transition to cloud and the adoption of SaaS-based applications is not a new phenomenon, but the pandemic clearly accelerated the shift. Notably, cloud spending increased 37% to $29 billion during the first quarter of 2020 alone, despite an expected 8% decline in overall IT spending. With hybrid and remote working models now becoming the norm, this reliance on cloud and SaaS will surely continue as organizations look for scalable and cost-effective ways to provide employees with anytime, anywhere access to information.

Posted October 05, 2021

What types of platforms are most viable for modern data analytics requirements? These days, there are a wide variety of choices avail­able to enterprises, including data lakes, ware­houses, lakehouses, and other options—resident within an on-site data center or accessed via the cloud. The options are boundless. It's a matter of finding the best fit for the business task at hand.

Posted October 05, 2021

AI, machine learning, and edge com­puting may be all around us, and these technology endeavors all have one important thing in common: Their suc­cess depends on the quality of the data fed into them. Data managers recognize that data quality efforts must be improved to meet these new demands and they are con­cerned about the quality of the data moving through their enterprises. Eight in 10 orga­nizations' data quality efforts are lagging or problematic. These are among the findings of a new survey of 238 data managers conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Melissa.

Posted October 05, 2021

Today, a data warehouse is used to do more than just integrating data from multiple sources for better, more accurate analysis and reporting. A data warehouse must also be reliable, traceable, secure, and efficient at the same time. It needs to offer these advantages to differentiate itself, especially in business intelligence. This is where good data warehouse governance becomes very important. There are several enterprise data warehouse best practices and governance tips to keep in mind, along with key principles to implement.

Posted October 05, 2021

When it comes to the debate concerning the pros and cons of both all-in-one platforms and best-of-breed systems, there was some contention in the past over which solution reigned supreme. However, in today's modern technological landscape where businesses across industries have completely revamped the way they structure and utilize their IT products and needs, this is no longer the case.

Posted September 16, 2021

Last year, organizations around the world, across all industries, were forced to leverage new technologies on multiple fronts to accommodate a new normal. The adoption of AI and machine learning saw exponential growth to bring about the changes needed to keep up with the shift to remote working. AI and ML technologies found their way into everything from advanced medical diagnostic systems to quantum computing systems, and from virtual assistants to smart homes. According to Algorithmia's 2021 Enterprise Trends in Machine Learning report, 50% of enterprises plan to spend more on AI and ML in 2021, with 20% saying they will be significantly increasing their budgets.

Posted September 16, 2021

Document-oriented databases are one of the fastest growing categories of NoSQL databases, and the primary reason is the flexibility of schema or logic design. Document databases make it easier for developers to store and query data in a database by using the same document-model format they use in their application code. The flexible, semi-structured, and hierarchical nature of documents and document databases allows them to evolve with applications' needs.

Posted September 16, 2021

A solid data protection strategy is required for optimum knowledge management that safeguards critical company content. Recognizing that today more than ever, an organization's data can always be threatened by cybercrime, lost by accident, or damaged through natural disasters, off-site data protection becomes an indispensable component of every enterprise's data protection strategy.

Posted September 16, 2021

A multi-cloud approach can provide a number of benefits including avoiding vendor lock-in, optimizing cost performance, and increasing reliability by distributing resources in the event of an IT disaster. These advantages have many organizations racing to adopt multi-cloud as the solution to their infrastructure needs. However, an unsuccessful transition can cost businesses significant time, resources, and money. Moving to multi-cloud requires deep planning and knowledge of each ecosystem to ensure a smooth transition.

Posted September 16, 2021

To meet the needs of the digital economy of the 2020s, data architecture has evolved into a dif­ferent animal than it was 10, or even 5, years ago. Most notably, there are three trends that have changed the way enterprises look at and design their data architectures.

Posted September 07, 2021

The past 18 months have put the need for data-driven insight and agility into sharp focus for many organizations. With more data than ever being created, making the right choices among the myriad options for data management and analytics is a top priority for many organizations. To help them progress along their data-driven journeys, each year, DBTA presents the Readers' Choice Awards which provides the opportunity to recognize com­panies whose products have been selected by the experts—our readers.

Posted August 11, 2021

We all know that in uncertain times, a forecast underlies a company's success or failure. Forecasts keep prices low by optimizing business operations—including cash flow, production, staff, and financial management—while increasing knowledge of the market. Business forecasting gives you an essential tool for adapting to change and fostering competitive advantage.But relevant forecasting isn't easy.

Posted August 02, 2021

To meet the needs of the digital economy of the 2020s, data architecture has evolved into a dif­ferent animal than it was 10, or even 5, years ago. Most notably, there are three trends that have changed the way enterprises look at and design their data architectures.

Posted August 02, 2021

One of the challenges of working with Hadoop environments has been maintaining the infrastruc­ture for big data projects. That's where cloud makes things easier and, increas­ingly, has served as the underlying infra­structure platform of choice for Hadoop initiatives. At the same time, not every­thing has moved to the cloud just yet for big data environments. Many IT managers expect to live in a hybrid environment. They are planning for multi-cloud data management to deliver business value and are also still relying on old-school approaches and manual tools to support their data environments.

Posted August 02, 2021

Over the last few years it has been fascinating to see how organizations evolve their data management and application development environments.  Traditionally, companies depended on monolithic architectures that initially served them well, however today's on-demand business environment calls for a model that can support a more flexible, microservices-driven approach, and facilitate the pace of innovation.  Why is this trend towards microservices and a DevOps approach becoming so pervasive?  The answer relates to a higher-level trend: the push towards on-demand IT, as the focus has shifted to prioritize the developer experience, and the specific technologies they are using.

Posted August 02, 2021

Let's start by admitting that the title of this article is a tease. It's a valid question and one that thinking people ask all the time. But in truth it's not the first question you should be asking. More importantly, the answer to the question really depends on how you answer the questions that you should be asking first. Here the questions to ask.

Posted August 02, 2021

Latency is the new outage: It's a phrase that's being thrown around the networking industry—a mantra if you will. It used to be that experience was measured in uptime and downtime. Is Google down right now? Is AWS experiencing an outage in Asia? Can anybody log on to Salesforce? Those days are over. Being up and running is not enough. Applications need to be fast, and the expectation is that every retailer—from Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street—needs to have a digital omni-channel presence with experiences that rival Amazon—a nearly half-a-trillion-dollar global brand.

Posted July 15, 2021

The business uses for cognitive computing and related technologies, including AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and robotic processing automation, are becoming more widespread than ever. To help readers gain a greater understanding about this emerging area of information technology, the solutions available, and their role in handling real-world challenges, DBTA and Big Data Quarterly present the list of Cool Companies in Cognitive Computing.

Posted July 15, 2021

Today, data is driving business success. Downtime is a killer and even slow response time can be hazardous to business health. But how do organizations achieve the performance and speed that is required today amid growing complexity and rapid data growth?

Posted July 15, 2021

By taking a proactive stance on the importance of rapid decision making, flexibility, and scalability today, you can future-proof your applications—and operations—by building on top of a data platform that's designed for the mod­ern world and capable of data ingestion to action in under 10 milliseconds. That's the new demand and the new reality. 

Posted July 15, 2021

We're still at the start of the 2020s, and already, things look very different from the preceding decade. For data executives and profession­als, the years ahead may mean change on a scale never seen before in the IT industry. Promising new technologies—as well as redesigned and repurposed older ones—are reshaping the data center and analytics shops in new and exciting ways. We asked industry leaders for their views on what is enhancing the ability of enterprises to compete on data.

Posted June 10, 2021

With cloud-based enterprise software becoming the norm, set against a back­drop of businesses having to adapt their processes and operations in a highly volatile economic environment, Kuber­netes-supported software deployments are a perfect fit. Those C-level executives responsible for business change and devel­opment should not ignore the power of Kubernetes and its ability to ensure their business has the digital foundation to adapt in a safe, secure, and efficient man­ner for years to come. 

Posted June 10, 2021

Data onboarding is a crucial but painstaking process that holds back individual companies and entire industries from reaching their full potential. The last thing a company wants is to lose a client over frustration due to data migration. A new survey of 5,000 managers and executives—many from outside IT departments—conducted by Flatfile has found that more than three-quarters of respondents either "sometimes or often" run into problems onboarding data.

Posted June 10, 2021

AIOps is the application of machine learning (ML) methods to sift through incoming data and identify the critical information allowing for more effective management of IT Operations. In many cases, AIOps can identify a problem before it impacts the end users of the application. This is especially important for revenue-generating applications.

Posted June 10, 2021

The past 15 months have provided an object lesson for all organizations in the importance of being agile and moving quickly to address new challenges and opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic created even greater urgency to better manage and extract valuable insights from data for companies that were already dealing with expanding regulatory pressures, new data security risks, and burgeoning data volumes.

Posted June 09, 2021

Bancolombia S.A., founded in 1875, is the largest financial institution in Colombia with presence in 300 cities. The strategy for the bank is to grow and ensure profitability by creating new revenue streams, delivering products faster to clients, and reducing operational expenses. To execute this strategy, Bancolombia focused on the innovation and automation required to support the delivery of the digital experience to acquire, service, and keep customers.

Posted May 18, 2021

Fusion IT methodologies that blend previously siloed processes to speed innovation and streamline deployment are on the rise. One of the newer fusion approaches in the market is Database DevOps which focuses on the database as a key area of focus in the quest to move application releases faster.

Posted May 18, 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

With the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown just behind us, there has been a lot of dialogue regarding what different industries have experienced over the past year. Acknowledging this dubious anniversary, we sat down to collect our thoughts and share a few advisements with respect to our small corner of the legal and tech industry.

Posted April 06, 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 06, 2021

Social engineering, or an attempt to manipulate human behavior through specific, orchestrated actions to gain access to restricted information or systems without permission, is reportedly being used by 84% of hackers. The challenge is that humans are hard wired to trust, often willing to accept someone at his or her word, and social engineering attacks are all about taking advantage of that inherent want to trust. Unfortunately, this is not a good mix and often leads to humans becoming the weakest link in the security chain,

Posted April 06, 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 06, 2021

In December 2020, U.S. officials scrambled to shore up national cyberse­curity after Russian government hackers breached the Treasury, State, and Com­merce departments. The extent and fall­out of these cyberattacks is still coming to light. While these were certainly the most high-profile recent cyberattacks, they were not alone. Cyberattacks, including those with the aims of ransom and extortion, are on the rise around the globe, and even small companies make tempting targets.

Posted April 06, 2021

As companies embrace digital trans­formation across the enterprise, it is data and the effective use of it that determines whether new technologies such as AI, auto­mation, and analytics will be successful. The importance of having an effective data man­agement and data warehousing operation is more critical than ever before.

Posted April 06, 2021

As we continue through 2021 and in-memory computing platforms mature, we will see the number of industries and companies adopting these solutions con­tinue to grow. This trend will last far beyond the effects of the pandemic as companies shift their focus to meeting new strategic and competitive demands driven by digital transformation initia­tives. Increasing adoption of in-memory computing will also be accompanied by the following key trends powered by the technology's real-time capabilities and massive scalability

Posted April 06, 2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all around us—from baby monitors and home security cameras to smart vehicles, smart power grids, and even the emergence of smart cities. In recent years, the IoT has, and continues to transform how we, as individuals, live and work.

Posted March 01, 2021

Every enterprise strives for a more competitive position by applying a data-driven approach. At the same time, the gatekeepers to the data—the IT teams in charge of managing data access—are being tasked by the privacy and governance teams to ensure legal compliance.

Posted March 01, 2021

The first step to defending against both privileged credential hijacking and insider threats is using role-based access control (RBAC). RBAC enables companies to grant privileges that are absolutely needed, and only for a specific time. However, not all RBAC is created equal and it's imperative to take security to the next level with functional access control (FAC).

Posted March 01, 2021

To be successful, business users need clarity into data definitions, synonyms, business attributes and usage to develop quality data intelligence. As a result, a data catalog must enable business users to understand and leverage data as an asset. By tracking data lineage to understand data's origins and transformations, businesses provide an audit trail throughout the data's lifecycle.

Posted March 01, 2021

Cars all have steering wheels, brake and gas pedals, doors, and engines. These characteristics are what combine to create a pattern. Because of this pattern every auto manufacturer can invest more substantially into the realm of innovation—what makes their car different or better. Similar to automobiles, this is a goal of software patterns, to embrace innovation and reap the benefits of reuse.

Posted March 01, 2021

Today's organizations often have more information at their disposal than they know what to do with. From products and apps to processes, departments, data, and more, there's so much that should be considered every time a business takes on a new change project, considers a new solution, or begins a major digital transformation. Before organizations embark on any of those journeys, they must understand how to get from their current state to where they ultimately want to end up.

Posted February 10, 2021

The worldwide cloud services market is forecast to grow more than 6% this year to a total of $257.9 billion, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) remaining the largest segment at $104.7 billion. Furthermore, more than $1.3 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to the cloud by 2022. In this environment, what must an organization keep in mind to ensure a successful cloud migration?

Posted February 10, 2021

One of the most momentous movements reshaping the data technology space in recent years is the push to real-time capabilities. The ability of systems to read and react to situations as they happen is the most compelling competitive advantage of the digital era.

Posted February 10, 2021

Data Summit Connect 2021 will be held virtually this year, overcoming the current travel and geography challenges. The program will include a mix of formal presentations and interactive panel-participation-style sessions. Feel free to suggest something different from a normal conference presentation—creativity is encouraged and a virtual conference offers many possibilities!

Posted January 07, 2021

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