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Trends and Applications

It's time to look back at some of the most interesting big data blog posts of the past 12 months. These 12 posts provide warnings, tips and tricks, and often a touch of humor as well.

There are many ways that big data can help businesses make better decisions and succeed more quickly, ranging from product innovation to manufacturing to marketing. To help organizations get their big data projects off on the right foot, here are five essential truths about big data analytics.

5 Market Transformations Impacting Big Data in 2014

Big Data Poses Legal Issues and Risks

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Database technology has gone through somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, given new goals and requirements for storage, processing and analytics and new database vendors have emerged. When evaluating modern data management technologies, there are five key characteristics to consider.

The latest release of CA ERwin Data Modeler, a solution for collaboratively visualizing and managing business data, addresses two major objectives - the need for organizations to manage more data across more platforms, and to easily share that data with an expanding number of users with a range of roles and skill sets.

NoSQL, NewSQL and Hadoop - Beyond the Hype and Ready for the Enterprise

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated application development and release management solutions, has announced Serena Release Manager v5. The new release automates application deployments, provides visibility, control and standardization of the release process, and supports coordination and collaboration for release teams.