Business Intelligence and Analytics News, Trends, Analysis

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.

Syncsort to Rebrand as Precisely, Shifts Gears to Focus on Accuracy and Consistency of Data

Syncsort is rebranding as Precisely as a result of the company’s acquisition of the Pitney Bowes software and data business in December. Precisely delivers accuracy and consistency in data by spanning the breadth of the data integrity spectrum, with leading data integration, data quality, location intelligence, and data enrichment products.

Posted May 15, 2020

Matillion ETL for Azure Synapse to Enable Data Transformations

Matillion, a provider of data transformation software for cloud data warehouses (CDWs), is releasing Matillion ETL for Azure Synapse to enable data transformations in complex IT environments, at scale. Empowering enterprises to achieve faster time to insights by loading, transforming, and joining together data, the release extends Matillion’s product portfolio to further serve Microsoft Azure customers.

Posted May 15, 2020

OpenLegacy and GigaSpaces Collaborate to Accelerate Innovations

OpenLegacy, provider of digital-driven integration for legacy and core systems, is partnering with GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, empowering GigaSpaces users to leverage their existing legacy stack in a modern microservices architecture to reduce time-to-market for new digital initiatives.

Posted May 15, 2020

MariaDB SkySQL Power Introduces Customization for Resource Utilization

MariaDB Corporation is introducing MariaDB SkySQL Power, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering that lets enterprises customize options and configurations to fit their distinct requirements. Built on top of SkySQL’s Foundation, which delivers the complete MariaDB Platform experience in the cloud, Power adds important benefits such as the ability to customize instance types to maximize efficiency and resource utilization for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and the ability to meet specific enterprise security, high availability or disaster recovery requirements.

Posted May 15, 2020

SolarWinds Unveils Platform for Tightening IT Security

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is unveiling SolarWinds Service Desk Enterprise, a new solution to help enterprises manage IT complexity, scale IT support services, and increase security within the service desk. SolarWinds Service Desk Enterprise offers advanced ITSM capabilities that meet the heightened security expectations of modern enterprises and improve key service management processes for employees.

Posted May 14, 2020

Scale Computing Releases Tool for Working at the Edge

Scale Computing, a provider of edge computing solutions, is releasing the HC3250DF, the first of a new class of HC3 appliances designed to enhance support for performance-intensive use cases such as database analytics and high density Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

Posted May 13, 2020

Franz Expands with Introduction of Gruff 8

Franz Inc., supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology for knowledge graph solutions, is introducing Gruff 8, a browser-based graph visualization software tool for exploring and discovering connections within enterprise knowledge graphs.

Posted May 13, 2020

Future Facts and Type 2 Dimensions

One creates the potential for some interesting anomalies when building a star schema wherein the fact table contains future-dated metrics and any of the dimensions are Type 2.  A Type 2 dimension tracks changes to the data items contained within it. Effectively, each dimension contains a surrogate key, a natural key with a start and stop date, and additional descriptor columns. If any of the descriptor column values change, the existing dimension row has the stop date populated while a new row is inserted with the same natural key, new start date, and new descriptor values. 

Posted May 13, 2020

Minimizing Database Lock Contention Issues

As a database consultant, one of the things I am most frequently asked about is dealing with database locking issues. Every DBMS has different settings and parameters to control locking at the system and database levels. And, yes, it is important to set these up correctly, but they are rarely the core cause of performance problems caused by locking. So let’s focus on the universal issue that is almost always the culprit: poor coding techniques and inappropriate oversight before code is moved to production.

Posted May 13, 2020

6 Steps to Win with Data: First, Get Out of Denial

What more companies need today is a “data lab” to create ideas from data and a “data factory” to turn those ideas into products. Google, Amazon, and other data-driven giants already work like this. So should companies outside of technology. 

Posted May 13, 2020

Data Democratization is Critical Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Informed business decisions are backed by data and the actionable insights workers are able to glean from various datasets.  However, if you’re a data steward, data engineer, data scientist, analyst, or anyone else requesting data to answer important business questions, the easy access to people with data and data context is suddenly and indefinitely gone.

Posted May 13, 2020

It’s 2020—Do You Know Where Your Data Security Gaps Are?

Threats to data security are constantly evolving and the array of data privacy laws keeps expanding too, making it critical for companies to understand where their data is stored across the enterprise and safeguard it properly. Download the free Cybersecurity Sourcebook to learn about the pit­falls to avoid and the key approaches and best practices to embrace when tackling data security, governance, and regulatory compliance issues.

Posted May 13, 2020

Announcing Data Summit Connect 2020

With most people working from home offices and travel plans on hold, it’s more important than ever to stay connected. That’s why the annual Data Summit conference is going digital this year with Data Summit Connect, a free 3-day series of webinars presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly from Tuesday, June 9, to Thursday, June 11. Registration is now open.

Posted May 13, 2020

After the Pandemic: IT Leaders Discuss What Will Change

Business and IT have, in the past, used times of crisis to adapt and transform themselves for the better. While the COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably had a devastating effect on business, and life itself, it may also be a catalyst for change, compelling organizations to rethink their long-term operations and spending amidst the short-term crisis brought on by the health emergency. Industry leaders recently discussed what “the new normal” may look like.

Posted May 13, 2020

Rocket Software Provides COVID-19 Tools for Remote MV Work

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, several companies have been instrumental in providing tools to promote remote workplace safety. Rocket Software is among the organizations that reacted swiftly when shelter in place orders were announced.

Posted May 13, 2020

Smyth Automotive Chooses Zumasys to Take its Business to the Next Level

Smyth Automotive provides full-service automotive parts, paint and body, and machine shop services. In business since 1963, the company differentiates itself with knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff, better prices and great quality.

Posted May 13, 2020

BlueFinity’s Evoke Platform Helps Companies Get Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to switch to remote work and BlueFinity is assisting companies with the transition. Its Evoke product allows citizen developers (the company’s existing staff) to build business apps using low-code, drop and drag, point and click; and option select methods.

Posted May 13, 2020

GoodData Simplifies Data Modeling with Latest Release

GoodData, a provider of end-to-end analytics solutions, is releasing a new web-based logical data model (LDM) modeler, bringing new capabilities and tooling to enables the simplification of data modeling. The web-based LDM modeler compliments the recently released GoodData data source management interface, which enables easy connection to Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, or a CSV file.

Posted May 12, 2020

KPMG and Appian Alliance to Help Companies Comply with CCPA

Appian and KPMG are collaborating on a new offering that supports businesses impacted by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Built on Appian’s low-code automation platform, the offering helps companies quickly and intelligently respond to data privacy requests, while decreasing manual tasks that run the risk of errors.

Posted May 12, 2020

Astera Adds Product Enhancements

Astera has announced Centerprise 8.2, which includes enhancements in connectivity and ease-of-use to simplify data integration for enterprise users. Included with Centerprise 8.2 is a new version of ReportMiner.

Posted May 12, 2020

MemSQL to Leverage $50 Million in New Capital to Grow Innovations

MemSQL, the No-Limits Database for operational analytics and cloud-native applications, is receiving $50 million in new capital after signing a debt facility agreement with Hercules Capital, the largest non-bank venture debt provider with more than $2.4 billion in total assets, who served as underwriter for the financing.

Posted May 11, 2020

Oracle Offers Machine Learning Workshop to Transform DBA Skills

AI and machine learning are turning a corner, marking this year with new and improved platforms and use cases. However, database administrators don’t always have the tools and skills necessary to manage this new minefield of technology. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Charlie Berger, senior director, product management, machine learning, AI, and, Cognitive Analytics, Oracle who discussed how to gain an attainable, logical, evolutionary path to add machine learning to users’ Oracle data skills.

Posted May 11, 2020

Informatica and SAP Announce Integration and Strengthened Partnership

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is creating an integration with SAP that will help streamline businesses journeys to the cloud by adopting SAP’s data and analytics cloud portfolio and Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services. This new integration will strengthen the partnership between SAP and Informatica.

Posted May 08, 2020

Experts Discuss the Future of IoT in DBTA Webinar

As IoT devices and applications continue to grow in volume and variety, the centralized, cloud-based model used by many enterprises is taking a back seat in favor of moving data and processes closer to the edge to increase their flexibility, agility, and accessibility. With more and more organizations adopting real-time capabilities and 5G networks on the rise, 2020 is poised to be a banner year for digital transformation opportunities across industries.

Posted May 08, 2020

Ermetic Emerges from Stealth, Launches Solution to Prevent Cloud Data Breaches

Ermetic, the cloud access risk security company, is emerging from stealth mode today and is releasing an analytics-based solution that prevents cloud data breaches. The platform automates the detection and remediation of identity and access risks in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings from Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Posted May 06, 2020

Cloudera Expands Machine Learning Abilities for MLOps

Cloudera, the enterprise data cloud company, is releasing an expanded set of production machine learning capabilities for MLOps, now available in Cloudera Machine Learning (CML). Organizations can manage and secure the ML lifecycle for production machine learning with CML’s new MLOps features and Cloudera SDX for models.

Posted May 06, 2020

Datrium Extends Platform to Support Edge Environments

Datrium, providers of cloud-native disaster recovery with ransomware protection, is extending its Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS solution to support Edge environments. Datrium DRaaS for Edge is a new, easy to use, cost-effective SaaS solution for data protection and disaster recovery (DR) for VMware workloads in Edge environments and remote office/branch office (ROBO) implementations.

Posted May 06, 2020

GoodData Enhances Accelerator Toolkit to Improve Data Analytics in Apps

GoodData, a provider of end-to-end analytics solutions, has added new capabilities to its Accelerator Toolkit, which is used by organizations to add data analytics into the natural flow of applications. “Achieving actionable insights from data is the make-it-or-break-it competitive advantage that all companies need, and GoodData continues to push innovation to make analytics everywhere possible,” said Zdenek Svoboda, co-founder and vice president of product, GoodData.

Posted May 06, 2020

Oracle Gains FedRAMP High Authorization for its Cloud Infrastructure-Government Cloud Offering

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure-Government Cloud has achieved FedRAMP High Authorization. “Government customers rely on Oracle Cloud to run their most critical workloads. With FedRAMP High and Impact Level 5 authorizations, we are able to support the highest levels of security standards for unclassified workloads across local, state, and federal government, as well as the Department of Defense,” said Scott Twaddle, vice president, Regulated Markets, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted May 06, 2020

Database Performance Monitoring with SolarWinds

As the popularity of open source databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB grows, so does the need for “enterprise class” performance monitoring and tuning solutions. Leading online, SaaS, and digital commerce companies now run these databases as the backbone of their applications.

Posted May 06, 2020

PlanetScale Unveils Multi-Cloud Database Platform

PlanetScale, creator of PlanetScaleDB, database-as-a-service built on Kubernetes and Vitess, is launching a multi-cloud database, enabling companies to deploy, run, and manage databases that span multiple cloud providers simultaneously. PlanetScaleDB is built on two trusted technologies: MySQL, which powers millions of applications, and Vitess, a cloud-native computing foundation (CNCF) hosted open source graduated project that serves massive-scale production traffic at companies such as YouTube, Slack, and Square.

Posted May 06, 2020

HVR and Talend Collaborate on Integration

HVR, an independent provider of real-time cloud data replication technology, is forming a strategic partnership with Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity, enabling customers to integrate their data for a complete view of business operations and analytics.

Posted May 05, 2020

New Relic’s Latest Offering Provides Engineers with the Data They Need

New Relic, a cloud-based observability platform built to help customers create more perfect software, is introducing New Relic Edge with Infinite Tracing. The new offering is a fully managed, cloud-native, tail-based distributed tracing solution built to empower software engineering teams to rapidly diagnose issues and latency across complex environments.

Posted May 05, 2020

Cockroach Labs Raises $86.6 Million in Latest Funding Round

Cockroach Labs, the company behind CockroachDB, is receiving $86.6 million in series D funding to further grow investments in R&D to better support customers looking to move to the cloud. The funding round was co-led by Altimeter Capital and BOND with participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Tiger Capital. This round brings Cockroach Labs’ total funding to $195 million.

Posted May 05, 2020

Humio Joins the IBM Edge Ecosystem to Add Real-Time Insights to Edge Computing

Humio is now part of the IBM Edge Application Manager Ecosystem, an initiative designed to help enterprises capture the opportunities of edge computing with a variety of solutions built on IBM’s technology. Humio collects machine data from edge devices, gateways, and servers to monitor the health of the entire infrastructure, detect security incidences, and reveal insights into the customer experience.

Posted May 05, 2020

Dremio Data Lake Engine Now Available in AWS Marketplace

Dremio has announced the free availability of the Dremio AWS Edition, a self-service data lake engine highly optimized for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and available in AWS Marketplace. “Dremio brings interactive BI and data science to Amazon S3, and with our new AWS Edition we are dramatically lowering the cost per query and making data lake insights accessible to data consumers in organizations of any size,” said Tomer Shiran, chief product officer, Dremio.

Posted May 05, 2020

Pure Storage Introduces Purity//FB 3.0 for FlashBlade

Pure Storage is releasing Purity//FB 3.0 for FlashBlade, the next generation of the industry’s most advanced storage software for unstructured data. The latest updates to FlashBlade enable real-time performance that allow application workflows to take center stage – resulting in a Modern Data Experience that replaces complexities and antiquated systems with fast, flexible and agile solutions built to fit modern needs.

Posted May 04, 2020

RapidFire Tools Releases Secure Remote Working Solution

To aid the transition to remote work, RapidFire Tools, a Kaseya company and provider of business-building IT technologies, is releasing the Network Detective Work from Home (WFH) solution.

Posted May 04, 2020

Nutanix and Wipro Team Up to Bring Digital Database Services Solution

Nutanix, a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions, and Wipro Limited, an information technology, consulting, and business process services company, are partnering to offer a database optimizing solution.

Posted May 04, 2020

Demand for Mainframe Innovation Will Surpass Non-Mainframe Innovation in 2020

The mainframe is continuing to grow in importance—so much so that the deployment frequency of new mainframe application features is set to surpass that of non-mainframe application features in 2020, according to a new global survey. “Given the increasingly crucial role the mainframe plays in innovation, continuously improving the quality, velocity, and efficiency of software development and delivery on the platform should no longer be a wishful IT aspiration—it’s an urgent strategic imperative,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO, Compuware.

Posted May 04, 2020

VAST Data Enhances the Universal Storage Platform

VAST Data, a storage company, is releasing Version 3 of its Universal Storage architecture, introducing more than 20 new features – including support for Windows and MacOS applications, cloud data replication, and native encryption. These latest Universal Storage updates allow enterprises to now marry all-flash performance with archive economics and scale to enable mission-critical and data-intensive enterprise production environments to consolidate their workflows and bring the power of flash storage and fast access to all of their data.

Posted May 01, 2020

MemSQL is Now on the Red Hat Marketplace

MemSQL is now certified and available through Red Hat Marketplace, making it easier for developers to discover and access certified software for container-based environments, across all clouds and on-premises.

Posted May 01, 2020

Actian Launches Real-Time Connected Cloud Data Warehouse Solution

Actian, a provider of hybrid cloud data warehousing and data integration, has introduced its Avalanche Real-Time Connected Data Warehouse Solution with support for AWS and Azure cloud platforms. The Actian hybrid solution offers integration capabilities natively built into the product, enabling enterprises to harness diverse data sources for use in high performance analytics.

Posted April 30, 2020

Alluxio Partners with Intel to Create Solution to Maximize Cloud Storage

Alluxio, a developer of open source cloud data orchestration software, is creating a solution in collaboration with Intel that offers an in-memory acceleration layer with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane persistent memory (PMem).

Posted April 30, 2020