Articles about Business Intelligence

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Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

Microsoft and SAP are renewing their decades-old business intelligence and data partnership for cloud. SAP’s HANA elastic middleware will run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud with certified support. The agreement covers development, test and production workloads on SAP’s HANA and SAP S/4 HANA – the version of SAP’s enterprise suite …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2016
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Q. What's orange and white, has a new CEO but is red all over? A. Teradata

+Comment Data warehouse and biz intelligence wrangler Teradata made a loss in its first quarter of 2016. It also recruited a new CEO to get the company motoring again. The new broom is 67 years old, and you don't need big-data analytics to see he won't be around for long. Teradata's revenues for the three months to March 31 were $545m …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

Business Intelligence (BI) systems are designed to turn raw data into useful information, so why don’t they do the job properly? Why do most of them fail so completely to make use of the huge range of capabilities that the analytics world has to offer? Even at the most basic level, they fail catastrophically to take simple …
Mark Whitehorn, 02 May 2016

Mobe and Wi-Fi firms flog your location data to commercial firms, claim reports

Two reports by privacy campaigners into mobile and Wi-Fi services' location tracking activities have revealed practices of questionable legality and security. The studies found that “at best, companies are fulfilling the minimal legal requirements, and at worst could breaking the law and breaching our right to privacy.” The …

Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

Microsoft's decision to bring SQL Server 2016 to Linux caused a bit of a stir this week. However, there is a small catch: we've learned that the first official release of the port, due out in mid-2017, will be missing features compared to its Windows cousin. Yesterday, in New York City, Microsoft showed off a working demo …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2016
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Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle

Pic In an aggressive move, Microsoft has told Oracle customers: migrate to SQL Server 2016 and Redmond with give you free licensing for the lifetime of the product plus technical support. Microsoft made the offer at a special Data Driven day in New York City on Thursday, and has taken out full page advertisements in the national …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2016

SQL Server for Linux: A sign of Microsoft's weakness. Sort of

Analysis Microsoft is porting SQL Server to Linux, with a private preview available now and full availability “in mid-2017”. This is a big strategic move for the company. Microsoft’s server applications, including Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Dynamics CRM, and the various components of System Center, have …
Tim Anderson, 09 Mar 2016

IBM to fork out $2.6bn to slurp data on millions of patients

IBM is to shell out big again, this time on Truven Health Analytics, a health data firm, for a whopping $2.6bn. According to its canned statement, this brings the number of, er, "patient lives" represented in its health cloud to 300 million. Touted as IBM's "fourth major health data-related acquisition in the past year", the …
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Don't freak out, but your primary storage has become 'aware'

Comment The term data-aware storage is fairly new to our industry and its definition, as often happens, is not very clear. Of course vendors have their own view of this term. In my personal opinion, data-aware storage means being able to analyse infrastructure and workloads as well as storing the data involved, giving a complete …
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Pivot3 pivots, buys NexGen

Analysis In a major pivot, all-flash and hybrid array startup NexGen is merging with hyper-converged infrastructure appliance software startup Pivot3 in a cash-free stock merger. When startups merge that’s generally a sign that the original mission is failing and/or the backing VCS are getting nervous. What makes this more surprising …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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GDS £450m investment probably an 'accounting fudge' – gov IT analyst

Plans to pump an extra £450m for the Government Digital Service to fuel the "digital revolution" was the shock take-away announcement in George Osborne's Spending Review yesterday - from the perspective of technology spend at least. It came as particularly unexpected as the body's top brass left en masse several months ago …
Kat Hall, 26 Nov 2015
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It's come to this for IBM: Watson is now a gimmick app on the iPhone

Remember when IBM's Watson was touted as a revolutionary machine learning platform that would help revolutionize the medical, science and business intelligence fields? Big Blue's expensive pet project has been showcased as a solution for everything from biomedical research to solving poverty to killing the spreadsheet. Now, …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2015
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What the bleedin' Dell is this? IT giant mulls unit selloffs – report

Reuters reports Dell is thinking of selling off non-core assets to clear the decks before the EMC acquisition and raise $10bn. Four candidate businesses are mentioned: Quest Software IT management with its systems management, security and business intelligence functions SonicWall email encryption and security Rapid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015
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Insight: Who will rid me of this troublesome currency trend?

Senior folk at Insight Enterprises’ US HQ might be humming the patriotic anthem "God Bless America", for it was only a double-digit sales bounce Stateside that spared executive blushes in the third quarter. Turnover in North America was up 15 per cent year-on-year to $1bn in the three months ended September, but sales in EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015
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SAP's Orca leaps from the depths early, Needled by Amazon

SAP announced its brand new cloud analytics service under pressure from mighty Amazon. Europe's largest software maker pre-announced Project Orca, now officially named Cloud for Analytics, in response to Amazon's Space Needle BI-analytics-as-a-service, The Register has learned. Sources close to SAP told The Reg SAP hadn't …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2015
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AWS jabs at rivals, proclaims cloud the 'new normal'

AWS Reinvent "This is not intended to be a sales and marketing conference, it’s really intended to be an education and training conference," said Amazon Web Services (AWS) Senior VP Andy Jassy at the keynote for Reinvent under way in Las Vegas. Yet marketing dominated his keynote as he jabbed at competitors. The truth is, AWS does have an …
Tim Anderson, 08 Oct 2015
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Disk boxes, security tools, etc: What Amazon announced at its AWS shindig on Wednesday

Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked off its annual re:Invent conference on Wednesday with the introduction of a handful of new additions to its cloud computing service. The rollout includes a tool to test apps for security flaws, plus a business intelligence (BI) service, and a new way to physically toss data into Amazon's cloud …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Oct 2015

Shoe stores top US credit card EMV-ready leaderboard of fail

Only 27 percent of US merchants and 40 percent of consumers in that country will be ready for the self-imposed EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-card payment deadline Thursday. The cut-off is designed to curb rampant fraud in the country that makes hay of the use of magnetic stripes for credit card payments, far easier …
Darren Pauli, 01 Oct 2015
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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

First Look Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Windows, over two and half years after the launch of Office 2013 in January of that year. The Office team has been busy in the intervening period – and not just with Office 2016. March 2014 saw the release of Office for iPad, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in touch- …
Tim Anderson, 22 Sep 2015
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Forget Big Data hype, says Gartner as it cans its hype cycle

Analyst outfit Gartner has decided that Big Data hype is so last year and canned its hype cycle for Big Data. In new research titled “The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” the firm says “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice” and also because “Hype Cycles consider …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2015
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Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd

Everyone's favourite outsourcer Capita has snapped up business intelligence outfit and IBM VAR Barrachd for an undisclosed pile of cash. The 38-strong Scottish biz develops bespoke BI software in the financial services, energy, and higher education sectors. Barrachd was founded in 2007 and its name means "more" in Gaelic – a …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015

Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

Talks to establish a code of conduct for the commercial use of facial recognition technology in the US have collapsed, following the withdrawal of privacy advocates who claimed industry representatives weren't cooperating. The talks, which began in February 2014, were organised by the National Telecommunication and Information …
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Toshiba-Microsoft IoT collaboration wins at buzzword Bingo

“Internet of Things”, “Cloud”, “SaaS”, “state of the art”, “great user experience”: it’s all in the latest cross-supply agreement between Microsoft and Toshiba. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding where Toshiba will supply the hardware and Microsoft the software to build Internet of Things things, …
Simon Rockman, 04 Jun 2015
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NoSQL champ MongoDB plugs into SQL analytics power

NoSQL database maker MongoDB is tapping the power of business intelligence and data visualisation, working on a connector for SQL-compliant data analysis tools which it promises would work with giants such as IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, plus tools from Qlik and Tableau Software. As a NoSQL database, MongoDB had been …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2015
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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

Ignite 2015 If you want to get your hands on Office 2016, Microsoft has made it available now for download – but be warned, you'll have to take Office 2013 off before you do. Microsoft has marked the opening day of its Ignite conference (think TechEd and a bunch of other sysadmin shindigs rolled into one economical bundle) in Chicago by …
Iain Thomson, 04 May 2015
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SanDisk goes nuclear with its Fusion flash card range

SanDisk has announced third-generation ioDrive PCIe and mezzanine flash cards, claiming up to a fourfold price performance improvement, with up to a 61 per cent list price reduction over the previous generation Fusion ioDrive 2/Atomic product. Fusion-io and its ioMemory technology was bought by SanDisk for $1.1bn in June last …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
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Teradata bulks up its universe, joins data warehouse to data lake

Teradata is widening the use of its data warehouse and analytics by orchestrating access to more data silos and logically combining them, joining data lakes to data warehouses, so to speak. Teradata_Unified_Data_Architecture This is all part of Teradata's Unified Data Architecture push Teradata is the leading data warehouse …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2015
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Hybrid IT? Not a long-term thing, says AWS CTO

AWS Summit Hybrid IT — systems that are part on-premises and part public cloud — is simply a path to the cloud, not a destination, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and told the 3,000 attendees at the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Summit in London yesterday. "We have built a whole set of services that allow you to run seamlessly together [services] on- …
Tim Anderson, 16 Apr 2015
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Ericsson buys Sunrise Technology

Ericsson, which has just laid off 2,200 people Sweden and which plans more cost cutting around the world has already started spending the savings by buying the IT business services part of Chinese outfit Sunrise Technology. The transaction means Ericsson will take on 1,000 employees at the Guangzhou-based IT services provider …
Simon Rockman, 17 Mar 2015
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Whoa, bro – it's all go for cool crow X-IO's AFA show

X-IO's five-year warranty, maintenance-free sealed disk and disk+flash arrays have a new brother: the all-flash ISE. It’s sprinted right to the top of the SPC-1 price/performance benchmark charts. The ISE 800 comes in a standard 3U X-IO enclosure and uses X-IO’s Gen 3 architecture, which first appeared in the ISE 780 in January …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015
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Cisco offers carriers adware-as-a-service for fun and profit

MWC 2015 Cisco has clouded up a new way to snoop on mobile users “combine network, user, and business intelligence … to realise business outcomes.” Announced at Mobile World Congress, Mobility IQ is a SaaS offering that the company says provides real-time information on Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE networks, covering network performance and user …

Gartner to CIOs: Go on, SPEND some CASH on ROBOTS 'n' 'Things'

CIOs in the UK and Ireland are bullish on “digitalisation” of their businesses as spending returns. That’s according to Gartner, who ranked so-called digitalisation third in the list of CIO’s spending priorities in the UK and Ireland. It’s up from sixth place the year before, and a bigger priority here in the UK than for CIOs …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2015
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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

Outsourcing giant Capita is one of three major companies to be awarded a place on the £5bn Lead Provider Framework for Commissioning Support Services. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be required to re-procure many of their support services by April 2016 in order to comply with EU procurement law, which NHS England …
Kat Hall, 09 Feb 2015
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NexGen polishes guns, prepares to face hybrid array legions

Analysis Hybrid array startup NexGen is starting out afresh having been spun out of SanDisk, and now faces the full competitive force of hybrid competition from both mainstream array vendors and the up-and-coming trio of Nimble, Tegile and Tintri. What are its chances? NexGen was an iSCSI-based hybrid flash/disk array startup which used …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015

Analyse THIS: Facebook alumni upstart Interana inhales MORE cash

+Comment Why the hurry? Interana, an analytics startup co-founded by ex-Facebook engineers just got a 250 per cent rise in funding, $20m, less than four months after its initial $8.2m A-round. Index Ventures led this round, in which new investors AME Cloud Ventures, Harris Barton and Mike Olson, chief strategy officer at Cloudera, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
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Qubole rains down analytic insights from Hadoop cloud

Comment A whole new generation of storage software application startups focussed on Big Data is growing furiously in front of our eyes. Engineers involved with Google, Facebook and other big data-using, web-scale services pioneers have seen that where Facebook, Google and others lead enterprises are going to have to follow. Relational …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2015
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DDN chap throws in towel, taps on Accenture’s door

DDN EVP and CTO Jean-Luc Chatelain has left and joined Accenture as managing director for analytics. At DataDirect Networks Chatelain was responsible for Strategy and Technology, having joined in February 2011. He is a proponent of modern Big Data analytics, thinking that the old Extract-Transform-Load (ETL)-style of Business …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2015

Elasticsearch tells us all about its weighty Big Data tool

Blink and you'll miss it. Big Data analytics is a huge focus of startup activity with young and new companies getting a green light from blue-chip customers and VCs almost all the time. Well, that’s an exaggeration, but take your eye off the ball in this area and the landscape can change in fairly short order. Elasticsearch, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2014
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Hairy situation? Blade servers can reach where others can't

Any follower of today's technology magazines will have heard a lot about Open Compute Project (OCP) servers. These are servers stripped down the bare minimum, crammed into a single chassis and managed centrally through software that provides high automation and data centre-scale orchestration. In an OCP world, cost reduction is …
Trevor Pott, 05 Dec 2014
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Make sure big data doesn't land you in big trouble

Size isn't everything. Big data may be about storing terabytes or petabytes of information but it is also about complexity, and complexity often brings security challenges. Are you ready to handle them? Right now, someone in a marketing or finance role somewhere in your organisation is probably putting together a big data …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Nov 2014
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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

If backup is too often an afterthought, have you considered its even poorer relation, archive. You haven’t? What a surprise. The fact is, businesses and their infrastructure depend upon common services for general efficiency, management focus and cost control. All organisations do, and it would be a nightmare if they didn't. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014
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Bring your spade: The BIG DATA Gold Rush has begun

The forty-niners rushed to California in search of gold. Some even found it. But most stayed poor and the only people who got reliably rich were people who made and sold the picks and shovels the miners needed. Is that the way it is with big data? Will the only people to get rich be the suppliers of big data computer software, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2014
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Larry Ellison: Who's the DINOSAUR NOW, cloudy rivals?

There’s more to cloud than putting an ad on the back of The Economist, as a relatively contrite Larry Ellison and Oracle tried to demonstrate this week. His PR people rattled out the product news at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, California, like he, or they, were trying to prove something. What could it be? “ …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2014
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Oracle: What's the X4-4? In-memory monster slams jaws down on 3TB, for starters

OpenWorld Oracle can analyse up to 3TB of data in memory with its latest Exalytics In-Memory Machine, the X4-4. Announced at Larry Ellison’s OpenWorld extravaganza, this system features four Xeon E7-8895 v2 processors, up to 3TB of memory, 4.8TB of flash and a paltry 7.2TB of disk storage (6 x 1.2TB 10K 2.5-inch drives). Its X3-4 machine …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2014
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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

The UK is crying out for engineers and IT staff, according to a KPMG and REC report, which reckons demand for techies is at its highest in 16 years. Most vacancies were spotted in the engineering industry in August, while the medical industry came in just ahead of the IT sector in the nine categories of permanent staff …

It's ALIVE: Unstructured data upstart whips out data-AWARE array

Stealth exit startup DataGravity has introduced a hybrid flash/disk array with rich metadata recording and reporting functions for file creation, keyword content, content change and access, as well as data protection functions and collaboration help. DataGravity was founded by CEO Paula Long, co-founder of EqualLogic, which was …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014
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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

Microsoft has urged users to remove a buggy update as it yanked download links to the offending patch, after reports emerged it caused the dreaded blue screen of death. The fixes issued on Patch Update Tuesday addressed privilege escalation bugs but an apparent font cache clearing issue lead to Windows boxes turning the colour …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2014
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Alex Bouzari on his big data storage firm: First, we got rid of the VCs

DataDirect Networks is quite unusual for a storage firm. First, it operates at supercomputer and HPC levels and is neither VC-backed nor a public company, making its internal strategies a matter for its execs alone. In this respect, it’s not as predictable or understandable as either a VC-backed startup or a post-IPO business. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014

Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

Review If a picture tells 1,000 words, then an interactive bubble chart indexed by year based on a data model with a hierarchy of sub-categories ought to speak volumes. Microsoft’s business intelligence product Power BI is the latest addition to Office 365, its online office suite designed to integrate with desktop versions of Office …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jun 2014
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Watch this! A webinar about Mobile BI

Video Youtube Video In this 90 minutes training session, QA's Mark Fitzgerald, examines business intelligence software from Microsoft and the opportunities that are available for self-built and packages mobile BI applications.® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No …
David Gordon, 26 May 2014