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2012 Archives

JANUARY

Steve Dine and Composite Software

Cut to the Quick: A Faster Path to Agile BI

The business benefit of agility remains clear – quickly identifying and addressing opportunities separates market leaders from the competition. Agile Business Intelligence (BI) is a key ingredient for achieving such an advantage, but an array of technical and organizational barriers stand in the way. One proven method for overcoming such hurdles involves Data Virtualization and the incremental design of an Information Architecture.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear industry Analyst Steve Dine offer insights on the evolution of data virtualization, and how it can be used to manage information assets. Dine will be briefed by Bob Eve of Composite Software, who will tout their data virtualization platform, which is increasingly being used not just to supply additional sources of data, but also to monitor and manage today’s Information Architectures. Eve will explain how data virtualization can make BI agile, and will provide examples of companies that have done so.

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William McKnight and Sybase

Designing a Better Future: How Architecture Enables Agility and Alignment

Planning for the future makes sense, but architecting it provides tangible value. That’s especially true with the discipline of Information Architecture, where careful design can pay serious dividends. Conceptual modeling can help organizations align business needs with information systems, revealing which data sets are needed by whom, and for which processes. Instead of building systems based on current requirements, a focus on the overall business plan can save time and money down the road. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst William McKnight offer insights on how conceptual modeling can improve the design and implementation of Business Intelligence and Master Data Management solutions. McKnight will be briefed by David Dichmann of Sybase, an SAP Company, who will explain how the latest version of PowerDesigner can be used to build a plan for reducing the number of touchpoints for data integration and federation, thus expediting and improving MDM and BI. Dichmann will also discuss how certain processes can be automated, thereby minimizing the kind of manual procedures that tend to be error-prone.

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FEBRUARY

Wayne Eckerson and JackBe

The Dynamics of Real-Time Intelligence: Seeing the Biggest Picture Now

What’s happening now, and what can you do about it? That’s the essence of ‘Real-Time’ Business Intelligence – understanding the impact of opportunities and challenges as they happen, then being able to relate valuable insights to performance metrics. But securing a dynamic view of business operations is challenging for several reasons: information constantly changes, disparate systems and platforms proliferate, and user needs are always in flux. While data and application integration can solve some issues, there is a faster, easier path – tapping into live operational systems to create contextual dashboards that monitor critical programs and processes.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran BI Analyst Wayne Eckerson of the BI Leadership Forum, who will explain how operational dashboards can provide visibility into a wide array of enterprise systems. Eckerson will be briefed by John Crupi, CTO of Jackbe, who will discuss their company’s flagship product, Presto, which enables rapid-fire intelligence that can help organizations better understand the performance of their processes and goals. He’ll explain how a collection of user-driven apps and dashboards can access all manner of live, operational information systems, providing windows of real-time awareness throughout an organization, and even beyond the corporate firewall.

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Robin Bloor and Datastax

Way Outside the Box – How NoSQL Solves Big Data Challenges

The remarkable trajectory of Big Data calls for solutions that defy old models. And the challenges are virtually everywhere: online, throughout the enterprise, anywhere business transacts. A new breed of databases embraces the kind of scalability and flexibility required to meet these new requirements. Called NoSQL, these technologies avoid the constraints of relational databases, such as fixed schemas or the need for complex joins. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor explain the fundamental shift taking place in the world of database. Bloor has been tracking the evolution of database technology for more than two decades. He will outline why this shift is so significant, and how you can take advantage of it. Bloor will be briefed by Apache Cassandra Project Chair and DataStax CTO Jonathan Ellis, who will detail real-world uses of this new technology, including case studies for Netflix and Constant Contact. He’ll explain how the architecture of Cassandra was designed to meet the performance requirements of Big Data.

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Robin Bloor and Progress DataDirect

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Progress DataDirect

When you get right down to it, access to data is everything for the knowledge worker. For all kinds of enterprise systems, delivering important data quickly is a command performance. The rise of Big Data adds a range of new challenges, with greater volumes and a wider variety of data types flowing into the enterprise on a regular basis. To cope with this increasing workload, while also satisfying traditional integration needs like ETL and data federation, information managers need an array of options for getting the job done. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor explain how companies can deal with the variety and volume of data facing today’s enterprise. He’ll outline several key tactics, including the use of semantics, architectural approaches and other techniques. He’ll be briefed by Paul Griffin of Progress DataDirect, who will explain how their product’s performance tuning options enable rapid data movement, both for streaming and bulk loading. He’ll also explain how DataDirect’s architecture streamlines the process of migration by circumventing the use of database client libraries, and by providing options that let developers tune their solutions based upon particular application needs.

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MARCH

Robin Bloor and Kapow Software

Integration and Automation for a Streamlined Enterprise

The traditional landscape of enterprise applications is changing rapidly, thus opening all kinds of opportunities for businesses to improve their end-to-end processes. There are now a wealth of options for streamlining operations, thereby improving data quality and analytics, while also lowering costs. In this evolving enterprise architecture, traditional approaches to integration often fall short, or go way too far.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear industry analyst Robin Bloor explain how a new era of technology can help organizations better manage both internal and external applications, while also enabling the effective use of structured and unstructured data. Bloor will be briefed by John Yapaola and Stefan Andreasen of Kapow Software, who will tout their company’s hybrid integration solution which customers use to streamline a wide range of business processes. Yapaola and Andreasen will share several examples – including Audi – in order to demonstrate how real-time, bi-directional integration can create efficiencies, and drive innovation in delivering significant business value through IT.

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Rick van der Lans and Composite Software

Stay Flexible: Five Ways to Harness Information Assets

With new challenges facing information managers every day, flexibility could become the single most important characteristic of information systems. One rising trend for dealing with data overload involves data virtualization in a variety of contexts: to create virtual data marts, analytical sandboxes, and data warehouse extensions; and in some cases, to build a full-fledged data layer that gives users the trusted data they need, without extensive IT support.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear independent Analyst Rick van der Lans, who will explain how data virtualization can solve many data management problems before they occur. He’ll be briefed by Bob Eve of Composite Software, who will tout his company’s virtualization platform, which can also be used to help companies migrate off of legacy applications. Eve will provide details for how Composite’s architecture enables a wide range of integration capabilities, including real-time and right-time data feeds.

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David Loshin and Attunity

Enabling BI and Analytics with Right-Time Data

Whether for traditional reporting and Business Intelligence, or the rise of advanced analytics, the bottom line remains the same — the delivery of right-time, quality data is critical for success. Increasingly, fact-based decision-making relies on data that’s hot; data that’s impacting the business right now. Meanwhile, data and IT professionals require access to a variety of data sets in order to model, train and score the information that generates business value. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear industry Analyst David Loshin of Knowledge Integrity, who will offer insights on how companies can deliver data for both traditional reporting as well as advanced analytics. Loshin will be briefed by Richard Thomas of Attunity, who will tout his company’s suite of integration tools. He’ll explain how data integration can be effective for satisfying user needs, including data replication for Big Data analytics, consolidation of data sets for real-time visibility, and the off-loading of some queries to targeted reporting servers.

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APRIL

Gregory Piatetsky and Sybase, an SAP Company

Predictive Analytics: A New Wealth of Options

Predicting the future happens all the time these days, in all kinds of business situations. And now, there are more options than ever for leveraging the power of predictive analytics. That’s partly due to the rise of open-source projects like Hadoop and partly because of the maturation of traditional analytical platforms. The bottom line is that predictive power is now at the fingertips of a much broader audience. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear KDnuggets purveyor Gregory Piatetsky explain why data mining and predictive analytics are experiencing a renaissance. He’ll be briefed by Joydeep Das of Sybase, an SAP Company, who will outline how Sybase IQ facilitates three approaches: the traditional “pull” model used by SAS, SPSS and other analytic workbenches; a newer “push” model where much of the heavy lifting takes place in the database; and a very novel hybrid “push-pull” model that leverages Hadoop.

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Robin Bloor and Tableau Software

Big Data Analytics: Gleaning Insights with Data Discovery

While data volumes and varieties continue to expand, so do the ways in which businesses can analyze and leverage their information assets. The increased number of available dimensions tends to complicate the analytical process, however. That’s where data discovery plays an invaluable role, both for Big Data and traditional business analytics. When information workers are empowered to explore these diverse data sets freely, valuable insights tend to materialize. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst Robin Bloor explain how data discovery can help reveal significant patterns that can help any organization. He’ll walk through the discovery process, starting with the identification of key dimensions, then moving into the visualization and discovery stage. Bloor will be briefed by Ellie Fields of Tableau Software, who will demonstrate how a variety of data sets and attributes can be quickly mixed and matched to create new and thought-provoking views of business opportunities.

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MAY

Robin Bloor and Pervasive Software

Drinking from the Fire Hose: Practical Approaches to Big Data Preparation and Analytics

The old methods of delivering data for analysts and other business users will simply not scale to meet new demands. Hadoop is rapidly emerging as a powerful and economic platform for storing and processing Big Data. And yet, the biggest obstacle to implementing Hadoop solutions is the scarcity of Hadoop programming skills. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain why modern information architectures must embrace the new, massively parallel world of computing as it relates to several enterprise roles: traditional business analysts, data scientists, and line-of-business workers. He’ll be briefed by David Inbar and Jim Falgout of Pervasive Software, who will explain how Pervasive RushAnalyzer™ was designed to accommodate the new reality of Big Data.

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Robin Bloor and Actian

The Need for Speed - Conversational Analytics for Complex Challenges

Getting into an analytical rhythm requires more than just data and time. One of the key ingredients is speed, specifically, the ability to ask questions of your data in a conversational fashion. This has traditionally been the domain of Operational Data Stores or OLAP cubes, but there are new options today that don’t rely so heavily on the kind of maintenance necessary to keep those solutions humming. Today, there are specialized database technologies that can fuel conversational analytics. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from 30-year IT Analyst Robin Bloor, Ph.D., who will chart the evolution of specialty database technology. He’ll explain how vector-based processing in particular changes the game of analytics. Bloor will be briefed by Fred Gallagher of Actian, who will discuss the technical advantages of the Actian Vectorwise database, including vector-based processing, on-chip memory optimization, parallel execution, column-based storage and self-optimizing compression.

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Shawn Rogers and Composite Software

When Worlds Collide: Intelligence, Analytics & Operations

Everyone wants more data these days, though often for different reasons. Business analysts, data scientists and front-line workers all know the value of having that extra piece of information. The big question remains — how can all these needs be supported without taxing IT and without breaking the bank? And how can the worlds of traditional Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Transaction Systems combine to improve business outcomes? Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Shawn Rogers of Enterprise Management Associates, as he explains what is needed to take advantage from today’s hybrid data ecosystem. He’ll be briefed by Bob Eve of Composite Software who will explain how innovative enterprises are using data virtualization to gain insight across these worlds and doing so with greater agility and lower costs.

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Robin Bloor and Sybase, an SAP Company

In the Mix: How Native Integration Improves MapReduce and Hadoop

The either/or question pervades the world of analytics. With so many options for crunching numbers, deciding which avenue to take can be difficult. One positive trend is the convergence of open source solutions with traditional database technologies, merging the best of both approaches. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran database Analyst Robin Bloor explain how new service layers are integrating the many available options for the legwork of analysis. Bloor will be briefed by David Jonker and Courtney Claussen of Sybase, an SAP Company. Jonker will describe several of the key features in the latest iteration of Sybase IQ, a columnar database that’s been on the market for more than two decades. Claussen will provide details on a litany of improvements, including: a native MapReduce API, Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) support, integration with Hadoop, and an expanded library of statistical and data mining algorithms that leverage the power of Sybase IQ PlexQ® massively parallel processing (MPP) technology.

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Richard Hackathorn and Teradata

The Comprehensive Approach: A Unified Information Architecture

The worlds of Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data Analytics can seem at odds, but only because we have yet to fully experience comprehensive approach to managing big data – a Unified Big Data Architecture. The dynamics continue to change as vendors begin to emphasize the importance of leveraging SQL, engineering and operational skills, as well as incorporating novel uses of MapReduce to improve distributed analytic processing. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn the value of taking a strategic approach for managing big data from veteran BI and data warehouse consultant Richard Hackathorn. He’ll be briefed by Chris Twogood of Teradata, who will outline his company’s recent advances in bridging the gap between Hadoop and SQL to unlock deeper insights and explain the role of Teradata Aster and SQL-MapReduce as a Discovery Platform for Hadoop environments.

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JUNE

John Myers and Infobright

Embedded Analytics: The Next Big Wave of Innovation?

Could embedded analytics change the way consumers do business? A whole range of Web-based and traditional software providers are now embedding analytical power into their applications such that users can do more complex analysis of their data. The use cases span such industries as eCommerce, telecom, security and other such data-intensive verticals. As a result of this trend, the providers and their customers can gain greater insights about their businesses, and thus improve decisions.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst John Myers of EMA explain how delivering embedded analytics can expand the value of analysis to customers and partners all over the world, while raising the bar for how business is done. Myers will be briefed by Susan Davis of Infobright, who will tout her company’s success in enabling solution providers to deliver real-time analytical capabilities to their customers.

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Robin Bloor and Birst

How to Achieve Agility with Analytics

Many organizations are realizing the value of managing the end-to-end process of analytics. By securing a strategic view of the information management lifecycle, these companies are enabling true business agility. Analysts can quickly visualize and identify relevant trends; meanwhile, data providers and managers have an open dialogue with their business counterparts, because the whole team can see what’s happening where.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain how the concept of an Information Oriented Architecture (IOA) is gaining traction within many data-centric enterprises. He’ll be briefed by Brad Peters of Birst, who will tout his company’s technology stack, which spans the spectrum of Business Intelligence and Analytics functionality. He’ll talk about the value of managing the entire information flow from within the same environment. And he’ll explain why the Birst approach enables compelling data integration and visualization, thereby facilitating and enhancing the process of analytics.

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Wayne Eckerson and Tableau Software

How Self-Service Analytics Fosters Collaboration

Achieving self-service analytics requires tight collaboration between business users and their technical counterparts. Data sources, interfaces, business rules and governance guard rails must be designed to accommodate particular topical domains, and levels of expertise. The process of creating such customized solutions tends to result in very productive collaboration, not just across the IT-business boundary, but also between and among business users and IT professionals alike.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Wayne Eckerson explain how self-service solutions should be designed and implemented. He’ll be briefed by Ellie Fields of Tableau Software who will discuss how to create, adjust and share visualizations that can help you understand and communicate your information effectively.

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JULY

David Loshin and Phasic Systems

All Together Now: A Recipe for Successful Data Governance

Getting disparate groups of professionals to agree on business terminology can take forever, especially when big dollars or major issues are at stake. Many data governance programs languish indefinitely because of simple hang-ups. But a new approach has recently achieved monumental results for the United States Navy. The detailed process has since been codified and combined with a NoSQL technology that enables even the most complex data models and definitions to be distilled into simple, functional data flows.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst David Loshin of Knowledge Integrity explain why effective Data Governance requires cooperation. Loshin will be briefed by Geoffrey Malafsky of Phasic Systems who will tout his company’s proprietary protocol for extracting, defining and managing critical information assets and processes. He’ll explain how their approach allows everyone to be “correct” in their definitions, without causing data quality or performance issues in associated information systems. And he’ll explain how their Corporate NoSQL engine enables real-time harmonization of definitions and dimensions.

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Robin Bloor and GridGain

The Need for Speed: How In-Memory Changes Everything

Being faster than your competitors has always been valuable, but in most industries these days, only the fastest will thrive. That’s where in-memory computing comes into play. Whether for Big Data Analytics, or for high-speed transactional systems, in-memory technology can transform business processes. The big questions will be: how and where should this technology be applied?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran database Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain how in-memory computing can fundamentally change the way business is done. He’ll show how in-memory technology can improve performance by magnitudes of order, thereby creating significant competitive advantage. Bloor will be briefed by Nikita Ivanov of GridGain, who will tout his company’s products, including their Big Data Grid Edition which offers full integration with the Hadoop ecosystem, using either HDFS or HBase.

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Krish Krishnan and IBM

A Futuristic Reality: The Big Data Platform

The big deal with Big Data is the potential for this phenomenon to redefine the modern Information Architecture. Though still in its infancy, the concept of a Big Data Platform promises to do just that. By incorporating the array of options now available — massively parallel processing, streaming technology (including complex event processing), semantics, in-memory and more — a Big Data Platform can solve a whole range of problems before they even occur; while also opening the door to a new era of applications that are custom-designed for addressing highly specific business needs.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from Analyst Krish Krishnan, who will outline a vision for the Big Data Platform. He’ll be briefed by Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President of Big Data for IBM, who will tout her company’s strategy for leveraging the power of both Big Data and traditional information assets. In particular, she’ll discuss how a combination of IBM technologies can help organizations achieve truly disruptive change in their organizations. Solutions demonstrated will include: Big Insights, Streams, Vivisimo’s Velocity, and Netezza.

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AUGUST

Cindi Howson and Tableau Software

Analytic Democracy: Spreading the Wealth of Insights

The best insights provide little value if they don’t result in action. That’s where the power of sight comes into play. With the help of effective visual aids, business professionals from all walks of life can demonstrate what needs to be done, and generate the support they need for valuable initiatives. But you shouldn’t need to be a graphic designer in order to tell a compelling visual story.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Cindi Howson of BIScorecard.com, who will explain how data visualization can play a critical role for generating business value from analytics. She’ll be briefed by Brett Sheppard of Tableau Software who will show how even non-technical professionals can discover meaningful patterns in their data, then design and share visualizations to communicate insights. He’ll also demonstrate how Tableau can connect to any kind of data sources, including spreadsheets, databases, cubes and even Big Data.

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Shawn Rogers and Noetix

To Each Their Own: How to Solve Analytic Complexity

One size will never fit all in the complex world of information management. In fact, the variety of information systems in use continues to expand. That includes all kinds of systems: data-producing applications, data-processing apps, and the downstream tools used for reporting and analytics. How can data-savvy organizations stay ahead of the curve?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from Analyst Shawn Rogers of Enterprise Management Associates, who will explain how effective use of standard data models can solve the complexity of increasingly heterogeneous information architectures. Rogers will be briefed by Daryl Orts of Noetix who will tout his company’s wide range of industry and application-specific data models which can be used to satisfy the particular needs of today’s diverse user community.

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John O’Brien and Teradata

The Great Divide: Bridging Structured and Unstructured Data for New Customer Insights

Data and context — that’s the ultimate combination. Uniting those two is the goal of today’s information managers, as they seek to connect the world of traditional business intelligence on structured data to the ocean of new, multi-structured Big Data that can provide so much valuable context and additional insights. The question of how begs answers, but the big issue of what technology is best dominates the dialogue in the world’s most cutting-edge companies.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran database Analyst John O’Brien of Radiant Advisors as he explains how certain information architectures have advantages over others with respect to bridging structured and unstructured data. He’ll be briefed by Steve Wooledge of Teradata who will detail his company’s innovations in SQL-MapReduce, which allows professionals to perform multi-structured analytics at scale. He’ll describe how a new extension called SQL-H allows analysts to use Hadoop as if it were just another table in the database.

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Rick Sherman and Actian

No Time-Outs: How to Empower Round-the-Clock Analytics

The appetite for high-powered analytics is greater than ever these days, with increasing numbers of business users clamoring for insights. At the same time, source systems are proliferating, and the nature of questions being asked is getting more complex. Indeed, the entire landscape of analytics is changing in fundamental ways. How can your organization stay ahead of the curve?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Rick Sherman how a variety of technologies can change the manner in which analytics are done. He’ll be briefed by Fred Gallagher of Actian, who will explain how his company’s Vectorwise technology leverages vector processing to expedite even the most complex queries when compared to traditional columnar or relational databases.

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SEPTEMBER

Robin Bloor and SAP Sybase

Real-Time Data Distribution: When Tomorrow Is Too Late

The rising tide of analytical demands puts pressure on data managers to deliver information within ever-tightening windows. For many use cases, waiting a day for a data warehouse to refresh is not fast enough. This is the realm of real-time data distribution: replicating key sets of data to feed analysts and business users in far-flung corners of the enterprise.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor explain how data flows are changing rapidly these days, due to a number of technological advances, but also because of a growing awareness of efficient information architectures. Bloor will be briefed by Bill Zhang of SAP Sybase, who will tout his company’s time-tested Replication Server, which now features multi-path replication. This new feature enables sophisticated management of data flows, including prioritization for certain paths and uses.

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Rick Sherman and Composite Software

A Better Way to Fuel Analytic Needs

The analytics development process involves a wide range of requirements, any one of which can prove challenging. First you identify the best sources, then secure access; then there’s transforming, mixing, mashing and moving the data to an analytic sandbox. All this occurs before you can build the analytic models. Analysts are frustrated by “the data problem” yet they seem resigned to all this time and effort. Increasingly, innovative organizations are using data virtualization as a faster path to analytic sandboxes, thus expediting business impact.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran analyst and practitioner Rick Sherman of Athena IT Solutions, who will explain how advances in data virtualization have opened up new ways of designing, building and maintaining analytic sandboxes. Sherman will be briefed by David Besemer, CTO of Composite Software, who will show how his company’s virtualization platform can be used to enable these critical analytic needs. Besemer will also provide real-world examples of success stories, as well as his take on what the future holds.

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Robin Bloor and Jaspersoft

Standard Issue: Preparing for the Future of Data Management

As change continues to sweep across the data management industry, many organizations are looking for ways to prepare their systems and personnel for an unpredictable future. Forces such as Big Data and Cloud Computing are creating new opportunities and significant challenges for a world filled with legacy systems. Information architectures are fundamentally changing, and that’s good news for companies that can take advantage of recent innovations.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor, who will explain why the Information Oriented Architecture provides a stable roadmap for companies looking to harness a new era of corporate computing. He’ll be briefed by Mike Boyarski of Jaspersoft, who will tout his company’s history of integrating with highly diverse information systems. He’ll also discuss Jaspersoft’s standards-based, Cloud-ready architecture, and how it enables organizations to embed powerful Business Intelligence capabilities into their existing systems.

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Robin Bloor and Ideate

Breaking the Performance Barrier: Real-Time Analytics for ‘Smart’ Business Processes

The long-sought goal of achieving ‘operational’ Analytics has finally arrived. A variety of innovations has opened the door for information systems that can respond in real-time to any number of business events. The result is a new generation of ‘smart’ applications that can adapt dynamically to context, thus providing business agility without sacrificing data quality or governance.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain how emerging event-driven architectures will change the way we work. He’ll be briefed by Dave Duggal, who will introduce his company’s Ideate Framework™, a real-time application-integration platform. He’ll explain how Ideate leverages a Web-style architecture to make ‘smart’ business processes scalable and practical.

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OCTOBER

Neil Raden and MarkLogic

The Big Picture: Big Data for the New Wave of Analytics

Understanding context is a critical success factor for any decision-maker. Getting a clear view of the big picture can help guide all kinds of important decisions. That’s why many organizations are focused on weaving together structured and “unstructured” data, to create a strategic view of enterprise issues and opportunities. The answers are usually found somewhere in between a SQL query and a Google-style search.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Neil Raden of Hired Brains, who will explain how a new breed of analytical applications can generate a wide range of targeted insights. He’ll be briefed by Steve Guttman of MarkLogic, who will tout his company’s Enterprise NoSQL database, which combines the durability of traditional relational databases, with the versatility of modern Big Data engines. He’ll also discuss real-world examples of new applications for various industries.

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Robin Bloor and SAP

The New Possible: Very Big Data for Serious Business Value

With Big Data come big databases, but not the old-fashioned kind. The biggest databases these days bring the best of both worlds: traditional columnar power and functionality, combined with the scalability and schema-agnostic flexibility of NoSQL. This one-two punch creates a new world of possibilities for business value, because companies can dynamically weave together the contextual insights of Big Data, with the granular focus of high-powered Business Intelligence.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor who will explain how this new era of hybrid Very Large Databases will fundamentally transform the manner in which companies store and analyze enterprise data. He’ll be briefed by Courtney Claussen of SAP Sybase, who will tout her company’s recent innovations for loading, processing and delivering massive amounts of data, both structured and unstructured, even for environments with thousands of concurrent users.

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Mark Madsen and Hortonworks

Hadoop: What It Is and What It's Not

The power of Hadoop cannot be denied, as evidenced by the fact that all the biggest closed-source vendors in the world of data management have embraced this open-source project with virtually open arms. But Hadoop is not a data warehouse, nor ever will it likely be. Rather, it’s ideal role for now is to augment traditional data warehousing and business intelligence. As an adjunct, Hadoop provides an amazing mechanism for storing and analyzing Big Data. The key is to manage expectations and move forward carefully.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Mark Madsen of Third Nature, who will explain how, where, when and why to leverage the open-source elephant in the enterprise. He’ll be briefed by Jim Walker of Hortonworks who will tout his company’s vision for the future of Big Data management. He’ll provide details on their data platform and how it can be used to complete the picture of information management. He’ll also discuss how the Hortonworks partner network can help companies get big value from Big Data.

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Barry Devlin and NuoDB

The Perfect Storm: The Impact of Analytics, Big Data and Cloud

Three major factors in enterprise computing are combining to rewrite how data is stored, accessed and managed: 1) the demand of analytics that now spreads across hundreds, even thousands of users; 2) the pervasiveness of Big Data in all its forms and sizes; and 3) the rise of the commodity data center, aka Cloud computing. The convergence of these forces calls for a new data foundation, one that can handle the scalability and workload issues that face today’s information managers. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Barry Devlin, one of the very first architects of data warehousing, who will explain how today’s information architectures require a radically different approach. He’ll be briefed by Barry Morris, Founder and CEO of NuoDB, who will tout his company’s product, described as a peer-to-peer messaging system that acts as a database. It behaves just like a traditional relational database, but was designed with a completely distributed and scalable architecture.

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Robin Bloor and Hewlett-Packard

A Foundation for Success in the Information Economy

Success in today’s information economy rises and falls on the efficiency of data management. Companies that treat their information assets as mission-critical components of the business will find ways to better their competitors. The key is to ensure that the foundation of your information architecture can satisfy the wide range of user demands. Moreover, the ability to scale quickly and efficiently has become paramount.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor who will explain the benefits of embracing a modern Information Oriented Architecture (IOA). He’ll also tout the purpose of using a flexible SQL engine in this era of NoSQL technologies. He will be briefed by Ajaya Gummadi of Hewlett-Packard, who will show how her company’s NonStop SQL has evolved to become a valuable solution for mission-critical data, mixed workloads and high volume databases. She will also explain how their integrated hardware and software stack can help reduce the cost of operations and management in a large-scale database environment.

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NOVEMBER

Wayne Eckerson and Birst

All Grown Up: Maturation of Analytics in the Cloud

The desire for analytics today extends far beyond the traditional domain of Business Intelligence. The challenge is that operational systems come in countless shapes and sizes. Furthermore, each application treats data somewhat differently. But there are patterns of data flow and transformation that pervade all such systems. And there’s one big place where all these data types and use cases have come together architecturally: the Cloud. Register for this episode of the Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Wayne Eckerson explain how Cloud computing is ushering in a new era of analytics and intelligence. He’ll be briefed by Brad Peters of Birst who will tout his company’s purpose-built analytics platform. He’ll discuss how the Birst engine processes and delivers raw data from disparate systems, offering the deployment flexibility of Software-as-a-Service, together with the capabilities of enterprise-class BI.

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Shawn Rogers with Dell and Morphlabs

Private Cloud in a Box: Welcome to the Converged Future

Cloud infrastructure is here to stay. Amazon, Rackspace and other public cloud providers created a blueprint for the next generation of IT. But many organizations remain concerned about handing over such power and control for business-critical applications. Enterprises want the best of the both worlds – the agility and cost efficiency of public clouds with the security, control and governance of dedicated hardware. That’s the promise of private cloud. How can your organization take advantage of this growing trend? Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst Shawn Rogers explain how pre-integrated and assembled private cloud solutions are proliferating, thus opening the doors for organizations to deploy cloud infrastructure faster and more efficiently. He’ll be briefed by Kamesh Pemmaraju of Dell and Yoram Heller of Morphlabs, who will tout the mCloud Helix: a co-designed private-cloud-in-a-box that leverages open source software, including OpenStack, and SSD-accelerated Dell hyperscale hardware to deliver best-in-class price performance.

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Robin Bloor and Perceivant

Time to Fly: Why Predictive Analytics Is Going Mainstream

When companies predict the future effectively, they almost always win. But barriers abound for corporate departments and mid-sized organizations that have limited capital, IT staff, or both. They often lack the resources to employ powerful predictive analytics, and instead can only rely on basic reporting capabilities. That situation is now changing, thanks to several market forces, such as software innovation, maturing methodologies, as well as competition from open-source offerings. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, who will explain why predictive analytics is finally going mainstream, and what that means for companies looking to grow. He will be briefed by Brian Rowe of Perceivant, who will tout his company’s SaaS-based analytics platform, which was designed to streamline the workflow required to get significant lift from predictive algorithms. He’ll also discuss the packaged services designed to help business users get up and running with the key procedures for building and managing predictive models.

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John Myers and Alteryx

Three Keys for Making Big Data User-Friendly

What’s the biggest challenge with Big Data so far? By and large, it’s the big pain in delivering the right data in a timely fashion, and in a way that decision-makers can easily use. That’s quickly changing because of the tremendous demand for tools that even non-technical business users can effectively employ. Capabilities are being designed by software vendors large and small, to provide easier access and more intuitive ways for working with Big Data. Even still, the effort to make Big Data useful is very much a work in progress. Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst John Myers of EMA explain why Big Data poses challenges and opportunities for professionals looking to better understand their markets, prospects and customers. Myers will be briefed by Paul Ross of Alteryx, who will tout his company’s efforts to “humanize” Big Data using their strategic analytics platform, designed to: 1) facilitate access to Big Data, especially in combination with other data sets; 2) give analysts an intuitive, workflow-based approach for build the targeted analytics their business needs; and, 3) make the consumption of these analytics by decision-makers as simple as using the apps they use at home.

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DECEMBER

Krish Krishnan and Teradata

Unity: Because the Sum is Greater than All the Parts

The current Holy Grail of analytical systems is the Unified Data Architecture: a management layer that connects people and systems to all the appropriate information sources, both structured and unstructured, across the entire enterprise. The idea is to provide a strategic view of information assets, ideally with an intelligent metadata layer that helps users align salient data sets, thus enabling a big-picture perspective that fosters insight, collaboration and improvement.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Krish Krishnan explain why we’re closer than ever to achieving this holistic perspective for data assets. He’ll be briefed by Imad Birouty of Teradata, who will tout his company’s Unity offering, a management environment for connecting Teradata systems of all shapes and sizes. He’ll explain how Unity allows users to navigate through complex information architectures, route queries to specific data sources, even access Big Data in Hadoop via AsterSQL. Birouty will also offer a sneak peek at Shark, a new project spun out of the Kickfire acquisition, which promises super-high performance queries on specific workloads.

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Robin Bloor and Cirro

Self-Service Access and Exploration of Big Data

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Cirro As the information landscape expands with all kinds of Big Data, businesses are searching for ways to unite their traditional analytics with this new source of insight. One ambitious approach involves federating access to multiple data sources, even across various operating systems. The idea is to take analytic processing to the data, then intelligently assemble the results for a business user. Could this be the long-awaited alternative to data virtualization?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor explain how federated access to data sources can pave the way for a truly integrated data fabric. Bloor will be briefed by Mark Theissen of Cirro, who will tout his company’s patent-pending Data Hub, which simplifies data access by federating queries across multiple sources of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. He’ll discuss Cirro’s cost based optimizer, smart caching, dynamic query plan re-optimization, normalization of cost estimates and a metadata repository for unstructured data sources.

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