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2014 Archives

DECEMBER

The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and TIBCO

Grand Central: Using a Platform to Deliver Self-Service Enterprise-Wide Analytics

Using multiple analytics tools can lead to lack of data consistency and a slow work process for information workers. When it comes to enterprise needs – and the variety of data types, sources, and analytic and governance requirements – the situation can become very messy. One way to keep everyone on the same page is with an analytic platform, one that uniformly supports all users, use cases and workloads across the organization.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains the operational benefits of an enterprise-wide analytics solution. He’ll be briefed by Lou Bajuk-Yorgan of TIBCO Spotfire who will offer reasons why an end-to-end analytic platform can outperform homespun applications. He will also highlight the inherent features of a solid platform, including the availability of self-service analytics, centralized data access and smart scalability.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and Cloudant

When Is a Document-Oriented Database the Right Tool for You?

There’s no question that Big Data is testing the limits of traditional data management tools. Optimizing a RDBMS to deal with increasing application scale can pose serious distributed-systems challenges. Sharding a relational database and consolidating relations into fewer discrete tables to deal with bigger scale is a sign that a document-oriented database might be a better solution.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains the impending need for scale in today’s database environment. He will be briefed by Cloudant Chief Scientist Mike Miller, who will show how to denormalize data into documents for better data management across distributed infrastructure. He’ll provide examples of denormalized data models using Cloudant’s NoSQL database service and will show how to recognize when tools like MongoDB, IBM® Cloudant, Apache CouchDB™, and others are the right tools for the job.

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NOVEMBER

The Briefing Room with Wayne Eckerson and Teradata

Connect the Dots: Discovering Relationships for Insight

We’ve never lived in a more connected world. From social and consumer networks to the Internet of Things, the sprawling web of associations keeps expanding, creating abundant opportunities for analysis. The insights gleaned from this kind of data can be useful, but capturing the relationships between these entities can provide an even greater wealth of untapped intelligence.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Wayne Eckerson as he explains how graph technology combines with visualization to facilitate discovery. He’ll be briefed by Manan Goel of Teradata, who will explain how his company’s Connection Analytics solution can help organizations find meaningful insights from vast networks of data. He will demonstrate how the company’s graph engine streamlines the process of finding and understanding valuable relationships.

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The Briefing Room with John Myers and Pentaho

Beyond Discovery: Visualization at the Point of Impact

The success of analytics lies in finding insights fast. Dashboards and discovery tools can deliver meaningful information, but in order to extend this to a larger audience, organizations need to infuse visual analytics into existing applications and create the right user experience for data. The key is to build an analytical framework that empowers users with seamless access to actionable data and provides powerful visualizations to drive decisions

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst John Myers as he explains the importance of feeding quality, governed data into an effective visualization experience. He’ll be briefed by Ben Hopkins of Pentaho, who will tout his company’s Business Analytics platform. He will discuss how design-centric front-end applications can drive faster insights for all users on the spectrum.

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OCTOBER

The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and Platfora

Fire in the Hole: How a Spark-Based Platform Charges Analytics

The future of big data analytics depends heavily on two factors: access and performance. Within the current landscape, business analysts can be limited by the data preparation process, which is often greatly slowed when requesting data from multi-structured sources such as Hadoop. The result? An encumbered workflow. Fortunately, a new solution built on Apache Spark, the open source cluster computing framework, has emerged and has the potential to disrupt the current analytics paradigm.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains how big data has forced a sea change in analytical processes. He’ll be briefed by Denise Hemke of Platfora, who will tout her company’s Big Data Analytic Platform for Hadoop. She will provide a demo and show how Platfora’s end-to-end platform can bring next generation capabilities to analytical workflows, including faster access for analysts and more robust development for data scientists.

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The Briefing Room with William McKnight and Actian

Hadoop as an Analytic Platform: Why Not?

Integrating Hadoop with existing data sources, workflows and analytics can be a real challenge. While some components, like Hive and Spark, can give SQL access to Hadoop data, there isn’t much that enables Hadoop to be treated as a genuine BI and analytics platform, capable of running multiple jobs that serve multiple users and multiple applications. But what if you could turn Hadoop into a versatile, high performance development platform, forgoing all the pain of figuring out how and where to manage big data?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst William McKnight as he discusses the fairly swift evolution of Hadoop’s capabilities. He’ll be briefed by Jim Hare of Actian, who will tout his company’s latest addition to its Analytic Platform: Hadoop SQL Edition. He will show how Actian has leveraged Hadoop and its scale out file system to create a fully functioning platform, providing everything from an analytic database to machine learning.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and Actuate

The Analytic Platform: Empowering the Business Now

As businesses grapple with more and more data, analysts and data consumers have a growing expectation to get at those assets fast. All too often, business users are stymied by governance and performance roadblocks, making time-to-insight a relatively slow process. One solution is to leverage the power of an analytic platform, one that keeps data management in IT’s hands, and lets business analysts jump right in without the need for modeling and provisioning.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains the principles behind a meaningful analytic platform. He’ll be briefed by Peter Hoopes and Allen Bonde of Actuate, who will tout their company’s BIRT Analytics, a solution that combines columnar database technology with pre-built algorithms and puts analytics in the hands of the business user in minutes, not days. They will show how their platform makes it easy to perform complex analytics on enterprise data and visualize results, without slowing down other systems or interfering with governance needs.

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SEPTEMBER

The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and WhereScape

Business in the Driver’s Seat – An Improved Model for Integration

The fueling of information systems will always require some effort, but a confluence of innovations is fundamentally changing how quickly and accurately it can be done. Gone are long cycle times for development. Today, organizations can embrace a more rapid and collaborative approach for building analytical applications and data warehouses. The key is to have business experts working hand-in-hand with data professionals as the solutions take shape, thus expediting the speed to valuable insights.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains the changing nature of information design. He’ll be briefed by WhereScape President Mark Budzinski, who will discuss his company’s data warehouse automation solutions and how they enable collaborative development. He will share use cases that illustrate show aligning business and IT, organizations can enable faster and more agile data warehouse development.

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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and RedPoint Global

Has Traditional MDM Finally Met Its Match?

Ask anyone who knows, and they’ll tell you candidly: traditional Master Data Management programs require not just tools, technologies and people, but also a level of cooperation and collaboration in the business that can be very difficult to manage. Many of the consequent hurdles that appear stem from long cycle times and lack of transparency into the creation and management of the rules that govern such programs. But now, the power of Hadoop 2.0 has opened up a very different method of action.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor who will explain how the Hadoop ecosystem, powered by YARN, can transform MDM from a segmented, often disjointed set of business processes, into a much tighter platform that can finally deliver on the original promise of the discipline. He’ll be briefed by George Corugedo of RedPoint Global, who will showcase his company’s unified data management platform, which weaves together the best practices of traditional MDM with the power and flexibility of Hadoop.

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The Briefing Room with William McKnight and Cisco

A New Contract with IT – Get Us the Data!

Since the dawn of Information Technology, the primary job of IT professionals revolved around the software: installing, upgrading, modifying, keeping it running. But as the business becomes more IT-savvy, and as self-service tools proliferate, there’s a new direction coming into view. You might call it a new contract with IT, one that focuses on delivering data as a primary responsibility.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analyst William McKnight explain how this new data-driven reality can help transform a business. He’ll be briefed by David Besemer of Cisco, who will demonstrate how his company’s data virtualization solution can provision all kinds of data, big and small, to the spectrum of business users. He’ll also explain how data virtualization can be used to augment other data delivery practices such as data warehousing and Big Data analytics.

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AUGUST

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and HP Vertica

Level Up – How to Achieve Hadoop Acceleration

Hadoop has long passed the point of being a nascent technology, but many users have found that when left to its own devices, Hadoop can be a one trick pony. To get the most out of Hadoop, organizations need a flexible platform that empowers analysts and data managers with a complete set of information lifecycle management and analytics tools without a performance tradeoff.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he outlines Hadoop’s role in a big data architecture. He’ll be briefed by Walt Maguire of HP Vertica, who will showcase his company’s big data solutions, including HAVEn and the HP Big Data Platform. He will demonstrate how HP Vertica acts as a complement to Hadoop, and how the combination of the two provides a versatile and highly performant solution.

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The Briefing Room with Neil Raden and Teradata

Enterprise Hadoop is Here to Stay: Plan Your Evolution Strategy

Modern enterprises have been able to solve information management woes with the data warehouse, now a staple across the IT landscape that has evolved to a high level of sophistication and maturity with thousands of global implementations. Today’s modern enterprise has a similar challenge; big data and the fast evolution of the Hadoop ecosystem create plenty of new opportunities but also a significant number of operational pains as new solutions emerge.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Neil Raden as he explores the details and nature of Hadoop’s evolution. He’ll be briefed by Cesar Rojas of Teradata, who will share how Teradata solves some of the Hadoop operational challenges. He will also explain how the integration between Hadoop and the data warehouse can help organizations develop a more responsive and robust data management environment.

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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and InfiniDB

The Distributed Enterprise – How a Flexible Foundation Opens Doors

Today’s organizations need all kinds of data, from a wide and growing array of sources. Marshaling all that data into one location can be difficult, even unrealistic. Increasingly, innovative companies are taking a much more distributed approach to storing and processing data. The end result is an information architecture that supports a broader range of business activities, and reduces dependence on costly data movement.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, as he explains how a distributed approach to data management can open doors to new business opportunities. He’ll be briefed by Jim Tommaney of InfiniDB who will explain how his company’s database has the flexibility to run on-prem, in the cloud, with cluster files systems or even Hadoop’s HDFS. He’ll also show how InfiniDB can serve as a conduit to companies looking to transform their information architecture to better satisfy changing market demands.

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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Splice Machine

Hadoop and the Relational Database: The Best of Both Worlds

As the pressure of Big Data collides with the reality of daily operations, many organizations are trying to solve the challenge of meeting new requirements without disrupting the flow of business. One solution focuses on the data layer itself, by combining the well known functionality of relational database technology with the scale-out capabilities of Hadoop.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he outlines the critical components of a business-ready data layer. He’ll be briefed by John Leach and Rich Reimer of Splice Machine who will explain how their solution delivers the best of both data worlds: the trusted capabilities of relational with the infinite scalability of Hadoop. They will also discuss how Hadoop has transformed from a batch-oriented workhorse into a scale-out layer capable of supporting real-time applications and operational analytics using traditional SQL. 

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JULY

The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and WebAction

Take Action: The New Reality of Data-Driven Business

The waiting used to be the hardest part, but not anymore. Today’s cutting-edge enterprises can seize opportunities faster than ever, thanks to an array of technologies that enable real-time responsiveness across the spectrum of business processes. Early adopters are solving critical business challenges by enabling the rapid-fire design, development and production of very specific applications. Functionality can range from improved customer engagement to dynamic machine-to-machine interactions.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor, who will tout a new era in data-driven organizations, and why a data flow architecture will soon be critical for industry leaders. He’ll be briefed by Sami Akbay of WebAction, who will showcase his company’s real-time data management platform, which combines all the component parts needed to access, process and leverage data big and small. He’ll explain how this new approach can provide game-changing power to organizations of all types and sizes.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Claudia Imhoff and RedPoint Global

Hadoop 2.0: Solving the Data Quality Challenge

Whether data is big or small, quality remains the critical characteristic. While traditional approaches to cleansing data have made strides, nonetheless, data quality remains a serious hurdle for all organizations. This is especially true for identity resolution in customer data, but also for a range of other data sets, including social, supply chain, financial and other domains. One of the most promising approaches for solving this decades-old challenge incorporates the power of massive parallel processing, a la Hadoop.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Claudia Imhoff, who will explain how Hadoop 2.0 and its YARN architecture can make a serious impact on the previously intractable problem of data quality. She’ll be briefed by George Corugedo of RedPoint Global, who will show how his company’s platform can serve as a super-charged marshaling area for accessing, cleansing and delivering high-quality data. He’ll explain how RedPoint was one of the first applications to be certified for running on YARN, which is the latest rendition of the now-ubiquitous Hadoop.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and IBM Business Analytics

Get in the Zone: How to Visualize Success Quickly

A story without the proper visual can only go so far, and then largely by imagination. With the proper visuals, though, stories can often tell themselves. That’s what more data professionals are learning these days as they explore the remarkable expansion of data visualization. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains how and why the field of data visualization is catching fire. He’ll be briefed by Brent Winsor of IBM Business Analytics who will discuss his company’s AnalyticsZone offering, which provides many visualization templates that can be effectively applied to countless data sets. He will also show how traditional business intelligence tools can be augmented with this new, diverse set of visuals.

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JUNE

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Skytree

The Sky's the Limit – The Rise of Machine Learning

With data growing more complex these days, many organizations are looking for ways to make sense of new information sources. The goal? Sprint ahead of the competition by exploiting fast-moving opportunities. The challenge? The data volumes, variety and velocity call for significantly greater horsepower than ever before. That’s where machine learning comes into play, and it’s already fundamentally changing the Big Data Analytics landscape.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains how advanced analytics technology can transform the enterprise. He’ll be briefed by Martin Hack, CEO of Skytree, who will tout his company’s machine learning solution for big data. Hack will discuss the critical challenges facing today’s data professionals, and present use cases to show how machine learning can help organizations leverage big data as a capital asset. He’ll specifically address the power of predictive analytics, which can help companies seize opportunities and prevent serious problems.

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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and IBM

Forward Looking BI: The Future of Decision Making

The storyline on business intelligence is solid: companies of all sizes use it to gain insight and improve decision making. Still, organizations are always looking for ways to further optimize the business and accelerate growth. What’s the next step? Predictive, specifically the type with which business users and data analysts alike can engage.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains how and why traditional business intelligence must evolve. He’ll be briefed by David Clement of IBM who will tout his company’s forward-looking BI platform, which includes versatile, powerful predictive capabilities coupled with traditional dashboards and reports. He will demonstrate how its new graphical features empower business users to do more with advanced analytics, and how the combination of predictive and BI leads to deeper understanding of and across the enterprise.

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The Briefing Room with Barry Devlin and WhereScape

Smarter Analytics: Supporting the Enterprise with Automation

The data warehouse is intended to support analysis by making the right data available to the right people in a timely fashion. But conditions change all the time, and when data doesn’t keep up with the business, analysts quickly turn to workarounds. This leads to ungoverned and largely un-managed side projects, which trade short-term wins for long-term trouble. One way to keep everyone happy is by creating an integrated environment that pulls data from all sources, and is capable of automating both the model development and delivery of analyst-ready data.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear data warehousing pioneer and Analyst Barry Devlin as he explains the critical components of a successful data warehouse environment, and how traditional approaches must be augmented to keep up with the times. He’ll be briefed by WhereScape CEO Michael Whitehead, who will showcase his company’s data warehousing automation solutions. He’ll discuss how a fast, well-managed and automated infrastructure is the key to empowering faster, smarter, repeatable decision making.

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The Briefing Room with Dean Abbott and TIBCO Spotfire

Analytic Maturity: Bringing Predictive into the Mainstream

The power of predictive software multiplies as it spreads throughout the enterprise. Long used by power analysts to drive corporate strategy and improve decision-making, this technology is now being leveraged by all manner of front-line workers, from operations personnel to customer service, and even up the supply chain. There are several critical success factors for making such solutions work well, including visibility, accuracy and manageability.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dean Abbott as he explains the barriers and access points to advanced analytics. He’ll be briefed by Lou Bajuk-Yorgan of TIBCO Spotfire, who will discuss how his company’s Analytics Platform empowers all users – data scientists, analysts, and business users – to harness the power of predictive insights within a visual data discovery environment. He’ll discuss the depth & breadth of advanced analytics in Spotfire, using both databases and real-time data streams, and show how you can provide analytics guidance and workflow automation to fully empower business users to gain advanced insights.

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MAY

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Teradata

Not Your Traditional Data Warehouse

Traditional data warehouses have been the backbone of corporate decision making for over three decades. With the emergence of Big Data and popular technologies like open-source Apache™ Hadoop®, some analysts question the lifespan of the data warehouse and the future role it will play in enterprise information management. But it’s not practical to believe that emerging technologies provide a wholesale replacement of existing technologies and corporate investments in data management. Rather, a better approach is for new innovations and technologies to complement and build upon existing solutions.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains where tomorrow’s data warehouse fits in the information landscape. He’ll be briefed by Imad Birouty of Teradata, who will highlight the ways in which his company is evolving to meet the challenges presented by different types of data and applications. He will also tout Teradata’s recently-announced Teradata® Database 15 and Teradata® QueryGrid™, an analytics platform that enables data processing across the enterprise.

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The Briefing Room with Rick Sherman and MarkLogic

The New Database Frontier: Harnessing the Cloud

The number of data types and sources is increasing almost daily, which poses serious challenges for analytics and discovery. With many of these data sets in the Cloud, analysts are realizing that merging such public resources with internal information assets can be quite problematic. Solutions like virtualization and federation can get the job done, but another option is to employ a database that can natively connect to all these external sources.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Rick Sherman as he explains how the changing needs of the user are driving database innovation. He’ll be briefed by Ken Krupa of MarkLogic, who will tout his company’s NoSQL document database. He’ll discuss the importance of expanding the definition of what it means to be a database, and he’ll show how MarkLogic’s ability to tap into more sources than ever creates a scale-out data nerve center, thus delivering faster and better insights.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and EnterpriseWeb

Dynamic APIs: SOA Done Right

Today’s enterprise relies on a host of services and applications to keep business running like a well-oiled machine. The guiding principles behind the service-oriented architecture (SOA) are supposed to ensure a smooth transition between services, but the motley assortment of applications is leaving some organizations over-burdened with complexity and latency. With the increasingly distributed and data-driven information environment, is it time to consider a new approach?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains the hopes and dreams of SOA, and why they were never fully achieved. He’ll be briefed by Jason Bloomberg of EnterpriseWeb who will tout his company’s multi-faceted platform, a solution designed to drive agile and flexible business operations and applications. He will demonstrate how EnterpriseWeb circumvents the limitations of SOA and delivers a data-centric environment that dynamically responds to change in real time.

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APRIL

The Briefing Room with Dr. Claudia Imhoff and Pentaho

Hand in Hand: Optimizing the Data Warehouse for Big Data

The data warehouse is not going away anytime soon, yet organizations often find a real challenge when trying to optimize their existing environment for big data. Many look to Hadoop for the answer, but the key is to architect the right data flow management to keep things running efficiently. The solution then becomes a matter of designing a streamlined process that augments the data warehouse and empowers the business. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Claudia Imhoff of Intelligent Solutions as she explains the challenges of implementing a sustainable big data architecture and how it impacts the data warehouse. She will be briefed by Chuck Yarbrough of Pentaho, who will tout his company’s Big Data Analytics platform, a solution capable of bridging the gap between Hadoop and the data warehouse. He will highlight several use cases where customers have already instantiated successful, repeatable big data architectures.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and Teradata

Hadoop and the Data Warehouse: Point/Counter Point

Can you replace the data warehouse with Hadoop? Is Hadoop an ideal ETL subsystem? And what is the real magic of Hadoop? Everyone is looking to capitalize on the insights that lie in the vast pools of big data. Generating the value of that data relies heavily on several factors, especially choosing the right solution for the right context. With so many options out there, how do organizations best integrate these new big data solutions with the existing data warehouse environment?

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains where Hadoop fits into the information ecosystem. He’ll be briefed by Dan Graham of Teradata, who will offer perspective on how Hadoop can play a critical role in the analytic architecture. Bloor and Graham will interactively discuss big data in the big picture of the data center and will also seek to dispel several common misconceptions about Hadoop.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and HP Vertica

Big Data & SQL: The On-Ramp to Hadoop

Hadoop has emerged as a chief solution for big data challenges, and businesses are eager to capture the potential value from the vast pools of newly available information assets. But when the data lake is comprised of semi-structured data – click stream logs, sensor data, text files – it can make access and performance a bit more difficult to achieve. One way to clear the hurdle is by using an analytic platform, specifically one that has been designed to enable exploration of Hadoop data using standard SQL queries.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear from veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains the role big data plays in enterprise analytics. He’ll be briefed by Jeff Healey and Eamon O’Neill of HP Vertica, who will tout their company’s Flex Zone, a new component of its Analytics Platform. They will discuss how Flex Zone empowers data scientists and business analysts by tapping into Hadoop via SQL, providing a one stop shop for real-time analytics on massive volumes of data.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and RedPoint Global

Game Changed – How Hadoop is Reinventing Enterprise Thinking

The innovation curve often arcs slowly before picking up speed. Companies that harness a major transformation early in the game can make serious headway before challengers enter the picture. The world of Hadoop features several of these upstarts, each of which uses the open-source foundation as an engine to drive vastly greater performance to a wide range of services, and even create new ones.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain how the Hadoop engine is being used to architect a new generation of enterprise applications. He’ll be briefed by George Corugedo, RedPoint Global CTO and Co-founder, who will showcase how enterprises can cost-effectively take advantage of the scalability, processing power and lower costs that Hadoop 2.0/YARN applications offer by eliminating the long-term expense of hiring MapReduce programmers.

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The Briefing Room with Dr. Robin Bloor and WhereScape

The Right Data Warehouse: Automation Now, Business Value Thereafter

In the Big Data shuffle, everyone is looking at Hadoop as “the answer” to collect interesting data from a new set of sources. While Hadoop has given organizations the power to gather more information assets than ever before, the question still looms: which data, regardless of source, structure, volume and all the rest, are significant for affecting business value – and how do we harness it? One effective approach is to bolster the data warehouse environment with a solution capable of integrating all the data sources, including Hadoop, and automating delivery of key information into the rights hands.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains how a rapidly changing information landscape impacts data management. He will be briefed by Mark Budzinski of WhereScape, who will tout his company’s data warehouse automation solutions. Budzinski will discuss how automation can be the cornerstone for closing the gap between those responsible for data management and the people driving business decisions.

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MARCH

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and NuoDB

The Crown Jewels: Is Enterprise Data Ready for the Cloud?

Enterprise organizations are already deeply embedded in the cloud, whether it’s via Salesforce.com for customer relationship management or Marketo for marketing and lead generation. But frequently the most significant impediment to moving the crown jewels of corporate data to the cloud is the database. A cloud database must be secure, flexible enough to solve a variety of problems, easy to automate and administer, and able to run in multiple cloud data centers simultaneously. Plus, it should be consistently resilient in the face of failure, not to mention cost-effective, just like the cloud itself.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains how cloud deployments are the inevitable next step for information management. He will be joined by database legend Jim Starkey, Founder & Strategic Advisor of NuoDB, who will discuss the common reasons enterprises shy away from leveraging a database in the cloud, as well as how next generation DBMS, purpose-built for the cloud, can create strategic organizational advantage.

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The Briefing Room with Barbara Wixom and Tableau

Expanded Access and the Power of Cloud BI

Today’s data consumer can be just about anyone, from the CEO to the retail floor associate. With information assets sprawling across the enterprise and the Web, bringing them all together into a single, accessible view can turn into an onerous process. But when users are given access to data from cloud applications and on-premise data sets, every decision from the top down can be information-driven.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from MIT Analyst Barbara Wixom, who will explain how leveraging the cloud as a delivery mechanism can play a key role in generating business value and insight. She will be briefed by Suzanne Hoffman of Tableau, who will show how Tableau Online can help analysts and consumers uncover the value of data. She’ll discuss how the advantage of connecting cloud-based applications with other data sources can drive decisions faster and help businesses stay nimble.

Webcast

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Pivotal

The New Possible: How Platform-as-a-Service Changes the Game

Big data offers great promise, but to take advantage of this unwieldy resource, organizations need to think differently. Using traditional methods for data management won’t provide the power and agility necessary to meet today’s challenges. That’s why a new approach to information architecture is taking shape: Platform-as-a-Service. By smartly integrating key legacy systems to powerful cloud-based offerings, companies can iterate quickly and therefore stay ahead of the competition.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Robin Bloor as he explains how cloud platforms are disrupting the status quo and opening new doors for information access, analysis and delivery. He will be briefed by James Bayer of Pivotal, who will tout his company’s multi-cloud enterprise PaaS. He will share a live demo showing how Pivotal users can create and deploy a web application and connect it to a database within minutes.

Webcast

The Briefing Room with Wayne Eckerson and Birst

At the Tipping Point: Considerations for Cloud BI in a Multi-platform BI Enterprise

Cloud BI, once a novelty, is now going mainstream. More and more organizations are adopting Cloud BI and folding it in their BI strategy. Learn what considerations are necessary to determine if Cloud BI should be part of your multi-platform BI architecture.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to learn from veteran Analyst Wayne Eckerson as he explains what to consider when choosing cloud-based solutions. He will be briefed by Brad Peters of Birst, who will tout his company’s enterprise-caliber cloud BI platform. Peters will describe how the coexistence of cloud applications and traditional environments can provide the kind of agility and flexibility that can lead to faster time to value.

Webcast

FEBRUARY

The Briefing Room with John O’Brien and IBM

Big Data in Action: Real-World Solution Showcase

The power of Big Data depends heavily upon the context in which it’s used, and most organizations are just beginning to figure out where, how and when to leverage it. One key to success is integration with existing information systems, many of which still rely on relational database technologies. Finding ways to blend these two worlds can help companies generate measurable business value in fairly short order.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analysts Lindy Ryan and John O’Brien as they explain how the combination of traditional Business Intelligence with Big Data Analytics can provide game-changing results in today’s information economy. They’ll be briefed by Eric Poulin and Paul Flach of Stream Integration who will share best practices for designing and implementing Big Data solutions. They’ll discuss the components of IBM BigInsights, and explain how BigSheets can empower non-technical users who need to explore self-structured data.

Webcast

The Briefing Room with Kirk Borne and Actian

Step by Step – A Process for Building Analytical Insights

Change is everywhere in the world of analytics these days, and not just due to Big Data. The maturation of parallel processing is transforming how data can be loaded, prepared and processed, which means the window of possibility has widened dramatically in terms of what can be done. This is good news for just about everyone, especially the dedicated business analyst, who can now accomplish in hours what used to take days or weeks.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Data Science luminary Dr. Kirk Borne of George Mason University, as he describes the changing landscape of analytics. He’ll be briefed by John Santaferraro of Actian, who will tout his company’s analytical platform. While Santaferraro gives his talk, he’ll be accompanied by a data analyst who will walk through a demonstration of the various steps for building analytical solutions.

Webcast

The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Cirro

The New Frontier: Optimizing Big Data Exploration

As information ecosystems continue to expand, businesses are searching for ways to combine traditional analytics with a new source of insight: Big Data. But with data flooding in from all kinds of sources, fast access and performance at scale can easily become an issue. One effective approach for solving this challenge is data federation, a method that involves taking the analytical processing to the data, allowing streamlined access to multiple data sources without the expensive ETL overhead or building of semantic layers.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains how the prevalence of distributed data calls for a new approach to Big Data. He will be briefed by Mark Theissen of Cirro, who will tout his company’s Data Hub, a data federation solution that provides a single point of access to all enterprise data assets without excessive data movements, preprocessing or staging. He will discuss how data federation differs from virtualization and ETL approaches, and demonstrate how a Cirro deployment solves the analytics challenge of integrating data silos across the data center – and the cloud – using the BI tools you already have on your desktop for real-time distributed analytics.

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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and GridGain

Fact of Fiction: Why Do We Need In-Memory?

Businesses want everything now, and often fast isn’t fast enough. In-memory computing attracts a ton of interest as a solution, but as the curiosity grows, so does the confusion about what it can actually do and where it should be leveraged. As the cost of RAM continues to drop, an array of products are adopting in-memory technology as a means of getting things done, usually orders of magnitude faster.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor explain the evolving landscape of database computing architectures. He will be briefed by Nikita Ivanov of GridGain, who will debunk several myths surrounding in-memory distributed architectures and define what in-memory computing is – and isn’t. He will include practical use cases for the technology, including real-time and streaming scenarios.

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JANUARY

The Briefing Room with John Myers and SQLstream

No Time Like the Present – The Case for Streaming Analytics

Many of today’s opportunities and challenges come and go faster than a data warehouse can perform. That’s one reason why streaming analytics is taking off. For all kinds of Big Data, streaming analytics can provide business value instantaneously. Whether it’s detecting fraud and security threats before serious damage is done, protecting critical network infrastructure, knowing which offer to make to a high-value customer, or correcting service quality, streaming analytics can provide operational solutions in real time. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear distinguished industry analyst John Myers of Enterprise Management Associates explain the changing dynamics of modern analytics. He’ll be briefed by CEO Damian Black of SQLstream, who will discuss his company’s streaming Big Data platform and its new, standards-based approach to streaming analytics. The SQLstream platform provides scalable levels of continuous visibility into a wide range of machine Big Data, including log files, sensors, networks, services and devices. Black will also detail their latest offerings: streaming dashboards, and StreamApp templates — pre-configured streaming application components for specific industries such as telecoms, financial services and transportation. Damian will be joined by Christian Lees, CTO of InfoArmor, who will present a case study on internet security.

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The Briefing Room with Radiant Advisors and Cisco

The Agile Analyst: Solving the Data Problem with Virtualization

Today’s business analyst needs data from all kinds of places: the data warehouse, data marts, web services, as well as local and departmental files and spreadsheets. The fact is, even seasoned analysts typically spend over half their time hunting and gathering data, which impedes analytical insights. Increasingly, innovative organizations are turning to data virtualization as a faster path to analytics, thus expediting business impact and time to value. 

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear Analysts John O’Brien and Lindy Ryan of Radiant Advisors as they explain how analytical sandboxes and data virtualization can enable true analytic agility. They will be briefed by Marc Breissinger of Cisco Data Virtualization Business Unit, who will tout his company’s upcoming analytic platform Data Collage, a desktop tool designed for analysts who need agile access to enterprise data. He will discuss how Data Collage allows users to combine data and accelerate the development of new analytics.

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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and IBM Business Analytics

Back to Basics: How to Modernize Reports and Dashboards

Everyone needs BI reports and dashboards, but not everyone wants the same information. It’s no wonder, then, that self-service has taken such a prominent role in today’s organizations. Business users need their key data, but they should also be able to drill down to get transactional details and more. Incorporating other analytical capabilities – such as predictive modeling and visualization – can be the next step in providing valuable insight and speed to decisioning.

Register for this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor as he explains why traditional BI needs a makeover. He will be briefed by Brent Winsor of IBM Business Analytics, who will tout his company’s forward-looking approach to business intelligence, which includes integrating interactive visualizations and predictive capabilities with traditional BI tools.

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