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  • Commerce Cloud becomes a center point of the Oracle Customer Experience app portfolio that runs on -- you guessed it -- the Oracle Public Cloud.

  • Toad lineup now offers support for SAP's HANA in-memory database, as well as improved capabilities for IBM DB2 and Hadoop.

  • Company's fiscal fourth-quarter profits fell to $2.78 billion from $3.6 billion in the same period a year ago; currency exchange cited as part of the problem.

  • Datameer, a self-service big data insights platform, announced data governance features for Hadoop analytics so users don't have to choose between self-service big data analytics and a governable big data architecture. As big data moves toward greater mainstream adoption, its compliance with long-standing enterprise standards and industry regulations is increasingly important. Hadoop, the dominant big data technology, does not natively offer data governance and security features often associated with traditional business intelligence. Analysts and administrators need an easier way to navigate data pipelines that multiple departments and participants have developed and that involve multiple data sources—many of them sensitive data sets, such as personally identifiable information (PII), Payment Card Industry (PCI) data and protected health information (PHI)—or require compliance with regulations such as the Basel international banking regulations. This eWEEK slide show illustrates how Datameer's governance functionalities address one or more of its views on five pillars of strong data governance, enabling businesses to democratize data access with confidence.

  • More partners means more tools for customers to use to develop data-driven applications based on the analytics service, Google says.

  • MapR Technologies introduced version 5.0 of its Hadoop distribution at the Hadoop Summit 2015.

  • IBM partners with the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to advance big data and cognitive computing research.

  • At the MongoDB World 2015 conference June 1-2 in New York, MongoDB President and CEO Dev Ittycheria said that the time is now for MongoDB to become "the new default" in the database world. In the opening keynote, Ittycheria said MongoDB has built a great team and great product, but now is the time to build a great business. "This is the time; this is the seminal moment where MongoDB becomes the new default," he said. Elaborating on his claim in an interview with eWEEK, Ittycheria said, "MongoDB has matured over the last four or five years. It has matured in terms of product, in terms of customers, in terms of financial health and growth. So now, we've evolved from being a very interesting, cool technology to being the new default. It's already happened in the startup world. Name me one startup that's betting on Oracle as their back-end database. That's why I think we're positioned to be the new default." Meanwhile, as MongoDB seeks to become a better fit for the enterprise, the company announced a new connector that links MongoDB to industry-standard business intelligence (BI) and data visualization tools. Take a look at highlights from the conference.

  • MongoDB announced new support for business intelligence and visualizations tools such as Tableau via a new connector.

  • MongoDB tops other NoSQL databases in a benchmark study, the company announced at MongoDB World 2015.

  • IBM announced 20 new behavior-based predictive analytics solutions for industries such as retail, banking, telecommunications and others.

  • On-premises or in a cloud-hosted virtual machine, organizations can now take an early version of the company's next database for a spin.

  • Tableau announced the release of Tableau Online 9.0, the latest version of the business intelligence company's cloud analytics offering.

  • The NoSQL market is positioned as an alternative to traditional—and most often expensive—relational databases.

  • With more and more businesses tapping into the power of IBM's Watson Analytics cognitive computing solution, Big Blue announced an enterprise version.

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