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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Media Alert: Hitachi Data Systems Showcasing Solutions for VMware and Private Cloud at VMworld 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/14 -- Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced it is demonstrating solutions at VMworld 2014, the must-attend virtualization and cloud computing event August 24-28 in San Francisco. Hitachi Data Systems, Global Platinum sponsor at this event, will showcase the power of HDS technology for VMware environments. Where: VMworld 2014 Moscone Center - Hitachi Booth 905 San Francisco "Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) delivers the private cloud to all users. With UCP, users have one platform, zero worries," said Michael Hay, chief engineer, Hitachi Data Systems. "Hitachi simplifies VMware infrastructure through automation and orchestration and we are committed to continuing investment in VMware solutions that drive a significant business impact for VMware and H... (more)

Emoji to Be the Keynote Topic for the 38th Internationalization and Unicode Conference

The Unicode Consortium today announced that its president and co-founder, Dr. Mark Davis, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Internationalization & Unicode Conference (IUC) in Santa Clara, CA. The conference will take place November 3rd-5th at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Dr. Davis’s talk will discuss where emoji came from, why they have gotten so popular, where they’ve missed the mark, and what the future will bring. The title is itself in emoji: www.unicodeconference.org/emoji. “Emoji became very popular in Japan right after they were introduced in 1999,” said Dr. Davis. “Once they were added to Unicode in 2010, they became popular worldwide, used in modern mobile phones, texting systems, email, and so on. For example, there were some 6,000 articles on emoji in the month after Unicode 7.0 released, according to Google News.” The presentation will cover som... (more)

SAP Withdraws PowerBuilder 15 and Releases 12.6 Instead!

** Hot News **SAP withdraws PowerBuilder 15!   In a surprise move this week, SAP cancelled the much anticipated PowerBuilder 15 release and released instead PowerBuilder version 12.6. The product announcement was made by PB product manager Sue Dunnell on the SAP website (click here).   The new features of PB 12.6 are mainly focused on PowerBuilder Classic. Highlights include: support for OData; 64 bit compilation (note that the IDE is still 32 bit); and Dockable Windows. Due to the limited new feature list, speculation in the PB Community is that SAP decided not to release PB 15 as this would be an embarrassment after nearly 4 years since PB 12.5 was released.   SAP currently has no solid road-map for PB 15 and the last update for this was in 2011. So it is unclear where SAP will take PB in the future - especially given PB.Net`s lackluster adoption in the market place... (more)

Use Sybase(SAP)'s SQL Anywhere OLE DB Provider 16 to create a linked server in SQL Server 2012

Linked servers offer the following advantages as noted in MSDN documentation: •The ability to access data from outside of SQL Server. •The ability to issue distributed queries, updates, commands, and transactions on heterogeneous data sources across the enterprise. •The ability to address diverse data sources similarly. There are two ways to create Linked Servers in SQL Server 2012. Using SQL Server Management StudioUsing the sp_addlinkedserver stored procedure Microsoft SQL Server 2012 has two providers to connect to SQL Anywhere 16 from SAP (Sybase). They are, MSDASQL - Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC SAOLEDB.16 - SQL Anywhere OLE DB Provider 16 When you install SQL Anywhere 16 the servers can be used for both architectures., Of the two providers MSDASQL cannot be used as no MSDASQL is available for x64bit and attempts to use it to configure a linked server results in fa... (more)

Free ASE & IQ Software

** Hot Tip **Free Developers Edition of either SAP Sybase ASE or IQ! ASE    The developer's edition has most license options enabled, but only restricted with a light limit of 25 user connections and may not be used for production purposes. When you're running ASE on Linux you won't be able to run it on older versions of Linux such as RedHat 7.x - you really need to run RH Enterprise Linux (or similar).    The free Developer's Edition for ASE 16.0 can be downloaded here (available on all supported ASE platforms). IQ   A free Express Edition of IQ 16.0 for Linux/Intel and Windows (all 64-bit only) can be downloaded here. The IQ Express Edition is limited to 5 Gb of data space and most (but not all) IQ options are included. => There is no time limit with these versions of ASE or IQ Enjoy! Regards ... Chris ... (more)

SAP and Big Data

SAP customers are confused about the positioning between SAP Sybase IQ and SAP Hana as it applies to data warehousing. Go figure, so is SAP. You want to learn about their data warehousing offering, and all you hear is “Hana this” and “Hana that”. It reminds me of the time after I left Teradata when the BI appliances came on the scene. First Netezza, then Greenplum, then Vertica and Aster Data, then ParAccel. Everyone was confused about what the BI appliance was in relation to the EDW. Do I need an EDW, a BI appliance, an EDW + BI appliance? With SAP, Sybase IQ is supposed to be the data warehouse and Hana is the BI or analytic appliance that sits off to its side. Okay. SAP has a few customers on Sybase IQ, but are they the larger well-known brands? Let's face it….since its acquisition of Sybase in 2010, SAP has struggled with positioning it against incumbents like ... (more)

New Auto Setup Feature for Excel4apps Wands Suite of Reporting and Budget Loading Tools Puts ERP Data in User Hands within Minutes

When it comes to trying new tools for accessing and reporting ERP system data, users and IT departments may hesitate due to perceived complexity and time constraints for starting such projects. Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with Oracle E-Business Suite, alleviates that concern with a new Auto Server Installation and Setup feature for its Wands 5 Suite of products – GL Wand and Reports Wand for reporting processes and Budget Wand for budget loading tasks. “While speed and reduced complexity are advantages of the Auto Install feature, our main motivation was preventing installation errors by reducing steps,” said Michele Buson, CEO and Co-founder for Excel4apps. “Finance departments have loved our software for years, and with this new Java-based zero client-install architecture and easier installation and set... (more)

OnDeck Ranks On The Prestigious 2014 Inc. 500|5000 List For 3rd Year In A Row

NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OnDeck (www.ondeck.com), the technology-powered Main Street lender, announced today that it was named to the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list for the third year in a row. The Inc. 500|5000 list represents the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. "Earning another spot on the Inc. 500|5000 list is an honor and further underscores the importance of our mission to make capital access more efficient for small businesses nationwide," said Noah Breslow, chief executive officer, OnDeck. "It's been an exciting few years for the company and we owe this recognition to both our dedicated team and our customers." OnDeck has helped to transform the broken lending system and create a movement of making alternative lending mainstream in the United States. The company's proprietary technology, the OnDeck Score™, leverages big data to evaluate... (more)

Developer Editions are better choice for SQL Server 2012 and SQL Anywhere 16 for developers

Aloha, After many years of downloading evaluation editions and using the smaller sized SQL Server Express editions with somewhat limited features, I finally decided to go for SQL Server Developer edition for my future experiments. It costs a bit but you do not have the headaches that may follow after your evaluation period ends in case you use the evaluation software. I was particularly hit while writing my book on 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services' where I used the evaluation edition which is the full Enterprise edition. In the middle of the book the computer got into problems due to malware and I had to redo quite a bit of the exercises including the screen shots taken with the previous intallation. These problems persisted and then you have to look for the software used in the first installation (to perform repairs) which got erased when the computer was flatten... (more)

FacialNetwork, Global Leader In Cloud-Based Facial Recognition, Names Satya Yenigalla As Chief Operating Officer

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Downtown Las Vegas, Nev. — Further solidifying its position as the world leader in cloud-based facial recognition, FacialNetwork, Inc. has announced the hiring of Satya Yenigalla as the company's chief operating officer. Yenigalla brings his talents and experience to FacialNetwork just as the company is poised to release a suite of applications that will revolutionize facial recognition across all edge devices including mobile, wearables and tablets. "The team at FacialNetwork really impressed me. They are the thought leaders in the facial recognition space, bar none," Yenigalla said.  "FacialNetwork is at the confluence of three pivotal technology trends and is the only company leveraging the latest advancements in mobile, cloud and big data to create practical facial recognition applications." Even with a stellar backgroun... (more)