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Data Integration

Traditional approaches to the process of combining disparate data types into a cohesive, unified, organized view involve manual coding and scripting. The need for Real-Time Business Intelligence and the ability to leverage a wider variety of data sources is driving companies to embrace new ways to achieve Data Integration, including Data Virtualization, Master Data Management, and Integration Automation.



Data Integration Articles

Talend, a provider of data integration, ETL, and data quality software, recently announced it has acquired all rights to the master data management (MDM) technology of Amalto Technologies. As a result of this acquisition, Talend says it will be the first company to offer an open source MDM solution, providing organizations with the exact features and benefits found in proprietary MDM solutions, at a fraction of the cost. The MDM technology is a complement to Talend's open source data integration and data quality solutions, and will speed open source MDM time to market.

Posted September 29, 2009

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Application Testing Suite (ATS) 9.0, an open and integrated application testing solution for Oracle applications, web and SOA applications.

Posted September 29, 2009

Progress Data Direct, a division of Progress Software Corporation, announced the latest release of its Progress DataDirect Shadow mainframe integration platform, which includes an enhanced engine for relational to non-relational data processing on IBM's System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP). The new release addresses the issue of cost-effective access to mainframe data that continues to be a key requirement for organizations and technology providers that rely on, or integrate with, legacy data stores.

Posted September 29, 2009

Sonasoft Corp. recently announced the availability of its email archiving solution for Microsoft Exchange server. The new offering is an affordable and easy to use solution specifically designed for addressing the pain points of SMB customers.

Posted September 29, 2009

Progress Data Direct, a division of Progress Software Corporation, announced the latest release of its Progress DataDirect Shadow mainframe integration platform, which includes an enhanced engine for relational to non-relational data processing on IBM's System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP). The new release addresses the issue of cost-effective access to mainframe data that continues to be a key requirement for organizations and technology providers that rely on, or integrate with, legacy data stores.

Posted September 28, 2009

Inna Kuznetsova is Director, IBM Linux Strategy. Her team drives Linux business across IBM, sets business goals and ensures business management system support for them. The team also follows the market trends and identifies key short- and long-term strategies; and works across the broad IBM organization to provide proper coverage of Linux in sales, marketing and product management. Kuznetsova recently talked with Linux Executive Report about IBM's Linux strategy, how the approach has evolved, and what she sees ahead for Linux in the enterprise.

Posted September 24, 2009

Inna Kuznetsova is Director, IBM Linux Strategy. Her team drives Linux business across IBM, sets business goals and ensures business management system support for them. The team also follows the market trends and identifies key short- and long-term strategies; and works across the broad IBM organization to provide proper coverage of Linux in sales, marketing and product management. Kuznetsova recently talked with LinuxLine about IBM's Linux strategy, how the approach has evolved, and what she sees ahead for Linux in the enterprise.

Posted September 24, 2009

Also at Techwave last month, Sybase announced the newest release of Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) Cluster Edition, its enterprise data management solution that reduces the complexity of deploying a database application across a shared disk server cluster environment.

Posted September 23, 2009

Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and data enrichment solutions, in partnership with SpeedTrack Inc., has announced the availability of SpeedTrack, a technology offering a new approach to storage, access, and analysis of data. Powered by SpeedTrack's Guided Information Access Platform (GIA), users are guided to what they are looking for simply by selecting from the unique words, characters, and values contained in the data in order to provide more accurate search results and give contextually relevant search answers. SpeedTrack applications work with any type of stored data including relational databases, text, email, PDF, Microsoft Office documents, and legacy databases.

Posted September 22, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security software, has announced it is partnering with Hitachi Data Systems to integrate Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer version 1.2 into Sentrigo's Hedgehog suite of products. Hedgehog software provides full-visibility database activity monitoring and real-time protection to defend mission-critical data against insider misuse as well as outsider intrusion, and also enables compliance with regulatory requirements such as PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA. The integrated solution will enable IT administrators to centrally monitor these activities from right within the IT Operations Analyzer console, and will provide users with a single view into their company's database security posture.

Posted September 22, 2009

ClickFox, a provider of customer experience analytics (CEA) software and solutions, has announced a completed integration with Greenplum Software, a provider of database technology for large-scale data warehousing and analytics. CEA is a high-growth market with leading companies across the globe prioritizing the need to understand, manage, and improve their customer experience. The ClickFox software enables businesses to do this by connecting the dots and making sense of the complex choices of customer interactions that drive revenues, loyalty, and defections. Transcending a limited single channel view, ClickFox CEA patented behavioral analysis engine provides a visually intuitive mapping of all customer interactions—from retail, web, and email to agent CRM desktops, handheld devices, and interactive kiosks—delivering visibility to uncover hidden connections and reveal bottom-line customer insights.

Posted September 22, 2009

NetIQ, a systems and security management software vendor recently released new versions of two key products that enable IT organizations to more efficiently manage and secure Microsoft Active Directory environments. These new products are NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator 8.5 and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 6.1. Both products are designed to help IT organizations solve the challenges they face when tasked with the native management, administration and security of Microsoft Active Directory. As they push the limits of this technology, ensuring security and internal controls becomes most critical to not only manage user access, but to eliminate human error, demonstrate compliance, and improve service delivery.

Posted September 22, 2009

Oracle has introduced new releases of Oracle Berkeley DB and Oracle Berkeley DB XML, two members of the Oracle Berkeley DB family of open source, embeddable databases.

Posted September 15, 2009

Quest Software has introduced a new version of Toad for Data Analysts, a multi-platform tool designed for IT and business professionals who need to quickly access, understand and report on data.

Posted September 15, 2009

Ntirety Inc., which provides both software tools/appliances and database experts to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize customer's Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL databases, has released Ntrust version 4, the newest generation of its proprietary database administration platform that enables Ntirety to remotely and securely service customers' databases. With the version 4 release, Ntrust is now available as either a physical appliance that resides at a client's site or as a virtualized offering to meet the needs of customers utilizing cloud computing.

Posted September 15, 2009

IBM recently launched IBM Cognos Express, an all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution specifically built and priced for midsized clients. Deployed in just a matter of hours, the new solution offers clients a low-cost and low-risk, integrated approach to planning, analyzing and reporting performance, identifying trends, and ultimately helping them make smarter business decisions.

Posted September 15, 2009

Kalido, a provider of information management software for enterprise data goverance, and Netezza, a provider of data warehousing and analytics appliances, have announced that Kalido has licensed and will directly sell a custom-built Netezza TwinFin data warehouse appliance engineered and optimized for the Kalido Information Engine and Kalido's new industry-specific analytics and reporting solutions.

Posted September 15, 2009

Stratavia, a provider of data center automation and cloud enablement software solutions, announced the release of the Sybase Migration Data Center Automation Application, a software solution aimed at enabling organizations to make an error-free migration from Sybase database environments to their choice of IBM DB2, Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server database platforms. Stratavia customers can now automate the migration of Sybase database objects, code and data from a centralized location, while also enabling self-service access for application teams to begin their testing without impacting migration timelines.

Posted September 08, 2009

HP and Informatica have announced a new portfolio of integrated business intelligence solutions that combine Informatica's data integration capabilities with the HP Neoview enterprise data warehouse platform as well as HP's business intelligence strategic consulting and implementation services. HP plans to sell these offerings through its Business Intelligence Solutions sales teams.

Posted September 08, 2009

InterSystems Corporation, a global software company that provides products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications, has announced multiple enhancements to its Ensemble rapid integration and development platform. Ensemble is used for application integration, the development of composite applications, and establishing enterprise service bus or SOA infrastructures. The new features extend Ensemble's ability to connect and orchestrate systems across the enterprise, provide additional services for development and testing of EDI/messaging applications, and improve message handling performance.

Posted September 08, 2009

Continuent, Inc., a provider of solutions for backup, continuous data availability, advanced database replication and database performance scalability, has announced Continuent Tungsten version 1.1. Continuent Tungsten offers SMB customers an easy to manage, dynamic database replication solution with automatic cluster management, high availability and scalability for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle databases.

Posted September 08, 2009

SpringSource, a Java application infrastructure and management software vendor, has introduced SpringSource Cloud Foundry, a new Enterprise Java Cloud offering that enables developers to deploy and manage Spring, Grails and Java applications within a public cloud environment.

Posted September 08, 2009

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is generally available and downloadable today from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Improvements have been made in all key areas, with a general emphasis on helping customers lower their IT infrastructure costs.

Posted September 01, 2009

With pressure on organizations to develop, integrate and deploy web applications at a rapid pace, web application issues are an all-too-common problem that could be avoided if better testing was done prior to going live, according to research results released by the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users.

Posted September 01, 2009

Pentaho Corporation, a commercial open source business intelligence and data integration software vendor, has announced the release of Pentaho BI Suite Version 3.5, which includes new report and dashboard design capabilities for both business and IT users, as well as technical and packaging changes to enable broad use of Pentaho for embedded business intelligence by OEMs and SaaS providers. In addition to the new software, Pentaho is also offering a new report migration service that enables the conversion of reporting from proprietary business intelligence platforms to the lower-cost Pentaho reporting tools.

Posted September 01, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a database security software vendor, has announced a substantial expansion of its Hedgehog database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention suite. The Hedgehog software provides full-visibility database activity monitoring and real-time protection and has been adopted by numerous Global 2000 companies to defend mission-critical data against insider misuse as well as outsider intrusion. With this release, Hedgehog 3.0 now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008, in addition to already supported SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2000 running on earlier Windows platforms. Additionally, Hedgehog vPatch, Sentrigo's virtual patching solution, now includes dozens of additional protections specific to SQL Server. Hedgehog 3.0 also provides several enhancements based on customer input, specifically to meet the accelerating demand for database monitoring to satisfy regulatory requirements.

Posted September 01, 2009

Stratavia, an independent provider of data center automation and cloud enablement software solutions, has announced the release of the Sybase Migration Data Center Automation Application, a software solution aimed at enabling organizations to make an error-free migration from Sybase database environments to their choice of Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or IBM DB2 database platforms. Stratavia customers can now automate the migration of Sybase database objects, code and data from a centralized location, while also enabling self-service access for application teams to begin their testing without impacting migration timelines.

Posted September 01, 2009

Sybase has announced the beta availability for PowerBuilder 12, considered by the company to be one of the most significant in the product's history. This latest release provides developers with an easy and cost-effective path to the Microsoft .NET Framework, the Microsoft Windows component that supports building and running the next generation of applications.

Posted August 26, 2009

Entrinsik, Inc., a provider of web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has announced the launch of the Informer Channel on YouTube. The new channel will feature video clips demonstrating features of the company's web-based reporting software used by thousands around the world.

Posted August 26, 2009

MicroStrategy Inc., a provider of business intelligence software, has announced that its latest product release, MicroStrategy 9, runs on the VMware virtualization platform. MicroStrategy customers can now deploy MicroStrategy 9 BI applications on VMware-based virtual machines. This will enable applications to achieve the hardware efficiencies, streamlined operations, and low cost of operation available through virtualization.

Posted August 25, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced the availability of a free Data Quality Checkup Tool. Aimed at the business user and designed and developed to help existing and prospective customers quickly and easily assess the health of their data, the tool enables users to get an introduction to Informatica's Data Quality products at no cost. With the results of the checkup, organizations can build and strengthen business cases for investing in data quality.

Posted August 25, 2009

In a brief announcement last week, Oracle stated that the U.S. Department of Justice has approved its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems and terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Posted August 25, 2009

Lyzasoft, a BI software company founded in 2008 as a spin-off of a successful business intelligence consulting practice, recently introduced its second major product. This product, called the Lyza Commons, is an enterprise collaboration server that enables business analysts to share data and reports with trusted peers through a user-driven publishing model.

Posted August 25, 2009

Quest Software, Inc. has unveiled the newest version of SharePlex for Oracle, a real-time Oracle-Oracle database replication solution that supports high availability, reporting, data synchronization/integration, and load balancing on Oracle databases. Key features introduced in the new version include wildcard support, batch processing, and configuration management enhancements to SharePlex's monitoring and management dashboard, SharePlex Manager. These new features bring benefits in the areas of ease-of-use, improved performance, task automation, and managing complex replication environments.

Posted August 19, 2009

Oracle has announced the Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) Process Integration Pack for Oracle's Value Chain Planning applications to Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

Posted August 19, 2009

InterSystems Corporation yesterday introduced technology additions to its InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database. Available now in CACHÉ 2009, the new features provide enhanced web services security, reporting, and system management and monitoring.

Posted August 18, 2009

ModelRight, a data modeling software company, has released version 3.5 of its flagship product ModelRight, adding support for three additional database platforms as well as a wide variety of productivity enhancements. There are two editions of the product, the ModelRight Professional Version and the Free Community Version, and the new 3.5 release applies to both of them.

Posted August 18, 2009

RightScale, Jaspersoft, Talend and Vertica have announced an integrated solutions stack intended to enable customers to increase agility and lower costs by combining the power of the cloud, a high-performance analytical database, and BI and data integration software. RightScale is a cloud computing management provider and offers a fully automated cloud management platform that enables customers to design, deploy, and manage business-critical applications on the cloud. Vertica provides the analytical database which is based on column-structure architecture. The BI software is provided by open source BI vendor Jaspersoft, and the data integration software by open source vendor Talend. This BI stack is an example of the power of collaboration among vendors to deliver integrated solutions, and by focusing their efforts on delivering BI on the cloud, customers now have tools to help them move quickly with BI projects.

Posted August 18, 2009

The data manager's job has never been easy, often presenting significant challenges, including data system rewrites, data security, regulatory compliance, and reporting. And the digital age, with a myriad of new and innovative data sources and more sophisticated analytic models, presents its own unique hurdles to implementing a successful data-management and data-quality program in the modern insurance enterprise.

Posted August 14, 2009

Kore Technologies has announced that Kourier Integrator for U2 Release 2.2.1 is now available. Kourier Integrator for U2 is Kore's enterprise integration suite which provides extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration (EAI) capabilities for connecting IBM U2 applications to Microsoft SQL Server and other best-in-class applications.

Posted August 14, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced the beta release of Informatica PowerCenter Cloud Edition, a cloud data integration infrastructure that combines the Informatica data integration platform (PowerCenter) with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), which is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Complementing this new product is the latest Informatica On Demand offering, PowerCenter Service, which enables IT and business users to remotely execute and manage data integration jobs on Amazon EC2, simply by using an Internet browser.

Posted August 04, 2009

Netezza Corporation, a provider of data warehouse and analytic appliances, has introduced the Netezza TwinFin appliance, the first in a family of new blade server-based appliances. The TwinFin appliance scales to more than a petabyte of user data and delivers significantly better performance over competing solutions. The TwinFin appliance is also priced very reasonably per terabyte, which resets the bar on price-performance in the industry.

Posted August 04, 2009

Vertica, a column-oriented analytic database technology provider, has announced a new release of its Analytic Database product with new features for performance gains, increases in scale, and advanced analytics. The primary new features consist of a next-generation column-store architecture called FlexStore, MapReduce technology for advanced ETL loading and analytical processing, and load balancing via IPVS.

Posted August 04, 2009

Initiate Systems, Inc., a provider of data management solutions for information sharing and improved data quality, has launched the Initiate Catalyst software platform for independent software vendors (ISVs) and solution providers. Available as a virtual software appliance, it provides ISVs and solution providers with entity resolution and search capability that can be embedded in their industry-oriented applications and solutions to accelerate data interoperability.

Posted August 04, 2009

IBM today announced an agreement to acquire SPSS, a provider of predictive analytics software, services and solutions that help clients forecast trends and anticipate change for business advantage. The $1.2 billion all-cash purchase of SPSS, a publicly held company headquartered in Chicago, is expected to close in the second half of 2009.

Posted July 28, 2009

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 11g and Oracle In-Memory Database Cache 11g, the database caching option for Oracle Database 11g.

Posted July 28, 2009

SAP Business Objects recently announced enhancements to its Data Services and Data Federator software products, part of the SAP Business Objects Information Management (IM) Solutions Portfolio. These products support both SAP and non-SAP IT environments, and now with the latest release have expanded support for SAP customers with integration to the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW).

Posted July 28, 2009

Varonis Systems Inc., a leader in unstructured data governance, has announced the availability of Version 5.0 of its DatAdvantage and DataPrivilege software products, which together provide a robust platform for integrated problem discovery, enhanced data protection, and entitlement management for data owners. Version 5.0 automates the implementation of file system protection best practices via its integrated problem discovery reports, which give guidance on reducing excessive access and maintaining optimal access controls.

Posted July 28, 2009

Oracle said last week that it has agreed to acquire GoldenGate Software, Inc., a leading provider of real-time data integration solutions.

Posted July 28, 2009

DataMentors, a full-service provider of data quality and data integration solutions, has introduced a new social media technology education program called "Insights" to provide business decision-makers with observations and explanations on how to better identify the pitfalls and opportunities in the data management and data marketing categories. The two minute-or-less tech ed segments will be distributed through a cross-section of social media networks and various websites.

Posted July 28, 2009

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