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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.



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Antony Satyadas is Marketing Strategist for IBM Lotus Software. He focuses on global marketing strategy and leads competitive initiatives for IBM Lotus Software. In this issue, Satyadas explains the market needs driving IBM's new desktop software initiatives and discusses how that market segment is rapidly evolving.

Posted January 06, 2010

Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2010 Q2 results in the latter half of December and took the opportunity to mention that the company expects the European Commission to approve its acquisition of Sun this month. "We expect the European Commission to unconditionally clear the acquisition of Sun in January," noted Oracle president Safra Catz. "I want to thank all of our customers for the overwhelming support they have given us during this process."

Posted January 06, 2010

Oracle has acquired Silver Creek Systems, Inc., a provider of product data quality solutions. Silver Creek's DataLens product data quality solution is designed to simplify complex product descriptions commonly found in many industries, enabling enterprises to more accurately manage product data. "Lack of standardized product data continues to be a challenge for many enterprises," says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Development. "With the addition of Silver Creek, Oracle is extending its industry leading data integration offering with complementary solutions to enhance product data quality and help customers get more accurate and consistent product data for use across their enterprise."

Posted January 06, 2010

To further enhance developer productivity and simplify Oracle Database development, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle SQL Developer Release 2.1, the latest release of the free database development and migration tool. Oracle SQL Developer Release 2.1 introduces two key capabilities—PL/SQL Unit Testing and Data Modeler Viewer — in addition to enhancements to the software overall.

Posted January 06, 2010

Oracle has unveiled Demantra 7.3 versions for Demand Management, Advanced Forecasting and Demand Modeling, Real-Time Sales and Operations Planning and Predictive Trade Planning. The latest release offers an enhanced new product introduction capability that improves customers' ability to accurately forecast demand for items with little or no history, and provides better insight into product lifecycles, seasonal demand peaks and the impact of promotions.

Posted January 06, 2010

Oracle has announced that project management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) are now integrated, with the availability of Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) Release 2.5 PPM Process Integration Packs (PIPs),

Posted January 06, 2010

EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure solutions, yesterday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kansas-based Archer Technologies, a privately-held provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software. According to EMC, the combination of Archer with industry-leading technologies for information risk management and information security from EMC's RSA Security Division will significantly extend EMC's solutions portfolio for visualizing and managing risk, enabling customers to automate GRC visibility and policy enforcement across both physical and virtualized IT environments. Archer will remain in Overland Park, Kan., upon completion of the acquisition and operate as a part of RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

Posted January 05, 2010

Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, is expanding its partnership with Open Text Corporation, an enterprise software company. Through the partnership, Open Text will market advanced data connectivity solutions, including legacy decommissioning, data lifecycle management and real-time data warehousing, which will leverage Attunity's legacy data connectivity and low-impact change data capture (CDC) technology.

Posted January 05, 2010

Symantec Corp. has made enhancements to Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server, which are heterogeneous storage management and high availability solutions for Unix, Linux and Windows environments. These latest releases are intended to help organizations to employ the latest storage innovations—from SSDs to thin provisioned hardware and virtual environments including Hyper-V. The new releases also provide capabilities needed to optimize any storage or server platform. Additionally, the vendor says near instantaneous recovery of applications is now possible with Veritas Cluster File System through tight integration with Sybase, Oracle and IBM DB2-enabling faster failover of structured information and near-linear scalability.

Posted December 16, 2009

Sybase 365 , a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., has announced a strategic partnership with the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) to deploy SMS messaging services through NY-ALERT, the state's All - Hazards Alert and Notification System. The web-based portal allows state agencies, county and local governments, emergency service agencies and institutions of higher learning, to provide emergency alerting information and private notifications to a def ined audience through SMS alerts.

Posted December 16, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, recently announced the availability of Fedora 12, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution. Fedora 12 includes new features to appeal to desktop users, administrators, developers and open source enthusiasts alike.

Posted December 16, 2009

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Posted December 16, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, recently announced the availability of Fedora 12, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution. Fedora 12 includes new features to appeal to desktop users, administrators, developers and open source enthusiasts alike.

Posted December 16, 2009

Onix Systems Group Inc., a provider of budgeting solutions for the healthcare industry, and Entrinsik, Inc., a provider of operational reporting and analysis solutions, have formed a partnership to integrate Informer Web Reporting into the Onix Budget System.

Posted December 16, 2009

Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence solutions, and ParAccel, which offers the ParAccel Analytic Database, a massively parallel (MPP) columnar database management system (DBMS) for data warehousing and analytics, have announced a strategic partnership to speed the selection and implementation of customized advanced analytic solutions.

Posted December 15, 2009

CommVault announced yesterday that it has formed a partnership with Informatica to deliver an integrated archiving solution that extends support to leading databases and applications, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, SAP, PeopleSoft, Siebel and other custom or legacy applications. This new technology partnership will enable CommVault Simpana software customers to easily archive large databases from mission-critical business applications, such as CRM and ERP systems, to better streamline e-discovery and improve database space management.

Posted December 15, 2009

Microsoft Corporation has acquired Opalis Software, an IT process vendor. Opalis will be integrated into the Microsoft System Center product line. Opalis' IT process automation tools are designed to enable the streamlining of IT operations by removing of the overhead associated with manual response to IT problems. The acquisition "means that IT process automation will become a mainstream offering throughout all levels of IT shops, large and small," according to Todd DeLaughter, president and CEO of Opalis Software. "No coding or scripting is required to use Opalis so IT experts from operations to development teams can participate in driving IT efficiency."

Posted December 15, 2009

As we enter the next decade of the millennium, we will see information technology becoming more ubiquitous, driving an even greater share of business decisionmaking and operations. IT has proven its muster through the recent downturn as both a tactical and strategic weapon for streamlining, as well as maintaining competitive edge. Now, as we begin the next round of economic recovery, companies will be relying on IT even more to better understand and serve their markets and customers. Yet, there are many challenges with managing a growing array of IT hardware, software, and services. To address these requirements, businesses continue to look to approaches such as analytics, virtualization, and cloud computing. To capture the trends shaping the year ahead, Database Trends and Applications spoke to a range of industry leaders and experts.

Posted December 14, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has achieved Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) certification for its INFOConnect Enterprise Edition for Airlines Print and Transaction Router (PTR32) solutions. The certification addresses a need among airlines that are working to migrate their technology to the CUPPS platform, gradually replacing the Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), which is the current check-in and boarding standard. Attachmate is one of the first application vendors to receive this certification.

Posted December 09, 2009

Talend, an open source data integration software provider, has announced the availability of Talend Integration Suite LCp (life cycle platform). This new enterprise data integration platform extends the Talend Integration Suite to provide Fortune 500 organizations with a broad set of enterprise features, ranging from automated testing and code validation to multi-environment project repository management, to better facilitate enterprise-wide data integration projects and deployments.

Posted December 08, 2009

MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence software, has announced that several of its VAR partners have developed pre-built business intelligence applications for the JD Edwards World and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne user community using the MicroStrategy BI platform. Oracle's JD Edwards World and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are suites of enterprise planning software.

Posted December 08, 2009

Sypherlink, Inc., a data integration software and NIEM (national information exchange model) compliance provider, recently announced enhancements to its core Harvester software application version 6. Harvester is an application that accelerates information integration and data sharing by automating the discovery and mapping process. Now, Version 6 offers a new component, Harvester Integrator, to provide data movement capabilities, including extracting, transforming and loading (ETL) data into target applications. This new component is available in a cloud-ready platform, providing customers a solution for accelerating their data integration projects while reducing project costs and related risk.

Posted December 08, 2009

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Audit Vault Release 10.2.3.2, including key new reporting and alerting capabilities that streamline and help reduce the cost of the database audit process. To help ensure that the new Oracle Audit Vault entitlements and compliance-specific reports contain the information needed to pass real-world database audits, Oracle consulted with IT auditors, notes Vipin Samar, vice president of database security, Oracle. "This new release of Oracle Audit Vault will allow organizations to further automate their database activity monitoring and auditing processes, reducing the overall cost of meeting regulatory requirements and securing critical data."

Posted December 02, 2009

Complementing its existing suite of Value Chain Planning applications, Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Rapid Planning to help companies improve their ability to quickly adapt to unplanned supply chain events. Rapid Planning is a new product, created from the ground up with brand-new technology, Oracle's John Bermudez, senior director, planning product strategy, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is designed to enable planners to rapidly replan their supply and demand, and react to changes that have happened between their weekly planning runs such as the opportunity presented when a customer calls in and wants to know if they can double the size of their order, and the challenges presented by an urgent engineering change, an unexpected production shortfall or a supplier quality issue.

Posted December 02, 2009

Embarcadero, a provider of multi-platform database tools and developer software, has announced a special edition of DBArtisan for SQL Azure. DBArtisan is Embarcadero's database administration tool for heterogeneous DBMS environments, and provides consistent and unified support for all major database platforms including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, Oracle and Sybase ASE. SQL Azure Database is Microsoft's cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud which helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. SQL Azure Database can help reduce costs by integrating with existing toolsets and providing symmetry between on-premise and cloud databases.

Posted November 24, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced Informatica Cloud 9, a comprehensive offering for cloud data integration.

Posted November 24, 2009

Developed with feedback from more than 40 customers, Oracle has announced PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM 9.1, which introduces more than 100 new features, 20 new web services and two new products across Sales, Service and Marketing. More than 4,000 PeopleSoft CRM pages are enhanced in CRM 9.1 to deliver a next-generation Web 2.0 user interface and experience enhancements.

Posted November 18, 2009

Altova has announced the availability of Version 2010 of the Altova MissionKit, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. Version 2010 delivers a large number of new features across the product line for XML editing, data mapping, visual stylesheet designing, UML modeling, database schema analysis, and comparing and merging XML and database content.

Posted November 18, 2009

SharePoint360 recently announced that it has been accepted into a Microsoft early adoption program for new upcoming business intelligence products. While early adoption programs span many technologies and generally only engage Microsoft customers, SharePoint360 says it was selected as a result of its work in highlighting Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 within Microsoft SharePoint Server.

Posted November 17, 2009

Panorama Software, a provider of proactive Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, has announced its plans for the next release of its flagship product suite NovaView. Panorama's next release will extend its Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services support to natively support Microsoft's new PowerPivot technology (formerly known as Project Gemini). SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) is Microsoft's online analytical processing (OLAP) technology, and PowerPivot is the name for Microsoft's next major update to SSAS.

Posted November 17, 2009

Southeast Community College is using Informer, decreasing the time required for data evaluation and collection, Entrinsik has announced. Using Informer, time required for data evaluation and collection decreased dramatically and Southeast was able to create one record with all the required elements and then export to an Excel macro file for additional data manipulation, much of which can now be done using the "Add Calculations" feature of Informer 4.0. "The whole process from start to upload is now just a few minutes compared to an hour previously," notes Duane Roth, IT programmer/analyst, at the college.

Posted November 11, 2009

Informatica today announced version 9 of its data integration platform with the theme of "Enabling the Data-Driven Enterprise." The Informatica platform is a comprehensive offering that provides for enterprise data integration, cloud data integration, B2B data exchange, and data quality across the whole enterprise. Major new features in version 9 of the platform focus on the areas of SOA-based data services, pervasive data quality, and Business-IT collaboration.

Posted November 10, 2009

Aimed at eliminating the performance bottlenecks that cause data latency and enables faster access to information critical to decision making, Syncsort, a provider of high-performance data processing, data integration, and data protection and recovery software, has announced its Data Integration Acceleration Solution for existing DI environments. With the solution, Syncsort seeks to reduce the cost and effort of delivering information to decision makers, enabling customers to more efficiently pursue strategic initiatives around revenue growth, customer acquisition and retention, cost reduction, and operational efficiency.

Posted November 10, 2009

Quest Software announced two significant product releases in the SQL Server performance management space at PASS Summit last week in Seattle. The latest release of Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise, Quest's monitoring and diagnostics tool, now featuring business intelligence monitoring, coupled with the debut of Foglight for SQL Server, enables database administrators to proactively detect, diagnose and resolve SQL Server performance issues.

Posted November 10, 2009

Marking Attachmate's official entry into the managed file transfer market, the company announced the FileXpress family of products, which provides a strategic solution to secure, automate and improve the movement of files over the Internet and within the data center.

Posted November 09, 2009

CA today announced CA Encryption Key Manager (CA EKM), a z/OS-based solution that unifies and automates the management, storage, distribution, and documentation of encryption keys for multi-vendor mainframe and distributed environments such as Linux, Unix, Windows and Solaris.

Posted November 09, 2009

Aster Data, a provider of data warehousing solutions for "big data" applications, yesterday announced Aster Data Version 4.0, which the company describes as the industry's first "Massively Parallel Data-Application Server." Aster Data 4.0 allows companies to embed applications inside Aster Data's MPP (massively parallel processing) data warehouse, so businesses can now store, analyze and speed processing of terabytes to petabytes of data. The ability to push applications down into the MPP database also opens a new opportunity for companies to deliver new interactive, big data applications.

Posted November 03, 2009

Attunity, a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, has introduced a suite of Operational Data Replication (ODR) solutions integrated with Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) which is designed to enable customers to replicate data in real-time across a set of heterogeneous data sources at an affordable price point. The solutions are designed to enhance business intelligence, improve business operations, and reduce total costs.

Posted November 03, 2009

Altova has announced the availability of Version 2010 of the Altova MissionKit, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. Version 2010 delivers a large number of new features across the product line for XML editing, data mapping, visual stylesheet designing, UML modeling, database schema analysis, and comparing and merging XML and database content.

Posted November 03, 2009

IBM announced an expansion of its enterprise mashup portfolio that incorporates the latest version of IBM Mashup Center and a new offering called IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service.

Posted November 02, 2009

Sybase, Inc. last week reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009. "The team continued to execute very well and enabled us to deliver our best-ever third quarter results in the company history," John Chen, chairman, CEO and president of Sybase, said during an earnings call announcing the results. The company achieved third quarter records in total revenue, operating income, operating margin, net income, EPS, and cash flow from operations.

Posted October 29, 2009

Altova, a data integration vendor, has included Health Level Seven (HL7) and Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) standards support within MapForce Version 2009, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools.

Posted October 28, 2009

Melissa Data, in partnership with Acme Data, is expanding its data quality offerings, creating a "lite" version of DQ*Plus, its data quality solution for cleaning and consolidating enterprise data. The company introduced the lite version, called DQ*Plus Basic, at the Oracle OpenWorld 2009.

Posted October 28, 2009

Talend, an open source data integration software company, recently announced a significant upgrade to the Talend Integration Suite and to Talend Open Studio. Talend Open Studio is the free, open source ETL software platform that Talend offers under a GPL license. It provides business modeling of the data integration process, graphical development, metadata management, and a wide array of data connectors. Talend Integration Suite is the commercial version of Open Studio that Talend sells as an annual subscription license, and that extends Talend Open Studio with technical support and features to facilitate the work of large teams and enterprise-scale deployments. It is offered as Team, Professional, or Enterprise editions, with the Enterprise edition providing for grid management and optional data quality capabilities.

Posted October 27, 2009

HiT Software, a provider of products for database access, integration and replication, has announced Allora 6.0, the newest version of the company's data transformation product.

Posted October 27, 2009

Appian, a provider of business process management technology, and MEGA, a provider of business process analysis (BPA) and enterprise architecture solutions, have teamed up to introduce Appian Process Architect by MEGA. The new solution enables organizations to use the methodology of the MEGA Suite for process analysis and pass the results directly into the Appian Business Process Management Suite and the software-as-a-service-delivered Appian Anywhere platforms for execution and direct management of daily operations. The new integration provides organizations with an end to end business process management and improvement solution.

Posted October 26, 2009

BMC Software announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Tideway Systems Limited, a provider of IT discovery solutions. The acquisition is intended to enhance BMC's Business Service Management (BSM) platform and help organizations minimize the risks associated with business-critical initiatives such as data center consolidation, virtualization and compliance. BMC expects the transaction to close within the week.

Posted October 19, 2009

At the recent Oracle OpenWorld event, Oracle announced a series of new enhancements to its Java middleware stack, which incorporates application server and Java tools from last year's BEA acquisition. Dubbed the Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Grid, the offerings are intended to enable faster development and deployments within the Java framework. At the core of Oracle's offerings is WebLogic application server, acquired from BEA, which integrates some functionality of the now discontinued Oracle Application Server.

Posted October 19, 2009

Noetix Corp., a software provider that automatically generates business intelligence content from enterprise applications, has completed the acquisition of privately-held business analytics company, Jaros Technologies Corp., for an undisclosed sum.

Posted October 13, 2009

Varonis Systems Inc., a vendor that provides software for unstructured data governance, has announced the availability of its Intelligent Data Use (IDU) Data Classification Framework for discovering sensitive information. The Framework produces rapid actionable results by uniting data classification technology with a unique meta-data layer to guide searches for files containing sensitive information.

Posted October 13, 2009

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