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Progress Software Corporation announced a new strategic focus in which it will become a provider of a next-generation, context-aware application development and deployment platform in the cloud for the application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) market, by beefing up investments in its core OpenEdge, DataDirect Connect, and Apama Analytics and Decisions products and integrating them into a single offering. As part of the plan, Progress says it will divest multiple product lines that are not core to the new vision and launch immediate operational restructuring initiatives to significantly reduce annual costs.

Posted April 30, 2012

BMC Software, a provider of business service management solutions), released what it calls one of the industry's first application performance "management-as-a-service" solutions for cloud applications. BMC End User Experience Management OnDemand measures and monitors individual user performance, errors and availability of web applications and provides a more accurate and actionable approach to service-level assurance for the cloud.

Posted April 30, 2012

IBM announced an overall 7% jump in profitability in the first quarter of 2012 over the previous year, but hardware and server revenues lagged. The company's net income for the quarter was $3.1 billion, compared with $2.9 billion in the first quarter of 2011. Total revenues for the first quarter of 2012 of $24.7 billion were flat (up 1%, adjusting for currency) from the first quarter of 2011.

Posted April 30, 2012

Quest Software has released version 11.5 of its Toad for Oracle software, the flagship product in the Toad portfolio of productivity software for database developers, DBAs, and analysts. Drawing on community feedback from their two million users, Quest has introduced a number of new features and improvements, most notably a new social intelligence component. Toad for Oracle 11.5, Quest contends, will allow users to take advantage of the best ideas and practices from the community and further increase user productivity.

Posted April 25, 2012

Oracle has announced a major new release of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, an integrated applications suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Enhancements in the 9.1 release focus on three main areas - usability and productivity, deeper industry-specific functionality, and greater support for global operations and compliance, Bob Monahan, senior director of product strategy and product management of JD Edwards, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 25, 2012

EMC Corporation has announced new EMC Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) integration with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN). DD Boost software provides advanced integration between EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems and applications for faster, more efficient backup and recovery. The DD Boost software distributes part of the deduplication process to the Oracle database server and enables RMAN to directly manage Data Domain replication. "This is important because with this new announcement, it really brings complete control of Oracle backup and disaster recovery to the Oracle database administrators," Rob Emsley, senior director of product marketing for EMC's Backup Recovery Systems division, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 25, 2012

SAP unveiled its roadmap for the database and mobile markets. At a press conference in San Francisco that was also made available online, Dr. Vishal Sikka, a member of the SAP executive Board, Technology & Innovation, said the company's vision for the SAP real-time data platform includes the SAP HANA platform, Sybase data management offerings, and SAP solutions for enterprise information management (EIM). "In our minds, and in our customers' minds there is now absolutely no doubt that HANA represents the database architecture for the future, for OLTP and OLAP, for analyzing structured and unstructured data, for legacy applications and for new applications," Sikka told the audience.

Posted April 25, 2012

In a move intended to drive innovation in mobile solutions, SAP announced plans to acquire Syclo, a provider of enterprise mobile applications and technologies. The addition of Syclo's expertise in building and selling mobile solutions in industries such as utilities, oil & gas, life sciences and manufacturing is expected to enhance SAP mobile solutions. It is also expected to help accelerate the adoption and deployment of new mobile asset management and field service solutions on the Sybase Unwired Platform, part of the SAP mobile platform and the company's infrastructure for developing and managing mobile apps.

Posted April 25, 2012

Sybase has announced that Ford Motor Company will centralize all of its logical and physical modeling functions with SAP Sybase PowerDesigner, the data modeling software and metadata management solution for data, information, and enterprise architectures. The solution provides the capability to generate Data Description Language (DDL) for Ford Motor Company's database platforms, including all of the leading databases like Sybase ASE, DB2, SQL Server, Teradata and Oracle.

Posted April 25, 2012

For 2012, the traditional TechWave content will be incorporated into the SAP TechEd conference, taking place October 15-19 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The event will continue to deliver targeted training on Sybase products plus offer attendees access to SAP TechEd keynote sessions, exhibits, special events and other networking functions.

Posted April 25, 2012

Rocket U2 has announced UniData 7.3. The first major UniData release since the U2 group was acquired by Rocket Software from IBM, UniData 7.3 represents over a year of work on a combination of development and QA, Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, U2 Brand, Rocket Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 25, 2012

OpenInsight Development Suite (OI) 9.3.1 is now available from Revelation Software.The new release includes OpenInsight for Web (O4W v1.3) which provides additional integration with the new Banded Report Writer, support routines for RSS feeds, and a new ad hoc report builder, along with additional mobile enhancements such as mobile-specific menu and report output. Through O4W's integration with jQuery Mobile (the companion library to O4W's jQuery), web pages can be built using "finger friendly" user interface elements and design.

Posted April 25, 2012

PK, a software firm based in The Netherlands, has been recognized with the InterSystems Award for Breakthrough Applications. PK, an InterSystems application partner, was recognized for its CU-BOX mobile application for real-time emergency services response measurement. CU-BOX uses the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database system and InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration and development platform to provide critical, objective information about the quality of emergency healthcare delivery.

Posted April 25, 2012

BlueFinity International will demonstrate how to create a simple SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) transformation to move MultiValue data into MS SQL Server using mv.SSIS in a free webinar on April 26.

Posted April 25, 2012

Business analytics provider Pentaho has partnered with Human Inference to deliver improved data quality for Pentaho Business Analytics. The combination of the two open source products is intended to provide highly accurate and consistent data to business applications for enterprises on-premise and in the cloud. According to the vendors, the new integration with Human Inference technology will enable Pentaho Business Analytics customers to rapidly create business intelligence applications with higher quality data, allowing for better and quicker decision making.

Posted April 24, 2012

OpenText Document Server, Alchemy Edition, version 9, the latest version of OpenText's document management solution, is now available. OpenText Alchemy helps SMBs and departments easily and affordably capture, store, access, distribute and archive business and transactional documents. "Businesses of all sizes are being required to be accountable for an ever increasing number of documents being generated and received within their organization," says Matthew Brine, general manager, OpenText Fax and Document Distribution.

Posted April 24, 2012

PK, a software firm based in The Netherlands, has been recognized with the InterSystems Award for Breakthrough Applications. PK, an InterSystems application partner, was recognized for its CU-BOX mobile application for real-time emergency services response measurement. CU-BOX uses the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database system and InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration and development platform to provide critical, objective information about the quality of emergency healthcare delivery.

Posted April 24, 2012

Basho Technologies, a provider of distributed database technologies, has released Riak CS, a scalable software solution designed to provide distributed public and private cloud storage. This release marks Basho's entrance into the cloud storage market. Riak CS is "designed to help a company build a very large, scalable but inexpensive cloud storage platform either in their cloud computing stack or as a private/public storage platform," Bobby Patrick, CMO of Basho Technologies explains to 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 19, 2012

Database Week, a follow-on to the Database Month conference held this year in January, will be presented May 14 through May 23 in New York City. Described by Eric David Benari, chairman of the event, as a "database festival," the upcoming conference sessions are focused on four main categories of technology: big data, NoSQL, NewSQL, and Hadoop. Like Database Month, Database Week is being spearheaded by the NYC MySQL group but is database technology-agnostic, Benari tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 19, 2012

Delphix has introduced the latest release of its database virtualization software for agile data management, which adds new support for Oracle Exadata, and also extends support for legacy versions of Oracle databases to support customers who want to upgrade and migrate from old to new.

Posted April 18, 2012

Oracle plans to hold a MySQL conference on September 29 and 30, just prior to Oracle OpenWorld 2012, which will be held in San Francisco from September 30 to October 4. In addition, Oracle has announced a new Development Milestone Release (DMR) for MySQL 5.6.

Posted April 18, 2012

Oracle has announced StorageTek Tape Analytics, monitoring and management software for its StorageTek tape libraries. The software is intended to simplify tape management by eliminating manual intervention and help improve operational efficiency. It captures library, drive and media performance metrics and presents them in a single pane of glass, identifying potential problems while providing immediate recommendations to prevent data loss. StorageTek Tape Analytics software also allows rapid drill-down into detailed drive and media health specifics, enabling customers to make decisions about their tape infrastructure, and reduce downtime and data management resources.

Posted April 18, 2012

SEPATON, Inc., a provider of disk-based data protection solutions designed for large enterprises, has announced that its S2100 is the first data protection platform to receive certification by Symantec for supporting Symantec's NetBackup OpenStorage Auto Image Replication (A.I.R.) software. SEPATON has also been certified by Symantec for supporting optimized synthetic backups.

Posted April 17, 2012

The latest trends in big data analytics were presented by Objectivity, Inc. and Database Trends and Applications in a webcast that is now available for replay. Moderated by Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Media, and featuring Brian Clark, vice president of product management at Objectivity/DB and Leon Guzenda, founder of Objectivity/DB, the webcast covered how to maximize existing architectures by utilizing NoSQL technologies to improve functionality and provide real-time results. The V's of big data often focus on the volume, velocity, and variety of information, but organizations have to uncover the fourth V - the value of that big data - and that is where the power of the graph database comes in, the presenters emphasized.

Posted April 17, 2012

Pitney Bowes Software, a provider of customer data, analytics and communications management solutions, has released Portrait Explorer, a solution to enable business users deploy big data analytics. The tool organizes otherwise complex customer data stores into an intuitive library of "customer cards" that the company claims is as easy to navigate and operate as one's digital photo album. "The look and feel is immediately intuitive because it looks and feels just like your digital photo album," Jeff Nicholson, vice president of global marketing for Pitney Bowes, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 17, 2012

IBM introduced a new family of "expert integrated systems" with built-in expertise based on IBM's collective experience running customers' IT operations. The company says the new system, dubbed PureSystems, offers clients an alternative to today's enterprise computing model, in which multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain.

Posted April 16, 2012

HP announced HP Converged Cloud, which it describes as the industry's first hybrid delivery approach and portfolio based on a common architecture spanning traditional IT, private, managed and public clouds. "The whole idea of converged clouds is to say that, increasingly, as the cloud matures, companies are no longer looking at just one cloud to provide for all their needs," Christian Verstraete, chief technologist for Cloud Solutions at HP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "They are going to start using multiple clouds to respond to the needs of their business people."

Posted April 16, 2012

OpDemand, a provider of solutions for agile IT operations, announced it is shipping a cloud infrastructure management platform, designed to enable software development teams to leverage raw cloud infrastructure without being overwhelmed by technical complexity. "I think there is still a false assumption that mission-critical apps must be kept on-premise. While it's true that certain issues like security compliance and I/O performance may necessitate on-premise deployments, by and large you're going to see higher availability utilizing a cloud provider like Amazon who boasts eight geographic regions with dozens of isolated data centers. The trick is managing it all," Gabriel Monroy, CTO of OpDemand, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 16, 2012

Red Hat announced the beta availability of Red Hat Storage 2.0, based on new capabilities that build upon the company's support for unstructured data storage. In December, Red Hat launched the Red Hat Storage Software Appliance, its first integrated storage product, and since then, it says, there has been significant interest as organizations look to address the growth of unstructured data.

Posted April 16, 2012

Intel Corporation introduced its Solid-State Drive 910 Series, a high-performing SSD designed to address data center storage demands driven by cloud computing, virtualization and online transactions. The Intel SSD 910 Series expands Intel's offerings for data center applications with its first entry in the 900 family of its highest-performing, PCIe-based SSDs. The Intel SSD 900 Family joins Intel's other high-volume SSD solutions for the data center including the Intel 700 SSD Family of SATA-based SSDs with High Endurance Technology and the Intel SSD 300 Family of SATA SSDs for a broad range of server and storage applications

Posted April 16, 2012

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider of communication and IT solutions, has upgraded its grid storage platform to deliver encryption for data at rest, instant file copy, and shared system mode. NEC's system, HYDRAstor HS8-3000, is available to existing customers via software upgrade.

Posted April 16, 2012

Dell has acquired Clerity Solutions, a provider of applications modernization and re-hosting solutions and services. Clerity's capabilities will enable Dell Services to help customers reduce the cost of transitioning business-critical applications and data from legacy computing systems and onto more modern architectures, including the cloud. "The addition of Clerity gives us a clear advantage in helping customers modernize and migrate their applications off outdated hardware infrastructure to more current architectures," says Steve Schuckenbrock, president of Dell Services.

Posted April 16, 2012

IBM today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Varicent Software, a provider of analytics software for compensation and sales performance management. Varicent is a privately held company, with headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Financial terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012, were not disclosed. "Varicent expands IBM's analytics portfolio into the sales function of organizations," Paul Hill, vice president, Performance Management, Business Analytics, IBM, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "It is a line-of-business play."

Posted April 13, 2012

Zettaset has announced SHadoop, a new security initiative designed to improve security for Hadoop. The new initiative will be incorporated as a security layer into Zettaset's Hadoop Orchestrator data management platform. The SHadoop layer is intended to mitigate architectural and input validation issues that exist within the core Hadoop code, and improve upon user role audit tracking and user level security.

Posted April 12, 2012

Continuent, Inc., a provider of replication and clustering solutions for MySQL and Oracle, has introduced Continuent Tungsten Enterprise 1.5 to help manage increasing data volume, complexity, speed, and concurrency in the cloud or on-premise. "Tungsten Enterprise consolidates geo-clustering, archive, backup and disaster recovery through seamless integration with the cloud," says Robert Hodges, CEO at Continuent. "By combining multi-master, multi-site clustering with Amazon EC2, Tungsten Enterprise enables new levels of speed, simplicity and reliability for database clustering, backup and recovery while reducing costs."

Posted April 12, 2012

IBM introduced PureSystems, a new family of "expert integrated systems," with built-in expertise based on IBM's decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries. With the aim of integrating all IT elements, both physical and virtual, IBM says the new systems offer clients an alternative to today's enterprise computing model, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain. According to IBM, PureSystems is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over 4 years.

Posted April 11, 2012

Zetta.net, a provider of enterprise-grade online backup and disaster recovery solutions, has unveiled a new version of its flagship cloud service. According to the company, Zetta DataProtect 3.0 brings enterprise-grade cloud data protection for small and mid-size enterprises in a managed service that requires no appliances and can be deployed within minutes. The solution aims to simplify and automate backups of critical IT assets and enable businesses to access and instantly recover critical files, directories or entire file systems from anywhere via the web.

Posted April 11, 2012

Oracle addressed the need to make IT infrastructure and business analytics technologies simpler and more efficient in a presentation to OpenWorld Tokyo 2012 attendees that was also made available via live webcast. In addition to presenting its strategy and plans for business analytics, the company also unveiled new additions to its product portfolio. In his keynote address, Oracle president Mark Hurd explained how the business users of tomorrow will require faster and more comprehensive information access. "The true question with analytics is how to get the right information to the right person at the right time to make the right decision," he said.

Posted April 11, 2012

Oracle extended its Business Analytics portfolio, with the announcement of two new Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Analytics. According to Oracle, these are the first and only analytic applications for manufacturing and asset management analysis and will enable customers and partners serving manufacturing, energy production, utilities and other asset-intensive industries to gain better insights and make decisions faster. Oracle says both solutions provide support for large numbers of concurrent users and are certified to run on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Native support for tablet and mobile devices, such as the Apple iPad and iPhone is also provided.

Posted April 11, 2012

Oracle announced two x86 world record benchmark results delivered by its software and hardware. An x86 world record result was achieved on the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark, with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, running Oracle Linux on Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 server. In addition, an x86 world record TPC-C benchmark result was set with the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server, running Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, Oracle Tuxedo, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

Posted April 11, 2012

Attivio and TIBCO Software Inc. have announced that, as part of a new partnership agreement, the TIBCO Spotfire analytics platform has achieved the highest level of information access available within Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine (AIE). According to Attivio, its AIE ingests all types of structured data and unstructured content, and unlike a traditional data warehouse, does not require relationships between any data or content to be defined in advance prior to ingestion. In achieving platinum-level certification, Attivio says TIBCO Spotfire has been authenticated by Attivio to be able to present, analyze, access and leverage AIE's AI-SQL capabilities to provide data visualization, enhanced analytics of unstructured content and intuitive search and discovery, all in the same dashboard.

Posted April 10, 2012

Commercial open source integration software vendor Talend has extended its partnership with Jaspersoft, a provider of business intelligence software, to deliver native support for big data environments in Jaspersoft ETL. Jaspersoft ETL, part of the larger Jaspersoft BI Suite 4.5, is now able to move data from any source into and out of Apache Hadoop and other big data platforms, regardless of format. Together, these technologies integrate enterprise data with big data platforms to provide actionable business intelligence quickly and precisely.

Posted April 10, 2012

IBM has introduced DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 software that integrates with big data systems, automatically compresses data into tighter spaces to prevent storage sprawl, and slices information from the past, present, and future to eliminate expensive application code. Over the past 4 years, more than 100 clients, 200 business partners, and hundreds of experts from IBM Research and Software Development Labs around the world collaborated to develop the new software.

Posted April 10, 2012

Objectivity, Inc. and Database Trends and Applications will present a webcast on the latest trends in big data analytics on Thursday April 12 at 9 am PT/ 12 noon ET. The webcast will cover the definition of big data and explain how to maximize existing architectures by utilizing NoSQL technologies to improve functionality and provide real-time results. There will be a focus on relationship analytics as well as an introduction to NoSQL data stores, object and graph databases, such as the architecture behind Objectivity/DB and InfiniteGraph.

Posted April 10, 2012

Quest Software, Inc. has announced the availability of vFundamentals, a new product suite that delivers backup, capacity planning and resource optimization for VMware virtual environments. vFundamentals is intended to enable virtualization administrators to grow their virtual environments knowing that critical assets are properly utilized and protected. The new bundle includes Quest vRanger Pro, a VMware backup, replication and recovery solution, as well as capacity management and optimization technology from VKernel's vOps Server Standard Edition. VKernel was acquired in November 2011 by Quest.

Posted April 10, 2012

Organizations are rapidly increasing cloud adoption and maturity. According to the 2012 OAUG survey on cloud applications adoption, 51% of respondents now have between 1 and 5 years of experience in the cloud. Attend this upcoming OAUG webcast on Tuesday, April 17, at 10 am PT/ 1 pm ET to gain insight into strategies for leveraging the cloud for key business systems and learn how your peers are planning for and implementing cloud-based solutions. Attendees will hear directly from the report authors and OAUG president Mark Clark for unique insight into what OAUG members are doing in the cloud.

Posted April 10, 2012

10gen, a sponsor of the open source non-relational database MongoDB, and Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, have announced new areas of collaboration and the joint development of best practices and blueprint reference designs for deploying MongoDB across Red Hat offerings, including the Red Hat Enterprise Linux enterprise operating system, Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) OpenShift and Red Hat JBoss middleware solutions.

Posted April 09, 2012

Many IT developers have built complex and lengthy PL/SQL scripts to perform critical data processing tasks as a result of underperforming ETL tools, but as business requirements change and data volumes grow, the need to tune, maintain and extend thousands of PL/SQL lines can hinder agility and increase costs. Watch the replay of this webcast presentation to learn how the National Education Association and other organizations have succeeded in optimizing their PL/SQL environments to enhance performance, maximize business agility, and reduce costs.

Posted April 05, 2012

Oracle Corporation announced that GAAP total revenues for fiscal 2012 Q3, which ended Feb. 28, were up 3% to $9.0 billion, and non-GAAP total revenues were up 3% to $9.1 billion. Among the highlights for the quarter were Oracle's engineered systems. Hardware revenue for engineered systems grew 139% in the third quarter and bookings are strong going into the fourth quarter, said Oracle president Mark Hurd in a statement released by the company with the announcement of its quarterly financial results.

Posted April 04, 2012

First introduced at Oracle OpenWorld, the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a high-speed engineered system featuring in-memory business intelligence software and hardware, is now generally available. Oracle Exalytics features Oracle BI Foundation Suite 11.6, which includes 87 new product capabilities and enhancements, and Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics, enhanced for an Oracle Sun server designed for in-memory analytics. Exalytics has had the fastest launch of any engineered system that Oracle has introduced and is already being well accepted in the U.S. and Europe, and ramping up now in Asia, said Mark Hurd, Oracle president, during the company's recent third quarter earnings call.

Posted April 04, 2012

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