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MicroStrategy Inc., a worldwide provider of business intelligence software, has announced the release of MicroStrategy 9, which it describes as its most significant software release in nearly a decade. MicroStrategy 9 was introduced in January 2009 at the company's annual user conference and is now generally available. The new release delivers new technology and features to extend the performance, scalability, and efficiency of enterprise BI, to enable the rapid deployment of departmental BI applications, and to provide a seamless consolidation path from departmental BI to enterprise BI.

Posted April 07, 2009

SPSS, Inc., a global provider of predictive analytics software and solutions, has introduced the latest versions of its data mining workbench and text analytics software products, and renamed them to fit under a unified portfolio naming umbrella. Predictive Analytics Software, PASW, is the new name for the complete portfolio of SPSS Predictive Analytics products. This new naming standard unifies the product families under consistent and descriptive nomenclatures to reflect the broad functionality and seamless integration among all SPSS products.

Posted April 07, 2009

GoldenGate Software Inc., a provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions, and Greenplum, a provider of database software for data warehousing and analytics, today announced that GoldenGate supports integration of operational data to a Greenplum data warehouse in real-time for improved business intelligence and reporting.

Posted April 07, 2009

Zmanda, a provider of open source backup and recovery software, announced that Zen Innovations based in Switzerland has selected and deployed Amanda Enterprise to backup and protect its corporate data.

Posted April 06, 2009

BMC Software announced enhancements to BMC Remedy IT Service Management (ITSM) Suite and the BMC Atrium technology platform, two key components of its Business Service Management platform. Tighter integration among the primary technologies of BMC's BSM platform makes it easier for organizations to discover, visualize, prioritize and orchestrate IT services, the vendor says.

Posted April 06, 2009

iTKO, a provider of testing and validation solutions for SOA-enabled distributed enterprise applications, has introduced a new release of its flagship LISA product suite, which includes enhanced virtualization support. The new features in version 4.6 of LISA are targeted at helping customers who are experiencing greater pressure to deliver software faster, and with fewer resources and lower costs while also maintaining quality levels, the vendor says.

Posted April 06, 2009

MEGA, a provider of enterprise architecture (EA) and business process analysis (BPA) solutions, today launched a version of its flagship modeling suite, incorporating enhanced IT planning capabilities, more enterprise architecture features, and support for Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), the industry standard for process descriptions.

Posted April 06, 2009

AmberPoint, an SOA management systems vendor, announced new advancements to its platform for monitoring and managing business transactions across interconnected enterprise applications. AmberPoint's Business Transaction Management (BTM) solution introduces a concept the vendor calls a "Business Transaction Safety Net," which includes active transaction recording, a transaction search engine, and transaction logging and auditing capabilities.

Posted April 06, 2009

Oracle has introduced the Sales Readiness Verification initiative for Oracle partners in North America with proven expertise in Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database and the Oracle Grid.

Posted April 02, 2009

UC4 Software, a leading provider of workload automation solutions, on Tuesday announced the general availability of the latest version of its enterprise job scheduling and end-to-end IT process automation solution. With UC4 Workload Automation Suite 8.0, UC4 introduces major new functionality that enables organizations to automate and simply control processes that span applications and systems running in both virtual and physical worlds.

Posted April 02, 2009

Oracle this week announced that Oracle WebLogic Server, a strategic component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle JRockit, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle Database 11g running on a Dell PowerEdge server, set a world record two-socket, single-node result with the SPECjAppServer2004 industry standard benchmark.

Posted April 02, 2009

Oracle is offering a new, smaller version of the HP Oracle Database Machine, according to a recent post on the company's Data Warehouse Insider blog. This follows the initial introduction of the HP Oracle Database Machine, which was unveiled by CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld in September 2008. More than three years in development, Ellison called the offering "the world's fastest database machine."

Posted April 02, 2009

Make plans now to attend the Minneapolis Conference November 8-11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

Posted April 01, 2009

Unisys Corp. has introduced a multi-function remote deposit scanner to offer companies a low-cost, easy way to deposit checks from their offices directly into their bank accounts, and provides financial institutions with a cost-effective remote capture solution for small business customers.

Posted April 01, 2009

Unisys Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Unisys Canada Inc. has received a four-year contract from BMO Financial Group for Unisys ClearPath mainframe-class server systems and related support services.

Posted April 01, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a provider of data connectivity and mainframe integration, has released a new suite of 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC drivers that offer new enhancements intended to streamline application development, boost performance and reduce application certification costs. The updated suite, DataDirect Connect for ODBC version 6.0, integrates with the DataDirect Bulk Load and DataDirect Application Failover products.

Posted March 31, 2009

Curl, Inc., the developer of the Curl Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform, has announced the release of Curl Data Kit Data Services (CDK-DS). CDK-DS is ideal for enterprise developers who are building new applications that require a fast, scalable and reliable data connection to existing server infrastructure, according to the vendor. This includes those developers using Adobe Flex or Flash who have discovered that they need a more robust client side technology, as well as developers who are upgrading an existing Curl application and require a more powerful and scalable data connectivity solution.

Posted March 31, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies recently held DataRage, three days of online technical sessions and a virtual trade show targeted at DBAs, data architects, database developers, security experts, and other database professionals, and found that the virtual approach was the right one for the times, according Greg Keller, chief evangelist, at the company. The online event was held March 17 through March 19.

Posted March 31, 2009

Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, and Talend, a provider of open source data integration software, have announced a partnership aimed at jointly selling and marketing their solutions. This new partnership allows both companies to expand their market reach with new solutions created by combining their respective data integration technologies. This partnership-combining the power of Attunity's mainframe connectivity and non-intrusive change-data-capture (CDC) software, and the versatility of Talend's open source data integration solutions-will offer customers increased options for data integration.

Posted March 31, 2009

Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), has announced Pentaho BI Suite Version 3, aimed at making it cost effective for businesses to deploy easy-to-use, robust BI capabilities to users throughout the organization. Pentaho BI Suite Version 3 allows business users to easily create interactive dashboards-including Adobe Flash-based visualizations-without training. Also, based on existing customer successes and growing customer demand, Pentaho is introducing a Cloud Computing Edition, packaged for deployment on the Amazon EC2 Cloud, providing companies with another way to drive down the cost of bringing BI into their organizations.

Posted March 31, 2009

Vision Solutions, a high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider, has announced the availability of Vision PowerPacks, new offerings that combine Vision Solutions software with IBM technologies. By combining complementary hardware and software technologies, the new PowerPacks are intended to enable customers to more easily acquire turnkey high availability, disaster recovery and migration solutions, the vendor says.

Posted March 30, 2009

Continuity Software, a provider of disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) management solutions, unveiled upgraded software that includes enhancements in the areas of cluster system support, root cause analysis, and high availability (HA) gap detection and reporting. RecoverGuard version 4.0, the vendor says, now also offers end-to-end solution for ensuring business continuity across Unix and other distributed platforms, by providing them with a tool by which they can validate and assure both restore point objective (RPO) and restore time objective (RTO).

Posted March 30, 2009

Citrix Systems, an application delivery infrastructure vendor, unveiled a set of improvements to its application delivery product line, Citrix XenApp, designed to simplify the process of delivering Windows applications as an on-demand service. The enhancements boost XenApp's capabilities in capacity planning, server provisioning and application management, the vendor says.

Posted March 30, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a provider of data connectivity and mainframe integration, has released a new suite of 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC drivers that offer new enhancements intended to streamline application development, boost performance and reduce application certification costs. The updated suite, DataDirect Connect for ODBC version 6.0, integrates with the DataDirect Bulk Load and DataDirect Application Failover products.

Posted March 30, 2009

Clerity Solutions, Inc., a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, today released the latest version of its rehosting software, stating that it offers increased choice in deployment platforms, advanced security options, and innovations that simplify migrations of online and batch application environments to open systems servers.

Posted March 30, 2009

The time is past when the unique attributes of the MultiValue database model alone provided sufficient justification for the use of the technology, notes Pete Loveless in an exclusive interview with Database Trends and Applications magazine. Loveless explains why MV companies must support interoperability and integration from the ground up, in order to meet the challenges presented by the market now, and in the future. "Integration between MultiValue and emerging technologies such as XML, Web Services, and .NET has become increasingly important for growth. We've seen a huge surge of customers demanding our .NET development facilities," he states. To read the complete interview with Loveless in the March e-edition of DBTA, go here.

Posted March 25, 2009

Revelation's classes on OpenInsight are forming for April. Intrdoduction to Development in OpenInsight will be held April 6-8, What's New in OpenInsight 9.0 will be held April 14-15, Intermediate Development in OpenInsight will be held Arpil 20-22, and Advanced Topics in OpenInsight will be held April 27-29

Posted March 25, 2009

APT Solutions is a U.K.-based provider of web-enabled membership management software and associated specialist membership administration services to the not-for-profit sector. Its clients include member-based organizations such as trade unions, institutions, clubs, societies, charities and health plan providers. The company's Stratum Membership Management software solution helps organizations gain control over their member information and leverage the information to save money, increase efficiencies, boost member communications, retention, loyalty and donations and improve staff productivity.

Posted March 25, 2009

Ladybridge Systems, a privately owned U.K,-based company, has announced that BookMasters, one of the largest distributors of books in the U.S., has completed migration of their 105-user business system to QM. Running on a quad core Xeon system with five 32Gb Managed Flash Technology drives (Easy Computing Company) the migration has significantly reduced costs and is delivering high performance, according to the companies.

Posted March 25, 2009

jBASE International, a leading supplier of database management software, has unveiled features of the upcoming version of its multidimensional database, jBASE Release 5. The new release builds on jBASE Release 4 to deliver a true 64-bit database implementation together with new application programming interfaces (APIs) and enhanced resilience through the introduction of Dataguard.

Posted March 25, 2009

In the face of an uncertain economic outlook, organizations as well as government agencies and educational institutions are focused on controlling costs, while also maximizing IT investments that have already been made.In a special section in this month's issue of Database Trends and Applications magazine, we ask leading MultiValue vendors: What is your company doing to help customers extend the value of their MultiValue assets?

Posted March 25, 2009

Imperva, a leading provider of application data security, has announced a new version of its SecureSphere database activity monitoring (DAM) solution that adds analytics intelligence to automate forensic and audit investigations. SecureSphere now provides near real-time multidimensional views of audit data, collects native audit logs from new platforms, and bridges the gap between obscure SAP audit data trails and their associated business transactions.

Posted March 24, 2009

Oracle is offering a new, smaller version of the HP Oracle Database Machine, according to a post last week on the company's Data Warehouse Insider blog. This follows the initial introduction of the HP Oracle Database Machine, which was unveiled by CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld in September 2008. More than three years in development, Ellison called the offering "the world's fastest database machine."

Posted March 24, 2009

Greenplum, a leading provider of database software for the next generation of data warehousing and analytics, has announced new technology designed to accelerate data loading for companies dealing with exponential data growth. Greenplum's new "MPP Scatter/Gather Streaming" (SG Streaming) technology eliminates the bottlenecks associated with other approaches to data loading, enabling high-speed flows of data into the Greenplum Database for large-scale analytics and data warehousing. According to Greenplum, some of its customers are achieving production loading speeds of over four terabytes per hour with negligible impact on concurrent database operations. The SG Streaming technology is available immediately and is a standard feature of the Greenplum Database.

Posted March 24, 2009

Pervasive Software has introduced Pervasive DataMatcher, a highly accurate and high-performance data matching solution based on the Pervasive DataRush technology. DataRush is an embeddable software platform for data intensive processing applications, and is optimized for use on multi-core processors. Its massively parallel-processing engine has been combined with Pervasive's data matching capabilities to create the new DataMatcher product. DataMatcher is designed to help organizations detect fraud, money laundering, and corruption as well as enable threat detection and law enforcement applications, compliance monitoring, and master data management (MDM).

Posted March 24, 2009

Melissa Data, a developer of high-performance data quality and mail management solutions, has announced the release of Data Quality Web Service 2.0-a collection of customer data validation and enrichment services that allow users to add the power of geographic and firmographic information to their web site, CRM system or other business contact process or application. Among the services that are available are: Address Validation (domestic and international), Phone Check, Email Check, Name Check, Geocoding, IP Locator, and Business Coder.

Posted March 24, 2009

SHARE's latest groundbreaking research on Total Enterprise Virtualization, conducted by Unisphere Research, finds that virtualization is on the radar screens of a majority of enterprises, with server or storage virtualization already in place at many organizations.

Posted March 23, 2009

At an IBM-hosted Webinar, executives from IBM's WebSphere and Rational units helped outline ways enterprises can leverage these tools and platforms to reduce costs and increase efficiency through the current economic climate.

Posted March 23, 2009

IBM announced it has teamed up with QLogic, a provider of high-performance networking solutions, to offer the ability to run a full 8 gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel data center from the blade to switch and to storage. The new end-to-end technology will be featured on the entire family of IBM BladeCenter offerings and deliver transfer rates up to twice as fast as current blade servers.

Posted March 23, 2009

CA has introduced new versions of its storage resource management software for mainframe and distributed systems to help customers manage storage environments and address data protection and compliance objectives.

Posted March 23, 2009

Network Instruments, a provider of analysis solutions for network intelligence and continuous availability, announced today that its Observer monitoring platform now provides visibility and in-depth analysis of application performance and traffic within both virtualized and physical environments.

Posted March 23, 2009

Pillar Data Systems, a provider of application-aware storage systems, has announced that through its use of Solid State Drives (SSD) in the Pillar Axiom storage system, Pillar can provide superior $/IOP (input/output performance rate per dollar spent). With the SSDs in the Axiom storage system, Pillar can deliver "the single best" $/IOP in the storage market today, according to Bob Maness, vice president of marketing for Pillar Data Systems.

Posted March 18, 2009

Noetix Corp., a software provider that automatically generates business intelligence (BI) content from enterprise applications, recently announced that fiscal 2008 was the company's fifth consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth. "We are pretty unique in our positioning and that is why even in a down economy such as what we are in now, our value proposition is still ringing very true," David Langston, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Noetix, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We do something different than virtually any other company in the marketplace and that is focused around generating content for BI tools so it is a different spin than just customers investing in a front-end BI tool."

Posted March 18, 2009

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Sourcing On Demand, a software-as-a-service solution intended to drive more efficient and effective strategic sourcing. Based on Oracle Sourcing and Oracle Sourcing Optimization, part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, Oracle Sourcing On Demand is pre-configured and hosted by Oracle experts, enabling reduced time-to-value and accelerated ROI.

Posted March 18, 2009

While concern about data "doubling each year" is a common IT refrain, there may be signs that it is not quite that bad.

Posted March 17, 2009

SpringSource, a leading provider of tools for the development of enterprise Java applications, has released version 2.0 of its SpringSource Tool Suite (STS), a comprehensive environment for building Spring-powered Java applications. The Spring Framework is an open source application framework that is used to implement standard application structures for the Java Platform. STS is a complete set of tools for developing Java applications within this framework that run on major application servers such as IBM WebSphere, Apache Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic, JBoss, and SpringSource dm Server. Application developers rely on STS as an Eclipse-based IDE that speeds development, dictates best practices, and assists with solving runtime problems while creating applications.

Posted March 17, 2009

Idera, a leading provider of management and administration solutions for Microsoft Windows Servers, has announced SQLsecure 2.5, a security analysis solution that helps database administrators (DBAs) identify and track SQL Server security issues in order to ensure compliance with corporate security audit requirements.

Posted March 17, 2009

Entrinsik, well known in the MultiValue arena for database reporting and analytics software and services for the UniVerse and UniData databases from IBM, will unveil the feature-complete beta release of a major new version of the company's Informer Web Reporting solution this month. The new release offers native access to multiple databases, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, DB2, Informix, and Microsoft Access, in addition to UniVerse and UniData, as well as easy navigation and dynamic linking for reporting across multiple data sources.

Posted March 17, 2009

At a joint press conference in New York last week, SAP AG and Sybase announced a partnership to deliver the new SAP Business Suite software to iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and other devices by integrating it with Sybase's mobile enterprise application platform. SAP unveiled SAP Business Suite 7 software on Feb. 4.

Posted March 17, 2009

HP announced a series of new solutions and services intended to offer greater virtualization and systems management support to help companies better manage IT costs.

Posted March 16, 2009

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