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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

Quest Software recently announced the forthcoming release of Toad for Oracle version 10, the de-facto standard tool for Oracle database development and administration. Toad for Oracle 10 will offer new functionality enhancements that the Toad community has been asking for, providing improved productivity, better database manageability and easier access to educational resources. Toad for Oracle 10 is the culmination of suggestions gathered from the Toad community's "wish list," incorporating many enhancements in the areas of usability, automation, education, and flexibility.

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

IBM has introduced new systems software for managing virtualized servers, to help clients plan, build and maintain data centers. The new systems software—IBM Systems Director VMControl—gives companies a tool to manage heterogeneous virtual servers. The solution is designed to enable users to discover, display, monitor and locate virtual resources; create and manage virtual servers; and deploy and manage workloads with a common interface across IBM System z mainframes, System x x86-based servers, BladeCenter, Power Systems AIX, Linux, and System i platforms.

Posted July 27, 2009

A number of VMware global partners, including Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and NEC, announced their support for use of VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM) to make their hardware more power efficient. VMware DPM, part of the VMware vSphere 4 platform, lowers power consumption in the data center by aggregating unused capacity and powering off unused servers without disrupting service levels.

Posted July 27, 2009

Mark Logic Corporation, a provider of software for information-centric applications, announced the release of its new product, MarkLogic Application Services 1.0, a suite of services designed to help organizations rapidly design, develop, and deploy rich information-centric applications.

Posted July 27, 2009

Netrics, a provider of data matching technology, announced it has signed TIBCO Software as an OEM partner.

Posted July 27, 2009

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

Posted July 23, 2009

Sybase, Inc. has announced the availability of Sybase IQ 15.1, the newest version of its column-based analytics server. With this new release, organizations can utilize Sybase IQ 15.1 in-database analytics functionality to run predictive analytics business logic directly in the database

Posted July 22, 2009

Sybase, Inc. yesterday reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. Highlights of the quarter include historical second quarter records achieved in operating income, operating margin, net income, EPS, and cash flow; as well as license revenue that increased 4% year over year and 11% in constant currency; and database license revenue that increased 23% and 30% in constant currency. Additionally, mobile software license revenue increased 4% and 11% in constant currency.

Posted July 22, 2009

For the fifth consecutive year, Bradmark Technologies is sponsoring Sybase at the upcoming user training and solutions conference to be held in Washington, DC, August 25-27. As a strategic partner, Bradmark continues their strong support and commitment to provide Sybase customers with best-in-class monitoring and event management solutions.

Posted July 22, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies has released a new version of its database change management software. Change Manager 5.1 helps DBAs and developers by automating complex database change management tasks, resulting in more streamlined development cycles and fewer errors. Change Manager, which supports Oracle, IBM DB2 for LUW, Microsoft SQL Server, and Sybase from a single user interface, is available as a standalone tool or as part of All-Access, a cost-effective tool chest that includes all of Embarcadero's multi-platform application development and database tools.

Posted July 22, 2009

Bluewolf, an IT consulting firm, has launched Sybase Remote DBA, new Sybase database administration support services for businesses of all sizes. The service offerings are an extension of bw.DirectDBA, the company's Remote Database Administration service for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and now Sybase. Bluewolf's remote database management service provides businesses with access to its team of U.S.-based experts to ensure the successful monitoring and support of their databases.

Posted July 22, 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 July 22, 2009

Registration is now open for U2 University, the largest U2 event of the year, providing U2 training, certification, and networking resources.

Posted July 22, 2009

Entrinsik, Inc., a provider of innovative, web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has named Sharon Shelton to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and Informer sales. The new release of Informer Web Reporting now gives users access to information from multiple systems, platforms, or locations, eliminating data silo constraints with or without a data warehouse, and Shelton will be responsible for leading Entrinsik's Informer sales and overall marketing operations worldwide.

Posted July 22, 2009

Application Security, Inc., a provider of database security, risk, and compliance solutions for the enterprise, has announced that it will support Oracle's July 2009 CPU (critical patch update) for Oracle databases. The latest CPU contains 33 new security vulnerability fixes.

Posted July 21, 2009

Idera, a provider of management and administration solutions for Microsoft SQL Server, has announced SQL comparison toolset v1.1, a solution that is aimed at helping DBAs save time in comparing and synchronizing SQL Server databases.

Posted July 21, 2009

Bluewolf, an IT consulting firm, has launched Sybase Remote DBA, new Sybase database administration support services for businesses of all sizes. The service offerings are an extension of bw.DirectDBA, the company's Remote Database Administration service for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and now Sybase. Bluewolf's remote database management service provides businesses with access to its team of U.S.-based experts to ensure the successful monitoring and support of their databases.

Posted July 21, 2009

SPSS, a provider of predictive analytics software and solutions, has released PASW Statistics 18, the latest version of its statistics software suite used by commercial, government and academic organizations to solve business and research problems.

Posted July 21, 2009

Visual i/o, a technology vendor that provides business analytics and and visualization software, has announced a cloud-based Software-as-Service (SaaS) solution that allows employees and managers throughout an enterprise to simultaneously access, visualize, analyze and collaborate with one another on essential data.

Posted July 21, 2009

Bus-Tech, Inc., a supplier of data center connectivity products, has introduced the Mainframe Data Library (MDL) model 100S. Designed to provide mainframe Virtual Tape Library (VTL) functionality to smaller mainframe shops, the MDL-100S offers self-contained storage and multiple data protection options for what it calls a turnkey solution for mainframe tape replacement.

Posted July 20, 2009

BMC Software announced it is offering its Business Service Management (BSM) set of services and solutions to facilitate "private cloud" development, and that it is leveraging Amazon Web Services to optimize hybrid IT infrastructure deployments via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Posted July 20, 2009

Novell has announced the addition of physical-to-virtual migration support for Sun Solaris workloads in the latest version of PlateSpin Migrate, a workload management product that enables data center managers to move workloads anywhere to anywhere: between physical, image, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted July 20, 2009

IBM announced enhancements to its information infrastructure portfolio of high-end enterprise storage products designed to help businesses manage the explosive growth in data and information.

Posted July 20, 2009

HP announced that it signed a definitive deal to acquire IBRIX, a provider of enterprise-class file serving software that includes data protection, high-availability features and data management services for extreme scale-out, cloud and high-performance computing deployments.

Posted July 20, 2009

IBM announced second-quarter 2009 net income at $3.1 billion, a 12% increase over $2.8 billion in the second quarter of 2008. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2009 of $23.3 billion decreased 13% (7%, adjusting for currency) from the second quarter of 2008.

Posted July 20, 2009

Oracle introduced the Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler. The standalone tool supports logical, relational, multi-dimensional and data type modeling while featuring multi-layered design and generation capabilities to produce conceptual entity relationship diagrams (ERDs) and transform them to relational models.

Posted July 15, 2009

Aimed at distributors, Oracle has introduced Oracle Price Protection, a new application that automates the price protection transactional processes and streamlines overall pricing, promotions and product discount management.

Posted July 15, 2009

Sybase, Inc. today announced the availability of Sybase IQ 15.1, the newest version of its column-based analytics server. With this new release, organizations can utilize Sybase IQ 15.1 in-database analytics functionality to run predictive analytics business logic directly in the database.

Posted July 14, 2009

SAP AG recently introduced new capabilities in two SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions that promote automated risk management and compliance strategies. New versions of the SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management and Process Control applications give customers the clarity required to help ensure that the right controls are in place, helping them to both comply with government regulations and manage business risks.

Posted July 14, 2009

HiT Software, a provider of database access, integration and replication technology, has announced the newest release of a family of ODBC and OLE DB connectivity products optimized for the IBM DB2 v.9 environment including IBM DB2 for z/OS, and IBM DB2 for Windows, Unix, and Linux. HiT ODBC and OLE DB connectivity products now offer full compatibility with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008, allowing developers and programmers to capitalize on Microsoft's advanced features for data scalability and application development, making them fully available to IBM DB2 v.9 systems.

Posted July 14, 2009

Melissa Data, a provider of data quality, NCOALink and data enrichment solutions, is partnering with UAA Clearinghouse to help marketers identify and suppress undeliverable names and addresses in their mailing lists.

Posted July 14, 2009

SenSage has announced that it is participating in the EMC Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/Analytics Competency Center to provide customers an optimized solution to manage large-scale event data warehouse and business intelligence environments. SenSage offers patented event data warehouse solutions that provide actionable results from large amounts of log and event data. The SenSage data warehouse software is integrated with EMC networked storage systems, and is designed to help organizations achieve cost efficiencies and reduce time-to-value in data warehouse deployments.

Posted July 14, 2009

Enterprise Software has introduced NEON zPrime, a proprietary software product intended to reduce cost of mainframe computing by helping customers take advantage of IBM System z specialty processors.

Posted July 13, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a mainframe integration provider and operating company of Progress Software Corporation, announced the availability of a web-based calculator designed to measure the total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) for deploying applications on IBM's System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) in combination with DataDirect Shadow integration middleware.

Posted July 13, 2009

FastScale Technology today announced the introduction of FastScale Composer Suite 3.0 Enterprise Edition, a platform for building, optimizing, managing and deploying Windows and Red Hat Linux server software for physical, virtual and cloud-based environments.

Posted July 13, 2009

Symantec Corp. announced the next phase of its deduplication strategy, intended to help organizations reduce data, reduce management complexity and reduce infrastructure requirements. Symantec is moving deduplication closer to information sources by integrating the technology into its information management platforms: NetBackup, Backup Exec and Enterprise Vault, and centrally managing native deduplication as well as third-party deduplication appliances.

Posted July 13, 2009

Software Diversified Services (SDS) has released the latest version of the Vital Signs IP Monitor (VIP) for z/OS mainframe networks. VIP 7.1 provides administrators of z/OS networks with real-time and historical monitoring of TCP/IP and HPR networks.

Posted July 13, 2009

Oracle today introduced the Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler. The standalone tool supports logical, relational, multi-dimensional and data type modeling while featuring multi-layered design and generation capabilities to produce conceptual entity relationship diagrams (ERDs) and transform them to relational models.

Posted July 07, 2009

Akorri, Inc., a provider of software for virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management for the virtualized data center, and Datalink, an information storage architect, have entered into an alliance partnership.

Posted July 07, 2009

MicroStrategy has announced the availability of MicroStrategy business intelligence reports, dashboards, and scorecards on the Amazon Kindle DX, enabling MicroStrategy BI users to store, retrieve, and review business intelligence reports on the Kindle DX in PDF format while away from the office.

Posted July 07, 2009

Software AG, a provider of business infrastructure software, announced it would soon be shipping the latest release of its flagship webMethods platform, webMethods 8.0. The package includes CentraSite ActiveSOA, a unified repository for business and technical services.

Posted July 07, 2009

ParAccel, Inc., a provider of massively parallel processing (MPP) columnar database technology, has introduced version 2.0 of the ParAccel Analytic Database (PADB) for data warehousing and analytics. PADB 2.0 tackles complex business questions faster by leveraging dozens of new features and enhancements, including patent-pending innovations in query optimization and SAN integration. PADB 2.0 will be generally available in August, 2009 and can be licensed as software or as a virtual or packaged data warehouse appliance.

Posted July 07, 2009

IBM announced that the latest version of Lotus Symphony, its free-of-charge productivity software suite, now provides support for Microsoft Office 2007, enabling organizations to now import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony. According to IBM, the new support will enable Microsoft Office customers to switch to Symphony while retaining access to, and use of, the contents of their Office files.

Posted July 07, 2009

Panorama Software, a provider of BI solutions, has announced NovaView Version 6.0, a tightly integrated suite of web-enabled BI applications. Like past versions, NovaView 6.0 combines strong capabilities for query and analysis, formatted reporting, performance dashboards, KPI scorecards, modeling, advanced visualization and automated report distribution. It also includes new deployment wizards and applications, as well as a more robust platform.

Posted July 07, 2009

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