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COLLABORATE 09, the annual Oracle users conference sponsored by the Independent Oracle Users Group, the Oracle Applications Users Group and the Quest International Users Group, wrapped up successfully in Orlando, Fla. earlier this month. "I think COLLABORATE was a great success," Ian Abramson, president of the IOUG, tells 5 Minute Briefing, adding that it emphasized the unique value of a live in-person event.

Posted May 20, 2009

At its recent TechEd conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced new innovations from the SQL Server team. The next release, SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro'), is intended to empower end users to make better decisions through self-service business intelligence, and help IT drive greater efficiency and reduce costs through new capabilities such as multi-server management and Master Data Services. The first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available in the second half of 2009 and Microsoft is on track to ship SQL Server 2008 R2 in the first half of calendar year 2010. In 2010, Microsoft will also introduce complex event processing for real-time insight into streaming information. This will offers customers and partners faster time to solution and equal or better performance than competitive alternatives to gain insight from streaming information.

Posted May 19, 2009

Oracle Corporation announced that it has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers.

Posted May 19, 2009

5 Minute Briefing: Data Integration had a chance to visit the COLLABORATE 09 conference for Oracle users in Orlando during the week of May 4. We conducted interviews with both Ian Abramson, the president of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), and later with Raymond Payne, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG).

Posted May 19, 2009

At its recent SAPPHIRE 09 conference, SAP AG announced SAP Business Objects Explorer, a new software product that brings together search and navigation capabilities from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator) software, enabling customers to navigate mountains of business data at high speed and give them a clear view across their organizations. Another milestone in the company's acquisition and integration of Business Objects, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer will deliver the most significant and largest combination of SAP and Business Objects technology to date, according to the company.

Posted May 19, 2009

Talend, a leading provider of open data integration software, has announced the availability of Talend Integration Suite MPX, a new edition of its Integration Suite Platform specially designed to help organizations attain high levels of performance and remove obstacles typically associated with traditional data integration processes.

Posted May 19, 2009

Composite Software, Inc., a leading provider of data virtualization software, and Motio, Inc., a leading provider of advanced sofware development lifecycle tools for IBM-Cognos business intelligence deployments, have begun shipping the new Composite BI Accelerator Appliance. Jointly developed by Composite and Motio, the BI Accelerator Appliance automates currently cumbersome tasks in the BI lifecycle. The initial release, a self-contained appliance, has been optimized for IBM-Cognos environments. The end-to-end solution automates steps throughout the BI process including upfront data discovery and ongoing maintenance of IBM-Cognos reporting environments.

Posted May 19, 2009

Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, announced new software designed to help organizations lower operational costs by modernizing COBOL assets. The latest version of Veryant's isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) simplifies COBOL and Java integration, enhances the Eclipse-based development environment, and includes several improvements to make moving to isCOBOL from alternative platforms even easier.

Posted May 18, 2009

Novell has released PlateSpin Recon 3.6, a data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool that combines consolidation planning with virtual capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure.

Posted May 18, 2009

Sepaton, Inc., a provider of disk-based data protection solutions, today announced new DeltaRemote software that enables enterprises to back up and replicate large volumes of data at high speed for cost-effective disaster protection. DeltaRemote is intended to enable large companies to meet regulatory requirements for disaster recovery, reduce labor-intensive tape handling, and meet stringent recovery time objectives (RTO).

Posted May 18, 2009

Oracle Corporation announced that it has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers.

Posted May 18, 2009

IBM announced the availability of "stream computing" software that enables massive amounts of data to be analyzed in real time, delivering fast insights. The new software is called IBM System S, and is available as a part of the InfoSphere product line.

Posted May 18, 2009

Make plans now to attend the UNITE Conference November 8-11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn. The Minneapolis metro area's 18.3 million annual visitors makes it one of Forbes' 30 most-visited cities in the U.S. Minneapolis is centrally located making it an ideal site for the UNITE conference.

Posted May 13, 2009

Adaptivity and Unisys Corp. have expanded their partnership, to enable them to jointly provide IT transformation solutions that combine Adaptivity's IT technology library and applied expertise with the Unisys 3D Blueprinting approach to mapping business to IT and Unisys solutions for management of a real-time infrastructure (RTI).

Posted May 13, 2009

Unisys Corporation announced enhancements to its line of enterprise servers, along with a framework designed to help clients select the virtualization architecture appropriate and most cost-effective for their enterprises.

Posted May 13, 2009

Sparxent, Inc., an IT and business solution provider focused on medium-sized companies, announced it signed a letter of intent to acquire XAware, Inc., a commercial open source company focused on developing real-time data integration solutions.

Posted May 12, 2009

Informatica, an independent provider of data integration software and services, has announced that its Data Archive solution, recently acquired through the purchase of Applimation, has been certified for use with the Hitachi Content Archive Platform. Through this integration, Informatica and Hitachi provide customers with a cost-effective way to archive, store, and retrieve business critical information.

Posted May 12, 2009

Kalido, a provider of master data and information management software, has announced that the latest release of the Kalido Information Engine now includes significant data matching capabilities for broader support of data governance programs. The new release also includes enhanced functionality for the enablement of best practices for the design, development and deployment of the Kalido Information Engine.

Posted May 12, 2009

Hubspan, a leading provider of business integration solutions, and IBM have announced WebSpan, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) integration platform. WebSpan combines the Hubspan on-demand integration platform and IBM WebSphere integration software into a single platform that can help businesses reduce the cost, time and complexity associated with traditional integration and business process automation solutions.

Posted May 12, 2009

Talend, a leading provider of open source data integration software, recently announced the availability of version 3.1 of its data integration solutions, Talend Open Studio and Talend Integration Suite. Talend Open Studio is the free, open source version of the software and is a full data integration platform. Talend Integration Suite is the commercial product version for which Talend charges a subscription price, and is an enterprise-grade offering that extends the functionality of Talend Open Studio.

Posted May 12, 2009

Sybase, Inc., has announced the latest version of Sybase Replication Server, specifically designed to move and synchronize data across the enterprise.

Posted May 12, 2009

CA has upgraded 143 of its 166 mainframe management solutions and also introduced CA Mainframe Software Manager (MSM), a management solution to simplify the acquisition and implementation of CA software on the IBM z/OS platform.

Posted May 11, 2009

Micro Focus International, a provider of enterprise application and management solutions, announced that it is making two new acquisitions in the software development and testing sectors.

Posted May 11, 2009

As part of the announcement of its recent WebSphere Cloudburst appliance, IBM announced a toolset that helps automate the deployment and configuration of applications for the cloud. IBM Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere is designed to optimize configuration and application deployment to customize WebSphere CloudBurst patterns.

Posted May 11, 2009

Dataupia Corporation's Dataupia Satori Server now supports Oracle Database 11g, including Linux and Solaris operating system platforms.

Posted May 07, 2009

Oracle has introduced Oracle Product Data Quality Cleansing and Matching Server, a new offering based on the DataLens System from Silver Creek Systems, a member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Posted May 07, 2009

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.1.2, which unifies performance management and business intelligence to support a range of strategic, financial and operational management processes.

Posted May 07, 2009

Oracle has announced general availability of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.

Posted May 07, 2009

Noetix Corp., a software provider that automatically generates business intelligence (BI) content from enterprise applications, introduced Noetix Generator 2.0 for Oracle Business Intelligence, making it faster and easier to roll out reporting to Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus (OBI EE) and Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition One end users.

Posted May 07, 2009

At COLLABORATE 09 in Orlando, Oracle announced enhancements to Oracle Beehive, a unified platform for enterprise collaboration.

Posted May 07, 2009

Guardium, a provider of database security solutions, has announced that it has joined the partner ecosystem supporting Microsoft Forefront. Currently in public beta testing, Forefront is an integrated security suite that delivers comprehensive protection across endpoint, application servers and edge solutions with a central management console for easy administration and enterprise-wide multi product visibility. Forefront enables software, hardware, and services vendors to share and use security event information across its environment and the broader partner ecosystem. As a result, partners can enhance the effectiveness of their security technologies and better protect customer IT environments.

Posted May 05, 2009

GoldenGate Software Inc., a provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions, has announced support for the new HP BladeSystem Matrix. Customers can now take advantage of the new, high performance hardware to enable greater flexibility and lower total cost of ownership.

Posted May 05, 2009

Pentaho Corporation, a provider of commercial open source business intelligence and data integration software, has announced Pentaho Data Integration 3.2, a new release of Pentaho's extract, transform, and load (ETL) tool with enhancements for cloud- and cluster-based ETL, as well as new product features such as additional transformation capabilities and connections to new data sources. Pentaho Data Integration is already in production on the Amazon cloud supporting cloud-based data warehouses, and now with

Posted May 05, 2009

Teradata Corporation and SAP have announced a new agreement to provide SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP BW) on the Teradata database. Customers of both companies have asked for accelerated, unified access to detailed enterprise data for improved business visibility, according to the vendors. To address this need, the partnership will deliver an integrated and scalable solution that lowers total cost of ownership and consolidates data on one database platform.

Posted May 05, 2009

DataGuise, a provider of data security and privacy solutions for enterprises, has announced theDataGuise Know Your Data program. The Know Your Data program is intended to help organizations pinpoint the location of credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, addresses, salaries, and other sensitive content stored throughout the enterprise to secure it from unauthorized access. The new program combines existing DataGuise software with onsite consulting services to help customers deploy an automated process of discovering where sensitive data is located, and then masking it to ensure data privacy.

Posted May 05, 2009

Vertica, a column-oriented analytic database technology provider, has announced a major new release of the Vertica Analytic Database with new performance, analytic and security features designed for robust analytic data management processes in modern data centers. The announcement was made at the TDWI World Conference in Chicago. Vertica Analytic Database 3.0 includes dozens of new features that were engineered into the product based on feedback from Vertica's fast-growing customer base, which is approaching 100 production installations after two years in business.

Posted May 05, 2009

IBM today announced the acquisition of the assets of Exeros, a privately-held company based in Santa Clara, Calif., that provides data discovery software. Financial details were not disclosed. The acquisition, IBM says, will further strengthen its Information Agenda strategy to help companies turn data into a strategic asset, and provides new capabilities for its recently announced Business Analytics Optimization Consulting practice.

Posted May 05, 2009

QLogic Corp., a network infrastructure solutions vendor, announced that it has acquired NetXen, Inc., a supplier of a 10Gbit/E products. QLogic will pay approximately $21 million in cash for NetXen, subject to certain closing adjustments. Both companies serve the same customers and address similar markets, QLogic says, and the acquisition provides QLogic with complementary networking products and intellectual property.

Posted May 04, 2009

Syncsort, a global leader in data protection software, has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. The program helps technology vendors integrate their products with VMware virtualization software and deliver joint solutions to mutual customers.

Posted May 04, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has announced Reflection for Secure IT version 7.1, a family of Secure Shell clients and servers for Windows and Unix optimized for secure file transfer and remote system administration.

Posted May 04, 2009

SpringSource today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Hyperic, an open source provider in web application and infrastructure management. San Francisco-based Hyperic's solutions monitor and manage the performance and availability of the application stack to provide IT and web operations a unified view and control of the performance and health of their web infrastructure.

Posted May 04, 2009

IBM announced two new products that allow customers to extend their investment in service-oriented architecture (SOA) into a cloud services environment. These new offerings enable clients to easily create application environments that can be deployed and managed in a "private cloud."

Posted May 04, 2009

IBM announced a new online destination to help software developers gain new IT skills, establish professional relationships, and more easily collaborate with peers around the world. The site, My developerWorks, provides a dashboard view of all social networking activities on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, plus real-time feeds from forums, blogs and wikis, activities, groups and events aggregated from IBM's developerWorks technical portal.

Posted May 04, 2009

SOA Software, a provider of unified governance automation products, announced today a centralized policy definition and service monitoring solution for IBM DataPower appliances. The tool, Service Manager for IBM WebSphere DataPower, enables customers to use their existing DataPower deployments to virtualize enterprise services for high-availability, load balancing, and offloading of costly XML and security processing.

Posted May 04, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security software, has announced that it has become the sole distributor of Repscan by Red-Database-Security, a 360-degree database vulnerability assessment and security scanning software available for Oracle databases. The product complements and integrates with Sentrigo's Hedgehog family of database activity monitoring software for protecting corporate databases from privileged insiders as well as malicious hackers. Repscan and Hedgehog products are available for download and free evaluation from the Sentrigo website. Repscan scans and reports on Oracle database weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Posted April 30, 2009

Oracle and LSI Corporation have announced that they have achieved breakthrough performance for Oracle Database 11g SecureFiles utilizing the LSI Engenio 7900 Storage System.

Posted April 30, 2009

SAP AG has announced the availability of enhancements to the SAP BusinessObjects Edge software portfolio, including new features in the release of SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI 3.1, its comprehensive business intelligence software for small businesses and midsize companies (SMBs). One of the main new Edge BI 3.1 features is the inclusion of SAP BusinessObjects Polestar software, a guided data navigation application that helps any business user to easily explore information and quickly answer important business questions via simple search. Edge BI 3.1also now supports databases and applications from other vendors, recognizing the fact that the majority of SMBs have mixed IT infrastructures.

Posted April 30, 2009

Oracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems, on the heels of a breakdown of a proposed acquisition by IBM. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

Posted April 30, 2009

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has announced the availability of virtual session offerings for its annual Oracle users group conference. Companies can set up virtual access for COLLABORATE 09 - IOUG Forum to be held May 3-7, 2009, in Orlando, Fla., for their entire company.

Posted April 30, 2009

eCube Systems, a leading provider of tools and middleware products for enterprise systems, has announced that its NXTera High Performance RPC Middleware product now supports Ingres Database 9.2, a leading open source database that helps organizations develop and manage business critical applications at an affordable cost. Whether in grid, cloud or demanding computational and transactional environments, NXTera provides the performance required for high-speed distributed computing, according to the vendor. NXTera is employed to link independent application logic running on multiple computing platforms over high speed networks, while enabling interaction with reliable and fast transactional databases.

Posted April 28, 2009

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