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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

Jaspersoft, provider of business intelligence (BI) software, and Infobright, the open source data warehouse company, have announced the general availability of what they describe as the first open source project to feature end-to-end BI, extract-transform-load (ETL), and data warehousing capabilities. The companies have also announced that Bi3 Solutions, provider of a virtual on-demand BI solution, has chosen the BI project to build an end-to-end BI suite.

Posted April 28, 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 28, 2009

Sybase last week reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2009 increased to $267.5 million from $260.1 million in the first quarter of 2008. License revenue grew to $89.3 million compared to $78.1 million in the first quarter of 2008. Services revenue was $135.0 million, and messaging revenue was $43.3 million in the 2009 first quarter.

Posted April 28, 2009

EnterpriseDB, an open source database vendor, announced that IBM has licensed its technology to make it easier to deploy applications on DB2 9.7, the upcoming release of IBM's enterprise relational database. The solution is intended to make it easier to migrate applications from Oracle environments into open source or DB2 environments.

Posted April 28, 2009

IBM has announced version 9.7 of DB2 and InfoSphere Warehouse software, focused on transactional performance improvements in the DB2 database, and on expansion of analytics to XML data in the InfoSphere Data Warehouse. Both new products also reduce an even greater amount of space needed to store data, helping clients to gain significant savings on related costs including energy. This offering is also the industry's first database software that will deliver business analytics capabilities for both relational and XML data at the same time, according to IBM.

Posted April 28, 2009

rPath announced an updated solution for automating the packaging and management of applications that are ready to run in traditional, virtual or cloud-based environments.

Posted April 27, 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 April 27, 2009

EnterpriseDB, an open source database vendor, announced that IBM has licensed its technology to make it easier to deploy applications on DB2 9.7, the upcoming release of IBM's enterprise relational database. The solution is intended to make it easier to migrate applications from Oracle environments into open source or DB2 environments.

Posted April 27, 2009

CA today announced new and updated Enterprise IT Management (EITM) products designed to help CIOs achieve "Lean IT" by reducing waste, increasing productivity and improving the customer experience. "Lean IT is a new focus for CA," David Hurwitz, vice president of solutions marketing at CA, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "CA has been talking about and making available a variety of solutions for EITM over the last several years. Lean IT really expresses the purpose and the goal of what you can do with EITM solutions," Hurwitz explains.

Posted April 27, 2009

The U2UG (International IBM U2 User Group), an independent volunteer body representing users of IBM U2 and related MultiValue technologies, has announced the results of the 2009 board election.

Posted April 25, 2009

IBM has launched the early adopter program for U2JPA, which is planned for general availability at the end of this quarter. The Java Persistence API is a Java framework that allows developers to manage relational data. IBM is seeking participants who program in Java and are interested in testing the U2 Java Persistence API.

Posted April 25, 2009

Revelation plans to release OpenInsight 9.0.1 this month. The 9.0.1 release, which is imminent, will include bug fixes as well as new functionality, Robert Catalano, director of sales for Revelation, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 25, 2009

Sybase has announced Sybase CEP, a complex event processing (CEP) technology for performing analytics on high speed streaming data. By integrating Sybase CEP with RAP - The Trading Edition, Sybase is providing a complete platform for trade lifecycle analytics. Sybase CEP extends the Sybase RAP platform's capability to store and analyze large amounts of real-time and historical data, by providing real-time intelligence on high speed streaming market and trade data with minimum latency.

Posted April 23, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies, a database tools and developer software company, has introduced new and enhanced performance optimization tools to help companies detect, fix and prevent costly software errors. The tools include DB Optimizer 1.5 for SQL profiling and tuning, Performance Center for automated 24/7 database monitoring, and J Optimizer 2009 for Java profiling and optimization.

Posted April 23, 2009

MicroStrategy Inc., a worldwide provider of business intelligence software and Sybase Alliance Partner, 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.

Posted April 23, 2009

Sybase yesterday reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2009 increased to $267.5 million from $260.1 million in the first quarter of 2008. License revenue grew to $89.3 million compared to $78.1 million in the first quarter of 2008. Services revenue was $135.0 million, and messaging revenue was $43.3 million in the 2009 first quarter.

Posted April 23, 2009

Bradmark Technologies, Inc., an established provider of enterprise monitoring and database administration tools, announced the release of Surveillance version 4.2 for Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) Cluster Edition. This release bolsters Bradmark's continuing development of its premier monitoring solution for Sybase data management products, enabling customers-including many that manage the world's most critical data-to cost-effectively maintain unprecedented performance and reliability.

Posted April 23, 2009

Visual Expert 6.0 now supports Sybase ASE, MS SQL Server, Oracle and PowerBuilder Code.It provides impact analysis and code exploration for all of these types of code.

Posted April 23, 2009

Sybase, Inc., announced that Sybase IQ 15, combined with Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire X4540 storage server and running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), recorded the best price/performance result in the TPC-H benchmark at 3000 GB scale factor for all non-clustered systems. The benchmark simulates decision support systems that analyze large volumes of data, executes queries with a high degree of complexity, and gives answers to critical business questions. Sybase says that the achievement illustrates the effectiveness of Sybase IQ 15 in helping to optimize IT asset utilization and significantly reduce ownership costs.

Posted April 23, 2009

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will hold two networking and education events for women in technology at the upcoming annual Oracle users group conference COLLABORATE 09. The Women in Technology Luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 4. This will be an opportunity to network, and for Oracle users, male and female, to learn firsthand about the experiences of women working in IT. The luncheon will feature speaker Cindy Novotny, a worldwide training and consulting leader, and the session will cover delegating, time management and taking personal responsibility for your own results.

Posted April 21, 2009

The Oracle Applications Users Group, the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, is co-hosting COLLABORATE 09: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community conference with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and Quest International Users Group, May 3-7, at the Orange County Convention Center West in Orlando, Fla.

Posted April 21, 2009

Actuate Corporation, a provider of rich internet applications for business intelligence, has announced the release of Actuate Performancesoft Views 8.1. Performancesoft Views is a fully featured performance management application that can accommodate a wide variety of performance management frameworks, and the 8.1 release provides increased flexibility and ease of integration with the BIRT and e.Spreadsheet offerings included in Actuate 10. It also builds upon Actuate's multi-purpose performance measurement solution that supports scorecarding and KPI initiatives for a variety of industries, and offers many new features.

Posted April 21, 2009

Ingres Corporation, a leading open source database management company, has announced that it has joined the Open Source Channel Alliance, a group founded by Red Hat and SYNNEX Corporation to extend the value of open source to a broad set of customers through SYNNEX's 15,000 resellers. Ingres joins as a charter member and has signed a distribution agreement with SYNNEX.

Posted April 21, 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.

Posted April 21, 2009

Infobright, an open source data warehousing company, has released Infobright 3.1, the latest version of its data warehouse product that offers simplicity, ease of use and low total cost of ownership. According to the vendor, the columnar database is ideal for analytics, and is available in two editions: a free, open source version named Infobright Community Edition (ICE) and a licensable version named Infobright Enterprise Edition (IEE). The version 3.1 product release contains two primary new features, one of which is available with both the ICE and IEE, and the other only with the IEE.

Posted April 21, 2009

Oracle announced yesterday morning 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 21, 2009

Cisco has released details on using Emulex's LightPulse Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) for its new Unified Computing System (UCS). Emulex's CNAs leverage eight generations of Fibre Channel technology to provide host LAN and Fibre Channel SAN connectivity over 10Gb/s Ethernet using FCoE and Enhanced Ethernet functionality. By enabling server I/O consolidation, Emulex says its CNAs reduce the number of NICs and cables used by the servers by as much as 50%, thereby reducing power consumption and lowering cooling costs in a server environment.

Posted April 20, 2009

MuleSource, a provider of open-source service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure software, announced an OEM agreement with GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of application platforms for Java and .NET environments.

Posted April 20, 2009

Schooner Information Technology, Inc., a provider of data access appliances for information-intensive Web 2.0 and cloud computing data centers, says it emerged from "stealth mode" last week to move into the market with data access appliances in collaboration with IBM.

Posted April 20, 2009

Axios Products, Inc., has announced the availability of RefWiz History, an analysis tool that identifies active jobs and programs in the mainframe environment, critical for conversion, migration, consolidation, and audit projects. RefWiz History is a standalone component of the main RefWiz application analysis product suite launched last September, Rachel Rodriguez, marketing manager of Axios, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is intended to allow customers to save analysis time, and assure them that their analysis and auditing processes are more complete.

Posted April 20, 2009

Oracle announced this morning 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 20, 2009

Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity drivers, has announced the beta release of its native Microsoft Excel 2007 connector to Oracle's 11g OLAP Option database. The solution, built using Simba's MDX 2005 Query Language technology, provides users with a high level of access and functionality that is the same as native Excel connectivity to Microsoft Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver BW.

Posted April 16, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies, a database tools and developer software company, has introduced new and enhanced performance optimization tools to help companies detect, fix and prevent costly software errors. The tools include DB Optimizer 1.5 for SQL profiling and tuning, Performance Center for automated 24/7 database monitoring, and J Optimizer 2009 for Java profiling and optimization.

Posted April 16, 2009

DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.), a software company providing professional grade database performance management tools, has announced the availability of release 7.1 of Brother-Owl—a tool to capture, analyze, and fix Oracle application SQL and indexes.

Posted April 16, 2009

BEZ Systems, a provider of predictive performance management (PPM) solutions for databases, has announced the availability of a new Performance as a Service (PaaS) program. Performance as a Service combines the BEZVision predictive performance software with in-depth knowledge and advice from database and performance experts to deliver advanced database performance intelligence. This combination allows IT departments to be more proactive in providing service delivery to their organizations, reduce costs, and improve IT efficiency so they can shift their focus toward providing business solutions and away from firefighting performance crises.

Posted April 16, 2009

Sybase, Inc., announced that Sybase IQ 15, combined with Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire X4540 storage server and running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), recorded the best price/performance result in the TPC-H benchmark at 3000 GB scale factor for all non-clustered systems. The benchmark simulates decision support systems that analyze large volumes of data, executes queries with a high degree of complexity, and gives answers to critical business questions. Sybase says that the achievement illustrates the effectiveness of Sybase IQ 15 in helping to optimize IT asset utilization and significantly reduce ownership costs.

Posted April 14, 2009

Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity drivers, has announced the beta release of its native Microsoft Excel 2007 connector to Oracle's 11g OLAP Option database. The solution, built using Simba's MDX 2005 Query Language technology, provides users with a high level of access and functionality that is the same as native Excel connectivity to Microsoft Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver BW.

Posted April 14, 2009

BEZ Systems, a provider of predictive performance management (PPM) solutions for databases, has announced the availability of a new Performance as a Service (PaaS) program. Performance as a Service combines the BEZVision predictive performance software with in-depth knowledge and advice from database and performance experts to deliver advanced database performance intelligence. This combination allows IT departments to be more proactive in providing service delivery to their organizations, reduce costs, and improve IT efficiency so they can shift their focus toward providing business solutions and away from firefighting performance crises.

Posted April 14, 2009

Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available via free download to current SQL Server 2008 customers. According to the company, SP1 for SQL Server 2008 is primarily a roll-up of previous cumulative updates and offers increased supportability and stability. Microsoft is encouraging enterprise customers who are currently running SQL Server 2008 to download SP1 via the SQL Server 2008 Web site to take advantage of these improvements.

Posted April 14, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies, a database tools and developer software company, has introduced new and enhanced performance optimization tools to help companies detect, fix and prevent costly software errors. The tools include DB Optimizer 1.5 for SQL profiling and tuning, Performance Center for automated 24/7 database monitoring, and J Optimizer 2009 for Java profiling and optimization.

Posted April 14, 2009

Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology vendor, announced that Transoft, a data access platform provider, is enabling Veryant users to make their converted ISAM files available to a range of new platforms.

Posted April 13, 2009

Software AG, a provider of business infrastructure software, and Proginet Corporation, a supplier of global file transfer software, announced they are jointly shipping a solution for managed file transfer within Software AG's webMethods Suite for SOA governance.

Posted April 13, 2009

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