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IBM recently launched IBM Cognos Express, an all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution specifically built and priced for midsized clients. Deployed in just a matter of hours, the new solution offers clients a low-cost and low-risk, integrated approach to planning, analyzing and reporting performance, identifying trends, and ultimately helping them make smarter business decisions.

Posted September 15, 2009

Kalido, a provider of information management software for enterprise data goverance, and Netezza, a provider of data warehousing and analytics appliances, have announced that Kalido has licensed and will directly sell a custom-built Netezza TwinFin data warehouse appliance engineered and optimized for the Kalido Information Engine and Kalido's new industry-specific analytics and reporting solutions.

Posted September 15, 2009

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, today introduced the Clerity Migration and Modernization Analysis Process (MMAP) for Adabas Natural environments. The new service is targeted at helping companies analyze migration options for Software AG environments, including the business impact and implementation requirements involved in moving to other platforms and application architectures.

Posted September 14, 2009

IT management software company CA, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NetQoS Inc., a provider of network performance management and service delivery solutions, for $200 million.

Posted September 14, 2009

AES, a mainframe systems management vendor, announced the release of CleverView for cTrace Analysis 6.1, which is designed to better equip IT shops to meet the challenges of managing virtualized environments. CleverView for cTrace Analysis includes diagnostic capabilities that enable companies to simplify and automate the trace collection, enhance diagnostic efforts, and accelerate virtualization deployment, while reducing costs and improving network service level performance.

Posted September 14, 2009

CiRBA, Inc., a provider of data center intelligence software, has announced the release of CiRBA Version 5.2, which features a six-step process and templates for virtualization analysis to ensure that organizations can transform infrastructure safely and cost-effectively. Version 5.2 also provides enhanced data collection management features for improved analysis.

Posted September 14, 2009

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, announced availability of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0, which the vendor says will be integral to Red Hat's cloud foundation.

Posted September 08, 2009

At VMworld 2009 HP introduced new management and service solutions to extend the benefits of virtualization beyond servers to infrastructure.

Posted September 08, 2009

Information Builders (IBI), a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced support for IBM System z/OS computer Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) in Focus 7.6.10 and WebFocus 7.7. Information Builders says that its zIIP chip support represents the first and only BI platform optimized for the mainframe environment.

Posted September 08, 2009

Stratavia, a provider of data center automation and cloud enablement software solutions, announced the release of the Sybase Migration Data Center Automation Application, a software solution aimed at enabling organizations to make an error-free migration from Sybase database environments to their choice of IBM DB2, Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server database platforms. Stratavia customers can now automate the migration of Sybase database objects, code and data from a centralized location, while also enabling self-service access for application teams to begin their testing without impacting migration timelines.

Posted September 08, 2009

Phoenix Software International has announced the release of Version 4, Release 7.0 of its z/OS JES2 and JES3 interactive spool browse and system management product (E)JES. New to (E)JES with this release is a Customer Application Infrastructure (CAI), an integrated framework for TSO/ISPF that runs REXX-based customer and end user plug-in applications for customizing and extending the capabilities of (E)JES in local environments.

Posted September 08, 2009

HP and Informatica have announced a new portfolio of integrated business intelligence solutions that combine Informatica's data integration capabilities with the HP Neoview enterprise data warehouse platform as well as HP's business intelligence strategic consulting and implementation services. HP plans to sell these offerings through its Business Intelligence Solutions sales teams.

Posted September 08, 2009

InterSystems Corporation, a global software company that provides products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications, has announced multiple enhancements to its Ensemble rapid integration and development platform. Ensemble is used for application integration, the development of composite applications, and establishing enterprise service bus or SOA infrastructures. The new features extend Ensemble's ability to connect and orchestrate systems across the enterprise, provide additional services for development and testing of EDI/messaging applications, and improve message handling performance.

Posted September 08, 2009

Continuent, Inc., a provider of solutions for backup, continuous data availability, advanced database replication and database performance scalability, has announced Continuent Tungsten version 1.1. Continuent Tungsten offers SMB customers an easy to manage, dynamic database replication solution with automatic cluster management, high availability and scalability for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle databases.

Posted September 08, 2009

SpringSource, a Java application infrastructure and management software vendor, has introduced SpringSource Cloud Foundry, a new Enterprise Java Cloud offering that enables developers to deploy and manage Spring, Grails and Java applications within a public cloud environment.

Posted September 08, 2009

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 became generally available and downloadable yesterday from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Improvements have been made in all key areas, with a general emphasis on helping customers lower their IT infrastructure costs. Announcing the new release during a conference call yesterday, Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Database Server Technologies, Oracle observed, "Right now the majority of our installed base customers are running on 10g R2, with a good number on 11g R1. The reason 11g R2 is important is not only for the innovations in the release but it is really the release that the masses of our installed base are going to be moving to as they go to the 11g family of databases."

Posted September 02, 2009

Stratavia, an independent provider of data center automation and cloud enablement software solutions, has announced the release of the Sybase Migration Data Center Automation Application, a software solution aimed at enabling organizations to make an error-free migration from Sybase database environments to their choice of Oracle, as well as Microsoft SQL Server or IBM DB2 database platforms. Stratavia customers can now automate the migration of Sybase database objects, code and data from a centralized location, while also enabling self-service access for application teams to begin their testing without impacting migration timelines.

Posted September 02, 2009

Oracle has extended the Oracle Validated Configurations program to include Oracle VM server virtualization software. "The Validated Configurations program creates best practices for deploying Linux in the enterprise," Monica Kumar, senior director, product marketing, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Oracle has created a test kit which we share with partners, customers and actually it is an open source test kit. It is available for free download by anyone. You can use a test kit to run multiple tests against a stack, which includes servers, storage, drivers, networking components, operating system—in this case being Linux—and now we have added virtualization to that stack and an Oracle Database version."

Posted September 02, 2009

At VMworld 2009, VMware, Inc. unveiled a new management model for IT with the introduction of the VMware vCenter Product Family, a comprehensive set of solutions that provides policy-based, service-driven management. VMware vCenter Product Family builds on the capabilities of the VMware vSphere 4 virtualization platform to simplify management, reduce operating costs, and deliver more dynamic and flexible IT services.

Posted September 01, 2009

Unisys has introduced a new model to the SmartSource Micro Series line of multi-function remote deposit scanners. The MicroEX adds full-page imaging capabilities, with a scan height from 2.13 inches (54 millimeters) to 8.5 inches (216 millimeters) and a length from 3.15 inches (80 millimeters) to 13.98 inches (355 millimeters).

Posted September 01, 2009

Ed Coleman, chairman and CEO of Unisys since October 2008, will be a featured keynote speaker at UNITE 2009. With the theme, "Invigorate Your Data Center," the conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel November 8-11, 2009.

Posted September 01, 2009

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is generally available and downloadable today from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Improvements have been made in all key areas, with a general emphasis on helping customers lower their IT infrastructure costs.

Posted September 01, 2009

With pressure on organizations to develop, integrate and deploy web applications at a rapid pace, web application issues are an all-too-common problem that could be avoided if better testing was done prior to going live, according to research results released by the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users.

Posted September 01, 2009

Pentaho Corporation, a commercial open source business intelligence and data integration software vendor, has announced the release of Pentaho BI Suite Version 3.5, which includes new report and dashboard design capabilities for both business and IT users, as well as technical and packaging changes to enable broad use of Pentaho for embedded business intelligence by OEMs and SaaS providers. In addition to the new software, Pentaho is also offering a new report migration service that enables the conversion of reporting from proprietary business intelligence platforms to the lower-cost Pentaho reporting tools.

Posted September 01, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a database security software vendor, has announced a substantial expansion of its Hedgehog database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention suite. The Hedgehog software provides full-visibility database activity monitoring and real-time protection and has been adopted by numerous Global 2000 companies to defend mission-critical data against insider misuse as well as outsider intrusion. With this release, Hedgehog 3.0 now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008, in addition to already supported SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2000 running on earlier Windows platforms. Additionally, Hedgehog vPatch, Sentrigo's virtual patching solution, now includes dozens of additional protections specific to SQL Server. Hedgehog 3.0 also provides several enhancements based on customer input, specifically to meet the accelerating demand for database monitoring to satisfy regulatory requirements.

Posted September 01, 2009

Stratavia, an independent provider of data center automation and cloud enablement software solutions, has announced the release of the Sybase Migration Data Center Automation Application, a software solution aimed at enabling organizations to make an error-free migration from Sybase database environments to their choice of Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or IBM DB2 database platforms. Stratavia customers can now automate the migration of Sybase database objects, code and data from a centralized location, while also enabling self-service access for application teams to begin their testing without impacting migration timelines.

Posted September 01, 2009

At the SHARE conference last week, Progress DataDirect, the data infrastructure division of Progress Software Corporation and provider of data access and integration technologies, announced support for event processing capabilities available in the IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS) Transaction Server (TS) version 4.1.

Posted August 31, 2009

At the SHARE conference last week, Progress DataDirect, the data infrastructure division of Progress Software Corporation and provider of data access and integration technologies, announced support for event processing capabilities available in the IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS) Transaction Server (TS) version 4.1.

Posted August 31, 2009

DTS Software announced what it says is the first IBM mainframe application for the iPhone.

Posted August 31, 2009

BMC Software announced a new release of its BMC Batch Impact Manager solution, intended to reduce the time needed to resolve IT bottlenecks in batch environments. BMC says its Batch Impact Manager offers the only batch-processing tool that not only can predict problems before they happen and recommend ways to avoid them, but also provides ways to fix the issues completely.

Posted August 31, 2009

IBM announced the availability of the IBM System Storage DS5020 Express, a new storage disk offering that delivers enterprise-class storage capabilities for midrange businesses.

Posted August 31, 2009

IBM announced four IBM Rational products that are among the first to apply the new Change Management services developed by the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) initiative. As a founding member of the OSLC, IBM is working with an open community of software vendors, integrators and corporate software delivery teams to develop specifications that make it easier for development teams to use lifecycle tools in combination and more efficiently share information between systems.

Posted August 31, 2009

Sybase has announced the beta availability for PowerBuilder 12, considered by the company to be one of the most significant in the product's history. This latest release provides developers with an easy and cost-effective path to the Microsoft .NET Framework, the Microsoft Windows component that supports building and running the next generation of applications.

Posted August 26, 2009

Bradmark Technologies, Inc., a provider of data management solutions, today announced that it has teamed with Sybase, the largest enterprise software and services company exclusively focused on managing and mobilizing information, and Intertech Consulting, Inc., a strategic partner for companies striving to gain competitive advantage through the use of information technology, to provide professional services offerings for Surveillance installations.

Posted August 26, 2009

Guardium, a database security company, has announced enhanced support for Sybase's enterprise data management platforms. Guardium provides fine-grained auditing, real-time monitoring and automated vulnerability assessment for Sybase's core Database Management System (DBMS) platforms, including: Sybase ASE 15, for high-performance, mission-critical applications, and Sybase IQ, a column-based analytics server, for business reporting and analytics requirements. Support for Sybase IQ 12 is currently shipping in Guardium 7, with support for Sybase IQ 15 available in Guardium's next major release.

Posted August 26, 2009

Oracle has 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 August 26, 2009

Quest Software recently announced the forthcoming release of Toad for Oracle version 10, a 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 August 26, 2009

Oracle has released a new version of Oracle Coherence, a distributed in-memory data grid solution. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Coherence 3.5 now provides tera-scale support to in-memory data grids through configurable off-heap storage.

Posted August 26, 2009

Oracle has released a new version of Oracle Coherence, a distributed in-memory data grid solution. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Coherence 3.5 now provides tera-scale support to in-memory data grids through configurable off-heap storage.

Posted August 26, 2009

Cloakware, a provider of privileged password management solutions, has announced that it is working with Oracle to extend Oracle's suite of Identity Management solutions with Cloakware's flagship product, Password Authority. By combining these two products, Oracle is now able to enhance its customers' security management, with a comprehensive solution to manage, protect and monitor access to vital data.

Posted August 26, 2009

In a brief announcement last week, Oracle stated that the U.S. Department of Justice has approved its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems and terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Posted August 26, 2009

InterSystems Corporation has introduced technology additions to its InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database. Available now in CACHÉ 2009, the new features provide enhanced web services security, reporting, and system management and monitoring.

Posted August 26, 2009

With the Denver event less than a month away, the U2 team is doing final reviews of all the sessions, and making final hotel arrangements for U2 University 2009, the premier U2 technical event. The U.S. event will be Sept. 16-18 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver.

Posted August 26, 2009

Revelation is offering special pricing this summer for fall training classes. Through the end of August, individuals can register for themselves, and bring a co-worker along for free.

Posted August 26, 2009

Entrinsik, Inc., a provider of web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has announced the launch of the Informer Channel on YouTube. The new channel will feature video clips demonstrating features of the company's web-based reporting software used by thousands around the world.

Posted August 26, 2009

MicroStrategy Inc., a provider of business intelligence software, has announced that its latest product release, MicroStrategy 9, runs on the VMware virtualization platform. MicroStrategy customers can now deploy MicroStrategy 9 BI applications on VMware-based virtual machines. This will enable applications to achieve the hardware efficiencies, streamlined operations, and low cost of operation available through virtualization.

Posted August 25, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced the availability of a free Data Quality Checkup Tool. Aimed at the business user and designed and developed to help existing and prospective customers quickly and easily assess the health of their data, the tool enables users to get an introduction to Informatica's Data Quality products at no cost. With the results of the checkup, organizations can build and strengthen business cases for investing in data quality.

Posted August 25, 2009

In a brief announcement last week, Oracle stated that the U.S. Department of Justice has approved its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems and terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Posted August 25, 2009

Lyzasoft, a BI software company founded in 2008 as a spin-off of a successful business intelligence consulting practice, recently introduced its second major product. This product, called the Lyza Commons, is an enterprise collaboration server that enables business analysts to share data and reports with trusted peers through a user-driven publishing model.

Posted August 25, 2009

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals from around the globe are converging on Denver, Colo., this week for SHARE in Denver (August 23-28, 2009) at the Colorado Convention Center. SHARE conferences provide enterprise IT professionals with the latest information and newest innovations in the marketplace. Attendees meet enterprise IT experts, learn about the latest developments and solutions in the industry and build relationships with peers experiencing similar challenges.

Posted August 24, 2009

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