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GE knows a thing or two about managing energy consumption—and is applying this know-how to its massive data center in Ohio.

Posted February 01, 2009

The Call for Papers has begun for UNITE's 2009 Annual Technology Conference. The event is scheduled for November 8-11, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

Posted February 01, 2009

MXI Security, a leading provider of FIPS-2 level 2 validated portable security USB devices to governments and corporations worldwide, and Unisys have announced a partnership resulting in a new way for enterprise and government organizations to keep virtual desktops more secure.

Posted February 01, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has announced the availability of Attachmate DATABridge version 6.0, the latest release of its comprehensive extract, transform, load (ETL) solution for securely integrating Unisys MCP DMSII and non-DMSII data to a secondary system. DATABridge version 6.0 includes a new user interface, plus additional features and functionality to help organizations easily access and analyze mission-critical business information, in order to make informed decisions, while also conserving host resources.

Posted February 01, 2009

BlueFinity International plans to hold a one-day event which will take place at the Westin Westminster Hotel in Denver, Colorado, on March 27, 2009. ‘Make Microsoft Work for MultiValue' is a technical seminar aimed at MultiValue developers who need to create .NET applications, whether enhancing current applications or building completely new ones.

Posted January 28, 2009

Progenixx Inc., developer of software for public housing authorities (PHAs) and Entrinsik Inc., an industry leader in developing reporting solutions for the IBM U2 family of database products have formed a partnership to provide Progenixx customers with Informer Web Reporting, a web-based reporting solution enabling agencies to access information anytime and anywhere. Informer pulls data from UniVerse or UniData databases natively, maintaining the integrity of the MultiValue schema.

Posted January 28, 2009

Following more than a year of development that has touched almost every entity within the product, Revelation Software has announced the availability of OpenInsight Development Suite (OI) 9.0. It is a free upgrade to current members of Revelation's Works Program.

Posted January 28, 2009

Sybase has added two new dates in Texas for its PowerBuilder Accelerated Development Tour.

Posted January 27, 2009

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, has elected Raymond Payne as the 2009 president of the OAUG and the OAUG executive committee for 2009. Payne is employed as a principal systems architect with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and has been a member of the OAUG since 1992. He is a frequent presenter and publisher on topics of interest to the Oracle community, and has more than 20 years of experience using Oracle databases, development tools, and application suites.

Posted January 27, 2009

Netrics, an independent software vendor that develops data matching software, has announced that it has partnered with Contegra Systems, a web portal design services and systems integration firm. Through this partnership, Contegra will use the Netrics Matching Platform to expand its ability to build profitable web properties for enterprises whose businesses depend on accurate information delivery.

Posted January 27, 2009

Information Builders, an independent software vendor that provides operational business intelligence solutions, has announced a partnership with OnApproach, an independent systems integrator, to provide business intelligence and reporting capabilities to companies with less than $100 million in annual revenues. Through this partnership, OnApproach will provide the Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering to these smaller companies.

Posted January 27, 2009

CA has announced a new release of its ERwin Data Modeling Suite, with updated data modeling capabilities, integrated data profiling, and new reporting features. The CA ERwin Data Modeling Suite is an integrated tool for a complete model-based approach to the analysis, design, and construction of high quality database and data warehouse applications. The capabilities and pricing of the new release allow data architects at midmarket-to-global 2000 companies to reduce time, cost, and complexity in providing timely, accurate information to the business.

Posted January 27, 2009

Citrix Systems, a provider of enterprise desktop infrastructure solutions, announced today that it will develop application and desktop delivery solutions optimized for Intel Core 2 desktops and Centrino 2 laptops with Intel vPro technology. Under an agreement with Intel Corporation, Citrix plans to produce a new class of virtualization solutions that optimize the delivery of applications and desktops to millions of Intel Core2 and Centrino 2 processor-based devices, intended to reduce the cost of desktop management.

Posted January 27, 2009

IBM announced it had a relatively strong fourth quarter in 2008 as well as a robust year overall, at least part of it led by its mainframe systems and software offerings. IBM's fourth-quarter 2008 revenues of $27.0 billion decreased one percent, adjusting for currency, from the fourth quarter of 2007. Revenues from continuing operations for the entire fiscal year 2008 totaled $104 billion, an increase over $99 billion in 2007.

Posted January 27, 2009

IBM announced it had a relatively strong fourth quarter in 2008 as well as a robust year overall, at least part of it led by its mainframe systems and software offerings. IBM's fourth-quarter 2008 revenues of $27.0 billion decreased one percent, adjusting for currency, from the fourth quarter of 2007. Revenues from continuing operations for the entire fiscal year 2008 totaled $104 billion, an increase over $99 billion in 2007.

Posted January 27, 2009

Chordiant Software announced that Chordiant Decision Management, Recommendation Advisor and Enterprise Foundation are now available for the IBM WebSphere Application Server on z/OS and z/Linux operating systems.

Posted January 27, 2009

Attachmate Corporation announced Attachmate Reflection 2008, the next generation of its terminal emulation line, which includes support for leading virtualization technologies, greater security capabilities, and customization support built on Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and Web Services.

Posted January 27, 2009

Pillar Data Systems announced that its Pillar Axiom 600 storage system achieved outstanding performance and leading price-performance results for business-class storage based on its first SPC-1 Benchmark Result, delivering better overall performance and price-performance than similarly priced and configured products. SPC-1 consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem while performing the typical functions of business-critical applications. The Pillar Axiom 600 achieved an SPC-1 performance result of 64,992.77 SPC-1 IOPS with an SPC-1 price-performance result of $8.79/SPC-1 IOPS.

Posted January 23, 2009

Datawatch Corporation has announced that it has integrated the Oracle Universal Records Management (URM) platform into its Business Document Server (BDS) Enterprise Content Management Suite. Users will now be able to leverage the platforms of both vendors as an integrated solution that protects data investments and helps meet the needs of legal and regulatory compliance. The Oracle URM software is fully integrated into the Datawatch platform and the entire solution can be licensed directly from Datawatch. This complete integration will now allow records managers to control records and retention policies for all content stored within the Datawatch BDS archive.

Posted January 23, 2009

Quest Software has introduced LiteSpeed Engine for Oracle, bringing the high-performance backup compression and encryption it has offered in the SQL Server market, to the Oracle platform. According to Quest Software, LiteSpeed Engine for Oracle is tailored to the needs of Oracle and cross-platform DBAs, integrating seamlessly into Oracle's Recovery Manager (RMAN) and export backup strategies. Other benefits of LiteSpeed's low-impact compression technology include backup size reduction of up to 90 percent; backup and restore times reduced by up to 50 percent; four levels of encryption; direct integration with Tivoli Storage Manager; and support for Oracle's Media Manager architecture.

Posted January 23, 2009

Oracle this week unveiled Oracle Tuxedo 10g R3, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, marking the first major release of Tuxedo since Oracle's acquisition of BEA Systems, and the latest in a series of product releases that combine technology from Oracle Fusion Middleware and BEA Systems.

Posted January 23, 2009

Altosoft, a provider of process-aware business intelligence software solutions, has announced a partnership with Netezza Corporation, which develops and sells data warehouse and analytics appliances. As a result of the partnership, Altosoft's InsightBI business intelligence solution has been certified with the Netezza Performance Server (NPS) data warehouse appliances, and the two companies will collaborate on marketing and sales. Many Altosoft customers have already been running the company's software on Netezza appliances, and this partnership formalizes that combination by providing the market with a fully certified interoperable solution. While the two products are not physically bundled together and must still be purchased separately from the respective companies, their integration has been tested and proven and Altosoft is now a Certified Netezza Partner.

Posted January 20, 2009

IBM has announced the availability of the IBM Retail Performance Analytics (RPA) portfolio of solutions that address complex information-based business problems across retail enterprises. The portfolio combines infrastructure products, business intelligence/performance management software, and consulting services to help retailers plan, manage, and optimize their businesses.

Posted January 20, 2009

Actuate has released Actuate 10 e.Spreadsheet, the final component of the roll-out of the new Actuate 10 platform for presenting structured data as rich internet applications (RIA). The e.Spreadsheet product is a complete platform for designing, generating, and distributing information from various data sources as interactive Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. The new version introduces additional features that allow organizations to address a broader set of content creation and delivery requirements, and reduce application development times.

Posted January 20, 2009

MicroStrategy, a provider of BI software, last week introduced MicroStrategy 9 at its annual user conference in Las Vegas. The theme for the new release, which the company considers to be its biggest in nearly a decade, is support for all business intelligence—not just enterprise BI for which MicroStrategy is well-known in the market—but also for departmental and workgroup BI, Brian Brinkmann, director of product marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing. With this release, he says, MicroStrategy wanted to make sure "that we not only enhance our enterprise BI software piece with higher performance, better scale and more efficient BI, but we also wanted to make sure that we did things for the BI needs of the department and the workgroup."

Posted January 20, 2009

As the new year started, a noted IT analyst declared SOA to be "dead," stating that the methodology "turned into a great failed experiment—at least for most organizations.

Posted January 20, 2009

Symantec Corp. said it is shipping Enterprise Vault 8.0, the newest version of its email and content archiving platform. Launched in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of Enterprise Vault, version 8.0 helps customers reduce the costs of storing unstructured information such as email, file server, and SharePoint content. "As the solution for archiving has evolved over the years, we have taken a lot of the direct feedback and input from those customers of all size and applied that directly to Enterprise Vault 8.0," David Campbell, senior product marketing manager for Symantec, told 5 Minute Briefing. "We feel it is one of the most advanced archiving solutions on the market today."

Posted January 20, 2009

CA announced new releases of its network and systems management solutions, designed to help data center customers improve performance and increase application availability. CA's latest releases of CA NetMaster and CA SYSVIEW enable IT personnel to discover and correct technical issues to prevent outages and optimize performance.

Posted January 20, 2009

SOA Software, an SOA governance vendor, has launched a tool designed to ensure the alignment of strategic investment in SOA and business objectives by helping enterprises build the right services at the right time. Portfolio Manager, an SOA planning governance product, helps customers identify candidate services and build an SOA roadmap through SOA modeling (i.e., top-down analysis), asset identification (i.e., bottom-up application inventory), and SOA roadmap management (i.e., service identification, prioritization and allocation) processes.

Posted January 20, 2009

Novell today announced it is shipping a Web-based application that taps into social networking methodologies to enhance enterprise configuration management database (CMDB) usability, accessibility and accuracy. myCMDB, a part of Novell's recent acquisition of Managed Objects, employs a community-based architecture, similar to social networking applications, to provide a single view of federated data center resources across any physical or virtual environment.

Posted January 20, 2009

Netezza, a leader in data warehouse and analytic appliance, has announced its collaboration with Microsoft and the first part of its high-performance data integration strategy for Microsoft Business Intelligence As a result, according to the vendors, Microsoft customers can now take advantage of Netezza's high-speed terascale analytic capabilities and extend the value of their existing Microsoft BI investment, and Netezza customers will now have more choice through tighter integration and technology compatibility with Microsoft's SQL Server 2008.

Posted January 13, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corp., has introduced a new version of the DataDirect Data Integration Suite featuring new versions of its XML-based component technologies for data integration in traditional and service-oriented environments. "We have focused in this release mostly on the feedback that we have received from our customers and we have followed the evolution of the standards that we are tracking especially the XQuery standards and the EDI standards," Dr. Carlo Innocenti, senior XML program manager for DataDirect Technologies, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The DataDirect Data Integration Suite contains the latest product releases of DataDirect XQuery, DataDirect XML Converters (Java and .NET) and Stylus Studio. New features and functionality in the suite are intended to help maximize developer productivity, reduce the need for manual coding, and accelerate the delivery of mission-critical information to enterprise applications and end users

Posted January 13, 2009

IBM has completed its approximately $340 million tender offer for the shares of ILOG, which offers Business Rule Management System (BRMS), Optimization, Visualization, and Supply Chain Management (SCM) portfolios. The tender offer was initially announced July of 2008. "I think it is going to be one of our strongest strategic acquisitions that we have made at IBM," Sandy Carter, IBM vice president for SOA and WebSphere Strategy, Channels and Marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted January 13, 2009

CA, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New York-based Orchestria Corporation, a leading provider of data loss prevention (DLP) technology. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Posted January 13, 2009

CA, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New York-based Orchestria Corporation, a leading provider of data loss prevention (DLP) technology. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Posted January 12, 2009

Veryant, a COBOL-to-Java migration tools vendor, has released a new version of its isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) software. The suite aims to blend the business-oriented nature of COBOL with the strengths of the Java platform without retraining staff or rewriting code. "isCOBOL APS is a set of tools for the development, maintenance and modernization of COBOL applications," Alfredo Iglesias, vice president of business development for Veryant, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted January 12, 2009

Vision Solutions, a high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in IBM Power Systems markets, has rolled out a product called "Migrate While Active Quick Start," a service for companies requiring hardware, operating system or third-party application upgrades or migrations. Information technology improvements typically involve costly downtime, as well as extra evening or weekend work to transfer vital data to the new machine or system.

Posted January 12, 2009

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, has announced the availability of Micro Focus COBOL for Eclipse, encompassing versions of Micro Focus' Net Express and Server Express solutions designed specifically for the Eclipse open source ecosystem.

Posted January 12, 2009

KMSYS Worldwide has announced the availability of a free beta of CertMinder for Windows domains. CertMinder is intended to help an enterprise to take control of the SSL and code signing certificates by inventorying certificates, monitoring additions to selected certificate stores and providing early warning of expirations of monitored certificates.

Posted January 07, 2009

When you make modifications to an existing enterprise application that requires software or hardware upgrades, how do you ensure that changes from the test environment will run smoothly in the production environment? If you are using the latest versions of Oracle Database 10g and 11g, you have solved more than half the problem. Oracle Database 11g has added a new feature called Database Replay for real-world testing of system modifications as in production environment.

Posted January 07, 2009

GoldenGate Software is offering a replay of its December Webinar for customers who are considering the business case for upgrading to the latest release of Oracle's Siebel CRM.

Posted January 07, 2009

Noetix, a provider of software that automatically generates business intelligence content from enterprise applications, plans to hold a web seminar entitled "Get More from Oracle E-Business Suite." The seminar will show how Noetix provides instant access to information using metadata-driven technology for faster time to answers. The webinar will be held Tuesday, January 20, at 10 a.m. PT. To register, go here.

Posted January 07, 2009

Oracle has announced world record multi-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark results for Oracle Fusion Middleware. The combination of Oracle WebLogic Server, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle Database 11g on mission-critical HP Integrity server blades running HP-UX 11i v3 delivered the record-breaking results.

Posted January 07, 2009

The membership of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users has selected its 2009 board of directors as a result of OAUG's recent elections. The role of the board is to establish, implement and enforce the entire organization's policies, goals and objectives. It works with the executive director of OAUG to devise strategies that provide effective guidance to those serving the organization.

Posted January 06, 2009

Sonasoft Corp., which provides compliance, disaster recovery and data protection solutions for the Microsoft platform, is offering a new version of SonaSafe for SQL Server. The new release offers pre-defined templates for backup, a new user interface, improved manageability, as well as enhanced replication and recovery capability.

Posted January 06, 2009

XAware, Inc. has released XAware 5.2, an updated version of its open source data integration solution for creating and managing composite data services. The new release offers upgrades that give developers new options that make it easier to design and deliver data services for service-oriented architecture (SOA), rich Internet applications (RIA) and software as a service (SaaS) applications.

Posted January 06, 2009

Oracle has announced world record multi-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark results for Oracle Fusion Middleware. The combination of Oracle WebLogic Server, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle Database 11g on mission-critical HP Integrity server blades running HP-UX 11i v3 delivered the record-breaking results.

Posted January 06, 2009

The old maxim, "may you live in interesting times" certainly holds true for data managers and professionals these days. The year 2008 was full of changes and challenges, and 2009 promises even more. To look ahead on the challenges emerging, we canvassed industry leaders across the IT landscape to get their views on what to expect in the year ahead.

Posted January 05, 2009

UNITE's 2009 Annual Technology Conference is scheduled for November 8-11, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

Posted January 01, 2009

Unisys announced last week that it will keep its corporate headquarters in Blue Bell, Pa. rather than relocate it to center city Philadelphia, as previously announced. "These are difficult times for businesses around the region and the country, and Unisys is no exception," notes Ed Coleman, Unisys chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement.

Posted January 01, 2009

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