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GoldenGate Software Inc., a leading provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions across heterogeneous enterprise IT environments, held a webinar last week to showcase the results of a joint survey conducted with Unisphere Research, the research arm of Database Trends and Applications (DBTA). The survey results indicated the continued importance of the DBA role within the enterprise IT group. "Surveying the Role of Today's DBA" uncovered the realities faced by many DBAs today, driven by changing database environments and evolving responsibilities, in addition to their top priorities identified for 2009.

Posted February 24, 2009

With more pressure on technology vendors to sell into a tougher marker, this may represent a great opportunity for IT managers and executives to negotiate better deals.

Posted February 23, 2009

AccuRev Inc. and Smart Bear Software announced a technology partnership designed to improve software development process collaboration and efficiency. The combined solution integrates Smart Bear's Collaborator tool—which facilitates peer code review—with AccuRev's process-centric software change and configuration management capabilities. The integration of these two offerings is intended to enhance real-time collaboration for software teams that conduct code reviews, with particular benefits for those working on Agile, geographically distributed, offshore or parallel projects.

Posted February 23, 2009

IBM revealed a series of new products, services, clients and partnerships for the next phase of its "Blue Cloud" initiative. The cross-company portfolio of cloud computing offerings for business includes server capacity on demand, online data protection, and Lotus e-mail and collaboration software.

Posted February 23, 2009

CommVault announced availability of Simpana 8, a new release of its enterprise data management software, which includes advances in recovery management, data reduction, virtual server protection, and content organization. The company's largest software release to date, Simpana 8 is the result of 18 months of development and includes more than 300 enhancements and 140 newly added product features, CommVault said.

Posted February 23, 2009

Voltaire Ltd., a provider of network solutions for data centers, announced that it is designing a next-generation, high-performance 40 Gb/s InfiniBand switch module for IBM BladeCenter. The new custom switch will deliver 100% faster InfiniBand connectivity to accelerate performance of applications running on BladeCenter, the vendor said.

Posted February 23, 2009

Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, has announced the availability of the public beta release of Attunity Oracle-CDC for SSIS. The beta product is "a bespoke solution" for the SQL Server and SSIS community that aims to make replication and real-time integration of Oracle data using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) robust and easy to deploy.

Posted February 19, 2009

Oracle has announced availability of Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance Fusion Edition R11, a financial modeling application that allows executives to understand the full financial impact of alternative corporate strategies.

Posted February 19, 2009

Quest Software Inc. has announced the newest edition of Spotlight on Oracle, a desktop-based monitoring and diagnostics tool that provides visibility into Oracle database processes and performance. Spotlight exposes current and future performance problems, ensuring that database administrators (DBAs) remain a step ahead of database issues that can negatively impact applications, users, customers, and business operations.

Posted February 19, 2009

Axis Technology, LLC, an enterprise IT consultancy and data solutions provider, has announced the availability of its DMSuite data masking platform. It is crucial for companies, especially organizations within the financial services, healthcare, and life sciences industries, to protect and secure customer information and patient records. And at a point where data security and compliance are among the top concerns of businesses across all industries, DMSuite delivers an easy to use, comprehensive data protection product that is backed by a team of IT consultants with decades of experience, according to the vendor.

Posted February 17, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Applimation, a leader in application information lifecycle management (ILM). The acquisition is expected to close within days, according to Informatica, which will acquire all the capital stock of Applimation in a cash transaction valued at approximately $40 million.

Posted February 17, 2009

Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. and a leading provider of data quality software, has announced a global technology alliance with Syncsort aimed at helping customers integrate data quality functionality directly into an array of data management processes. The alliance can provide customers with high-speed data transformation and aggregation, and potentially lower costs for data warehousing, business intelligence, customer relationship management, and data integration initiatives.

Posted February 17, 2009

GridApp Systems, a leading provider of out-of-the-box database automation software and solutions, has announced the release of GridApp Clarity 5.1, the next-generation version of its database automation software. The two primary new features in Clarity 5.1 are support for databases deployed on cloud computing infrastructures, and management of database license compliance.

Posted February 17, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies Inc., a database tools and developer software company, plans to announce tomorrow Embarcadero All-Access, a software development solution that provides application developers, architects, and database professionals with cost-effective, on-demand access to all the tools they need to design, build, and run software applications and data systems for all of their platforms and programming languages.

Posted February 17, 2009

Librato, Inc., a provider of data center utilization software, announced a new product that enables the safe suspension of an application, relinquishing all shared resources consumed by that application to run a higher priority job. Librato Smart Suspend, the vendor said, requires no application or OS modification, and integrates with popular queuing systems such as Platform LSF. Smart Suspend is an application-agnostic job preemption product that can suspend running applications and free critical shared resources, including application licenses, to improve server utilization.

Posted February 17, 2009

To help IT transform from cost center to revenue generator, BMC Software released new versions of its Service Automation portfolio, which enables tighter integration between disparate systems across enterprises, as well as support for virtualization.

Posted February 17, 2009

Stratavia, a provider of data center automation software, today announced it has begun shipping the newest version of its Data Palette Data Center Automation Platform. Data Palette, version 6, includes features such as native workflow, embedded solution applications and metadata injection for intelligent data center automation.

Posted February 17, 2009

Symantec Corp. plans to announce today Symantec Endpoint Virtualization Suite, intended to improve end-user productivity and lower the cost of managing endpoint devices. The suite enables customers to provision anything from traditional endpoints to full virtual endpoint workspaces based on standards independent of hypervisors, operating systems, and hardware platforms. The solution provides support across traditional endpoint and emerging end-user computing environments such as server-based computing, virtual hosted desktops and client-side hypervisors.

Posted February 17, 2009

Sybase has added four new dates in February for its PowerBuilder Accelerated Development Tour.

Posted February 10, 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 February 10, 2009

Quest Software Inc. has announced the newest edition of Spotlight on Oracle, a desktop-based monitoring and diagnostics tool that provides visibility into Oracle database processes and performance. Spotlight exposes current and future performance problems, ensuring that database administrators (DBAs) remain a step ahead of database issues that can negatively impact applications, users, customers, and business operations.

Posted February 10, 2009

Altova, creator of XMLSpy, the industry-leading XML editor, announced the availability of Version 2009 of the Altova MissionKit, an integrated suite of XML, database, data integration, and UML tools.

Posted February 10, 2009

VMware Inc., a provider of virtualization solutions, announced what it calls the first open source client for virtual desktop infrastructure. VMware says that the product, View Open Client, enables IT organizations to host user desktops in the data center, while letting users access their personalized desktop environments from almost any device, at any time.

Posted February 09, 2009

CiRBA Inc., a provider of capacity management analytics software, announced the release of CiRBA Version 5.1, which provides advanced analytics and collaborative capabilities to enable enterprise views of capacity health for both physical and virtual infrastructure.

Posted February 09, 2009

dynaTrace software, a provider of application lifecycle performance management software for Java and .NET applications, announced the latest release of its software for monitoring, diagnosis, and prevention of performance issues, from development, to testing and production. dynaTrace 3 introduces a broad range of new features designed to address the new technical requirements of managing application performance for large, globally deployed SOA, Java and .NET applications. dynaTrace is also introducing three new integrated product editions, built on a common platform, designed to meet the unique needs of the different stakeholders in the application lifecycle.

Posted February 09, 2009

IBM has announced it has upgraded its Tivoli Storage Manager product with enhanced scalability, data deduplication tools, and new reporting and monitoring features. Part of IBM's Service Management strategy, Tivoli Service Manager 6 is intended to offer customers the visibility, control and automation required to maintain access to information while making more efficient use of storage resources.

Posted February 09, 2009

Lumigent Technologies, Inc., which provides GRC business control systems, has announced the availability of AppGRC for PeopleSoft Financial Management. AppGRC for PeopleSoft Financial Management runs alongside PeopleSoft Financials to strengthen the integrity of critical business operations and reporting for a PeopleSoft implementation, according to the vendor.

Posted February 04, 2009

Jitterbit has introduced advanced features to enhance the compatibility of its open source integration software with Oracle CRM On Demand Release 16.

Posted February 04, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security software, today announced FuzzOr, an open source fuzzing tool for Oracle databases designed to find vulnerabilities in software applications written in PL/SQL code. The new utility is intended to allow PL/SQL programmers, DBAs and security professionals to identify and repair vulnerabilities that may be exploited via SQL injection and buffer overflow attacks, techniques used by hackers to launch attacks on databases.

Posted February 04, 2009

Oracle Data Vault has introduced support for collecting audit data from IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows (IBM DB2) and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database servers. Oracle had previously announced Audit Vault's capability to collect audit data from Microsoft SQL Server, in addition to Oracle Databases. As a result of the new capability, Oracle Audit Vault now captures audit data from IBM DB2 versions 8.2 and 9.5 and Sybase ASE versions 12.5 and 15.0, in addition to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005 and Oracle Database 11g.

Posted February 04, 2009

Oracle has agreed to acquire mValent, a leading provider of application configuration management solutions. Oracle says that it expects the purchase of mValent to enhance Oracle Enterprise Manager with extensive capabilities for managing application configurations across IT environments. Customers are expected to benefit from increased operational productivity through automation, enhanced audit and governance, and improved application uptime.

Posted February 04, 2009

Sonasoft Corporation, an independent software vendor that provides compliance, disaster recovery, and data protection solutions for the Microsoft platform, has announced the release of disaster recovery capability for its email archiving solution, SonaSafe for Email Archiving. SonaSafe for Email Archiving meets the regulatory compliance and e-discovery needs of organizations by capturing all incoming, outgoing, and internal emails and storing them in archive databases that run on Microsoft SQL Server. The product that provides the disaster recovery protection for these archives is SonaSafe for SQL Server, which creates live backups of SQL Server databases. By combining both of these products, SonaSoft provides disaster recovery protection for email archive servers through a common platform.

Posted February 03, 2009

Syncsort, a global leader in data integration, has announced the release of DMExpress 5.0, the latest version of its ETL data integration product for data warehousing, business intelligence, and other mission-critical applications. The new release combines functional enhancements and new platform support with ease of use, allowing customers to transform and aggregate even larger volumes of data from multiple, heterogeneous sources faster and at a lower total cost of ownership.

Posted February 03, 2009

Panorama Software, a global leader in proactive business intelligence solutions and the company that sold its OLAP technology to Microsoft, has announced that its BI product, NovaView, is immediately available as a long-term BI solution for Microsoft PerformancePoint Server and ProClarity customers affected by Microsoft's recent discontinuation announcement regarding those products.

Posted February 03, 2009

InterSystems Corporation has announced the addition of innovative technology features to its Ensemble rapid integration and development platform. Available now, the new capabilities target critical requirements of large-scale enterprises that are building high-performance, complex applications in SOA environments. John Joseph, director of product management at InterSystems, tells 5 Minute Briefing that "more complex environments drive more feature needs; the number of interfaces, messages and data volumes are all increasing, and the pieces of systems needing to be connected are getting bigger and more complex. Also, web services and SOA are gaining steam, and so many of the enhancements in this latest release of Ensemble are intended to address these challenges."

Posted February 03, 2009

IBM announced today results from its annual 2008 "X-Force Trend and Risk" report, which found that corporations are unwittingly putting their own customers at risk for cybercriminal activity. With an alarming increase in attacks using legitimate business sites as launching pads for attacks against consumers, cybercriminals are literally turning businesses against their own customers in the ongoing effort to steal consumers' personal data, the study reveals.

Posted February 02, 2009

As part of its "Mainframe 2.0" initiative, CA announced it has named Montreal-based Nexio Technologies as part of its business partner network to deliver "Out-Tasking" for Canada. Nexio will deliver turnkey management software and services solutions that will enable customers to better govern, manage, and secure their mainframe environments, despite budget and staffing constraints. Nexio has been a CA business partner for more than 10 years.

Posted February 02, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a supplier of application infrastructure software, has announced Actional Diagnostics, a standalone quality and validation desktop product that helps application developers build, test, and deliver high quality XML-based services, including SOAP, REST, and POX (Plain Old XML). The product which leverages recently acquired Mindreef SOAPscope technology, is currently in beta testing with customers and will be available in April as a free download, Frank Grossman, vice president of technology for Actional Products, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 02, 2009

Novell has announced a new version of its storage solution, Novell Storage Manager 2.5, which automates storage management tasks based on events, identities and policies that reside in the directory.

Posted February 02, 2009

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

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