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While mobile healthcare, connected pharmacy applications and electronic medical records represent advancements in healthcare accessibility, they also increase the complexity of data management in the context of HIPAA confidentiality and other industry standards. Addressing the data management challenges in healthcare markets, Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and integration solutions has formed a strategic alliance with Blu Sky.

Posted January 17, 2014

Garantia Data has launched Redis Cloud for IBM SoftLayer, enabling developers using Redis Cloud to be free from the complexity of infrastructure development.

Posted January 17, 2014

Big data and cloud technologies are converging to create a cost-effective delivery model for fast, easily-accessible business analytics. On Thursday, January 23, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET, join DBTA for a "Big Data Analytics in the Cloud" roundtable webcast to explore the key technologies and approaches that are being deployed to enable big data analytics.

Posted January 17, 2014

New IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) research underwritten by EMC looks at the problem of mission-critical-application downtime and its impact on organizations. According to this new global survey, among respondents with at least two data centers and rapid replication solutions, 46% indicate are less than satisfied with their current strategies.

Posted January 14, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced that Alyssa Johnson is its 2014 president. Johnson who is also practice director at Alpharetta, Ga.-based Rolta Americas, was elected by the OAUG board in 2013 to serve as president-elect, is the first OAUG president to take part in a formal succession planning program.

Posted January 14, 2014

Logic Information Systems, Inc., a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Yomari Information Services, a consulting company focused on enterprise data analytics and BI for retailers. The acquisition is part of Logic's strategy to establish itself as a leading systems integration and business process services provider, with end-to-end knowledge across Oracle Retail product footprint and geographic reach across retailers around the world.

Posted January 13, 2014

Advancing its global sales and support initiatives, Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and address management solutions, has announced the opening of a new London office. Melissa Data wants to expand its presence globally to reach more companies that are struggling with data quality issues - not only in the U.S. - but in Canada, the U.K. now, as well as Germany and India.

Posted January 13, 2014

At an event in NYC, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, unveiled IBM's new Watson Group, which is aimed at enabling a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of big data. IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, which will be headquartered in New York City's Silicon Alley technology hub.

Posted January 09, 2014

Oracle is acquiring Responsys, Inc., a provider of enterprise-scale cloud-based B2C (business to consumer) marketing software, for approximately $1.5 billion. According to Oracle, by bringing together Responsys and Oracle Eloqua in the Oracle Marketing Cloud, organizations will be able to drive better customer experiences across marketing interactions and throughout the customer lifecycle from a single platform.

Posted January 08, 2014

Enterprises are making a greater effort to monitor and audit data for threats to data security, but organizations that are fully security aware—leaders that practice prevention, detection and administrative controls across their data assets—are still in the minority of enterprises, according to a new survey underwritten by Oracle and fielded among IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) members.

Posted January 08, 2014

Logi Analytics has announced its new data discovery product, Logi Vision. With Logi Vision, Logi Analytics wants to ensure easier management, deployment and scalability to reach to a broader set of users within the organization.

Posted January 07, 2014

HP has introduced new solutions and services that bridge traditional IT with private, public and managed clouds. Applications will continue to live across multiple environments, and hybrid delivery becomes an imperative, says HP.

Posted January 06, 2014

CA Service Desk Manager r12.9 has achieved the highest level of certification for PinkVERIFY 2011 from Pink Elephant, an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification and education provider. The CA service desk offering achieved PinkVERIFY certification on all 15 available ITIL processes that span the IT maturity spectrum.PinkVERIFY certification on all 15 available ITIL processes that span the IT maturity spectrum,

Posted January 06, 2014

New cloud storage software developed by IBM offers a simple interface for clients to dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds. The method, dubbed a "cloud-of-clouds" approach, is aimed at alleviating alleviate concerns about data resiliency, security and service continuity.

Posted January 06, 2014

IBM inventors have received a patent for a data encryption technique called "fully homomorphic encryption" which, the company says, can enable deep and unrestricted analysis of encrypted information while preserving confidentiality.

Posted January 06, 2014

Gigamon, has added a new feature to its Unified Visibility Fabric. According to the company, the new feature called "traffic intelligence" addresses a growing need by providing more granular filtering and forwarding so that only the most relevant traffic passes through data center management infrastructures.

Posted January 06, 2014

A new cloud-based app store has been launched by BMC Software for companies who want to deploy their own "Amazon-like" branded marketplace to market and sell private-label mobile, cloud, custom and desktop applications. Speed-to-market in the cloud is critical, says BMC.

Posted January 06, 2014

No Limits Software has introduced the lastest release of its data center infrastructure management solution. Version 2.6 of the vendor's RaMP toolset includes support for putting devices into maintenance mode as well as an enhanced ability to retire assets.

Posted January 06, 2014

The Open IX Association (OIX), an association that promotes better standards for data center interconnection and internet exchanges in North America, has begun the application process for OIX certification. The application process is the initial step to becoming an OIX-certified data center or internet exchange Point (IXP). According to the OIX, industry executives and engineers are eager to standardize the way they operate in order to streamline the process and provide for efficiencies across the global internet.

Posted January 06, 2014

0xdata, maker of H2O, the open source in-memory prediction engine for big data, has announced H2O's full support of Scala, a programming language and application community for big data and machine learning.

Posted December 30, 2013

Delphix, a provider of agile data delivery solutions, and Axis Technology, a provider of enterprise data security and masking solutions, have formed a partnership with hopes of accelerating and simplifying data masking initiatives.

Posted December 30, 2013

Expanding its range of data replication offerings for heterogeneous IT environments, Attunity Ltd. has acquired Hayes Technology Group, a provider of data replication software solutions targeted at the SAP space. Hayes will provide new synergies and cross-sell opportunities to Attunity, said Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing.

Posted December 30, 2013

Garantia Data has announced general availability of its Memcached Cloud fail-safe caching solution for the Heroku, AppFog and AppHarbor platforms. Previously in beta with early adopters, the new add-ons will enable developers who run their applications on the platforms to enhance their caching engines with higher availability, and better performance and scalability.

Posted December 23, 2013

The newest release of Oracle SQL Developer, Oracle's integrated development environment, optimizes development and database administration for Oracle Database 12c and expands automation of third-party migrations to Oracle. Addressing the need for user-friendly tools to speed and simplify development and data management activities, Oracle is seeking to increase productivity for database development tasks so organizations can fully capitalize on the power of enterprise data.

Posted December 23, 2013

It's time to look back at some of the most interesting big data blog posts of the past 12 months. These 12 posts provide warnings, tips and tricks, and often a touch of humor as well.

Posted December 23, 2013

Oracle's just-released Exalogic Elastic Cloud provides new enhancements to help customers attain greater levels of data center consolidation and efficiency. Compared to the last release, Oracle Exalogic X4-2 provides higher throughput and, coupled with Oracle Exabus technology, delivers near-native response times for virtualized applications, resulting in greater consolidation benefits. In addition, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 hardware, powered by Intel Xeon processors, provides 50% more cores per node, large amounts of memory and significantly increased flash and disk storage capacity.

Posted December 18, 2013

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Posted December 18, 2013

As it becomes a corporate sponsor of OpenStack, Oracle says it plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a range of products and services including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom Storage Systems and StorageTek Tape Systems, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Posted December 18, 2013

SAP will be the Diamond Sponsor for the Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH) conference, which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton, Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. The event will provide three full days of technical content and SAP will be providing a significant amount of that content, said Mike Harrold, executive director of ISUG-TECH.

Posted December 18, 2013

SAP is strengthening its commitment to the developer community with key open source contributions, a real-time development experience for SAP HANA, and the publication of a new unified developer license.

Posted December 18, 2013

A new rapid-deployment solution from SAP aims to address the issue of big data storage access and analysis which companies are grappling with as they attempt to balance what information needs to be accessible in real time and what can be stored for historical analysis. The SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution facilitates seamless data transfer between the business warehouse and the near-line storage that holds historical data. This, the company says, helps limit a business' burden around housing volumes of big data while also creating an online and accelerated retrieval system with the near-line storage.

Posted December 18, 2013

In response to the growing demand for MultiValue data in the cloud, Mark Pick launched Pick Cloud, Inc. in November 2012. Recently, Mark Pick, president and CEO of Pick Cloud, reflected on the reaction to the new company and changing MultiValue market dynamics.

Posted December 18, 2013

Revelation Software is moving forward with the next major release of OpenInsight, Revelation's flagship database development suite. Revelation Software continues development on the next major release of OpenInsight, Revelation's flagship database development suite. Revelation's Robert Catalano talks about what can be expected in the new release.

Posted December 18, 2013

Yellowfin has launched the Yellowfin 7 analytics platform with overall improvements to make enterprise-wide data discovery easier. The additions and enhancements of the release are focused on five core technical capabilities - better content creation, multi-chart formatting, enriched administration, and new collaborative decision-making and mobile report authoring functionality.

Posted December 17, 2013

Sepaton has been assigned two new patents by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. With the new patents, "System Health Monitor" and "Distributed Garbage Collection," Sepaton's patent portfolio includes 15 patents covering the building blocks for enterprise data protection.

Posted December 17, 2013

Rocket Software, which in 2009 acquired the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools (U2) assets from IBM, recently also purchased the MultiValue database business from TigerLogic Corporation. What can customers and partners expect? Rocket Software's Roy Sanford and Susie Siegesmund talk about their plans.

Posted December 13, 2013

Rackspace has introduced a new DevOps Automation Service that aims to help developers automate the process of deploying and scaling hybrid cloud infrastructure for fast-growing applications, while advancing the adoption of the DevOps methodology among software and IT teams. According to Rackspace, the new service will help to improve the quality of software deployments and to create more frequent software releases, since automating processes will allow organizations to provision servers consistently and avoid mistakes typically caused by manual installation and configuration.

Posted December 12, 2013

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Posted December 12, 2013

Big data software company Talend announced it has raised $40 million in new funding from Bpifrance, Iris Capital and existing investors. The cash infusion will be targeted at investment and development in big data, the company says.

Posted December 11, 2013

As it becomes a corporate sponsor of OpenStack, Oracle says it plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a range of products and services including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom Storage Systems and StorageTek Tape Systems, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Posted December 10, 2013

DataStax and Google engineers have collaborated on testing and validation of the scalability, reliability and performance of mission-critical online applications that are built on DataStax Enterprise with Google Compute Engine. In addition, DataStax and Google intend to continue with performance and stress testing, and also to expand testing to include a current customer in order to gain real-life experience.

Posted December 10, 2013

Melissa Data has introduced a new Move Update function for Listware for Excel, the company's data enrichment tool that integrates directly into Microsoft Excel. According to Melissa Data, Listware for Excel enables real-time contact data quality in a simple Excel interface making it well suited for anyone using Excel to manage contact data, and providing a data quality option for mailers challenged by the licensing costs or volume mailing requirements of the U.S Post Office's national change-of-address product. The newest update to Listware for Excel, the Move Update option, is a proprietary change-of-address service, providing access to millions of U.S. address records.

Posted December 10, 2013

Datawatch, a provider of visual data discovery software that optimizes any data, and Xerox Canada have joined forces to provide a solution to digitize and add analytics to the inventory reporting process. This solution will minimize the burden of paper and make it easier for retailers and large enterprises to extract valuable information from the data they collect.

Posted December 10, 2013

Appfluent, a provider of big data analytic solutions, has introduced Appfluent Visibility Version 5.5. The release features new capabilities enables organizations to implement an effective data management strategy to boost performance and help contain rising IT costs by advancing data usage analytics.

Posted December 10, 2013

Applied Relevance has announced general availability of a new information management application, Epinomy version 7 optimized for MarkLogic 7. According to Applied Relevance, Epinomy provides information architects with a comprehensive approach to linking and tagging information assets such as tables and text; and then leveraging triple store technology to enable a high-speed search experience.

Posted December 09, 2013

A technique for gaining new insights by combining big data from distributed cloud services with data stored on local IT systems has been patented by IBM inventors. The new approach provides a method for developing enterprise applications that more seamlessly combine locally-stored data from business process across an enterprise with cloud-based big data.

Posted December 09, 2013

Mobile technology is increasing complexity, usage and costs of mainframe applications. As a result, companies are finding it more difficult to isolate and fix problems, according to a global CIO survey on the impact of new technologies and trends on the mainframe application environment that was recently conducted by Compuware Corporation.

Posted December 09, 2013

SOA Software, an API and SOA management tools provider, has undergone a series of audits by an independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA) to ensure that it met best practices and security controls needed to keep sensitive data secure during transit, processing and storage. As a result, SOA Software is now an 'Approved Service Provider' for major credit card brands.

Posted December 09, 2013

Vitria Technology, Inc. has introduced five new data analytics applications that simplify and accelerate real-time business activity monitoring in the cloud. According to the company, the apps allow business users to uncover, analyze, and act on actual business activity patterns, thus helping them tackle supply chain challenges, fraudulent financial transactions, delayed order fulfillment and shipments, online customer service issues, and suspicious people of interest in real-time, before a customer or the broader organization is affected.

Posted December 09, 2013

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated application development and release management solutions, has announced Serena Release Manager v5. The new release automates application deployments, provides visibility, control and standardization of the release process, and supports coordination and collaboration for release teams.

Posted December 09, 2013

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