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BMC Software, a provider of system management software, has introduced a new tool intended to help companies decrease their IBM mainframe software expenses. With its new Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise, BMC says it is able to deliver predictive analytics that can help IT departments plan, report and reduce their mainframe licensing charge by identifying system peaks, and recommending preemptive cost-reduction strategies. BMC Cost Analyzer is targeted at the majority of IBM mainframe customers, who are paying for their core IBM software on a usage basis which is determined by the monthly peak usage over a four-hour average, Jay Lipovich, director of Solutions Marketing, BMC Software, told 5 Minute Briefing in an interview.

Posted September 16, 2013

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has released a new version of its data replication software intended to address requirements for big data analytics, business intelligence, business continuity and disaster recovery initiatives. Addressing expanding use cases for the solution, Attunity Replicate 3.0, is engineered to provide secure data transfer over long distances such as wide area networks (WANs), the cloud and satellite connections, said Lawrence Schwartz, vice president of marketing at Attunity, in an interview.

Posted September 16, 2013

IBM has introduced an array of new software, system and services offerings to help organizations manage big data projects. The technology is aimed at helping customers increase their confidence in their data, their speed in gaining business value out of their data, and sharpen their skill sets to address big data challenges."We have to hold that data to the same standards, manage it, and govern it appropriately for the enterprise. You can't drop those standards because it is unstructured data," said Nancy Kopp-Hensley, a director in product marketing and strategy for Big Data Systems at IBM, in an interview.

Posted September 16, 2013

IBM introduced a flexible computing platform that it claims will provide three times as many cores as current one-unit rack servers. The NeXtScale System is an addition to IBM's x86 portfolio, designed to run applications with the power of a supercomputer in any data center, via an open architecture that will support options for compute, storage, and graphics processing acceleration.

Posted September 16, 2013

IBM says it has completed the acquisition of CSL International, a provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise System. CSL International was a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted September 16, 2013

Phoenix Software International announced it will soon be shipping the latest version of its mainframe spool management tool. The new software, (E)JES Version 5, Release 3.0, includes features built to take advantage of the latest release of IBM's z/OS operating system (V5R3), including email notifications and a REST-based API.

Posted September 16, 2013

BDNA, a Data as a Service (DaaS) company, announced its Purchase Order Normalization solution, intended to help change how IT spend is calculated and managed. BDNA's PO Normalization solution provides a view from purchasing to deployment with more accurate and precise data than has been previously available through standard accounting and purchasing systems. Such data can provide better spend analysis, improved business value realization, forward planning, demand management and reduced software audit risk, BDNA says.

Posted September 16, 2013

Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and integration solutions, announced availability of Community Editions of selected Data Quality Components for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), including Contact Verify and MatchUp components. Melissa Data has chosen to make the community editions available for two reasons, Greg Brown, vice president of marketing at Melissa Data, said in an interview.

Posted September 12, 2013

Pentaho has launched Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0. The new release represents a redesign of the company's data integration and analytics platform, and provides analytics for big data-driven businesses supported by more than 250 new features and improvements. Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0 is the culmination of years of work on development and also incorporates the result of usability studies on the Pentaho Business Analytics interface. "This is really an evolution of our platform as a whole. It is a significant release with a simplified analytics experience," Donna Prlich, Pentaho senior director of product and solution marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 12, 2013

SAP's latest BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions suite, version 4.1, has just been released. With this release, SAP is seeking to address the needs of the three very different users that BusinessObjects caters to - the decision maker, the business analyst, and IT developers building applications - with one product line. In addition, with this release, SAP has put a strong focus on something customers were demanding - stability, Jason Rose, vice president of product marketing at SAP, said in an interview.

Posted September 11, 2013

Oracle has introduced its latest ZFS Storage Appliances, the ZS3 Series, aimed at enabling customers to improve operational efficiencies, reduce data center costs, and increase business application performance.

Posted September 11, 2013

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) will deliver educational sessions exploring challenges, opportunities and best practices for implementing and managing Oracle Applications at the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference, Sept. 22 - Sept. 26, at the MosconeCenter in San Francisco. Applications to be discussed include the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 and 12.1, Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle WebLogic Server System Administration, Oracle ERP System Implementations and CRM.

Posted September 10, 2013

Cloudera has announced the general availability of Cloudera Search, a search engine for interactive exploration of data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Apache HBase. In addition, the accompanying add-on RTS (Real-time Search) subscription provides technical support, legal indemnification and continual influence over the development of the open source project.

Posted September 10, 2013

EnterpriseDB, provider of enterprise-class PostgreSQL products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, has formed a partnership with Zmanda, a provider of open source and cloud backup solutions. Through the partnership, Zmanda has created and certified a NetBackup agent for EnterpriseDB's flagship Postgres Plus Advanced Server.

Posted September 10, 2013

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has announced the release of the open source relational database system PostgreSQL 9.3 which expands PostgreSQL's reliability, availability, as well as its ability to integrate with other databases.

Posted September 10, 2013

Confio Software, which offers the Ignite line of database performance monitoring tools, has secured the Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from the United States Department of Defense. Confio's CoN applies to all Ignite solutions for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, VMware, DB2 and Sybase.

Posted September 10, 2013

Syncsort has announced a technology partnership with Tableau Software. The combination of solutions is intended to provide mutual customers with a fast, cost-effective way to make data from across the enterprise - including mainframe and legacy systems - available in Hadoop so it can then be visualized and shared on-the-fly with drag and drop business analytics. The combination of technologies addresses a critical market need, said Jorge Lopez, director of product marketing at Syncsort, in an interview. "What I have seen in over 15 years of experience is that users are really tired of waiting."

Posted September 05, 2013

Noetix Corp., a provider of business intelligence (BI) software and services for enterprise applications, has introduced Noetix Analytics 5.3, with improvements including new data marts, performance enhancements, and a streamlined upgrade process. The release is an important one for Noetix customers and prospects because it provides additional functional capability, coverage for new subject areas, and also provides improvement to the performance of the application, Jeff Kirk, director of Product Management for Noetix Analytics, told 5 Minute Briefing in a recent interview.

Posted September 04, 2013

Oracle has announced the Oracle executive keynote schedule for Oracle OpenWorld. CEO Larry Ellison leads the keynote lineup with a welcome presentation, "Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine," on Sunday evening, Sept. 22, at 5 pm. Ellison will also present a second keynote during OpenWorld titled, "The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service," on Tuesday, September 24, at 1:30 pm.

Posted September 04, 2013

Grant Thornton LLP has acquired the Oracle consulting business of MarketSphere LLC, a Kansas City, Mo.-based business consulting firm. The acquisition brings more than 160 consultants to Grant Thornton's Technology Solutions practice, which is part of the firm's Business Advisory Services. The acquisition was effective Sept. 1.

Posted September 04, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, a provider of information optimization solutions, says it has completed its purchase of Panopticon Software AB, a privately held company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Panopticon's in-memory, high speed solution is used by companies in capital markets, telecommunications, energy and other industries that rely on real-time visual discovery and analytics.

Posted September 03, 2013

IBM has also completed the acquisition of CSL International, a privately held provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise System. The software will become part of the IBM zEnterprise portfolio in early 2014.

Posted September 03, 2013

SQL Sentry, Inc., the developer of software for Microsoft SQL Server, has introduced v7.5 of SQL Sentry, which provides integrated, visual monitoring and management for the high availability and disaster recovery solution, SQL Server AlwaysOn. The SQL Sentry Monitoring service actively collects data from availability group primaries, secondaries and failover cluster instances as appropriate to present a seamless view of the AlwaysOn environment.

Posted September 03, 2013

Raima, a provider of database management system technology for both in-memory database usage and persistent storage devices, has announced the availability of Raima Database Manager (RDM) version 12.0, optimized for embedded, real-time, in memory and mobile applications.

Posted September 03, 2013

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new initiatives within Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, including the introduction of the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering. The move to OpenStack, the open source private cloud infrastructure, represents a new approach to enterprise cloud computing, Andrew Cathrow, senior product manager at Red Hat, told 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 03, 2013

CiRBA, a provider of automated capacity control software, announced a new administrative console designed to enable organizations to automate new workload routing and capacity reservations processes. The console is designed to integrate with existing job scheduling or workload automation systems, Andrew Hiller, co-founder and CTO of CiRBA, told 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 03, 2013

Software AG announced it is acquiring JackBe Corporation, a provider of real-time visual analytics and intelligence software. Providing rapid deployment and enterprise mashups of different data sources, JackBe will serve as the foundation for Software AG's new webMethods Intelligent Business Operations Platform. The new platform is designed to provide customers with an integrated, real-time awareness of dynamic operations and processes via visualizations.

Posted September 03, 2013

Trend Micro says it is collaborating with VMware to integrate Trend Micro's Deep Security with VMware NSX, the platform for network virtualization. The goal is to provide a security framework for joint customers that increases protection and automates security deployments in virtualized data centers.

Posted September 03, 2013

SAP AG introduced new high availability and disaster recovery functionality with SAP Sybase Replication Server for SAP Business Suite software running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE). "After only a year and a quarter supporting the Business Suite, ASE has already garnered about 2,000 customer installations. This easily provides that near zero-downtime for HA/DR that is non-intrusive to the system using Replication Server as the key enabling technology," said Dan Lahl, vice president, Database Product Marketing, SAP, in an interview.

Posted August 31, 2013

To encourage partners to build, market and sell software applications on top of technology platforms from SAP, the company has introduced the new SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development. The new partnering model, a component of the SAP PartnerEdge program, is intended to help partners create and monetize innovative, specific applications in the mobile, cloud, database or high-performance in-memory areas. Participating partners will be able to also get go-to-market support, including the SAP partner logo, free application reviews and the ability to leverage SAP Store, the online channel from SAP for enterprise applications and services.

Posted August 31, 2013

Building on the momentum of SAP's OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partner base in North America, three OEM partners - AlertEnterprise, Clockwork, and PROS - will offer their customers access to solutions with SAP HANA, a real-time in-memory technology platform. SAP says it has quadrupled the total number of OEM partners licensing SAP HANA in the first 6 months of 2013 compared to the last 6 months of 2012, demonstrating strong partner adoption in North America and globally.

Posted August 31, 2013

SAP has launched Sybase ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) 15.7 service pack 100 (SP100) to provide higher performance and scalability as well as improved monitoring and diagnostic capabilities for very large database environments. "The new release adds features in three areas to drive transactional environments to even more extreme levels. We really see ASE moving increasingly into extreme transactions and to do that we have organized the feature set around the three areas," said Dan Lahl, vice president, Database Product Marketing, SAP, in an interview with 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 31, 2013

SAP AG and Esri, a geographic information system (GIS) and location analytics provider, are joining forces to more deeply integrate GIS solutions with platforms and enterprise applications from SAP in order to improve business efficiency and decision-making. The ability to combine the added dimension of location information with enterprise data, in real time is aimed at giving businesses greater immediacy in their decision-making capabilities. "We are partnering with the leading GIS vendor in the marketplace, Esri, to provide much deeper integration. We see GIS-related information becoming more important in the future," David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Product Marketing, Technology & Innovation Platform, SAP Labs, tells DBTA.

Posted August 31, 2013

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Snap-on Credit provides fi­nancing to technicians, students of automotive technical institutions, and shop owners, enabling their purchase of Snap-on hand tools, power tools, tool storage, and diagnostic products through its Extended Credit program. Using a system built on Rocket Software's UniVerse platform, Snap-on has been able to maintain mission-critical capabilities while also reducing cost.

Posted August 28, 2013

Temenos. a provider of solutions to the financial services industry, recently announced that South Bangla Agriculture & Commerce Bank (SBAC) has commenced operations using Temenos T24 as its core banking software.

Posted August 28, 2013

Entrinsik is finalizing plans for the third annual Informer User Conference (ICON). The conference, which will be held September 30 - October 2, 2013, at Myrtle Beach, SC, is expected to bring attendees from across the country to share ideas, participate in presentations and exchange best practices related to using Informer.

Posted August 28, 2013

Ramping up for Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Oracle today announced the Oracle executive keynote schedule. Leading the lineup, CEO Larry Ellison will present the welcome keynote, "Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine," on Sunday evening, Sept. 22, at 5 pm. Oracle OpenWorld 2013 takes place September 22 - September 26, 2013 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Posted August 27, 2013

Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software, services and support for the open source R project, plans to offer increased support for Hadoop as a platform for big data analytics with Cloudera CDH3 and CDH4 in its upcoming release of Revolution R Enterprise 7.0.

Posted August 27, 2013

Birst Inc., a provider of an enterprise-class cloud BI platform, announced it has completed a $38 million investment led by Sequoia Capital. All other existing investors participated in the round and were joined by new investors including Northgate Capital. The new funding will be used to further expand internationally, grow sales and marketing and invest in new product capabilities.

Posted August 27, 2013

Vormetric, a provider of data security solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, has become a technology partner with Splunk Inc., which provides a software platform for real-time operational intelligence. Vormetric has also announced the general availability of Vormetric Data Security (VDS) for Splunk Enterprise, which provides customers with security intelligence for sensitive data using its Vormetric Data Firewall technology.

Posted August 27, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Cordys, a provider of business process management (BPM) software. The move is aimed at enabling OpenText to take a leadership position in cloud-based BPM and PaaS technologies, which due to the flexibility of systems development, are considered to be the fastest growing segment of the BPM market.

Posted August 27, 2013

Keste, an Oracle software solutions and development company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and a platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, an integrated, flexible, and proven middleware platform that provides a foundation for cloud computing and includes the core products Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence. Following recent Specializations in Oracle Cloud Builder 2012 and Oracle Linux 6, Keste now becomes one of a select number of Oracle partners to have achieved 20 specializations.

Posted August 21, 2013

To help developers and administrators better manage their dynamic data environments, Oracle has released MySQL Workbench 6.0. MySQL Workbench is a unified visual tool that provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration for server configuration, user administration, and migration. The new release is a major update that addresses over 200 inputs and requests from the community and is intended to make it easier for administrators and developers to design, develop, and manage their MySQL databases.

Posted August 21, 2013

Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members will be out in force at OpenWorld 2013 - presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the IOUG represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals and allows them to be more productive in their business and careers through context-rich education, sharing best practices, and providing technology direction and networking opportunities.

Posted August 21, 2013

Even before all the new data sources and platforms that big data has come to represent arrived on the scene, providing users with access to the information they need when they need it was a big challenge. What has changed today? The growing range of data types beyond the traditional RDBMS data - and a growing awareness that effectively leveraging all this data will result in the ability to compete more effectively. Join DBTA for a special roundtable webcast on Thursday, August 29, to learn about the essential technologies and approaches that help to overcome the big data integration challenges that get in the way of gaining actionable insights.

Posted August 20, 2013

GenieDB has announced the launch of the GenieDB Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service. The DBaaS offering allows organizations to take advantage of GenieDB's automated platform to build web-scale applications that gain the benefits of geographical database distribution, continuous availability during regional outages, and better application response time for globally distributed users.

Posted August 20, 2013

Developed over a 4-year period including a 5-month beta testing program involving more than 2,000 participants, the FoundationDB NoSQL database platform is now generally available. According to the company, the new release combines NoSQL scalability with high-performance multi-key ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, Durable) transactions.

Posted August 20, 2013

Logi Analytics has announced support for HP Vertica, a big data analytics platform built to perform analytics on a massive scale. Together with HP Vertica, the companies say, Logi Analytics customers can now collect, analyze, and act on extremely large data sets.

Posted August 20, 2013

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has formed a new special interest group (SIG) to allow users to share information and best practices regarding Oracle Endeca modules, including Oracle Endeca Commerce, Oracle Endeca Information Discovery and Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca. The first meeting will be at Oracle OpenWorld. In addition, the OAUG is offering IOUG members access to a virtual OAUG e-learning series featuring the most popular conference presentations from the COLLABORATE 13 - OAUG Forum.

Posted August 20, 2013

EMC has announced the next generation of its Disk Library for Mainframe (DLm) systems, designed to deliver twice the scalability of the previous generation, with support for up to 11.4 PB of logical capacity and up to 80% faster performance. EMC's DLm 8100 and DLm 2100 systems are enabled by an enhanced virtual tape engine and eight new Gb/s FICON adapters.

Posted August 19, 2013

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