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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

GT Software is shipping a new release in its Ivory Suite of products, providing SQL access to CA IDMS, a mainframe database. Ivory Data Hub v5.2.0 is designed to simplify SQL access to mainframe data, simplify problem diagnosis, and extend its integration into IBM's Workload Manager (WLM). SQL access to CA IDMS is important for a number of reasons, Eric Nelson, president of GT Software, told 5 Minute Briefing in an interview.

Posted August 19, 2013

At last week's SHARE conference in Boston, AES announced Clever Mobile for Trace, designed to help administrators diagnose TCP/IP network traffic on mobile devices. Most corporate strategy definitions of a multi-architecture end-to-end environment include mobile phones. Functions available to users of browser interfaces, now must also be available as mobile applications, the company said.

Posted August 19, 2013

Luminex Software, Inc. announced the Luminex Synchronous Tape Matrix (STM) feature for its Mainframe Virtual Tape (MVT) and Channel Gateway X (CGX) solutions. Luminex STM provides multiple data centers in campus or metro regions support for active-active tape operations, with continuous availability and redundancy.

Posted August 19, 2013

Dimension Data, a data center solutions and services provider, is making an optional backup and recovery service available as an add-on to its line of public, private and hosted private cloud offerings. The new service, Cloud Backup, enables organizations to back up files, folders, systems, applications and data to Dimension Data's cloud data centers to ensure business continuity and protection for enterprise workloads.

Posted August 19, 2013

Phoenix Software International plans to soon release an update to the company's mainframe software consumption measurement and analysis tool. The tool, zHISR 2.0, will interface directly with z/OS Hardware Instrumentation Services on IBM System z10 or zEnterprise processors to collect data for hotspot analysis of customer, vendor, or operating system program execution.

Posted August 19, 2013

New additions to IBM's Flex System portfolio have been added, including new virtualization, networking and management tools. The offerings consist of three systems built on both IBM POWER7+ and a "double dense" x222 system built on x86 technology. IBM also said it has upgraded the Flex System Manager to enable users to monitor and manage up to 5,000 infrastructure end points and do so from any location using iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.

Posted August 19, 2013

IBM announced that it has teamed up with Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan to form the OpenPOWER Consortium - an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture. The consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.

Posted August 19, 2013

Pentaho Corporation, a provider of big data analytics and data integration software, has formed an alliance with Splunk Inc. to provide a big data analytics solution that enables business users to analyze machine data that is generated by websites, applications, servers, storage, network, mobile and other devices, including system sensors. As a result of the new alliance, Splunk customers will have the ability to use Pentaho's platform to do two things, said Eddie White, executive vice president, business development at Pentaho, in an interview.

Posted August 13, 2013

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has formed a new partnership with HP and announced the availability of its enhanced Attunity Click-2-Load solution for HP Vertica. The solution provides automation and optimized technologies that accelerate data loading to HP Vertica from disparate sources, and then maintains the changed data continuously and efficiently.

Posted August 13, 2013

AddressDoctor, a provider of certified address verification and correction solutions, today announced the availability of its Software Library version 5.4.0. The latest release provides Point Address Geocoding for the United States and Canada.

Posted August 13, 2013

NuoDB has announced the last release of its current product version and a technology preview of some upcoming second-generation features available later in 2013. The preview is contained in the free download of the new NuoDB Starlings Release 1.2. The NewSQL approach is gaining greater acceptance, said Barry Morris, founder and CEO of NuoDB, in an interview. "What people are saying back to us is that they are getting all of the features of NoSQL without throwing SQL or transactions away. And that concept is becoming the popular notion of what NewSQL is."

Posted August 13, 2013

To provide multiple data centers in campus or metro regions with support for active-active tape operations, with continuous availability and redundancy, LUMINEX Software has introduced the LUMINEX Synchronous Tape Matrix feature for its Mainframe Virtual Tape and Channel Gateway X solutions.

Posted August 12, 2013

CSC, a provider of IT services and solutions has acquired Infochimps, a provider of big data platform-as-a-service for enterprise businesses. CSC says the addition of Infochimps' team will accelerate the development of CSC's data services platform, enabling CSC to quickly scale its big data business and offering customers as-a-service access to advanced data analytics.

Posted August 09, 2013

Database Trends and Applications has launched a special "Who to See at Oracle OpenWorld" section online where you can find information on what to expect at this year's conference and premium vendors that offer products and services to serve your needs as an Oracle technology professional.

Posted August 09, 2013

A new Oracle In-Memory Application - Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center - has been launched that enables customers to improve scenario management in order to increase supply chain resiliency and agility, decrease costs and enhance service levels. With supply chains and their associated logistics networks becoming increasingly complex, strategic and operational, Oracle says scenario management is now central to creating an effective logistics network. Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center leverages the performance capabilities of Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which can manage the large and complex data sets central to in-memory applications.

Posted August 07, 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. Noetix Analytics is a packaged data warehouse solution designed to provide business users with strategic reporting for trending and analysis based on information from multiple data sources.

Posted August 07, 2013

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

Posted August 07, 2013

Progress Software announced availability of new data connectivity and application capabilities as part of its Progress Pacific application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) for building and managing business applications on any cloud, mobile or social platform. "Pacific is a platform running in the cloud that is targeted at small and medium-size businesses, ISVs and departmental IT," John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress Software, explained in an interview. Instead of requiring a highly trained IT staff to build applications, Goodson says, the platform provides a visual design paradigm that allows users with limited skills to build powerful applications that can quickly connect to any data sources.

Posted August 06, 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 06, 2013

Protegrity USA, Inc., a provider of end-to-end data security solutions, has announced general availability of release 6.5 of its Data Security Platform. This latest release expands the Protegrity Big Data Protector capabilities to include support and certification on many Apache Hadoop distributions. In addition, the new File Protector Gateway Server provides another option for fine-grain data protection of sensitive data before it enters Hadoop or other data stores.

Posted August 06, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, a provider of information optimization solutions, introduced new server and management automation capabilities for its Datawatch Monarch Professional, Datawatch Data Pump and Datawatch Enterprise Server products. Datawatch says the new releases of its flagship information optimization software will enable businesses to better secure, simplify and accelerate their big data and business intelligence applications, and also extend the technology to more users.

Posted August 06, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of big data integration solutions, is expanding its partner program to recruit regional systems integrators (RSIs) that have big data practices. The company is looking for RSIs that have specialized systems integration solutions and services expertise that will add value for customers using DMX-h, DMX and MFX ETL and Sort for a variety of use cases to sort, integrate and process big data in support of critical business intelligence and analytics.

Posted August 06, 2013

IBM announced its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe, designed for enhanced analytics, cloud, and mobile computing. Priced at $75,000 for the base model, IBM says it is targeting smaller organizations. The computer giant says it is also adding new industry solutions and software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio, designed for financial services and government operations.

Posted August 05, 2013

Along with its latest mainframe announcements, IBM also beefed up its midrange-class systems, with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next-generation Java applications in an open cloud environment.

Posted August 05, 2013

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has signed an OEM reseller agreement with Infor, an ERP solutions provider. The agreement enables Infor to offer Attunity's mainframe data connectivity software to its customers using Infor E Series and M Series mainframe-based financials and payroll/personnel applications. The partnership will help Info customers get more value from their existing investment in the company's software, said Itamar Ankorion, vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity, during an interview with 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 05, 2013

CloudPhysics, a provider virtualized workload management software, announced a beta program for its Knowledge Base Advisor, an early warning service for IT operators that identifies operational hazards impacting VMware workloads. CloudPhysics' Knowledge Base Advisor is offered as a SaaS product.

Posted August 05, 2013

Infogix Inc., a developer of monitoring software, announced the availability of the new versions of its flagship Infogix ACR products: ACR/Detail 4.5 and ACR/Summary 4.5. The Infogix ACR suite provides an automated information controls platform for mainframe and host-based computing environments.

Posted August 05, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired its long-time BPM technology partner, ICCM Solutions, which offers process applications based on the OpenText Business Process Management (BPM) platform. Based in Malmesbury, United Kingdom, ICCM Solutions has approximately 200 customers worldwide using its solutions, including two of the five largest service desks in the world.

Posted August 01, 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 01, 2013

NuoDB, provider of a NewSQL database, has announced the beta program for a new tool that facilitates migration from MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, PostgreSQL and Oracle RDBMSs. The migration tool is open source and available for free download on the NuoDB DevCenter or on GitHub.

Posted July 30, 2013

IBM says it is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open cloud environment. According to IBM, the new PowerLinux 7R4 server, built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's Watson cognitive computing solution, can provide clients the performance required for the new business-critical and data-intensive workloads increasingly being deployed in Linux environments. IBM is also expanding the portfolio of software for Power Systems with the availability of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and EnterpriseDB database software, each optimized for Linux on Power.

Posted July 30, 2013

After four years of operating BigCouch in production, Cloudant has merged the BigCouch code back into the open source Apache CouchDB project. Cloudant provides a database-as-a-service and CouchDB serves as the foundation of Cloudant's technology. The company developed BigCouch, an open source variant of CouchDB, to support large-scale, globally distributed applications.There are three main reasons Cloudant is doing this, Adam Kocoloski, co-founder and CTO at Cloudant, told 5 Minute Briefing in an interview.

Posted July 30, 2013

TIBCO Software and Composite Software have teamed up to provide a complete analytic application stack. With the combination of the TIBCO Spotfire Analytics Platform and the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, the companies say, businesses will be able to get an analytic solution in production much faster than with alternatives, and allow them to quickly adapt as data sources and business needs change.

Posted July 30, 2013

A subsidiary of Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer, The Cat Rental Store is a full service rental organization, featuring a complete line of midsize and smaller Caterpillar machinery as well as a variety of other name brands and equipment. The equipment rental company needed to introduce an integrated BI tool into the organization that would put advanced reporting and dashboarding capabilities into the hands of managers so they could respond quickly to continuously changing business conditions.

Posted July 24, 2013

Kore Technologies will be a sponsor of the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Training and Networking Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV, from September 19 to September 20, 2013. Formed in 1994, the Eclipse Users Group is an independent organization of distribution companies that use the Epicor Eclipse software within their organizations. Kore provides integrated data warehousing, e-commerce, and enterprise integration solutions for the Eclipse user community via integrated best-in-class solutions to complement and extend the functionality of Eclipse.

Posted July 24, 2013

Mike Ruane, president and CEO of Revelation Software, continues his "on the road" tour this summer to demonstrate O4W (OpenInsight for Web) Mobile at user group meetings and conferences across the country and the U.K. Next stop on the road trip is the Pick Regional User Conferences 2013, hosted by TigerLogic, in Newport Beach, Calif., on Aug. 8, and in Hollywood, Fla., on Sept. 18.

Posted July 24, 2013

Rocket Software has launched a new website. The Rocket team has worked with an external vendor, integrating 16 micro sites with 2,900 pages into a single interconnected website, moving from product families into a consistent single Rocket brand. According to Rocket, visitors to the site can expect to see an integrated view of Rocket's offerings from multiple dimensions: product families, solutions, and themes as well as a common Rocket customer and partner page.

Posted July 24, 2013

Join DBTA and MarkLogic for a webcast on Wednesday, July 31, to learn about the essential technologies and approaches to succeeding with predictive analytics on Big Data. In a recent survey of Database Trends and Applications subscribers, predictive analytics was cited as the greatest opportunity that big data offers to their organizations. The reason is simple — whether you're fighting crime, delivering healthcare, scoring credit or fine-tuning marketing, predictive analytics is the key to identifying risks and opportunities and making better decisions. However, to leverage the power of predictive analytics, organizations must possess the right technology and skills.

Posted July 24, 2013

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

Posted July 23, 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 July 23, 2013

Symantec has released Data Insight 4.0, the latest version of its unstructured data governance solution, which provides insight into the ownership and usage of unstructured data, such as documents, presentations, spreadsheets and emails. "Many organizations are in the dark as to what data they have, what information they have, who owns that data, and the relevance of that data to the business. The unstructured data environment is pretty much like a black hole with limited or no visibility," Ketan Shah, product manager, Symantec Storage & Availability Management Group, told 5 Minute Briefing during a recent interview.

Posted July 23, 2013

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau Online, a SaaS or hosted version of Tableau Server with the goal of making analytics easier. With Tableau Online, users can share, author and edit dashboards and reports with their company, customers and partners without requiring IT support or specially trained programmers.

Posted July 23, 2013

In a move designed to provide SQL capabilities on top of FoundationDB, the Vienna, Virginia-based company has announced the acquisition of Akiban Technologies. FoundationDB is a scalable and fault tolerant NoSQL database with high performance cross-node fully ACID transactions. Akiban provides a SQL database with an object-structured design.

Posted July 23, 2013

CA Technologies has expanded CA Chorus, its integrated mainframe management platform, with new capabilities for network and system management. The company also announced additional mainframe management solutions to help improve IT performance and productivity, a combination of solutions aimed at helping IT staff provide uninterrupted business services. "The growth of mobile and cloud use in the enterprise has created a dynamic data center that contracts and expands at the will of the business users - not IT," Michael Madden, general manager for Mainframe at CA Technologies, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 22, 2013

Technology performance company Compuware Corporation has made enhancements to Abend-AID, its mainframe application failure resolution solution. The latest improvements make Abend-AID easier to use. Abend-AID also includes analytics to help more rapidly resolve application failures. The new release is targeted at IT staff members unfamiliar with mainframe applications or entry-level developers who are more familiar with distributed, Java applications, Stuart Feravich, director of mainframe product management at Compuware, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Along with staff inexperience with mainframes, Feravich also is seeing less tolerance for any downtime, since many of these applications are now "very much part of the customer facing application or infrastructure in companies."

Posted July 22, 2013

IBM's second-quarter 2013 results were lower across the board, with the exception of its mainframe and enterprise software units. The computer giant reports net income of $3.2 billion for the most recent quarter, compared with $3.9 billion for the same quarter last year - a decrease of 17%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $24.9 billion, down 3% from the second quarter of 2012. IBM took a $1-billion charge for what it called "workforce rebalancing" - cutbacks and layoffs across its global workforce.

Posted July 22, 2013

IBM announced it intends to acquire CSL International, a provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise system. CSL International is a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. Financial terms will not be disclosed.

Posted July 22, 2013

Dell Cloud Client Computing has begun shipping desktop and application virtualization software with server-streaming capability, intended to help organizations harness the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing. The new release, version 6 of Dell Wyse WSM, adds on-demand delivery of server OS images to Dell's end-user computing portfolio.

Posted July 22, 2013

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