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MITS, a provider of advanced reporting and analytics solutions, has introduced a new release of MITS Discover, an online analytics processing (OLAP) technology platform that provides easy-to-use tools for tracking and capitalizing on company patterns and trends, including sales, profitability, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. "MITS Discover 8.0 is the culmination of over a year and a half of intense effort, and several enhancements we included in this release were based on predicted future requests from our user base. This customer-focused approach is designed to maximize user satisfaction in what is already a highly regarded data analysis and reporting tool," says Mickey Lass, vice president, MITS Sales & Business Development.

Posted July 25, 2012

Oracle has introduced a new migration tool that aims to make it easier for users to migrate data from SQL Server to MySQL. The new migration tool is integrated into MySQL Workbench, which allows the visual design, development and administration of MySQL Databases. According to Oracle, with MySQL Workbench, SQL Server developers and DBAs can easily convert existing applications to run on MySQL, both on Windows and other platforms. In addition, to address the growing demand from business analysts using MySQL for data marts and analytic applications, Oracle has announced a new "MySQL for Excel" application plug-in that allows users to import, export and manipulate MySQL data, without requiring prior MySQL technical knowledge.

Posted July 24, 2012

Information availability software provider Attunity has partnered with EMC to offer a high-performance big data replication solution for the EMC Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform, as well as dedicated optimizations to Attunity Replicate from EMC Greenplum. "Enterprise architects have to pay special attention to data flow. Data is their critical asset and right now enterprise architects are really challenged with a ‘data bottleneck,'" Matt Benati, Attunity's vice president of global marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 24, 2012

Big data analytics provider Datameer has announced that its technology is now integrated into Dell's Emerging Solutions Ecosystem, which offers complementary hardware, software, and services in a pre-packaged bundle. Built with Dell infrastructure, Datameer analytics technology is offered on top of Cloudera's distribution of Apache Hadoop. The software is well suited to organizations that need to make quick decisions based on structured and unstructured data, such as financial services, retail, telecommunications, and Web 2.0 companies. "The advantage to the end user is they can buy all of this from one source, it's all integrated together, it runs seamlessly, and it's an easy solution for people to purchase and use," Joe Nicholson, Datameer's vice president of marketing and business development, tells DBTA.

Posted July 24, 2012

Data security provider Imperva has announced upgrades to its Database Audit and Protection (DAP) solution, SecureSphere Database Activity Monitoring 9.5. The company has also released a new version of its free database vulnerability scanner, Scuba 2.0. These solutions provide new features and capabilities that meet the security needs of large and distributed enterprise data centers by protecting data warehouses.

Posted July 24, 2012

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is planning two OAUG Connection Point events - one focused on Enterprise Performance Management/Business Intelligence and the other on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1+/Fusion Coexistence.

Posted July 24, 2012

Dell is introducing a new Big Data retention solution aimed at reducing the costs of retaining big data while helping to improve management for easy retrieval and analysis. "Not only are the volumes of data growing - so is its value to the organization," says Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Enterprise Storage. "Being able to cost-effectively capture and store all of the relevant data makes it possible to gain insights that support innovation and business value. The key is having the right data management solution to fluidly move data, tier it, dedupe it, protect it and archive it. To us, that means your data is fluid."

Posted July 24, 2012

SAP AG has announced new business intelligence (BI) innovations to bring customers richer business insights. Now generally available, feature pack 3 for the 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions - including SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition - and the 1.0.1 release of SAP Visual Intelligence software equip users with analytics tools that are easy to access and use. The feature pack release for SAP Crystal Server software is planned to be generally available this month.

Posted July 24, 2012

Liaison Technologies, a global provider of secure cloud-based integration and data management services and solutions, announced its support for a broad range of cloud services and on-premises applications within its Data Aware Cloud Services Brokerage, an on-demand, any-to-any integration platform as a service (iPaaS). "There are two obstacles to companies that want to use SaaS and DaaS offerings along with their on-premises applications: connecting and data integration," says Christopher Hale, Liaison's vice president for global product marketing.

Posted July 24, 2012

IBM announced its second-quarter income and revenues, stating that while hardware and systems revenues were down from the same time a year ago, software sales held steady or grew. Overall, IBM's net income for the quarter was $3.9 billion, compared with $3.7 billion in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 6%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2012 of $25.8 billion were down 3% from the second quarter of 2011. Currency fluctuations negatively impacted revenue growth by approximately $1 billion.

Posted July 23, 2012

CA Technologies announced new releases of its CA Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS and CA Mainframe Chorus role-based workspace to help customers as they upgrade to the latest release of IBM DB2 for z/OS. "We estimate that 75% of customers haven't upgraded to DB2 10 for z/OS," Mark Combs, CA distinguished senior vice president, Mainframe, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Given the benefits of the new version, and with an end-of-support date set for the previous version, customers need to move critical business applications to DB2 10 for z/OS within the next 18 months."

Posted July 23, 2012

Providing additional tools to managed service providers, Symantec Corp. announced several new cloud capabilities, including the availability of the Symantec Partner Management Console, which is designed to simplify the management and monitoring of Symantec Endpoint Protection.cloud and Symantec Backup Exec.cloud. "The Symantec Partner Management Console provides resellers and emerging MSPs the ability to remotely manage all aspects of their customers' services, including trials, subscriptions, policy updates and customized reporting for Symantec Endpoint Protection.cloud and Symantec Backup Exec.cloud," Dan Nadir, senior director product management of SMB and .cloud for Symantec, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 23, 2012

HP introduced new IT management tools intended to help provide organizations better control of their IT services through meaningful insight between software and infrastructure relationships. The new software, HP Configuration Management System (CMS) 10, provides users greater automated discovery capabilities. CMS 10 also introduces new capabilities specifically for service lifecycle design and operations, notably within both business service management and IT service management.

Posted July 23, 2012

ManageEngine, an IT management tools provider, is shipping a new version of its flagship network monitoring software, OpManager. OpManager 9.2 adds features and functionality, including agent-based log file monitoring, discovery rule engine, faster discovery, IPAM plug-in, tab customization and mo

Posted July 23, 2012

GT Software, a provider of technology solutions for enterprise modernization, announced that it has become the primary marketing, sales, and technical support organization for the NEO Suite of solutions. GT Software intends to provide direct support for current and future customers, as well as all existing partnerships and distributor relationships.

Posted July 23, 2012

Radiant Logic, provider of identity virtualization services, has released a federated identity service, RadiantOne VDS 6. The product provides a single access point for enterprise identities, enabling authentication and authorization across multiple identity sources and authentication protocols. Authorized for the cloud and federations in high-volume, heterogeneous environments, VDS 6 supports single sign-on (SSO) access control.

Posted July 19, 2012

Object and graph database provider Objectivity has announced its global certification program for InfiniteGraph, a commercial graph database that can scale widely distributed real-time data for analysis. This product, which provides graph capabilities for all types of existing infrastructure, allows certified partners to tap into the emerging NoSQL, big data, relationship and graph analysis market.

Posted July 19, 2012

Kognitio, provider of big data analytics and analytics in the cloud, has announced the general availability of its in-memory analytical platform via Amazon Web Services (AWS). This expansion of Kognitio Cloud provides customers with the industry's widest range of cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings for companies seeking to leverage their big data. Kognitio clients can cut costs by choosing how they want to perform data analytics and where they want to store that data.

Posted July 19, 2012

In the always-on global economy, access to enterprise data is critical, and interruptions and delays in the flow of information necessary for decision-making can have serious consequences. A new study fielded by Unisphere Research among IOUG members and sponsored by Oracle explores the issues related to planned and unplanned downtime, alongside high availability and disaster recovery solutions. The survey which garnered input from 358 data managers and professionals, finds that at least half of the respondents are working to provide their organizations with real-time or near-real-time data, but the challenge to meeting this goal is increasing as data volumes escalate and the variety and velocity of data heightens as well.

Posted July 19, 2012

Eagle Creek Software Services, a United States-based IT consulting and technical services company specializing in Oracle CRM, business intelligence and e-commerce software development, announced it has reached 100 employees in its Pierre, S.D., project center. The expansion, the company says, is a reflection of the heightened customer demand from companies for higher quality, lower risk IT consulting and technical expertise within the areas of CRM, BI and eCommerce software development. Eagle Creek operates three U.S.-based project centers founded on its Dakota model, which places the company's facilities in locations that have lower cost of business, resulting in lower client costs.

Posted July 19, 2012

Quest Software, which earlier this month announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dell, has enhanced its unified partner program to better meet the needs of its reseller, distribution, service providers (SPs), and global partners. Launched in July a year ago, the Quest Partner Circle (QPC) is now being expanded to include SPs and global partners. In addition, SPs and global partners now have access to QPC infrastructure benefits, including partner training, certification, marketing, business planning, and dedicated technical support.

Posted July 19, 2012

HiT Software, a provider of data replication and change data capture (CDC) solutions for heterogeneous database environments, has announced the release of DBMoto Cloud Edition, the first product in a family of data replication and CDC software designed to support cloud data traffic. DBMoto Cloud Edition has been designed to deliver rapid, secure data updates between disconnected databases. Data changes are captured and passed through the cloud using web services, providing reliable CDC for satellite enterprise databases that have no direct connection to corporate IT systems.

Posted July 16, 2012

Gazzang and 10gen, the company behind the NoSQL database MongoDB, have formed a partnership that will help customers meet data security compliance regulations and guard against unauthorized access or attack. Gazzang also announced that its zNcrypt solution for encrypting and securing data achieved formal 10gen certification.

Posted July 16, 2012

Data virtualization vendor Composite Software and Armanta, Inc., a provider of an integrated BI and analytics platform, have formed a partnership to deliver end-to-end enterprise risk management solutions to the financial services industry. The recent financial crisis points to a need for better enterprise level risk management, Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing at Composite Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing. However, he notes, the challenge with traditional risk management is that it does not include enough factors for the analysis or may not be capable of handling the volume of information that should be considered for analysis. "If you can't access all the information, or the information is at a volume level that is too great to analyze, then you are really not able to manage risk, and do what-if analysis to avoid problems."

Posted July 11, 2012

Jaspersoft, maker of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced availability of Jaspersoft Business Intelligence 4.7, with reports generated by JasperReports Server now give casual users the ability to interact with more of their data. According to Jaspersoft, its open source business model and zero-cost per-user licensing fees make interactive reporting affordable for even the largest scale reporting projects. Additional improvements in Jaspersoft 4.7 include direct native connectivity to big data sources and expanded mobile device support. "This is exciting for a couple of reasons," Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing for Jaspersoft, tells DBTA. "One is that no BI tool out there so far has this level of interactivity for what we call casual BI users."

Posted July 10, 2012

Quest Software, which earlier this month announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dell, has enhanced its unified partner program to better meet the needs of its reseller, distribution, service providers (SPs), and global partners. Launched in July a year ago, the Quest Partner Circle (QPC) is now being expanded to include SPs and global partners. In addition, SPs and global partners now have access to QPC infrastructure benefits, including partner training, certification, marketing, business planning, and dedicated technical support.

Posted July 10, 2012

Maintec Technologies has launched a service that offers corporations a capability to outsource their Linux environment to Maintec Data Center. The service, zLinux-in-a-Box, enables users to take advantage of Linux on System z, which offers combined core strength of mainframe along with the openness and stability of Linux platform.

Posted July 09, 2012

The rise of heterogeneous systems in addition to mainframes makes a cross-platform solution essential, George Faucher, president and CEO of CorreLog, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "First, with more and more organizations deploying security information and event management systems, data for IT security is becoming more centralized. So the question isn't so much 'should we focus on mainframe security less because it is more secure?' It's a matter of collecting all log data from all sources and centralizing it within the systems."

Posted July 09, 2012

CA Technologies has extended its recently launched CA Global Partner Program to include mainframe management solutions. Available now to partners in North America, the mainframe offerings are expected to be rolled out globally to all partners by the fall. The mainframe plays an important role for companies seeking to deliver reliable, high-quality services at low cost through a complex mix of computing platforms and cloud technology, notes David Bradley, senior vice president, Global Channel Sales, CA Technologies. With the addition of mainframe solutions, the CA Global Partner Program enables partners to deliver CA Technologies' mainframe management software to their customers to help reduce costs, sustain critical skills, and increase IT agility in the hybrid data center and the cloud.

Posted July 09, 2012

Compuware Corporation has launched a free online cloud service enabling organizations to compare the speed of their website's performance against leading competitor sites. SpeedoftheWeb.org provides a series of industry-relevant indexes with categorized collections of 1,000 of the world's most trafficked websites - as ranked by Alexa and Compuware Gomez benchmarks. As end-user expectations become greater, the cost of poor website performance also grows, both in terms of lost revenues and brand loyalty. In addition, end users are showing less patience for slow-performing websites, according to Compuware. In response to these heightening requirements, organizations need to ensure performance along every spot in the web application delivery chain, Alois Reitbauer, Compuware APM's Web 2.0 and Mobile Performance Expert and author of Java Enterprise Performance, tells DBTA.

Posted July 09, 2012

Ntirety, a pioneer of pioneer of database administration as a service for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL databases, announced that it has successfully completed VMware's Virtualization of Business Critical Applications (VBCA) solution competency for Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange and Oracle Databases.

Posted July 09, 2012

Oracle has introduced Customer Experience (CX), its vision for a complete customerexperience, designed to help organizations create consistent, connected and personalized brand experiences across all channels and all devices. "Companies have fewer ways to differentiate themselves and we are seeing that the power is shifting from the company into the hands of the consumer," Jon Ekoniak, vice president, Product Marketing at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The customer experience must acknowledge who the customer is in a personalized manner, make the experience painless and efficient, while also rewarding the person for his or her loyalty and advocacy, says Ekoniak.

Posted July 05, 2012

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Retail Customer Analytics, a business intelligence solution that provides segmentation, demographic, product affinity and promotion information to help retailers better understand their customers and the motivation for their buying decisions. The new solution provides more than 10 pre-built dashboards based on almost 100 key performance indicators, and is designed to deliver rapid time-to-value and enable retailers to adapt to customer preferences and market opportunities on the fly.

Posted July 05, 2012

Improving enterprise project, portfolio and resource management, Oracle has announced the release of Primavera Inspire for SAP 8.0, which aims to help eliminate information silos and inefficient processes by extending the interoperability between Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) project related applications.

Posted July 05, 2012

Syncsort, a global leader in high-performance data integration solutions, has certified its DMExpress data integration software for high-performance loading of Greenplum Database. Syncsort has also joined the Greenplum Catalyst Developer Program. Syncsort DMExpress software delivers extensive connectivity that makes it easy to extract and transform data from nearly any source, and rapidly load it into the massively parallel processing (MPP) Greenplum Database without the need for manual tuning or custom coding. "IT organizations of all sizes are struggling to keep pace with the spiraling infrastructure demands created by the sheer volume, variety and velocity of big data," says Mitch Seigle, vice president, Marketing and Product Management, Syncsort.

Posted July 05, 2012

NuoDB, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup, has announced the release of Beta 7 of its web-scale database. The company says the new release provides five times the scalability of the previous version (50 nodes) among other new features. NuoDB takes a shared nothing, asynchronous, peer-to-peer approach that the company says is ideal for the cloud, while also delivering the power, reliability and functionality of a traditional database. The database is planned to be generally available in Q3 2012.

Posted July 03, 2012

Dell and Quest Software announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Quest, an IT management software provider offering a broad selection of solutions that solve the most common and most challenging IT problems. Under terms of the agreement, approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Dell will pay $28 per share in cash for each share of Quest for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.4 billion, net of Quest's cash and debt. The transaction is expected to close in Dell's third fiscal quarter, subject to approval by Quest's shareholders and customary conditions.

Posted July 02, 2012

MapR Technologies will make its distribution for Hadoop available on Google Compute Engine. The combination of the new Google service and the MapR distribution is intended to enable customers to quickly provision large MapR clusters on demand and to take advantage of the scalability of a cloud-based solution. "Off-premise, on-demand computing is an important part of the future for Hadoop," says John Schroeder, CEO and co-founder of MapR Technologies. "MapR is solidifying that future by partnering with Google and leveraging their cost-effective, high performance and scale-out infrastructure."

Posted June 28, 2012

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, has announced the acquisition of Schooner Information Technology, Inc., an enterprise software company located in Silicon Valley that develops flash-optimized database and data store solutions. SanDisk says that Schooner's products complement its growing portfolio of enterprise solid state disk (SSD) and flash-optimized software offerings.

Posted June 28, 2012

MITS, a provider of advanced reporting and analytics solutions, has introduced a new release of MITS Discover, an online analytics processing (OLAP) technology platform that provides easy-to-use tools for tracking and capitalizing on company patterns and trends, including sales, profitability, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. "MITS Discover 8.0 is the culmination of over a year and a half of intense effort, and several enhancements we included in this release were based on predicted future requests from our user base. This customer-focused approach is designed to maximize user satisfaction in what is already a highly regarded data analysis and reporting tool," says Mickey Lass, vice president, MITS Sales & Business Development.

Posted June 28, 2012

Kore Technologies, a provider of enterprise integration and eCommerce Web solutions for MultiValue and Microsoft SQL Server databases, has launched Kourier Integrator: U2 Edition - Release 3.1. "What Kore offers is really an end to end solution for ETL - for moving data from U2 into SQL Server. It is a complete environment designed to do just that," Keith Lambert, vice president of marketing and business development at Kore Technologies, tells DBTA. "We try to make moving data from U2 to SQL very easy and straightforward for customers. We spent a lot of time making this easy for customers to use from start to finish," adds Mark Dobransky, managing partner at Kore Technologies.

Posted June 27, 2012

Revelation Software is in the final stages of releasing OpenInsight Development Suite 9.3.2 to beta testers. This interim release includes both enhancements and fixes in a range of areas, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA. The new release adds the ability to generate dynamic dictionaries on the fly from the Banded Report Writer. In addition, O4W will be updated from 1.3 to 1.4 and will include an enhanced PHP interface to provide better performance.

Posted June 27, 2012

Rocket U2 has announced the general availability of a SaaS license offering that gives partners the flexibility to private host their applications and offer them on a subscription basis. In addition, the initial version of U2 Toolkit for .NET (U2NETDK) was recently released, providing a .NET platform for U2 that combines an integrated ADO.NET provider for the U2 databases, LINQ to Entity, and the native UniObjects for .NET API.

Posted June 27, 2012

SAP marked the 1-year anniversary of the SAP HANA platform becoming generally available. To celebrate the occasion, SAP AG announced the launch of the SAP HANA Distinguished Engineer program. The new program is focused on promoting SAP HANA expertise in the market and is intended to support a new group of community-driven, hands-on HANA technical professionals.

Posted June 27, 2012

SAP has announced that the PowerBuilder Developers Conference will be held October 15-19, 2012, at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, concurrently with SAP TechEd Las Vegas 2012. The conference will be comprised of an opening keynote at SAP TechEd, followed by a PowerBuilder general session and PowerBuilder technical breakout sessions.

Posted June 27, 2012

SAP AG and Ariba, Inc. announced that SAP's subsidiary, SAP America, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Ariba, a cloud-based business commerce network, for $45 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion. The acquisition is intended to combine Ariba's buyer-seller collaboration network with SAP's customer base and business process expertise to create new models for business-to-business collaboration in the cloud. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2012, subject to Ariba stockholder approval, clearances by relevant regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions.

Posted June 27, 2012

As part of its continued focus on working with startup companies, SAP AG is holding its second SAP Startup Forum. A gathering of select startups, the forum is a full day of collaboration, learning and competition around mobile technologies leveraging the SAP HANA platform to tackle "big data" challenges. This event follows the SAPPHIRE NOW conference where several startups took center stage in Orlando. The next SAP Startup Forum will be held at SAP Labs in Waterloo, Canada, on July 11, 2012.

Posted June 27, 2012

Sybase Inc. has introduced the "CEP (Complex Event Processing) For Dummies" reference book to explore the inner workings of CEP and provides a how-to guide to handling big data - structured and unstructured data that come from everywhere including smartphones, networks, sensors, tweets, emails, and stock trades.

Posted June 27, 2012

Connotate, Inc., a provider of solutions that help organizations monitor and collect data and content from the web, is partnering with Digital Reasoning, which enables unstructured data analytics at scale, to provide a solution that creates actionable intelligence from fact-based analysis of big data.

Posted June 26, 2012

In addition to the new IBM Netezza High Capacity Appliance, IBM also recently introduced new predictive analytics software designed to automatically correlate and analyze big data to help clients embed intelligence consistently into every business decision. IBM says the new software geneates insights on internal data more quickly, and also measures the impact of social networking channels and factors this information into organizational decision making. The decision management capabilities can be used to improve the way organizations gain, share and take action based on information gathered as part of business processes such as marketing, claims processing, and fraud detection.

Posted June 26, 2012

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