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Yarra Valley Water (YVW) has implemented an Oracle Engineered Systems infrastructure to provide a standardized IT architecture aimed at helping the utility to improve business systems performance, achieve a better ROI and enhance customer service. The water provider is using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, an engineered system for running business applications and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, to consolidate its core systems and run its Oracle software.

Posted June 12, 2013

To help organizations make better decisions with big data, SAS has introduced SAS Decision Manager, which integrates predictive analytics, business rules, and data management. The announcement was made at The Premier Business Leadership Series event in Amsterdam, a business conference presented by SAS.

Posted June 11, 2013

DBTA and Tableau Software will present a webcast on how organizations can take advantage of their big data assets on Wednesday, June 20, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. The webcast will enable attendees to gain a better understanding of the key challenges, the technology consideration, and the best practices involved in realizing fast and easy analytics from big data.

Posted June 11, 2013

At IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas, IBM announced enhancements across its systems portfolio. As part of the new offerings, IBM rolled out nine new Power Systems offerings, each providing advanced capabilities in big data analytics and cloud computing. the IBM i 25th Anniversary Edition.

Posted June 11, 2013

JackBe has released its Presto Real-Time Analytics Add-On With Terracotta BigMemory (RTA Add-On), which bundles Terracotta's enterprise-grade BigMemory in-memory data management platform for high performance in-memory analytics. According to the vendors, this combination of in-memory and analytics allows Presto to mash big data with live and transactional enterprise data into actionable dashboards faster.

Posted June 11, 2013

ParStream, a provider of real-time big data analytics technologies, has partnered with Panopticon, a visual data analysis software vendor, to offer a comprehensive solution focused on big data requirements of real-time analytics and advanced data visualization. The merging of Panopticon and ParStream technologies supports agile business intelligence operations relying on complex big data while requiring minimal, non-specialty hardware.

Posted June 11, 2013

Dell, Intel Corporation, and Revolution Analytics have announced the launch of the Big Data Innovation Center in Singapore. Merging the expertise of these three enterprises, the center provides extensive training programs, proof-of-concept capabilities and solution development support on big data and predictive analytic innovations for Asian markets.

Posted June 11, 2013

Business intelligence and analytics vendor Yellowfin has released the latest version of its BI software, Yellowfin 6.3 with enhancements that focus on three key product areas: collaboration, usability and data visualization. A key new feature of the new release is "Timeline," which enables users to monitor and understand their relationship with BI content and relevant decision-makers. Timeline records users' specific activities and interactions within Yellowfin in real-time. According to Yellowfin, the result is a searchable, personalized, chronological catalog of the particular movements of, and anything related to, each individual user within Yellowfin.

Posted June 11, 2013

Progress Software Corporation announced a new platform for building and managing applications on any cloud, mobile or social platform. The new software, Progress Pacific, is the foundation of a major PaaS (platform-as-a-service) transformation Progress previously announced. As part of this new platform, which will ship in the third quarter of 2013, Progress acquired Rollbase, Inc., a privately held independent software vendor, which provides point-and-click, drag-and-drop application-building tools in a standard browser.

Posted June 10, 2013

IBM announced new software, training and resources to help organizations create, test and deliver mobile and cloud applications aimed at enabling organizations' DevOps capabilities. The new initiatives expand the development capabilities of IBM's SmartCloud and IBM MobileFirst offerings. "We are getting a very clear message from our clients. The business and technical pressures they are facing to innovate, stay ahead of their competition and deliver better quality products to their clients is immense," Eric Naiburg, program director for ALM, DevOps and Agile Solutions, IBM, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 10, 2013

To address the increasing power requirements of mission-critical facilities, GE recently introduced its new TLE Series uninterruptible power supply (UPS) global platform. The TLE Series transformer-less, three-phase UPS applies GE's technology to provide facilities with operating efficiencies. The cost of power is a very big concern for data centers, Harry Handlin, director of Critical Power Applications for GE, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 10, 2013

Brandon Systems, a mainframe modernization tools vendor, recently acquired Jolly Giant Software Inc., a developer of terminal emulation software. This acquisition complements WIRE (Web Interface Rules Engine), Brandon's existing mainframe modernization product. Jolly Giant's flagship product, the QWS3270 PLUS emulator, will increase the breadth of Brandon's software line, Seth Hemley, president of Brandon Systems, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 10, 2013

PMC, a semiconductor producer, announced a 24-port, PCIe Gen3 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapter, enabling new dense architectures for scale-out or space-limited data centers. The Adaptec 78165's 24-port native connectivity triples storage connectivity by replacing up to three eight-port RAID adapters, the vendor claims

Posted June 10, 2013

Expanding its position in the cloud computing market segment, IBM announced plans to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas. IBM also announced the formation of a new Cloud Services division. Following the close of the acquisition of SoftLayer, which is expected in 3Q 2013, the new division will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform.

Posted June 10, 2013

SunGard Availability Services, a provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, has introduced support for virtualized platforms for its SunGard Managed Oracle Services. Sungard's managed Oracle services are designed to run ERP applications and Oracle Databases with pre-certified Oracle server and storage hardware and software, known as Oracle Red Stack. Extending its Oracle management services to virtualized platforms will allow customers to leverage the benefits of scale and agility while also enabling application managers to focus their time on the core business, the company says.

Posted June 05, 2013

Oracle has introduced the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud that includes Oracle RightNow and also launches the new Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App for the iPad. With new capabilities to support servicing customers when agents are away from their desks, Oracle Service Cloud now leverages the power of Oracle Fusion Tap, a native application for iPad. The new release of Oracle Service Cloud with Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App aims to specifically address pain points for mobile employees, helping them stay connected and productive.

Posted June 05, 2013

At the recent Oracle users conference COLLABORATE 13, IOUG hosted an evening hands-on lab for attendees. The turnout was great—even after a full day of conference sessions. What topic drew such a dedicated crowd? Two words: Performance Tuning.

Posted June 05, 2013

Expanding its position in the cloud computing market segment, IBM announced plans to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas. IBM also announced the formation of a new Cloud Services division. Following the close of the acquisition of SoftLayer, which is expected in 3Q 2013, the new division will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform.

Posted June 04, 2013

Cloudera, provider of Apache Hadoop-based software and services has partnered with VMware, a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. Cloudera Enterprise is now certified to run on VMware VSphere. Through the VMware Ready program, VMware and Cloudera completed a joint validation process, enabling enterprises to simplify and accelerate the use of Apache Hadoop within virtual and cloud environments.

Posted June 04, 2013

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, has released free software and a community site aimed at R developers tasked with broadening the use of predictive analytics in the enterprise. TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R Developers Edition is a free version that is available to the entire Open Source R community, while the TERR Community Site provides enterprise developers with community-based technical support and a peer forum to help them build and deploy analytics for their organization.

Posted June 04, 2013

Trillium Software, a provider of enterprise data quality software and services, and Collibra, a provider of data governance software, have formed an alliance to address the demand for data governance initiatives and enable customers to leverage data as a strategic asset.

Posted June 04, 2013

Rogue Wave Software, provider of cross-platform software development tools, has partnered with Bright Computing to deliver Rogue Wave's TotalView advanced debugger in the Bright Cluster Manager product. Bright Computing customers will receive a scalable, multi-core debugger with both reverse and memory functions to boost productivity and shorten development lifecycles. This is being offered to Bright Computing customers via registration and download.

Posted June 04, 2013

There is an emerging field of companies looking to take on the challenges presented by the roiling tide of big data. While their visions vary, each has identified a market need that it believes its technology uniquely addresses. Here, DBTA highlights the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.

Posted June 04, 2013

David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, recently highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey." According to the research, contrary to the perception that big data only provides value when it is crunched on the type of large-scale clustering technologies used by web companies, many big data issues are being successfully addressed now by conventional technologies such as relational databases. But while many respondents believe their current technology is capable of helping them manage and capitalize on big data, they also are concerned about gaining faster access to their large datasets.

Posted May 29, 2013

HP and SAP AG are making progress on a joint initiative, code-named "Project Kraken," to improve business processes and mitigate risks for customers. Unveiled last January, Project Kraken is a co-innovation effort between HP and SAP, built from years of HP server technology innovations and optimized with the in-memory SAP HANA database for SAP Business Suite. The prototype system was demonstrated for the first time at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, Fla.

Posted May 29, 2013

Strengthening its cloud message, SAP AG has announced a unified strategy and vision for its cloud portfolio, combining enterprise solutions with the simplicity of cloud on SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the real-time enterprise. SAP HANA Cloud Platform will serve as the foundation for the full portfolio of cloud solutions from SAP. The announcement of the integrated approach, builds on SAP recent launch of the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Posted May 29, 2013

SAP AG has announced the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service. With the new offering, running mission-critical SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and new applications powered by the SAP HANA in-memory platform, will be possible as a managed cloud service with elastic petabyte-scale.

Posted May 29, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, announced the expansion of the OpenText ECM Suite for SAP Solutions in support of SAP's latest technologies, including the SAP HANA platform, and cloud and mobility solutions. This support builds on a partnership that spans more than two decades and is growing every year, says Patrick Barnert, senior vice president, Partners and Alliances, OpenText. OpenText, he adds, is the first SAP ISV partner to have its products fully tested and confirmed by SAP to be integrated with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.

Posted May 29, 2013

IBM announced new software designed to help organizations extend business applications running on System z mainframes to web, cloud and mobile environments. IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS is intended to enable developers to deliver performance improvements in enterprise mainframe applications.

Posted May 28, 2013

IBM has added new IBM SmartCloud capabilities, including DB2 with BLU Acceleration that can result in as much as 25 times faster reporting and analytics, and SmartCloud availability for SAP's in-memory database SAP HANA. The new BLU Acceleration technology from IBM Research and Development labs adds dynamic in-memory analytics to DB2 database software on IBM SmartCloud, making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of data. The new SAP HANA support includes a physical HANA appliance on IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications, hosted on SmartCloud Enterprise+. A virtual HANA appliance is available on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE) for early stage development and test.

Posted May 28, 2013

Dell Software announced the release of a solution that enables IT administrators to see each step of a transaction, to better understand end users' experiences with applications. Foglight APM 5.9 allows managers to view exact execution paths and other details through the entire application stack - from the code and middleware all the way down through the operating system and hypervisor.

Posted May 28, 2013

Data backup solutions provider STORServer has begun shipping a new version of its virtual machine backup software, which now includes IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSM for VE). STORServer VMB v5.0 provides access to the many of the features of TSM for VE, including block-level full and incremental backups based on VMware changed block tracking. Virtual machine and individual file recovery from both full and incremental backups, and block-level incremental backups of virtual machines running on non-Windows operating systems.

Posted May 28, 2013

Software AG has launched a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) suite, intended to support the building of cloud-based applications. The Software AG Live suite, now available, includes integration and business process management capabilities. In addition, Software AG says it will be releasing a new version of Software AG's webMethods Integration Server that supports elastic scaling across hybrid deployments - public cloud, private cloud and on-premise. The new release, branded as Dynamic Cloud Scaling, will be available in the second half of 2013.

Posted May 28, 2013

HP announced software enhancements and new unified communication support for thin clients such as mobile devices. HP's network performance management software for thin clients, and extended support for Citrix, aim to solve connectivity, security and compatibility issues faced by mobile users. Citrix virtualization and networking technologies, coupled with HP Velocity, are now configured to enable applications such as video streaming, file transfer and VoIP to operate more reliably, even over challenging networks.

Posted May 28, 2013

HostBridge Technology, a provider of web services integration software for CICS and System z, released a new version of software designed to help organizations increase efficiency and service agility when using CICS, CICS socket applications, and DB2 in enterprise integration.

Posted May 28, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of big data integration solutions, has announced the availability of its Spring '13 release, featuring two new Hadoop offerings and enhancements to DMX that provide a feature rich and easy-to-use ETL solution. With the rise of big data, organizations are looking to Hadoop to process more data in less time and for less money, but it is not yet a complete ETL solution.

Posted May 28, 2013

Actian, a provider of data management solutions, has announced the general availability of its Hadoop On Demand Integration module v2.0 for ParAccel, including support for HCatalog, the centralized metadata repository supported in Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and other distributions of Hadoop. This solution addresses the challenges of running advanced analytics on big data in Apache Hadoop.

Posted May 24, 2013

Splunk Inc., which provides a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Hortonworks, a contributor to Apache Hadoop, have formed an alliance to enable organizations to gain operational intelligence using open source Apache Hadoop. The alliance enables organizations to use Splunk Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) through Splunk Hadoop Connect, which moves data between Splunk Enterprise and Hadoop.

Posted May 24, 2013

DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp provided attendees with an immersion experience in the world of big data. Presentations and panel discussions with data experts covered the value provided by Hadoop and related solutions, how it all fits into the overall enterprise data management picture, real-world use cases in which big data technologies are now being deployed, how to get started, the legal implications of big data management that organizations need to be aware of before they initiate a big data project, and how to successfully engage with customers through social media. Ten salient points emerged from the two-day conference which wrapped up at the Hilton New York on Wednesday.

Posted May 23, 2013

Kore Technologies will soon unveil the next major release of Kourier Integrator, its enterprise integration suite providing both extract, transform, and load (ETL) and enterprise application integration (EAI) capabilities for connecting UniData/UniVerse applications to Microsoft SQL server and other best-in-class applications. Kourier Integrator Release 4, which will add several new features and product enhancements, is expected to be available by the end of May.

Posted May 22, 2013

Mike Ruane, president and CEO of Revelation Software will demonstrate O4W (OpenInsight for Web) Mobile at user group meetings and conferences across the country and the U.K. this summer and early fall. In the presentations, Ruane's team will show attendees how easy it is to build a mobile application with Revelation's software by actually allowing them to build a mobile pizza-ordering application, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA.

Posted May 22, 2013

Entrinsik has signed a partnership agreement with Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of hosting, cloud computing, system backups and disaster recovery, professional services, and monitoring for MultiValue applications. The agreement enables Pick Cloud to offer Informer as a reporting and data analysis solution.

Posted May 22, 2013

Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of managed hosting solutions for the MultiValue market, has signed a reseller agreement with Synergetic Data Systems, Inc. (SDSI) to integrate CirrusPrint, SDSI's cloud and network printing solution.

Posted May 22, 2013

Dell Software's latest release of SharePlex, a data replication solution, has added support for near real-time data integration to drive improved data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. SharePlex, which has a heritage as an Oracle-to-Oracle data replication solution, now enables customers to replicate Oracle data using CDC to other databases, including structured databases such as SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, Netezza, and Teradata, as well as emerging unstructured databases such as Hadoop and Greenplum. SharePlex 8.0 also adds new support for Oracle Transparent Data Encryption and Hybrid Columnar Compression.

Posted May 22, 2013

Redesigned to improve implementation, Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications Release 11.1.1.7.1 incorporates enhancements across the BI Applications product line and also introduces two new in-memory analytic applications. Built on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle BI Applications enable organizations to benefit from a packaged BI solution, while tight integration with a single, common BI architecture allows businesses to extend those solutions to meet their specific needs or build completely custom BI applications. By leveraging Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle GoldenGate, and adding new setup and configuration utilities, Oracle says the applications can be implemented faster and offer improved real-time reporting.

Posted May 22, 2013

Database Plugins, a provider of data-centric computing solutions, has announced the addition of a secure transcoding framework to its line of media management software. The solution, "dbTranscoder," addresses the storing, streaming and transcoding of media data in an Oracle database. "This mechanism allows you to store your multimedia data in the database but still manipulate it through common file-based semantics by programs that are expecting that multimedia data to exist in a file somewhere," Steve Guilford, founder and CEO of Database Plugins, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 22, 2013

EMC has announced new solutions and services that enable customers to move workloads of SAP solutions to private cloud infrastructures. EMC is expanding its relationship with SAP and VMware by integrating their services capabilities and helping customers accelerate full-lifecycle transformation of SAP applications to virtualized x86 environments. These new additions simplify the design, planning and operation of on-premise cloud computing infrastructures that take advantage of the latest EMC, SAP and VMware technologies.

Posted May 21, 2013

Gazzang, a provider of data security solutions, has released Gazzang CloudEncrypt, offering data encryption and key management at every stage of the Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) data lifecycle. Gazzang CloudEncrypt secures data in-flight and at-rest within Amazon EMR environments while allowing customers to maintain control of the massive volume of encryption keys and separate those keys from the data itself.

Posted May 21, 2013

Cloudant, a provider of a globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS), has announced $12 million in series B funding from Devonshire Investors, the private equity firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments; RackspaceHosting, the open cloud leader; and Toba Capital. The company also announced that current investors — Avalon Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation — purchased additional shares. The funding will be used to support Cloudant's global expansion and grow the company's support, service, and go-to-market strategies.

Posted May 21, 2013

EdgeSpring, a visual analytics and business intelligence provider, has announced the general availability of its BI and analytics platform, designed to allow users to draw business insights from data of any size or structure without dependence on analysts or IT specialists. The company has raised $11 million in series A financing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Lightspeed Ventures.

Posted May 21, 2013

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