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Compuware Corporation is making available the 2012 issue of its Application Performance Almanac, which provides 400 pages of in-depth guidance and actionable information on how to leverage application performance management (APM) solutions to help organizations optimize performance across production, test and development environments. The guide should be of interest to anyone concerned about performance in production, test or development, according to Alois Reitbauer, dynaTrace Technology Strategist.

Posted February 17, 2012

At the TDWI 2012 Conference, Jaspersoft, a business intelligence (BI) software provider, announced an upgraded OEM agreement with Talend to include native connectors to Apache Hadoop big data environments in Jaspersoft ETL. With this enhanced ETL offering, Jaspersoft offers CIOs, data scientists, and BI builders the flexibility of three options to harness big data - direct reporting, direct real-time analysis, and batch analysis through ETL data mart access. "Today's data scientists want options to explore data faster," says Karl Van den Bergh, Jaspersoft's vice president of Product and Alliances.

Posted February 16, 2012

Oracle has introduced MySQL Cluster 7.2, which is designed to cost-effectively deliver high availability, high write scalability and low latency for demanding web-based and communications products and services. "The performance and flexibility enhancements in MySQL Cluster 7.2 provide users with a solid foundation for their mission-critical web workloads, blending the best of SQL and NoSQL technologies to reduce risk, cost and complexity," says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL Engineering, Oracle.

Posted February 15, 2012

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Taleo Corporation, a provider of cloud-based talent management. Together, Oracle and Taleo intend to create a comprehensive cloud offering for organizations to manage their Human Resource operations and employee careers.

Posted February 15, 2012

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics, a new option for Oracle Database 11g that combines Oracle R Enterprise with Oracle Data Mining. According to Oracle, Oracle R Enterprise delivers enterprise class performance for users of the R statistical programming language, increasing the scale of data that can be analyzed by orders of magnitude using Oracle Database 11g.

Posted February 15, 2012

In celebration of ODBC's 20th anniversary this year, Progress Software Corporation has unveiled its Platinum ODBC drivers, Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC 7.0. The standards-based, fully interoperable Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC 7.0 driver allows application developers to reliably exchange data between cloud data and disparate data sources.

Posted February 14, 2012

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics, a new option for Oracle Database 11g that combines Oracle R Enterprise with Oracle Data Mining. According to Oracle, Oracle R Enterprise delivers enterprise class performance for users of the R statistical programming language, increasing the scale of data that can be analyzed by orders of magnitude using Oracle Database 11g.

Posted February 14, 2012

Birst Inc., a provider of business analytics solutions, has announced support for Apache Hadoop, combining the scale of Hadoop data sets with Birst's agile multi-dimensional database. "Business analytics is changing as the volume of data from online web interactions skyrockets and customers increasingly want to browse, query or merge transactional data with interaction data," says Rick Spickelmier, Birst CTO. "Data in Hadoop is not well suited for business intelligence and to make it actionable takes a lot of work. Birst's automated multi-dimensional database allows organizations to quickly and easily take big data and make sense of it."

Posted February 14, 2012

Ntirety's Michael Corey blogs on education and new initiatives from VMware on www.dbta.com. Corey blogs directly from the Las Vegas VMware Partner Exchange running through this Thursday, February 16.

Posted February 13, 2012

Composite Software has added access to RainStor's Big Data management database, expanding the list of popular enterprise applications it now supports, including Oracle, SAP, and salesforce.com, as well as relational and multi-dimensional data sources from IBM, IBM Netezza, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP BW, SAP Sybase and Teradata.

Posted February 13, 2012

Melissa Data Corp., a developer of high performance data quality and address management solutions, has announced a corporate initiative evolving its solutions structure. The company is forming two distinct business divisions - the Data Quality division, which will include developer tools and enterprise plug-ins dedicated to helping customers clean and maintain high quality U.S., Canadian, and international contact data; and the Mailers Software division, which will focus on the needs of the direct marketer, with an emphasis on the company's flagship MAILERS+4 bulk mail software, mailing lists and sales leads, change-of-address processing, and data appending services.

Posted February 13, 2012

Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of data connectivity solutions, has released SimbaEngine ODBC SDK 9, a toolkit used by software companies to implement ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and OLE DB data connectivity within existing BI, analytics and database products. This latest release introduces key new features, including greater customizability, nine new data driver implementations, faster data access and information retrieval, and support for big data and cloud database platforms.

Posted February 13, 2012

InterSystems HealthShare has been chosen to support health information exchange (HIE) throughout Denmark. The Danish NSI (Nationalt Sundheds-IT), an agency operating under the Ministry of Health, is beginning development of a new service to link healthcare information systems used within Danish regions on a national level. The new HealthShare-based initiative enables the sharing of patient information between healthcare providers and government agencies countrywide.

Posted February 07, 2012

Just as the New York Giants rallied late in the fourth quarter on Sunday to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years, IBM and the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab teamed up last week to determine fans' favorite quarterback leading up to Super Bowl XLVI: Tom Brady or Eli Manning. Researchers examined data from Twitter using new analytics technologies that can understand positive, negative and neutral sentiments, distinguish irony, and utilize "machine learning" to separate important tweets from trivial ones.

Posted February 07, 2012

Ntirety, Inc. announced that it has been successfully audited and certified under the MSPAlliance's (MSPA) Unified Certification Standard for Cloud and Managed Service Providers (UCS). The certification is specifically designed to provide business consumers of cloud and managed services with the assurance that the service provider they hire will meet or exceed the highest principles of quality in areas such as financial stability, facilities, managed services practices, and customer satisfaction.

Posted February 07, 2012

Compuware Corporation has introduced enhanced mainframe products designed to help customers increase developer productivity and improve application performance management. Compuware Workbench, an open framework development environment, now includes easy access to MVS data, an enhanced Xpediter debugging capability, and new performance capabilities. In addition, the vendor's Strobe toolset, a mainframe application performance management solution, now includes greater visibility into application performance data.

Posted February 06, 2012

CiRBA Inc., a provider of data center intelligence software, announced support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 in its latest release of CiRBA Version 7.0. CiRBA's new Control Console is designed to provide IT organizations with greater control within virtual and cloud infrastructures. "CiRBA 7.0 gives unprecedented control over efficiency and risk to organizations deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. In a single glance at the console, users can see where attention is required at the VM, host, and cluster level, and CiRBA's new action system provides explicit instructions on what allocations need to change, which workloads need to move and to where, and where new capacity is required," Andrew Hillier, co-founder and CTO of CiRBA, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 06, 2012

Cleversafe, Inc., a storage management vendor, has unveiled a 10-exabyte storage system to meet the growing need to store massive amounts of data being collected in companies. In order to capitalize on the intelligence gained through big data analytics, companies must first find effective options for storing immense volumes of unstructured data. "Internet traffic volumes are increasing at a rate of 32% globally each year. It's not unrealistic to think companies looking to mine that data would need to effectively analyze 80 exabytes of data per month by 2015," says Russ Kennedy, vice president of product strategy, marketing and customer solutions for Cleversafe.

Posted February 06, 2012

Advanced Systems Concepts, a provider of workload automation and job scheduling software, announced a new series of upgrades to its business intelligence and data warehousing automation software. Service Pack 3 for ActiveBatch, now in Version 8.0, offers ActiveBatch support for a range of platforms, including IBM Cognos 8 BI, IBM InfoSphere DataStage, Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse and Data Appliances, and Oracle's PeopleSoft suite of business performance software. The new product support in Service Pack 3 adds to existing ActiveBatch support for BI and data warehousing solutions including Informatica PowerCenter, Netezza, SAP Business Objects and SAP Crystal Reports.

Posted February 06, 2012

CA Technologies is offering a new solution intended to enable IT to provide rapid, predictable and secure provisioning and delivery of cloud infrastructure and critical IT and business services. The product, CA Private Cloud Accelerator for Vblock Platforms, is the company's fifth solution certified for use with VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platforms, all of which are based on CA Technologies Unified Automation solutions. Many organizations are evaluating and testing converged private cloud architectures, such as Vblock Platforms, that enable IT resources to be dynamically pooled and shared across multiple physical and virtual computing environments.

Posted February 06, 2012

Attivio, creator of the Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), a unified information access platform, has introduced IT Knowledge Expert. The new solution aims to improve management of IT incidents by providing an aggregated and connected view into all relevant support information. By presenting unstructured content and structured data in one dashboard, IT Knowledge Expert helps to resolve IT incidents faster, reduces cost-per-ticket, number of tickets and service level agreement (SLA) penalties, and also eases the burdens of high employee turnover in the IT support industry.

Posted February 03, 2012

The challenges of maintaining security and regulatory compliance as applications increasingly move to the cloud - whether public, private or hybrid - will come into greater focus in 2012, says Ryan Berg, cloud security strategy lead for IBM. The need to manage security among an increasingly mobile workforce, with many employees choosing to use their own personal devices, will also be a key concern in 2012, says Berg.

Posted February 02, 2012

Oracle will be holding cloud computing conferences throughout North America, and around the globe, to share practical strategies for moving to the cloud.

Posted February 01, 2012

Kalido, a provider of agile information management software, unveiled the latest release of the Kalido Information Engine, which helps organizations decrease the time for data mart migrations and consolidations. With this new release, customers will be able to import existing logical and physical models and taxonomies to build a more agile data warehouse. Enabling customers to take advantage of existing assets and investments "is going to dramatically reduce the time and the cost that it takes to bring together data marts into more of a data warehouse scenario," says John Evans, director of product marketing at Kalido.

Posted February 01, 2012

The winner of the Apple iPad 2 drawn from the pool of 421 data managers and professionals who responded to the latest IOUG Data Warehousing survey has been announced. The winner is Steven Pierce, principal of Think Huddle in Annandale, Virginia (www.thinkhuddle.com).

Posted February 01, 2012

Oracle has announced three new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne mobile applications. The three new mobile applications - JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Requisition Self Service Approval, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Purchase Order Approval, and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Sales Inquiry - are aimed at helping to improve productivity by delivering management solutions that can be accessed at any time or from anyplace.

Posted February 01, 2012

The latest release of the Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database is now shipping with performance and scalability improvements for real-time online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, and new functionality to support analytic applications with real-time in-memory data management. "With today's business moving faster than ever, organizations demand real-time access to information," said Marie-Anne Neimat, vice president, Development, Oracle.

Posted February 01, 2012

EMC Corporation today announced EMC Isilon scale-out NAS with HDFS, combined with EMC Greenplum HD. The company is also offering services, training and certification, and customer support to provide a seamless user experience and eliminate CIOs' need to integrate products from multiple vendors. "Enterprise IT managers want to take advantage of Hadoop, but they want it delivered at the same level of service that they get from the rest of their IT infrastructure," Brian Cox, senior director of product marketing, EMC Isilon, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted January 31, 2012

Pentaho Corporation is making the big data capabilities of its new Pentaho Kettle 4.3 release freely available under open source, and has moved the entire Pentaho Kettle project to the Apache License Version 2.0. Pentaho says that because Apache is the license under which Hadoop and several of the leading NoSQL databases are published, this move will help to further accelerate the adoption of Pentaho Kettle by developers, analysts and data scientists as a tool for big data management and analytics.

Posted January 31, 2012

Splunk Inc. has released the latest version of its flagship software, Splunk Enterprise 4.3, which extracts and harnesses customers' machine data and translates it into real-time operational intelligence. One of the cornerstones of Splunk's design has been its ease of use, and the latest release continues that emphasis, according to the company. Splunk 4.3 supports non-IT and business users by making it, "a lot simpler to organize a dashboard or visualization according to how you want to see it yourself without having to code anything or speak to the IT person," Sanjay Mehta, senior director of product marketing at Splunk, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We don't require that you're a data scientist or advanced statistician to use Splunk."

Posted January 31, 2012

Application Security, Inc. (AppSecInc), a provider of database security solutions for the enterprise, and Unisphere Research, today unveiled the findings from the "Data Security At An Inflection Point: 2011 Survey Of Best Practices And Challenges." A detailed overview of the findings and the implications for enterprise organizations will be presented by Joe McKendrick, lead analyst for Unisphere Research, and Thom VanHorn, vice president, Global Marketing, AppSecInc, in a webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 am ET.

Posted January 30, 2012

BlueFinity will demonstrate how to create a simple SSIS transformation to move MultiValue data into Microsoft SQL Server using mv.SSIS in a free webinar on Tuesday, January 31.

Posted January 25, 2012

Solix Technologies, Sybase, an SAP Company, and HCL Technology have formed a partnership to help enterprises deal with management of large volumes of data, and legacy applications. The partnership combines the Sybase IQ data warehousing infrastructure, which provides deep compression for data storage, with the Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite v 5.1 from Solix Technologies, a provider of data, storage, and applications management technology. Additionally, HCL is bringing its global consulting resources to the partnership to help customers gain maximum value from the technology package.

Posted January 25, 2012

NTT Data Corporation, a global provider of IT services including business consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, has selected the Sybase Aleri Streaming Processor (ESP) and Sybase RAP, Sybase's complex event processing (CEP) and analytics platform for real-time analysis of large data sets, to enhance NTT Data's bridge monitoring system. NTT Data is using the Sybase technology to help improve the ability to analyze large, complex data sets collected at rapid rates, particularly during high-traffic periods.

Posted January 25, 2012

KXEN, a provider of predictive analytics for business users, has certified its flagship product, InfiniteInsight, for Sybase IQ v.15, the column-based analytics server. The combination of the two solutions allows businesses to gain speed and performance in building predictive models and social network analysis to support business decisions.

Posted January 25, 2012

SAP AG has introduced the SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail analytic application powered by the SAP HANA platform. The application aims to offer prebuilt data models, key performance indicators (KPIs), role-specific dashboards and customized reports to provide retailers with a deeper understanding of all factors influencing the merchandising lifecycle. SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail is planned for global availability to customers in the second quarter of 2012.

Posted January 25, 2012

Entrinsik's 2012 Informer conference (ICON) will be held March 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in Raleigh, NC. This year's agenda will include breakout sessions with members of the Informer product development team, panel discussions on best practices and methodologies, and customer-led use cases demonstrating how Informer is being deployed by customers.

Posted January 25, 2012

Revelation Software has released the latest version of OpenInsight Development Suite (OI), which provides a range of new components, including data encryption at rest, OpenInsight for Web (O4W) v1.2, a new banded report writer, extended math functions, as well as the OI for D3/mvBase connector.

Posted January 25, 2012

InterSystems Corporation, a provider of advanced database, integration and analytics technologies, announced it has become ISO 9001:2008 certified. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management standard, and for InterSystems, the certification covers all processes related to the product and service creation associated with the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database and InterSystems Ensemble integration and development platform that are performed or managed from InterSystems' Cambridge-based headquarters.

Posted January 25, 2012

IBM has announced the IBM Netezza Customer Intelligence Appliance, an appliance that analyzes up to petabytes of data, including consumer sales data and online shopping trends, to help retailers gain actionable insight on buying patterns. According to IBM, the new analytics appliance can help retailers better understand buying patterns across multiple channels, and build stronger, more profitable customer relationships.

Posted January 24, 2012

Talend, an open source software provider, has announced the availability of the Talend Platform for Data Services, which provides developers and users of the data services a common development, deployment and monitoring environment for both data management and application integration. Talend's data services solution offers common tooling, providing organizations with the ability to choose the most effective enterprise-grade technologies to solve their integration needs.

Posted January 24, 2012

Star Analytics, Inc., a provider of application process automation and integration software, has released the latest version of its data bridging technology, Star Integration Server, which is intended to make it easy to extract and combine data from Oracle systems with other business intelligence (BI) applications and data warehouses.

Posted January 24, 2012

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has re-elected Mark C. Clark as its 2012 president and elected the members of the organization's executive committee. "The OAUG will continue to help its members increase productivity and return on investment throughout 2012 by focusing on the meaningful core benefits of membership, such as targeted educational programs, professional networking opportunities, and meaningful interaction and influence with Oracle," said Clark.

Posted January 24, 2012

IBM had another strong year in 2011, announcing that both revenues and net income for the year were up by 7%. Revenues for 2011 totaled $106.9 billion, compared with $99.9 billion in 2010. Net income rose to $15.9 billion from $14.8 billion the year before.

Posted January 23, 2012

BMC Software introduced an enhanced solution intended to help users more efficiently manage complex and geographically dispersed operations from a consolidated and secure point of control, based on I/O Concepts' ioEnterprise line of mainframe console security, automation and consolidation solutions. BMC closed on the acquisition of I/O Concepts on Dec. 15, 2011.

Posted January 23, 2012

CA Technologies announced a new release of its project management software designed to help improve customers' ability to reduce costs through improved productivity and a simplified user experience; to achieve faster time-to-value from their software investment; and to collaboratively innovate across varied functions within the enterprise.

Posted January 23, 2012

Novell announced the availability of Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization 9, a new release that provides an upgraded approach to "application harvesting" intended to enable enterprise IT staff to tap into a library of trusted resources and find the best stored version to build the necessary virtual application dynamically. By harvesting work that has already been done, IT users can scan a target endpoint and quickly build a set of needed virtual applications, saving time and ensuring quality, the vendor says.

Posted January 23, 2012

Software Diversified Services (SDS) announced an update to its VitalSigns for Network Automation and Control (VNAC) solution (version 3.0), adding panel applications to its replacement for legacy mainframe tools. "VitalSigns Network Control and Automation now allows companies to monitor, control and automate SNA networks with ease, taking advantage of the functions they use most often," says Jim Lampi, vice president of SDS. "We designed it to help companies stretch their network visibility and their budgets."

Posted January 23, 2012

Savvis, a provider of cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, has expanded its application performance management (APM) partnership with Compuware. Savvis joined the Compuware Partner Network in 2009 through an agreement to resell the Gomez SaaS Web performance management solution and offer it as part of its hosting platform to its clients. Savvis has now extended this partnership to include the Gomez on-premises APM product suite.

Posted January 23, 2012

HiT Software, Inc. has announced a new release of its JDBC/DB2 type 4 SQL middleware, which conforms to the Java JDBC 4.1 specification. With this latest release, application developers can take advantage of added support for additional data types, improved security mechanisms and support for IBM DB2 on a wide range of systems and platforms.

Posted January 23, 2012

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