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The results of the latest IOUG survey on data security are in and the story is not likely to help data professionals or C-level executives sleep better at night. The study, "Databases are More at Risk Than Ever: 2011 IOUG Data Security Survey," conducted in July 2011 by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle, finds the security threat level to business is escalating and many information security professionals are concerned about the growing numbers of data breaches as well as the methods by which valuable data is being accessed. The IOUG Data Security Survey has been conducted every year since 2008, and Oracle is making the full report on the 2011 survey, authored by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick, available on the Oracle website. A short registration form is required for access.

Posted December 07, 2011

Veryant has introduced a new version of vCOBOL Enterprise, which provides an environment for developing and deploying business-critical COBOL applications across Linux, UNIX, and Microsoft Windows systems. With vCOBOL Enterprise 2011 Release 3, organizations that migrate COBOL applications and relational databases, such as IBM DB2, from the mainframe to open systems can now take advantage of a new application migration utility to simplify the transition. In addition, post-migration, vCOBOL now offers companies the choice of accessing relational databases, such as IBM DB2 or Oracle, through JDBC or through the SQLJ convention, which the company says is popular at shops that are heavy Java application users.

Posted December 07, 2011

LogiXML, a provider of web-based business intelligence (BI) software, announced that it has received a $10 million investment led by Summit Partners, a growth equity firm that invests in rapidly growing companies. Also participating in the round is Grotech Ventures, an existing LogiXML investor. The funds will be used to accelerate LogiXML's growth and expand the company's share of the BI and analytics software market.

Posted December 06, 2011

Appfluent Technology Inc., a provider of business activity and data usage software for big data and analytics, announced the launch of Visibility 90X, a program intended to offer IT departments a cost-effective solution for managing exploding data volumes smarter with existing resources.

Posted December 06, 2011

Attivio announced the launch of an advanced unified information access platform that condenses information from existing BI and big data technologies into a single environment accessible to business end users. Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) 3.0 is designed to support information access methods used across the enterprise and provide search queries and role-based dashboards for mainstream business users.

Posted December 06, 2011

At HP Discover 2011 in Vienna, HP announced new cloud solutions that advance deployment of private, public and hybrid clouds, enabling enterprises, service providers and governments to capitalize on emerging market opportunities. Fundamentally, the solutions are aimed at helping IT organizations move from a technology-centric view to a service-centric view, and how they can deliver the right services to the right customers with the right parameters, costs, flexibility, and service levels at the right time, Frances Guida, manager of HP Cloud Solutions and Infrastructure, Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted December 06, 2011

A new blog on the SHARE website places the focus on the mainframe as a big data workhorse and the reigning alternative to internal (or external) cloud provision. Pedro Pereira, authoring the blog in SHARE's "President's Corner," makes several astute observations including identifying security and availability as unknowns in a cloud environment.

Posted December 06, 2011

Join Oracle and Unisphere for a live webcast to learn more about common practices that are most vulnerable to fraud and error, and the best practices and technologies used by leading vs. laggard organizations to drive the hidden costs out of operations and enforce process controls. Speakers will include Thomas J. Wilson, president, Unisphere Research; Joseph McKendrick, analyst, Unisphere Research; and Stephanie Maziol, director GRC Applications, Oracle.

Posted December 06, 2011

The results of the latest IOUG survey on data security are in and the story is not likely to help data professionals or C-level executives sleep better at night. The study, "Databases are More at Risk Than Ever: 2011 IOUG Data Security Survey," conducted in July 2011 by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle, finds the security threat level to business is escalating and many information security professionals are concerned about the growing numbers of data breaches as well as the methods by which valuable data is being accessed. The IOUG Data Security Survey has been conducted every year since 2008, and Oracle is making the full report on the 2011 survey, authored by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick, available on the Oracle website. A short registration form is required for access.

Posted December 06, 2011

Talend plans to announce version 5 of its unified platform for integration tomorrow. With the new release, Talend says, it becomes the only open source vendor to offer a comprehensive technology portfolio that spans all enterprise integration needs, including data, applications and business processes. With Talend v5, Talend aims to bring a holistic approach to integration, enabling IT organizations to converge traditionally disparate integration efforts and practices through a common set of products, tools and best practices. The Talend Unified Platform provides a common foundation for the products to be used individually or in concert depending on the needs of the organization.

Posted November 29, 2011

Versant Corporation, a provider of data management software, announced the re-launch of their database developer community, now live on their website. The community is an online portal to help developers apply Versant's NoSQL database technologies, and includes live forums and videos, webcasts, samples and documentation for managing complex object and big data solutions.

Posted November 29, 2011

JackBe has introduced the latest release of its flagship real-time business intelligence platform, Presto 3.2. The release features broad self-service support to deliver real-time operational dashboards and apps for smartphones and tablets in an intuitive mobile interface for mobile business users. According to JackBe, unlike other mobile BI solutions that only offer developer-created reports and views, Presto 3.2 supports intuitive self-service through a simple point-and-click approach to create mobile BI solutions from any enterprise and social media data.

Posted November 29, 2011

At the recent CA World conference, CA Technologies announced what it calls its Next-Generation Mainframe Management strategy, intended to leverage mainframe computing power to help businesses compete in a more competitive economy. The new strategy expands on CA's Mainframe 2.0 initiative launched a few years ago, Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president for CA Technologies Mainframe business, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Enterprise IT environments are changing, and the new Next-Generation Mainframe Management theme is oriented more toward CIOs' current core pain points - the business demand for agility at lower risk and lower cost.

Posted November 28, 2011

nlyte Software, a data center infrastructure management solution (DCIM) provider, today launched what it calls the first DCIM solution to provide large-scale data center project lifecycle management. The new release, nlyte 6.2, is a DCIM project lifecycle management designed to help customers auto-allocate assets, create what-if models for data center projects, automatically convert those models into actionable project plans with associated work orders, and predict the impact those projects have on the availability of power, space, cooling and connectivity. "DCIM needs to become simpler to adopt and use," says Jon Temple, president and CEO of nlyte.

Posted November 28, 2011

F5 Networks, Inc., a systems management tools provider, has announced improved live virtual machine migration capabilities for customers using NetApp unified storage and VMware virtualization solutions. The new solution combines the companies' technologies to help customers migrate live virtual machines between data centers without perceivable disruption to users or applications. Combining F5, NetApp, and VMware technologies, customers can improve the effectiveness of live migrations of virtual machines as well as applications that were not originally designed for distributed deployment.

Posted November 28, 2011

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, has begun shipping a new suite of application testing software intended to help organizations achieve higher levels of quality, flexibility and scalability throughout the software development lifecycle. SilkTest 2011 is designed to run on any terminal-based host system through its integration with Micro Focus Rumba, and supports browser and Rich Internet Applications such as Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flex and Firefox.

Posted November 28, 2011

BMC Software is beefing up its Application Performance Management solution with enhancements designed to accelerate problem detection, isolation and resolution. These new capabilities are intended to enable organizations to improve their ability to proactively detect and quickly isolate root causes of problems. "With this announcement, BMC is advancing application root cause analysis - extending operations teams' ability to perform root cause analysis across all monitored assets," according to Ali Hedayati, vice president of End User Management Application Performance Management for BMC Software.

Posted November 28, 2011

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a cloud requirements consortium, and The Green Grid (TGG), which promotes resource efficiency in data centers, announced a strategic collaboration in which the two organizations will utilize TGG's IT efficiency metrics, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), to align with ODCA's cloud usage model requirements to deliver resource efficient computing for industry solutions. Initial delivery of collaboration work is expected in the first half of 2012.

Posted November 28, 2011

Mainline Information Systems, an IBM systems consulting organization, announced it has recently acquired KgW & Company, an IBM Premier Business Partner. KgW & Company, founded in 1993, is an enterprise technology solutions provider specializing in virtualization solutions.

Posted November 28, 2011

The age of big data is upon us - and it is here to stay, but few organizations today are fully capable of accessing the full scope of big data. This webinar will cover a number of bulk load use case scenarios including data warehousing; data migration; data replication; disaster recovery; and cloud data publication. Once enterprise organizations effectively satisfy the bulk data access requirements for these use cases, they can simplify the data access architecture; save important resources for other tasks; and improve operational performance. Discover how to deal effectively with big data in this webinar sponsored by Progress DataDirect on Wednesday, November 30, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET.

Posted November 22, 2011

TIBCO Software Inc. has announced TIBCO Spotfire 4.0, the latest version of its analytics platform that combines the clarity of visual data discovery with collaboration capabilities for improved decision-making. "There are two key themes for 4.0 that we are focusing on. One is reaching a wider community through analytic dashboards and the other is harnessing social platforms to improve contextual collaboration and help our customers collaborate better and make better decisions," Lou Bajuk, senior director of product management, TIBCO Spotfire, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 22, 2011

expressor software, a provider of data integration software, has launched a product initiative aimed at simplifying the development of expressor and Teradata Express analytical database applications based on a diverse set of operational data sources. One of the biggest challenges people face is figuring out how to get data loaded into their database in order to begin using it for analysis and development without using traditional ETL solutions which can be very costly, Hugo Sheng, director, field engineering, expressor, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 22, 2011

Application Security, Inc. (AppSecInc), a provider of database security solutions for the enterprise, will host a webinar roundtable discussion on Tuesday, December 6, at 2 pm ET titled, "Can't We All Just Get Along? Bridging the Gap Between Security Pros and DBAs." The discussion will will focus on the impasse that security pros and DBAs routinely face with the aim that attendees will come away with tips for finding common ground to create a more cohesive working relationship and a more secure data environment.

Posted November 22, 2011

Veryant has introduced a new version of vCOBOL Enterprise, which provides an environment for developing and deploying business-critical COBOL applications across Linux, UNIX, and Microsoft Windows systems. With vCOBOL Enterprise 2011 Release 3, organizations that migrate COBOL applications and relational databases, such as IBM DB2, from the mainframe to open systems can now take advantage of a new application migration utility to simplify the transition. In addition, post-migration, vCOBOL now offers companies the choice of accessing relational databases, such as IBM DB2 or Oracle, through JDBC or through the SQLJ convention, which the company says is popular at shops that are heavy Java application users.

Posted November 18, 2011

The release of OpenInsight 9.3, the next version of Revelation Software's flagship product, is now imminent, and includes many new features eagerly awaited by Revelation customers. On track to be generally available by the end of the year, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, says that data encryption is among the major new components in OpenInsight 9.3. "Data encryption will be a key component that will be built into the database. It is data encryption at rest and that means that you can specify tables and fields that are sitting in on your disk drive and that data will be encrypted."

Posted November 16, 2011

Entrinsik will present a webinar on Wednesday, November 30, at 2 PM, "SQL Reporting QuickStart: From Installation to Real Reports in Just 60 Minutes." This free technical webinar will illustrate how easy it is to install and deliver a self-service reporting platform to end users in just one hour by using Entrinsik Informer for web-based operational business intelligence.

Posted November 16, 2011

BlueFinity will demonstrate how to create a simple SSIS transformation to move MultiValue data into MS SQL Server using mv.SSIS in a free webinar on November 30.

Posted November 16, 2011

InterSystems Corporation, has announced that Pronger Smith Medical Care rolled out InterSystems Ensemble as its core enterprise integration platform. The strategic decision to build application interfaces with in-house staff on the Ensemble platform has already generated tens of thousands dollars in cost savings over any other development approach, according to Craig Cypress, Network System Manager at Pronger Smith.

Posted November 16, 2011

UC4, an IT automation software vendor, announced a partnership with Basis Technologies International (BTI), a provider of add-on solutions that optimize SAP, intended to deliver targeted automation solutions for SAP customers. The joint offering, dubbed "UC4 MDR powered by BTI," will integrate BTI's Mass Data Runtime - an SAP NetWeaver-based solution that delivers data processing improvements - with UC4's ONE Automation platform. The combination of these two products is designed to help accelerate and orchestrate business processes, applications and infrastructure with SAP environments.

Posted November 16, 2011

Sybase, an SAP company, has unveiled a new guide on big data analytics titled "Intelligence for Everyone: Transforming Business Analytics Across the Enterprise." The objective of the guide is to demonstrate through facts and examples that there are tools and methods to make sense of new and massive data sets, service all users at all levels, and analyze many different data types to provide actionable answers.

Posted November 16, 2011

Oracle has introduced PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Feature Pack 2 which provides a consumer-like self-service user experience to improve the way employees and managers perform their day-to-day activities. Oracle's Feature Packs enable a quicker response to PeopleSoft customer requests, while enabling customers to choose how and when to deploy the new functionality to their users.

Posted November 16, 2011

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 11, which the company says can meet the security, performance and scalability requirements of cloud-based deployments and enable customers to run their most demanding enterprise applications in private, hybrid, or public clouds.

Posted November 16, 2011

SAP AG has announced the availability of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) 7.3 running on the SAP HANA platform. SAP HANA can enhance the query performance and provide faster data loads in SAP NetWeaver BW, and help customers significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for customers by simplifying the administration with reduced data layers, according to SAP. The announcement was made at the SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd co-located event in Madrid.

Posted November 16, 2011

Sybase has unveiled a new version of the Sybase IQ high performance column-based analytics database, due to be generally available by the end of November. "This really is an extension into big data - and big data is characterized by a lot of things - but we see the trends in the market around MapReduce and Hadoop in database analytics and we have added those capabilities into IQ 15. 4," Dan Lahl, director of product marketing at Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing. With the new release of IQ, he notes, Sybase IQ provides customers a "have it your way" approach.

Posted November 16, 2011

UC4, an IT automation software vendor, announced a partnership with Basis Technologies International (BTI), a provider of add-on solutions that optimize SAP, intended to deliver targeted automation solutions for SAP customers. The joint offering, dubbed "UC4 MDR powered by BTI," will integrate BTI's Mass Data Runtime - an SAP NetWeaver-based solution that delivers data processing improvements - with UC4's ONE Automation platform. The combination of these two products is designed to help accelerate and orchestrate business processes, applications and infrastructure with SAP environments.

Posted November 15, 2011

Kove, a high performance storage vendor, and ParAccel, provider of a leading analytic platform, have announced a new, joint solution available on Dell's PowerEdge servers and Kove XPD2 Storage intended to enable near-instantaneous analytic database duplication. The Kove-ParAccel database duplication solution enables the rapid delivery of an analytic sandbox clone that can be used by business analysts, or a quick provisioning clone for development and test in traditional on-premise environments.

Posted November 15, 2011

Vormetric, Inc., a provider of enterprise systems encryption and key management solutions, has introduced Vormetric Key Management, a single solution for central control of encryption keys on an enterprise scale. For organizations with heterogeneous database platforms and an increasing number of encryption keys from disparate encryption systems, Vormetric reduces administration costs and security risks. "Enterprises today are encountering significant issues and challenges around encryption key management," Todd Thiemann, senior director of product marketing at Vormetric, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 15, 2011

MapR Technologies, Inc., the provider of an advanced distribution for Apache Hadoop, has unveiled the MapR Training Academy, a free internet-based source for training videos and documentation to help the Hadoop user community accelerate the use of Hadoop for more business users. MapR Academy provides an introduction to Hadoop as a big data analytics platform and delves into the architecture, design and administration of Hadoop.

Posted November 15, 2011

SnapLogic, a cloud integration provider, has introduced an integration tool for Birst's cloud business intelligence suite. The solution connects the Birst BI Suite with any finance, operations, marketing, social media, supply chain or other business application, helping to accelerate the adoption of advanced analytics, reporting and business intelligence. "Birst is already a complete BI suite delivering both the visualization capabilities such as dashboards, reports, and ad hoc queries as well the aggregation and optimization in data warehouse," Stefan Schmitz, vice president of products for Birst, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 15, 2011

SAP AG has announced the availability of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) 7.3 running on the SAP HANA platform. SAP HANA can enhance the query performance and provide faster data loads in SAP NetWeaver BW, and help customers significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for customers by simplifying the administration with reduced data layers, according to SAP. The announcement was made at the SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd co-located event in Madrid.

Posted November 15, 2011

Cleversafe, Inc. has been granted and issued four new patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) related to the vendor's IP portfolio around dispersed storage technology. The technology uses algorithms to divide data into "slices" and disperses them, via secure network connections, to one or more multiple storage nodes on a dsNet system.

Posted November 14, 2011

IBM announced that technology enabling IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Microsoft Windows applications into the mainframe environment - an industry first - will become available on December 16th. With this new capability, end users with multi-tier applications - for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data - can be integrated and consolidated on the same system.

Posted November 14, 2011

IBM is offering a new service intended to help businesses secure the exploding number of mobile devices with access to corporate data. The IBM Hosted Mobile Device Security Management service is intended to help organizations protect against data loss and other risks caused by device theft, unauthorized access, malware, spyware, and inappropriate applications. The service will be delivered over the cloud

Posted November 14, 2011

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to Ethernet advancement, revealed the successful completion of its most recent Data Center Bridging (DCB) interoperability "plugfest," held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory. The event attracted a broad range of cross-discipline, Ethernet Alliance member companies.

Posted November 14, 2011

ADVA Optical Networking announced the successful qualification of the ADVA FSP 3000 for the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension. The IBM zEnterprise platform, which includes zBX, is the new infrastructure for extending System z qualities of service and management capabilities across a set of integrated, fit-for-purpose POWER7 and IBM System x compute elements. This extension enables applications that require low-latency, high-capacity and secure data transmission links between systems, such as business continuity, disaster recovery and cloud computing.

Posted November 14, 2011

Attachmate Corp. has made updates to two of its flagship products for terminal emulation and web-to-host access. The Attachmate Reflection 2011 R2 family of products is updated Windows-based terminal emulation software that includes strengthened desktop and host security. Attachmate Reflection Suite for X 2011 R2 is designed to enable Windows users to access text and graphics-based applications on UNIX and Linux systems, as well as legacy applications on IBM System z mainframes and System i midranges.

Posted November 14, 2011

Software AG unveiled a process improvement accelerator designed to accelerate business optimization and automation projects based on specific industry requirements or cross-industry topics such as compliance, supply chain management or customer relationship management initiatives.

Posted November 14, 2011

Maintec Technologies Inc., an enterprise service provider, has launched a ‘Mainframe on Demand' service that provides "pay-as-you-go" access to mainframe computing. The service is targeted at technology training companies, development firms and production clients with both short-term and long-term mainframe computing requirements.

Posted November 14, 2011

Compuware Corporation, a technology management vendor, and Dataguise, a provider of enterprise security intelligence solutions, have teamed up to provide a privacy solution to protect employee and customer personally identifiable information. As part of this partnership, Compuware will resell technology from Dataguise Compuware Test Data Solution, branded as DgDiscover for Compuware.

Posted November 14, 2011

SOA Software, a service governance and management tools provider, announced Atmosphere Cloud, a cloud-based version of its Enterprise API Management solution. Combined with the on-premises deployment option that was announced in June, Atmosphere customers can now choose how they want to configure and deploy their API Management environment.

Posted November 14, 2011

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