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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
April 2, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: April 2, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Big data, in-memory analytics and cloud computing vendor Kognitio has announced that the Kognitio Analytical Platform enables new fully parallel not-only-SQL (NoSQL) capabilities, including the R language for statistical computing and graphics.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced a complete refresh of Oracle's midrange and high-end SPARC server lines. Unveiled during a live webcast, the new SPARC T5 and M5 servers join the SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle's SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end.

Data visualization and analysis vendor Tableau Software has released version 8.0 of its analytics and visualization platform, with more than 90 news features to help organizations answer deeper questions about their data and integrate it across their organization. Web and mobile authoring enables drag and drop analytics in browsers and tablets, new data connections allow customers to interactively analyze large amounts of cloud data, and additional visualization types foster new ways to communicate with data. In addition, new APIs allow authors to integrate custom data, visualizations and dashboards into their applications and portals faster.

Software integration vendor Talend has partnered with Caserta Concepts, a consulting and technology services firm specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence and big data analytics, to help Caserta build highly scalable big data analytics solutions for their clients.

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has announced Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint, a new capability planned to be available in an upcoming free public beta. Supporting e-discovery, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint enables users to pinpoint the information required to quickly locate and restore individual SharePoint items.

Think About It

Our friends at Micro Focus shared the results of their latest mainframe skills survey with us, which shows a disconnect between business requirements and educational training. According to the poll of academic leaders from 119 universities across the world, more than half (58%) believe COBOL programming should be on their curriculum, with 54% estimating the demand for COBOL programming skills would increase or stay the same over the next 10 years. That's a far cry from today's reality. Of the 27% confirming COBOL programming was part of their curriculum, only 18% had it as a core part of the course, while the remaining 9% made it an elective component.