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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
April 21, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: April 21, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.


News Flashes

Actuate Corporation, a provider of rich internet applications for business intelligence, has announced the release of Actuate Performancesoft Views 8.1. Performancesoft Views is a fully featured performance management application that can accommodate a wide variety of performance management frameworks, and the 8.1 release provides increased flexibility and ease of integration with the BIRT and e.Spreadsheet offerings included in Actuate 10. It also builds upon Actuate's multi-purpose performance measurement solution that supports scorecarding and KPI initiatives for a variety of industries, and offers many new features.

Infobright, an open source data warehousing company, has released Infobright 3.1, the latest version of its data warehouse product that offers simplicity, ease of use and low total cost of ownership. According to the vendor, the columnar database is ideal for analytics, and is available in two editions: a free, open source version named Infobright Community Edition (ICE) and a licensable version named Infobright Enterprise Edition (IEE). The version 3.1 product release contains two primary new features, one of which is available with both the ICE and IEE, and the other only with the IEE.

Ingres Corporation, a leading open source database management company, has announced that it has joined the Open Source Channel Alliance, a group founded by Red Hat and SYNNEX Corporation to extend the value of open source to a broad set of customers through SYNNEX's 15,000 resellers. Ingres joins as a charter member and has signed a distribution agreement with SYNNEX.

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will hold two networking and education events for women in technology at the upcoming annual Oracle users group conference COLLABORATE 09. The Women in Technology Luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 4. This will be an opportunity to network, and for Oracle users, male and female, to learn firsthand about the experiences of women working in IT. The luncheon will feature speaker Cindy Novotny, a worldwide training and consulting leader, and the session will cover delegating, time management and taking personal responsibility for your own results.

The Oracle Applications Users Group, the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, is co-hosting COLLABORATE 09: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community conference with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and Quest International Users Group, May 3-7, at the Orange County Convention Center West in Orlando, Fla.

Oracle announced yesterday morning that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems, on the heels of a breakdown of a proposed acquisition by IBM. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

SAP AG has announced the availability of enhancements to the SAP BusinessObjects Edge software portfolio, including new features in the release of SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI 3.1, its comprehensive business intelligence software for small businesses and midsize companies (SMBs). One of the main new Edge BI 3.1 features is the inclusion of SAP BusinessObjects Polestar software, a guided data navigation application that helps any business user to easily explore information and quickly answer important business questions via simple search.


Think About It

Management consultants McKinsey & Company released a report on the economics of cloud computing, speculating that many companies may end up spending more on cloud-based services than on maintaining their own data centers.

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