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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
August 11, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: August 11, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Cloakware, a provider of privileged password management solutions, has announced that it is working with Oracle to extend Oracle's suite of Identity Management solutions with Cloakware's flagship product, Password Authority. By combining these two products, Oracle is now able to enhance its customers' security management, with a comprehensive solution to manage, protect and monitor access to vital data.

DBSophic, a developer of innovative software solutions for database performance optimization, has announced the launch of its new Trace Analyzer tool for Microsoft SQL Server. This tool, which can be downloaded free of charge from the company's website, allows users to instantly find out what is slowing down their databases by enabling them to easily pinpoint which batches or specific parameter value sets consume the most resources.

Microsoft recently released a SQL Server 2008 add-in for MapPoint. MapPoint is Microsoft's business mapping application and gives users the power to visualize business data and communicate insights in a new way. It enables them to integrate maps into the work they do in Microsoft Office, and with MapPoint 2009 they also receive new geographic and demographic data, greatly enhanced GPS functionality, and a version that comes with a GPS locator.

Quest Software, Inc. has unveiled the newest version of SharePlex for Oracle, a real-time Oracle-Oracle database replication solution that supports high availability, reporting, data synchronization/integration, and load balancing on Oracle databases. Key features introduced in the new version include wildcard support, batch processing, and configuration management enhancements to SharePlex's monitoring and management dashboard, SharePlex Manager. These new features bring benefits in the areas of ease-of-use, improved performance, task automation, and managing complex replication environments

Think About It

Predictive Analytics-sometimes referred to as Predictive Data Mining-is a branch of Business Intelligence that attempts to use historical data to make predictions about future events. At its simplest, predictive analytics utilizes statistical techniques, such as correlation and regression, which many of us have encountered in college or even high school. Correlation analysis determines if there is a statistically significant relationship between two variables. For instance, height and age are highly correlated, while IQ and height are very weakly correlated. Regression attempts to find an equation between the two or more variables, so that you can predict one from the other.