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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
February 9, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: February 9, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.


News Flashes

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Initiate Systems, a provider of data integrity software for information sharing among healthcare and government organizations. The announcement of the acquisition "marks a significant expansion of IBM's ability to help clients integrate information from hundreds of sources," Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM's Information Management Software division, said during a teleconference detailing the acquisition.

InetSoft Technology, a company that provides dashboard, reporting, and mashup software, has announced a new release of its flagship business intelligence software application, Style Intelligence. A defining highlight of this release is upgraded data visualization capabilities for geographic charting. Now, business users can enjoy the depth of capabilities found in specialized charting applications as part of an enterprise-class business intelligence solution that also includes interactive dashboards, production reporting, and broad data access.

Oracle announced yesterday that it has agreed to acquire AmberPoint, a leader in SOA management. AmberPoint's solutions help organizations diagnose and resolve issues in application performance and business transactions, such as insurance claims processing or account provisioning where multiple applications need to work together.

Sybase, Inc., has announced that it has finalized an asset purchase agreement with Aleri Inc., a provider of enterprise-class complex event processing (CEP) technology and CEP-based solutions. CEP is an integral part of real-time analytics and with this acquisition, Sybase strengthens its overall analytics platform and leadership position to better meet the needs of enterprises requiring real-time analytics processing. The acquisition is intended to not only improve Sybase's financial services stack but also bring the company into new markets.

Talend, a provider of open source data integration software, has announced the availability of an open source master data management (MDM) solution. With the launch, Talend says it is "democratizing" the MDM market with an affordable, open source alternative to cost-prohibitive and disjointed proprietary technologies.


Think About It

Sealing its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation is playing an ever-increasing role in IBM-centric environments as well.

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