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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
January 12, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: January 12, 2015. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.


News Flashes

For the 22nd consecutive year, IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients. The company just announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014, and that on average, IBM inventors earned more than 20 patents a day. After IBM, the next top patent earner in 2014 was Samsung with 4,952. During IBM's 22 years at the top of the patent list, IBM inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released PostgreSQL 9.4. According to the group, the latest version of the open source database system adds new features to enhance PostgreSQL's flexibility, scalability and performance for different types of database users, including improvements to JSON support, replication and index performance.


Think About It

In 2014, we continued to watch big data enable all things "big" about data and its business analytics capabilities. We also saw the emergence (and early acceptance) of Hadoop Version 2 as a data operating platform, with cornerstones of YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). In 2015, the mainstream adoption with enterprise data strategies and acceptance of the data lake will continue as data management and governance practices provide further clarity. The cautionary tale of 2014 to ensure business outcomes drive big data adoption, rather than the hype of previous years, will likewise continue.

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