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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
July 10, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: July 10, 2012. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Jaspersoft, maker of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced availability of Jaspersoft Business Intelligence 4.7, with reports generated by JasperReports Server now give casual users the ability to interact with more of their data. According to Jaspersoft, its open source business model and zero-cost per-user licensing fees make interactive reporting affordable for even the largest scale reporting projects. Additional improvements in Jaspersoft 4.7 include direct native connectivity to big data sources and expanded mobile device support. "This is exciting for a couple of reasons," Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing for Jaspersoft, tells DBTA. "One is that no BI tool out there so far has this level of interactivity for what we call casual BI users."

Quest Software, which earlier this month announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dell, has enhanced its unified partner program to better meet the needs of its reseller, distribution, service providers (SPs), and global partners. Launched in July a year ago, the Quest Partner Circle (QPC) is now being expanded to include SPs and global partners. In addition, SPs and global partners now have access to QPC infrastructure benefits, including partner training, certification, marketing, business planning, and dedicated technical support.

Think About It

Our friends at Sepaton just shared the results of their latest annual survey of large enterprises with us, and the results are disturbing. First, data growth continues unabated with 50% of respondents reporting their data was growing from 20% to 70% annually and an additional 20% reported even higher annual growth rates. In addition, they find, data centers now face a growing challenge of "sprawl" as they add more and more systems to handle data growth. Fifty percent characterize their environments as having "moderate" or "severe" sprawl requiring them to routinely add data protection systems to scale performance or capacity.