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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
July 16, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: July 16, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Accenture has entered into an agreement with Predixion Software, a provider of collaborative predictive analytics software, to jointly develop advanced industry- and process-specific analytics solutions designed for the needs of business users. The agreement, which is part of a strategic investment Accenture has made in Predixion Software, strengthens Accenture's ongoing strategy to bring capabilities to its clients that cover the full analytics value chain.

Big data analytics provider Actian is putting assets from the recent acquisition of ParAccel, Pervasive Software and Versant Corporation to work. The company announced plans to offer two new platforms, the Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms. The Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms are designed to provide end-to-end capabilities, from data connection through preparation and analytics, all the way to automated action. Built on technology that takes advantage of advances in chips, cores and clusters, the company says the platforms provide clients with integration and analytics on any data.

Logi Analytics, which allows organizations to create web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within their business applications, systems, and processes, is enhancing its big data capabilities with new support for Amazon Redshift and a new technology partnership with ParStream.

Oracle has announced the latest 12c releases of its Cloud Application Foundation, which integrates application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a foundation for cloud computing, representing "a major release of our middleware infrastructure," Mike Lehmann, Oracle vice president of product management, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The focus for the products is to provide mission-critical cloud infrastructure and a lot of work has been done around native cloud capabilities, says Lehmann.

Cloud BI company Birst and 3coast, a business analytics and CRM solutions provider, have formed a partnership to provide organizations custom business intelligence and analytics solutions. 3coast's IT consultants work closely with organizations to develop custom business intelligence solutions based on their unique needs. With Birst's enterprise-caliber Cloud BI platform, 3coast can now offer customers a complete cloud-based solution that is quick to deploy and easy to use.

MemSQL, a provider of real-time analytics, announced the availability of MemSQL 2.1, which includes new features and enhancements to enable customers to access, explore and increase the value of data, regardless of size or file format. To meet the demands posed by increasing amounts of data and data types, MemSQL has updated its analytics platform to enable customers to receive real-time results on analytical queries across both real-time and historical datasets.

Think About It

We typically think of predictive analytics being used for providing business insight into opportunities such as upselling customers or detecting risk of fraud, but Patterns and Predictions, a predictive analytics company, is putting its technology to work for a higher purpose. The company is working on a big data initiative dubbed "The Durkheim Project" which is using its machine learning data fabric built on technologies from Attivio and Cloudera to predict suicide at scale.