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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
July 23, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: July 23, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

SAP has launched Sybase ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) 15.7 service pack 100 (SP100) to provide higher performance and scalability as well as improved monitoring and diagnostic capabilities for very large database environments. "The new release adds features in three areas to drive transactional environments to even more extreme levels. We really see ASE moving increasingly into extreme transactions and to do that we have organized the feature set around the three areas," said Dan Lahl, vice president, Database Product Marketing, SAP, in an interview with 5 Minute Briefing.

In a move designed to provide SQL capabilities on top of FoundationDB, the Vienna, Virginia-based company has announced the acquisition of Akiban Technologies. FoundationDB is a scalable and fault tolerant NoSQL database with high performance cross-node fully ACID transactions. Akiban provides a SQL database with an object-structured design.

Symantec has released Data Insight 4.0, the latest version of its unstructured data governance solution, which provides insight into the ownership and usage of unstructured data, such as documents, presentations, spreadsheets and emails. "Many organizations are in the dark as to what data they have, what information they have, who owns that data, and the relevance of that data to the business. The unstructured data environment is pretty much like a black hole with limited or no visibility," Ketan Shah, product manager, Symantec Storage & Availability Management Group, told 5 Minute Briefing during a recent interview.

Tableau Software has announced the general availability of Tableau Online, a SaaS or hosted version of Tableau Server with the goal of making analytics easier. With Tableau Online, users can share, author and edit dashboards and reports with their company, customers and partners without requiring IT support or specially trained programmers.