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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
July 9, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: July 9, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

SAP AG and Esri, a geographic information system (GIS) and location analytics provider, are joining forces to more deeply integrate GIS solutions with platforms and enterprise applications from SAP in order to improve business efficiency and decision-making. The ability to combine the added dimension of location information with enterprise data, in real time is aimed at giving businesses greater immediacy in their decision-making capabilities. "We are partnering with the leading GIS vendor in the marketplace, Esri, to provide much deeper integration. We see GIS-related information becoming more important in the future," David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Product Marketing, Technology & Innovation Platform, SAP Labs, tells DBTA.

28msec, Inc. announced the launch of the company and its first product, 28.io, which it calls an Information Processing Platform (IPP). Reducing the time to develop and run complex queries on SQL and NoSQL databases by an order of magnitude over existing solutions, the company says 28.io enables businesses to retrieve and process data from multiple formats (such as JSON, XML, HTML, relational data, CSV, and text), located in various data stores, including both SQL and NoSQL sources using one single language and platform.

Terracotta, provider of in-memory technologies for enterprise big data, unveiled new versions of BigMemory 4, its flagship product for managing big, fast data, and Web Sessions 4, its solution for distributed in-memory session management. Together, the company says the new offerings enable faster, more reliable access to session data in large-scale, high-traffic web applications. According to Terracotta, BigMemory 4 offers 60% faster data access than previous versions at terabyte scale and beyond, and delivers enterprise-grade levels of reliability and flexibility that were formerly available only in traditional, disk-based data management systems.

Think About It

A six-month study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could cut overall energy consumption by 87% - or 23 billion kilowatt-hours - enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year. And this is just the power consumed by three common business applications — email, customer relationship management software, and bundled desktop productivity software. Imagine if enterprise software were factored into the equation.