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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
June 15, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: June 15, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

IBM today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Coremetrics, a leader in web analytics software. IBM says that the acquisition of Coremetrics, a privately held company based in San Mateo, Calif., will expand its business analytics capabilities by enabling organizations to use a cloud-based delivery model to gain real-time insight into consumer interactions internally and through social media networks to develop faster, more targeted marketing campaigns. Financial terms were not disclosed.

dataguise, a provider of security solutions for protecting sensitive data across the enterprise, has added support for IBM DB2 to its 14-day fully functional software trial version of its dgdiscover database security solution.

GridApp Systems, Inc., provider of database automation solutions, introduced the latest version of its database automation software, which emphasizes self-service IT and self-powering databases. The new release, GridApp Clarity 6.5, incorporates fine-grained permissioning and delegated administration, designed to enable business application owners to access and manage application resources without the need to engage specialized IT professionals, such as database administrators.

Oracle yesterday announced Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g supports all types of processes with a new unified process foundation, targeted user-centric design and new social BPM capabilities, and includes a native implementation of BPMN 2.0. Historically, when choosing BPM solutions organizations have had to make a choice between a business user-friendly solution or one that provides rich support for the IT and integration capabilities, David Shaffer, vice president, product management, Oracle Fusion Middleware, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "What's really unique here is that we are offering a single product that is complete and unified," Shaffer emphasizes.

Panorama Software has unveiled NovaView 6.2, the newest release of its flagship suite of web-enabled BI applications. NovaView 6.2 offers native connectivity with and extends Microsoft's new in-memory engine, PowerPivot, and provides tight integration with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The new release also adds Oracle to the available data sources, making Oracle relational database data instantly available for interactive, multidimensional analysis with the entire NovaView product stack.

Pervasive Software Inc., a global leader in cloud-based and on-premises data integration software, has formed a partnership with Melissa Data, a provider of data quality software and services including out-of-the-box connectivity to Melissa Data's data quality offerings, giving both companies' customers the benefits of seamless data quality and data integration capabilities.

Think About It

Before we go any further, let me briefly answer the question posed in this column's title: "No Way!" OK ... with that out of the way, let's discuss the issue.