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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
March 10, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: March 10, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.


News Flashes

IBM has released new Informix database software to help companies make decisions more intelligently and maximize sales opportunities while reducing expenses. With the new software, known as the Informix Warehouse Feature, global companies can both warehouse their data and conduct fast online transactions with a simplified software platform. The combination of the two capabilities in one offering can help deliver new results and insights to grow businesses and lower costs by making it easier to use existing Informix infrastructures to help clients work more efficiently.

Infobright, the open source data warehousing company, has announced Infobright Community Edition (ICE) for Windows. In response to requests from the Infobright open source user community, the company now offers native support for its popular ICE open source data warehouse on the Microsoft Windows platform.

Information Builders, a leader in operational business intelligence solutions, and PBS&J, a multidisciplinary engineering firm with expertise in the design and implementation of information solutions, have announced an agreement to offer Information Builders' WebFOCUS BI platform as part of PBS&J's implementation and consulting services. PBS&J's Applied Technologies Group uses customized reporting and dashboard tools for many of its clients' solutions. With WebFOCUS, a proven and robust reporting solution, PBS&J will be able to speed up project timeframes, reduce certain implementation risks, and increase ease of maintenance.

OpenTech Systems, Inc., a leading provider of IBM z/OS Disaster Recovery and Storage Management solutions to automate IT processes and ensure business continuity for IBM z/OS-centric data centers, has announced a new release of DR/Xpert for DB2 which automates the backup and recovery for DB2 system objects including the directory and catalog as well as user data.

Varonis Systems, Inc., a leader in unstructured data governance, has announced the availability of version 4.0 of its DatAdvantage and DataPrivilege products, including complete synchronization and interoperability between the two applications to increase an organization's unstructured data protection. Version 4.0 includes many new innovations for unstructured data management that help to reduce errors, guide decision-making processes, improve accountability, and limit risk of data loss.


Think About It

In a new report in the Financial Times, Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid is quoted as saying that up to 20% of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of cloud companies—such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon.

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