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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
March 22, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: March 22, 2011. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

CA Technologies and Unisys Corporation have announced that they have extended their alliance to offer joint solutions that accelerate customers' path from virtualization to the cloud. The solutions will combine CA Technologies' virtualization management, service automation, and service management products with Unisys' virtualization and cloud advisory, planning, design and implementation services. The first solution, available now in North America, is designed to help organizations overcome "virtual stall" - the complications that can arise from enterprise virtualization projects. According to the vendors, this is a challenge for enterprises - both in their existing data centers and as they evolve their infrastructure toward cloud computing.

Data and Information Modeling will be key topics at the upcoming Enterprise Data World. The educational program will feature an entire data modeling track as well as topics related to master data management, data quality, data profiling, facilitation, and dimensional modeling. The conference will take place April 3-7, 2011 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

Oracle has announced that an update to MySQL 5.5 Enterprise Edition is now available. New in this release is the addition of MySQL Enterprise Backup and MySQL Workbench along with enhancements in MySQL Enterprise Monitor. Recent integration with MyOracle Support allows MySQL customers to access the same support infrastructure used for Oracle Database customers to enable joint MySQL and Oracle customers to experience faster problem resolution by using a common technical support interface.

Predixion Software has launched the Predixion Partner Network, a new practice dedicated to working with business intelligence-focused consulting partners to deliver low-cost, self-service predictive analytics solutions utilizing the Microsoft business intelligence platform. Predixion Software develops and markets collaborative predictive analytics solutions in the public and private cloud that are integrated with Microsoft Corp.'s BI platform.

Think About It

The recent public release of thousands of leaked U.S. State Department cables by WikiLeaks continues to shake up governments across the world. The information captured and sent out to the wild is not only an embarrassment to U.S. government officials whose candid assessments of foreign leaders were exposed but also to the fact that that the organization with the tightest and most comprehensive data security technologies, protocols, and policies in the world unknowingly fell victim to a massive data breach.