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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
May 14, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: May 14, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

BI software vendor Yellowfin has signed an agreement with DIKW, a Dutch provider of business intelligence consulting, training and services. Through this reseller agreement, DIKW will make Yellowfin's solution, and associated training and implementation services, available to its clients and businesses throughout Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

Index Engines, an enterprise information management and archiving solutions vendor, has released the Catalyst Data Profiling Engine, providing a cost- and time-effective solution to big data issues. Processing all forms of unstructured files and document types, it creates a searchable index of what exists, where it's located, who owns it, when it was last accessed and what key terms are in it. This information is provided through summary reports for immediate insight into enterprise storage.

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has introduced Informatica Cloud Summer 2013, the latest release of its cloud-based integration and data management software as a service (SaaS) solutions. Cloud Summer 2013 features the new Informatica Cloud SAP Connector, new Informatica Cloud Extend capabilities, new cloud connectors and integration templates, as well as general availability of the Informatica Cloud Data Masking service.

Talend, a global open source software provider, has released version 5.3 of its integration platform, scaling the integration of data, application and business processes of any complexity. Talend version 5.3 reduces the skill sets and development costs necessary to leverage big data and Hadoop by enabling integration developers without specific expertise to develop on big data platforms. "The big challenge that organizations are facing today is not about getting the data; it's not about the platform to explore it; it's really about people who are operating the platform. There is a big shortage of developers with big data and Hadoop skills, and a big shortage of data scientists," Yves de Montcheuil, vice president of marketing at Talend, tells DBTA

Think About It

Computer games have been front-runners in many important developments in the IT industry, including digital distribution, cloud storage, user driven design, and crowd sourcing. So it's not surprising that game developers are in a leading position when it comes to big data analytics and machine learning. Online games have the ability to monitor all aspects of player behavior, so, just as Google is able to refine your search results by analyzing your previous searches and comparing them to the billions of searches done every day, online game companies are able to modify game behavior to ensure a more optimal game experience by observing what works - and what doesn't - in the gamer's world.