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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
November 10, 2009

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

News Flashes

Informatica today announced version 9 of its data integration platform with the theme of "Enabling the Data-Driven Enterprise." The Informatica platform is a comprehensive offering that provides for enterprise data integration, cloud data integration, B2B data exchange, and data quality across the whole enterprise. Major new features in version 9 of the platform focus on the areas of SOA-based data services, pervasive data quality, and Business-IT collaboration.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, announced the organization's membership has selected its 2010 board of directors. The new board members are John Stouffer, an individual associate member; Floyd M. Teter, system engineer, Technology and Standards Office for Institutional Business Systems at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Margaret Wright, technology manager for the Oracle Center of Excellence at Atlanta's Southern Company.

Oracle has announced the new release of Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition 4.0 including significant new features for high availability, scalability, and performance.

Oracle issued a statement Monday that its acquisition of Sun is essential for competition in the high-end server market, for revitalizing Sparc and Solaris and for strengthening the Java development platform. The company also said it plans to "vigorously oppose" the European Commission's Statement of Objections and that the evidence against the Commission's position is "overwhelming."

Quest Software announced two significant product releases in the SQL Server performance management space at PASS Summit last week in Seattle. The latest release of Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise, Quest's monitoring and diagnostics tool, now featuring business intelligence monitoring, coupled with the debut of Foglight for SQL Server, enables database administrators to proactively detect, diagnose and resolve SQL Server performance issues.

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) announced its new executive committee for the 2010/2011 term at the PASS Summit last week in Seattle. Rushabh Mehta, managing director at Solid Quality Mentors, will become president; Bill Graziano, owner of scaleSQL Consulting, is taking on the executive vice president, finance, role; and Rick Heiges, senior solutions consultant with Scalability Experts, is joining as vice president, marketing. The new PASS Executive Committee will begin serving its term on January 1, 2010.

Aimed at eliminating the performance bottlenecks that cause data latency and enables faster access to information critical to decision making, Syncsort, a provider of high-performance data processing, data integration, and data protection and recovery software, has announced its Data Integration Acceleration Solution for existing DI environments. With the solution, Syncsort seeks to reduce the cost and effort of delivering information to decision makers, enabling customers to more efficiently pursue strategic initiatives around revenue growth, customer acquisition and retention, cost reduction, and operational efficiency.