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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
October 12, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: October 12, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Actuate Corporation, developers of the open source BIRT business intelligence environment, announced ActuateOne, a product suite for rapidly developing and deploying custom BI applications and information applications. ActuateOne, the vendor says, is based upon one design, one server and one user experience to improve developer productivity, optimize the end user experience within a unified environment, and deploy from on-premises to the cloud. "ActuateOne is our latest product delivering value-added features around BIRT," Nobby Akiha, senior vice president of marketing for Actuate, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

The latest version of IBM Informix, codenamed "Panther," became generally available today. According to Martin Wildberger, vice president, World Wide Development, IBM, the new IBM Informix 11.7 software version helps clients and IBM partners streamline their business processes and access critical data faster to make smarter business decisions. Combined with new Informix Editions, the new software also allows clients and partners to accelerate the deployment of critical business solutions at lower cost, Wildberger adds.

Jaspersoft, a provider of business intelligence software, has introduced JasperReports Server Professional, a centrally-managed and secure reporting server for scheduling and distributing interactive reports. According to Jaspersoft the new solution will enable customers to create, deliver and embed interactive reports in a variety of formats for anyone in their organization, for as much as 80% less than prices charged by the traditional BI providers.

Predixion Software announced a relatively low-cost, self-service in the cloud predictive analytics solution that integrates with Microsoft's business intelligence platform. The new release, Predixion Insight, is intended to enable organizations to use and analyze large amounts of data to make actionable decisions, all within the familiar environment of Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot and SharePoint. "The predictive analytics market is disruptable because it is dominated by a couple of incumbent vendors that are very established, and they offer very comprehensive solutions, but with older technology that is difficult for the information worker to operate," Simon Arkell, CEO and co-founder of Predixion Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Think About It

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was granted the gift of prophesy, but cursed with an inability to convince others of her predictions - a sort of unbelievable "oracle," if you like. Ironically, in the database world, the Cassandra system is fast becoming one of the most credible non-relational databases for production use - a believable alternative to Oracle and other relational databases.