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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
October 27, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: October 27, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Embarcadero, a provider of multi-platform database tools, is adding more graphical capabilities to DB Optimizer to make it easier for developers and DBAs to do SQL profiling and tuning. DB Optimizer, which supports IBM DB2 for LUW, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase, helps eliminate performance bottlenecks by identifying data-intensive or frequently executed queries, focusing on specific SQL statements through query statistics (CPU, I/O, wait times), and fine-tuning problematic statements

Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications software company, announced that it will OEM PowerCenter and PowerExchange from Informatica Corporation, and that it has expanded its relationship with SAP Business Objects. Endeca will integrate Informatica's PowerCenter and PowerExchange with its Information Access Platform for improved enterprise search, and will integrate SAP Business Object's Xcelsius software and Intelligent Search software for faster and easier deployment of search applications and query federation inside the enterprise.

EnterpriseDB, the commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, said on Tuesday that Red Hat has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB. With this new partnership, EnterpriseDB and Red Hat said they will continue to promote open source infrastructure solutions that emphasize the advantages of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss and Postgres Plus to deliver lower total-cost-of-ownership.

HiT Software, a provider of products for database access, integration and replication, has announced Allora 6.0, the newest version of the company's data transformation product.

Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and address management solutions, has announced a new free add-on to the company's Address Object address verification API and MAILERS+4 postal automation software. The new add-on, called AddressPlus, will analyze residential address records that are identified during ZIP+4 encoding and will append or correct those records with the right apartment number, if available.

SpringSource, a division of VMware, Inc. and a provider of Java application infrastructure and management software, has introduced SpringSource tc Server Developer Edition, an Apache Tomcat-compatible platform that gives developers deep visibility and relevant information for debugging and improving the performance of their Spring applications.

Talend, an open source data integration software company, recently announced a significant upgrade to the Talend Integration Suite and to Talend Open Studio. Talend Open Studio is the free, open source ETL software platform that Talend offers under a GPL license. It provides business modeling of the data integration process, graphical development, metadata management, and a wide array of data connectors. Talend Integration Suite is the commercial version of Open Studio that Talend sells as an annual subscription license, and that extends Talend Open Studio with technical support and features to facilitate the work of large teams and enterprise-scale deployments. It is offered as Team, Professional, or Enterprise editions, with the Enterprise edition providing for grid management and optional data quality capabilities.

Think About It

At least in the view of Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, it's really not an issue. "In the end, if we are patient, they always will [contribute]. Nobody wants to maintain their own separate version of the Linux kernel," Zemlin says.