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Five Minute Briefing - MultiValue
November 2012

A comprehensive monthly publication filled with news and insight serving the MultiValue database community.

News Flashes

jBASE International, a member of the Mpower1 group of MultiValue companies, has announced full support for Windows 8 in the latest release of its 64-bit, multi-dimensional database - jBASE 5.2. "Windows 8 represents a fundamental shift in the way Windows works," says Pete Loveless, CEO of jBASE International. "It not only provides the traditional Windows desktop environment, but also a new user interface which is there primarily to support Windows applications running on mobile tablet devices. This dual environment bridges the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices and is already starting to have a major impact on the adoption of tablets within business."

Kore Technologies has announced KommerceServer Mobile Edition, providing the capabilities of KommerceServer webStoreFront and webPortal in a compact mobile package. The new mobile edition is intended to be a complement to Kore customers' corporate websites. The mobile edition enables end users to browse a company web catalog, make online purchases, and access their account histories using a streamlined interface designed for the requirements and workflow of the mobile user.

In response to growing demand for MultiValue data in the cloud, Pick Cloud, Inc. has been launched by Mark Pick. Pick Cloud aims to provide its clients with a safe, secure hosted environment that guarantees 99.999% uptime, automatic file-saves, backups, and 24x7 support. In addition, Pick Cloud offers database-as-a-service (DBaaS) as an option.

TVSN is a 24x7x365 television shopping network that sells clothing, health and beauty aids, electronics, home furnishings, collectibles, and jewelry in Australia. Customers can place orders at any hour of the day or night any way they desire, by phone or online. Since TVSN is always open and always on, downtime is just not possible. Originally only available on cable TV, at 8:30 am on Monday October 24, 2012, TVSN in combination with Network Ten Australian flipped the switch to make television shopping available to anyone in Australia who has a television. As a result, TVSN now reaches 6.5 million households. TVSN has relied on Revelation Software since the late 1980s when it was called Demtel, a telemarketing company that was one of the first to run infomercial-style ads Down Under, using a Revelation G application in the call center and warehouse.

Rocket Software has launched CorVu NG v2.2.3, merging U2 DataVu into its CorVu product for strategic performance management and business intelligence, and adding new features. U2 customers will be able to purchase the entire suite of CorVu Performance Management modules. The new release is targeted at addressing the needs of business users without necessitating high level IT support as well as enabling users to analyze a greater variety of data - including unstructured data. In addition, Rocket has announced SB/XA v6.2 and launched a new website.

Big data is here, offering both vast opportunities — as well as vexing challenges — for every organization it touches. For a number of years, it has been understood that to be of value, information needs to be readily available, as close to real time as possible, to users in any location. Now, with the onset of "big data," the task gets more daunting. "These are all increasing the demands on both transactional and analytics data systems," says Bernie Spang, director of database software and systems for IBM.

Data keeps growing, and along with it, opportunities for unprecedented insights into customers, sales, markets, and processes. For companies that can offer business decision-makers rapid and easy access to business intelligence (BI) and analytic data from which they can assemble their own interfaces and reports, this means competitive advantage. However, today's BI systems still present obstacles to realizing this vision. Learn about the key steps to achieving self-service BI and analytics at your organization in this special Thursday, November 29th webcast at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET.