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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
January 13, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: January 13, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

DataDirect Technologies, a leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corp., has introduced a new version of the DataDirect Data Integration Suite featuring new versions of its XML-based component technologies for data integration in traditional and service-oriented environments. "We have focused in this release mostly on the feedback that we have received from our customers and we have followed the evolution of the standards that we are tracking especially the XQuery standards and the EDI standards," Dr. Carlo Innocenti, senior XML program manager for DataDirect Technologies, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The DataDirect Data Integration Suite contains the latest product releases of DataDirect XQuery, DataDirect XML Converters (Java and .NET) and Stylus Studio. New features and functionality in the suite are intended to help maximize developer productivity, reduce the need for manual coding, and accelerate the delivery of mission-critical information to enterprise applications and end users

IBM has completed its approximately $340 million tender offer for the shares of ILOG, which offers Business Rule Management System (BRMS), Optimization, Visualization, and Supply Chain Management (SCM) portfolios. The tender offer was initially announced July of 2008. "I think it is going to be one of our strongest strategic acquisitions that we have made at IBM," Sandy Carter, IBM vice president for SOA and WebSphere Strategy, Channels and Marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Netezza, a leader in data warehouse and analytic appliance, has announced its collaboration with Microsoft and the first part of its high-performance data integration strategy for Microsoft Business Intelligence As a result, according to the vendors, Microsoft customers can now take advantage of Netezza's high-speed terascale analytic capabilities and extend the value of their existing Microsoft BI investment, and Netezza customers will now have more choice through tighter integration and technology compatibility with Microsoft's SQL Server 2008.

CA, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New York-based Orchestria Corporation, a leading provider of data loss prevention (DLP) technology. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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