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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
January 15, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: January 15, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Enterprise software vendor Attivio, creators of Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), has received $8 million in new growth funding from General Electric Pension Trust, supplementing a $34 million investment led by Oak Investment Partners in October, totaling $71 million investment funds to date. "Our focus going forward is around verticals, and we are going to empower and strengthen each of the verticals that we have ventured out on, including financial services, digital media, government intelligence, and life sciences," Ali Riaz, CEO of Attivio, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and direct marketing solutions, has unveiled a new program to increase access to Melissa Data's products, training and expertise, and help share information about data quality tools for Oracle deployments. The MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Program is specifically geared to Oracle ACEs and other credentialed industry experts and community leaders, and provides full access to Melissa Data core data quality tools for Oracle technologies.

JackBe Presto has been accredited with the Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) by the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). To receive this award, JackBe had to meet the U.S. Army's requirements for security, compatibility, supportability, governance and sustainability. All organizations managing information systems on the Army Enterprise Architecture are required to have the CoN, which manages the risks and impacts associated with the fielding of information systems, as well as sustains the health of the Army Enterprise Infrastructure.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced the associate member organizations participating in the 2013 OAUG Star Partner Program, which connects providers of related products and solutions with Oracle Applications users throughout the year.

Real-time big data vendor SQLstream Inc. has released the newest generation of its streaming big data management platform, SQLstream s-Server 3.0. With improved speed and scalability, the flagship product introduces high performance distributed stream processing, Google BigQuery integration, and enhanced platform manageability and streaming application development.

Webcast on How to Gain Value from Big Data with Graph Technology - Thursday, January 17 at 9 am PT / 12 noon ET

Think About It

Coverage of Windows 8 has understandably focused on the revolutionary Metro interface. Many believe that this new interface, while fine for tablets and phones, is a step backwards for desktop productivity. By forcing users to switch between two modes of operation - desktop and Metro, Windows 8 diminishes productivity and imposes steep learning curve on new users. The Metro interface itself supports only very limited multi-tasking, so, serious work often must be done in the traditional Windows desktop. Microsoft implicitly acknowledges these limitations by providing the latest version of Microsoft Office, not in Metro format, but as traditional "desktop" applications.