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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
June 28, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: June 28, 2011. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

The PASS Summit 2011 Community Sessions have been finalized. Details on all community sessions, including four new half-day sessions, are now accessible on the PASS website. There are only a couple of days left to take advantage of savings on PASS Summit 2011. PASS is encouraging attendees to register by June 30 before the rate increases.

Pentaho, a provider of business intelligence software, announced a new release of its business intelligence toolset that incorporates interactive reporting and enhanced visualizations for business end users. Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition includes an interactive, web-based report designer that provides more intuitive report-building capabilities for non-technical business users to serve their own reporting requirements without relying on IT. Pentaho BI 4 also includes a new visual interface designed to make BI more appealing and consumable by all users from developers, to power users, to non-technical business users. To a large extent, Pentaho BI 4 functions as an enterprise data mash-up tool, but with greater front-end capabilities, Ian Fyfe, chief technology evangelist for Pentaho, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Think About It

The DBA, often respected as a database guru, is just as frequently criticized as a curmudgeon with technical knowledge but limited people skills. Most programmers have their favorite DBA story. You know, those anecdotes that begin with "I had a problem ..." and end with "... and then he told me to stop bothering him and read the manual."