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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
June 5, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: June 5, 2012. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Global IDs, Inc., a provider of data governance and master data management (MDM) software, has introduced the Global IDs Data Governance Appliance, an integrated hardware and software solution targeted at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The primary users for the appliance are expected to be enterprise data architects, data quality managers and data warehouse managers.

IBM stepped up its smarter computing initiative with a broad range of performance and efficiency enhancements to its storage and technical computing systems - the engines of big data. As part of its ongoing smarter computing effort, IBM has announced a new strategic approach to designing and managing storage infrastructures with greater automation and intelligence, as well as performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite. IBM also announced its first offerings that incorporate software from IBM's acquisition of Platform Computing earlier this year. "Enterprises are dealing with data that is increasing exponentially in both size and complexity," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group. The enhanced systems and storage solutions have the performance, efficiency, and intelligence to handle this big data, he added.

Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software, services and support for the open source R project, has announced the general availability of Revolution R Enterprise 6.0, the latest release of its commercial-grade analytics software for R-based data analytics. According to the company, the new iteration of Revolution R Enterprise delivers better performance, productivity, and enterprise-readiness for statistical analysis of very large data sets, helping to provide Rdevelopers with the tools required to meet the growing demands and requirements of data-driven businesses.

10gen, the company behind the NoSQL database MongoDB, has secured $42 million in financing, led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners and Union Square Ventures. The company plans to use this financing to invest in product development for MongoDB and the MongoDB Monitoring Service (MMS) and to better support its community and user base worldwide.

Closely following its announcement of plans to acquire Vitrue, a cloud-based social marketing and engagement platform, Oracle says it has also entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect, a provider of cloud-based social intelligence solutions. The Collective Intellect transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year; and the Vitrue acquisition, which was announced on May 23, is expected to close in the summer of 2012.

Teradata and Aprimo, a Teradata company that provides integrated marketing management software and services, announced that the acquisition of Munich-based eCircle, a European vendor in digital marketing, is complete. eCircle's digital marketing solutions, when combined with Aprimo's Integrated Marketing Management applications, are intended to help marketers to deliver highly targeted, consistent and personalized digital marketing campaigns that are integrated across all channels. Customers are expected to also benefit from Teradata Aster's big data analytics and Teradata's data warehousing for deeper customer engagement.

Think About It

Informix Genero, a new IBM offering developed under partnership with Four Js Development Tools, is a logical enhancement to the Informix 4GL language and environment that offers extensive capabilities for developing modern web and desktop GUI applications, reports, and web services. With IBM Informix Genero, users can recompile 4GL applications and run them as GUI and web applications while retaining the business logic.