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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
June 8, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: June 8, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Yesterday, at the Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference 2010 in New Orleans Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, introduced the new Attunity PowerPivot Connector for Oracle, a dedicated and optimized solution for making Oracle data available in Microsoft PowerPivot. Attunity also announced the availability of additional certified connectors that enable PowerPivot users to access data from many heterogeneous sources.

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, a comprehensive, integrated and high-performance content management solution, aimed at helping organizations increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve content security.

Fifty-seven percent of organizations that deliver video online are supporting the iPad, or will be by the end of 2010, according to the results of a new research report from StreamingMedia.com titled "Supporting the iPad and HTML5- Timing, Motivation, Costs, and Scope."

The newest version of the Vertica Analytic Database is now commercially available worldwide. New features support new types of analytics, improve the way queries are executed in terms of better utilization of computing resources, and internationalize the release. "When you look at these things in combination, it really broadens the addressable market that is available to Vertica," David Menninger vice president of marketing, Vertica, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Vertica 4.0 is already delivering business benefits to some of the world's biggest financial services, communications, internet, healthcare and retail companies, according to the vendor. For example, customers who are tight on available computing resources are reporting Vertica 4.0 is helping them "do more with less" with a new workload manager that lets them manage complex mixed query workloads to best meet business priorities. Others who had no prior experience working with columnar databases are taking advantage of Vertica's new "load-and-query" data designer, which automatically generates optimized storage structures greatly simplifying development and tuning.

Composite Software, Inc. has introduced the newest version of the Composite Information Server Data Virtualization Platform to address the increasing demand by global enterprises with complex and disparate information systems for more agile, cost-effective data integration solutions. With capabilities ranging from upfront data discovery and modeling to ongoing operations monitoring, Composite's platform provides a comprehensive data virtualization offering.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, has launched its new website, which now incorporates a more user-oriented design and facilitates navigation from page to page. With a new homepage featuring bold graphics, concisely captioned links and headlines, as well as an automatic slide reel of the latest news, events and learning and networking opportunities OAUG has to offer, the new website showcases the resources that are valued by its members, while also providing a more aesthetic approach and user-friendly navigation tools.

VoltDB, LLC, has begun shipping the VoltDB OLTP database management system that is intended to offer faster transaction processing capabilities due to lower overhead. VoltDB, developed under the leadership of Postgres and Ingres co-founder, Mike Stonebraker, is a next-generation, open source DBMS that, according to the company, has been shown to process millions of transactions per second on inexpensive clusters of off-the-shelf servers.

Think About It

Brent Ozar, a Quest Software SQL Server expert, recently achieved SQL Server 2008 Master status, becoming only the fifth person in the U.S. outside of Microsoft to achieve the company's highest technical certification. Ozar, who is at the Quest booth at Tech-Ed in New Orleans this week, recently talked with 5 Minute Briefing, providing an arcane glimpse into the intense 3-week-long onsite program that included the most difficult exams he had ever seen.