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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
May 22, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: May 22, 2012 . A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Expanding its data center presence worldwide, Cloudant has announced a global data layer as a service, which is intended to provide high performance, scalability, and availability to developers of big data applications that have highly distributed and/or fast growing customer bases."What we provide to application developers is an alternative to creating their own databases to store information about users and what they're doing with the application data," explains Andy Ellicott, Cloudant's vice president of marketing.

InterSystems Corporation has launched the next generation of its InterSystems HealthShare strategic informatics platform for interoperability and active analytics. Designed originally for public health information exchanges (HIEs) at regional, state and national levels, HealthShare has been extended and re-architected to also deliver the advanced technologies needed by integrated delivery networks (IDNs). The new version of HealthShare addresses the need in the healthcare field to enable access to up-to-the minute information and to help users more easily gain insight from unstructured content, Dominick Bizzarro, HealthShare global business manager, InterSystems, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Despite IT industry talk about the need for real-time data, a new survey of more than 330 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications reveals that access to current data to support decision making is not actually possible for many companies. At least half of companies represented in the survey indicate that relevant data still takes 24 hours or longer to reach decision makers.

Open source integration software vendor Talend has released version 5.1 of its integration platform, which provides an incorporated environment that manages the entire integration lifecycle across data, application and process integration requirements. The latest release includes the first set of big data integration and quality tools and technology, an integrated solution for enterprise service bus (ESB) and business process management (BPM), as well as other improvements that enhance enterprise readiness.