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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
October 22, 2020

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: October 22, 2020. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

At Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, data management expert Craig S. Mullins delivered a presentation titled, "The Changing Requirements of Database Administration."  Mullins, who is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, an IBM Gold Consultant, and a longtime DBTA columnist, looked at the industry trends and issues that are impacting DBAs and fundamentally transforming the duties associated with their jobs. Mullins was joined in the session by John Pocknell, senior market strategist, database solutions at Quest, whose presentation titled, "Tools for a Cross-Platform DBA," covered tools for monitoring and management.

The last day of Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 opened with Clay Jackson, senior database systems sales engineer, Quest Software, who discussed tools and techniques that will make any organizations' journey to the cloud simpler and easier. As customers with existing data consider moving that data and applications to "the cloud," it rapidly becomes apparent that, just as in real estate, it's all about location.

Comprehending natural language text with its first-hand challenges of ambiguity, synonymity, and co-reference has been a long-standing problem in natural language processing. Transfer learning uses some of the models that have been pre-trained on terabytes of data and fine-tunes them based on the problem at hand. It's the new way to efficiently implement machine learning solutions without spending months on data cleaning pipeline. Jayeeta Putatunda, senior data scientist, Indellient US Inc., discussed how to implement language model BERT during his Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 session, "The Power of Transfer Learning in NLP using BERT."

Sumo Logic Founding VP Bruno Kurtig discussed the role of real-time operational, security, and business intelligence in real-world business decisions in this clip from his keynote at Data Summit Fall Connect 2020.

IBM and R3, an enterprise software firm, are collaborating to provide blockchain technology solutions that deliver high levels of performance, compliance, and data privacy. As part of the collaboration, R3 announced a new open beta program to bring R3's enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise, to IBM LinuxONE next month across the hybrid cloud—both on-premises and the IBM Cloud—delivered via IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services.

Qlik is acquiring Blendr.io, an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure embedded integration and automation platform (iPaaS), expanding Qlik's ability to deliver active intelligence through its end-to-end data integration and cloud analytics platform. Blendr.io's technology enables Qlik to expand the existing breadth of its data integration and data analytics offerings to also include automation to trigger actions and enhance augmented analytics capabilities.

Enterprises waste millions of dollars on failed data initiatives because they apply outdated thinking to new data problems, according to Jon Loyens, chief product officer & co-founder, Data World, who offered a presentation titled "Data Governance is Killing Your Business: Time to Fix It," at Data Summit Connect Fall 2020.

Thrive, a provider of NextGen Managed Services, is launching the Hybrid Cloud Director, powered by Abiquo's Hybrid Cloud Management platform, enabling Thrive clients to have clear visibility and management of their multi-cloud workloads across ThriveCloud, Azure, AWS, and on-premise deployments.

TIBCO Software has entered into an agreement to acquire Information Builders, Inc. (ibi), a data and analytics software company. ibi offers a comprehensive set of data management and analytics capabilities that, TIBCO said, will augment its Connected Intelligence platform to more deeply address customers' end-to-end needs. The transaction remains subject to customary conditions and certain regulatory approvals, and TIBCO expects the transaction to close during its first quarter of fiscal year 2021.