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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
September 25, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: September 25, 2012. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence (BI) software, has introduced a new release of the company's core platform. MicroStrategy 9.3 includes new capabilities and improvements to MicroStrategy's data discovery software, Visual Insight; increased support for advanced analytics from 'R' - the open source language for predictive analysis; and improved connectivity to Hadoop. In addition, MicroStrategy 9.3 delivers a high speed "Google-like" search experience and introduces an innovative, new administration product, MicroStrategy System Manager, for automating manual, multi-step processes.

Syncsort, a provider of high-performance data integration solutions, has announced that its DMExpress data integration software is now a Cloudera Certified Technology, certified for CDH4 (Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop, version 4). The company also announced that it has officially joined the Cloudera Connect Partner Program. "Syncsort and Cloudera share a commitment in finding valuable ways to contribute to the Hadoop community and help make Hadoop a stronger, more viable big data solution for leading enterprises," says Mitch Seigle, vice president, Marketing and Product Management, Syncsort.

Data management vendor Terracotta, Inc. has released BigMemory Go, the latest innovation in the BigMemory line that allows customers to put as much data in memory as desired to speed application performance at big data scale. The product is being offered via a free 32GB per instance production license that can be deployed on as many servers as desired.

Business analytics provider Birst Inc. has released a free cloud-based analytics edition of Birst available to business users, called Birst Express. Users can connect directly to Salesforce.com for sales analytics that span Salesforce.com and their own data sources, as well as visualize data and deliver analysis in a cloud-based environment. Users can then share their analyses and access their insights anywhere, on their desktop or mobile device.

Database Month will be presented from October 15 through November 12 this year in New York City. Focusing on NoSQL and NewSQL, the free "festival" features prominent speakers in the industry. Conference sponsors include Clustrix, GoChat, Couchbase, NuoDB, Aerospike, AppNexus, Pivotal Labs, FoundationDB, VoltDB, Objectivity, HPCC Systems, Pythian, Schooner, Devart, ScaleBase, Continuent, Akiban, and The Ladders.

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released the latest version of its open source database, PostgreSQL 9.2. This release features improvements in performance, scalability, and flexibility, including index-only scans, linear scalability to 64 cores, and native JSON support.

Think About It

Address data quality is at the heart of all business operations. Inaccurate addresses can cost businesses anywhere between a few cents to many dollars per customer interaction. Undelivered products or information could result in dissatisfied or even lost customers, a cost that is far greater than the fee to implement an automated address check. Here, a list of the top 10 tips to select the right address data quality provider.