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November 2005 Archives

In the movie Minority Report Tom Cruise plays a detective who uses the forecasting ability of three psychics to determine when and where crimes will be committed thus almost eliminating crime.

It looks like the folks at SPSS thought it would be a great business intelligence application. They are launching a map-based application that forecasts the locations most likely to experience crime in a specified time period based on historic and current criminal statistics.

The data to analyze where the local law enforcement agency should best deploy officers is pulled from records management systems and database repositories.

I'll be interested to see what the reduction in crime is after the system has been in place for a year.

Posted November 9, 2005 10:10 AM
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Oracle announced last week that it intends to offer a free version of its database by the end of 2005. They released a beta version called Oracle Database 10G Express Edition. This is seen as a move by Oracle to start capturing the lower end of the marketplace.

The beta runs on Windows (32-bit) and Linux. The product is initially aimed at developers, software vendors, educators, and students.

The product could also help fend off a potential challenge from MySQL. The company is not a big threat to Oracle today but its software improves with each new release, said Andy Hayler, founder and chief strategist with Kalido, which makes data warehousing and master data management products for Oracle and other databases.

MySQL has recently made upgrades in an effort to make the product more attractive to enterprise level clients.

Get your copy by following this link.

Posted November 7, 2005 3:41 PM
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Informatica has rolled out what promises to be their biggest upgrade to PowerCenter. I met with Karen Steele Vice President of Corporate Marketing along with Jason Khoury Public Relations Programs Manager to get the details. The list of new features is pretty long so I'll touch on a couple here and give you a few links to other resources.

PowerCenter 8 focuses on universal access to enterprise data and features some great unstructured data features that include industry standards templates such as HIPAA, ASTM and others along with access to PDF, PPT Excel and others. Other upgrades include mission critical deployment features, my favorite is "Pushdown Optimization" this allows you to decide where you want the work to be done by bringing the process to the data or the data to the process a powerful tool that I'm sure many people will enjoy. And lastly, they have added more support for global IT groups with Java transformation support.

PowerCenter 8 is available in December 2005. It's an incredibly strong offering.

Posted November 1, 2005 7:43 AM
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