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IBM turns Viper loose. SeeWhy delivers BI on the fly.

Whether it's a matter of compliance or continuity, businesses are focusing more on risks and less on cost when pursuing enterprise content management (ECM) deployments. That's one of the conclusions of the latest annual "Industry Watch" survey, released in May by AIIM International.

While cost and efficiency continue to be the biggest drivers of ECM adoption, interest in compliance- and risk-related concerns has increased more than 70 percent since AIIM's '03/'04 survey. In fact, the more than 1,200 respondents to this year's poll ranked document control, records management/archiving and e-mail management--compliance- and risk-oriented concerns--as their top-three apps under consideration. "Process automation" and "business continuity/risk management," moved to the number-five and number-six spots, respectively, up from 10 and 13 in the '04/'05 survey.

The report shows that most understand why they need to manage content, according to AIIM, yet many still struggle with ECM deployment. Respondents cited "justifying the investment" (30 percent), "planning/managing implementation" (27 percent) and "getting employee commitment" as the biggest obstacles to ECM projects. --Doug Henschen

IBM Turns Viper Loose

IBM has unleashed DB2 9--previously code named "Viper." IBM says the new DB2 can handle all types of information, including documents, images, Web pages and digitally signed XML transactions. DB2 9 stores relational and XML data without requiring the XML to be reformatted or placed into large objects. It also introduces "Venom" storage compression for disk savings and automated storage management, as well as security and disaster-recovery enhancements. Available in enterprise, small and midsize business (DB2 Express) and developer (DB2 Express-C) versions, DB2 9 starts at $4,874 per processor or $165 per user.

SeeWhy Delivers Bi On The Fly

Start-up SeeWhy has targeted operational business intelligence with server software that plugs directly into event streams. The software not only measures processes against hoped-for metrics, it also can help make decisions about what to do. Diageo is using SeeWhy to monitor shipments of Guinness, detect potential delays and improve on-time delivery performance. SeeWhy comes in a free community version or an enterprise version that's $30,000 per processor, per year.

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