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Dashboard: Briefs

Oracle partners with IDS Sheer; IBM makes third SOA acquisition; HP buys Mercury Interactive.


Oracle has announced it will resell IDS Scheer's ARIS Platform as the Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite. In so doing, Oracle is gaining four useful BPM components: a modeler, a simulator, a publisher and a repository. Oracle's Fusion middleware tools--specifically BPEL Process Manager, Web Services Manager, BAM, Business Rules Engine and, eventually, Oracle Enterprise Services Bus--provide the run-time component, converting the process models into executables. (Many IDS Scheer customers run their ARIS-designed business processes within SAP.) The new Oracle BPA Suite will be available this fall priced at $9,000 per user, with a minimum of 10 users.


IBM in late July acquired Webify, a provider of services-oriented composite applications and software that defines, assembles, runs and retires reusable Web services. IBM will absorb Webify's technology into its WebSphere portfolio, and Webify's services and India office will be combined with IBM's Global Business Solution Center in India, which also develops SOA-based applications.


Hewlett-Packard announced in late July that it will buy Mercury Interactive and combine its technology optimization software and services with HP's OpenView network and IT service management software. HP said the combination should help its customers improve as well as manage their technology infrastructures. While OpenView manages software and hardware from request and procurement through retirement and disposal, Mercury tracks the performance of IT assets and services and finds ways to improve them, providing tools for IT governance, application changes and software testing.

Governance Gauge

Businesses are awash in information, most of it in digital format--and unmanaged. The current compliance and litigation environment is forcing a fresh look at proactively managing electronic information.

Andrew Cohen, EMC's associate general counsel, offers five useful pointers for aligning business functions and technology for compliance:

1. Get cross-functional. IT and Legal departments both play critical roles but frequently do not interact well. Get them talking with each other and with records management and business line representatives.

2. Deploy an information lifecycle management (ILM) methodology. Policy-manage your information, starting with a "big buckets" approach. Then move the information into more granular "little buckets."

3. Separate backups from archives. Archives and backups serve different purposes. Mixing them makes e-Discovery more difficult and costly.

4. Don't boil the ocean. Focus on efforts that provide the greatest return, like e-mail management. A well-considered e-mail policy can cut production costs and reduce litigation risk.

5. Deploy search technology. Powerful tools such as federated search let end-users access different information stores with a single query. "Matter vaults"--central stores where information can be preserved, culled and reviewed--can ease retrieval.

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