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Start-ups appear to be surviving the Sarbanes-Oxley chill ... Hyperion Performance Suite 8.2 adds data mining ... Aberdeen says compliance may not require new software; others disagree.

In this Issue:

  • More Pain Than Bane
  • Hyperion's Significant Entry
  • SOX Equals IT Purchases?
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    Compliance Event Debuts. The IT Compliance Institute, which provides education and research on the technology effects of regulatory compliance, will hold its first IT Compliance World conference in Boston, May 17-18, 2004. Say the organizers: "IT Compliance World will equip attendees with tools and techniques that can be applied immediately to save time and money and help organizations avoid the legal consequences of noncompliance." See www.ITCinstitute.com for details.

    Cartesis Freed From SOX Restrictions. PricewaterhouseCoopers divested itself of Cartesis, its business performance management company, which will allow Cartesis to expand. Under SOX, which constrains auditing firms such as PwC, Cartesis found it difficult to serve some large corporate accounts. Cartesis CEO Marie-Noelle Gauthier believes that, freed from affiliation with PwC, the company is "well positioned to become the BPM market leader."

    Eclipse Community Grows. WebMethods, a Web services infrastructure company, now supports the Eclipse Foundation and has been granted a seat on the board of directors. The open-source Eclipse Platform enables integrated development environments (IDEs) to be used to create diverse applications such as Web sites, embedded Java programs, C++ programs, and Enterprise JavaBeans. "With Eclipse, our customers can leverage their current developer skill sets while [benefitting from] integration solutions enriched by a full-featured IDE," says Kristin Weller, executive VP of product development at webMethods.

    Are You Zachman Award Material? The Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement is accepting applications for the annual Enterprise Architecture Excellence Awards. Entries are due June 30. Find the entry form at www.zifa.com.

    Violence in Call Centers Increases. Michael Miles, president of Staff Management, which provides vendor-on-premise staffing and management solutions, says recent studies illustrate that incidents of call center violence in the United States are on the rise. Miles says, "Many employers have had to double their labor forces in order to support the growth of telemarketing and call center operations. As a result, many are hired without proper candidate screening. The concern for possible on-site violence has become more prevalent throughout the industry."

    Trillium Acquires Data Profiler. Data quality vendor Harte-Hanks Trillium Software acquired data profiling vendor Avellino Technologies. The two customers already had joint customers British Telecom and Carphone Warehouse. Trillium will integrate Avellino's Discovery with the Trillium Software System to support enterprise information asset management. The joint offering that results "allows organizations to define, assess, improve, and monitor how well data meets the needs of enterprise business processes," according to a Trillium statement.

    New Era Dawns in Procurement. The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) expects to debut a new ERP interoperability standard this month, along with the participation of the company the standard may largely displace, Covisint. Pam Lopker, CEO of QAD, a supply-chain focused ERP vendor, proposed the core idea several years ago. It was rejected because trading hubs such as Covisint were then all the rage. Lopker projects that the AIAG model of providing an industry-standard API to make software interoperable along the whole supply chain will lead manufacturers closer to the promised land of rate-based manufacturing: adjusting rate of supply to match rate of sales. Metaldyne and its customer Bosch will perform the final testing phase in April.

    Dynamic Data Warehouse Management. A new partnership aims to accelerate implementation of data warehouses, reduce their total lifetime cost, and lower risk. Ascential Software, the market leader in enterprise data integration, and Kalido, the leading data warehouse life-cycle management (DWLM) software provider, formed an alliance to provide Global 2000 companies with DWLM solutions that can increase the strategic value of business information throughout periods of change. The combined offering is designed to automate the delivery of data from multiple transactional and operational systems to a flexible, prebuilt data warehouse that is business-model-driven.

    Layer 7 Technologies Grows. Layer 7, which launched its flagship product SecureSpan last fall, recently received expanded first-round investment from Shoreline Ventures and now counts Barry X Lynn, CIO of Wells Fargo & Co., among its board of directors. SecureSpan is an abstraction layer for Web services that allows security and other policies for a service to change without breaking the applications that rely on it. Toufic Boubez, Layer 7's CTO, was the chief architect of IBM's Web services initiative and was involved from an early stage in setting standards.

    Informatica Intensifies Focus on Midsize Enterprises. Informatica, a giant in data integration and business intelligence software, is strengthening its focus on midsize enterprises. The MSE program encompasses new, dedicated resources and pricing options. "Midsize enterprises are a significant and growing portion of Informatica's overall business as the midmarket continues to expand," said Clive Harrison, executive VP of worldwide field operations at Informatica. "The new programs we have put in place will enable us to address the specialized needs of this market more effectively."

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