Guess? Selects Vertica 

Contemporary apparel and consumer products manufacturer Guess?, Inc. selected the Vertica Analytic Database to help the rapidly growing company analyze dozens of terabytes of point-of-sale (POS), manufacturing, inventory, customer and store performance data in several global data centers. 
“Retail moves at lightning speed so we needed a high-performance analytics platform that could handle our fast-paced requirement for information,” said Mike Relich, CIO, Guess?, Inc. “After looking at several alternatives we selected Vertica because it simply delivers the answers the business needs in record time and at much lower cost than the other databases and appliances we evaluated.”

Chile’s BCI Bank Selects the Teradata 

BCI, Chile’s third largest bank, selected the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance to further advance its enterprise-wide business analytics initiative. BCI will use the appliance to support the bank’s marketing campaign management, compliance with risk requirements, sales management and budgeting. 
“The selection of the latest Teradata technology will enable BCI to continue innovating,” said Danilo Gonzalez, manager, information technology, BCI. “We have the capability to leverage customer, financial and operations data in new and strategic ways. The leveraging of data provides enterprise intelligence, which allows us to offer our customers premier financial products and services which meet their individual needs.” 

The Kitchen Collection, Inc Selects Manthan Systems 

The Kitchen Collection, Inc., a leading specialty retailer for kitchenware, selected retail analytics product, ARC Merchandise Analytics.
Kitchen Collection was looking for a solution that would empower their merchandising and marketing teams with on-time, actionable information for decision-making and ARC Merchandise Analytics was a good fit.
Senior VP and General Merchandise Manager Bob Lebrun said, “We have to get smarter with our merchandising decisions to improve results and compete better in today¹s dynamic and challenging markets. We chose ARC Merchandise Analytics to arm our merchandisers and marketers with critical insights to improve profitability, reduce costs and boost customer demand.”

Bupa Selects Kognitio

Kognitio today completed a large-scale, migration project for the UK Membership division of Bupa, the international health and care company. 
In the culmination of what is believed to be the largest data migration project in the insurance industry, taking four years, Kognitio worked with Bupa to successfully migrate the company’s data from nine legacy applications to two target applications in a “big bang” migration over a single weekend.  
The migration included information on almost 12.7 million members, nearly 100,000 companies and 21 million claims.  As a result of this migration project, Bupa now has a single administration system, SWIFT and the PeopleSoft financial accounting system across its UK Membership business.  This will enable Bupa to operate more efficiently, bring new products to market more quickly and offer improved levels of customer service.

Palm Beach County to Archive SharePoint Data Using Mimosa

Palm Beach County in the state of Florida will be expanding its use of Mimosa NearPoint beyond archiving its Microsoft Exchange Server data to provide comprehensive content archiving, data protection and eDiscovery support for its Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 environment. 
Ranked one of the top ten fastest growing counties in the nation, Palm Beach County originally selected Mimosa NearPoint following a pilot deployment of its archiving solution for email archiving. Since its initial deployment of NearPoint in 2007 for email archiving, the growing county has since chosen to expand its use of Mimosa NearPoint to archive and protect its rapidly growing SharePoint infrastructure. 
 “We have been exceptionally pleased with NearPoint’s ability to assure information retention, search and recovery for our critical Exchange information,” said Santhosh Samuel, server manager for Palm Beach County’s Information Support Services Department, “Now, as our SharePoint environment continues to grow, we saw a natural progression to extend our NearPoint solution to protect the volumes of data housed in our SharePoint system. NearPoint has proven that it can streamline all of our eDiscovery processes by easily producing public records required by the Florida Sunshine Law. It is a natural expansion of our solution to now deploy it to protect, retain and discover our SharePoint content.” 

Bridge Bank Goes Live with SunGard’s Sierra 

Bridge Bank, a full-service professional business bank headquartered in the Silicon Valley, went live with SunGard’s Sierra, a solution for FX trading delivered on an application service provider basis.  
The solution was implemented to help Bridge Bank streamline operations in its growing international banking division, which provides the bank’s customers with foreign exchange, trade and global cash management services.  
"To compete in a shifting global market, we need to ensure that our IT infrastructure is as cost-effective and as operationally efficient as possible. Using SunGard Sierra’s ASP offering for our international banking business we are able to leverage proven, functionally rich technology.  As FX volumes and market volatility continue to grow, there is much more incentive to reduce trade processing costs - SunGard’s Sierra offers us a scalable, cost-effective solution that will grow with our business as and when required,” John Peckham, senior vice president and information systems manager at Bridge Bank, said.

Healthcare Alliance Powers Faster Intelligent Decisions with Netezza and Fuzzy Logix

Netezza Corporation and with Fuzzy Logix, Inc., a Netezza Developer Network partner announced today that Premier health care alliance, will use the power of Netezza’s OnStream Analytics processing via Fuzzy Logix’s DB Lytix, to speed up the delivery of health care knowledge to their affiliates nationwide. By exploiting the high performance analytics, Premier will empower their members to transform healthcare delivery while continuing to reduce healthcare costs. 
“We’ve been using Netezza’s appliances since 2004 and have seen performance gains of 10X to 100X over other platforms. By leveraging OnStream Analytics processing via DB Lytix, we believe that we will once again experience another similar boost in performance,” said Chris Stewart, senior architect, Premier. “Partnering with Fuzzy Logix presents a great opportunity for us to improve the performance of existing applications and to leverage their skills to build custom analytical models that will drive higher value for our customers and investors.”

NetSuite Turns to Progress DataDirect 

NetSuite Inc., a leading vendor of cloud computing business management software suites, is using the Progress DataDirect OpenAccess Software Development Kit and runtime software components to enable standards-based data connectivity to its hosted, business software suite from any application. 
"It is critical that we offer our customers the best solutions for data access and interoperability to support their existing applications, systems and platforms,” said Malin Huffman, principal product manager at NetSuite.  “With the DataDirect OpenAccess SDK, data can be made SQL-accessible from ODBC and JDBC compliant applications with little development time or effort. This provides users an added level of confidence when adopting a cloud computing strategy, knowing they can easily extract data and create reports with data stored in the service cloud."

Emergency Medical Associates Stays Ahead of Swine Flu with SAP Software

Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) is preparing for a potential resurgence in the swine flu virus H1N1 this fall. By using business intelligence solutions from SAP AG, EMA will continue to pinpoint the movement of swine flu and alert federal organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as 21 different emergency medical departments to patterns of outbreak. In turn, hospitals will be able to staff according to swine flu trends and accommodate upticks in patient visits.
"By drilling down into specific syndromes in our patient reports, we can pinpoint spikes in fever and flu-like symptoms that are swine flu indicators," said Jonathan Rothman, director of data management, Emergency Medical Associates. "Then we compare it with our large archive of historical information to figure out where we stand. When statistics for a particular symptom exceed standard deviation, we know we've got a problem on our hands. From there, we do our due diligence to notify local, state and federal organizations like the CDC about swine flu growth patterns and any geographic spreading of the virus we're able to forecast, so that they can help inform the public. SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions enable us to do all of this quickly, and it's helped us save lives. By having the right amount of medical resources available to patients in the most urgent times, we can provide proper treatment and help mitigate the spreading of the virus."

Full Tilt Poker Selects Aster Data 

Pocket Kings, a leading software development and marketing company whose proprietary software powers the virtual online cardroom for Full Tilt Poker, selected the Aster nCluster system for their data processing and data warehousing needs.  
Full Tilt Poker, the online home of some the most respected poker players in the world, will use Aster nCluster to provide better customer service to players, protect players from fraud, manage their increasing data volumes and lower their data management and processing infrastructure costs. 

BrightCloud Deploys the ParAccel Analytic Database

BrightCloud, Inc., a leading provider of hosted Internet security services, purchased the ParAccel Analytic Database version 2.0 and successfully deployed it into production. 
The company is utilizing ParAccel as the centerpiece of a new analytic platform being deployed to manage, analyze and report on the company’s large data volumes, which are expected to triple in the foreseeable future. BrightCloud performs sophisticated correlation analysis across the more than 200 million URLs and IP addresses available from BrightCloud’s hosted service, on which it provides content, security, and reputation information to its OEM partners and their enterprise customers. 
According to BrightCloud CEO Quinn Curtis, results to date with the new ParAccel implementation have exceeded expectations, as complex management reports that “used to take hours now run in seconds,” he said. 

U.S. Bank Uses IBM Lotus Collaboration 

U.S. Bank is embarking on a growth strategy with the help of IBM Lotus Web 2.0 collaboration technology to work smarter and more efficiently. 
As part of this initiative, U.S. Bank has begun a rollout of Lotus collaboration software, led by Lotus Quickr, a file-sharing repository with social networking capabilities that allows employees to find and share insight through a variety of communication channels, including emails, instant messages, blogs and wikis. When the installation is complete in 2010, Quickr will help U.S. Bank's 58,000 employees more easily find and share intelligence in the digital haystack. 
"Our industry has undergone unprecedented changes over the last year, and that serves as great example of why it's so important for U.S. Bank's employees to be able to use technology to communicate and collaborate efficiently," said Mark Dickelman, senior vice president, innovation, research and development for U.S. Bank. "Keeping up with economic developments and policy changes and the need to quickly communicate while innovating for growth would be nearly impossible with traditional methods, and that's why Lotus collaboration software will continue to be incredibly useful to us, especially as we continue to solidify our company's position as a leader in the financial services industry." 

Metro Atlanta YMCA Uses Birst to Enhance Support 

Metro Atlanta YMCA is using Birst to better serve local communities. The YMCA, a nonprofit organization focused on building strong kids, families and communities, is leveraging the advanced analysis provided by Birst to increase the alignment of member programs and marketing activities with the needs of its members. 
"Before Birst, we spent more time trying to compile accurate data than interpreting the data," said Betsy Lenahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Metro Atlanta YMCA. "We selected Birst because it's an easy-to-use, affordable solution that requires minimal IT support, and still provides information and analysis we can act on." Prior to choosing Birst, Lenahan evaluated other BI solutions, including Cognos. "Cognos is still sitting in the package in the back. We felt the time and expense of the data mapping would slow us down and cost too much." 

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