alfabet announced Release 5.1 of Planning IT. This release includes significant new capabilities focused on how information is structured and visualized to appeal to many different stakeholders for deployment across a broad user base. Release 5.1 highlights include: a customizable project profile, individualized explorer trees, enhancements to object information cockpits, color coded diagrams, object grid reports and enhanced functionality in list reports. 
ColdSpark announced new product enhancements to improve policy management and workflow integration for enterprise message management. The latest versions of ColdSpark’s SparkEngine and Compliance Catalyst expand policy management to enhance electronic discovery and litigation support by extending message classification, forensics and routing capabilities. The new release of MailFusion provides better integration with organizational workflow and systems with new message approval, data extraction and shared recipient list capabilities. 
D&B’s Purisma Solutions group today announced Complete Customer, an online, managed customer database that lets sales and marketing professionals take ownership of their data. As a result, business leaders can quickly become self-sufficient to drive initiatives that help them get a complete view of current and prospective customers, without investing in physical infrastructure or internal resources. Complete Customer attains and maintains trusted customer data to ensure businesses stay abreast of M&A activity, changing financial risk scores and other market changes.  DataFlux announced the general availability of the DataFlux Accelerator for Spend Analysis. Built on the DataFlux data quality platform, the Accelerator automates the process of standardizing, classifying and aggregating data to help organizations make sense of procurement information. The Accelerator for Spend Analysis helps organize spend data to improve an organization’s understanding of procurement trends. The Accelerator allows users to cleanse, analyze and visualize procurement information. It works hand-in-hand with DataFlux data quality and data integration technology to provide a robust solution for complex procurement landscapes. 

IBM announced its intention to enter the cloud storage space with the launch of the IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud, IBM Information Archive and new consulting services. The IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud is a private cloud offering that utilizes low cost components. Hallmarks of the solution include support for multiple petabytes of capacity, billions of files and scale-out performance. 

Initiate Systems released Initiate Master Data Service version 9.0, the latest upgrade to Initiates master data management solution. Version 9.0 draws on the experience of Initiate customers to establish agile processes, including data governance for enterprise, government and health care organizations. With the new tool data stewards can centrally manage and classify business data issues as they relate to specific business processes. The new release includes the ability to identify, prioritize and route problems to the appropriate executive or business analyst, helping facilitate a timely response to business issues and compliance. It also includes a new service-oriented architecture tool kit and enterprise-wide document sharing capabilities.

Kalido announced significant enhancements to the Kalido Information Engine, extending enterprise data governance to data warehousing and master data with user-friendly automated technology. The application includes intuitive browsing using a Google-style search capability as well as hierarchical browsing, which allows users to drill down through the data instead of the model. Kalido Information Engine provides a collaborative platform for business and IT users, designed for enterprise-wide adoption of a data governance program, according to the company release. Business users can identify problem and request changes, which are automatically routed to data stewards through Kalido’s embedded workflow engine. The Information Engine separates work-in-progress master data from published master data and provides control over how and when publication occurs. 
Lawson Software released the latest version of the Lawson Talent Management Suite, an enterprise software suite that is part of the Lawson Strategic Human Capital System. The new version (version 3.2) includes a number of enhancements to specific software applications, including compensation management, performance management, talent acquisition and succession management.  
Stibo Systems announced the general availability of STEP version 5.1 - an enterprise master data management platform that combines best-of-breed data quality, data governance and master data management software into one platform. Stibo Systems is integrating the Datactics data quality engine as an optional component within its flagship STEP master data management software suite. The new STEP Data Quality application enables faster and more accurate data cleansing with fewer errors, minimizing the burden placed on the business user. An intuitive and configurable user interface improves searching and cleansing of duplicate records in very large data sets. 
VMware, Inc. announced VMware Fusion 3. VMware Fusion 3 will include more than 50 new features and enhancements, delivering an improved Windows on Mac experience.  Key highlights include: optimization for Snow Leopard, improved Windows 7 experience, improved switching, 3D graphics, support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3. 

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