The second community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft's System Center Service Manager, the company's newest application in its System Center suite, is now available for a virtual test drive, according to a Microsoft announcement last week.
Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has adopted the Krames On-Demand Web-based service to provide patient education. The Center said its multi-language offerings drove the decision.
Maryville University in St. Louis, MO has selected ImageNow from Perceptive Software for a document management project in its accounts payable department, office of enrollment, and student service center. The institute chose the software because it integrated non-programmatically with Maryville's enterprise resource planning system, Datatel Colleague. Following its initial successful implementation, the university plans to expand ImageNow campus-wide.
Microsoft announced last week that it is seeking customers willing to test their databases in a cloud-based data connectivity project.
Being on television doubles visits to the school's Web site, Seton Hall University recently learned. That nugget of knowledge came via a Web analytics tool that Seton Hall is using to better tease out the complex patterns hidden in visits to its public-facing Web site. That information, in turn, is helping the university to better target its marketing dollars.
Collaborative technology developer Zoho has released Zoho Mobile, an expanded version of the company's online application suite for mobile devices. Previously mobile support extended only to Apple's iPhone; now Blackberry, Google Android, and other mobile devices are also supported through a single common interface.
Brandon University will be using two Web-based services from Decision Academic for academic advising and catalog management. Degree Navigator provides functionality to manage student degree information, accelerating the degree audit and approval process for advisors, administrators, and students.
Data backup had increasingly become a major challenge at the University of St. Thomas. With a growing body of data in its Banner enterprise resource planning system, its Blackboard installation, departmental needs, and personal storage directories set at 500 MB for every one of the 11,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff members, data stores were gobbling up terabytes of space.
The same week Oracle announced plans to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, MySQL, one of Sun's own recent acquisitions, unveiled the next version of its popular open source database.
IBM this week announced a new version of its flagship DB2 database with software that will provide compatibility with applications built for Oracle databases.