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.
IBM this week announced a new version of its flagship DB2 database with software that will provide compatibility with applications built for Oracle databases.
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.
Dan Cooke remembers the day well. It was about four years ago when a core group of IT staff members at Loyola Marymount University had decided to clean up DNS tables on the campus network. As Cooke, director of infrastructure technology and services, recalled, "Even though all the great technical minds were in the room and agreed to [the decision], it didn't get vetted by anybody else outside the group." What they hadn't remembered, he said, was that it's probably not a good idea to make a network change during finals week.
Oracle's stunning agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems will reshape the landscape of tools and platforms for Java and database developers. But it also means a change in emphasis--or even the demise--of some key tools, development platforms and databases, according to analysts and developers who were caught off guard by yesterday's announcement.
In a move that will have significant ramifications on software development, open source and enterprise datacenters, Oracle said it has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt.