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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
May 5, 2000 Issue
  By Rachel Rasmussen

BMC Software Launches Web DBA for One-Stop Web-Shop Database Administration

BMC Software, Inc., a leading developer of management solutions that ensure application service assurance, introduced Web DBA. Web DBA is the company's first Web-based interactive database solution that requires only a standard Internet browser to address the day-to-day database management tasks faced by today's database administrators (DBA) and developers.

"Web DBA is BMC Software's answer to our customers' database management issues ? they asked us for it, they helped us design it and they continue to offer support through Web DBA's e-community," said Joyce Durst, vice president, enterprise data availability for BMC Software. "Our customers needed one product that could meet their day-to-day database management needs and one that anyone ? from expert to novice ? could use. Web DBA provides that solution."

Web DBA speeds and simplifies routine tasks Oracle database administrators must conduct every day and enables developers and database administrators to manage and control their databases from anywhere, anytime. Web DBA also marks a new architecture for BMC Software and is the first of a suite of Web product solutions that will continue to be introduced throughout 2000. Future introductions to the product line will include Web DBA for DB2 UDB, Web DBA for SQL Server and Web DBA for OS/390.

Customers may trial, download, install and purchase Web DBA via the BMC Software Web site. Web DBA is priced at $995 per user with fixed quantity discounting. Currently available in beta, Web DBA is accessible to a variety of users and will be generally available in June 2000.

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Ardent DataStage 4.0 Enables Dot-Coms and Global 2000 Companies to Capitalize on Internet, ERP and BI Investments

Informix Corporation, a leader in the software infrastructure for the I-economy, announced the immediate availability of Ardent DataStage Release 4.0, a leading business intelligence (BI) infrastructure platform. Ardent DataStage Release 4.0 enables dot-coms and large-scale enterprises to leverage e-commerce data for business- critical decision support.

"The enhancements in Ardent DataStage Release 4.0 provide dot-com and global 2000 companies with the business intelligence infrastructure solutions they need to successfully compete in the Internet economy. With this release we have extended Ardent DataStage's Web intelligence capabilities and enhanced the solution's extensibility and functionality across the enterprise," said Mikael Wipperfeld, vice president of marketing at Informix Software.

New features in Ardent DataStage Release 4.0 provide improved e-business functionality including support for clickstream analysis and tools for capturing and managing Internet-based data; greater scalability; and improved developer productivity. Ardent DataStage Release 4.0 is available today. Supported platforms include Microsoft Windows NT and Sun Solaris. All other major UNIX implementations will be shipping within 60 days.

For more information about the Ardent DataStage SAP-enabled products, visit the Informix Web site at


Daman Consulting Announces Major E-Business Intelligence Conference

Daman Consulting, a leading provider of enterprise business intelligence and enterprise integration solutions, has announced The eBI Conference, June 22, 2000, in Austin, Texas.

The free, all-day event is targeted toward executives who want to use business analytics to power their e-business initiatives. Both high-level presentations and in-depth workshops will be presented, including product and solution demos by Acxiom, Brio Technology, Informatica, Microsoft and others.

Attendees will be presented with executive overviews of the most effective eBI technology and solutions today in addition to detailed case studies and success stories from the field, in-depth technical discussions, and product/solution demos.

"The success or failure of today's e-commerce solutions can hinge on the right use of business analytics," said Gita Lal, CEO and president of Daman Consulting. "With the expertise and knowledge of our sponsors, The eBI Conference is ideally positioned to help executives cut through the noise and learn what they need to know to make the best decisions ? whether in launching a new initiative or moving an e-commerce solution to the next level."

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