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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
May 12, 2000 Issue
  By Rachel Rasmussen

Robert Morris College Adopts the SPSS Data Mining Certificate Program

To better prepare continuing education students for today's technology- oriented business environment, Robert Morris College (RMC) has joined SPSS Inc. to offer the Data Mining Certificate Program (DMCP) to the public. The DMCP curriculum, offered through RMC's Corporate Training Institute, is founded on the Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM) methodology and teaches the critical skills necessary to conduct successful data mining initiatives. The curriculum features practical hands-on training using SPSS' Clementine software. It will be the first DMCP to be offered in Illinois.

"Robert Morris College is pleased to be the first in Illinois to offer the Data Mining Certificate Program," said Deb Dahlen, RMC senior vice president for academics. "Our partnership with SPSS enables us to provide leading-edge analytical skills for companies that wish to maximize knowledge management. This fast market demands the competitive advantage corporations can acquire through such a program."

The program is scheduled to be offered at the college's various campus sites throughout Illinois including Naperville, Bensenville, Orland Park, Springfield and Peoria, in addition to the Great Lakes Naval Training Base in Great Lakes, Ill.

Using a variety of SPSS software products, the certificate program features data mining applications in manufacturing, health care, higher education and insurance/financial services industries, attracting participants from those and other industries as well as students of business and IT programs.

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New Survey Reveals Microsoft, IBM and Hummingbird Command Top Mind Share in Enterprise Information Portal Market

Preliminary results from a new syndicated survey of more than 1,000 IT decision-makers now being executed by, a leading e-research services company, reveals that among respondents considering, evaluating or deploying an enterprise information portal (EIP), products from Microsoft, IBM and Hummingbird command the top mind share, respectively. Respondents were asked which EIP vendors they were aware of, specifically for their EIP products. The top 10 vendors, in order, were:

  1. Microsoft
  2. IBM
  3. Hummingbird
  4. SAP
  5. PeopleSoft
  6. Brio
  7. Netscape
  8. J.D. Edwards
  9. Sybase
  10. BroadVision

Among many other aspects of the EIP market, the survey also probed respondent opinions about the nature of an enterprise information portal. Overwhelmingly, they chose to describe an EIP as a system that "acts as a single point of access to internal and external information." The survey results also show that the dominant use of an EIP will likely be to deliver structured information (database, data warehouse, etc.) to users.

"What's interesting about these mind share figures is that they do not correspond to the buzz among traditional analysts and the trade press," said Dave Trowbridge, senior analyst at "In fact, some of the vendors who are making the biggest splash with advertising, PR coverage and analyst reports in the EIP market ended up well down the ladder when it comes to actual customer awareness. This just demonstrates, once again, that marketing hype is no substitute for a technically solid product."

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Computer Associates Announces General Availability of ManageIT Intelligent E-Business Management Software

Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) announced the general availability of ManageIT, a comprehensive suite of application and database management solutions for e-business. ManageIT allows IT administrators to efficiently and seamlessly manage applications, databases and Internet resources ? in a heterogeneous environment; helping ensure 24x365 availability and optimal performance of their critical e-business systems. ManageIT ensures manageability, recoverability and e-business system optimization by detecting and preventing problems before they occur with CA's patented Neugents technology.

"To survive in the lightning-fast world of e-business, high availability is not an option, it's essential as clients have no tolerance for e-business system outages or performance bottlenecks," said Nigel Turner, CA senior vice president, business management. "ManageIT makes it possible to predict and prevent potential problems before they adversely affect operations, helping companies maximize the efficiency of their IT resources and quickly capitalize on e-business opportunities."

An integrated suite of best-in-class solutions, ManageIT provides a broad range of coverage for cross-platform management of databases, messaging software and applications across distributed e-business environments. It also offers a unique single point-of-control that allows users to conveniently and effectively monitor and optimize performance, administer and manage databases and identify and rectify problems. ManageIT, based upon recently acquired PLATINUM technology, is integrated with the CA common infrastructure ? the Unicenter TNG Framework. This infrastructure allows ManageIT to seamlessly operate with Unicenter TNG as well as any of the CA "IT" family of products.

Pricing for ManageIT starts at $3,000. For more information, please visit

Rachel Rasmussen was a Web Editor of

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