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 Doug Henschen

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Executive Editor, Enterprise Apps
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of Transform Magazine, and Executive Editor at DM News. He has covered IT and data-driven marketing for more than 15 years.

Articles by Doug Henschen
posted in July 2007

A Closer Look at Oracle's 11g Database Release

Last week's announcement of Oracle's soon-to-be released 11g database highlighted a bevy of new features and options promising improved performance, accelerated change management, higher scalability, easier administration and reduced cost. The market leader is pioneering on some fronts and following on others, but the one thing that's clear is that the still-fast-growing database market is far from commoditized. Here's a closer look at the stand-out enhancements.

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Oracle's 11g Launch Impresses

I'm just back from Oracle's 11g launch event in midtown Manhattan, and I have to say I came away impressed. The database is at the center of Oracle's world, and company president Charles Phillips strutted the vendor's stuff - with his usual low-key swagger - on topics ranging from the firm's 30th anniversary to its 47-percent marketshare ("more than IBM and Microsoft combined" he asserted) to the long list of 11g upgrades and new features.

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Smart Systems Without Rocket Science: Q&A With Fair Isaac's James Taylor

Most information systems are needlessly dumb, relying too much on people for the decision-making power. In the just-published book "Smart (Enough) Systems," coauthors James Taylor and Neil Raden argue that you don't need highfalutin genetic algorithms and thinking machines to get to a more intelligent, automated approach. In this interview, Taylor, a vice president at Fair Isaac, makes the case that proven technologies including predictive analytics and business rules management systems are smar

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IBM Releases 'Viper 2' Beta for DB2 9

Customer and partner testing of the next release of the DB2 9 database began last week as IBM unveiled the beta version of what's code named "Viper 2." The update is said to offer enhanced security and workload management features including automated fail over for high availability, greater flexibility and granularity in security, auditing and access control, and simplified memory management.

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IDC Reports on BI Sales: Which Vendors Are Hot?

Business intelligence software sales are growing at a double-digit pace, according to a new IDC report, and rising demand lifted sales for nearly every vendor. Microsoft and SAS led the way among the top-five vendors while one up-and-coming company racked up a near triple-digit sales gain. Despite all the "BI for everyone" marketing hype, IDC says the technology is still out of reach for mainstream business users.

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