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Actuate looks to aid financial compliance

Actuate Corporation has released reporting software called Financial Performance Management for firms that need to comply with financial regulations such as the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Actuate directly integrates data from disparate data streams such as finance, human resources, revenue, and budgeting and forecasting systems to present on-demand reports for every employee with financial accountability.

Suppliers join to develop internet risk database

Security companies are joining the US government to develop a central database that will rate the risk presented by internet threats to national infrastructures. Plans for a common vulnerability scoring system were unveiled at last month's RSA Security conference in San Francisco. The scheme has the support of Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, Qualys and eBay, under a project run by the US National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which aims to develop a global early warning system for internet threats.

Microsoft gears up for Server 2005 release

Microsoft is gearing up for the release of SQL Server 2005, the next version of its database server, with support from Cartesis, Geac, OutlookSoft, Panorama Software and ProClarity. The companies have built business intelligence applications onto the Microsoft SQL Server platform.

IBM enhances mid-range storage products

IBM is making changes to its disc, tape and storage virtualisation mid-range products as part of its information lifecycle management strategy. IBM will incorporate LTO 3 into its line of LTO-based automated tape-storage systems, doubling their capacity. It will release version 2.1 of Totalstorage SVC, providing new support for Sun servers. In April IBM will offer 146Gbyte 15K Fibre Channel disc drives and a 300Gbyte 10K Fibre Channel disc drive for Totalstorage DS4000.

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