IBM is starting a beta user programme for its new data integration products which it says will let users consolidate their enterprise applications.
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The software aims to simplify the complex task of integrating various types of information in the enterprise, enhance the quality and accuracy of that information, and improve the productivity of staff managing it.
IBM said the new products would allow users to create and manage master repositories of critical business information, and search and access information on demand, wherever it was stored within the enterprise.
IBM is combining the technology from recently acquired Ascential Software with its existing information integration portfolio. This consists of technology from an Ascential project codenamed Hawk and IBM’s Serrano project.
According to the company, Hawk delivers a simplified and powerful user interface, while Serrano streamlines the design and development of information infrastructures, allowing users to acquire information across the enterprise through enterprise search capabilities, information integration and text analytics.
Key to Serrano is a new product called IBM Rational Data Architect, built on the open source Eclipse platform, which helps data architects model, discover, map and analyse data across multiple information sources.
Another new product is IBM WebSphere Information Analyser, which is part of the Hawk project. This provides end-to-end data profiling, auditing and business-oriented analysis in a single product.
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