Firms sharpen business tools offerings

The SAS Institute has unveiled what it calls the Information Evolution Model (IEM), a framework designed to help companies...

The SAS Institute has unveiled what it calls the Information Evolution Model (IEM), a framework designed to help companies evaluate where they are in terms of information infrastructure use and how best to use their data. 

"This is not a software product. This is a methodology, a services-based offering," said Don Hatcher, vice president of technology strategy at SAS. The idea, he added, is to help customers gauge their business and how best to adapt it to keep up with competitors.

IEM describes how well a company manages and uses information as a strategic corporate asset, Hatcher added. Customers that understand the IEM can use that insight to align strategy with people, process, culture and infrastructure. 

Meanwhile, Information Builders has announced that it will issue Version 5.2 of its WebFocus BI platform by the end of this month.  

The company will also partner with Netegrity, so that Information Builders will offer Netegrity's single sign-on functionality with WebFocus. 

Other new features in WebFocus 5.2 include visualisation tools, an enhanced GUI, multiple drill-down capabilities that simplify navigation to reports, and expanded reporting for WebSphere and Z/OS.

Gartner analysts predicted that between 2004 and 2006 enterprises will work to extract value from existing systems, redesign business processes, improve integration, enable both people and processes with knowledge, and make use of untapped functionality.

Tom Sullivan writes for InfoWorld

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