IBM has announced a new software platform designed to bring together data from a range of systems and sources and restructure it to support business processes.
The Information Server software platform builds on technology IBM has gained from key acquisitions, including Ascential, which was acquired last year in a £580m deal.
The product is aimed at helping businesses get more value from their information and use it as a strategic asset.
It is designed to integrate complex information of different types that may be spread across company systems and clean it up to ensure consistent quality. It will also transform and restructure information for its intended use so that it is delivered in the right form to business applications and systems.
The software platform could be used to integrate data from across several subsidiary businesses, retail outlets and trading partners or to combine sales figures with real-time inventory data.
IBM said it was planning to offer professional services to support the Information Server platform.