IBM: Ascential Buy Will Fill Hole in Information Integration - Page 2

By eweek  |  Posted 2005-03-14 Print this article Print

Heres what Andreas Bitterer, vice president of Meta Group, had to say about Ascential: "Potential buyers should not become fixated on cleansing performance or accuracy as much as other key capabilities, such as data enrichment, data profiling, compliance, non-name/address logic, international data quality support and long-term viability." Where is Ascential at with those capabilities? If you look at the Ascential platform, its a very comprehensive platform in and of itself for providing all these capabilities. And Ascential over the last four years has been filling out their platform with acquisitions theyve made in parallelism, scalability and performance, as well as data cleansing and data quality.
Ascentials strength is in its ability to move data in and out of mainframe databases, right?
Their strengths have been in moving information into any type of database. A lot of the Ascential business is moving information into databases on Unix or Windows platforms and into Oracle or IBM databases. Regardless of the source of the data. They have a presence in moving data from mainframe platforms into other data stores, as well as moving from Unix to Unix. They also move information into NCR Teradata data stores. All these capabilities, we share this part of the strategy with our Information Integrator technology, which allows you to federate information regardless of where it is. The types of capabilities Ascential has with DataStage is movement of data in batch mode, so you can batch it up and move it. They also have real-time movement of data, as well as trickle-feed from source to data. [Ascential has a] strong presence in movement of transactional information as well as information to be used in analytical systems. Does it make sense to talk of product plans, when IBM has been working so tightly with Ascential for so long? Ascential has product plans, and we intend to deliver on the product commitments that Ascential has made. Up until we close, its business as usual for both companies. Well continue to work together as we have in the past. With the same joint marketing and co-selling we do today. The integration and type of integration youll see [with IBM products] is largely in place today. We have customers today who are using [Ascential technology] with Information Integrator. They might use DataStage to provision a data warehouse for historical data and at the same time use Information Integrator to federate information in a warehouse with real-time information coming in. Thats available today. Today we also can use transformational capabilities there as part of Ascential products from Information Integrator. Thru WebSphere Business Integrator, we can access transformations that are in Ascential products today through a service-oriented architecture, so we can bring them in as Web services. A lot of integration has been done. What will happen in the near term [will be] making these [into] IBM products. Because of the partnership we had, we have a head start in a lot of the technical work that needs to get done there around these products. As soon as we close, well be shipping products from IBM that are integrated. … Thats what makes a lot of this so compelling in terms of being able to pull ahead in the marketplace. It was a very, very natural fit as we look at the work weve been doing together over the last four years. This is not about "wait and see what develops." … Were combining two leadership technologies. IBMs a leader in EII; Ascentials a leader in ETL technology. … Its the marriage of two very strong entities coming together to help companies integrate all their own information. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.


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