Updates to Other Information

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-06-23 Print this article Print

Integrator Tools"> The second major benefit of the integration of Ascential technology is significant enhancements in terms of quality and precision of information, which has improved customer confidence when it comes to using information provided by Information Integrator, he said. "It basically provides ways for customers to discover relationships as they exist between different sources, to allow ongoing data quality analysis and lineage of the data, to allow you to better control levels of quality in real time, as well as to understand that you have an underlying Information Integrator infrastructure," Mattos said.
A third benefit is to address data growth, as enterprises support more and more data sources, more types of information, and a huge increase in the volume of information they can integrate, Mattos said.
"This is particularly important in areas such as regulatory compliance, where [enterprises] have to keep large amounts of data for years and have to integrate and find information in a huge amount of data [theyre] maintaining," he said. IBM is addressing that situation with enhancements in terms of data privacy and integrity, as well as providing an open, extensible architecture that can allow partners to plug in industry-specific components to address specific regulatory requirements. "A big requirement were seeing is customers that are, for example, archiving e-mail and have to maintain [it] to address compliance requirements for many years," he said. "The volume of data were talking about is millions and million of e-mails. Also they need to find the information within those archives." With the Hawk and Serrano release, enterprises will be able to deal with an unlimited amount of information with regards to storage, integration, search and retrieval, he said. For more on participating in the open beta for these new products, which started last month, check out IBMs site. Beyond the open beta for these two new products, IBM is updating IBM WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition and Content Edition, IBM WebSphere DataStage, and IBM WebSphere QualityStage. The update to OmniFind features enhanced quality for precise and relevant search results and collections, extended reach to provide enterprise-wide search capabilities, and flexibility to integrate with existing security infrastructures. It also provides an open, extensible framework for text analytics based on the IBM UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture), which allows interoperability of text analytics from both IBM as well as business partners, enabling the development of advanced, domain-specific and industry-specific applications. Next Page: Analysts much happier with IBMs once-murky metadata story.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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