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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."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.
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.