Analysts Much Happier with

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

IBMs Once-Murky Metadata Story"> The update to Information Integrator Content Edition features enhancements on unstructured content sources to further expose unique repository capabilities while retaining source integrity. The DataStage update features metadata enhancements designed to improve developer productivity and enable fast data flow creation for populating data warehouses. The latest version also features better performance and scalability.
The WebSphere QualityStage update is designed to deliver greater developer productivity with interactive visual design of data quality rules and instant feedback to allow developers more control over fine-tuning of quality logic.
Each of these four products will be commercially available in the fourth quarter. At least one analyst found the Ascential technology "pretty impressive." Tony Baer, an analyst with onStrategies, said that up until this point, EII (enterprise information integration) competitor Informatica Corp. would always beat IBM over the head with the fact that it grew its tools organically. Informaticas tools came from the same engine and all shared the same metadata, which was "mostly but not all true," Baer said. "With Hawk, [IBM/Ascential] is saying, Weve done it," Baer said. "And they have a cool front end as well." More to the point, analysts are much happier now with IBMs metadata story, which was murky for some time. "Now the metadata engine is part of the product, instead of a separate engine that needs to be synchronized to and linked to," Baer said. "The core metadata engine is in each product, which includes classic ETL [extraction, transformation and loading], also data quality and data profiling, all off the same metadata engine. You dont have to sync to it." Click here for more on what made analysts so unhappy about IBMs formerly missing metadata story. The point is, Baer said, when youre working in a tool—say, youre developing a data extraction routine—you dont want to reinvent the wheel every time. If youre looking at source Y, you want to know what target it deals with, what parameters you run it under, and what documentation you might want to put in about when and why you run it, for example. Before IBMs integration, Ascential had a bunch of separate tools, for data movement, data staging, etc. Youd click the update button to get the latest information from DataStage, then it would deliver results, so youd have to push a button and get that stuff somewhere else. Click here to read IBMs Nelson Mattos on how IBMs metadata story has jelled. That meant that the quality of the metadata engine depended on who was using it, Baer said. By integrating and automating the tools, you finally dont have to worry about the people who are responsible for updating it. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for 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, 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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