IBM Customer Board to Study Integration

 
 
By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-02-23 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IBM has assembled a dozen of its top customers from vertical industries to form the IBM Information Integration Leadership Board.

IBM has assembled a dozen of its top customers from vertical industries to form the IBM Information Integration Leadership Board, which will work with the company to define and solve emerging data integration problems in customer IT environments.

The board will meet throughout the year to preview business technology originating in IBMs labs, as well as to offer feedback and insight on product investments, designs and priorities best suited to automate data flow in heterogeneous databases and operating systems, said Nelson Mattos, IBMs director of Information Integration, in Armonk, N.Y. Board members include, among others, Merrill Lynch, Kawasaki Motors, Ingram Micro and Taikang Life Insurance.

"Many of the [data integration] problems IBM is trying to solve, we have," said Victor Martinez, manager of Data Administration and Information Access for Kawasaki, based in Irvine, Calif. "Theres some real opportunity here for us not only to take advantage of this technology but help further advance it."

 
 
 
 
Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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