IBM Customer Board to Study Integration

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."