IBM Enhances InfoSphere Software Portfolio to Extend Access to Trusted Information

Global Business Partners Expand Support for InfoSphere Software
(PresseBox) (The Hauge, Netherlands, ) Today's announcement features new versions of IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server and IBM InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse, as well as expanded IBM Business Partner support, solutions and resources to help customers more easily use the software to reconcile and manage data, and ensure consistency around how information is defined and used across their organizations.The InfoSphere software and solutions unveiled today provide real-time access to trusted information, enabling companies to make better business decisions and achieve flexibility in the use of data throughout the enterprise.

InfoSphere Master Data Management Server for System z IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server for System z will help IBM mainframe users better manage master data on customers, products, accounts, suppliers, citizens, employees, prospects, guests, agents, items, product bundles, parts, agreements and more. The product provides sophisticated functionality and security rules to create, view and edit data. It also features built-in intelligence and insight from the data that can be injected into business transactions for improved operations across sales, marketing and finance. Running natively on Linux on System z, Master Data Management Server provides an enterprise data hub using the power of the mainframe.

Additionally, InfoSphere Master Data Management Server 8.0 offers advanced deployment options that give customers the flexibility to use it for both entry-level master data management projects and high-volume SOA master data management systems in one platform that allows for incremental, non-disruptive growth.

InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse The new IBM InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse, C4000, accelerates delivery of business intelligence by incorporating Cognos 8 BI and InfoSphere Warehouse software. It also expands InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse C-class offerings to support warehouses up to 5TB of user data. InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse offerings provide pre-tested, scalable and fully integrated system components of IBM data warehouse software, server and storage technologies. The C-Class Balanced Warehouses offer small and medium-sized businesses a simple, complete solution for integrating and maintaining multiple data and information resources in a scalable and versatile data warehouse.

InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse features an updated interface to Cubing Services which provides a multidimensional view of data stored in a relational database. With Cubing Services, users can create, edit and deploy cube models over the relational warehouse schema. The new interface supports business queries generated from business intelligence tools or desktop software to the InfoSphere Warehouse allowing users to visualize and analyze data directly from the warehouse. By using the warehouse directly, users are always working with current data delivering more intelligence to more end-users, and in turn, enabling companies to make more insightful business decisions to stay ahead of the competition.

Cognos 8 Integrated with InfoSphere Software IBM continues to build on its commitment to enable Cognos customers to reap the value of trusted information delivered by IBM InfoSphere software. In addition to providing business metadata and end-to-end data lineage from IBM Information Server to IBM Cognos 8 BI users, IBM is delivering best practices and integration between Information Server IBM Cognos 8 Data Manager to ensure that business intelligence and performance management data mart structures are populated with trusted information as one continuous process. Using IBM InfoSphere Change Data Capture, IBM Cognos Now! clients can readily respond to business events and continuously monitor their businesses using data streamed from production systems without requiring any application changes.

Business Partner Support for InfoSphere Software Grows To address increasing customer demand for advanced information management capabilities, IBM Business Partners such as Alpine Consulting, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Edifixio, Intelcom, Perficient, Platon, Prolifics, Satyam and Zystems are delivering new data integration and master data management solutions that take advantage of the capabilities of the IBM InfoSphere software portfolio.

IBM is helping global business partners accelerate their ability to create solutions based on InfoSphere software by introducing a new FlexLearning Program that provides self-paced education and enablement on IBM InfoSphere Software. The program allows partners to build new skills without reducing the availability of the practitioners being trained.

In addition, IBM Global Business Services has introduced new services for customers using IBM's InfoSphere software, a unified software platform designed to help clients reconcile and manage data, and ensure consistency around how information is defined and used across their organization. New offerings include customer data management services that help banks combat money laundering and a data integration service for the IBM Banking Data Warehouse and industry models for banking.

IBM's InfoSphere product family is a key element of the company's broad portfolio of Information on Demand software offerings that are helping companies of all sizes and industries to optimize their businesses and ensure that their information is accurate, complete, in context and actionable. Upcoming releases of IBM Information Server and IBMWebSphereProductCenter will join the InfoSphere product family as IBM InfoSphere Information Server and IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server for Product Information Management, respectively. With this approach, IBM is enabling global organizations to achieve competitive success by delivering industry-leading integration and product information management capabilities, allowing delivery of real-time information to the people, processes and applications that need it.

IBMInfoSphere software is available worldwide through IBM and IBM Business Partners.


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