IBM Introduces Integration Super Server

The systems vendor makes its second big push into information management this year.
IBM (Quote)  Monday unveiled a new piece of software designed to help customers integrate applications. The all-in-one Information Server that will come with the company's WebSphere application server and DB2 database.

Tom Inman, vice president of information management at IBM, announced the software at the company's first Information on Demand Global Conference in Anaheim today.

Combining technologies from IBM's Ascential, Venetica, Unicorn and CrossAccess acquisitions, Information Server profiles data, cleanses data to ensure quality, and transforms that data to meet a particular service request, Inman said on a conference call.

The software is meant to help companies extract more value from the different data sources housed in corporate datacenters, a salve for organizations that can't tap into accurate and complete information about their business they can really trust.

"One of the challenges with delivering information-on-demand is where this information sits," Inman said.

"If you're a retail bank, you want to know who your customers are, but that's difficult because customer information is scattered throughout."

For example, a manufacturer might use Information Server to pair sales figures from subsidiaries, retail outlets and trading partners along with real-time inventory data and merge customer data from those entities for better business results.

IBM Information Server will be available worldwide through IBM and its partners this November, with professional services support.

IBM said it also plans to offer a blade server option based on Information Server next year to help companies build a scalable information grid.

The software forms the foundation of IBM's Information on Demand plan, a strategy IBM Executive Vice President of Software Steve Mills said last February that Big Blue would pump $1 billion over the next five years in a market IBM expects to top $69 billion by 2009.

Data integration is an old battleground, where companies used to dangle solutions extraction transformation and loading technologies in front of large customers in the hopes of further infiltrating their datacenters for new revenue sources.

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