IBM shows new software module for Information Server

ARMONK, N.Y — IBM has unveiled WebSphere Information Analyzer, a new module for IBM Information Server that helps customers eliminate the risk of reusing bad data.

In addition, the company said IBM Information Server will provide new capabilities that complement IBM WebSphere Process Server to enable tighter integration between information and business processes.

The announcements are part of a series of moves to leverage IBM’s expertise in service oriented architecture (SOA) and information management to help clients more easily share data and deliver better service by freeing information from individual applications and reusing it throughout their enterprise.

IBM said it is enabling organizations to more easily embed integration capabilities within their SOA-driven processes. This, in turn, can transform businesses, providing a competitive advantage by reducing the time it takes to generate sales reports, deliver real-time visibility into inventory and product availability, or improve customer service response time.

To help deliver information consistency throughout an SOA, the new WebSphere Information Analyzer profiles data and understands the quality and content of data sources while also creating a metadata map of source systems, eliminating the risk of reusing bad data throughout the enterprise. Additionally, new information services activities within IBM WebSphere Process Server readily expose data integration tasks from IBM Information Server so they can be quickly tapped to support a variety of capabilities within business processes. These allow users to easily browse services, view and reuse meta data and ensure efficient interaction between web services and data integration tasks.

WebSphere Information Analyzer will be available in March from IBM business partners.

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