Ascential Software Corporation, an enterprise data integration leader, and Kalido, a leading data warehouse lifecycle management (DWLM) software provider, have entered into an alliance to provide Global 2000 companies with leading-edge DWLM solutions that can increase the strategic value of business information throughout periods of change. Under this relationship the companies are collaborating on sales, marketing and product integration.

The integration of the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite and KALIDO DWLM Suite provides a best-in-class business insight application to meet the information needs of highly dynamic enterprises. The benefits of the joint solution include accelerating time to implementation, reducing total lifetime cost, and lowering risk. In addition, the offerings from Ascential Software and Kalido complement and interoperate with the market's leading business intelligence tools.

Ascential Software and Kalido together have successfully deployed solutions to organizations including Royal/Dutch Shell Group and HBOS Plc, formed from the merger of Halifax Bank and the Bank of Scotland. The combined offering is designed to automate the delivery of data from multiple transactional and operational systems to a flexible, pre-built data warehouse that is business- model driven.

This solution accelerates the delivery of reliable reports on financials and other key performance metrics such as customer service, sales and marketing, supply chain management, and logistics. Traditionally, companies have struggled to achieve the same result with custom-built data warehousing.

The KALIDO DWLM Suite automates the building and management of data warehouses and their master data for rapid implementation and updates without the need for software programming. Data is prepared for movement into a KALIDO data warehouse using the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite, which combines industry-leading solutions for data profiling, data quality and data transformation. Ascential's Suite operates on a shared platform of software services for unlimited scalability through parallel processing, complete meta data management, any-to-any connectivity and on-demand data integration.

Madan Sheina, business intelligence analyst, ComputerWire, comments: "This partnership strikes all the right chords in the market as companies look for integrated, rather than point, solutions from their IT suppliers. Both companies already have a strong heritage in the data warehousing arena, and the combination of Ascential's broad data integration prowess with Kalido's dynamic and highly adaptive platform will significantly enhance the value proposition to customers seeking to integrate their information value chain."

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