Business Objects, the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced new products, services and partnerships for enterprise information management (EIM). EIM provides customers with a strategy to ensure that their information is accurate and current. Now Business Objects offers comprehensive EIM solutions that give customers a foundation of trustworthy data for their BI and performance management initiatives.

According to Gartner, EIM is a comprehensive program, not a technology(1).  Business Objects unveils a multifaceted strategy, which includes new products, services, and partners. "Reports and dashboards are only as good as the data that populates them," said Philip Russom, senior manager of research at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). "Complete, clean and auditable data for reporting and analysis requires software tools for data integration, data quality and data lineage - not to mention reporting and analysis tools - all tied together through a common metadata layer. You can buy these tools from multiple vendors, then work through a risky and time-consuming system integration project. Or you can get them all from Business Objects, pre-integrated according to a sound EIM strategy."

Business Objects offers industry-leading data integration, metadata management,and data quality products - all the product components of a well-defined EIM strategy.

The company announces the general availability of a new product for enterprise information integration (EII), BusinessObjects Data Federator XI. This new product provides customers with a virtual, real-time view of their disparate data sources. Because Data Federator unites and cleanses data virtually, BI users can more quickly and easily perform queries against operational sources.

In combination with BusinessObjects Data Integrator XI, Business Objects is the only vendor to provide both physical and virtual data integration options for customers. Data Integrator XI, a leading extract, transform, and loads (ETL) solution, moves data physically from disparate sources and unites them in data warehouses and data marts.

Business Objects introduces BusinessObjects Metadata Manager XI, a new product that collects and unifies BI, ETL, relational databases and third-party metadata. Metadata Manager gives administrators complete visibility into all metadata so they can view, analyze and explore metadata relationships and business rules. The new product also allows IT managers to better understand the impact of source data changes across the entire BI environment. Metadata Manager provides enhanced data lineage capabilities that help organizations deliver trusted information for compliance reporting and internal controls.

On April 1st Business Objects completed its acquisition of Firstlogic, Inc., a market leader in data quality software and services. Data quality is critical for a comprehensive EIM strategy. Business Objects will continue to deliver data quality products for name parsing, address enhancement, and consolidation as part of the data integration platform. Additionally, Business Objects now provides standalone data quality and data assessment solutions to profile, cleanse and monitor data.

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