Composite Software, an enterprise information integration (EII) leader, announced Composite Information Server (CIS) 3.0. Composite's new version gives enterprises the highest-performance access to distributed data across the enterprise, enables access to a wide range of data sources and streamlines administration. Composite 3.0 introduces Composite Intelligent Query (IQ) technology, which formulates the optimum data integration plan in real time. According to third-party tests, CIS with IQ is faster than other EII servers. Cognos recently announced that it has embedded CIS 3.0 into its ReportNet product and has invested $4.5 million in Composite Software
As EII gains momentum in the marketplace to tackle the knottiest BI and reporting problems, performance will become the number one driver of vendor success," said Colin White, an industry analyst from BI Research. "Composite started with a good lead here and they have extended it in 3.0 with Composite IQ."
Composite IQ is the only EII optimization technology to evaluate both data shape and sub-query costs to select the optimal query plan. This allows users to run more complex analyses, against more data sources, in less time, than ever before. For example, in the financial services industry, insight into aggregate interest rate fluctuation is necessary to assess the proper market position for large customers. A Composite customer has addressed this requirement using EII: prior to Composite, a key management report took about three hours to complete; with Composite, the report runs in under 30 seconds, an improvement of 99.7 percent. CIS 3.0 also includes new parallel-processing enhancements, which improve user scalability on multiple-CPU hardware.
In addition to performance advances, CIS 3.0 includes:
- The most extensive read/write support. Composite is an EII vendor to provide distributed insert, update, and delete capabilities. Corporate developers can now write applications on top of the Composite Information Server instead of a physical database, resulting in improved portability and lower long-term total cost of ownership for those applications.
- Significantly expanded data sources. Developers can now reach out to XML (static or streaming), LDAP, and Java procedures, enabling a single logical view of all packaged, open, or custom data sources across the organization. A standards-based scripting engine handles any procedural requirements.
- Flexibility in data delivery. CIS can publish aggregated data in relational form, as XML, and/or via Web services. Organizations can now transition to a "service oriented architecture" (SOA) incrementally, while preserving their existing applications and data.
- Simplified deployment and management. CIS includes new features for production migration, meta-data sharing, transaction logging, and performance management. An enhanced, drag-and-drop modeling interface simplifies the creation and management of complex views. CIS 3.0 adds an open management API for view creation and key task management. Composite's enhanced tools and commitment to standards lowers the total cost of ownership of an EII server.
The Composite Information Server 3.0 is available now.
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