Composite Software announced the introduction of the Composite Information Server, the first enterprise information integration (EII) product to allow corporate users unfettered access to the information they need, regardless of the complexities caused by a variety of formats, locations and systems. The product creates an information infrastructure layer that, for the first time, allows corporate IT to deliver custom views of information from disparate sources for use by executives, employees, customers and partners. By presenting all enterprise data as if it exists in one location and in any familiar format, the Composite Information Server allows enterprises to maximize their return on information.
As corporate data has proliferated, access has become more difficult and complex. Valuable information is frequently located in separate silos across the organization and increasingly, with the popularity of Web Services, in entirely different organizations. Real-time access to a comprehensive set of data that is in an easily understandable and usable form has not been possible. With the Composite Information Server, greater value can be extracted from previously siloed data as it is now combined with other corporate information and is made accessible to other groups and individuals.
Composite Views are the core building blocks of the Composite Information Server and provide an abstraction layer over multiple disparate data sources so that all the data appears like it exists in a single location to users whether it resides in a data warehouse, relational database, ERP application or web service. It lets users and applications leverage distributed data from multiple, heterogeneous sources in real time or near real time. A View serves to separate logical information from physical restrictions; and then presents it in the way the user wants to see it, not the way it exists. Similarly, a Composite View can be composed from multiple data sources, and hides the complexity of underlying sources. It keeps source data in its original location and does not create a new database layer that is immediately obsolete. And because users need to both access the data and act on it, Composite's products allow for the updating of underlying data sources. Composite Views are also unique in that they permit queries across relational as well as non-relational data such as XML or flat file data. And Composite allows IT to deliver Composite Views to any client software that supports SOAP/WSDL or JDBC/ODBC, including portals, spreadsheets, and business intelligence tools.
The Composite Information Server, based on the proprietary View Services Architecture, consists of an intelligent query-processing engine, which sets new standards for query performance. The CIS includes patent-pending, state-of- the-art data-streaming and sophisticated query-optimization intelligence that looks at the structure of each query, then creates a query plan to optimize processing and speed performance. As a result the Composite Information Server often performs several times faster than any other EII product.
The Composite View Services Architecture also consists of a meta data repository that stores and manages the links between Composite Views and underlying source systems. The repository handles explicit and derived meta data, such as meta data for Web services.
The server is the only product that lets it cache data from the source systems and create source-load policies for accessing operational data stores (ODS). And the Composite Information Server offers the most extensive security features of any EII product including distributed, multi-level security that honors existing entitlements and allows new security rules to be set.
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