Firstlogic, Inc., a global provider of enterprise information quality solutions, today introduced IQ8 Integration Studio, a comprehensive data quality integration environment for designing, deploying and managing data quality solutions.

IQ8 Integration Studio was designed and developed to the specific needs of systems integrators, value-added resellers and corporate IT engineers chartered to build data quality into enterprise systems or custom-built technologies. It enables centralized data quality management within the context of an enterprise architecture by facilitating the transition from multi-instance, project-based deployment to single-instance enterprise deployment.

IQ8 Integration Studio enables users to quickly build and reuse business rules across the enterprise through an intuitive user interface and quick start "best practice" Data Quality Blueprints. It extends data quality capabilities by including data and functionality of third party or proprietary applications. IQ8 Integration Studio enables both transactional (single-record processing) and batch (multiple-record processing environments to be integrated with Firstlogic's data quality solution. A key component is a Web services interface (API) as the means of integration. The growing adoption of Web services will make it easier to integrate, deploy and maintain data quality throughout the enterprise.

According to Ted Friedman, principal analyst at Gartner, Inc., "Data quality improvement initiatives often focus on tactical solutions to obvious data quality problems. While it is admirable that organizations are attempting to address their data quality issues, such narrowly scoped initiatives generally fail to achieve long-term data quality improvement on a broad scale," Friedman said. "In contrast, enterprises that take a holistic approach to data quality improvement - addressing organizational, cultural, process and technology infrastructure - can reap dramatic benefits."

Firstlogic's IQ8 Integration Studio features:

  • The IQ8 Repository: The Repository contains two major subcomponents: configuration rules and runtime meta data. Configuration rules are items such as transforms, compound transforms and projects. These are configured to explain the business rules needed for data quality processing. Runtime meta data includes a variety of information about the different processes run in IQ8.
  • The IQ8 Data Quality Server: The IQ8 Data Quality Server powers all the processing performed by IQ8 Integration Studio. It processes batch projects launched from the Web service, as well as the transactional data passed to it via the Web service. Additionally the IQ8 Repository stores all of the data flows and other objects that define the rules for the processing by the IQ8 Server.
  • The IQ8 Project Architect: The Project Architect is the graphical application used to design the data flows that tell the IQ8 Server how to process data. The Project Architect includes the Dataflow Designer, a point-and-click interface that sets up a dataflow graphically. Users can choose from a number of predefined transforms, or they can create their own.

The IQ8 Web service: The IQ8 Web service is the mechanism used to send and receive data between an application and the IQ8 Server. Data can be processed on a transactional basis from a custom application, or with the Web service, batch data flows can be launched, including from a remote location via the Web administration application or the user's custom application. The Web service also includes Web methods that can be used to monitor the status of any data flows in the IQ8 repository.

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