IBM announced general availability of its new DB2 Information Integrator software to help customers instantly access, integrate, manage and analyze all forms of information – stored on any platform – across and beyond the enterprise.

IBM's new software helps businesses increase efficiencies, better service customers and suppliers, and reach new markets by enabling them to centrally manage data, text, images, photos, video and audio files stored in a variety of databases.

Businesses today are faced with the challenge to drive more value from their existing information assets. Many businesses manage information – everything from e-mail, spreadsheets, text files, flat files, XML content and voicemail to information received from business partners, suppliers and customers – across a myriad of data repositories. They need an infrastructure that connects this breadth of data sources and applications.

IBM DB2 Information Integrator addresses this pain point and simplifies information management by providing businesses with a single view of their information assets, regardless of where the information resides. The new software provides real-time access and integration of both proprietary and emerging data sources, including structured and unstructured data, as if it was stored in one place.

For IT managers, in-house testing shows DB2 Information Integrator can slash by 65 percent the requirements for hand-coding programs that would otherwise be necessary to bridge information repositories. As a result, business can increase efficiencies, focusing less on technology and more on growing their business.

While competitors focus their efforts on one platform and emphasize placing all business information into its database, IBM's DB2 Information Integrator enables customers to integrate their heterogenous infrastructure and keep existing application development, portal infrastructure, analytical and reporting environments.

DB2 Information Integrator software is based on open industry standards and provides replication, transformation, caching, XML, Web Services and Java capabilities, and incorporates IBM's unique federated data management capabilities. For example, using a single query, a business can access and integrate relational data in DB2 Universal Database and Oracle, images in Documentum, e-mail in Lotus Notes, spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel and Web Services generated by WebSphere Application Server. This data is then presented in a consolidated view.

For example, if a customer wants to review the net worth of their investment portfolio, IBM's DB2 Information Integrator software can combine stock holding information from account data stored in a relational database with a real-time stock quote from a Web service, accessing the data as if it were in a single database and calculating in real time their net worth and portfolio value.

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