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Informatica Acquires Data Quality Vendor Similarity Systems

  • January 27 2006, 1:00am EST
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Informatica Corporation, a leading provider of data integration software, today announced it has acquired Dublin, Ireland-based Similarity Systems, the leading provider of business-focused data quality solutions. Further extending its market-leading solution for enterprise data integration, Informatica will incorporate Similarity Systems' patented technology for data quality - including capabilities for data profiling, standardization, cleansing, matching and monitoring - into its PowerCenter data integration product suite.

Informatica is acquiring all of the capital stock of privately held Similarity Systems in a cash transaction valued at approximately $55 million, with the acquisition being accounted for under the purchase method of accounting. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company and will close today. Informatica expects the acquisition to be dilutive in the first half of 2006 and to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings before amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation beginning in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Industry analysts estimate the global market for information-quality solutions will grow by 12 percent annually to $1 billion by 2008, underscoring the growing importance of data quality to such business imperatives as regulatory compliance.

"Ventana Research has long espoused the concept of Information Management, which comprises key technologies to drive the use of information to enhance business value. Two critical components of Information Management are robust enterprise data integration coupled with data quality," said Mark Smith, CEO and senior vice president of research of Ventana Research. "The combination of Informatica's data integration platform with the data-quality technology from Similarity Systems goes a long way in delivering on the need for Information Management for global organizations."

Recognized for its unparalleled ease of use, Similarity Systems' technology was specifically designed for business professionals, such as data analysts and data stewards. By empowering business users to design, manage, deploy and control enterprise-wide data quality solutions, organizations can empower the right people in the organization to implement effective and lasting data-quality processes.

Similarity Systems also handles a broad range of diverse enterprise business data - including customer, product, financial, inventory, pricing, order and various other types of enterprise data. With built-in data quality components that offer organizations greater versatility and flexibility, the product currently has more than forty configurable data-quality building blocks.

In addition, Similarity Systems delivers scorecards, metrics and reporting that help organizations to continuously measure and improve data quality. This analytical capability is particularly important in the face of business imperatives such as regulatory compliance and data hubs. Similarity Systems' powerful content-profiling and reporting functionality provides management- level reports that measure the six key attributes of data quality: completeness, conformity, consistency, accuracy, duplication and integrity across all data.

Moreover, Similarity's technologies are fully Unicode compliant with language- and country-specific support. Hence they offer Informatica customers a truly global solution for end-to-end data quality.

Unique among data quality vendors, Similarity Systems has also developed industry-specific data quality solutions that have been successfully deployed to solve complex data profiling and data quality problems for financial services organizations, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers, telecommunications service providers and utility companies.

In financial services, Similarity Systems has regulatory-compliance solutions that enable banks to analyze and report on the quality of key data for credit risk-management audits and Basel II compliance to ensure they have accurate and consistent information and to assist in the development and management of reference data.

Similarity Systems helps CPG companies to fully automate business processes and move to the next level of supply chain management through data quality monitoring, standardization, deduplication, consolidation and continuous monitoring of all corporate and partner data. This includes a package of data quality rules and CPG-specific reference coupled with methodologies for continuous data quality improvement.

Similarity Systems' data quality technology will be integrated with PowerCenter 8, which will be generally available in April, 2006. Packaging and pricing options will be announced mid-February.

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