Informatica Corporation, a leading provider of data integration software, announced the latest releases of its data quality products, Informatica Data Quality 3.1 and Informatica Data Explorer 5.0. The new versions, generally available in November 2006, deliver enhanced value for customers looking to implement best-in-class data quality processes, including simple yet powerful business-oriented user interfaces; new capabilities that increase user and developer productivity; and end-to-end integration with the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform, which enables data profiling and cleansing to become integral components of the overall data integration lifecycle.

Informatica Data Quality is powerful, easy-to-use software designed specifically to allow a business to control its data quality processes, while Informatica Data Explorer puts powerful, easy-to-use data profiling and mapping capabilities in the hands of both business and IT. Together the products enable organizations to design, deploy, and manage distributed data quality strategies and reduce data integration project risks. With the latest enhancements, Informatica Data Quality and Informatica Data Explorer make it easier for business users to improve the quality of their data on an ongoing basis, while enabling IT to further reduce the costs and speed the time-to-value of data-driven initiatives.

Informatica Data Quality delivers comprehensive data cleansing, matching, and quality monitoring capabilities for a broad range of data - including customer, product, financial, inventory, pricing, order and various other types of enterprise data. These capabilities are presented through an intuitive, business-oriented "workbench," making it easy for data owners to define rules and metrics to manage data quality as a continuing process. Data owners then leverage visual "data quality scorecards" tied to these rules and metrics in order to monitor the quality of their data, pinpoint issues, and address problems before they impact the business.

Integration with PowerCenter - across both development and runtime - means that data cleansing rules created with Informatica Data Quality can now be deployed across an enterprise in standard PowerCenter data integration processes, with all data movements, transformations and consolidations monitored for data quality.

and cleansing. As a result, we've improved the quality of our master data and are now highly proactive in ensuring the accuracy of critical information."

Integration with PowerCenter also enhances developer productivity, reduces development and deployment costs, and hastens time-to-market for data integration projects. For example, PowerCenter now has the integrated ability to call any Informatica Data Quality function required and users can leverage Informatica Data Explorer-created metadata and analyses to accelerate the creation of data integration transformations and mappings.

Integration with PowerCenter also ensures that Informatica Data Quality automatically and transparently inherits the enterprise-class performance, scalability, and high availability intrinsic to the PowerCenter platform. This includes PowerCenter's parallel processing and grid computing capabilities as well as its web services-based service oriented architecture.

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