Informatica Corporation , a leading provider of data integration software, announced the Informatica and IBM Dashboard Engine Appliance (IIDEA), a hardware and software bundle for mid-size businesses. IIDEA provides an all-in-one, rapid deployment platform specifically designed to support business financials, compliance and risk management reporting initiatives for mid-sized enterprises.

A complete packaged solution, IIDEA combines the Informatica PowerCenter data integration and PowerAnalyzer dashboarding and reporting software with IBM's DB2 Warehouse Edition business intelligence products, WebSphere Application Server and eServer xSeries technologies. Customers will be able to leverage advanced IBM DB2 Intelligent Miner and DB2 Cube Views technologies, as well as PowerAnalyzer dashboards and metrics for comprehensive and rapid insight into consolidated enterprise information. IIDEA also includes a Solutions Enablement Kit to help resellers and customers quickly build company financial, compliance and risk management reports to address fast-changing business needs.

IIDEA will be distributed through Avnet Partner Solutions' IBM Business Partner channel. IBM Business Partners that qualify for Value Advantage Plus will be eligible to resell IIDEA. Through Value Advantage Plus, IBM Business Partners earn higher discounts and incentives when they sell their value-added services with IBM middleware to mid-size customers. More than 1,300 IBM Business Partners currently participate in the program.

The IIDEA bundle will be available worldwide in September 2004.

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