Kalido, a leading data warehouse life cycle management (DWLM) software provider, has launched the KALIDO DWLM Suite, a data warehouse and master data management software portfolio for DWLM. The software application suite automates the creation and modification of enterprise data warehouses as well as the management of master data to speed and improve reporting of enterprise financials and performance information throughout organizational change.

The KALIDO DWLM Suite supports data warehouse life cycle management disciplines for master data-aligned data warehouses, from initial inception to operation, through maintenance and a lifetime of modification without the need for programming. It also features the ability to consolidate data from disparate systems, eliminating the requirement for enterprise-wide standardization on operational systems.

These capabilities enable the IT organization to closely align with the business to provide timely, accurate management reporting information. In addition, the software application suite dramatically reduces speed of implementation, project risk, and total cost of ownership compared to traditional data warehousing solutions (custom-built and enterprise resource planning-based).

The KALIDO Dynamic Information Warehouse editions offer a number of distinctive features for preparing, implementing, operating and managing data warehouses. These include an advanced business modeling environment for graphically configuring the KALIDO data warehouse(s) without programming. The editions also incorporate functionality for corporate memory management, data mart management, and star schema generation.

The KALIDO DIW Enterprise Edition is designed for multiple, global-scale data warehousing requirements for Global 2000 organizations with the need to build and deploy multiple, linked data warehouses in different countries or across different regions or divisions. The edition supports synchronization of integrated KALIDO data warehouses to run as one logical data warehouse in order to give flexibility for both global and local level reporting. The KALIDO DIW Enterprise Edition includes the KALIDO Master Data Manager functionality.

The KALIDO DIW Standard Edition is targeted for large-scale data warehouse requirements found in all major national and international corporations. It is designed for initial standalone projects, and has the ability to scale without re-implementation or programming to the KALIDO DIW Enterprise Edition as the projects evolve to wider usage within the enterprise.

The KALIDO DIW Entry Edition is suited to the departmental or small data warehouse in large organizations, for example the customer loyalty functions in a marketing department. It offers a rapid introduction to DWLM and can be fully upgraded without programming or re- implementation.

As companies often need to trial data warehouses before they are put into the field, the KALIDO DIW Editions come packaged with a warehouse management server so that each warehouse can be operated as a development, test or production warehouse.

KALIDO Master Data Manager is an adaptive master data management system designed as a central repository for master data (such as shared data about products, customers, and suppliers) to support best practice data warehousing. KALIDO MDM allows users to store, consolidate and manage master data used by data warehouses, operational and analytical systems. In addition, the system enables the master data to be published back to these systems for increased harmonization of the data.

The KALIDO DIW Standard Edition is currently available. The KALIDO DIW Entry Edition will first become available through Kalido's reseller channels by the end of 2003. KALIDO MDM and KALIDO Enterprise Editions are scheduled for first customer shipment by the end of 2003. All KALIDO DWLM Suite products and editions will become generally available in the first half of 2004.

The KALIDO DWLM Suite enables the enterprise data warehouse and its master data to remain in step with business reporting needs through Kalido's UK- patented core technology. This ground-breaking technology is based upon a unique method for storing data within a time-variant framework so that it can be easily interrogated and rapidly amended in reaction to changes in a business.

This technology, combined with a graphical user interface, enables complex business model representations to be easily created and modified in the data warehouse through a 'point and click' operation. The resulting data warehouse provides executives with fast, consolidated views of the business, such as its financials, customers, brands, sales, marketing, supply and logistics no matter what the business structure is or was at any given time. This ability enables business executives to make decisions based on fact; to compare present, past and predicted performance; and to proactively manage regulatory compliance.

By automating the business model creation and modification in the data warehouse, the KALIDO DWLM Suite forms the heart of an end-to-end, best practice business intelligence (BI) architecture that can adapt to changing business models. KALIDO DWLM Suite not only manages the data lifecycle within the data warehouse but also the data warehouse's interaction with the broader BI environment. The software suite complements Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) tools, which load data from source systems into the data warehouse, and BI tools, which deliver business reporting from the data warehouse.

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