Sagent, a leading provider of enterprise business intelligence solutions, announced the availability of its Enterprise Information Integration (EII) package at TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sagent’s EII solution enables users to access, aggregate and analyze data from a wide variety of sources – including existing data warehouses, data marts, spreadsheets, and external data – without changing the existing data infrastructure.

Sagent’s EII solution is based on Sagent’s Data Flow technology, which provides a unique architecture for component-based information retrieval and analysis. Within the EII solution, data accessed from multiple sources flows in memory through analytic components, transforming the information at each step in the process and eliminating the need for storage of intermediate results in a database. Data from unrelated applications and databases can be easily combined, allowing users to overcome the difficulties of incompatible data types and query languages. Results from an analysis are delivered directly to desktop applications such as spreadsheets and reporting tools. Sagent’s EII solution enables companies to respond to unplanned user needs in a matter of hours.

"When analytic requirements surface that are not supported by the underlying data warehouse design, companies need a way to provide the right data for the analyses without disturbing the warehouse database structure," said Dave Henry, vice president of product marketing at Sagent. "Sagent’s EII solution gives companies an innovative and cost-effective way to extend the value of their warehouse while simultaneously managing it as a centralized corporate resource. This approach will save IT departments time and resources, and empower business users to make better informed decisions."

Sagent’s approach to EII was recently added to Bill Inmon’s eminent Corporate Information Factory architecture, under the name "adaptive project mart": a non-permanent data environment suitable for dynamic analysis. Bill Inmon states, "An adaptive project mart gives the corporation fast and flexible analytical capabilities that are not available through any other part of the corporate information factory. The adaptive project mart finally delivers on the promise of allowing end users to have near-instantaneous and easy analytical capabilities. In addition, the adaptive project mart provides a degree of flexibility in analysis that is not possible elsewhere. With its new EII solution, Sagent is uniquely able to provide users with an adaptive project mart."

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