Ascential Software Corporation, an enterprise data integration leader, announced a strategic partnership with SymphonyRPM. As part of the agreement, Ascential DataStage will serve as the data transformation engine for SymphonyRPM's business performance management platform and solutions.

"Customers perceive data integration issues as one of their most daunting obstacles to effective business performance management, and they're right," said Jim Clayton, SymphonyRPM senior vice president and general manager. "We're partnering with Ascential Software because the company provides a complete, end-to-end data integration solution, including quality, meta data management and transformation. Ascential DataStage helps us and our partners quickly deliver complex solutions, providing a faster, bigger payback to our customers. If our customers have a data integration problem that Ascential Software can't solve, then it can't be solved."

The combined Ascential Software/SymphonyRPM solutions harness Ascential Connectivity for Enterprise Applications, a set of data integration PACKs packaged application connectivity kits (PACKs) that provide virtually seamless connectivity between Ascential DataStage and the most widely used enterprise applications – including SAP, Siebel, Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards. This connectivity bridges the gap between disparate, undocumented source systems, enterprise applications and business intelligence/analytic tools.

SymphonyRPM bundles Ascential DataStage as an integral part of its business performance management platform and solutions. Ascential DataStage dramatically accelerates the data integration process these solutions require, helping SymphonyRPM to meet its 90-day deployment promise in every engagement. Ascential Software's professional services experts contribute to this delivery commitment by implementing DataStage at SymphonyRPM customer sites to ensure rapid deployment. Polaroid Corp. is one of the companies' first joint customers, and the implementation is validating the inherent value of the Ascential Software/SymphonyRPM relationship.

"Symphony Real-Time Performance Management solutions empower all levels of an organization to make the time-critical, high-value decisions that turn corporate goals into corporate achievement," said Mark Register, vice president and chief marketing officer, Ascential Software. "In achieving these results, companies need to extract critical business information from the systems where the data actually resides, not just the most convenient source, which is usually the same corporate silo. Ascential DataStage plays a pivotal role in this process, and we expect that our initial work with SymphonyRPM customers will generate new opportunities to expand our presence when our mutual customers experience the business benefits we deliver together."

Ascential DataStage is a key component of the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite, which combines Ascential Software's industry-leading solutions for data profiling, data quality and data transformation/delivery. These capabilities operate on a shared platform of software services for unlimited scalability through parallel processing, complete meta data management, any-to-any connectivity and real-time data integration. Ascential Real-Time Integration Services extends the reach and enables the seamless interoperability of Ascential Software's data integration solutions within an enterprise's service-oriented architecture (SOA).

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