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Informatica PowerCenter 5 Enables Enterprise Data Integration
Informatica Corporation’s Informatica PowerCenter 5 is a platform for integrating data to be deployed in e-Business applications, analytic applications and data

ascential informatica  the product offering from Ascential Software in partnership with Torrent Systems , which was also recently announced. Other vendors, such as IONA Software , have also made moves into the e-Business enablement arena, often by acquiring other vendors with specific expertise, such as the handling of XML data. (For more information about IONA, see IONA purchases Netfish Technologies (And Much, Much More) . The goal of all these products is to provide fast analysis of vast amounts of data, such as that

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Comparing Business Intelligence and Data Integration Best-of-breed Vendors' Extract Transform and Load Solutions


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ascential informatica  such as DataFlux , Ascential , and Trillium , on the other hand, provide best-of-breed ETL solutions. Which sort of vendor an organization will favor will depend on its data requirements. In general, BI vendors accommodate customers by providing embedded support for slowly changing data requirements, as well as by allowing users to choose the location of data loads. This helps increase the speed of data transfers, accommodating industry demands for increased data loading in the data warehouse and for a Read More

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ascential informatica  companies dominate this market Ascential with Datastage , Informatica with Power Center and Acta with ActaWorks . Read More

Attaining Real Time, On-demand Information Data: Contemporary Business Intelligence Tools


Demand for instant access to dispersed information is being met by vendors offering enterprise business intelligence tools and suites. Portlet standardization, enterprise information integration, and corporate performance management are among the proposed solutions, but do they really deliver real time information?

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Data Quality: Cost or Profit?


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ascential informatica  their database. FirstLogic and Ascential Software , which also have this feature, are considered by the market to be among the data quality oriented vendors. Market Challenger Not many small to medium CRM providers endorse their ability to manage data quality. To the contrary, however, Interface Software has taken responsibility for its share of data quality. The Illinois, US-based CRM vendor specializes in relationship intelligence for professional services firms (see previous article: Professional Read More

Metadata Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?)


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ascential informatica  Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?) Metadata Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?) M. Reed and D. Geller - May 16, 2000 Overview Metadata ( data about data ) is essential for data warehousing. In order to populate a database, extract data, or run a report, more is required than simply raw data. The tools involved must also understand the context, or meaning, of the data. This is one of the purposes of metadata. Read More

Epicor Reaches Better Vista From This Vantage Point Part Two: Market Impact


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Microstrategy Cloud, New Platform and New Partnerships


During its MicroStrategy World 2011 user conference in Monte Carlo, Virginia (US)-based MicroStrategy announced a number of new products and partnerships intended to strengthen the company’s position in the business intelligence (BI) space. MicroStrategy Now in the Cloud Perhaps the biggest announcement was the general availability of MicroStrategy Cloud. Cloud is a complete platform

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Informix XML’s Its Metadata Transport Layer


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