GC18-7560-00_II Overview

GC18-7560-00_II Overview - Information Integration Software...

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By Holly A. Hayes IBM Software Creating a flexible infrastructure for integrating information Information Integration Software Solutions March 2003
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Creating a flexible infrastructure for integrating information Page 2 Table of Contents 3 Executive summary 3 Integration challenges 4 An Internet generation 5 Information explosion and diversity 5 Technological challenges to integrating information 6 A changing environment 6 IBM business integration 9 Single view of data 10 Flexible access 10 Rich features 12 Comprehensive business integration 14 Introducing IBM DB2 Information Integrator 16 DB2 Information Integrator: a server for federated data and replication 19 DB2 Information Integrator for Content: federated access across diverse content 20 Current information management offerings 23 Summary
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Creating a flexible infrastructure for integrating information Page 3 Executive summary In today’s e-business on demand environment, integrating information across and beyond the enterprise is a competitive mandate. Initiatives such as customer relationship management, supply chain management and business intelligence are based on successfully integrating information from multiple data sources, both structured and unstructured. Because of organizational or operational constraints, these data sources do not generally lend themselves to being fully replicated or consolidated within a single database. Hence, there is an increased demand for federated access to distributed sources. Information integration technology plays a crucial role in meeting this demand. Information integration technology enables integrated, real-time access to traditional and emerging data sources, transforms information to meet the needs of business analysts and manages data placement for performance, currency and availability. This, in turn, leads to fast, constant and easy access for customer- facing e-business solutions. This white paper is intended for IT decision makers and influencers who are evaluating integration technologies. The paper describes IBM’s business integration solution, the most comprehensive in the industry. Additionally, it addresses the various integration challenges that businesses face today including user interaction, application connectivity, process integration, building for integration and information integration. The paper also specifically profiles ways in which the DB2 ® family of information management products from IBM addresses information integration needs. Integration challenges Integrating information for an enterprise is a daunting job. IT executives must deal with pressure from the top to deliver results quickly, meet end-user expectations for ease of access to highly diverse data sources, plan around technology limitations and adapt to a constantly changing environment.
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In today’s competitive environment, businesses want to: Reach a broader customer base over the Internet while integrating new Web applications with existing core business processes
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