Less than two months after closing its acquisition of Ascential Software Corp., IBM Corp. is releasing to beta testing two data integration technologies, Ascential's software codenamed Hawk and IBM's Project Serrano. Serrano is a refresh of IBM's Information Integration portfolio, which includes tools to help customers centrally tap into corporate data from various sources.
IBM is portraying it's US$1.1 billion acquisition of data management solution vendor Ascential Software Corp. as a big win for Big Blue customers who will now spend less time, effort and money integrating data and applications. But IBM competitors in this space are also keeping busy: Microsoft publicizing its own integration venture Project Green, Oracle kicking off Project Fusion, and SAP arguing you need to integrate the applications, not the database. So what options do customers have? Rebecca Reid investigates.
The technology industry is at a significant turning point in moving from data management to the broader content management and information integration, said Janet Perna, IBM Corp.'s general manager of data management solutions.