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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
February 23, 2001 Issue
  By Rachel Rasmussen

Core Integration Partners, Inc., Unveils The Matrix Methodology

Core Integration Partners, Inc., a provider of decision support and business intelligence services, unveiled a methodology that provides a consistent, repeatable process for building a data warehouse across almost any industry. This approach, called The Matrix Methodology, incorporates industry-wide best practices with concrete deliverables.

"The Matrix Methodology is not just another data warehousing theory. It has real deliverables behind it and works for any type of information generated by a business, and it accommodates any data migration or integration services," said Dan Linstedt, chief technology officer of Core Integration Partners, Inc. and creator of The Matrix Methodology.

Linstedt developed The Matrix Methodology over 10 years, combining the best practices of such industry pioneers as Bill Inmon and Ralph Kimball with a plug-and-play implementation architecture. Linstedt said The Matrix Methodology is unique in its flexibility, allowing companies to use the methodology in its entirety, or combine portions of it with a firm's existing data warehouse methods or practices. Other innovations that differentiate The Matrix from other methodologies include its integration of Software Engineering Institute (SEI) protocols and unique "Meta Gates," where data cleansing and enhancement processes take place. The Meta Gates ensure the information is accurate, clean and, in some cases, improved when it comes out on the reporting end.

"You don't have to reinvent the wheel when you want to add refinements, expansions or any changes to the operations of your data warehouse," said Linstedt. "The Matrix Methodology really goes beyond data warehousing as we have known it, and it brings incredible return on investment."

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Silvon Introduces Web Consumer for Stratum Analytic Applications

Silvon Software, Inc. announced the availability of Stratum.eZViewer, a decision making support tool that brings the power of the Web to critical corporate information. Stratum.eZViewer was built by Silvon to allow users of its Stratum suite of analytic applications to transparently access business data from the Stratum data warehouse via a Web browser and apply sophisticated, prebuilt business analytics. Information is presented in HTML format within a secure Internet, intranet or extranet environment.

Stratum.eZViewer was designed to facilitate enterprise-wide access to Stratum analytics and to provide instant, dynamic analysis and reporting of corporate data internally and externally. The product offers a highly intuitive, browser-based interface that requires minimal training. In addition, the zero-footprint architecture of Stratum.eZViewer allows for quick implementation. Once installed on an application server, users can access the Stratum data through their Web browsers once multiple levels of security at the network and application levels have been satisfied.

"Stratum.eZViewer delivers a flexible approach for information access that is just as easy as using an Internet search engine," said Michael J. Hennel, president and CEO of Silvon. "It gives companies the power to provide sophisticated analytic capabilities to anyone who is responsible for making everyday decisions that impact profitability, growth, and customer relationships. Since Stratum.eZViewer delivers mission-critical business information securely via a Web browser, our customers can collaborate easily and much more extensively with customers, suppliers and prospects."

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Firstlogic Cements Leadership Role by Dedicating Resources for Study of Information Quality Practices

Firstlogic, Inc. announced the creation of a new research arm focused directly on the role of information quality practices in worldwide organizations. The establishment of the new practice is an extension of the firm?s commitment it showcased in 2000 with its charter sponsorship of the total data quality management (TDQM) research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"The demand for information quality solutions is exploding onto the global stage," said Eric Lieberman, president of Firstlogic. "Our clients are increasingly aware of the critical nature that information quality practices play in the success of their businesses, and we need to push the envelope on commercializing solutions and services to meet these needs. The research arm will work closely with our planning and development resources to ensure rapid innovation of software and services around critical client and partner issues."

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