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March 2, 2001 Issue
 
  By Rachel Rasmussen

Ascential Software Partners with Torrent Systems to Deliver Enterprise- Level, Fully Scalable Data Warehousing Solution

Ascential Software, Inc., a provider of information asset management solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Torrent Systems, Inc. that will create a fully scalable data warehousing solution, allowing companies to integrate, transform and share corporate data for business intelligence, customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce applications. The two companies have integrated their flagship products, Ascential's DataStage XE, a data integration solution, and Torrent's Orchestrate, a component-based framework for scalable applications.

"The exponential growth of enterprise information, especially in those industries with extremely large amounts of consumer transactions such as telecommunications, financial services and retail, have created unprecedented demand for massive-volume information management," said Mikael Wipperfeld, vice president of marketing, Ascential Software. "Many of our customers need to load vast amounts of data from their transactional and e- business systems to their data warehouses and analytic applications within a very small window of time. Until now, there has simply been no other solution on the market that will achieve this level of information delivery in this little time."

"In 2001 we intend to further augment our Orchestrate solution with the most innovative, best-of-breed enterprise-scale applications to predict customer behavior and enhance profitability," said Rob Utzschneider, founder and vice president, market development, Torrent Systems. "The combination of Ascential's and Torrent's enterprise-class solutions is an important first step to effectively capture the cost saving and revenue generation opportunities executives are seeking from the tremendous volumes of data they are juggling today."

In-house testing of the interface between DataStage XE and Orchestrate has shown that companies can cut volume constraints, time processing requirements and speed of throughput considerably. The companies' goal is to speed data warehouse extraction, transformation and loading by two to four times - or more - depending on customer configurations. Business benefits include improved customer service, more targeted marketing and sales programs and substantial increases in productivity alongside decreased cost of programming and analysis time.

For more information, please visit www.ascentialsoftware.com and www.torrent.com.

 

Business Objects Extends Enterprise and Extranet Business Intelligence Market Leadership with Launch of BusinessObjects Auditor 1.0

Business Objects, a leading provider of e-business intelligence (e-BI) solutions, announced BusinessObjects Auditor 1.0, a new product created specifically to help customers tune their business intelligence (BI) deployments to better meet user needs. BusinessObjects Auditor is a Web-based tool that gives customers insight into their Business Objects deployment and enables administrators to monitor, analyze and optimize their BI solution.

"Our unique position as the industry leader in both the enterprise and extranet BI markets has placed us in the perfect spot for taking the next step to helping our customers with their BI deployments," said Crispin Read, vice president of product marketing at Business Objects. "BusinessObjects Auditor is a direct result of working very closely with our customers to understand what they need to better deploy e-BI across the enterprise and beyond via an extranet."

BusinessObjects Auditor is built on technology from Business Objects, giving customers a monitoring tool for the e-BI environment that takes advantage of the ease of use, security, scalability and extensibility of BusinessObjects 2000. BusinessObjects Auditor offers Business Objects customers a unique look into their e-BI deployment via key indicators and reports, giving information technology valuable insight on the use of the Business Objects system as well as advanced analysis capabilities that will help customers monitor, analyze, and optimize their e-BI solution.

BusinessObjects Auditor runs on Windows NT and is generally available. Auditor can be used to monitor deployments on NT, Windows 2000 and UNIX. For more information, please visit www.businessobject.com.

 

Acxiom and Keane Consulting Group Form Alliance to Provide Customer Relationship Management Solutions

Acxiom Corporation, a leader in customer data integration (CDI) and customer recognition infrastructure, announced an alliance with Keane Consulting Group (KCG) designed to provide clients with comprehensive solutions for data management consultation services, CDI and IT outsourcing.

As part of the new strategic alliance, KCG will now offer Acxiom's CDI software, AbiliTec, along with Acxiom's InfoBase data products, data warehousing and other data management outsourcing services through KCG's consultative services for customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.

AbiliTec is CDI software powered by patented linking technology to create a comprehensive, single view of an individual customer across the enterprise. Acxiom's InfoBase is a comprehensive collection of U.S. consumer, business and telephone data available in one source for database or file enhancement, analytical services or list rental. KCG defines a cross-functional perspective of a company's business model and examines the organization from the customers' point of view. KCG will incorporate AbiliTec and InfoBase data into this holistic approach to create unique and effective CRM packages for its clients.

"Ultimately, it is the customer that will benefit from this alliance. Acxiom's cutting-edge AbiliTec software, coupled with KCG's customer-centric business solutions, will allow companies to forge lasting relationships with their customers," said Jennifer Scanlon, KCG senior vice president.

"This is the next logical progression of a successful alliance that brings two leaders in their respective industries together and to the market with a robust, combined offering," said Andy Griebel, Acxiom Business Development Leader for Strategic Alliances. "Together, Acxiom and KCG can provide both strategic and technological expertise to our customers."

For more information, please visit www.acxiom.com and www.kcg.keane.com.

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Rachel Rasmussen was a Web Editor of DMReview.com.



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