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IBM Acquires SRD, Breaks New Ground in Identity Resolution Software


ARMONK, N.Y. - 07 Jan 2005: IBM today announced it has acquired SRD, a privately held company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and provider of identity resolution software.

SRD's operations will be integrated into IBM's Information Management software organization and SRD products will be immediately available from IBM. Financial details were not disclosed.

With this acquisition, IBM is extending the capabilities of its Information Management software portfolio by bringing new levels of accuracy to identity resolution. The SRD technology helps organizations increase business insight by delivering an accurate view into individuals and relationships in real-time -- associations that previously were nearly impossible to discover, enabling a wide range of solutions.

The acquisition also enhances IBM's business intelligence platform and strengthens its analytical capabilities by enabling solutions that require the melding of information stored in a variety of database and drawing out non-obvious relationships between entities.

"The seemingly simple questions of 'who is who?' and 'who knows whom?' cut across a wide variety of business problems today," said Janet Perna, general manager, IBM Information Management Software. "The SRD technology provides solutions to these age-old problems with unparalleled speed and accuracy."

SRD software strengthens IBM's middleware portfolio via a multidimensional approach to analytics that dramatically extends the capabilities of identity-based applications. The combination provides value to business partners who deliver business intelligence and other applications that might require a single customer view, fraud detection, or customer relationship management across many industries, such as government, banking, insurance and healthcare.

"The combination of SRD technology with IBM's middleware platform will bring a new era of accuracy, speed and scale to business analytics," said John Slitz, CEO, SRD.

The SRD technology also complements IBM's open computing approach through its ability to work with both IBM and non-IBM data sources, including Oracle and Microsoft databases, enabling customers to integrate it with their existing technology infrastructure. The technology is based on both SQL the Java industry standard J2EE, allowing developers to more easily develop, deploy and maintain analytical business applications.

SRD technology further extends investments IBM is making in support of analytical solutions, which include DB2 Data Warehouse Edition, DB2 Cube Views and DB2 Alphablox. IBM also enables industry-specific business intelligence solutions, including the IBM Banking Data Warehouse for financial institutions and the IBM Crime Information Warehouse for law enforcement.

Contact(s) information

Chris Andrews
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-1195
candrews@us.ibm.com

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