IBM Delivers New Data Transformation Software to Simplify Complex Integration Tasks in a Service Oriented Environment

IBM WebSphere DataStage TX Version 8.0 Provides Real-Time, Event Driven Data Transformation

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ARMONK, NY - 18 Aug 2005: IBM today announced a new version of software that allows companies to use one simple method for transforming and integrating complex data from virtually any source, across mainframe and distributed systems, regardless of the way information needs to be processed or delivered. This new capability for quickly and easily integrating data on demand among different applications and services helps organizations use all of their data to support strategic business initiatives such as master data management, business intelligence, and regulatory compliance.

The introduction of IBM's WebSphere DataStage TX version 8.0 reduces the complexity of data transformation across various enterprise data types and complex business processes that rely on relevant data for business decisions. It enables data, applications, and messaging system content to be quickly and easily combined and delivered to any application, business process or end-user that needs it.

"WebSphere DataStage TX version 8.0 provides customers with rich capabilities to simplify complex data transformation tasks," said Pete Fiore, vice president, Information Integration Solutions, IBM. "This new version helps solve data transformation problems quicker and easier than ever before by automating design tasks and reducing the time, risk, and cost of implementing enterprise data on-demand."

Service Oriented Architecture
A key deliverable from the IBM and Ascential Software Project Hawk announcement earlier this year, this software is built on a service oriented architecture (SOA) and allows the data integration environment to be deployed in an open architecture supporting e-business standards. WebSphere DataStage TX can integrate business data (XML and non-XML) regardless of data volumes while ensuring the highest levels of data quality. This is especially useful when industry standards require XML and non-XML to be combined to make a complete transaction. For example, a HIPAA claim might have an XML claim attachment embedded inside a non-XML document.

"CommerceHub is using WebSphere DataStage TX to perform our EDI translations, both inbound and outbound," said Doug Smith, director, business process modeling and integration at CommerceHub. "The release of DataStage TX 8.0 resolves many of the tricky issues involved in translation between external, EDI standards based documents and our internal, XML based documents, files, and object expressions. The new approach to XML introduced in version 8.0 allows us to properly resolve character encoding between XML and EDI. The WebSphere DataStage TX Pack for EDI gives us out-of-the-box data structures for working with X12 EDI through version 5020."

Enhanced Development Tools
The new software provides developers and production staff with new functionality to integrate the data and deliver it to the applications in a shorter amount of time. Using the WebSphere DataStage TX Design Studio, a business analyst or designer can build integration objects across applications, databases and systems without generating or having to manage code. It also provides powerful graphical features to guide users through every step in the process from initial data flow definition to solution deployment. WebSphere DataStage TX also has an easy to use drag-and-drop design interface. Other development features include a new integrated visual debugger and a page settings assistant for maps.

Building on the proven performance of earlier versions of the software, WebSphere DataStage TX version 8.0 helps provide up to a 50 percent increase in developer productivity and up to a 90 percent increase in speed for integrating XML schema.

Industry-Specific Data Integration
Also announced today are WebSphere DataStage TX Industry Packs for industry-specific data integration challenges. Designed to enhance the effectiveness of business analysis, these Industry Packs simplify the task of integrating data from disparate sources and transforming it into a format that meets industry specific standards such as SWIFT, HIPAA and EDI. The software also includes the capability to integrate data from the most widely used enterprise applications including SAP, Siebel, Oracle, and PeopleSoft.

New WebSphere DataStage TX Industry Packs include WebSphere DataStage TX Pack for HIPAA EDI; WebSphere DataStage TX Packs for electronic data interchange; WebSphere DataStage TX Packs for enterprise applications; and WebSphere DataStage TX Pack for SWIFT (Fin 4.1.1).

WebSphere DataStage TX version 8.0 also introduces improved performance and usability for use with IBM WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker, a powerful, industry leading enterprise service bus. WebSphere DataStage TX can be installed on top of WebSphere Message Broker in order to handle data transformation requirements, together providing high performance integration capabilities.

IBM WebSphere DataStage TX version 8.0 and IBM WebSphere DataStage TX Industry Packs are currently available from IBM. WebSphere DataStage TX is part of the WebSphere Data Integration Suite to provide a comprehensive architecture to cover all the integration needs of an enterprise.

More information about WebSphere DataStage TX can be found here.

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