Ascential Software and IBM DB2 Cube Views Maximize the Performance of Business Intelligence Solutions Joint Solution Delivers More Efficient OLAP Applications through End-to-End

Meta Data Management and Modeling



    WESTBORO, Mass., June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/--
 Ascential Software Corporation (Nasdaq:   ASCL), the enterprise data integration
 leader, today announced full support for IBM's new DB2 Cube Views software.
 The Ascential(TM) Enterprise Integration Suite combines with Cube Views to
 accelerate the development and lower the total cost of ownership for online
 analytical processing (OLAP) and business intelligence (BI) applications by
 making them easier to deploy and manage. This new capability works with DB2
 Cube Views' dimensional modeling to provide meta data management of
 information distributed throughout the enterprise.
     Ascential Software has developed a bi-directional MetaBroker interface
 between MetaStage(R), the meta data management component of the Ascential
 Enterprise Integration Suite, and DB2 Cube Views. MetaStage provides a clear
 and consistent view of the data's descriptive information and lineage,
 including the data being modeled with DB2 Cube Views. MetaStage also extends
 that visibility and usage tracking out to the BI analytical and reporting
 tools interacting with DB2 Cube Views. Ascential Software's extensive
 MetaBroker library now incorporates the powerful OLAP functionality of DB2
 Cube Views into MetaStage's ability to provide analysis and management of
 business definitions and rules for data across the entire business
 intelligence, data integration and data management infrastructure.
     "Our announcement of DB2 Cube Views delivers on our focus of enabling
 enterprise reporting tools to gain significant improvements in the deployment
 and operational performance of business intelligence applications," said Karen
 Parrish, IBM's vice president of business intelligence. "Through our strategic
 partnership, IBM and Ascential Software deliver a robust platform for
 simplified development and maintenance of high-performance business
 intelligence solutions with a 360-degree analytics view of the enterprise."
     The rich functionality of DB2 Cube Views modeling is further enhanced by
 Ascential Software's DataStage(R) data transformation application, which
 drives information from a breadth of heterogeneous data sources into the DB2
 Cube Views model. This includes data from enterprise applications, legacy
 databases, and mainframe sources, as well as data being delivered in high
 velocity from real-time sources such as Web services or IBM's MQ software. IBM
 DB2's scaleable OLAP capability and Ascential Software's parallel architecture
 enable companies to fully leverage any data volume and velocity they are
 likely to encounter in enterprise-class data warehouse and analytical
 deployments. Corporate analysts and business line managers tapping the
 functionality of DB2 Cube Views gain full access to information throughout the
 enterprise, benefiting from the performance of DB2 Cube Views' optimizing
 technology and Ascential Software's ability to rapidly deliver and transform
 high volumes of information, while ensuring its quality and tracing its
 source.
     "Ascential Software and IBM have enjoyed a long and successful partner
 relationship in business intelligence and data warehousing. IBM's new DB2 Cube
 Views release, supported by the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite,
 significantly raises the bar for business intelligence platforms," said Jim
 Welch, Ascential Software vice president, engineering. "Our joint solution
 provides an environment where business users can easily represent and manage
 complex business metrics and reporting models driven by information residing
 in numerous locations throughout an enterprise." Ascential Software will also
 enhance its CA All Fusion ERwin integration to include multi-dimensional
 constructs to reduce the time to market and ongoing maintenance of DB2 Cube
 Views and other OLAP-based tools.
     The Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite is the only integrated solution
 to combine data profiling, quality and transformation. DB2 Cube Views support
 is the latest in a series of joint efforts between Ascential Software and IBM
 that include creating and implementing high-performance data warehouses, data
 marts and operational data store solutions for customers spanning numerous
 industries and geographies.
 
     About Ascential Software
     Ascential Software Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise data
 integration solutions to the Global 2000 and government agencies. Customers
 use the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite and products to turn vast
 amounts of disparate, unrefined data into reusable information that drives
 business success. Ascential Software's unique, comprehensive data integration
 suite enables customers to easily collect, validate, organize, administer and
 deliver information to realize more value from their enterprise data, reduce
 costs and increase profitability. Headquartered in Westboro, Mass., Ascential
 Software has offices worldwide and supports more than 2,200 customers in such
 industries as financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, life
 sciences, manufacturing, consumer goods and retail. More information on
 Ascential Software can be found on the Web at www.ascential.com.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements based on current
 expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future
 events, and these statements are subject to important factors and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in
 this release address a variety of subjects including, for example, the
 functionality, characteristics, quality and performance capabilities of
 Ascential Software's products and technology; results achievable and benefits
 attainable through deployment of Ascential Software's products; anticipated
 innovation and product development; the ability of companies to fully leverage
 any data volume and velocity they are likely to encounter; the ability of
 Ascential Software's products to rapidly deliver and transform high volumes of
 information, while ensuring its quality and tracing its source; the ability of
 users to easily represent and manage complex business metrics and reporting
 models; intended enhancements of CA All Fusion ERwin integration; and the
 ability of Ascential Software's customers to easily collect, validate,
 organize, administer and deliver information to realize more value from their
 enterprise data, reduce costs and increase profitability. The following
 factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those described in these forward-looking statements: the ability of Ascential
 Software to expand its market share; growth rates for the enterprise data
 integration software market; general business conditions in the software
 industry, the technology sector, and in the domestic and international
 economies; rapid technological change in the markets served by Ascential
 Software; dependence on international operations; global and geopolitical
 instability; and difficulties that Ascential Software may experience
 integrating technologies, operations and personnel of completed or future
 acquisitions. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary
 statements, please refer to the filings.
 
     Ascential, DataStage and MetaStage are trademarks of Ascential Software
 Corporation or its affiliates and may be registered in the United States or
 other jurisdictions. Other marks are the property of the owners of those marks
 
 

SOURCE Ascential Software Corporation

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