Informatica, IBM and Avnet to deliver dashboard solution for mid-size companies
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 31, 2004 -- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq: INFA), a leading provider of data integration software, today announced the Informatica and IBM Dashboard Engine Appliance (IIDEA), a hardware and software bundle for mid-size businesses. IIDEA provides an all-in-one, rapid deployment platform specifically designed to support business financials, compliance and risk management reporting initiatives for mid-sized enterprises. IIDEA will be delivered through Avnet Partner Solutions, IBM Americas, the leading value-added distributor of IBM enterprise servers, storage, software and services.
"IIDEA will help mid-sized customers address business visibility, compliance, customer understanding and other pressing business challenges," said Lesley Young, senior vice president of medium and small enterprise business at Informatica. "As proven data integration and business intelligence software continues to gain traction within the mainstream market, Informatica's relationship with IBM and Avnet will play a pivotal role in allowing Informatica to deliver business value to a much broader customer base."
A complete packaged solution, IIDEA combines the Informatica PowerCenter data integration and PowerAnalyzer dashboarding and reporting software with IBM's DB2* Warehouse Edition business intelligence products, WebSphere* Application Server and eServer* xSeries* technologies. Customers will be able to leverage advanced IBM DB2 Intelligent Miner and DB2 Cube Views technologies, as well as easy-to-use PowerAnalyzer dashboards and metrics for comprehensive and rapid insight into consolidated enterprise information.
IIDEA also includes a Solutions Enablement Kit to help resellers and customers quickly build company financial, compliance and risk management reports to address fast-changing business needs.
"IIDEA is a comprehensive solution for delivering business insight, and automating the design and implementation of internal controls and management reporting," said Karen Parrish, vice president, Worldwide Business Intelligence Solutions, IBM. "By combining complementary Informatica and IBM technologies, IIDEA extends our companies' proven synergy to the mid-market with enterprise applications, comprehensive packaging and attractive middle-market pricing."
IIDEA will be distributed through Avnet Partner Solutions' IBM Business Partner channel. IBM Business Partners that qualify for Value Advantage Plus will be eligible to resell IIDEA. Through Value Advantage Plus, IBM Business Partners earn higher discounts and incentives when they sell their value-added services with IBM middleware to mid-size customers. More than 1,300 IBM Business Partners currently participate in the program.
"IIDEA will enable resellers to augment their capabilities and address the growing need in the mid-market for comprehensive business intelligence, particularly in the insurance, banking, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution sectors," said Jack Morris, vice president of software at Avnet Partner Solutions, IBM Americas. "The all-inclusive nature of the IIDEA package, coupled with the real business value it provides, will enable resellers to extend their reach in these markets with significant time-to-market, reduced customer risk and enhanced customer satisfaction advantages."
The IIDEA bundle will be available worldwide in September 2004, with pricing for hardware, software and services starting at $200,000.
Informatica Corporation is a leading provider of data integration software. Using Informatica products, companies can access, integrate, visualize, and audit their enterprise information assets to help improve business performance, increase customer profitability, streamline supply chain operations and proactively manage regulatory compliance. More than 2,000 companies worldwide rely on Informatica for their end-to-end enterprise data integration needs. For more information, call 650-385-5000 (800-970-1179 in the U.S.), or visit http://www.informatica.com.
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