IBM tools automate record keeping

IBM is set to mark its place in the growing information management software market with the release of a new product called Federated Records Management, a package that aims to help companies centralise record-keeping policies. It is designed to eliminate the complexity of managing record-keeping policies for all distributed content throughout an organisation, no matter where documents and other content are stored and managed, IBM claim.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 12, 2005

IBM is set to mark its place in the growing information management software market with the release of a new product called Federated Records Management, a package that aims to help companies centralise record-keeping policies. It is designed to eliminate the complexity of managing record-keeping policies for all distributed content throughout an organisation, no matter where documents and other content are stored and managed, IBM claim. Previously, records management tended to be a highly manual process, and often technology solutions have been limited by the complexity and diversity of companies' content infrastructures. However as information integration and records management steps up to become increasingly important to businesses, efficiently assimilating data across different kinds of computer storage and enterprise software systems is something businesses want and need. This new solution helps clients identify, integrate, manage and analyse information, in real-time and regardless of the type of information, platform or vendor. "We are introducing a unique technology that ultimately will enable customers to more quickly and efficiently address their compliance needs to deploy electronic records management enterprise wide," said Janet Perna, general manager, IBM information management. "Clients are seeking a formalised approach to managing enterprise risk and compliance. This integrated solution will help them finally move away from disjointed records management tools which are insufficient for today's business environments," she added. To further help struggling organisations compile data in a way that allows them easy access to it, IBM has also announced plans to soon launch two other products aimed at helping companies better manage and integrate data. IBM appears committed to the data management cause and has said it has pledged additional funds for further advancement of such technologies. "Our strategy is to provide a complete information infrastructure to customers that allows them to integrate, analyse and more efficiently manage all their information assets, whether or not those assets are on an IBM platform," said Nelson Mattos, vice president of IBM's information management division. "That's what customers are asking us for." An integration technology is the first of the products to be launched and it is the direct result of IBM’s buyout of Ascential in March 2005. The technology will be added to Big Blue's WebSphere Data Integration Suite when the next version of that package, code-named Hawk, is released later this year, IBM said. The integration tools are expected to be available form the second quarter of 2005. IBM claims the tools will provide an even more proficient centralised system for information analysis, data cleansing, data transformation and metadata management.

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