An official at
"We have been using [IBM] DiscoveryLink for some time, and what we plan to do with DB2 Information Integrator is continue working toward a goal that has been set by the Indiana University School of Medicine," said Craig Stewart, director of research and academic computing at the university, in
Of particular interest in IBM's new products are an XML interface and support for Hidden Markov Model Regression, for linking databases to calculations, Stewart said.
IBM's offerings will radically alter the EII (enterprise information integration) marketplace by adding write-back capabilities to distributed data, rather than just enabling the reading of this data, said analyst Philip Russom, research director at Giga Information Group, in
"In a nutshell, it's going to change the face of the EII marketplace," Russom said. "IBM closes the loop there with data integration; with the others it's one way out."
MetaMatrix, one vendor cited as an example by Russom, plans to have distributed, multisource write-back capability this spring, an official at MetaMatrix said.
"Right now we do support updates to a single source, but the next release will support multiple-source updates through our virtual model," in Version 3.1 of MetaMatrix Server, said Shawn Curtiss, director of marketing at MetaMatrix, which has headquarters in
IBM beta cycles typically take six months, Perna said. Thus, DB2 Information Integrator and DB2 Information Integrator for Content will be generally available for shipment approximately by August.
A subsequent Xperanto product will add support for XQuery, the XML-based query language. IBM has no date for when that product will be ready.