Informatica, Ardent To Offer Business-Intelligence Products



Informatica Corp. and Ardent Software Inc. this week willexpand beyond their offerings for building data warehouses with several business-intelligence products.

Informatica will offer three analytical application suites. Its eCRM suite will include modules for sales, marketing, and customer service and is designed to provide insight into customer trends by measuring areas such as sales performance. Its eBusiness Operations suite helps manage internal logistics, finance, and human-resources operations by examining order fulfillment and manufacturing rates, as well as budgeting effectiveness. The eProcurement suite for purchasing, auctions, and supplier and inventory management analyzes material acquisitions, return rates, and schedule reliability. The suites are scheduled for availability before July, with pricing starting at $500,000 each.

Ardent this week will unveil E-business enhancements to its DataStage line for data integration and transformation. New capabilities include clickstream analysis, a methodology for building E-business data warehouses, and capture and analysis of customer E-mail messages. Additions also include Extensible Markup Language read/write and XML metadata export capabilities, near-instantaneous analysis of Web data, and support for the Linux operating system and the Perl development language. Ardent will make most of its new offerings available by April, with the remaining products available by July. Pricing has not been set.

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