IBM Releases Multiform Master Data Management Server

Loraine Lawson

This week, IBM released its InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, which is based on SOA and takes a step toward realizing IBM's multiform approach to MDM.


Right now, there are two types of master data, one involving customer data and the other involving product information. Generally, you need separate products to manage these data, but IBM believes that eventually, you'll see a product that can handle both. The InfoSphere MDM server reflects this philosophy, and, while it's not fully integrated -- despite the press release's enthusiastic wording - it does support some cross-functionality.


As I explained in October, when the server entered beta testing, the server is essentially a customer data integration solution, but with all the functionality of IBM's WebSphere Customer Center.


The press release outlines the product's new capabilities, including the ability to help you manage "value packages and product bundles," offerings that are fortunately explained with examples. There's also added data governance support.


If you're interested in how SOA and MDM relate, you might also want to check out this recent article on Virtualization.sys-con, which explores how MDM can help resolve SOA's data problems.


Here's a roundup of other integration-related announcements this week: HP releases new series of SOA governance software and services. There's not a lot published about HP's SOA offerings, despite the fact that it was listed as a leader in Gartner's recent integrated SOA governance magic quadrant report. Maybe that's why Gartner also noted HP's vendor-neutral solution was at risk due to a "lack of strong HP marketing of governance."


Susan Hall, who writes IT Business Edge's news blog Headline Watch, offered a news synopsis on HP's release earlier this week.


Web 2.0 for Nonprofits. If you're in the non-profit sector, you might find this press release from Prospero interesting, because it looks at how nonprofits are using social media to reach clients and communities. The press release shares how the American Diabetes Association recently launched an online community for diabetic children. It offers message boards and blogs, of course, but also XML integration.


New release of OpenLink Virtuoso. OpenLink Software releases an updated edition of OpenLink Virtuoso, a data-server and integration platform for SQL, XML, RDF and Web services. This new release uses Semantic Web technology, including SPARQL and HTTP-based Linked Data. According to the press release, it offers "a platform for declaratively developing and deploying conceptual views of disparate enterprise data sources such as SQL databases, XML and RDF data sources, and SOA based Web services." Oracle Upgrades SOA Tools for ERP Suite. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 -- the latest release -- now supports Oracle Fusion Middleware, JDeveloper, BPEL Process Manager and Oracle's Enterprise Service Bus. It also ships with design tools, wizards and reference implementations, all designed to make SOA easier, according to the news release. IEnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 is supported on EnterpriseOne versions 8.9 through 8.12.


SOA for Health Care. If you work in IT for the health care industry, you might want to review the schedule for an upcoming two-day workshop, "SOA in Healthcare: Realizing Quality of Care, Business Value and Delivery on IT's Promise." It'll be held April 15-17, 2008, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare and is sponsored by the SOA Consortium, the Object Management Group, and the Health Level Seven. There are executive, business and technical tracks, all of which will examine what value service-oriented architecture can bring to the health care industry, according to the News Observer.

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