IBM Talks Up New Data Management Strategy
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With enterprises collecting, analyzing and distributing huge pools of data at a dizzying pace, IT managers are continually looking for new technologies and policies to manage the deluge. CIOUpdate details IBM's new 'information governance' strategy to help companies track the quality and flow of all this information.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- In a flurry of announcements Wednesday, IBM spelled out a holistic strategy for data management that it refers to as "information governance," tying together information flow and analysis across corporate networks.
Among the announcements at its Information Governance Council meeting here were two new technologies, one new business services consultancy and a company acquisition IBM's thirtieth purchase of an information management or analytics company in the last five years.
Michael Curry, director of Strategy for Information Management at IBM (NYSE: IBM), said the company has been working toward this "tipping point" since creating the governance council in 2005.
"There's a recognition that data volumes are growing dramatically and that much of that, 80 percent of that, is unstructured data, PDF files and other forms of text," he said. "All those things require a different level of focus to prevent risk and problems and to turn it into something of value for the corporate structure overall."
IBM's InfoSphere Business Information Monitor software will see a limited release as part of what IBM calls a technology preview program. Developed through IBM Research and new technologies acquired as part of the company's purchase of software company Guardium late last year, Business Monitor is intended to track the quality and flow of a company's information and provide real-time alerts about potential flaws or gaps in the data.