IBM’s Data Integration Solution{2}

The author talks about in the article about how IBM bought Ascential Software for $1.1 billion in order to expand its offering in the market for corporate software.  Ascential makes software that helps companies gather and combine information from different computer sources into one system.  With this purchase, it would make IBM one of the leading companies in the emerging business of data integration.  Data integration is one of the fastest growing trends in the technological world, and acquiring Ascential would fill a hole in IBM’s enterprise software offerings.  It will allow it to offer its corporate customers a unified view of their data, regardless of where that data resides.  The need for data integration is increasing rapidly across every industry and this is just one way IBM is adapting to the situation.

I thought that this article related to what we are learning in class because it talks about how IBM, one of the largest technology and consulting corporation, is adapting to the change of data integration.  Data integration is a growing and necessary trend in today’s technological world and it can be seen that many companies are revising their infrastructure in order to cope with this change.  IBM is no different and has bought out one of the leading software in this field, Ascential Software Corporation.

I really enjoyed reading this article because it directly relates to what we are learning in class, specifically data integration.  The fact that IBM is one the leading companies in its industry just means that they have that much more information that exists within the company.  Eventually the data will need to be filed and organized to get things in order, and this is IBM’s solution to that problem.

Flynn, L. (2005, March 16). IBM Setsa Software Expansion. Retrieved from