International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 400,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries.
IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and supercomputers.
Master data management (MDM) is a comprehensive method to define and manage an organization’s critical data. It provides a single, trusted view of data across the enterprise, agile self-service access, analytical graph-based exploration, governance and user-friendly dashboard.
IBM Master Data Management solutions establish a single trusted 360-degree view of data and enable users through self-service analytics to deliver insights.
IBM® MQ is a messaging middleware that simplifies and accelerates the integration of diverse applications and business data across multiple platforms. It uses message queues to facilitate the exchanges of information and offers a single messaging solution for cloud, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and on-premises environments.
By connecting virtually everything from a simple pair of applications to the most complex business environments, IBM MQ helps you improve business responsiveness, control costs, reduce risk – and gain real-time insight from mobile, IoT and sensor data.
What IBM MQ can do for your business
- Make every message count: Some messaging solutions deliver messages twice, or not at all. What does that mean to you when a single message contains critical information? IBM MQ delivers messages once and only once.
- Work with all your existing applications: Time spent hardcoding applications is time lost. You shouldn’t have to amend applications so they communicate. With IBM MQ, disparate applications can communicate with ease — no code changes needed.
- Offer security-rich messaging, everywhere: Working on the mainframe? With appliances? Software? On one cloud or many? Wherever you need to connect — from mainframe to mobile, on premises and across clouds — IBM MQ is the one solution you need.
- Support the environment you have today, and the one you’ll have tomorrow: Are all your applications written in the same language and designed to work together? No? IBM MQ enables you to use new and existing applications, systems and services together. No rip and replace.
What makes IBM MQ a leader in messaging?
- Flexible, near-universal connectivity: Adapts to meet changing market demands and help seize emerging opportunities.
- Security-rich message delivery: Preserves message integrity and mitigates the risk of data loss.
- Dynamic scaling: Improves business responsiveness and controls costs.
- Simplified management and control: Improves productivity and removes barriers to communication.
- Unified messaging: Simplifies integration, lowers TCO and accelerates application deployment.
- Rapid provisioning and monitoring: Enables self-service provisioning with simplified definition, deployment and management.
IBM® WebSphere® Application Server
IBM® WebSphere® Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud. Whether you’re seeking to reduce costs, unlock new value from your application investment or speed time to market, WebSphere has the right fit for every business need.
IBM DataPower® Gateway
IBM DataPower® Gateway helps organizations meet the security and integration needs of a digital business in a single multi-channel gateway. It provides security, control, integration and optimized access to a full range of mobile, web, application programming interface (API), service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B and cloud workloads.
The new DataPower Gateway IDG X2 physical appliance delivers up to 2X the performance of IBM DataPower Gateway (IDG) with next generation hardware architecture. It also provides a flash drive with 2X higher capacity than IDG and 2X 10GbE network ports. IDG X2 accelerates application responsiveness and increases workload capacity, which is critical for higher performance and/or for running additional tenants with governance and a lower TCO.
A single multi-channel gateway platform
Secure, integrate, control and optimize delivery of workloads across multiple channels including: mobile, API, web, SOA, B2B and cloud.
Converged policy enforcement and advanced security.
Allows a single entry point to protect and use consistent security policies across business channels – reducing operating costs and improving security.
DataPower Operations Dashboard.
Designed for centralized troubleshooting and real-time operational visibility to accelerate problem determination and resolution.
Configuration-driven policy creation and flexible user experience
Help reduce time to market, improve productivity and scale expertise.
A purpose-built, DMZ-ready and extensible platform
Enables business agility, physical security, drop-in deployment and simplified management – lowering total cost of ownership.
Enterprise-grade security gateway.
Enterprise-grade security with the highest level of security assurance certification for mission-critical enterprise applications.
Provides high-speed any-to-any message transformation, transport protocol bridging, database connectivity, mainframe connectivity and content-based routing to quickly and securely connect service.
Reduced cost and complexity
A single, “drop-in” gateway helps simplify the topology, reduce development costs and simplify operations, resulting in cost savings and reduced risk.
Smart insights and troubleshooting.
An advanced operations console for near real-time visibility of transactions and centralized operations enables faster problem determination and operational resiliency.
IBM InfoSphere® QualityStage®
IBM InfoSphere® QualityStage® provides capabilities to create and maintain an accurate view of data entities such as customer, location, vendors, and products throughout your enterprise.
InfoSphere QualityStage uses predefined, customizable rules to prepare complex information about your business entities for transactional, operational, and analytic applications in batch, real time, or as a web service. Information is extracted from the source system, measured, cleansed, enriched, consolidated, and loaded into the target system.
By completing analysis at the character or word level, InfoSphere QualityStage helps uncover data anomalies and inconsistencies before transformational processing occurs. Data from disparate sources is automatically standardized into fixed fields, such as given name, date of birth, gender, and phone number. Data quality rules then assign the correct semantic meaning to the input data to facilitate matching.
By ensuring data quality, InfoSphere QualityStage reduces the time and cost to implement master data management (MDM), business intelligence, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and other strategic customer-related IT initiatives.
These scenarios show how several organizations used InfoSphere® QualityStage® to cleanse their data
Banking: Consolidating information
To facilitate marketing and mail campaigns, a large retail bank needed a single dynamic view of its customer households from 60 million records in 50 source systems. This process of grouping customer account records from multiple sources, known as householding, helps the bank to understand each customer by consolidating their information into a single record.
The bank used InfoSphere QualityStage to automate the process. Consolidated views are matched for all 50 sources, yielding information for all marketing campaigns. The result is reduced costs and improved return on marketing investments. Householding is now a standard process at the bank, which has a better understanding of its customers and more effective customer relationship management.
Pharmaceutical: Operations information
A large pharmaceutical company needed a data warehouse for marketing and sales information. The company had diverse legacy data with different standards and formats. Information was buried in free-form fields. The company also struggled with incorrect data values, discrepancies between field metadata and actual data in the field, and duplicate data. Obtaining a complete, consolidated view of an entity such as total quarterly sales from the prescriptions of one doctor was nearly impossible. Reports were difficult and time-consuming to compile, and the accuracy of the reports was suspect.
The company chose InfoSphere QualityStage to investigate fragmented legacy data at the level of each data value. Analysts can now access complete and accurate online views of doctors, the prescriptions that they write, and their managed-care affiliations for better decision support, trend analysis, and targeted marketing.
Insurance: Real-time data quality checks
A leading insurance company lacked a unique ID for each subscriber, many of whom participated in multiple health, dental, or benefit plans. Subscribers who visited customer portals on the web could not get complete information about their account status, eligible services, and other details.
Using InfoSphere QualityStage, the company implemented a real-time, in-process data quality check of all portal inquiries. InfoSphere QualityStage and WebSphere® MQ transactions were combined to retrieve customer data from multiple sources and return integrated customer views. The new process provides more than 25 million subscribers with a real-time, complete view of their insurance services. A unique customer ID for each subscriber also helps the insurer move toward a single customer database for improved customer service and marketing.