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TIBCO's Updates Master Data Management for SOAs

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TIBCO on October 16th released Collaborative Information Manager (CIM) 6.0, a central Master Data Management (MDM) repository that aligns data so that business services and composite applications within an SOA have accurate, consistent and timely information.

Neeraj Gokhale of TIBCO"The challenge in master data management stems from keeping the data current making it stay current throughout the life of the data changes," said Neeraj Gokhale, General Manager of TIBCO's CIM Business Unit.

Gokhale described how CIM's an event-based architecture automatically updates data changes with central depositories "from data conception to data consumption."

"When data does gets changed based business rules... we provide the governance and policy management to publish those changes selectively to the downstream systems that need to know about these changes," he said.

"What you can do is create a complete alignment in master data from point of change to point of consumption of the data where the transaction systems, such as perhaps a an ERP or CRM system can be informed of the changes," he said.

Gokhale also detailed a variety of case studies, including a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company that integrated a wide range of enterprise software in the wake of numerous acquisitions.

Another benefit is the ability to both structured and unstructured data.

"Retailers are inclined to use a variety of rich product information so they can power their Web sites through multiple new channels," Gokhale said. "Similarly financial services are maintaining for a variety of compliance data behind the securities that they trade."

He cited the example of a consumer manufacturing company's need to provide up-to-date product information sheets.

"CIM not only stores the rich elements like pictures and bar codes in synch, but creates that .pdf as an output at the end of new product introduction process," Gokhale noted.

"We can assimilate all the up-to-date and accurate product information that is made into the form with a scannable bar code and picture of the product that can be e-mailed as part of a business process to all the executives in charge of that product, so when they need to provide that information to their customers they have an accurate data representation in paper format," he explained.

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