Online extra: Guide to data sharing tools

What products underpin data sharing? Here's a guide to some tools you might need.



Databases and database tools


Adabas


Software AG

Darmstadt, Germany

http://www.softwareag.com

Database server for large applications that require response times faster than one second


Adaptive Server Enterprise

Sybase Inc.

Dublin, Calif.

http://www.sybase.com

Data management platform for transaction-intensive applications


DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition

IBM Corp.

Armonk, N.Y.

http://www.ibm.com

Relational, encrypted database that lets enterprises manage data with few resources


MindModel Web Server

MindModel Corp.

Chestnut Hill, Mass.

http://www.mindmodel.com

Lets nonprogrammers adapt databases for Web access, convert legacy data, and create forms and reports from any browser


MySQL

MySQL AB

Uppsala, Sweden

http://www.mysql.com

Free open-source relational database management system


Oracle 9i

Oracle Corp.

Redwood Shores, Calif.

http://www.oracle.com

Scalable database management and data warehousing software


Pervasive.SQL V.8

Pervasive Software Inc.

Austin, Texas

http://www.pervasive.com

Embedded database supporting in-house applications


Sentences

Lazy Software Ltd.

Bucks, United Kingdom

http://www.lazysoft.com

Multiuser Web database management system that allows speedy development of applications


SQL Server Enterprise Edition

Microsoft Corp.

Redmond, Wash.

http://www.microsoft.com

Database and analysis tool for scalable e-government and data warehousing, allowing data access via browsers and through firewalls


Tools for extracting, transforming and loading data


Ab Initio


Ab Initio Software Corp.

Lexington, Mass.

http://abinitio.com

Pulls data for operational data stores and data warehouses with real-time parallel data capture


Ascential DataStage

Ascential Software Corp.

Westboro, Mass.

http://www.ascential.com

Cleanses and integrates data from various database management systems


Base SAS

SAS Institute

Cary, N.C.

http://www.sas.com


Tools for data access, management, analysis and presentation


Cognos BI Platform

Cognos Inc.

Ottawa

http://www.cognos.com

Lets users query, analyze and mine data, as well as create data marts and use metadata tags


Content Extractor

Data Junction Corp.

Austin, Texas

http://www.datajunction.com

Automates extraction and integration of unstructured text with production databases and applications


DB/XML Transform

Datamirror Corp.

Toronto

http://www.datamirror.com

Lets groups transform and exchange data across databases using Java and Extensible Markup Language


Genio Suite

Hummingbird Communications Ltd.

Toronto

http://www.hummingbird.com

Provides data exchange and automates tasks for data pulls


Informatica Data Integration Platform

Informatica Corp.

Redwood City, Calif.

http://www.informatica.com

Lets users access integrate data across enterprises


Microstrategy 7

Microstrategy Inc.

McLean, Va.

http://www.microstrategy.com

Provides analytical and reporting tools


Teradata CRM Analysis

NCR Corp.

Dayton, Ohio

http://www.ncr.com

Provides data analysis, modeling, communication, optimization and interaction


WebFocus

Information Builders Inc.

New York

http://www.ibi.com

Supports reporting, analysis, distribution, development, management and integration of data



Integration tools


Actional Control Broker


Actional Corp.

Mountain View, Calif.

http://www.actional.com

Lets developers access and merge applications


Active Enterprise

TIBCO Software Inc.

Palo Alto, Calif.

http://www.tibco.com

Creates an integrated network of applications, databases and information


BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform

BEA Systems Inc.

San Jose, Calif.

http://www.beasys.com

Supports an extensible, unified architecture for application development and management


Business Integration Suite

SeeBeyond Technology Corp.

Monrovia, Calif.

http://www.seebeyond.com

Lets IT managers integrate operations across enterprises


BusinessWare

Vitria Technology Inc.

Sunnyvale, Calif.

http://www.vitria.com

Lets enterprises manage information and provide access to partners and other organizations


IC Netprocess

Intellicorp Inc.

Mountain View, Calif.

http://www.intellicorp.com

Manages business applications across an infrastructure


Integration Engine

Data Junction Corp.

http://www.datajunction.com

Supports rapid deployment and XML use for large data integration projects


Mercator Information Broker

Mercator Software Inc.

Wilton, Conn.

http://www.mercator.com

Integrates core business systems


MitemView

Mitem Corp.

Menlo Park, Calif.

http://www.mitem.com

Allows application integration without changing or adding to existing systems


WebMethods Enterprise

Webmethods Inc.

Fairfax, Va.

http://www.webmethods.com

Provides process management and integration



Sources: Capterra Inc. of Falls Church, Va., and Mike Gilpin of Giga Information Group Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.

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