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


Software AG

Darmstadt, Germany

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

Adaptive Server Enterprise

Sybase Inc.

Dublin, Calif.

Data management platform for transaction-intensive applications

DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition

IBM Corp.

Armonk, N.Y.

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

MindModel Web Server

MindModel Corp.

Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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



Uppsala, Sweden

Free open-source relational database management system

Oracle 9i

Oracle Corp.

Redwood Shores, Calif.

Scalable database management and data warehousing software

Pervasive.SQL V.8

Pervasive Software Inc.

Austin, Texas

Embedded database supporting in-house applications


Lazy Software Ltd.

Bucks, United Kingdom

Multiuser Web database management system that allows speedy development of applications

SQL Server Enterprise Edition

Microsoft Corp.

Redmond, Wash.

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.

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

Ascential DataStage

Ascential Software Corp.

Westboro, Mass.

Cleanses and integrates data from various database management systems

Base SAS

SAS Institute

Cary, N.C.

Tools for data access, management, analysis and presentation

Cognos BI Platform

Cognos Inc.


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

Content Extractor

Data Junction Corp.

Austin, Texas

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

DB/XML Transform

Datamirror Corp.


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

Genio Suite

Hummingbird Communications Ltd.


Provides data exchange and automates tasks for data pulls

Informatica Data Integration Platform

Informatica Corp.

Redwood City, Calif.

Lets users access integrate data across enterprises

Microstrategy 7

Microstrategy Inc.

McLean, Va.

Provides analytical and reporting tools

Teradata CRM Analysis

NCR Corp.

Dayton, Ohio

Provides data analysis, modeling, communication, optimization and interaction


Information Builders Inc.

New York

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

Integration tools

Actional Control Broker

Actional Corp.

Mountain View, Calif.

Lets developers access and merge applications

Active Enterprise

TIBCO Software Inc.

Palo Alto, Calif.

Creates an integrated network of applications, databases and information

BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform

BEA Systems Inc.

San Jose, Calif.

Supports an extensible, unified architecture for application development and management

Business Integration Suite

SeeBeyond Technology Corp.

Monrovia, Calif.

Lets IT managers integrate operations across enterprises


Vitria Technology Inc.

Sunnyvale, Calif.

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

IC Netprocess

Intellicorp Inc.

Mountain View, Calif.

Manages business applications across an infrastructure

Integration Engine

Data Junction Corp.

Supports rapid deployment and XML use for large data integration projects

Mercator Information Broker

Mercator Software Inc.

Wilton, Conn.

Integrates core business systems


Mitem Corp.

Menlo Park, Calif.

Allows application integration without changing or adding to existing systems

WebMethods Enterprise

Webmethods Inc.

Fairfax, Va.

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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