IBM intros quick-start content integration tools

Entry-level, lower-cost versions of IBM’s enterprise search and content integration software are now available to help customers make valuable information more accessible throughout the enterprise.

WebSphere Information Integrator Content Starter Edition lets users work with content from multiple, disparate content sources as if it were stored in one unified system, IBM says. The company claims it enables customer service agents to access and work with customer and product related information stored in disparate content management systems directly from within their CRM apps. It is also well-suited for service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects that require an SOA content bus that extends the information as a service framework to include unstructured information.

WebSphere Information Integrator Content Starter Edition includes a large library of out-of-the-box connectors to provide access to native content and metadata stored in multiple systems. A toolkit is also provided for building custom connectors.

IBM also released its WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Starter Edition, which analyzes and indexes information stored throughout an organization, and allows users to search intranet portals, databases, public Web sites and file systems.

“These quick-start offerings provide fast deployment of secure enterprise search and content integration while providing the flexibility to add advanced search and discovery features as needed,” IBM said in a statement. “In addition, they provide the ability to connect to information from numerous data sources and applications from other vendors including EMC, FileNet, Hummingbird, Microsoft, Open Text, Oracle, Stellent and CRM applications.”