IBM extends DB2 program to Teradata users

Trying to further bolster the market position of DB2, IBM Corp. on Wednesday announced it is extending out its DB2Now! Program to allow current users of NCR's Teradata to migrate over to an IBM DB2 Data Warehouse.

IBM's DB2Now program is designed to make database development and management easier as well as lower the costs associated with it. Specifically the DB2Now! Teradata conversion Program provides users with a free two-day migration study, which offers a functionality comparison along with an overview of the migration process and a savings estimate.

IBM officials on Wednesday noted that many of the company's existing corporate customers use data warehouses as a "central collection point'' for critical information on its users, products and all the transactions conducted involving those two things.

These warehouses are also used to combine server and storage hardware, database software and incorporate analysis tools. This essentially allows an enterprise to have a single and consistent source for all information needed for the foundation of business intelligenceReferring to the e-Business Analytics report issued by Merrill Lynch, IBM officials on Wednesday noted that the study showed the worldwide market opportunity for analytics software to be about US$25 billion by 2004, growing at a compound annual rate of 31 percent.

Separately, IBM on Wednesday also announced that Raley's, a large California-based supermarket chain, has decided to standardize on Big Blue's infrastructure products. Raley officials said they expect to save $3 million over the next five years because of the decision.

Raley's will use IBM's middleware products as a platform to drive its existing and future e-business initiatives. The company will migrate its existing data warehouse operation from a Teradata system over to DB2.

"The reporting capabilities of the DB2 data warehouse are powerful enough that it is changing the way we merchandise, the way we buy and the way we interact with vendors and suppliers. I think we can respond more quickly to market activity,'' said Tom Jones, Raley's CIO.

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