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Tibco aims for cohesive data unification

Tibco aims for cohesive data unification

Tibco has announced enhancements to its data integration capabilities. The firm says it is focused on assisting customers in unifying data intelligently and delivering on requirements for better access, trust and control.

Positioning the Tibco data integration framework as a means of delivering data to every user, supporting cloud-native application development using diverse data… and automating data access, the company says that the new enhancements are central to creating balanced, smart, automated data capabilities for the citizen data engineer in a low-code or no-code environment.

Now looking to provide a ‘highly cohesive suite’ of data management solutions (you’d expect nothing less from a data integration company, surely?), Tibco engineers have said they are looking to enable a data integration architecture that connects disparate data sources, breaks down silos and improves overall data quality.

Data integration framework

“While we can’t underestimate the power of data, we also can’t overlook the complexities some companies face in accessing quality data,” said Ali Ahmed, general manager, Tibco. “If organisations are to meet this challenge head-on, they must embrace a data integration framework, which enables them to unify data intelligently and better position themselves as a data-driven organisation to make faster, smarter decisions.”

This news builds on recent updates to Tibco EBX, a Master Data Management (MDM) platform. With its most recent launch, EBX 6.1, enhancements are hoped to reflect MDM landscape trends with new social and collaborative features, extended hierarchies capabilities as well as new modes to display data and business objects. 

The company’s data virtualisation offering is a component of its data integration framework and it now features improved ‘smart mapping’ to bring insight to data. 

“This [smart mapping capability] unifies all scattered data into a modern data layer to keep up with changing business needs while removing complexities and risks. With Tibco Data Virtualization, widely spread data is now readily connected in a faster and more accessible manner. The online user interface now includes a redesigned homepage and search features for data cataloguing, increased access and security functions and expanded industry-standard authentication methods for delivering secure, delegated access and device authorisation,” notes the company, in a press statement.

 Java enterprise-grade middleware

With the Tibco Data Virtualization application’s modular framework, Java enterprise-grade middleware covers all data virtualisation development, run time and administration phases. The team insists that data is now ‘genuinely impactful’, providing value through insights to enhance revenue, reduce expenses, and improve risk and compliance.

With this notion of so-called ‘data fabric’ technologies now surfacing right across the vendor landscape, we can see some common themes being played out here i.e. given the essentially disparate (and occasionally disconnected) nature of modern multi-cloud environments and the plethora of connection points now created by enterprise applications that make use of APIs to form neural-like networks, there is perhaps a renewed need to focus on those core disciplines – data integration and data management. TIBCO itself famously capitalises its name as an acronym stemming from its full name The Information Bus COmpany, a trend often missed in media sources that stop capitalisation after three-letter-acronyms, perhaps the company (especially now under its new guise as a business unit of Cloud Software Group) should be listing its name in full to really make it clear what its good at.