Toronto December 16, 2002 Integration specialist DataMirror this week touted new customers for its real-time data integration solutions, which the provider said could help manufacturers improve operational efficiencies, streamline supply chains and lower the cost of business transactions.
Recent customers for the provider's solutions include Garan, Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), The Paper Magic Group and Sauder Woodworking. They join such marquee customers for DataMirror as 3M Company, Corning and Duracell USA.
DataMirror said its solutions help companies monitor critical business activities and protect the continuity of their supply chains. In addition, the solutions allow manufacturers to communicate, in real-time, such data as pricing updates to the channel and sales people in the field.
The provider's LiveIntegration solution, for example, connects employees, suppliers and distributors to real-time flows of information regardless of the different systems, applications and relational databases deployed across the enterprise. The complementary LiveResiliency solution provides the ability to continuously mirror critical data and applications, and it automatically switch users from primary to recovery systems in the event of an outage.
"When you're talking about your supply chain, what you can't see can hurt you," said Nigel Stokes, CEO of DataMirror. "Real-time data integration allows manufacturers to streamline operations and quickly identify weak links or bottlenecks before they impact business."
Doug Laney, group vice president for application delivery strategies at technology consultancy META Group, said that although the diverse mix of packaged and custom enterprise resource planning and supply chain management applications employed by manufacturers represents a treasure chest of data that businesses need for the analytic solutions that drive business performance, the challenges of multi-platform integration have made these data assets difficult to access.
"Data integration solutions with peer-to-peer architectures, multi-platform support and real-time capabilities can enable rapid enterprisewide data integration for manufacturers," Laney said.