Venetica, IBM bridge unstructured, structured content

IBM Corp. and Venetica Corp. this week announced a partnership designed to help customers more easily access and work with both unstructured and structured information through a single SQL-based query.

The partnership combines enterprise content integration technology from Venetica with IBM's information integration technology, according to Eric Sall, vice president of marketing at Venetica.

Venetica's VeniceBridge Wrapper for IBM DB2 Information Integrator provides structured SQL query access to VeniceBridge unstructured content sources through DB2 Information Integrator. Under the deal, IBM customers will be able to use DB2 Information Integrator to leverage content from more than 20 common content repositories supported by VeniceBridge, according to Venetica officials.

VeniceBridge is designed to unite content from disparate sources, allowing users to see and work with the data as if it were in one system, Sall said.

The goal of the relationship is to provide a unified architecture from which users can access all systems: mainframes, relational data stores, and document and image management systems.

"Through one SQL query your application can retrieve federated structured data and meta data about unstructured data. It uses VeniceBridge to do special things for content, like modification or route for approval," Sall said. "There is no analogy for this in SQL."

In sum, the combination gives users a single interface to the content they need, Sall said.

It is a "better ability to combine structured and unstructured information to enable applications to have all the info that the user can easily use, rather than (forcing users to) flip back and forth between interfaces and applications," Sall said.

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