Names SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM) Data Services a Data Integration 'Product of the Year'

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SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) Data Services software earned the Gold Award in the Data Integration category of's 2008 Products of the Year program. A unique solution that combines data integration and data quality capabilities, SAP BusinessObjects Data Services helps companies run better with access to trusted data.

Part of the portfolio of SAP BusinessObjects information management (IM) solutions, SAP BusinessObjects Data Services helps to provide business users with a complete view of accurate corporate data as a foundation for improving business processes and decision-making. The software delivers current, trusted data, enabling workers to confidently tackle projects knowing that their customer and sales figures, for example, are accurate and dependable. It is also open and scalable, to help handle projects of any size. Customers can build and manage a trusted information foundation using a single application, while optimizing development resources, simplifying their IT infrastructure and more quickly consolidating and cleansing their data.

The Products of the Year were judged by a team of industry analysts and consultants who rated approximately 60 of the leading products in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data integration, data quality, data warehousing and master data management (MDM). Judges reviewed and ranked products using the following criteria: innovation; performance, ease of integration into environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality, value, and service and support.

SAP BusinessObjects Data Services was selected as a Data Integration "Product of the Year" because:

- The software unifies data integration and data quality into a single platform.
- Organizations can access, transform, cleanse, enrich and deliver any type of data (structured or unstructured) from any source to any target at any frequency.
- Users can oversee development, metadata, runtime engine, management, security and data connectivity in one environment. The software is also fully Web-services enabled and positioned to support a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

As reports, data management has taken center stage in many organizations as they recognize the benefits of treating data as a valuable corporate asset. At the same time, companies are encountering obstacles when it comes to integrating, managing and leveraging data. In current economic times, they also face unique challenges as many attempt data management projects with reduced resources.

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