SOURCE: Information Builders

Information Builders

April 28, 2010 08:30 ET

GrafTech Selects iWay EIM Suite to Unify Global Enterprise Software Environment

Data Quality, Security, and Event Management Capabilities Increase ROI for Data Consolidation and Harmonization Project

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  iWay Software, an Information Builders company and an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, today announced that GrafTech International Ltd. has selected the iWay Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Suite to synthesize information among its global manufacturing, distribution, and sales operation. As a world leader in graphite material science with production facilities on four continents and sales operations in 70 countries, GrafTech is using iWay's real-time process integration and data quality management software in conjunction with its JD Edwards ERP system, financial consolidation system, and SaaS CRM application.

"Our overriding strategy is to reach into many repositories of information and create a global view so we can improve our decision-making capabilities," said David Hilmer, director of IT at GrafTech. "iWay can access any type of data, transform it into a common format, cleanse the data to improve quality, as well as build interfaces among our key business applications. It's the linchpin of our IT standardization process."

GrafTech is in the process of implementing JD Edwards OneWorld ERP system. The mid-market multinational company is also establishing enterprise standards for business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing. They picked iWay EIM Suite to orchestrate these data collection and harmonization efforts because of its comprehensive capabilities for improving security, managing events, and enforcing data quality. iWay Software has developed its entire platform in-house and uses its own professional services team to support and educate customers.

GrafTech has several iWay integration projects underway, including a new interface between its time collection system and its benefits system that will allow the company to retire a legacy AS/400 computer and its associated EDI communication links, instantly reducing communication costs.

"With iWay, we are developing much more robust and cost effective interfaces than we had before," said Hilmer. "Regardless of the type of platform, protocol, or database, iWay creates the interfaces and manages the flow of data. Developers use the same basic skill set for EDI, FTP, Web services, and other types of interfaces. Also, we can build alerts right into the data flows to proactively resolve data management problems. Standardizing on a single platform allows us to leverage our investment and achieve the kind of ROI we are looking for on software projects."

As GrafTech integrates its ERP system with third-party applications for financials, quotations, forecasting, and CRM, iWay Data Quality Manager will fix data quality disparities to create a master repository of customer data, sales history data, and contact information, transforming names, addresses, and other bits of information into a consistent format. "By using iWay to pull all this data together, we'll end up with one version of the truth as part of the conversion process," Hilmer concluded. "Leveraging software investments through reuse is a key part of our software portfolio management process. iWay helps us retire legacy applications and it fits well with our overall IT strategy."

About GrafTech International Ltd.
GrafTech International Ltd. is a world leader in graphite material science with more than 120 years of experience in the carbon and graphite industry. Its products are used in a variety of applications in a diverse array of industries including metal production, electronics, chemicals, aerospace and transportation. GrafTech specializes in graphite electrodes, advanced carbon and graphite materials, and flexible graphite. These products are manufactured on four continents and sold in more than 70 countries around the world.

About iWay Software 
iWay Software's integration methodology is simple: it uses a single, integrated set of graphical design tools to assemble powerful pre-built components for enterprise-class business-to-business (B2B) integration, business process automation (BPA), or enterprise information management (EIM) integration scenarios -- without the use of custom code. Integration configurations can be deployed in a stand-alone manner to any environment supporting a JVM -- or to Web application servers from any vendor. iWay delivers the fastest, most cost-effective, and simplest way to integrate and streamline critical business processes. iWay Software's vendor-, platform-, and protocol-neutral solutions achieve the promise of SOA: true reusability. For more information visit: http://www.iwaysoftware.com

About Information Builders
Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at http://www.informationbuilders.com.

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