January 26, 2007 16:12 ET

ERICO International Selects IBM Information Server to Enhance Business Intelligence and Support Worldwide Growth

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 26, 2007 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that ERICO International Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of precision-engineered specialty metal products, has selected IBM Information Integration software to enable timely delivery of comprehensive business information across the globe.

ERICO has selected IBM Information Server, a first-of-a-kind software platform, to transform and deliver trusted information as part of a strategic project to help the company address its continued growth in the electrical, construction, utility and rail markets.

With sales locations in over 25 countries and manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide, ERICO has grown rapidly over recent years, creating a new challenge for information systems to keep pace with the growing volume of sales, customer and product information generated throughout the company.

"As ERICO has grown to a solid middle market manufacturer, one of the elements of our business success has been managing by information and facts rather than by simply managing with individual knowledge and personal experiences," said Mike Puhala, director of information services, ERICO.

ERICO chose IBM Information Server as a key part of its company-wide initiative to convert disparate data from its operations around the world into a single source of reliable and up-to-date information that will enable the company to make better use of its master data management and business intelligence (BI) initiatives.

IBM Information Server will help the company access, understand and cleanse data from among its worldwide operations, delivering information to a single data warehouse leveraged by Cognos business intelligence and performance management software for reporting.

"Business intelligence is empowering users to be able to go and get information themselves," added Puhala. "We've made a commitment to BI, pushing information out to users and providing them the ability to mine the information they need. IBM Information Server helps ensure the accuracy and quality of the data consumed in our BI environment, ultimately helping us turn data into valuable, trusted information."

IBM Information Server will also help simplify the company's e-commerce and electronic publishing initiatives by reconciling, cleansing and updating product information, part numbers, pricing data, renderings and drawings and deliver this updated information to the different processes and systems that can use it to improve sales, marketing and product development.

IBM Information Server is currently available from IBM and IBM Business Partners.

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