Tasting the 4 flavors of the NEW IBM InfoSphere Information Server V11.5

IBM has just announced Information Server 11.5 and new products running Information Server on Hadoop called BigIntegrate and BigQuality.  The version 11.5 release includes improvements to products like DataStage, Information Governance Catalog and Information Analyzer.  The new releases will be available September 25 2015.

InfoSphere Information Server V11.5 capabilities are available in four flavors (aka packages) to help firms overcome key information challenges:


InfoSphere Information Server for Data Integration: Flexibly transform data in any style and deliver it to any system, supporting faster time to value and reduced IT risk.
InfoSphere Information Server for Data Quality: Establish high-quality data and manage it, turning a deluge of data into trusted information.
InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog: Better understand data and foster collaboration between IT and line-of-business teams to narrow the communication gap and create a framework for information governance.
InfoSphere Information Server Enterprise Edition: Gain the capabilities of all three individual packages in one comprehensive offering; start information integration efforts in one area and then expand when needed to further optimize results.

More coming soon….



7 thoughts on “Tasting the 4 flavors of the NEW IBM InfoSphere Information Server V11.5

    • Here are some enhancements that I am aware of:
      1. Data investigation is now supported and run directly inside a Hadoop cluster.
      2. Three dozen predefined data classes including credit card, taxpayer ID, US phone number and others are included.
      3. Several performance improvement including:
      – Improved scalability and reduced resource consumption during data profiling (column analysis).
      – A new option to limit the distinct values stored can dramatically reduce the size of the results database (Information Analyzer Database [IADB]).
      – Improved scalability for cross-domain and foreign key analysis. The new algorithm does not require a full column analysis with capture of all distinct values.

      • Hello Namitkabra,
        have you already tried the new version of IBM Infosphere Information Server?
        And do you have any information about how to define a data quality projet with IBM IIS? What kind of best practices?

      • Yes, I have already tried the new version of Information Server. If you tell me your use case, I can share with you the best practices and other details (those that I am aware of).

      • Hello, I’m using Information Analyzer and Quality Stage modules. Do you have any best practices related with this version that you can share?

      • To add new data classes, you can just go to IGC and define the new class there if it can be expressed as a list of values or a regex. (Be sure that the flag “Enabled” of the new class is set to true)
        After that the next time you run a column analysis in IA, the new class will be taken into consideration. You may also want to set the flag “Enabled” to false to all classes you are not interested in, so that you avoid false positives and make the analysis faster.

        In case the logic of the class is too complex to be written as a regex, you can write a java class implementing the logic. The java class needs to implement a certain interface, and then the jar containing the java class must be deployed on the engine. The registration of the new data class can be done per CLI.

        Here’s the topic in KC: https://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSZJPZ_11.5.0/com.ibm.swg.im.iis.bg.doc/topics/t_data_classification.html

        I do have a document on how to register the new Java-developed Data classes and some guidelines to develop them in case you are interested.

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