Business Objects has launched two tools Data Federation XI and Metadata Manager XI. The company said that the products were designed to improve the quality of information provided by business intelligence reporting systems. It said that the products did this by presenting data from multiple sources through a common interface.

Data Federator XI, creates a virtual, integrated view of disparate data sources in real time, that, the company claimed, made it easier for users to examine sources of operational data. The company already offers Data Integrator XI, a tool for physically integrating such data on a batch basis by extracting it from the original data sources, transforming it and loading it into a data warehouse.

Business Objects said that Metadata Manager XI, allowed systems administrators to analyse metadata collected from sources including business intelligence systems and relational databases, in order to explore data relationships and identify business rules. Such functions can be useful in compliance activities, as they can help managers identify the source and reliability of information, the company said.

Both products are now generally available, Business Objects said.

To accompany the new products, Business Objects also introduced a range of EIM services, including data integration and warehousing, or an analysis of customers' existing systems. The range will also include support for partner companies to provide such services.