IBM and Ascential Software, an independent operating company of Informix announced a global strategic alliance to develop and market business intelligence and digital asset management offerings for Information Asset Management. Under terms of the agreement, Ascential Software will integrate its DataStage product line with IBM’s DB2 Warehouse Manager, giving customers the ability to integrate data from virtually any environment into a DB2-based data warehouse. In addition, Ascential Software’s media asset management offering, Media360, will be part of an IBM preferred solution and will support IBM’s AIX operating system and DB2 Universal Database. This will enable customers to manage an array of unstructured assets including video, audio, images, documents and web pages. IBM will market and resell these new solutions through its worldwide sales channel and Global Services organization.,