Ascential Software Corporation announced its support for the release of BusinessObjects Application Foundation 2.5 from Business Objects. Application Foundation 2.5 offers users a framework for building dashboards and real-time analytics into their applications, enabling quick access to and easy visualization of customers’ critical business metrics. DataStage accesses and extracts data from multiple data sources, including enterprise applications, XML or e-business data, Web and e-mail logs, flat files, mainframes and data warehouse environments. DataStage also allows Business Objects customers to manage and bi-directionally exchange meta data within their business intelligence environments.