By Neil Denslow
The market for data distribution, migration and re-purposing software, commonly known as data cleansing, looks set to continue steadily growing until 2006, according to IDC.
The market for data distribution, migration and re-purposing (DDMR) software, commonly known as data cleansing, looks set to continue its steady growth until 2006, according to IDC. "The DDMR market grew 11.3% to reach a healthy US$1.03 billion in 2001, but we will see markedly higher growth through 2006 when it is expected to achieve $2.2 billion,” notes Susan Funke, research manager for IDC’s information and data management service. “We also found that the leading vendors in this market grew above the average growth rate while some of the smaller, more established vendors declined,” she adds.The analyst house’s current DDMR market definition incorporates five sub-markets: data quality, data profiling, ETML (extract, transform, move, and load), data replication and synchronization, and virtual database management (DBMS) software. Although, IDC adds that there are additional markets developing that include semantic mediation.IDC’s key findings in each of these sub-markets include the fact that companies are now starting to focus on data quality as a key part of data integration as they look to cut costs. Also, the demand for data profiling is emerging as the demand for interpreting data from disparate systems and mapping into common formats for easier re-use has grown.Furthermore, the analyst house sees the growth of data mining, business analytics, business intelligence, and metadata management applications, which have been made available with ETML solutions, as a sign of ETML’s importance and relevancy in the market. It also adds that since 11th September, companies have become more aware of the need for disaster recovery, which has meant that data replication vendors’ solutions have taken on new meaning and importance. Virtual databases are also seen as a growing opportunity over the next four years as customers increasing demand integrated access to dissimilar databases.