Datawatch Corporation, an Enterprise Information Management heavyweight, has joined Microsoft and a number of industry leaders in the Interop Vendor Alliance (IVA). The IVA, formed in 2006, is a community of software and hardware vendors working together to improve interoperability with Microsoft systems. In joining the IVA, Datawatch is showing its commitment to supporting products that help companies solve business problems by simplifying access to information. “Joining the Interop Vendor Alliance gives us the opportunity to work with leading independent software vendors to enhance our overall product with the advantages of integrated and complementary functionality,” said John Kitchen, senior vice president and CMO for Datawatch.“Improving interoperability and developing best practices for our mutual customers is an important component of our collaborative partnership with Microsoft.” Datawatch was also recently selected as a Microsoft High Potential Managed Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner and was one of the first ISVs to support Ecma Office Open XML, the new file format also supported by Microsoft Office 2007.Participation in the IVA is the next step in Datawatch’s mission to deliver solutions deeply integrated with Microsoft products. “Microsoft is pleased to welcome Datawatch to the Interop Vendor Alliance,” said Sam Rosenbalm, Interop Vendor Alliance manager, Microsoft.“Having vendors like Datawatch in the alliance helps us to design and deliver robust solutions that significantly improve the end-user experience and drive productivity.We are very excited about collaborating with Datawatch to build a bridge between open source and commercial technologies to benefit the entire IT ecosystem.”One of the most significant capabilities Datawatch offers to customers is its Monarch Report Mining technology, which extracts and transforms the data produced by customers’ ERP, CRM and other operational systems into Microsoft formats such as Excel.This ability to transform and integrate information from almost any application or platform without programming or script writing is extremely useful and extends the value of both the Datawatch and Microsoft solutions for their mutual customers.For more information about the collaboration between Datawatch and Microsoft, check out the Microsoft Case Study about Datawatch Corporation, or visit Datawatch Corporation.