Westboro, Mass, Nov. 3, 1999 - Ardent Software, Inc. announced that it will moderate a panel discussion to examine critical meta data management challenges facing organizations building data warehouses. "Meta Data Management Value Proposition: Today's Myth and Reality" will be held in conjunction with The Data Warehousing Institute's Fifth Annual Leadership Conference in Orlando. Ardent will host industry luminaries, including Richard Rist of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), David Marco of Enterprise Warehouse Solutions, Inc., Claudia Imhoff of Intelligent Solutions, Inc., John Ladley of META Group, Inc., and Thomas Bergstraesser of Microsoft Corporation. The panel will analyze the current and future of direction meta data management as the precursor to strategic, enterprise-level information infrastructure.

"Meta data management is critical to integrating information-intensive applications, the first step in building an enterprise information infrastructure (EII)," said Pete Fiore, vice president and general manager of marketing operations and business development at Ardent Software. "The panel will examine issues such as standards initiatives and interoperability, the potential advantages of XML, the Microsoft Meta Data Repository and methodologies for successful meta data integration and sharing."

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16, 1999, in Coronado Ballroom E of the Coronado Springs Attendees can obtain an invitation to the event by calling Melissa Crowe at (508) 366-3888 x3796 or visiting Ardent at booth #415 at the conference. Visit Ardent's Web site at www.ardentsoftware.com.

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