Business Objects, a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, and Data Advantage Group, a provider of information resource management software, announced the signing of a technology alliance. As part of this alliance, the two companies will integrate BusinessObjects Enterprise 6 with Data Advantage Group's MetaCenter Platform to help organizations that are struggling to manage metadata from disparate tools and technologies.

BusinessObjects Enterprise 6 delivers an integrated suite of business intelligence products, encompassing data integration, a BI platform and analytic applications. Enterprise 6 provides easy meta data management and exchange between BusinessObjects Data Integrator and the BI platform. Data Integrator provides real-time and batch extraction, transformation and loading (ETL). It can easily exchange meta data with third-party tools through the Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) standard, as well directly through application interfaces.

MetaCenter is the market leading meta data management platform for providing solutions to organizations looking to better understand the interdependencies among and the data lineage flow across their entire application infrastructure. While companies are beginning to standardize on a single end-to-end solution for their BI needs, many companies continue to work with disparate BI tools and transactional, database, data integration, data quality and data modeling technologies. Using open standards such as CWM and XML, Data Advantage Group's MetaCenter Platform empowers these companies by providing a single real-time window into their complete information system environment. The alliance announced today complements the BusinessObjects Enterprise 6 end-to-end BI suite integration by providing an additional degree of support for organizations working with heterogeneous sets of meta data across various vendor specific repositories.

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