Needham, Mass., Sept. 25, 2000 – The Meta Data Coalition (MDC) and the Object Management Group (OMG), two industry organizations with competing data warehousing standards, jointly announced that the MDC will merge into the OMG. As a result, the MDC will discontinue independent operations and work will continue in the OMG to integrate the two standards. Until this week, there were two major standards for meta data and modeling in the areas of data warehousing and component-based development.

The merger of MDC into the OMG marks an agreement of the major data warehousing and meta data vendors to converge on one standard, incorporating the best of the MDC's open information model (OIM) with the best of the OMG's common warehouse meta model (CWM). When the work is complete, the resulting specification will be issued by the OMG as the next version of the CWM. A single standard will allow users to exchange meta data between different products from different vendors freely.

"The merger of the Meta Data Coalition with the Object Management Group represents a tremendous step forward for the software industry. Meta data interchange is essential to the continued growth of e-business, as data from increasingly diverse sources and applications needs to be exchanged both within the enterprise, and more importantly, outside the enterprise. One unified standard supported by both groups, whose members are among the leading vendors in the industry, will go a long way towards facilitating meta data interoperability across heterogeneous systems and applications," said Mike Schiff, director of data warehousing strategies, Current Analysis Inc.

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