PLATFORMS: The repository server is installed on IBM AIX 4.1 (RS6000). Rochade clients are installed on Windows 95 and Windows NT. Communication between the Rochade server and clients is handled through a TCP/IP connection.

BACKGROUND: Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., is the nation's leading independent residential mortgage lender and servicer. We are recognized as an innovator in developing new financial products and services. Countrywide Credit Industries, Inc., (CCI) is the publicly owned parent corporation and umbrella organization for Countrywide's network of wholly owned financial services companies. We employ more than 600 information technology professionals in four U.S. IT locations. PROBLEM SOLVED: Countrywide has more than 7,000 employees and hundreds of decentralized applications (but little documentation). Full understanding of our systems required centralized tracking and maintenance of the applications. By defining a logical model of our computing environment within Rochade and using Rochade interfaces as well as outsourced scanners to populate Rochade via its open API, we were able to create a warehouse of all our systems information. With Rochade, we are now able to assess the impact of system changes with less manpower and higher accuracy.

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