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.

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: We utilize Rochade as the centralized information asset management tool for our Year 2000 project, data warehouse management and branch/account number extension projects across all platforms and applications. As an example, in our investor number expansion project, one function Rochade performs is impact analysis for field changes throughout the whole system. When we want to see all the applications with the field name INVNAM, Rochade returns the results within two seconds, showing all 863 impacted applications throughout our IT environment. Rochade has saved 600 man-hours already on this task.

STRENGTHS: Rochade is a true enterprise repository environment. Its flexible architecture and openness to other tools, databases and languages allows us to obtain a complete inventory of our heterogeneous systems environment. With its powerful database and comprehensive reporting capabilities, Rochade offers IT a central point of information about existing systems. Rochade's open API enabled us to use standard programming language to access Rochade's database.

WEAKNESSES: Rochade requires tool-dependent scanners for population. Although Viasoft is adding to its already broad selection of interfaces, we had to outsource the development of scanners specifically for our environment.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Initially, we chose Rochade for model management and CASE tool integration. We enjoy the enterprise-level impact analysis capabilities of Rochade. Other repository products simply don't provide the same sleek functionality, integrated architecture and proven technology. Rochade will play a key role in Countrywide's future enterprise-wide IT initiatives. Its fully scalable architecture enables Rochade to operate on all major platforms and operating systems. This flexibility allows us to continue to tap the power of Rochade as our systems grow and change.

DELIVERABLES: Rochade generates comprehensive impact analysis reports. The automated document-generation function in Rochade makes it easy to import this information into Microsoft Word or Excel for further enhancement.

VENDOR SUPPORT: We are very pleased with Viasoft's hotline support and the quality work Viasoft's professional service team performs on site.

DOCUMENTATION: Clearly structured product documentation and comprehensive on-line CD-ROM documentation cover all product functionality in detail.

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