Many government agencies and corporations are currently examining meta data tools on the market to decide which of these, if any, meet the requirements for their meta data management solutions. These organizations want to know what types of functionality and features they should be looking for in this tool category. Unfortunately, this question becomes very complicated as each tool vendor has its own personalized "marketing spin" as to which functions and features are really the most advantageous. This leaves the consumer with a very difficult task, especially when it seems as though none of the vendors' tools fully fit the consumer's meta data management requirements.

I would like to take this opportunity to play software designer and present my optimal meta data tool's key functionality. One of the challenges with this exercise is that meta data functionality has a great deal of depth and breath. Therefore, in order to properly categorize the optional tool's functionality, I will use the six major components of a managed meta data environment (MME): meta data sourcing and meta data integration layers, meta data repository, meta data management layer, meta data marts and meta data delivery layer.

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