This article is adapted from the book, Universal Meta Data Models by David Marco & Michael Jennings, John Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Over the years, I have frequently been asked to discuss the specific details of a world class managed meta data environment (MME). It is for this reason that I featured Allstate and RBC Financial in my latest book. Both Allstate and RBC Financial are large, international and complex corporations whose MME implementations contain enterprise meta data across their information technology (IT) applications. In this column, I will be walking through Allstate's background and the challenges that motivated them to develop their MME.

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