Data Advantage Group Announces Major Upgrade to MetaCenter Software Platform

Reinforcing its leadership and innovation in the information resource management market, Data Advantage Group debuted MetaCenter3.0 at the 7th Annual Wilshire Meta-Data Conference and 15th Annual DAMA International Symposium being held this week at the Renaissance Orlando Resort in Florida. This third generation enterprise meta data management platform is designed specifically for the distributed real-time enterprise.

MetaCenter provides a single window into your information systems environment that unlocks the contextual and relational information stored in transactional, business intelligence, database, data integration, data quality and data modeling applications. MetaCenter easily integrates this information with a platform for creating a best-practice-based corporate standards knowledge base. Business requirements, business rules and corporate standards can be documented, audited and seamlessly tied to the technical data underlying their execution. This empowers both technical and business users to collaborate in analyzing and efficiently managing the knowledge represented in your corporate information systems. Organizations benefit through dramatic improvements in employee productivity, elimination of duplicative work, institutionalization of knowledge and standards and a substantial reduction in operational risk.

Key Features in MetaCenter 3.0 include:

ActiveLinx – The Secret to Distributed Meta Data Management. MetaCenter is unique in allowing meta data to be easily managed across distributed systems in real time. This provides an order of magnitude increase in the return on investment (ROI) over competing technologies. This is accomplished using ActiveLinx, a patent pending technology for real-time access to meta data in third-party applications. ActiveLinx also permit the creation of persistent relationships between meta data objects across applications. This allows interdependencies and interrelationships to be modeled and maintained across applications without the need to map these systems into a rigid semantic neutral database structure. With ActiveLinx, MetaCenter is the only solution that can provide the capability for true plug-and-play meta data management.

Built Around Open Standards. MetaCenter was designed from the ground up to be compliant with the Object Management Group's Meta Object Facility (MOF) and Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) specifications. MetaCenter also supports XML import and export, including support for the XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) protocol.

Modern Intuitive Interface. MetaCenter provides a dashboard driven user interface where both business and technical users feel equally comfortable. The intuitive interface brings for the first time best in class usability to meta data management and minimizes end user training requirements.

New ActiveLinx Supported. With the general release of MetaCenter 3.0, Data Advantage Group will be adding to its continuously growing catalogue of ActiveLinx, with support for IBM's DB2 UDB database, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform and Business Objects Data Integrator. These three new ActiveLinx complement an existing set of supported products including ERwin, Business Objects Reporting, Informatica PowerCenter/PowerMart, and the Oracle and MS SQL Server databases

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AXIS Introduces Data Modeling SOS!

AXIS Software Designs, Inc. (AXIS), a software training, consulting and development company with extensive experience in Model Management analysis, design and administration, announced the release of Data Modeling SOS! – a critical set of data model management best practices including standards, procedures, forms and templates.

End users and managers will appreciate the time saved by implementing Data Modeling SOS! Modelers will no longer be unaware of already-developed model objects. Model inconsistency resulting in redundant and disparate information will be eliminated. Models containing incorrectly named or incorrectly defined model objects will be a thing of the past and confusion regarding how to handle model reviews and approvals will be resolved. All the standards and procedures necessary for these results are included in Data Modeling SOS!and are completely customizable.

Data Modeling SOS! is delivered via an intuitive CD interface in HTML format for easy navigation and instant Web publishing and Microsoft Word documents, for easy customization.

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SchemaLogic Announces SchemaServer v2

SchemaLogic, an enterprise schema management (ESM) provider, announced availability of SchemaServer v2, software that cuts integration costs and improves information access by enabling information managers to share the data structures and meta data terminology used by interconnected applications.

SchemaServer helps large organizations connect various applications and databases by bringing together the schema, meta data categories and taxonomies that define how information is stored and retrieved. It allows organizations to discover, solve and manage the gaps, overlaps and conflicts among schema and meta data used across an enterprise. SchemaServer is unique because it creates an application-independent, enterprise view of common terminology and data structures with system-specific adaptors.

SchemaServer v2 provides a collaborative approach to the transformation of application-specific schema and metadata definitions into a shared, active repository. The product supports schema and taxonomy import, owner/stakeholder assignment, impact analysis, change management and synchronization of taxonomy, thesauri and controlled vocabularies across distributed systems. Version 2 adds:

  • Improved collaboration and security including change notification, voting and consensus rules
  • Enhanced support for XML Schema, including import and generation of XSD schema formats
  • Customized reporting with user-extensible XML Stylesheets (XSLT)

"SchemaLogic addresses an emerging need, coordinating schemas among disparate enterprise environments. This is a difficult and an increasingly important issue," said Geoffrey Bock, vice president of Patricia Seybold Group. "We believe that SchemaLogic will be making a major contribution towards developing a coordinated knowledge infrastructure."
While one goal of enterprise schema management is sharing of collaboratively designed schema assets, SchemaServer also supports varied terminology and system-specific data structures.

Using SchemaServer, information managers define and synchronize the specifications and terminology that programmers and information consumers use to access distributed information.

For details please see, e-mail SchemaLogic at or call 1-425-885-9695.

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