SchemaLogic, a software firm providing enterprise meta data and taxonomy management solutions, and Meta Integration Technology, a leading provider of meta data bridge technology announced they have formed a technology alliance. Coordinating the way content is organized and tagged (structure and semantics) among heterogeneous systems is a key part of enterprise information architecture. Under the agreement, SchemaLogic customers will be able to utilize over 50 additional adaptors to create a shared, cross-system, "active" meta data repository, which improves interoperability and findability of distributed information.

"Our mission is to increase interoperability and findability of information by supporting the synchronization of enterprise meta data," said Jeff Dirks, president and CEO of SchemaLogic. "By adding the Meta Integration Technology to our existing adaptor framework, we immediately expand the range of systems we can include in the process of enterprise meta data management."

Since meta data, taxonomies and vocabularies describe the keys to virtually all information access, resolving different names, categories, structures and semantics in a shared and visible way improves cross-system retrieval, data quality, business agility and IT efficiency. Meta Integration Model Bridge connects to databases or information models from IBM, Oracle, Sybase, SAS, Business Objects, IBM Rational, Computer Associates, OMG and W3C.

"We've been impressed with the new perspective and process improvement that SchemaLogic brings to the world of meta data," said Christian Bremeau, Meta Integration's president and CEO. "Our bridge technology makes it easier to add systems commonly found in the enterprise IT stacks for large companies to the SchemaLogic process of coordination, reconciliation and change management."

SchemaLogic provides a framework for shared metadata based on an active repository, a patent-pending unified information model, collaborative change management with impact analysis, notification and approval, plus the synchronization of approved changes to subscribing systems using XML, SOAP and Web Services. This provides a holistic view of information assets including content, data and XML: who is responsible for each asset, how they're organized (structure and semantics) and the relationships among them.

Applications that benefit from enterprise metadata management include: 

  • Customer Data Integration: joining the various metadata definitions for consolidation of disparate information
  • Content Management: standardizing content tags, taxonomies and lists across dozens of content systems
  • SOX, Basel II or HIPAA Compliance: stewardship, governance, control and auditability for enterprise meta data
  • Master Data or Reference Data management: product lists, codes or geographies shared by multiple systems
  • Call centers: reconciling different vocabularies (severity level, status, project codes, etc.) for retrieval and reporting
  • Mergers/Acquisitions: reconciling different structures and semantics used in various systems for rapid integration

Information architects, database analysts, content system managers and developers can see and control metadata definitions, taxonomies, hierarchical lists and vocabularies in one repository, available throughout the enterprise. This costs less to manage and effectively drives interoperability, semantic mapping and synchronization processes across the enterprise.

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