webMethods, Inc., a leading business integration and optimization software company, announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Cerebra, Inc., a privately held leader in semantic metadata management technology.

Cerebra's technology will be embedded as a differentiating feature within future editions of webMethods' flagship product suite. webMethods Fabric brings together advanced business integration and business process management (BPM) technologies within a proven service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure to help enterprises continually improve their most critical processes. Cerebra's technology will serve as webMethods' federated metadata repository. It will provide users with greater visibility and a richer understanding of available software assets and their associated metadata histories. Commonly defined as 'data about data', metadata is the descriptive information used to define IT assets, including Web services, documents, business processes, governance policies and user profiles.

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