Groups resolve datawarehouse tag war



The war over metadata standards that pitted Microsoft against Oracle and IBM is over, paving the way for a common set of tags for datawarehousing, writes...



The war over metadata standards that pitted Microsoft against Oracle and IBM is over, paving the way for a common set of tags for datawarehousing, writes Paul Mason.

Last week the Meta Data Coalition - a consortium of 50 suppliers and users - announced it will "merge into" the Object Management Group (OMG). The two groups had been set up to formulate common data standards for metadata - the tags that allow data to be analysed independently of the programs used to store it.

The coalition was set up in 1995 with Microsoft's backing. But the OMG, set up in 1989 and backed by Oracle and IBM, started work on a rival standard. Both were ratified this summer.

However, the OMG is backed by the big suppliers in datawarehousing and MDC has now handed its standard over to OMG. The merged groups will work on a common protocol.

The move will relieve users, who were facing huge investments in business intelligence systems but with a 50:50 chance of buying the "Betamax" of datamining.

Michael Howard, Oracle's vice-president of B2B integration, said, "Coming to a consensus on one metadata standard will have great impact on the ROI of business intelligence systems and datawarehouse implementations for e-businesses."

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