IBM has introduced new metadata visualisation and management software within IBM Information Server. This addition aims to deliver insight about deployment of service oriented architecture (SOA), compliance, business intelligence and master data integration projects.
Metadata is information embedded within data that describes its important attributes, such as where it originated, what it means, where it has been, and how it can be used.
It is becoming an increasingly important element of compliance and information integration efforts, including SOA and web projects.
To help IT and business users better manage their growing reliance on metadata, IBM has developed the IBM Metadata Workbench, a metadata management tool that visually depicts the relationships among data sources and data users.
It also provides proof of data lineage required by many compliance regulations. IBM said Metadata Workbench makes it easier to manage and visualise metadata for reporting and development projects.
The new software can also be used to pinpoint the exact impact of any data change and show the relationships among business and technical information assets, said Big Blue.
Michael Curry, director of product strategy and management at IBM Information Platform and Solutions, said, “IBM Metadata Workbench extends the visibility of metadata across IBM Information Server product modules, as well as external third-party tools, including the leading data modelling and business intelligence solutions, allowing complete end-to-end metadata visualisation.”
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