With Ab Initio, the answer comes with the push of a button. This is because the Ab Initio Enterprise Meta>Environment (EME) captures all metadata from Ab Initio applications as well as from many other technologies, and then presents this information using an intuitive, interactive, drill-down user interface:
The Ab Initio EME goes far beyond just lineage and impact analysis. It is a complete enterprise-class and enterprise-scale metadata solution architected to manage the metadata needs of business users, technical developers, and operational staff. It handles many types of metadata from different technologies in three categories: business, technical, and operational. For example:
The EME integrates these different types of metadata and as a result multiplies their value. For example, this integration enables end-to-end data lineage across technologies, consolidated operational statistics for comprehensive capacity planning, and fully linked data profile statistics and data quality metrics. And all this information is presented in a graphical manner that is appropriate to both business and technical people.
In addition, the EME supports a robust Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) for application development. Versioning, checkin/checkout, locking, branching, promotion, governance – all are built-in to the EME.
Go here to learn about the EME and all the types of metadata it integrates.