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The who, what, where, when, why, and how of enterprise systems

OK. You’ve got lots of data. You’ve got lots of processes. You’ve got lots of datastores. But do you have any idea how they tie together? If the CFO asks, “How was that field in the XYZ report calculated?” could you answer her? What would it take to find the answer? Even answering that question can be a project!

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:

  • Files and tables and their structures
  • Data dictionaries
  • Applications and their logic
  • Domain values and their management
  • People and stewardship roles
  • Data profiles, quality metrics, and valid values
  • Logical and physical models

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.