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October 20, 1995

R&O PURSUES MEGA-META DATA WITH REPOSITORY INFORMATION MODEL

By CBR Staff Writer

The Westford, Massachusetts unit of Munich, Germany-based R&O Software GmbH has created a bunch of interfaces to third-party meta data stores for the company’s Rochade repository. It said the links will enable companies to build giant meta data warehousing models linking software engineering tools and databases in such a way that administrators will be able to conduct massive impact analysis and query operations. Rochade is a client-server meta data repository said to provide re-engineering, tool integration, process and project management. It runs on most operating systems and can manage up to 12 Unix servers at a time. Rochade uses an Integrated Repository Information Model, IRIM, to link with a variety of tools and databases including Accelerator, Key, Bachman, and ERwin, Sybase, Oracle, Cobol, DB2 and other third-party meta-models. However, IRIM will be superseded next year by what the company is calling the Atomic Repository Information Model, or ARIM, designed to import software engineering tools, identify whether Rochade can interface with them, and then automatically generate links. Rochade, currently at release 4.1E will be upgraded to 5.0 in the first quarter of 1996, with versioning at the attribute level. Present Rochade customers likely to beta test version 5.0 include Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Lufthansa, Mobil, and the US National Aeronautics & Space Administration. To develop its mega-meta angle, R&O is partnering a host of tool and warehouse providers, including IDS Pro Scheer GmbH, Saarbrucken, Germany, for R/3 support. Prism Solutions Inc, Sunnyvale, California has established an interface between Rochade and the Prism Directory Manager. Austin, Texas-based Evolutionary Technologies International Inc’s Extract ToolSuite retrieves information about all environments and data available through Rochade, as well as how to get the data. It then merges this repository meta data, updates it and sends it back to Rochade. Rochade also works with Business Objects SA’s query and reporting tool. It tells users where business information is in warehouses and how to get it. R&O has also incorporated Sterling Software Inc’s Key for Enterprise software engineering tool into its data warehouse architecture.

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