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Overview Metadata Metadata Management Master Data MDM Quality & Security Services

Metadata defines the layout and lineage of transactional data and master data in the enterprise. According to Gartner's Guido de Simone, enterprise metadata management (EMM) is designed to link, reconcile, and govern the information in our enterprise.

Because managing metadata effectively is a key to properly integrating, cleansing, protecting, and dealing with changes in data, a straightforward, unifying metadata infrastructure is desirable.

IRI EMM

The IRI Voracity data management platform, and its constituent IRI Data Manager and IRI Data Protector suite products, leverage the same, simple 4GL metadata for data layout and manipulation.

Unlike the metadata in legacy platforms, IRI's data definition file (DDF), mapping task (job) control (.*CL), scripts, data class and rule libraries, and ETL XML (flow) project metadata are all accessible, explicit, portable, and common across all data sources and platforms, including Hadoop.

IRI metadata is exposed in self-documenting text scripts you can modify and run anywhere. It is also supported in the IRI Workbench GUI, built on Eclipse™, where it is modeled in EMF so you can easily:

Create and Acquire

Discover, define, or import and convert metadata

Modify

See and change source and column-level attributes by hand or in dialogs

Regulate

Define, apply, save, modify, and re-use rules that affect data in multiple places at once

Save and Reuse

Local, remote, and third-party data, across platforms, projects, and repositories

Repurpose

Data in integration, migration, reporting, masking, and testing jobs

Track, Audit, and Analyze

Data governance (provenance) and regulatory compliance through forward and reverse lineage, and graphical impact analysis

Standardize and Share

Metadata, master data values and formats, and rules (for mapping, masking, or generation)

Manage and Respository

use EGit or other Eclipse-compatible asset hubs for team sharing, version control, lineage, and secruity, or the AnalytiX DS Unified Platform for data governance integrated with Voracity

Did You know?

IRI's data layout and mapping metadata has been in worldwide use since 1992. It was created for the Sort Control Language (SortCL) program in IRI CoSort (.scl data transformation and reporting) jobs.

It's also now used in IRI NextForm (.ncl data migration), IRI FieldShield (.fcl data masking), and IRI RowGen (.rcl test data generation) job scripts, and in IRI Voracity (.xml ETL) worfklows.

You can also easily modify, export, and use this metadata in your application and many third-party data and metadata governance platforms.

AnalytiX DS Mapping Manager (AMM) and the Meta Integration Model Bridge (MIMB) also support IRI metadata. Their users can easily convert BI, CRM, ETL, and modeling tool metadata into the common metadata format of IRI software. Those using AnalytiX DS with Voracity can also leverage state-of-the-art metadata lineage and reference data management tools in the same Eclipse GUI, IRI Workbench.

See this article on capturing business value through Enterprise Metadata Management for more information.

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