Here is a small write up on the [sub] product that I earlier worked on. In the recent release it has been replaced by InfoSphere Metadata Asset Manager.
Customers rarely have a single-vendor stack of products. Therefore, it is important to provide visibility into these other products and support importing of third-party metadata that links to the information integration process. The IBM InfoSphere Information Server platform is designed to capture the essential metadata of affected business intelligence (BI) reports, datamodels and sourced databases to create a comprehensive view of metadata relationships. The platform’s import export manager module enables users to import the structures of BI reports, physical and glossary models from data modeling products and relational database schemas. Linkages between the IBM InfoSphere Information Server processes and third-party metadata are defined and exposed for exploration and access. This allows organizations to perform critical tasks, such as cross-tool impact analysis, to understand where change affects other areas of the integration environment.
Users can import metadata into the IBM InfoSphere Information Server repository from a wide range of third-party software tools and relational data sources (see Figure below). For example, importing a Cognos report requires only a URL for the Cognos Content Manager and the name of the package. Importing a database schema or an XML file follows a similar procedure.
The tasks that you perform in InfoSphere Metadata Asset Manager are divided into three main areas, each of which has its own tab:
- Import, where you analyze and preview the contents of the import in a staging area before you share it to the metadata repository
- Repository Management, where you find, inspect, and manage assets that are in the metadata repository
- Administration, where you set import policies and specify the metadata interchange servers where bridges and connectors are installed