META INTEGRATION ANNOUNCES OEM AGREEMENT WITH COGNOS.
AGREEMENT PROVIDES SEAMLESS METADATA INTEGRATION WITHIN COGNOS REPORTNET DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT.
SILICON VALLEY, Calif., and BURLINGTON, Mass., September 10th, 2003 -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN - News; TSX: CSN - News), the world leader in business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management; and Meta Integration Technology, Inc. (MITI), a provider of metadata integration solutions to Fortune 500 companies; today announced a significant Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement. Meta Integration's metadata movement components are embedded within the new Cognos ReportNet modeling tool, known as Framework Manager (FM).
This new OEM agreement provides Cognos ReportNet with an integrated metadata import/export solution for popular third party modeling tools, as well as the OMG CWM.metadata standard.
Metadata flow has become critical for the successful deployment of any Business Intelligence application. The metadata movements required in the full development life cycle involves both forward and reverse engineering of metadata between different tools (ERwin, PowerDesigner, Rose, DB2 CubeViews, DB2 Warehouse Center, PowerMart/Center) from different vendors (Computer Associates, Sybase, IBM, Informatica, OMG) using different metadata file formats (XML, ERX, PDM, MDL, CWM XMI), and carrying metadata under different methodologies (Relational, OLAP).
MITI offers over 50 bridges supporting a wide range of tools such as:
According to Giga, a wholly owned subsidiary of Forrester Research Inc., MITI has established itself as the "Switzerland of Metadata".
"We recognized the importance of providing a development environment for Cognos ReportNet which is well integrated in the existing enterprise toolset. Maintaining all the necessary metadata integration bridges can be very time consuming and expensive, and requires the collaboration with many vendors. Meta Integration had already built the most powerful and extensive set of metadata bridges, and has established excellent relationships with all vendors. This OEM agreement allows our users to benefit from this remarkable level of integration, which kept our engineering resources focused on the core Cognos ReportNet development," said Peter Griffiths, senior vice presidents, products, Cognos.
"We are very excited by this partnership with Cognos, it demonstrates well our leadership as a metadata component provider to major software vendors in the area of database modeling, ETL, EAI, OLAP, business intelligence and reporting tools. The Cognos ReportNet development team did an excellent job of implementing a friendly user interface on top of our metadata movement components, providing a seamless integration to their Cognos ReportNet Framework Manager users. Their new XML-based metadata format was well defined and convenient for our engineers," said Christian Bremeau, Meta Integration's President and CEO.
ABOUT META INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGY, INC.
(MITI)Incorporated in 1997, Meta Integration Technology, Inc. (MITI) is a privately held company based in Silicon Valley, California. MITI tools manage and analyze the complete enterprise metadata life cycle across heterogeneous vendors. Solutions range from reusable metadata movement components to repository. Over 50 Model Bridges integrate standards like CWM, and the most popular modeling, ETL, and OLAP/BI tools. The open repository implements powerful Metadata Version/Configuration Management, Browsing, Comparison, Integration, Mapping, and Reporting.
MITI has established numerous partnerships in both government and industry sectors, including with CA, Cognos, IBM DB2 & Rational, NCR Teradata, Oracle, SAS, and Sybase. MITI is also involved with all relevant metadata standards, including the Object Management Group (OMG) as a domain member (CWM and UML XMI). MITI's Meta Integration® Model Bridge (MIMB) product is used by a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Visit MITI on the web at http://www.metaintegration.com.
Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management, delivers software that helps companies drive, monitor and understand corporate performance.
Cognos delivers the next level of competitive advantage - Corporate Performance Management (CPM) - achieved through the strategic application of BI on an enterprise scale. Our integrated CPM solution helps customers drive performance through planning; monitor performance through scorecarding; and understand performance through business intelligence.
Cognos serves more than 22,000 customers in over 135 countries. Cognos enterprise business intelligence and performance management solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers.
For more information, visit the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com.
Contact Christian H. Bremeau, President, CEO of Meta Integration Technology, Inc. (MITI), .