Integration has permeated every part of information management systems. This is true both in and outside the brick and mortar walls. A recent report on cloud computing noted that the average is five or more different data sources per organization. All of this makes metadata more important and more difficult.

Metadata is critical to integration. When you integrate data you are actually matching up the metadata. Metadata continues to be important to various initiatives, including business intelligence. You can get more out of a prepackaged business intelligence solution by ensuring that it supports metadata from your back-end systems.

IT Business Edge brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Metadata Management Key to Complex Information Architectures.”

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.