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Provider Joins Proforma's Consortium Providing Common Interface Format (CIF) for Round-Trip Integration with BPA

    Online News published in DMReview.com
December 16, 2005

Unicorn Solutions Partners with Proforma Corporation Metadata Management

Proforma Corporation, the established leader in enterprise modeling for business process improvement and enterprise architecture, announced today that Unicorn Solutions, the world's leader in metadata management and semantic Enterprise Information Management solutions, has joined the Common Interchange Format (CIF) Consortium. As a member of the consortium, which was established by Proforma earlier this year, Unicorn has agreed to use CIF to facilitate the exchange of key metadata between its products and Proforma's ProVision enterprise modeling suite.

This partnership answers the demand for large organizations to integrate valuable intellectual capital that has been created in an enterprise modeling tool like ProVision into a metadata repository such as the Unicorn System. Proforma and Unicorn customers now have the ability to consolidate key information, ensure the safe keeping and stewardship of that information, and further exchange and reuse the information.

"Proforma's partnership with Unicorn clarifies our commitment to providing today's visionary organizations with the tools to integrate their strategic products," said Jerry Huchzermeier, Proforma's chief technical officer. "Proforma's proven modeling technology, coupled with a best-of-breed enterprise repository solution like the Unicorn System, will enable enterprises to more effectively leverage their enterprise models to implement business initiatives."

Unicorn is the first metadata repository vendor to join the CIF Consortium. The consortium facilitates the exchange of key enterprise information between ProVision and leading business process management products, business rules engines and enterprise portfolio modernization products. By utilizing CIF, an organization can support full traceability between business processes definitions, the rules that manage them, the technical services forward engineered to implement them, the legacy systems supporting those business processes, and now the enterprise repositories that store vital information about those processes. As a result, CIF will enable better process management and business agility.
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