Microsoft has extended its contract with Platinum Technology to continue developing its Repository for three years beyond release 3.0, despite earlier fears that the agreement would not be renewed after work was completed on version 2.0.
Analysts had questioned whether Microsoft would add its own extensions to the Repository engine in areas that Platinum had already worked on. But, because the original deal between the two only related to version 2.0 of the offering, this would have meant that Platinum was not obliged to use any of Big Green?s extra work (see Newswire 16 December, 1997).
As a result, fears were raised that Platinum?s Unix and OS/390 version of the Repository would not be compatible with Microsoft?s Windows offering.
Mikael Wipperfeld, Platinum?s vice president of marketing for data warehousing, said: ?We?ll work with Microsoft for three years beyond version 3.0 and then we?ll revisit the contract again. Our developers were up in Redmond last week working on the definition phase of version 3.0 and the planning process is now in full swing.?
He added that although Microsoft had released version 2.0 of the Repository as the back end to its Visual Studio development tools bundle last week, Platinum has currently only ported the product to Solaris for OEM use, although AIX and HP/UX releases are expected to ship early in the fourth quarter, with the OS/390 mainframe release due to appear early next year.
However, the company is not due to swap out the engine of its own established standalone Platinum Repository/Open Enterprise Edition (PR/OEE) with version 3.0 Microsoft Repository engine until the middle of next year, when it will include versioning capabilities, dynamic metadata impact analysis, and glossary name validation.
The offering will also include Platinum?s own POEMS security mechanism, which is being implemented across its entire systems management family, support for the Unified Modelling Language and XML as a metadata transfer mechanism.
XML import/export utilities will be made available to Platinum customers from the start of next year, however, so that users can transfer Microsoft metadata into the Platinum Repository and vice versa before the switch takes place.
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