Version 2.0 of Microsoft's repository, which is scheduled to ship next year, will include a schema model, which stores database definitions for application development and data warehousing tools.
This will enable the tools and applications to locate and access components from multiple databases.
The upgrade will also include a set of models dubbed Open Information Models (OIM), which will extend the functionality of the repository.
Version 2.0 will include administrative components for data warehouses, but in 1998, Microsoft also plans to come up with OIMs for data transformation and online analytical processing (Olap).
The release will also incorporate ODBC drivers for Windows 95 and NT, but support for other platforms will be provided by third parties such as Platinum Technologies, which is porting the repository to Unix, MVS and the AS/400.
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