In a departure from its traditional diagramming and charting tool business, Visio has announced a new modelling tool for IT professionals who manage team-based development and enterprise information architectures.
The product offers network design and discovery tools which can automatically generate a diagram of your existing network infrastructure using non-intrusive SNMP polling.
The package ships with 14,000 exact replica shapes of network components from over 350 hardware manufacturers.
Visio Enterprise also features data modelling tools including the ability to forward and reverse engineer several databases including Oracle, SQL Sybase and Informix.
To maintain compatibility with current data modelling standards, the package can also read and write all version of ERWin file formats.
The third main module in the package is a collection of software modelling tools which include full support for UML 1.2 (Unified Modelling Language) which is a graphics language standardised by the Object Management Group (OMG) for the description of object-oriented models; and Microsoft Repository 2.0 within Visual Basic. Other tools include semantic error-checking and model validation as well as the ability to reverse engineer C++ and Visual Basic code.
The system is designed to integrate completely with Microsoft's Visual Studio 6.0.
Visio wants to sell this product alongside the rest of its range as a solution for creating network diagrams and managing the network database and directory services.
Visio Enterprise will be officially launched in November and is provisionally priced at #699.
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