Focus is an accredited reseller and offers expert consulting services for the InfoSphere Business Glossary and can help get started on collecting and governing business terms and definitions and linking them to technical assets.
InfoSphere Business Glossary is part of the IBM Information Server and provides an easy to use central platform for populating and managing semantic metadata.
InfoSphere Business Glossary is used to take control of business metadata and move common definitions for terms across the enterprise. A Business Glossary can be used to populate and govern any set of terms and definitions but in the context of information integration it is most effective providing context and meanings for the data being saved by business applications and the information derived from that data seen in reports.
Business Glossary is accessed through a browser for browse and search functions and is most effective when used as the enterprise business metadata repository and grown over time to cover more subject areas and functions across the organisation silos.
Business Glossary Fast Start
A service from Focus for getting started with Business Glossary providing Product Installation, Data Governance structure and Business Glossary imports for getting started with Business Glossary or running a Proof of Concept.
Installation – Focus can install Business Glossary, Business Glossary Anywhere and Business Glossary for Cognos.
Import – Focus have a Business Glossary import toolkit that provides an easy means for imports of existing glossary information into the Glossary via CSV and XML files. The following sources of business information make excellent Business Glossary content:
- Logical models in data modelling tools such as ErWin, PowerDesigner and InfoSphere Data Architect.
- Data dictionaries.
- Word and Excel documents with Glossary sections.
- Glossary information stored on intranet pages.
- Industry glossaries such as those provided with the IBM Industry Models of those from industry bodies who maintain business metadata.
Custom Business Glossary
Custom Forms – Focus can design custom data entry and display forms for the Business Glossary using the Rest API. Some benefits of custom forms include faster data entry, proved validation and quality of entries and filtering of combo lists, different forms for different type of Glossary content and automatic defaulting fields such as dates and status values and release numbers.
Business Glossary IT Asset Linking
One of the most powerful features of Business Glossary is the linking of business metadata to technical metadata – identifying a business concept and then finding out where the information for that concept is stored in a Data Warehouse or in Management reports or in an ETL job.
Focus can coach in methods for linking business and technical metadata through Business Glossary Editor, Metadata Workbench search and query, FastTrack or via the Glossary relationship import toolkit.