Embarcadero Unveils XE7 Version of ER/Studio

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Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has unveiled the new XE7 version of ER/Studio, its flagship data architecture suite.

Combining data modeling, design, and reporting with cross-organizational team collaboration for data architectures and enterprises of all sizes, the release delivers new capabilities to enhance data architecture, address emerging industry technologies and techniques, and improve the user experience.

With the release of ER/Studio XE7, Embarcadero continues to expand its support for relational and schema-less (“big data”) database platforms, as well as enabling customers to integrate data from other platforms such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions (e.g., SAP, Salesforce, and JD Edwards) by formalizing a technology partnership with Silwood Technology. Silwood Technology’s flagship product, Safyr, allows users to import complex metadata from ERP solutions such as Salesforce and SAP into ER/Studio models, reducing the time and costs associated with finding the detailed metadata needed to understand and utilize the data models and structures that underpin their packaged enterprise solutions.

“Data professionals are constantly driving to ensure data models are current and aligned with databases, applications, and the underlying business, while business professionals and analysts strive to understand the organization’s data and its context for quality decision making,” said Michael Swindell, senior vice president of products at Embarcadero. “ER/Studio XE7 is the first data modeling platform to truly bridge these needs by enabling data architects to better manage data models and metadata in complex and dynamic enterprise environments while collaborating directly with business professionals who can access and contribute to the quality of the data assets and glossaries.”

ER/Studio XE7 Enhancements

The new release provides glossary enhancements that enable better visibility into an organization’s data. In addition, tight integration with the ER/Studio Data Architect data dictionary allows modelers to see glossary terms and definitions in real-time for consistency, and any changes to glossaries and terms can be tracked with detailed audit trail histories. Business professionals can also more easily find, update, and report on glossaries, terms, and objects with the enhancements made to the Advanced Search function in the new release.

ER/Studio XE7 also offers agile change management, including tasks and version history. Data professionals can now better track model changes and associate them with Agile workflow tasks, identify and analyze data source impacts, and ensure consistency across models with automatically applied naming standards.

And to  improve the user experience and shorten learning ramp-up time, there is a new ‘Start Here’ welcome page with dynamic content (such as how-to videos). In addition, ER/Studio XE7 simplifies the data modeling process with the automated application of naming standards between logical and physical models.

ER/Studio XE7 is immediately available in three editions: the original Data Architect modeling tool; Data Architect Professional with the integrated Repository; and the Enterprise Team Edition for organization-wide collaboration on models and metadata.

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