ASG Solution Integrates Understanding, Impact Analysis Across Packaged and Custom Applications

Metadata solution provides comprehensive impact, gap, and data lineage analysis integrating SAP®, PeopleSoft®, and more

NAPLES, Fla. -- Tuesday, July 12, 2005 -- ASG, an enterprise software and professional services provider to Global 5000 companies, announced today the availability of a solution that provides an integrated understanding and impact analysis of packaged applications (such as SAP® and PeopleSoft®), along with custom developed applications -- both with the same clarity. The offering is the result of a partnership that combines ASG’s market-leading metadata repository, ASG-Rochade™, with Silwood Technology’s market-leading ERP metadata intelligence tool, Saphir.

Understanding how to integrate data from a packaged application into a data warehouse or with custom developed applications can be extremely challenging and costly. The complexity of packaged applications in part stems from the size (for instance, some have more than 25,000 database tables) and the cryptic nature of naming conventions (such as the table name “T5JC3” and the field name “BEGDA”). From the beginning, specialists have been required to help understand, implement, change, and otherwise manage these large and complex applications. Without a broad understanding, organizations have been forced to see packaged application as more of a “black box” that is difficult to fully understand, integrate, and manage. ASG’s solution, combining ASG-Rochade and Saphir technology, enables organizations to resolve these complex issues.

“By providing integrated views and enabling impact analysis across the scope of packaged and custom-developed applications, the solution gives our customers greater control and manageability for their IT assets,” said ASG president and CEO, Arthur L. Allen. “ASG is the market-leading provider of integrated metadata management solutions, and the relationship with Silwood Technology delivers unprecedented transparency for business and technical users to understand and leverage the integrated value of packaged applications.”

In addition to more comprehensive impact analysis, ASG’s support for version and configuration management enables changes to be understood between multiple versions of a packaged application. This understanding also incorporates the customizations an organization makes to the packaged application. These comprehensive views can be presented in both textual and graphical formats from a Web-based or rich-client interface.

“Saphir’s unique ability to easily scope and capture metadata from enterprise-level packaged applications sets it apart in the market,” said Silwood Technology CEO, Graham Simpson. “We are delighted to join forces with ASG to extend the range of high value metadata solutions that Saphir delivers to corporations as they seek to maximize their investment in enterprise applications.”

ASG Metadata Management products provide an efficient and scalable infrastructure for collecting, understanding, managing, and communicating a single point of truth to business and technical users regarding their organization’s processes, data, applications, infrastructure, and their inter-relationships These unique capabilities solve many business problems related to communication and understanding in areas such as the data warehouse, enterprise architecture, data management and integration, the data dictionary, and more. For more information about ASG’s Integrated Metadata Management Solutions (IMMS), visit

About ASG

ASG provides a full range of software solutions in metadata management, applications management, operations management, content management, performance management, security management, and infrastructure management. For more information, visit ASG at

About Silwood Technology

Silwood Technology Ltd is a leading supplier of enterprise modelling and metadata management tools. The company has pioneered the use of metadata extraction and analysis for the purpose of building accurate data models of Enterprise Applications including SAP, BW, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and JDEdwards.