Concord, MA--March 24, 1997--Sybase Inc. (Emeryville, CA) announced Powersoft S-Designor 6.0, a major upgrade of its integrated family of open, result-driven modeling tools. S-Designor 6.0 enables database designers and developers to build highly-optimized and functional databases, data warehouses, and "data-aware" components.
The new version features WarehouseArchitect, a new module for designing and building data warehouses and data marts; a Web generator for creating dynamic Web sites directly from a data model; and application generation support for Optima++ and Delphi.
S-Designor 6.0's modular toolset is composed of an integrated set of analysis and design tools. The six modules that make up the S-Designor family include DataArchitect for database design and construction; WarehouseArchitect for data warehouse design and construction; ProcessAnalyst for capturing data flow within a business; AppModeler (standard and desktop editions) for physical data modeling and data-aware component generation; MetaWorks for model management and team design; and Viewer for read-only access to model information.
S-Designor 6.0 provides integrated database, data warehouse, and data-aware component design and generation for database designers and developers. Version 6.0 features two new modules and other advanced technologies that further extend the toolset's capabilities throughout an organization. Highlights include:
- WarehouseArchitect--WarehouseArchitect allows designers to reverse- engineer and import source information and generate schemas for warehouse-optimized databases, such as Sybase IQ and Red Brick Warehouse, in addition to traditional DBMSs. WarehouseArchitect also provides support for dimensional modeling including star and snowflake schemas, aggregation, partitioning, summarization, and dimensional hierarchies. Additionally, this new module maintains a map between source information and the warehouse for use in the data cleansing, extraction, and end-user query process.
- Optima++ and Delphi Generators--In addition to enhancements to the existing PowerBuilder and Visual Basic component generators, AppModeler 6.0 adds new generators for Powersoft Optima ++ 1.5 and Borland Delphi 2.0. These new generators enable developers to leverage database models by rapidly producing data-aware components and application prototypes for industry-leading 4GL and 3GL development tools.
- Web Generator--AppModeler also adds a Web generator that enables developers to quickly create data-driven Web sites directly from a data model that provide access to databases and data warehouses.
- Viewer--This new module provides access to graphical representations of models and metadata information in a read-only environment for use across the enterprise. Its customizable reporting environment lets users easily document and communicate model and metadata information throughout the enterprise.
In addition to the new modules and generators offered in this release, S-Designor 6.0 offers enhancements and upgrades to the rest of the family of tools. DataArchitect, the flagship database design and generation module, adds numerous productivity features such as entity neighbor selection, tool tips, word wrapping, and report preview. Mass change capability and enhanced relationship options make DataArchitect 6.0 more powerful and easier to use for designing highly-optimized databases.
ProcessAnalyst 6.0, S-Designor's data flow discovery and diagramming tool, has added CRUD matrices for identifying the impact of processes on data, along with reporting templates for documenting the processes. Business rules have been added at the process level, along with the ability to link them to any ProcessAnalyst object. In addition, ProcessAnalyst is now tightly integrated with DataArchitect as data stores and business rules defined in ProcessAnalyst can be imported for use in the conceptual design phase in DataArchitect.
MetaWorks 6.0, the advanced teamwork module for sharing models and collaborating on database design and application development projects, extends its dictionary platform support to include DB2 and Ingres. Models can now be extracted at the submodel level providing teams of designers with greater flexibility for sharing models. MetaWorks 6.0 also includes a new comparison manager for comparing models before consolidating; drag-and-drop object exchange; Powersoft InfoMaker, a query and reporting tool for creating and running ad-hoc and pre-defined reports and queries against the MetaWorks dictionary; and a number of administrative enhancements for managing large teams of designers and developers.
S-Designor 6.0 is currently scheduled to ship within 90 days. Suggested North American retail list prices currently are as follows: The prices for individual modules are WarehouseArchitect, $4,995; DataArchitect, $2,495; ProcessAnalyst, $1,495; MetaWorks, $995; AppModeler, $995; AppModeler Desktop, $295; and Viewer, $395.
The S-Designor DataArchitect Suite is a bundle including DataArchitect, ProcessAnalyst, AppModeler, and MetaWorks; it is priced at $4,995. The S-Designor Warehouse Suite is a bundle including WarehouseArchitect, DataArchitect, ProcessAnalyst, AppModeler and MetaWorks; it is priced at $9,295.
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