ER/Studio delivers superior data models

Developing an enterprise solution can be an incredibly complex and arduous process. Whether you’re working on an e-commerce application or a data warehouse, you’ll first need to develop a corporate data model – or re-engineer an existing one – to determine the ways in which business information should best flow through your organization.

Creating this model is not only intricate and costly, but also crucial to the success of your company. A poorly crafted model can cause information gaps and mismanaged resources, plus potential revenue and customer loss.

With the release of ER/Studio 4.0, San Francisco-based Embarcadero Technologies Inc. answers the frenzied prayers of your data modelers. This feature-packed data modeling application will lead your technical team through every step of the development process, from business requirement analysis to system development, ensuring the most efficient and inclusive model possible.

Other data modeling products will create the data definition and language to set up your database, but ER/Studio doesn’t stop there. It also provides online generation, Sax Basic support, Java application generation, and database parsing. You can also easily extract submodels and physical data models to create an incredibly attractive environment for the support and maintenance of your information needs.

From the physical model, ER/ Studio supports native connectivity to Oracle Corp., Sybase Corp., Microsoft Corp.’s SQL Server, and IBM Corp.’s DB2. It also supports ODBC connectivity to Informix, Interbase, and others. You can generate applications using Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Java, Inprise Corp.’s JBuilder, Microsoft SDK (software development kit) for Java, Visual J++, and WebGain Inc.’s Studio.

The cost of the product (US$2,495) is barely a concern compared to the money it will save your company and the modeling enhancements it will offer your development team. The product is extremely adaptable to industry-standard development tools, and boasts an easy-to-learn graphical interface. In light of its functionality, its flaws (some minor hassles with the graphical interface) are hardly noticeable and do not affect the product’s excellent rating.

The ER/Studio software supports Windows NT and Windows 95/98 and 2000 platforms. Embarcadero Technologies Inc. can be reached at