|ER/Studio Portal - Frequently Asked Questions|
Q: How does the Portal work with ER/Studio?
A: The Portal is directly integrated with ER/Studio Enterprise and ER/Studio XE2, which includes ER/Studio Repository , a server-based model management system. When users run a query in the Portal, data is selected from the ER/Studio Repository and transferred to the reporting database for end-user access. The separate reporting database synchronizes with the ER/Studio Repository through an ETL process and can automatically be scheduled as needed. These two products work hand in hand. ER/Studio Repository is required to use the Portal.
Q: How can I leverage the Portal to improve data integrity?
A: The Portal can be used to assure that data is being used consistently and correctly across your systems. Whether users are capturing business requirements, designing databases, or developing applications, the Portal provides a centralized and automated way for users to access, view, and report on the key metadata they need in a controlled environment. With self-service reporting and access to data model definitions, objects, and other metadata, the Portal helps ensure data integrity, improves productivity, increases collaboration, and facilitates data reuse.
Q: What is the difference between the Portal and the ER/Studio Viewer?
A: ER/Studio Viewer and the Portal can be used together with each providing different and unique benefits. ER/Studio Viewer provides advanced browsing and zooming of the data models, but without the ability to edit. The Viewer is perfect if you need a view-only look at your data models with advanced layout and print capabilities. The Portal uses powerful search and business intelligence technology to report on metadata across all of your data models in a single query. Because the Portal is accessible through an online browser, you can literally share the data with hundreds of users simultaneously.
Q: How does the Portal help me improve collaboration with other IT and Business units?
A: The Portal helps improve collaboration with other IT and Business units by providing a centralized online source of metadata that is secure, up-to-date, and easy to use. Whether an organization is centralized in the same building, or decentralized and dispersed across continents, users have the confidence of knowing they are adhering to standards and regulations and using the latest and most accurate data to meet their business needs.