The Wikipedia page lists a bunch of relevant Metadata Registry projects and commercial products. Very nice. Easy to follow the links and determine features and benefits.
A client has IBM Cognos. Is there any easy to to see what kind of Metadata features are part of Cognos?
No. Not really.
I wondered about this marketing gap. Why doesn't IBM (or Oracle, they're pretty bad at this also) provide a tidy list of features?
- They're so big (and arrogant) that they don't feel the need to do any marketing?
- They're so paranoid that they don't want to have their products reduce to a simple bullet list?
- They're sales people are so good that they don't need a web presence to sell their products?
- They already have such tight wired-in relationships that they don't need to do any marketing?
Or is it the "growth by acquisition" problem? Since IBM acquired Cognos, they hesitate to commit to a list of features?
Whatever the reason, it's frankly difficult to include IBM products in an easy-to-understand info-graphic comparing alternative products.