Repositories: Alive and Well and Living in Toronto

IRMAC invites you to this Mini Repository Seminar, sponsored by Computer Associates. Presentations will be short, punchy and informative with plenty of time for your questions.


  • Welcome, IRMAC
  • Todd Moore, Royal Bank
  • Sarah Weiss, Canadian Tire
  • Don Soulsby, Computer Associates


The Royal Bank’s innovative Data Warehouse infrastructure includes the storage of metadata for the warehouse and delivery of metadata via the Web. The presentation will explore the reasons why the data repository was created and some of the practical problems encountered in delivering metadata for the enterprise.

At Canadian Tire, the enterprise Meta model ties together information about our data and processes on the mainframe side. It is a navigational map that shows how objects are related in nearly 10 different sub-model types comprising DB2, IMS, JCL and PLI sub-models. Our repository is both, a common working tool for developers as well as the environment where the IMS data administration resides. It serves as an analysis, design and construction aid for more than 100 developers across IT, being an essential component of our enterprise development methodology. Attendees will be introduced to:

  • Our business case for the replacement of an in-house developed repository
  • Canadian Tire implementation of Platinum Repository/MVS
  • Transformation rules & impact analysis
  • Oracle and IMS data administration
  • What is the value of the tool in our enterprise? �
  • Future directions


Todd Moore works for the Royal Bank of Canada as a Project Manager for Metadata Management . He has supported the Bank’s Platinum Repository/MVS for the past 4 1/2 years. He has been in the data processing field for 16 years and has  been working with metadata repositories for 8 years; using  the repository as a developer and then supporting the repository directly.

Sarah Weiss is a Senior Specialist and Team Lead for the Infrastructure Knowledge Management (IKM) team, which is part of the Architecture group at Canadian Tire. The IKM team maintains the enterprise Meta model and supports the technology that populates and accesses it. IKM also provides services such as consulting and training in the area of impact analysis and usage of PR/MVS for IMS administration. IKM continuously integrates new sub-models, to successfully increase the potential of the impact analysis functionality for Canadian Tire’s enterprise development methodology.

Don Soulsby is Director, Architecture Strategies of Computer Associates and is based in Toronto, Canada. As a member of the Knowledge Management Marketing organization, he specializes in the strategic and technical architectures for metadata management, data warehousing and business intelligence. He has an extensive background in systems architecture and planning, business requirements definition and data modelling methodologies with over 20 years of experience in the development of operations and decision support applications. Mr. Soulsby teaches data modelling and data warehouse courses through public offerings and onsite engagements to corporate clients. He speaks regularly at international industry events, DAMA functions and at CA World (annual users conference). He is also listed as a framework resource of ZIFA – Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement.


Todd Moore’s presentation (zipped Powerpoint)


Jan 17 2001


8:30 am - 11:30 am


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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