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CA integrates Visual Studio into data modeling tool

Software vendor CA announced Monday the latest update to its ERwin Data Modeler, which includes integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals.

ERwin DM r7.2 also includes better native support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. That combination could help VARs cross-sell between ERwin and Visual Studio, according to Danny Sandwell, CA’s product manager for the ERwin Modeling Suite. The company is moving to have all of the product’s sales in North America go through resellers by April, he said.

“We’re looking for [resellers] who understand the space, who understand the nuances” of data modeling, Sandwell said. Most of that channel is straight reselling, at least for now, he said.

The need for more sophisticated data modeling is driven largely by increased storage requirements many companies face, said Simon Nynens, CEO of Wayside Technology Group, Inc., one of ERwin’s top resellers. Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley require companies to store more data, and technologies like virtualization are making it easier for companies to store it — meaning they need better ways to develop data models, Nynens said.

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