More details and a link to download the "monolithic" form of the software are at https://virtus.uchicago.edu/display/integration/IT+Ecosystem. The link to the client-server version is restricted to local U Chicago folks for some reason, but contact Tom if you'd like to have it.
(from Curtis Bray's notes)
'It's hard to see the big picture from your patch."
Logic description of how one things depends on another
Graphical application that builds data into a graph with relationships between nodes
Populated through conversations - not SNMP walks
Tom is constant factor to get commonality across systems
One ecosystem but have test instance (crash test dummy)
Transactions for rollback
High level stuff
Good for next 6 month window
Balance of maintenance vs. currency
Can answer questions
Rank dependencies of nodes
(from Jim Phelps' blog http://www.jimphelps.info/2008/ea/itana-face2face-tools-of-trade)
Protege based ontology for mapping the relationships between Applications, Platforms, Networks. They have a defined a set of relationships: Hosts, Is-part-of, is-server-to, etc.
Produces a cool drill-able graph of relationships. The relationships have structural properties.
They have captured 1300 relationships. They have limited things to objects that are production.
The production shop is looking at this tool for mapping the flows of data files in batch jobs.
Limited to the amount of information that they can reasonably gather and manage with a 6 month refresh rate.