Ally Financial has filed a patent for a method of managing metadata in a pipeline. The method involves retrieving subsets of metadata associated with different stages of the pipeline using an immutable identifier based on the version of a codebase. The retrieved metadata is then verified against policy information. GlobalData’s report on Ally Financial gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Managing metadata for a pipeline based on codebase version

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO). Credit: Ally Financial Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230145163A1) describes a method for managing metadata in a pipeline executed on a version of a codebase. The method involves retrieving two subsets of metadata, one for each stage of the pipeline, using an immutable identifier based on a hashing function of the codebase version. The first subset of metadata is associated with a first utility in the pipeline, while the second subset is associated with a second utility. The retrieved metadata is then verified against policy information.

The patent further explains that the verification process can occur at one or more gates of the pipeline. The first subset of metadata is compared to a first subset of policy information associated with a first gate, and the second subset of metadata is compared to a second subset of policy information associated with a second gate. This comparison helps determine if the codebase version complies with the policy information.

The method also includes additional functionalities. It allows for automatic deployment of the codebase version to a production environment based on the verification of the metadata using the policy information. However, if either the first or second utility (or both) fails to comply with the policy information at any gate, the deployment can be paused.

The patent also mentions the transmission of a signal comprising the result of the metadata comparison to a device. This signal could potentially be used for further analysis or decision-making processes.

The immutable identifier, based on a hashing function like a git commit hash, serves as a primary key for retrieving the subsets of metadata. The policy information can correspond to security policies, data management policies, enterprise policies, enterprise standards, or any combination thereof.

In addition to the method, the patent also describes an apparatus for managing metadata. The apparatus includes a processor, memory, and instructions that enable the retrieval and verification of the subsets of metadata based on the immutable identifier and policy information.

Overall, this patent presents a method and apparatus for managing metadata in a pipeline, ensuring compliance with policy information and enabling automated deployment of codebase versions.

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