The Progress DataDirect Team has added 35+ new data sources, offering limitless potential to what data sources you can connect to and driving better business decisions.
As a certified data nerd, I am always interested in seeing what’s out there in the way others think about the importance of data. Some are funny and to the point, such as “In god we trust, all others must bring data,” and “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.”
Others get right to the heart about why data matters so much, and why it is talked about within every industry. One well circulated thought comes from Peter Norvig, Google Research Director, when he said:
For all the talk about business intelligence, analytics, artificial intelligence and the role of data scientists, it’s really about the data that keeps it all ticking. This is one big reason why Progress DataDirect is in business: To provide connections to your data, so you can make better business decisions from that data from your BI, Analytics and AI programs.
And it is much more than just pulling data from legacy systems: Organizations require access to data from unstructured sources, cloud service providers, and even the myriad of social media platforms that are in the market today. The Progress DataDirect team has been hard at work creating more connections to data—many of which are considered newer sources—that could contain a treasure trove of valuable information for your organization.
Since October, the team has added 35+ new data sources. By adding these data sources, we are confident organizations will come to DataDirect for all their data connectivity needs.
But what to do with all that data, you ask? Progress DataDirect doesn’t simply end with connecting to your data sources. When the time comes to take the data you have obtained and move it to downstream applications, Progress DataDirect easily integrates with your tools to help you make sense of all the data.
Progress DataDirect connectors are customized to provide enhanced performance and functionality for both Power BI, Tableau, SAS, and many others. For example, you can leverage DirectQuery in Power BI to retrieve data from its original source in real time, as well as use .TDC files in Tableau for an improved connection experience. That is precisely why 80% of BI vendors partner with Progress DataDirect, and thousands of organizations from various industries rely on Progress DataDirect: Easy integration from numerous data sources matters to them.
If you would like to learn more about this, Progress DataDirect hosted an Ask Me Anything webinar on this very topic. In the webinar, our industries experts talk about all the new data sources and provide a demo as to how it all works with Power BI.
And of course, if you have any questions, we are available.
Todd Wright leads Global Product Marketing for OpenEdge and DataDirect solutions from Progress. He works closely with the product management and sales organizations to create and promote materials that are relevant and valuable to Progress customers. He is instrumental in developing customer relationships and creating strategic marketing plans that drive awareness, consideration, education and demand for Progress.
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