9 Reasons You Need Better Data Connectivity

9 Reasons You Need Better Data Connectivity

February 04, 2016 0 Comments

The first relational database was created 45 years ago, and the importance of data connectivity to the success of all enterprises has grown exponentially year after year. It can be a challenging, daunting task to integrate all of your data, but there are great reasons to pursue better data connectivity. Here’s a few.

1. You’re working on BIG problems—don’t get hung up on Data Connectivity

Data ConnectivityProper data integration dramatically reduces the time it takes to complete your business processes. Take Pacer Group, for example. They had an inventory of 4000 electrical components, and it took them upwards of five minutes to process only 20 items. When they came to us to speed up this process, we properly integrated their inventory data and sped it up 20-30%. That makes a huge difference for both customers as well as productivity of the workplace.

2. Projects are so slow that you are labeled a “revenue blocker”

Nobody wants to be the guy who can’t give the numbers when the boss asks for them. You work your hardest to complete a big data project, but data integration can mean the difference between days or hours or minutes. Sumit Sarkar shows the power of data integration when he took 1,000,000 records and loaded them into Amazon Redshift in just 10 minutes. Other drivers on the market take over six hours.

3. The sales team HATES having to use Salesforce AND Siebel

Why use two databases for your customer information when you can integrate into one? Intuit used to keep customer information in a Siebel database, but when they switched to Salesforce, employees had to access both Siebel AND Salesforce to find their data. Salesforce Connect allowed them to access all the Siebel data directly from Salesforce.

4. You got a Heartbleed, a LogJam, and a Poodle last year (the poodle sounded nice—it wasn’t)

securitySecurity is a real concern for any business with sensitive transactional or customer information. That’s why Progress focuses on providing the most comprehensive, secure connections to your data in the industry. For a refresher on some of the attacks you could face, take a look at Sophos’s article, “Anatomy of a LOGJAM – another TLS vulnerability, and what to do about it.” DataDirect avoids issues with short encryption keys all together so you don’t have to face vulnerabilities in the first place.

5. The old server Turbo buttons are gone

Wow. Don’t you wish we were all back in the 90s sometimes, and we could push the Turbo button for faster computation? Alas, this is no longer the case. Today we need to find new, innovative ways to speed up data integration with quality connectors, wire protocol, and cloud servers. Spending money on data connectivity can actually save money. Learn how machine consolidation can increase throughput and save over 250K over 3 years.

6. Integrating Big Data is a real pain

MongoDB is not your average database, NoSQL is quite different from your average SQL database and there’s not a standard NoSQL language. This means every database will need a unique API. We allow you to use SQL Apps without NoSQL stores.

7. The only thing standing between you and Eloqua analytics is a REST API, and no documentation

With all the things we data scientists need to memorize and remember, learning more APIs is expensive and time consuming. That’s why we keep it simple. We give easy access to Eloqua data without needing to learn the APIs. Our Eloqua connector instantly and reliably connects you to analytics and data integration tools with the full range of industry standards in ODBC, JDBC, and OData.

8. Accessing SQL Server from Linux isn’t as smooth as Microsoft would have you believe

Get back on your DBA’s good side. If you are using SQL Server Authentication, chances are he or she has a huge grudge against you. Many ODBC/JDBC connectors do not support more complex Authentication schemes such as Windows Authentication, even though they provide tighter security standards. Sumit has some suggestions to connect to applications using Windows Authentication to lighten the load on your DBA.

9. Your overnight batch reports take 14 hours, and the CEO sneers make daytimes no fun either

United KingdomUK ECGD, the United Kingdom’s official export credit agency, runs overnight batch reports for insurance and financial data for the country’s Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Their end-of-day time for these procedure was unacceptable. They discovered that the out-of-the-box connectivity of their database lacked adequate performance, functionality, reliability and security to meet the demands of an exacting environment. DataDirect Connect for ODBC eliminated their need for client libraries and gave them maximum performance with reduced cost.

We Believe in You

Our team here at Progress DataDirect believes in empowering you to make a difference in your world through the best connectivity solutions possible. Whether you are compiling patient data in the fight against deadly diseases, tracking valuable behavioral data for your business or MongoDB is being a real pain, we stand with you and provide the fastest connections possible to make your job easier. If you want to give our products a try, grab a free trial today.


Austin Hellman

Austin is a content strategist, social promoter and marketer at Progress with a passion for technology, data visualization and music. He keeps up to date on the data connectivity industry and discusses related topics in a visually appealing, thorough and easily understandable way.

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