Checkbox Drivers are Like Your Grandpa’s Station Wagon

Checkbox Drivers are Like Your Grandpa’s Station Wagon

July 14, 2016 0 Comments

Have a robust reporting tool that can slice and dice data 100 different ways? Good luck finding a checkbox driver to support it.

Checkbox drivers (drivers built with the lowest possible level of functionality) are like your grandpa’s station wagon—they get you from point A to Point B, but do so without the performance or luxury of a sports car. No one would want to take grandpa’s station wagon to the racetrack, you would lose the race. In the same way, free or cheap checkbox drivers will give you basic functionality, but will not allow full support and performance for complex, flexible reporting tools.

You Get What You Pay For

For fast performance and a deep feature set, you need an enterprise-grade data connector. This is what allows full functionality to all your data stores.

Let’s take a look at the depth of the DataDirect Connect SQL Server ODBC Driver vs. a common checkbox driver.

DataDirect Connect for ODBC SQL Server Versus Checkbox Driver

Now let’s look at the real-world scalability of our driver versus the competition.

Performance Comparison

On the left side, you have the number of threads simulating the number of users. On top is the number of virtual machines used. The data in the middle represents rows/second. You can see that our competition needs 3 virtual machines to match just 1 of ours.

In a more general sense, how do the rest of our data connectivity solutions stack up against our competition?

Stoplight Comperison

If Functionality Isn’t Enough

So, back to grandpa’s station wagon. If that ancient artifact blows a gasket, who is going to know how to fix it or want to help? Not many people. With checkbox drivers, they do not give you the live, technical assistance you may need. We have eight support centers worldwide with ten different languages spoken.

On average, each sales engineer has seven years of experience and is industry certified in technical support. All of our engineers combined have over 400 years of experience. That’s longer than America has been a country!

Many checkbox drivers are also Windows-only or only available on one or two platforms. We all know that you need more functionality than that. Our drivers support a wide variety of platforms including many flavors of Unix and Linux.

Ditch the Station Wagon

If you have invested in a great tool, you deserve a great driver to get the most out of your data. Don’t settle for a driver that limits your functionality and has no support team behind it. Partner with us and our experienced team is here 24/7 to give you the best data connectivity experience possible. Your success is our success.

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Suzanne Rose

Suzanne Rose

Suzanne is passionate about promoting the Progress Data Connectivity and Integration business and corporate initiatives through social media and other marketing channels using extraordinary and compelling content and effective metrics. She is also team lead for DCI content developers, new hires and interns.

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