Designed specifically for consuming and sharing data across today’s hybrid data landscape, Progress DataDirect® Hybrid Data Pipeline was the perfect fit. It provided Boardwith easy access to on-prem and cloud-based data sources and applications, without sacrificing security or scalability.
“We didn’t find any other solution that took the same approach as Progress DataDirect,” said Ferrari. “DataDirect does all the maintenance and updates transparently, so we don’t have to.”
Implementing Hybrid Data Pipeline (HDP) took roughly three months, enabling Boardto launch its cloud product within the year. Testing went smoothly, with Board working closely with DataDirect to resolve issues and get HDP running within Azure environment.
Rolling it out to customers was also easy. “It was just a matter of provisioning; the customer can just pick up the address and download the on-premises connector. We don't need to do anything, just provision the user and enable it on our SaaS,” added Andrea Rocchietti, Global Head of Cloud Operations, Board International.
Additionally, Hybrid Data Pipeline opened up a new revenue opportunity for Board. When customers start using Board and realize they need real-time access to their data as they go from on-premise installations to the cloud, Board can step in.
“Hybrid Data Pipeline enables you to get through the firewall without connecting to a VPN,” Ferrari explained. “This meant we could OEM the DataDirect drivers to our customers, for an additional revenue opportunity.”