In the middle of the project, it turned out that the Oracle drivers ECGD planned to use failed to offer the speed the system needed to successfully support a batch processing environment, exceeding the inflexible overnight timeframe window demanded by the department.
“The time taken to run the end-of-day procedures was unacceptable to us,” Woods puts it simply.
What ECGD had discovered was that, while basic data connectivity components may be included with a database, those often lack adequate performance, functionality, reliability, and security to meet the demands of an exacting environment. The challenge faced by ECGD underscored the importance of third-party connectivity components, particularly in businesscritical environments such as those found in financial services. ECGD had to learn this the hard way; however, they quickly realized the advantages of implementing Progress® DataDirect® for ODBC.