Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sneak Peek into expressor's new & free data integration application, expressor Studio

I had a chance to attend the launch event webinar of expressor's new & free data integration application, expressor Studio. To be clear, the version that was previewed is a beta version and GA of this new tool is not expected until the end of this year.

expressor has been around for some time now and hence it is expected that the core of its product will not change much. This release is more geared towards the developer application expressor Studio. Expressor Repository and expressor Data Processing Engine remain more or less the same. The free version of the software though will include both the Studio and the Data Processing Engine.

The improvements, or it should rather be said that rewrite, is mostly restricted to Studio. However, the improvements over the last version are pretty significant and it would be well appreciated by those who are currently using expressor in their data integration projects.

Some of the most significant improvements coming with this release are;

  • MS Office style user interface that uses ribbon design quite heavily. It would be especially liked by those who play with SQL Server day in and out
  • Like MS Office, tasks on the right hand side give you cues for what needs to be completed
  • Notion of Projects and Libraries to allow greater reuse of components
  • Simple drag & drop functionality to create mappings and data flows
  • Background validation
  • User friendly transform editor with the ability to modify the Lua datascripts
This is in addition to some of the core features that expressor provides in its platform, like;
Beta version of this release will be available November 1 at At the cost of free it is an excellent product to get started on small and mid size data integration projects. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Taxonomy Webinar Series by PPC

Today's business users work with a range of information management tools designed to capture and provide access to critical business information. However, that information is of little value if users can't find what they need. Business taxonomies can provide solutions to an organization's knowledge management challenges. Although the concept of taxonomies is not new, organizations are beginning to focus increased attention on the design and development of intuitive and sustainable taxonomies that will serve their end users by making it easy to find the information they need in a single place. Today's users have come to expect a simple way to both search and browse for their information, but still many organizations do not know where to begin in the design of such a system.   

This webinar series focuses on the design and management of business taxonomies for the storage of information within systems, as well as the overall findability through search and browse of the information your end users seek.

This series is comprised of 4 sessions. The first session in the series will provide an
introduction to taxonomy and metadata benefits, design concepts, and strategies. The subsequent sessions will detail methodologies on 1) how to run taxonomy design workshops within your own organization, 2) how to design taxonomies from start to finish, and 3) how to ensure the appropriate maintenance and management of those taxonomies over time.

  Nov. 5, 11:30am-12:30pm
Introduction to Business Taxonomies
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  Nov. 8, 11:30am-12:30pm
Taxonomy Workshops
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  Nov. 10, 11:30am-12:30pm
Practical Taxonomy Design
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  Nov. 12, 11:30am-12:30pm
Taxonomy Governance and Maintenance
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Click here to view more information about series description, as well as details on each session.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Expressor's launching brand new free data integration application, expressor Studio

Expressor has been around for some time now. Expressor was started by a bunch of ex Kalido people and they created a niche for their offering in the Microsoft Data Integration market, especially in the SMB market. They are ready to launch their brand new and free data integration application, expressor Studio. According to expressor this tool will "provide game-changing ease-of-use with a drag-and-drop and wizard-driven interface that enables developers to easily connect to their data sources or targets, map data to common business names and types, and design complex data flow applications in minutes". To add to that, it will be free to download and use. If you are interested in learning more, expressor will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 for a live demo of the tool.

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