Monthly Archives: February 2013

27 Feb Instant Odata from Sybase, Oracle, DB2 Entity Framework consumed by Excel PowerPivot

DataDirect has always been on the forefront of standards development and our director of R&D, Jesse Davis, wrote about Odata and the future of web based data access in May 2012.  Now in early 2013, I am actively working with shops on various odata connectivity projects.  Projects range from producing ODATA feeds using DataDirect Connect…

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22 Feb Have Data Access Performance Issues? No Problem!

Do you have a website that you avoid visiting because it takes ages to load? You go to the home page and then send three emails before the banner is even revealed. Yamaha Motor Europe was experiencing this problem in a test environment with its dealer site, which connects its 1,500 European dealers with Yamaha…

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20 Feb ServiceMax ODBC and JDBC drivers provide direct SQL access to field service data

From working with ServiceMax shops and consultants, I learned that data warehousing and federation have been very popular use cases for direct SQL-92 access and integration to ServiceMax data via ODBC and JDBC drivers.  ServiceMax is a suite of field service applications powered by force.com, and the Progress DataDirect Connect XE for ODBC and JDBC…

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19 Feb The Database Wars are Making a Resurgence

Think back to the 1990’s and you’ll probably think of great bands like Dave Mathews and U2. But if you were in the technology business, you might also recall the “database wars.” There were so many database options that knowing where to house your data, and how to access it, became quite an issue. As Y2K rolled…

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14 Feb DataDirect Cloud: Here and Ready for Action

Have you heard the news? DataDirect Cloud Beta is now available! We’re very excited to unveil the service in Beta form, and we look forward to providing our customers with the best possible access to all of their data in the Cloud – no matter what data source(s) they use. If you missed the press…

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13 Feb Making Single Sign-On Easier with Premium Drivers

Today’s application environments are extremely dynamic, with new applications being built and deployed every day, and existing applications changing frequently. We look for convenience and speed without a second thought as to what we are authorizing. It’s easy to just type in your password and click through those protective dialog boxes. But, what really happens…

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12 Feb Improve Qlikview ODBC reload performance against DB2 by 2X

The Visual Data Group published Qlikview best practices for data access which recommends DataDirect’s Teradata ODBC driver for high performance.  Lately, I have been working with Qlikview shops to improve performance against DB2 across LUW, z/OS and iSeries (AS/400).  From reading Qlikview communities, I have also seen recommendations to use OLE DB over ODBC to improve…

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07 Feb Cloud Expo London: Insights from Across the Pond

 I had the pleasure of attending Cloud Expo Europe last week and it was a blast! As the biggest gathering of thought leaders and practitioners in Europe, the show drew extremely knowledgeable attendees who made strong business cases for cloud computing. With nine program tracks and eight dedicated theaters, as well as top industry CTOs…

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