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Does FHIR Fully Address Healthcare Data Interoperability Silo Challenges?
  • December 9, 2021

Does FHIR Fully Address Healthcare Data Interoperability Silo Challenges?

Let's face it, information withholding is common in many industries, but it’s been especially rampant in the healthcare space.  Payers and Providers have avoided scrutiny for the cost of care delivered and the reimbursements they were collecting.  Consequently, information blocking has become one of the key impediments in shifting from a fee-for-service (FFS) model…

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Developing Your Data DNA
  • November 29, 2021

Developing your Data DNA

In a world where everything is changing too quickly, the evolution towards agile, interoperable data services is a welcome change. Data is now able to be delivered as a service, without the need for costly investments in data centers and the resources needed to manage them. As more companies embrace the cloud, data integration…

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Big Data Integration
  • September 14, 2021

Big Data Integration

The topic of data integration has been around forever. Before we used technology to manage data, we integrated data in manual ways. At the time, we needed to integrate simple data structures such as customer data with purchase data. As the industry progressed, we have gone from managing flat data files and integrations to…

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Data Integration Architecture
  • September 8, 2021

Data Integration Architecture

Data is everywhere. In any organization, you will find data in multiple applications, databases, data warehouses, and in many cases, public and private clouds. Usually, data does not belong to a specific group within an organization and is often shared across teams and applications. Similar to a professional sports team, each function in the…

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Data Migration: A Roadmap To Success
  • August 13, 2021

Data Migration: A Roadmap To Success

Organizations initiate data migration projects for several reasons. They might need to overhaul an entire system, upgrade databases, establish a new data warehouse, support a cloud migration roadmap, or merge new data from an acquisition or other source. Data migration is also necessary when deploying another system that resides next to incumbent applications. Regardless…

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Six Essential Data Preparation Steps For Analytics
  • July 28, 2021

Six Essential Data Preparation Steps for Analytics

Abraham Lincoln might easily have been discussing data preparation steps for analytics when he said, “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 sharpening my axe.”  Spending 75% of the allotted time on preparation may seem like a lot. But in fact, most industry observers report that data…

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System Thinking To Run, Grow, And Transform The Business
  • December 11, 2020

System Thinking to Run, Grow, and Transform the Business

Systems thinking and the organization There are many ways to describe system thinking. We can say system thinking is a way of viewing or thinking about a system in terms of structure, patterns, cycles, and data exchanges. System thinking can also be thought of as a way of integrating a person into organizational flows…

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What Is Enterprise Data Integration, And Why Does It Matter?
  • August 19, 2020

What is Enterprise Data Integration, and why does it Matter?

Enterprise Data Integration is the merging of data across two or more organizations.  This scenario is most commonly found when companies are going through mergers or acquisitions, and data from the two companies need to be brought together.  Other scenarios for Enterprise Data Integration are joint-partnerships (where two or more companies work together under…

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How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?
  • August 5, 2020

How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?

One of companies’ biggest mistakes is assuming they understand their customers’ needs, preferences and buying behaviors when they are actually just guessing. The better you understand who your customers are, the more successful you will be developing products and services to serve their needs, packaging them in a desirable way and communicating your offers…

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Adobe Flash EOL And What That Means For DataConnect V10 Users
  • July 13, 2020

Adobe Flash EOL and what that means for DataConnect V10 users

Please be advised that Adobe Flash is reaching the end of life on December 31, 2020. In collaboration with this announcement, browser vendors will stop supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in either before or at the end of 2020. Adobe is actively encouraging users to uninstall Flash by the end of the year. (See https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html.)…

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What Is The Difference Between ETL And IPaaS?
  • July 9, 2020

What is the Difference Between ETL and IPaaS?

ETL (extract, transfer, and load) and IPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) are data integration methods to connect different IT systems and data sources together. While ETL is a set of techniques for moving data, IPaaS is a more holistic set of capabilities for moving and integrating data between IT systems.  IPaaS is often…

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Connected Data In The Cloud Increases AI System Performance
  • June 29, 2020

Connected Data in the Cloud Increases AI System Performance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the core of the next wave of IT systems, and it is time to get ready. The past year has seen tremendous growth in the adoption of artificial intelligence systems to help companies improve operational insights and provide enhanced customer service experiences.  If you aren’t leveraging AI to support your…

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Connected Data To Drive Service Assurance In IT
  • June 22, 2020

Connected Data to Drive Service Assurance in IT

IT Service Management (ITSM) staff have a unique challenge to provide service assurance across a broad and diverse technology ecosystem. Connected data is essential to enable them to do their job effectively.  Your incident and problem management staff don’t know what they don’t know.  They can only see the data that is made available…

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Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate It!
  • June 18, 2020

Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate it!

If you are simply “lifting and shifting” data from one place to another, you are missing out on the power that a data integration platform can bring you.  It is time to look beyond extract, transfer, load (ETL) from individual source systems, and expand your integrations to include multi-source joins that enable you to…

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Deploy And Manage Your Integrations Anywhere, Anytime
  • June 15, 2020

Deploy and manage your integrations anywhere, anytime

With Actian DataConnect Integration manager, you can deploy, configure, manage and repair your integrations anywhere - meaning if it resides in the cloud, on-prem, or even if it is embedded in your SaaS applications, anytime. The latest release of Actian DataConnect Integration manager includes an important set of enhancements to the Integration Manager API…

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Actian Integration Platform Helps Healthcare Companies Quickly Onboard New Customers And Carriers
  • May 13, 2020

Actian Integration Platform Helps Healthcare Companies Quickly Onboard New Customers and Carriers

Healthcare companies are experiencing some trying times, made worse by the COVID-19 crisis.   Competitors are now becoming partners, research institutions, and pharma companies are taking a more active role in monitoring patient care, and governments are closely monitoring statistics on patient diagnosis.  Everyone in the extended healthcare industry is actively seeking to understand, plan,…

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Why Data Interoperability Is Vital In Healthcare
  • May 12, 2020

Why Data Interoperability is Vital in Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fatal cracks in the way healthcare organizations share patient data. Actian DataConnect can help – supporting various healthcare industry standards and enabling rapid data interoperability interchange and transformation of electronic health records (EHR) between healthcare entities.  All while supporting data quality and adhering to healthcare privacy and security regulations.…

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DataConnect Studio – Making Integration Even Easier
  • May 11, 2020

DataConnect Studio – Making integration even easier

Actian DataConnect was designed to make integrating your data sources easy so you can realize the vision of “connecting anything, anywhere, anytime.”  The latest updates to the DataConnect Studio make integration even easier with an enhanced set of features to enable you to set up new connections and map data quickly. Mapping Wizard The…

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Healthcare Companies Need To Be Aware Of Health Information Exchange Rule Changes And Understand How It Impacts Them.
  • May 5, 2020

Healthcare Companies Need to be Aware of Health Information Exchange Rule Changes and Understand how it Impacts them.

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) play a critical role in enabling healthcare companies to share data by getting clinical information to where it is needed.  HIEs gather electronic medical information or EMR (Electronic Medical records ) from hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers across a region so the data can be shared securely.  This enables…

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Connected Data Makes Compliance Easier
  • April 22, 2020

Connected Data Makes Compliance Easier

Regulatory compliance can be a headache for any company.  If you do business globally, the challenge is even more significant.  Governmental regulations vary greatly across countries and even within local regions.  If that weren’t difficult enough, add on a continuous stream of regulatory changes, and you have a real problem.  Whether you are trying…

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In Healthcare, Connected Data Drives Holistic Patient Care
  • April 16, 2020

In Healthcare, Connected Data Drives Holistic Patient Care

Providing high-quality patient care is a team effort. Data is what enables healthcare professionals to understand the full scope of issues patients are facing, share diagnostic data, coordinate care across providers to ensure the best quality treatment recommendations, and follow-up care.  Over the past decade, healthcare companies have drastically expanded their use of technology…

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Five Reasons Why You Need An Enterprise Data Integration Strategy
  • March 31, 2020

Five Reasons Why You Need an Enterprise Data Integration Strategy

Modern businesses don't run on a single application – they leverage many IT systems to provide the capabilities to enable operational processes and users to be effective.  To ensure complex IT environments run smoothly, companies are placing increased focus on how systems are integrated, and the activities required to manage integrations across the ecosystem. …

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Capabilities To Enable The Next Wave Of Digital Transformation
  • March 10, 2020

Capabilities to Enable the Next Wave of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination.  Over the past few years, companies of all sizes, across industries have embarked on digital transformation journeys to modernize the way they leverage technology within their organizations. Business processes have been re-defined and deeply integrated with IT systems, applications, and automation capabilities to create highly efficient…

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Do You Need A Data Fabric?
  • March 3, 2020

Do you Need a Data Fabric?

Are you challenged to provide faster access to integrated data across a diverse and distributed IT landscape? Over the past few years, IT organizations are increasingly being asked to automate the systems and processes involved in integrating and preparing their data for reporting, leveraging things like active metadata, artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning…

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Is Your Integration Platform Ready To Embrace Emerging Technology Trends?
  • February 25, 2020

Is your Integration Platform Ready to Embrace Emerging Technology Trends?

Some exciting technology trends are emerging that are projected to hit the mainstream over the next few years that will have a significant impact on your data management systems.  Will your integration platform be ready to support these new trends?  If not, now is the time to act so you will be prepared to…

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Robotic Process Automation Is Hot – Integration Is Not!
  • February 24, 2020

Robotic Process Automation is Hot – Integration is Not!

Robotic process automation (or RPA for short) is the term used to describe the next generation of technology-enabled workflow management capabilities.  RPA solutions come in various sizes and shapes from a myriad of different vendors. RPA is the current buzzword and has enormous growth opportunity but integration is complex and requires expensive skills and…

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Thinking Of Buying An Integration Solution?
  • February 10, 2020

Thinking of Buying an Integration Solution?

How to Break Free From Pay “Per-Connector Pricing Model.” According to Gartner: "Many integration providers base pricing of the components of their enterprise integration platform as a service (eiPaaS) suite on the range of functionality and variable items — such as the number of applications connected via the platform, a number of users or…

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Why Stream Data Integration Is A Must-Have Delivery Style
  • February 6, 2020

Why Stream Data Integration is a Must-Have Delivery Style

In the next few years, it is projected that more than half of major new business systems will use real-time connected data and continuous intelligence to improve decision making.  You can’t have continuous intelligence without continuous data ingestion or real-time connected data for decision making if you’re working off data that is processed in…

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Why Integration Is So Critical For Robotic Process Automation Vendors
  • January 21, 2020

Why Integration is so critical for Robotic Process Automation Vendors

Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the fastest-growing trends in the IT industry.  This next-generation of workflow management capabilities is poised to be an essential enabler for companies seeking to optimize their digitally transformed business processes for peak efficiency.  For RPA vendors, one of the critical capabilities that must be developed in your…

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Why DataConnect Inside Is The Right Platform For Delivering Embedded Integration
  • January 13, 2020

Why DataConnect Inside is the Right Platform for Delivering Embedded Integration

Many software as a service (SaaS) companies are looking at embedding integration capabilities into their SaaS offerings as a way of making their solutions both more appealing to customers and more profitable for them as providers.  Embedded integration can make SaaS solutions easier to adopt, cheaper to integrate and more difficult to replace when…

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Checklist – Things To Consider In An IPaaS Vendor For Embedded Integration
  • January 6, 2020

Checklist – Things to Consider in an iPaaS Vendor for Embedded Integration

Many software as a service (SaaS) companies are looking at embedding integration capabilities into their SaaS offerings as a way of making their solutions both more appealing to customers and more profitable for them as providers.  Embedded integration can make SaaS solutions easier to adopt, cheaper to integrate, and more difficult to replace when…

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Why Do SaaS Companies Need An Integration Platform With Their Offering?
  • December 16, 2019

Why do SaaS companies need an integration platform with their offering?

Over the past five years, software as a service (SaaS) has become the go-to delivery model for providing software capabilities to businesses. SaaS solutions provide low capital outlay for infrastructure, a scalable operating cost model and the availability of robust capabilities and specialized features that business stakeholders desire.  In most cases it is cheaper,…

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IPaaS Is Key To Accelerating Innovation
  • October 28, 2019

IPaaS is Key to Accelerating Innovation

Your business is evolving quickly with new competitors, changing customer needs, and the continuous refinement of both your business processes and product/service offerings to make the best of market opportunities.  Sustainable competitive advantage in this environment is built on three things – information, innovation, and agility. Your leaders understand this, which is why they…

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Using DataConnect To Acquire, Prepare And Deliver Data To Avalanche
  • October 18, 2019

Using DataConnect to Acquire, Prepare and Deliver Data to Avalanche

Actian recently announced the availability of Avalanche on the Azure platform, extending the capabilities already available on AWS.  This announcement is exciting news for customers because it means greater flexibility and choice in selecting cloud operating environments as well as creating the opportunity for a multi-cloud deployment. Actian DataConnect enhances the capabilities of Avalanche…

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How Data Integration Can Help Reduce Technical Debt
  • September 3, 2019

How Data Integration Can Help Reduce Technical Debt

Whenever you create, install or implement a new process, system or tool in your IT environment, you generate technical debt that must be supported and maintained for the life of the component. The impact of a single connections may not seem significant but when you consider, however, the thousands (if not millions) of components,…

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How Often Do You Update Your Data Connections?
  • August 29, 2019

How Often Do You Update Your Data Connections?

Modern IT environments have many connections between individual systems. Operational workflows, application-to-database links, data warehouse feeds, analytics/reporting tools and published APIs are just some examples of these data connections. They’re required to enable data to flow smoothly throughout your organization to drive business process effectiveness and informed decision-making.  After you create a data connection,…

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If ETL Is Integration Hell, How Do I Avoid It And Go To Heaven?
  • August 22, 2019

If ETL Is Integration Hell, How Do I Avoid It and Go to Heaven?

Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) is the process that has been used to share data between applications, transactional systems, and data warehouses for decades.  It essentially works like this; you define an integration, pull the data out of the source system, use some mapping and aggregation rules to transform the data into the format…

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Considering Cloud Migration? First, Read This Checklist.
  • August 5, 2019

Considering Cloud Migration? First, Read This Checklist.

Most modern companies have fully embraced the cloud as the preferred place to host the applications that their businesses use.  Many new applications are “cloud-native” or are designed specifically for operating in the cloud, while many of the legacy applications that your company uses today may have been designed to run on hardware in…

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What You Should Know Before Moving To A Multi-Cloud Environment
  • July 30, 2019

What You Should Know Before Moving to a Multi-Cloud Environment

Most IT leaders will agree: the cloud is the right place to host and operate many of their applications and systems. What isn’t quite as clear for these leaders is “which cloud” they should use. The answer is “There is no right answer.” Each company (and application) has its own unique set of technical…

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How To Address Integration Challenges With The Proliferation Of IoT Devices
  • July 16, 2019

How to Address Integration Challenges with the Proliferation of IoT Devices

During the past few years, IoT devices have evolved from being a consumer novelty to a core part of next-generation IT ecosystems for businesses of all sizes. IoT devices (such as smart watches, fitbits, home sensors, RFID point of sale scanners, heartbeat monitors, etc) have become attractive and useful because of their inexpensive price…

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4 Steps To Build A Capability-Based Data Integration Strategy
  • July 10, 2019

4 Steps to Build a Capability-Based Data Integration Strategy

Data integration will be one of the most important strategic challenges any company’s IT organization will face during the next few years. As rapidly evolving market environments and the drive for business agility compel company leaders to demand better integrated data during near-real time, IT executives and their architects will be faced with an…

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The Importance Of Data Stewardship Agreements Across Companies
  • July 9, 2019

The Importance of Data Stewardship Agreements Across Companies

There has been much talk recently about the technical implications of leveraging SaaS solutions and the benefits of integrating data across supply-chain networks. Today, most companies aren’t vertically integrated and, therefore, rely on a network of suppliers and distribution partners to transform raw materials into the finished goods and services customers consume. It makes…

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2019 Data Management Trends And How They Will Affect Integration
  • June 10, 2019

2019 Data Management Trends and How They Will Affect Integration

2019 is becoming an exciting year for the data management community. Many of the trends of the past few years have successfully made the transition from emerging concepts to mainstream solution approaches. While trends are important building blocks about how companies approach their data management today, they are also providing insights into future capabilities…

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Actian DataConnect V11.5 Is Here!
  • June 7, 2019

Actian DataConnect v11.5 Is Here!

It’s with great excitement that we announce the release of Actian DataConnect 11.5. This release includes a new set of robust and intuitive features to make the integration and design experience simpler and faster. From mapping and process design enhancements in DataConnect Studio to new and improved connectivity tools in UniversalConnectTM and user-management features…

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A Guide To Adopting Hybrid Integration Platform
  • June 6, 2019

A Guide to Adopting Hybrid Integration Platform

There are three key trends that have motivated a rapid yet radical transition in how organizations manage their information environments, namely: AS-A-SERVICE PLATFORMS, such as software as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments, that allow organizations to transition core business and data management functionality to external service providers CLOUD COMPUTING, which provides a broad array…

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Digital Transformation Begins With Integration
  • June 3, 2019

Digital Transformation Begins with Integration

Almost every company is embarking on some sort of digital-transformation initiative – reshaping the relationships between employees and business processes and the technology that supports them. At the heart of any digitally transformed operation is data – data about your company’s operations, data about your customers and suppliers and data about your environment. What…

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Shadow IT Isn’t A Big Deal If You Manage The Data
  • May 24, 2019

Shadow IT isn’t a Big Deal if You Manage the Data

IT organizations have been fighting the trend of “shadow IT” for many years, fearing it will cause them to lose control of the company’s technology environment and lessen the importance of IT staff. Perhaps it is time for a different perspective. Shadow IT doesn’t have to be a big deal (it can even be…

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Breaking Down Data Silos
  • May 23, 2019

Breaking Down Data Silos

Are your employees hoarding data (and do they even realize it)? If your answer is “no,” then you might want to look again. Data silos are one of the biggest issues preventing operational processes from achieving peak productivity and business leaders from making informed decisions. Almost every company faces this issue and those that…

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Enable A Modern Supply-Chain Agility With B2B Integration
  • May 22, 2019

Enable a Modern Supply-Chain Agility with B2B Integration

When most company leaders think about their data warehouse and the systems connected to it, they typically think about their internal IT systems. For companies with outsourced supply chains, real time integration with their suppliers’ systems and data warehouse can enable better insights, better security and more supply-chain agility. Very few companies today are…

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Connect SaaS Services Across Your Organization
  • May 15, 2019

Connect SaaS Services Across Your Organization

Increasingly, companies are embracing the use of SaaS and other cloud services to give their employees the feature-rich capabilities they require at an affordable cost. IT leaders are finding it much more efficient to buy IT services already built than to build and operate them internally. Buying SaaS solutions and other technology capabilities from…

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5 Ways A Hybrid Integration Platform Can Make Your Data More Secure
  • April 1, 2019

5 Ways A Hybrid Integration Platform Can Make Your Data More Secure

Core to the success of any digital business transformation is the ability to rapidly and securely bridge intra- and inter-enterprise hybrid IT environments; including cloud, on-premises, and embedded applications and their associated data. Digital Supply Chain integration and management is a strategic imperative for the modern enterprise and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) alike.…

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How A Hybrid Integration Platform Can Accelerate Data Migration
  • March 13, 2019

How a Hybrid Integration Platform Can Accelerate Data Migration

Companies around the world are migrating their IT and business applications from on-premises data centers to cloud environments. The benefits of hosting apps in the cloud are clear and well understood; however, the process of data migration is much more challenging than one would think. Migrating data between different applications that are either located…

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Announcing The Availability Of Actian DataConnect On AWS Marketplace
  • March 12, 2019

Announcing the Availability of Actian DataConnect on AWS Marketplace

We are excited to announce that Actian DataConnect suite of products are now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Actian DataConnect is a hybrid integration solution that enables you to quickly and easily design, deploy, and manage integrations on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.  DataConnect engineered to help you cost-effectively integrate diverse data…

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Why Choose IPaaS For Your Hybrid Integration Needs?
  • February 28, 2019

Why Choose iPaaS for your Hybrid Integration Needs?

The data your company manages is both diverse and ever changing. Connecting source systems across hybrid infrastructure environments may seem challenging initially, but keeping your connections current with the myriad of changes occurring in your IT environment is where you will truly experience a headache. Implementing an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solution,…

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How Do I Know What I Need To Connect?
  • January 7, 2019

How Do I Know What I Need to Connect?

With digital transformation of business, companies are learning about the importance of data when fueling their digital business processes. Data from on-premises, cloud, infrastructure systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and the edge all have parts to play to enable decision-making and the efficient performance of business processes. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI),…

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Why Hybrid Integration Is The Key To Digital Transformation
  • December 19, 2018

Why Hybrid Integration Is the Key to Digital Transformation

Digital transformation of business is one of the biggest trends of the IT industry during the past few years and is projected to continue to be an important part of companies' business strategies through 2020. With digital transformation initiatives, companies are transforming business processes to leverage modern technology in new ways - deeply integrating…

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Data Integration: The Connective Tissue Of Business
  • December 7, 2018

Data Integration: The Connective Tissue of Business

People, products, processes and systems may come and go, but, regardless, of the structural components of your business, data is the one thing that brings all the pieces together, so you can perform as a cohesive unit. There is no question modern businesses are evolving quickly. Market opportunities are short-lived, technology advancements are happening…

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Actian DataConnect V11.3 Released
  • August 3, 2018

Actian DataConnect v11.3 Released

Greetings Actian DataConnect Community, It’s my pleasure to announce the availability of Actian DataConnect version 11.3 and I’d like to introduce you to some amazing new features! Orchestration Invoker The new Orchestration Invoker process design component provides you with the ability to create more reliable and efficient integration templates by invoking combinations of smaller,…

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Reusable Templates And Macros For Actian’s Hybrid Integration Manager
  • November 3, 2017

Reusable templates and macros for Actian’s Hybrid Integration Manager

It's a pretty exciting time to be a User Experience Designer here at Actian! We are working on some great new features for Hybrid Integration Manager and I wanted to share with you two features that really promote reusability. Reusability is a reoccurring theme that we have heard from you, our customers, that we…

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DataConnect 11.1 Highlights
  • July 19, 2017

DataConnect 11.1 Highlights

I am excited to share news of our most recent release of DataConnect 11.1. This release wraps up a significant phase in that it provides backwards compatible support for our customers who use EDI x12, HIPAA, and HL7 connectors and components. If you use Data Integrator version 9 to process those documents, you can…

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Four Tips To Accelerate Your ServiceNow Integration Using Actian PointConnect
  • June 20, 2017

Four Tips to Accelerate your ServiceNow integration using Actian PointConnect

Deploying new applications is a fact of life in business. But oftentimes, a seemingly simple integration can quickly become more complex and costly than anticipated. If you are one of the thousands of organizations planning to use, or already using, ServiceNow, you’ll want to keep in mind a few things to make your investment…

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Introducing Actian DataConnect 11
  • May 11, 2017

Introducing Actian DataConnect 11

We are proud to introduce the latest release of Actian DataConnect. We listened to our customers and adopted a 'back to basics' approach with the new product architecture. A lightweight desktop installation for design and a flexible SDK and CLI for run-time are the core components which will plug into any existing job management…

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