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Integration? Striim gives NonStop users the ability to connect with the world.
Connectivity is the glue without which information wouldn’t be easily realized. With so many sources creating data continuously, those enterprises with superior data integration models achieve greater business outcomes when compared with their peers. Data may indeed be the currency of business, but connectivity more correctly can identify with modern supply chains as it ensures every party needing access to data is continuously fed what they require.
Communications between parties is null and void without connectivity and just as today’s modern supply chains depend on the many links that make up the chain, so too do enterprises looking to outperform their competitors. Late to market with incomplete products only sees opportunities vanish and when it comes to the many links in the chain in support of data movement, the degree with which they integrate across disparate processes and databases allows enterprises to benefit from the rich currency the data produces.
For the NonStop community, there never has been an issue when it comes to creating data. The role most often played by NonStop is to be the first point of contact with end users, be they consumers or business partners. That instigation of a transaction is rich in meaningful data, whether it is knowing the time when transactions being processed are most prevalent or where locations can highlight which products and services are most in demand. The connection between NonStop and that first transaction is well-known and whether it’s an ATM or a production line robot, the connections that fan out from NonStop ensure the most reliable delivery of data of any out-of-the-box solution today.
“When you consider the role that NonStop plays within our user community,” said Nathan Barney, Striim Alliance and Partner Marketing, “you can appreciate why connectivity is of the utmost importance to them. We regularly reference the importance of seamless connectivity between NonStop and any mix of modern, hybrid environments as being the driver for deploying a data streaming platform such as Striim.” This has been a topic that has continued to resonate within Striim and continues to be the subject of posts to the Striim blog.
In his July 2022 post, Technical Considerations for Selecting and Integration Tool, Striim’s John Kutay makes the underlying connectivity aspects of integration central to his post:
“Modern organizations collect vast amounts of data from different systems, such as application servers, CRM and ERP systems, and databases. Getting access to this data and analyzing it can be a challenge. You can use data integration to resolve this challenge and generate a unified view of your company’s data. That’s why around 80% of business operations executives say that data integration is crucial to their current operations. For this purpose, you can use a data integration tool — a type of software that can move data from your source systems to destination systems.”
And when it comes to the first steps that need to be taken when looking at integration then the subject quickly becomes one of connectivity options:
“The first step is to consider what data sources and destinations you have so you can look for data connectors that can move data between them.
“Generally, data sources in an organization can include data sets in spreadsheets, accounting software, marketing tools, web tracking, customer relationship management systems (CRMs), enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs), databases, and so on. If you’re planning to aggregate data from different sources and load them into data repositories for storage or analysis, you need to look for destination coverage. This includes coverage for relational databases (e.g., Oracle), data warehouses (e.g., Snowflake), and data lakes (e.g., AWS S3).”
It is also a subject where flexibility is important. What may be a priority today may be less so in the future. What might initially be an outlier in terms of capabilities may become mainstream as technology changes. Connectivity choices will always be broad but deploying a connectivity offering that already supports the most popular connection models, notes Kutay, allows enterprises to react to market opportunities the instant they arise.
“Based on your needs, you might need to replicate data in more ways than one. That’s why your data integration should have flexible support on how you can replicate your data.
“For example, full data replication copies all data — whether it’s new, updated, or existing — from source to destination. It’s a good option for small tables or tables that don’t have a primary key. However, it’s not efficient, as it can take more time and resources.”
This and much more is covered in this latest post from John Kutay and can be accessed via the hyperlink provided above or by simply pasting this link into your browser –
And when you go to the Striim web page, take a look too at the web site. It has undergone a major upgrade that makes it easier to find out more about Striim and what it can do for any NonStop user. Communication comes in many forms and is never far removed from discussions on connectivity, but it’s important to remember that for Striim it’s also about succinctly conveying the capabilities and benefits customers realize when using Striim.
Should you have any questions about Striim meeting your needs to integrate data created on NonStop then don’t hesitate to reach out to either the Striim team or your local NonStop sales and solutions architects. Each of us would be only too happy to hear from you, anytime on any matter related to data and to improving the ability for NonStop to better integrate with today’s world of hybrid IT.
Sr Director of Global Alliances, Striim Inc.