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Rick Barton

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am delighted to blog for the BeyeNETWORK, and I'm really looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts with you. My main focus will be data integration, although I don't plan to restrict myself just to this topic. Data integration is a very exciting space at the moment, and there is a lot to blog about. But there is also a big, wide IT and business world out there that I'd like to delve into when it seems relevant. I hope this blog will stimulate, occasionally educate and, who knows, possibly even entertain. In turn, I wish to expand my own knowledge and hope to achieve this through feedback from you, the community, so if you can spare the time please do get involved. Rick

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Rick is the director (and founder) at edexe. He has more than 20 years of IT delivery experience, ranging from complex technical development through to strategic DI consultancy for FTSE 100 companies. With more than 10 years of DI experience from hands-on development to architecture and consulting and everything in between, Rick’s particular passion is how to successfully adopt and leverage DI tools within an enterprise setting. Rick can be contacted directly at

November 2009 Archives

I'm really looking forward to an X88/expressor/emunio webinar next week.  X88 is a new entrant into the data profiling market, but it does much, much more than just profiling. 


For a start the product will profile and automatically cross reference all data loaded into their database and it can handle very high volumes.  That's great as it stands, however what it allows you to do with that data is even better!


Using the loaded data X88 provides a business friendly interface to prototype transformation rules in real time so that the effect of transformations can be viewed in real time.  This provides a visual, real time and iterative method of understanding the effects of your business transformation and cleansing rules.


And it keeps on getting better......


Once you have completed your prototyping you can then a) produce a specification for your ETL tool detailing the transformations and b) create a file of the transformed data.  This file can then be used to test your ETL code (if it doesn't match the ETL output then the code is wrong!) and to test your target systems to check the correctness of the prototype.


All of this is done without the need for any traditional coding, which means that timescales for business rules and timescales for testing can be aggressively reduced.


Add to this expressor's semantic DI capability for the ETL, which incidentally has the effect of compressing development timescales, and this solution has a significant impact along the whole development lifecycle.


If you want to find out more then register for the webinar here

Posted November 13, 2009 2:04 PM
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