Talend Goes Real Time with Data Integration Software
June 30, 2009 Alex Woodie
Talend last week unveiled a new version of its extract, transform, and load (ETL) tool that delivers real time integration of connected systems. The new offering, called Talend Integration Suite RTX, allows customers to feed data from one system to another as the data is changed or originated, eliminating the reliance on batch-based data feeds that are hours or days old, and opening up new revenue sources for customers, Talend says.
Talend Integration Suite RTX is the latest iteration of data integration tools from the Los Altos, California, company. The offering builds off the company’s flagship offering, the open source Talend Open Studio, and Talend Integration Suite, which is a for-fee product. The software can be accessed through the Eclipse development framework.
RTX gives customers the capability to act on new data immediately, instead of waiting hours or days to update data into a decision-support system. For example, an online merchant could use RTX to get the information necessary “to make promotional offers on-the-fly, based on user behavior, resulting in more targeted offers with better response rates,” Talend says.
The offering introduces a new message-based architecture and change data capture technology that processes data in real time, and at very low latencies, Talend says. Real time integration tasks are triggered when a message arrives through a JMS-compliant messaging system (such as JBoss), or through an enterprise service bus, RPC, HTTP, or socket listeners. Customers can control message volume and latencies in RTX through a “trickle-feed” basis, or configure the events to arrive in small batches.
RTX supports the same data sources as the other Talend products, including i OS data, which the vendor has been supporting since October 2007. Talend is also employed as the ETL component of the “Smart i” business intelligence platform that Key Information Systems introduced in May. IBM‘s DB2 Web Query software provides the analytical brains for the Smart i offering.
The promise of real-time access to data is very enticing for IT professionals, as it opens up a new level of speed and service. “As the speed of business increases, IT organizations need to provide efficient and reliable technology to ensure the consistency of data across the information system, and its immediate availability for efficient decision-making,” says Fabrice Bonan, co-founder and COO of Talend. “Talend Integration Suite RTX provides–in one unified platform–all the features needed by the enterprise to consolidate their real-time integration needs.”
For more information on Talend Integration Suite RTX, see the company’s Web site at www.talend.com.