No doubt you've heard of semantic data integration-or, at least, you have if you read this blog regularly. Hint, hint.
It's all fine and well to read about something, but sometimes you've got to roll up your sleeves and really try it out to understand how it would-or wouldn't-work for you.
And now you can. expressor software is offering a free 30-day evaluation edition of its hosted semantic data integration system.
expressor software has been around since 2003, and at its core, it is an ETL tool. But last year, when it released an semantic data integration system, it received attention from several prestigious research groups.
Gartner named expressor in its March list of "Cool Vendors in Data Management and Integration." The new tool also received upbeat reviews from Philip Howard, a research director with Bloor Research, and Dr. Dave Waddington, senior vice president and head of research for The Information Difference.
Both analysts were impressed with the fact that expressor was built from the ground up to incorporate features other vendors have 'tacked on' over the years. And both liked expressor's main differentiator - the semantic awareness, which Howard explained thusly:
"Specifically, expressor is semantically-aware. That is to say, it knows that customer# is the same thing as customer_no, which is the same as customer ID and so on. What that means in practice is two things: first, it means that the environment is much easier for business analysts to use in collaboration with developers, because it is using common terminology and, secondly, it means that mappings between sources and targets that have these equivalents can be automated and do not need to be specified."
Waddington also thought companies might be able to realize a lower total cost of ownership with expressor's pricing models, which include a usage-based runtime option, meaning you're charged only for the number of channels you use. He added that expressor offered 'hundreds and thousands' of built-in data item correlations for a range of vertical markets.
The evaluation edition allows developers to create, test, modify and run expressor drawings-using expressor illustrator, a visual integration design tool-on up to four projects. It also includes free technical support, and your developers will have access to all product documentation. You can access it without a software download through Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services. More technical details about the free tool are available in the press release.