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A Wealth of New Data Sources in Version 13

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Posted on 05/07/2014

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You asked for more data sources. Windward Studios has delivered! Here are the new data sources you’ll find in Version 13: OData, JSON, salesforce.com and Oracle. Get the scoop on each below.

Big Data

Windward has been following the big data trend over the past year and has responded to your call for big data connectivity. With so much data being collected by various systems and devices, the current relational database methods have suddenly hit their limitations.

Big data is all about connecting large data sets in order to correlate relationships among them to provide meaningful results. Here at Windward we are all about the end result, in this case your final generated report. In order to get you what you need to tackle your big data reporting, we have introduced connectivity to OData.

OData

OData LogoMicrosoft defined the OData protocol model in order to solve the problem of data being collected by many different sources (phones, tablets, web browsers, etc.) and then being exposed in a different way for each application. There is a great article on Codebase explaining the OData protocol.

What does this all mean? It means code in your application that is required to work with other APIs (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) must be uniquely written and updated for each API. This involves a lot of extra work, and clean coding is all about the reuse of code. OData provides a simple way to access all this data in a uniform manner. Microsoft has written a great article explaining this.

Windward gives you the ability to use the power of simplicity in the OData protocol in order to return data to your reports from many sources in the simplest manner possible. We have adapted our data selection wizard to conform to OData to assist you in creating these new queries. As a Microsoft Partner, Windward is looking forward to the development and usage of OData and its continued usage in our products.

Web-Based Data

JSON

JSON LogoJSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, has been promoted as a better alternative for data transfer than XML because of one single fact: it is a lightweight option. Windward has seen the trend in providing data via web services move from raw XML to the faster and lighter JSON notation. As Web 2.0 technologies become more common, Windward believes the demand for JSON will grow. This has already been echoed by our prospects and customers and we have answered the call by providing connectivity.

JSON can be consumed via our older XML driver connector or by the new standard data source connector.

Salesforce.com

Salesforce LogoWindward knows many companies today live and die by salesforce.com®. With business-critical data stored in salesforce.com, many clients and prospects have asked for the ability to retrieve this information with Windward products.

We are happy to announce the day has finally come and Windward products fully connect with salesforce.com. You will now be able to connect to your salesforce.com instance and retrieve accounts, leads, opportunities and contacts, among others.

Why limit yourself to the same boring reports salesforce.com gives you? Get started building elegant sales presentations today with Windward products and our connection to salesforce.com.

SQL-Based Data

Oracle Logo.svgWindward has been an Oracle® Partner and provided support for Oracle database connections since our products’ inception more than 10 years ago. In the past, connecting to an Oracle database required more effort than other database connections largely because of the connector Oracle provides. Anyone who has an Oracle database knows it is highly customizable but with that customization can come extra work when integrating with other applications.

In Version 13, Windward has changed the way its .NET Engine accesses Oracle databases by upgrading to Oracle’s “managed code” connector. What does this mean for you? You no longer have to install the Oracle client on your system in order to connect to an Oracle database. The Java Engine still makes use of the JDBC connector, so this change affects only the Windward .NET Engine.

Get more information on how to make use of the updated .NET Connector.

Version 13 Feature List

New data sources are just one of the many changes coming to Windward products. See what else is in the works with our comprehensive Version 13 feature list.

 

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Author: Ryan Fligg

Ryan, Windward's Sales Engineer, has been with Windward since 2006 in many roles as a sales engineer, IT specialist and account executive. Ryan's background fuels his desire to guide Windward's product development. He now works on the future vision of Windward offerings through creating the product roadmap, responding to customer requests, and communicating what Windward is doing and where it’s headed.

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