Introduction to ETL Software

ETL software has been an essential piece of technology for enterprises as they consolidate and transform data from multiple sources for business intelligence and analytics.

ETL software is responsible for Extracting, Transforming and Loading data from one data source to another target system. ETL software has traditionally been used to:

  • Extract data from a wide variety of data sources.

  • Transform data by cleansing, filtering or reformatting it to make it easier to access by other systems and applications.

  • Load the transform data into a target database, data warehouse, data mart or other data repository

As valuable as ETL software has been for enterprises, traditional ETL technology has a hard time keeping pace with evolving business requirements. Data volumes continue to rise, data warehouses are increasingly complex, and organizations are looking to real-time data streams for insight intelligence. Managing ETL with conventional ETL software is typically a complex and time-consuming process that adds costly delay and potential risk to business intelligence projects and can’t process data fast enough for real-time analytics.

To get the most value from investments in data, data storage and data analytics, enterprises need ETL solutions and a data transformation tool that can significantly accelerate and simplify data migration, data transformation and data ingestion into new targets.

Qlik Compose® automates and accelerates ETL software

Qlik Compose is an agile data warehouse automation solution that enables enterprises to streamline data warehousing design, development and rollout.

Qlik Compose automatically generates ETL code, quickly applying updates, leveraging best practices and using proven design patterns. By automatically generating end-to-end workflow from data ingest to report generation, Qlik Compose helps enterprises reduce their dependence on development resources and enables data warehouses to be designed, created, loaded and updated much more quickly. One Fortune 500 company, for example, was able to reduce the time required for ETL data coding from 45 days to two days, reducing implementation costs by 80%.

Qlik Replicate®: augmenting ETL software

Qlik Replicate adds even more power to ETL software through log-based change data capture (CDC) technology. Integrating seamlessly with Qlik Compose, Qlik Replicate combines real-time source data integration with automated ETL generation and supports the industry’s broadest range of heterogeneous data sources.Qlik Replicate’s CDC technology captures only the changes made to underlying source systems, avoiding the need to run periodic batch jobs. Replicate works seamlessly with ETL software by providing change tables that can be read using SQL, and by allowing changes to be processed in micro-batch, mini-batch or in continuous streams. Qlik Replicate can be integrated with a wide variety of ETL tools, including Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS ETL), IBM WebSphere DataStage, Oracle Data Integrator and many other tools.

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