October 4, 2011 – Kalido has put ETL on notice with automation updates to its data warehouse integration solution.

At the Teradata PARTNERS Conference, Kalido launched Kalido Information Engine version 9.0, its updated platform for integration and implementation of data warehouse architecture. Automation has been expanded from the information landing zone to the BI metadata, with a 65-percent reduction in data integration efforts, according to a news release from Kalido. That business-model-based automation cuts or reduces the need for separate ETL tools, and eliminates many of the long-standing manual loading and testing for integrating data, says John Evans, Kalido director of product marketing.

“Those are a whole bunch of steps that usually take people on a 12- or 18-month odyssey,” Evans says. “If we can capture those requirements and generate a conceptual model upfront, and automatically generate things you’d do manually, this saves a huge amount of time and integration efforts between tools.”

Lorita Vannah, director of marketing/communications with Kalido, says that this also lessens the confusion in data integration and frees up time for IT officers. With the new features, Evans says customers can develop and deploy their data platform within 90 days.

Other new aspects in the latest edition include a unified load controller for all data warehouse loading, including reference data and transaction, and native integration with analytics platforms such as IBM Cognos, Microsoft SSAS, QlikView and SAP BusinessObjects, as well as connections for MicroStrategy, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and SAS.  

Philip Howard, analyst with Bloor Research, says the updated release holds promise in savings for many enterprises looking to implement a data warehouse. However, he says promises of “sunsetting for ETL” are premature, due to existing ETL infrastructure and a lack of complex transformations that aren’t supported by Kalido.

“I think the release is very interesting and it should save significant time and money for many, though not all, companies. However, how easy it will be to market on this basis may be another matter, because of the political implications with respect to existing investments in ETL technology,” Howard says.

Kalido is holding a Web seminar about the new version of Kalido Information Engine at 11 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Oct. 18. Click here to register.

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