Acronyms have haunted every aspect of systems development for decades, and the data-movement domain is no exception. Three key processes commonly used to move data from one application or system to another are known as ETL: extraction, transformation and loading.
Stories by Scott Steinacher
Acronyms have haunted every aspect of systems development for decades, and the data-movement domain is no exception. Three key processes commonly used to move data from one application or system to another are known as ETL, for extraction, transformation, and loading.
With Y2K issues a distant memory, businesses around the globe have shifted their focus to the Internet. Web site development, groupware deployment, e-commerce projects, and legacy-to-Web initiatives have conspired with ongoing projects to place new demands on servers. As a result, many technology managers are re-evaluating their enterprise servers with an eye toward the future.
Giving users access to the Internet is a hot topic within corporate and government circles. High on the list of concerns are reduced productivity and the risk of litigation via exposure to objectionable materials. But given the Web's value as both a research tool and an extension of a business to its customers, denying access to it is an untenable position. If you need to limit your users' Web access, consider WebWasher from webwasher.com AG.
IBM Corp's venerable AS/400 could be the most misunderstood computer on the planet. Despite a 10-year history and worldwide sales of 700,000 units, it remains something of a mystery -- even among fans who support the platform with Macintosh-like devotion. Given its broad range of capabilities, some confusion is inevitable. From its origins as a terminal-centric, 48-bit box known best for 5250 "green-screen" applications, the AS/400 has evolved into a sleek, 64-bit machine that supports e-commerce, ERP (enterprise resource planning), CRM (customer relationship management), business intelligence, and back-office applications with equal aplomb. In 1995, IBM dubbed these newer models AS/400e servers.
Many organizations rely on hard-copy, greenbar reports for their accounting, sales, and inventory data. These mainframe-style reports can contain useful information, but of course their usefulness is limited because paper is a static medium that confines data and inhibits analysis. What's more, hard-copy distribution is costly and inefficient because operators must print, burst, and deliver reports manually.
IF VARIETY is the spice of life, today's IT arena is hotter than a field of sun-ripened chili peppers. Never before have we faced such a diverse array of platforms, databases, applications, and operating systems.