There is one project in data management I believe everybody tries to avoid: legacy data import. Let’s face it, it’s one of the most complicated, time consuming, and painful aspects of any data management project deployment. Legacy data import usually lead to tons of related problems such as how to map data to a new or existing system, how to import data physically, how to validate that all data has been imported done, and how to teach other people to use and access data in the new system.
Enterprise systems and vendors have plenty of tools and recommendations on how to do it. Yet it’s never easy and usually involves an outsource service team to deploy and implement. Even the most “modern” of data management solutions require data imports. By their nature, data management requires data and that data has to be imported into the data management system. But is there a better way? Yes, we think so.
At Inforbix we place significant focus on the simplicity of acquiring data which we think, can help avoid or greatly reduce the pain of legacy data imports. Inforbix uses product data crawlers to scan and index data in its original location and source. It does so seamlessly and without any effort or involvement from anyone. Legacy data, included in the Inforbix scan, simply become data that is exposed and made available automatically without actually touching it. Let me give you one example of legacy data: Excel spreadsheets containing BOM information. With Inforbix, all Excel files are scanned and index in their original location. Using Inforbix Search, one of several Inforbix apps, you can locate the exact Excel worksheet you need and convert it into a virtual spreadsheet using Inforbix Tables. This now makes it possible for you view, share and modify columns and column names without actually touching the original worksheet. You have access to legacy BOM data and are able to do something useful with it without having touched or move the original Excel file.
Conclusion. Inforbix simplifies how data is accessed. It takes a new approach that is seamless and easy because it doesn’t require touching or importing data in order to make it available to anyone in a manufacturing company. Give Inforbix a try and let us know what you think. Register to use it on your data or give it a try using or own data set using our test-drive demo.