We were excited today to announce the latest release of the Kalido Information Engine, version 9.1 SP2. This release has enhancements in both our data warehouse automation capabilities and our master data management capabilities. In this post I’ll recap a few of the most notable ones.
For data warehouse automation, the main enhancement is in the area of load performance. In 9.1 SP2 we were seeking ways to reduce load times, reduce the footprint on the application server and to better leverage the power of the underlying database server. I’m happy to say that we have achieved all three of these objectives. We have tested with some of our largest customer implementations and have seen significant improvements in overall load performance and attribute table build performance. Watch this space for more updates on what we mean by significant!
Additional capabilities in data warehouse automation capabilities include a further streamlined process for migrations which delivers reduced overhead and greater flexibility in administering across environments, and the extension of Universal Information Director’s previously-updated architecture to now include support for IBM Cognos, joining support for SAP BusinessObjects and Microsoft Analysis Services which we announced in 9.1 SP1.
Kalido MDM has also had work done on performance and scalability so that it too now benefits from scalable load performance based on the power of the database server. In addition, this release has two big new improvements. One is a new visual hierarchy manager interface. The goal with this is to make it easy to browse hierarchies, and to edit them through a drag-and-drop interface. You simply turn on edit mode by clicking a button, and then you can drag a child from the current hierarchy and drop it to a new parent. The hierarchy manager also makes it easy to find orphans and assign those to their correct parents. The “old” and “new” hierarchies are displayed side by side for easy comparison. Visual cues show you before and after work so you can review your changes before submitting them into workflow for approval and publication.
A second MDM new capability is a new REST API. Based on the OData standard, the REST API exposes Kalido MDM functionality to ease integration with middleware and other systems that consume published master data. The data can be returned in XML or JSON format and authentication is handled through HTTP. In this way, the REST API offers a way to provide “master data as a service.”
Perhaps the biggest news is also in the area of MDM – with this release, we are announcing a new product called the Kalido MDM Workbench 1.0. This product is an add-on to Kalido MDM 9.1 SP2 and enables developers to build custom MDM screens and applications to enable a more process-centric approach to MDM, as well as create screens that provide mobile-device-friendly interfaces for your master data consumers and data stewards who are on the go. The MDM Workbench includes a collection of pre-built business-model-driven objects that developers can use to create custom forms/screens that call key Kalido MDM functionality. There is currently a video demo of a custom application created with the Kalido MDM Workbench on our website, and we’ll be adding additional samples over time.
If you’d like more information about the 9.1 SP2 release, please get in touch via our website, or contact your local Magnitude Software representative.