Increasing number of companies are turning to decision support systems, CRM and various other enterprise solutions to sharpen their business intelligence using business data. However, the not so dependable data is proving to be a stumbling block to Business intelligence (BI) solutions. Companies are investing heavily in data warehousing processes, but the results are far from encouraging. In many cases, mishandling of the data migration process is among the main causes of business intelligence failure. As a reason, a number of business intelligence projects remain non-starters for the want of a complete solution for data integration.
According to 2015 Gartner magic quadrant for data integration tools, Informatica has been positioned as a leader and leads the way among its competitors in most of the aspects of data integration industry. Informatica is the most trusted ETL tool that has made data integration and data migration an effortless process besides helping enterprises manage, bulk amounts of data swiftly and effectively. Though the ETL market is crowded with competitors but Informatica remains a formidable player. It has only one thing on its plate and that it is data integration which helped it maintain its leadership position in the crowded ETL tool market.
When someone talks about problems migrating from existing ETL platform, they’re just not talking about integration issues alone. This includes concerns about data discovery and data mapping also known as Pre-ETL source to target mapping, which are equally important. Creating source mappings is achieved using spreadsheets or other homegrown solutions. Often the legacy process involves copy pasting of the information and feeding it to excel sheets or spreadsheets. The entire process is replete with manual intervention and hence involves a lot of time-taking procedures and prone to human errors. It is no wonder that data inconsistency is among the key problems facing the pre-ETL process.
Needless to say, migrating ETL jobs from one ETL platform to another is time consuming and error-ridden process. Automating most of such conversion processes may often be looked as the optimal solution for such requirements. Automating pre-ETL processes will help organizations reduce costs, efforts and time. There are a number of applications available that are designed to convert legacy ETL tool transformations of the new ETL tool platform. These applications complement the pre-ETL process by helping manage the data mappings. But the real challenge is creating comprehensive code which generally demands quality time and should be in compliance with standards. A misstep can lead to productivity inefficiencies because this process needs manual intervention extensively. But all this is a thing of past, as it is no longer needed to depend on manual coding. Thanks to the automated code generator that is designed to automate manual coding and scripting ETL jobs. It can auto generate ETL jobs for any ETL tool like Informatica. This to a great extent cuts costs by automating and standardizing DDL creation, Test Cases and Test SQL. Further it can generate source to target data mappings.
Data driven organizations are constantly updating their system landscape, technology and methodologies to stay in tune with the changing business scenarios. The huge amount of data generated from multiple sources and in variety formats necessitates a well-defined data integration model that will not only help avoid data discrepancies, but also removes barriers to enterprise business intelligence. Data migration, data integration and dependable data are key success factors for the effective implementation of BI.
For those who have not yet explored the benefits of metadata management, Informatica and code automation framework makes a winning combination to move from excel based mapping.
Source by Bala J
Expect to hear the terms interface and integration frequently during your search for a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) product. Both refer to the interaction of two systems, but there are differences and it’s important that you understand them. An interface usually requires work on your part and data changes do not happen in real time. Integration, however, is automatic and requires no work on your end. Either provides the capability to eliminate time consuming, error-prone double entries, but because an integration generally means less work you should select systems that integrate whenever possible.
Human Resource Software Interfaces
Almost all business software applications on the market today should be able to create and accept some type of import or export file. This allows you to transfer data to and from numerous independent solutions.
Let’s say, for example, your company uses one product for payroll and another for all other Human Resource (HR) functions. Obviously you would not want to enter changes to employee data separately into the two systems; it’s a lot of extra work and literally doubles the chances of an error. An interface would provide the opportunity to take data from your Payroll product and download it to your HR system following each payroll run. Now here’s the catch: A file must be created or run from the payroll product, then downloaded to the HR product either through a custom interface or some time of import utility. This might not take more than five minutes, but it’s still an extra step you would have to apply to keep your HR system up to date. Another important issue here is that your HR data is only as current as your last download. So if you are not frequently interfacing the data, you might find that the data in your HR system is often out of date.
Interfaces require extra work and will not be real time, but they are an important means of tying two systems together, eliminating repetitive double entry, and reducing manual entry errors. You will be probably be working with interfaces far more often than true integrated software applications. While an interface may not be the perfect solution, it does sometimes offer the easiest method of eliminating time consuming double entry.
Human Resource Software Integration
Integration is always the best-case scenario, but it’s rarely offered. An integrated system requires no work and changes happen in real time; the two systems share the same database, so you only have to add or update data once. If the two systems from our earlier example were integrated, a change made to payroll would show up automatically in your HR product (and vise versa). If you are going to want an integrated HRIS you will probably have to get all of your HR software products from the same company. Take a look at our products list, as we offer a number of systems that provide integrated HR and Payroll software solutions.
Stop Manually Entering the Same HR-Related Data in Various Systems
As I said before, almost any HR application on the market is going to allow you to import and export data. So the capability is probably already there for you to eliminate time consuming, error-prone double entries. Solving the problem is usually just a matter of effort, expense, and a little time.
Source by Clay Scroggin
What are some of the most common autism symptoms in children? Sensory issues. What are sensory issues? Sensory issues are when your child has all his senses turned to high. In other words, he is overly sensitive to noise, smells, lights, crowds, touch, and so on.
How does this autism symptom in children present itself? A child with autism who is sensitive to noise may scream in a crowd, cover his ears, or generally look agitated. He may not be able to concentrate in the classroom because of all the noise. He may get especially agitated at unexpected noises, such as fire alarms, fire trucks, sirens, and so on. The noise from a coffee grinder may even be enough to cause a meltdown (yelling and screaming.)
How to Minimize the Effect of These Autism Symptoms in Children
In these situations, you might try to only bring your child with autism to environments that will be reasonably quiet…when possible…and prepare him for the noise when this is not. iPods or earplugs, or both, can work wonders in this situation to minimize the effects of these autism symptoms.
Shopping Can Be Difficult
Sensitivity to crowds, bright lights or other visual information will become all too apparent when you try to shop in your local supermarket. Most children with autism have an awfully hard time with grocery stores. There is too much activity going on around them and it is hard for them to process it all. People chattering every which way, the noise of shopping carts squeaking, music and announcements over the PA system – these issues all trigger autism symptoms in children
Colors and shapes and so much visual information to take in can be over stimulating. Smells from the meat or fish departments, of perfume on others, or from cleaning materials can cause adverse reactions in some children with autism. If you have to bring your child to a grocery store, try to have something to distract them so that they don’t get as overwhelmed.
Identifying these Autism Symptoms in Children
What are some other ways that you can tell if your child has sensory issues, which could be a symptom of autism? A lot of kids with autism have trouble with touch. They won’t wear tight, restricting clothes, or clothes that are at all itchy. A lot of times they complain that the fabric just doesn’t feel right. They often will need loose cotton clothes to be able to tolerate wearing clothes at all. If you find something that works, you should buy many different colors, because it may be hard to repeat in the future.
Avoidance of Physical Contact is one of the Common Autism Symptoms in Children
Many kids with autism will resist hugs and touching other people. They stiffen and avoid touch of any kind. Their skin is hypersensitive to what it encounters. Often, they will avoid getting dirty or playing outside because they don’t like the feel of the dirt and ground on them. Many hate the beach because of the feel of the sand. Sensory integration therapy can help with this.
Sensory issues can be key autism symptoms in children to look out for, so you should take note if you notice any of the above.
Source by Craig Kendall
Similarities of Mercury Poisoning and Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Mercury Poisoning is thought to be one of the major biomedical causes of Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and Pervasive Developmental Disorder PDD!
Mercury can affect the body in a variety of areas including speech and motor processing, cognitive and social abilities and create sensory abnormalities. Many of these symptoms are similar to those displayed in children on the autism spectrum or those with Asperger’s syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder PDD, sensory integration dysfunction and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADD/ ADHD.
“Mad hatters” syndrome was a direct result of the mercury used to cure felt when making a hat. Due to the mercury exposure, people who manufactured hats often suffered from dementia, mental illness or in general confusion. New studies are linking heavy metal toxicity to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
Social withdrawal and lack of eye contact or visual fixation
Anxiety and mood swings
Failure to develop speech, articulation problems and echolalia (repetitive vocalizations)
Abnormal touch sensations or touch aversion
Over sensitivity to light
Flapping or repetitive motions
Excessive salivation or drooling
Clumsiness and poor coordination
Difficulties in sitting, walking, crawling
Poor concentration / attention issues / ADHD symptoms
Rashes or eczema
Digestive problems / diarrhea and constipation
Where did the mercury come from?
A form of mercury called thimerosal was in several vaccines. According to the CDC “until 1999, vaccines given to infants to protect them against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and Hepatitis B contained thimerosal as a preservative. Today, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the only vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger that contain thimerosal are: one vaccine for DTaP, and three vaccines for influenza (flu). These four vaccines contain only trace amounts of thimerosal.”
The vaccines do not cause autism, but if the body’s detoxification system is not working properly, the person can have a difficult time expelling what would normally be considered unharmful amounts. Because the body can not expel these harmful toxins properly they are harboring within the body causing the symptoms listed above. This is part of the reason why it is critical to not get a child vaccinated when they are ill, even if it is just a cold.
Mercury Amalgam Dental Fillings
For dental work, stay away from mercury amalgam fillings. It is just safer to go with composite fillings. Again it may not be a problem for everyone, but for those individuals with impaired detoxification systems it can cause severe problems. The more fillings the greater the risk due to the cumulative effect of toxins. Before beginning chelation therapy mercury amalgam dental fillings should be removed to avoid further exposure to mercury!
Unfortunately our food supply is contaminated. Tuna, swordfish and sea bass are amount the mostly highly contaminated fish with high levels of mercury. The website www.GotMercury.com has an online calculator to help you determine how much mercury is in your food.
Other Sources of Mercury
Damaged nonstick cookware or aluminum cookware
Toxic air from coal burning plants
Lawn and garden pesticides
I ate tuna fish several times a week when I was pregnant and swordfish several times a month. The warnings that these larger fish were generally high mercury due to environmental pollution were just emerging in between my first and second child. I also received the flu shot as recommended when I was pregnant which does have thimerosal or mercury in it. I am sure these were contributing factors to why both my children were discovered to have toxic levels of lead and mercury in their little bodies. The Happy Sun shows actual before and after lab results of chelation therapy.
Chelation therapy is the process of removing heavy metals from the body by taking a medication, which attracts and attached to the mercury and helps excrete it from the body. There is some medical controversy about using chelation for treatment of autism and ADD / ADHD issues because it is considered an “off label” treatment. However using botox for wrinkles is also an “off label” treatment as botox is designed to stop facial spasms and tics. You are in essence not treating autism or ADD / ADHD with chelation, but rather first testing the child to determine if heavy metal toxicity is an underlying problem and then using chelation therapy to treat the heavy metal toxicity. Click here to read more about testing for heavy metals.
Source by Jozzie Ray
Microsoft Business Solutions main middle market ERP application – Microsoft Great Plains has multiple integration options: MS SQL Scripting (stored procedures and views), ADO.Net programming, Microsoft SQL Server DTS packages. You certainly can deploy such SDK tools as eConnect. However here we would like to show you how to program the simplest user friendly tool: Microsoft Great Plains Integration Manager.
Multiple times in our consulting practice we saw the need to integrate General Ledger transactions from one text file and here we give you this and even more complex case, when credit and debit amounts are present on the same line with their own account numbers. Let’s assume that we have tab delimited text file, GLSOURCE.txt. Here is how the line looks:
“11242004” (date) “11020016000” (debit account) 212446.68 (debit amount) “15260005400” (credit account) 212446.68 (credit amount)
Pretty challenging, isn’t it?
First of all and this is probably easy – you need ODBC DSN, use Microsoft Text Driver, change default directory, select the file and switch to tab delimited type.
Next, open Microsoft Great Plains Integration Manager and create two new queries – one will be for the Header and the second for distribution lines in GL transaction. In both cases use Advanced ODBC type of text queries.
GL Header should aggregate by date, so in its SQL window enter this:
select F1 from GLSOURCE.txt group by F1
Now the lines – here we need unionizing and checking if amount is not zero:
select F1, F2, F3, 0 from GLSOURCE.txt
select F1 F4, 0,F5 from GLSOURCE.txt
The one above is the most difficult part of this article. Please understand it – we are splitting line into two by union, first we create debit part and then we attach credit part, plus we are weeding out 0 amounts.
Next – we need to link two queries – simply link them by F1 field (date). Do it in query relationship. When you are done with linking, right click on the arrow, open properties and in Select Relationship Type window change to:
There can be 0 or more records in the child for each record in the master.
This is important – we’ll have more than one line in GL distribution.
The rest should be familiar for IM consultant.
Select destination as GL Journal, assign transaction date and batch ID as F1 from Header query, switch to entries and select them from debit and credit parts of the lines query.
As additional tools in filtering your text query you could use VBA scripting and even translation.
Translation is the way to go when you need to replace account numbers from the text file with different or translated accounts in Great Plains.
Happy integrating! if you want us to do the job – give us a call 1-630-961-5918 or 1-866-528-0577! firstname.lastname@example.org
Source by Andrew Karasev
The emergence of digital and Internet technologies in recent years have brought about new printing trends that will forever change the printing industry. These printing industry trends have changed the way companies do business from the design to the printing phase of operations.
In Australia, the printing industry has met these new printing trends with open arms as many have updated their workflow and production strategies to meet the changing demands. On the other hand, many of those who never made these important changes have struggled because of the growing competition by non-print and online media.
According to the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Print Media, there has been a growing media competition considering the fact that print advertising is driven by newspaper, magazine and periodical revenues while “the Internet is chipping away at traditional media usage and communication.”
The recent developments in the printing industry can be attributed to several printing trends:
- One of the most important printing industry trends has been the electronic delivery of files as desktop publishing takes full control of the printing process.
- There is an emerging need for the electronic delivery of graphics and images, which has made film media process obsolete.
- The industry has adopted automated workflow processes that would link customers, printing systems and services like never before.
- Printing trends are gearing towards full workflow automation with the development of computer-to-plate imaging technologies that allow desktop publishing applications to output directly to a printing plate.
- Many printing presses are integrating “hybrid” printing by combining different reproduction processes since many print jobs are complex with specialised coating or printing requirements.
- There is a growing trend in cross media conversion from one file to any information distribution and electronic publishing methods.
- The advancement of digital technologies such as Direct Imaging offset presses and Inkjet printers have made colour printing cost effective.
- Printing trends have also pointed towards shorter production runs and schedules in an effort to compete with digital printing.
- Printing production now shifts closer to the point of distribution as printing trends move away from being press-centric to printer-centric.
- A greater volume of printing jobs has moved away from printing companies to those produced by desktop printing and offshore printing firms.
The implementation of new printing industry trends such as the workflow digitisation, technology integration and changing demands have transformed companies into more efficient and effective businesses. However, some niche pre-print operations are now rendered obsolete because desktop publishing has eliminated the need for pre-press and film-based processes. The implementation of a digitised workflow has further automated the printing process and at the same time freed the operation from labour-intensive tasks that may hamper production schedules. Despite the growing significance of online-based services, the printing industry remains strong and enduring as it adopts new strategies to achieve success in the future.
Source by John Arthur Thomas
There are many reasons a child with Autism may need physical therapy. Physical therapy helps develop strength, develop balance, possibly provides sensory integration, and for many children is just plain fun. Physical therapists have well defined goals for the work they do with a child though.
Children with Autism are sometimes tight, sometimes floppy, and sometimes a combination of the two. Most parents see this in their child’s trunk or core of their body. It later is evident in their arms and legs but we see it first in their body.
A babies body strengthens from the inside or core to the limbs. It is a similar process for a child with Autism to develop strength in the right areas. It is also a similar pattern to develop flexibility if that is part of the problem
Physical therapists work with large muscles. They can uniquely work with a child with a disability to help develop flexibility or strength. Physical therapists can manipulate your child’s body. They also can help parents problem solve situations at home or in other environments parents go with their child.
Some of our children with Autism walk on their tip toes and could work with a physical therapist on this issue. Other children have problems with balance when they walk and somewhere someone will suggest physical therapy. The physical therapist can work with our children on going up and down stairs.
Usually an occupational therapist is the person to go to for help with sensory integration. Occasionally a physical therapist is interested in sensory integration issues and will provide a unique perspective. When looking for this type of therapy for a child with any disability you have to ask for sensory integration specifically. There are some teams that work on sensory integration that include physical therapists.
As parents it is just easier when our child likes to go to therapy. Some children with Autism are sensitive to touch and the therapist will have to work out those issues first. After that our children seem to like it though.
My child would also come out of the session tired. They had worked and played hard. Physical therapists may also give you ‘homework’ to do with your child between sessions.
Since parents want to see their child use skills over a variety of settings it is always a good idea to at least try the homework. Siblings and grandparents were always a good source of hands to try some of this homework.
Source by Mylinda Elliott
And here is today’s technology history lesson. No, Bill Gates and Microsoft did not invent the Internet. In fact, these visionaries actually jumped aboard the information highway fairly late after vainly trying to counterpose their own MSN to the Internet.
In contrast Unix computers have been accessing the Internet and what’s more running the Internet for decades. Unix and the Internet have had plenty of time to evolve together. Of course you can access the Internet from Windows with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and numerous other browsers. Many sites do use Windows-based Internet servers. Whether you are just an Internet user or an Internet Service Provider you probably want to know the concrete differences for you and your associates to help choosing between Linux and Windows for meeting your Internet needs. (Actually Internet Service Providers tend to know the differences and have made their choice, which is usually Linux. In the interest of fairness I must tell you that their choice is definitely not Damn Small Linux – it’s just too small.) Let’s examine some of the differences between Linux and Windows with respect to the Internet.
Linux browsers are much less likely to stall than their Windows competitors. This increased stability reduces those annoying Internet browser restarts and even more annoying operating system restarts. This latter advantage is particularly important for Internet Service Providers but is also important for individual Internet users.
The Linux Internet experience is much less likely to be interrupted by Adware, in which intruders foist their junk on unwilling victims. As far as I’m concerned Adware is theft of my time and energy. I happen to know that I’m not the 10 millionth visitor to their site and even if I were there is no way that I won any free vacation to Las Vegas or Never-Never Land. Linux systems far outdo Windows when it comes to blocking these criminals and letting me do my Internet work or have my Internet fun.
I don’t want people snooping around my stuff, whether on the computer or not. Spyware is often a major problem with Internet browsers that run on Windows computers. Linux systems are more resistant to Spyware than are Windows systems. But in the interest of fairness I don’t believe those silly claims that Linux computers are completely resistant to Adware, Spyware, hacking, viruses and the like. Whatever some people can build, others can tear down or worm their way in.
This leads to our next subject, computer viruses. Can you guess which operating system is better equipped to combat this major problem?
Source by Levi Reiss
Well, even if the combination might look very unusual, we see the coexistence of these two systems, especially in large corporations, non-profit organizations. Technically Lotus Notes Domino has parallel structure, including Domino email server. Lotus is extremely flexible and you can program your own CRM or purchase CRM for Lotus, however Microsoft CRM has Microsoft SQL Server database and very simple Sales automation module. Let’s look at the integration reasons and scenarios. Be sure that each specific case requires custom programming, tuning and support.
o Why Lotus & MS CRM? There are several reasons to combine the two. First – Lotus Domino has very long history and is present on the market over 15 years. Corporations might have business system built upon the Lotus Notes Domino platform and it is not desirable or even feasible from the complexity standpoint to phase it out. The second reason is possible IT strategy to balance multiple platforms to avoid over-dependence on one vendor (such as Microsoft). There might be also licensing issue – if corporation has several hundred Lotus licenses – it doesn’t want to lose them and pay for 200 Microsoft CRM users. In this case MS CRM might be the solution for Sales department and all the other departments should stay on Lotus
o Lotus Domino as Messaging for MS CRM. There is no need to program this custom piece, just use MS CRM – Lotus Domino connector, supported by Alba Spectrum Technologies. It has advanced functionality, versus standard MS CRM Exchange connector. Instead of using GUID in the email header, it scans Contacts, Accounts, Leads emails for matching.
o Lotus Workflow. Workflow is possible in Lotus and MS CRM. In Lotus, however workflow is the most advanced. You can use Lotus Workflow and then upon the completion it can transfer control to Microsoft CRM. This is typical Microsoft CRM SDK (to program MS CRM) and Lotus Java Agent programming from the side of Lotus. Lotus workflow may work with integration to your ERP/Accounting application, such as Microsoft Great Plains, Navision, Axapta, however this is outside of the scope of this article.
o Lotus/CRM Activities Synchronization. One of the popular requirements is the synchronization of Microsoft CRM Activities: Appointment, Phone Call, Fax, etc. with Lotus TOTOs. This should allow users work on the same project sharing Lotus and MS CRM data space.
If you need help in the integration or customization, feel free to call us: 1-630-961-5918, 1-866-528-0577, email@example.com
Source by Andrew Karasev
We have seen that ERP systems have two significant limitations:
First, ERP systems provide current status only, such as open orders. Managers often need to look past the current status to find trends and patterns that aid better decision-making.
Second, Data in the ERP application is not integrated with other enterprise or division systems and does not include external intelligence.
There is another side of this problem. In many ERP implementations, all the systems in the organization would not have been covered by the ERP functionality. There will still be a few systems, which work outside the ERP system. But for the ERP system to function smoothly, data from other applications must be integrated with the ERP system. While the wide ranging Prospero-type solutions require a significant amount of tinkering, pre-configured solutions, such as those offered by CrossWorlds, are designed to be implemented with a minimum of fuss.
Katrina Garnett, CrossWorlds founder, President and CEO, says pre-configured EIA solutions make sense for firms that don’t want to be saddled with a major development project. According to her, most organizations need to link their ERP only to a relatively select group of mainstream applications. So for such organizations, a pre-configured EIA solution is the best option.
CrossWorlds software includes out-of-the-box integration for front-office to back office applications from such vendors as Aurum software Inc. and VantiveCorp. as well as ERP packages from SAP, PeopleSoft, Baan, and others. The company’s approach incorporates an NT-based server and a number of business process components along specific application connectors.
Given this complexity, finding the right EIA tool for an application integration project requires a substantial amount of research. Since the EIA software market is in its formative stages, some vendors are still struggling to meet the customers’ exact needs. Most vendors have the popular applications pretty well covered, but might run into problems when trying to integrate an ERP with an obscure or custom application. At the same time, major ERP vendors themselves are beginning to address the need to link their products to front-office applications. A recent report from Hurwitz Group Inc. says that ERP vendors such as SAP, Oracle and Baan are developing their
own compatible front-office solutions. This means availability of better integrated options.Getting an EIA to link applications flawlessly can be tricky. So why tackle ERP integration at all? Simple, in any event, it’s still usually easier to create an integration link than to develop a custom coded solution in-house.
Source by Jason John