EII Suites: Don't Fear The Data

Tests of seven enterprise information integration suites reveals a top pick with easy configuration, caching capabilities and exceptional data integration.

Lori MacVittie, Principal Technical Evangelist, f5

September 13, 2004

1 Min Read

XIP is the only product to embrace the XQuery standard. XQuery is an ugly beast--normally we like standards, but in this case we're making an exception. Still, we must admit Ipedo's XQuery Builder visual tool makes XQuery queries less of a chore to construct.

Ipedo has embraced the XML world and, given its origins as an XML database provider, this makes sense. XIP uses Oracle's thin JDBC client to federate data, meaning that no metadata can be returned. So it was up to us to build federated documents. Ipedo deploys by default on Tomcat/ Apache but supports implementation within the leading J2EE containers (IBM and BEA).

ODBC support is, however, nonexistent. To access data federated within XIP we had to use Crystal's ODBC XML driver and XIP's WebDAV interface. It worked, but it was a distinct departure from the norm.

One thing we like about XIP is its easy mechanism for parameterizing queries (letting an end user pass a value). This is something Snapbridge couldn't do effectively and that was exceedingly difficult for most other products we tested.

Ipedo XML Intelligence Platform 3.5. Ipedo, (800) 601-3962, (650) 306-4000. www.ipedo.com

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Lori MacVittie

Principal Technical Evangelist, f5

Lori MacVittie is the principal technical evangelist for cloud computing, cloud and application security, and application delivery and is responsible for education and evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University. She also serves on the Board of Regents for the DevOps Institute and CloudNOW, and has been named one of the top influential women in DevOps. 

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