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Solving the Complexities of Data Integration
Aggregating data from various sources such as XML documents, web services, relational databases, and EDI and legacy formats can prove to be a time-consuming challenge using conventional languages and interfaces. The amount of code required by traditional data integration approaches (tightly coupled, complex state machine, connection based, and relational model driven) is huge, which of course makes it more difficult to maintain. Inevitably, you also run into problems dealing with multiple data models.
The XQuery language has become an integral technology for connecting heterogeneous data sources within service-oriented solutions. It’s a natural fit for the typical XML data interchange format used in most SOA implementations and it provides powerful, cross-repository data access features without compromising scalability or performance.
Using a data integration solution from DataDirect including DataDirect XQuery® is a better way to bridge the disparity between older approaches and the characteristics associated with SOA (loosely coupled, stateless, message-centric, and typically XML-based data interchange). DataDirect Data Integration Suite, which bundles DataDirect XQuery®, DataDirect XML Converters™, and Stylus Studio® XML Enterprise Suite, is based on the XML data model and provides seamless integration in SOA and Web services-centric infrastructures.
DataDirect Data Integration Suite, which offers tools for design, testing, code generation, data conversion, and query capabilities for numerous relational and legacy data sources, is a better way to develop and deploy data integration applications. Learn more here.
Read the SOA Magazine Feature Article, SOA and the Importance of XQuery, by Dr. Carlo Innocenti, Senior XML Program Manager, to learn how the XQuery feature-set can be leveraged in support of SOA.