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Data Virtualization Links CRM, ERP and SCM: Page 2

By Herman Mehling     Feedback
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Bringing ERP, CRM and SCM Together

Abbott said Queplix's strength is its metadata server, which can abstract and synchronize data from leading ERP, CRM and supply chain management applications and make it available across the enterprise.

For example, the product can harmonize data from a cloud-based solution such as Salesforce.com with data from on-premise applications such as PeopleSoft, Siebel, and SAP ERP, and supply chain management apps to provide a consistent view of data for customers.

The gateway between the target applications and data is handled by application blades, connectors that provide a virtualized gateway to the source systems.

"Blades know how to read the software to discover what's in use, and are hooked into the security capabilities of each application," said Abbott. "The blades identify and extract the key data, along with its security attributes, and bring it into the QVDM engine for harmonization."

Because QVDM stores metadata, not data, it is a thousand times faster than a relational database engine — with no performance penalty on the source systems, said Zuckerman.

Queplix allows customers to make changes to suit their business requirements without having to rewrite the entire solution, said Chad Johnson, enterprise search practice manager at Perficient, a solution provider.

"The Queplix Virtual Data Manager allows us to elevate the conversation with our customers and address the real business issues important to them," said Johnson. "We can move past the discussion of code and rapidly implement a system that is flexible and reconfigurable."

Zuckerman said Queplix integration enables a consistent view of customer, product and financial data so that vital information remains accurate across software systems.

"As a result, customers achieve far greater agility, cost savings and rapid return on their investment — up to 75 percent or more — than with legacy solutions, middleware, ETL, EII, EAI tools and very expensive data management solutions," he said.

Consistent data enhances customer service, reduces operating costs and increases operational effectiveness in many areas, said Zuckerman.

Consistent data is also an important part of compliance for chief financial officers that must certify the accuracy of reporting, he said.


This article was originally published on November 1, 2010
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