Centerprise Data Integrator 8 – What’s New, Improved, and Fixed

With Centerprise 8.0, we have introduced a completely new client-server design implementation.

Here’s a roundup of everything that’s new, improved, and fixed in the new generation of the Centerprise product line to give users a better, easier, and faster data integration experience:

What’s New?

  • REST server design: We are now shipping a REST-based Centerprise server with the release of version 8.0. We have transitioned from .NET remoting to RESTful web services.
  • Lean Centerprise client: You asked for an easier way to deploy Centerprise across a company network, and we delivered! This is good news for your IT administrators. We have introduced a lightweight version of the Centerprise client with the 8.0 upgrade. Assemblies and DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries) for most database drivers now reside on the Centerprise server instead of the client machines. Now you can scale horizontally and add more clients to an existing cluster of servers with minimum IT overhead.
  • Astera REST web service APIs: We have published an extensive library of Astera REST web service APIs. Now you can perform a wide range of data integration functions by using APIs to directly communicate with the Centerprise server and get the required data. Here are the resources that are available for the users in the first round of the beta release:
    • Account APIs: Resources related to account login and user authentication
    • Server APIs: Resources related to job monitoring, schedules, and server information.
  • Open source options for creating database repositories: We have added the support for building repository database on PostgreSQL, in addition to the SQL Server.

What’s Improved?

  • Improvements in List Lookup and DB Lookup transformations: New options added to the layout builder screen of List lookup and DB lookup transformations. Now you can keep the source value for the values that do not match the replacing criteria in a list or a database table.
  • Path Mappings tab added: A new tab for specifying client and server path mappings has been added on the Cluster Settings This is particularly useful when the client and server reside on different networks or network file systems and their paths have to be mapped to correctly transfer files at run-time.
  • Option added to repair file paths: For better project management, we have added a new option to repair the file paths for files in any particular folder. This option is useful if you are working in a case-sensitive environment such as Linux.
  • Shortcut for replacing parameters information for consolidated parameters added: Now you can replace the common parameter information for all objects in a flow with this command right from the dataflow screen.
  • Pushdown mode is expanded and improvedMore transformations and expressions are now supported in the Pushdown mode. We have also improved the explanations for the verification errors for easier troubleshooting.
  • Trace grid in the Job Progress window is improved: A new command for finding the next error in the trace grid is added in the Job Progress window. Now you can easily navigate between errors in the job trace and look at the details.
  • Server and Client diagnostic files: We have also added the option for generating client and server diagnostic files for better error logging and easier troubleshooting.
  • Salesforce UPSERT is fully supported: Salesforce UPSERT is now fully supported. UPSERT uses an external ID field in the Salesforce table to match incoming data with existing records.
  • Keyboard shortcuts added and displayed: Keyboard shortcuts are enabled for various task windows. You can view the shortcut keys next to their respective commands.
  • Performance improvements when mapping complex trees: Runtime performance of the dataflows containing complex tree structures is improved.
  • New additions to the data providers list: We have added Tableau to the list of supported data providers.
  • SCD write strategy improved: SCD type 3 and type 6 are now supported.
  • REST call retries: For the REST calls running in timeout error, Centerprise will automatically make up to three retry attempts to process the call.

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