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30 November 2011, 10:27

Talend v5: open source integration

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"Open source integration" is Talend's introductory slogan for version 5 of Talend Open Studio; the software collection now offers tools for data and application integration as well as a business process management component. To provide the latter functionality, the developers have integrated Bonitasoft's BPM tool. Talend says that the new version is designed to form a bridge between local and cloud applications, and that it is intended to improve the integration of big data solutions such as Hadoop.

The free integration software now consists of four components. "Talend Open Studio for Data Integration" – the previous Talend Open Studio core product – handles data integration and ETL, and has been extended to improve the integration of Hadoop and .NET objects. The Hadoop support now allows data to be streamed in and out of HDFS. Talend has also improved the XML mapping support to make creating complex data services and relational structures easier to create.

"Talend Open Studio for Data Quality" (previously Talend Open Profiler) is responsible for data profiling and now offers duplicate and data dependency detection wizards. To assist new users in understanding the process, demonstration jobs have been expanded to offer examples of how to solve common data quality problems. There is a new visualisation feature and support for address validation using the Google Maps API.

"Talend Open Studio for MDM" handles Master Data Management and brings improved search features, a custom form designer for master entities, an improved hierarchy manager, and web user data import and export. "Talend Open Studio for ESB" is based around Apache CXF, Apache Camel and Apache ActiveMQ to provide an Enterprise Service Bus for application integration. It now has a full Eclipse-based IDE for creating web services, REST applications, data services, and message routing, and includes a testing and service simulator, deployment console and integrated artifact repository.

All components are now available to download free of charge, the source code being available under the terms of the GPL v2 licence. Talend plans to offer a commercially supported enterprise version within the next four weeks.

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