Today, organizations collect information from various data sources and the data they collect may be present in different formats. To integrate data from different sources for analysis and gaining insights, data mapping is used, which is the process of mapping data fields from a source format to a target format. There are many data mapping tools available in the market. It is important to select the data mapping solution that will be the best fit for an enterprise. This may involve identifying the organization’s unique data mapping requirements and important features. Most of the Integration Platforms rely on some scripting language to perform data mapping, which is developer centric. Though iPaaS platforms had to address this gap, they are still not focusing on the core aspect of any integration project, which is data mapping and ease of orchestration. Enterprises are left with no option other than using XSLT mapping or a scripting language to perform data transformation. Map as a service is the answer to an organization’s exhaustive search for the right data mapping solution.
So, let’s look into the definition of Map as a service:
Map as a service is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications to support most advanced data transformation logic of any to any formats, and can be exposed as a REST API for external applications
DXchange Integration Cloud, an enterprise grade integration platform offers Map as a service, which is cloud-native and a cost-effective solution, which eliminates the need for installing desktop based studio applications and host applications to perform data mapping, instead can design and host the mapping logic in the cloud, and invoke the Map as a REST API from their applications.
Some of the key features of Map as a service are:
Graphical, Drag-and-Drop, Code-Free User Interface: DX Mapper provides a powerful, user friendly drag and drop, intuitive interface in applying the business logic. It is a web-based interface and we don’t need to install a studio-like applications to perform the mapping.
Provides support for a wide variety of Data formats: DX Mapper supports data mapping for structured formats like Relational Databases, XML, JSON, EDI, IDOC, Flat files (fixed length, delimited and hierarchical), CSV etc.
Extensive library of built-in functions: DX Mapper provides extensive library of data manipulation functions for handling complex business logic in one single interface. Allows user to define logic based on conditions, booleans, list functions, string functions, datetime functions.
Automatic Type Conversion of Data types: DX Mapper supports automatic handling of data type conversion when the source and target objects are of incompatible data-types.
Lookup Tables: DX Mapper supports Lookup feature which can help converting from one code to other code. Instead of hardcoding the codes in the map, user can create a lookup table and have all the codes and values setup at one place.
Unified platform: DXchange Integration Cloud supports Application, B2B/EDI and API Integrations along with in-built Visual data mapping solution in one single unified platform.
Map as a service from DXchange Integration Cloud is a cost effective solution and comes with Industry’s first Cloud-native Visual Data Mapper. It offers plenty of features and comes with a user-friendly no-code platform with a drag and drop interface. It supports a wide variety of structured and unstructured data, like XML, EDI, IDOC, JSON, Flat Files, CSV, PDF, database tables etc.
Thus, Map as a service from DXchange Integration Cloud, is the best data mapping solution that an enterprise can get.