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Longview Integration Suite

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Data is at the core of factual analysis, planning and decision making. Large organizations gather and manage transactional data for a variety of business functions and applications. Today’s dynamic business environment has led to a heterogeneous mix of applications and databases with ever-increasing data volumes. A unified view of all this data is essential to gain visibility into financial and operational performance. It is also the crucial first step in every performance management project.

Integrating data from multiple, disparate data sources can be a daunting task, typically requiring technical expertise and a variety of skill sets. Some of the common data integration challenges include:
- Complex data structures, cryptic nomenclature n Complex application logic
- Specific database or ERP domain expertise
- Data audit, data privacy and security concerns
- Data quality and availability concerns

Data integration is also dynamic and constantly changing as business requirements evolve and data structures change or new data sources are added. All these challenges can potentially limit or derail the success of a performance management initiative by:
- Reducing frequency of data loads, leading to less frequent/accurate planning and reporting
- Limiting the amount of detailed data, hindering thorough analysis and planning, and
- Renewed reliance on sub-optimal tools such as spreadsheets

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Longview Integration Suite

  1. 1. Longview Integration SuiteBackground The Longview Integration Suite (LVIS)Data is at the core of factual analysis, planning and decision LVIS is ERP agnostic and provides flexible, openmaking. Large organizations gather and manage standards-based data integration that is not tied to any ERPtransactional data for a variety of business functions and or data source. LVIS simplifies and automates dataapplications. Today’s dynamic business environment has led integration by providing bi-directional data integrationto a heterogeneous mix of applications and databases with between Longview 7 and any number of data sources.ever-increasing data volumes. A unified view of all this datais essential to gain visibility into financial and operationalperformance. It is also the crucial first step in everyperformance management project.Data Integration ChallengeIntegrating data from multiple, disparate data sources canbe a daunting task, typically requiring technical expertiseand a variety of skill sets. Some of the common dataintegration challenges include: n Complex data structures, cryptic nomenclature n Complex application logic n Specific database or ERP domain expertise n Data audit, data privacy and security concerns LVIS provides powerful, yet intuitive, functionality to extract n Data quality and availability concerns data from hundreds of data sources, performs various transformations including cross-platform calculations andData integration is also dynamic and constantly changing as validations, and loads the combined data into thebusiness requirements evolve and data structures change or multi-dimensional Longview database. Pre-built connectorsnew data sources are added. All these challenges can to ERP systems and other data sources recognizepotentially limit or derail the success of a performance underlying source data models and APIs thus acceleratingmanagement initiative by: the data integration process. The graphical interface n Reducing frequency of data loads, leading to less simplifies the overall process of creating and maintaining frequent/accurate planning and reporting the data integration flow, while the data integration engine n Limiting the amount of detailed data, hindering can automate the entire process based on a schedule or thorough analysis and planning, and event triggers. n Renewed reliance on sub-optimal tools such as spreadsheets
  2. 2. Longview Integration Suite Key Features Key Benefits n Graphical data integration designer LVIS helps customers overcome their data integration n Comprehensive set of prebuilt adaptors for hundreds challenge by providing them with powerful, yet simplified of common databases, ERP and CRM systems, as well data integration capabilities with end-to-end automation. as legacy data sources Some of the resulting benefits include: n Connectivity to on-premise, on-demand data n Faster, highly efficient data integration with shorter n Powerful data transformation engine with: learning curves and reduced costs n The ability to handle the most complex n Simplified and automated data loads for more frequent transformation requirements planning and reporting n Rules definition for complex data aggregation and n Faster and easier to combine financial and transformation non-financial data for both financial and operational n Instantaneous design-time views of source and performance management transformed data n Data lineage and reports assist with audit and n Execution testing and error trapping compliance requirements n High performance to leverage limited time windows in n Real-time, scheduled or batch update n Highly scalable data integration a 24 x 7 environment n Integration of any number, any combination, any n Multi-threaded integration engines for scaling large version of data sources and applications n Automation, data validation, error capture, etc. data load processing n Distributed model allowing integration processes at minimize errors and improve data quality n Continuous update of net-change data and/or the points of integration n Role-based access and control metadata as required for real-time performance n Leverages inherent CPM capabilities of the Longview management platform, such as data validations n A library of web service APIs to integrate with any 3rd party ETL technology or middleware About Longview Solutions Longview Solutions provides a corporate performance management (CPM) and tax data management platform that leading companies such as Aon, Brunswick, Lexmark, The Home Depot and Trustmark use to drive performance with speed, visibility and financial integrity. Since 1994, Longview has been helping clients create a single repository of financial truth from which all, or any one of the following key financial processes can be performed: financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, modeling, disclosure management/XBRL reporting, statutory consolidation, management reporting, profitability analytics, tax data collection, tax provision/reporting and tax planning. Longview is an Exact company headquartered in Toronto, Canada with additional offices in Philadelphia, Chicago (USA), London (UK), and Amsterdam (NL). For more information please visit www.longview.com. Division Headquarters US Headquarters UK Headquarters Netherlands Headquarters 11/2012 Longview Solutions is an Exact company© Copyright 2011 Exact International Development B.V. All rights reserved.

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