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Vivid ETL (Extract, Transform, Load)

Vivid ETL will allow you to localize your cloud-based data into a Microsoft SQL Server® database that may reside either on-premise or in the cloud on an Azure® server. In this article, we will examine the benefits this provides and how Vivid’s ETL tool can help your organization.

What is ETL?

ETL stands for . Believe it or not, ETL software has existed since the 70s! Back then, ETL was primarily used for data warehousing purposes to copy and clean data from large (and slow) databases, such as an IBM AS/400 or SAP R/3 based systems, running on mainframe computers. Data from these systems was transformed and loaded into a more simplified database with human readable naming conventions that could be easily accessed and interpreted for reporting and data analysis.

Today, ETL software can be used to better access data that is difficult to access because it is cloud-based. Access to cloud-based data often requires expertise in many different web services and API techniques, or data retrieval is slow to prevent demand overload of the source system. This is especially true on multi-tenant environments. If you need to combine data from multiple objects or across multiple disparate data sources, it might become impossible without ETL. Vivid’s ETL software addresses all these concerns and makes it easy to consolidate your data into a single source that is quick and easy to access and understand!

Some of the benefits of using an ETL software include:

  • Faster Performance:

    Vivid ETL enables a dedicated on-premise or private-cloud based data source without throttling or data transfer limitations. The data can also be optimized and reindexed for much faster reporting and analysis. For example, “open” and “history” data sources can be combined into a single view enabling near instant multi-year trend analysis.

  • Enhanced Data Profiling:

    Because most data warehouses involve a wide variety of data sources and targets, it can be difficult to profile this data manually. When all of this data is organized and unified through an ETL solution, becomes significantly easier.

  • Operational Resilience:

    Vivid’s ETL will help reduce the chance of human error through automatic data flow that can be scheduled or requested on-demand. This helps ensure that data integrity is maintained, that manual steps are eliminated, and that you have high quality data to work with.

  • Better Handle Big Data:

    Modern ETL tools are usually capable of handling a combination of structured and unstructured data into one mapping. They may also be able to handle very large amounts of data or data that isn’t necessarily required to be stored in a . This promotes increased data organization and an easier search process.

  • Organize the Chaos:

    In many larger sized, modern organizations, the sheer amount of data and data sources can make effective data organization challenging. By loading all of this data to one destination source, all of this data is neatly organized into one easily accessible source.

A screenshot of the Vivid ETL interface
Vivid ETL’s “Add Source” window.

How can Vivid ETL help you?

The Vivid ETL tool transfers data from various data sources of your choosing to a localized database. From there, tools such as Vivid Flex can better report on your data and turn your data into actionable information for better and more timely decisions!


Watch the video below for an example of how to use the Vivid ETL tool with data.

Vivid ETL Login & Transfer Guide

A quick step-by-step guide on how to login and transfer data with Vivid Reports’ Vivid ETL tool.


Vivid ETL can be used with multiple data sources. Below is a list of currently supported data sources.

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