What Are Some Tools for Data Mapping?

You must have heard the phrase "form follows function." Most people know that the first step in software engineering is to create a user interface (UI) for your application. The UI consists of controls, panels, gadgets, etc. For people to seamlessly use your work product, you should make it easy to understand where they can find various widgets and controls.

A data mapping tool can automate this process by enabling you to quickly design a user interface that follows the data architecture. Without an intelligent framework such as a data mapping tool, designing a flexible and responsive UI can be tricky and time-consuming.

Read on to learn more about data mapping tools.

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What Is Data Mapping?

Data mapping is a process that enables you to transform an unstructured data set into a structured one. This data transformation may be required based on the type of query you want to perform on it. For example, you might want to create a report or generate data for a specific business process.

Mapping is an integral part of any database development project because it can help improve the performance and usability of your application. Mapping allows you to use your existing database tables to create reports and dashboards that are impossible with traditional database queries.

What Is a Data Mapping Tool?

A data mapping tool is a software program that allows you to create a visual representation of the data you have collected. It's a great way to organize and understand your information, which can be especially helpful when trying to make sense of large data collections. For instance, if you want a consolidated view of data, the data mapping tool will consolidate the data and provide it in an easy-to-use format.

A data mapping tool might look like an Excel spreadsheet or a table in Google Sheets. It can also be as simple as an online tool that lets you drag and drop columns onto each other. The point is to create a visual representation of your data that makes sense to you.

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Types of Data Mapping Tools

There are several types of data mapping tools available. Some are free, while others cost money. The type of tool you settle for will depend on what kind of data you need to map and how frequently you need to do it. The major types of data mapping tools available include the following.

On-Premise Tools

These are the most common and widely used option for data mapping tools. The data mapping software is installed on the organization's server in a virtual machine or as a separate operating system. This tool is ideal for organizations with limited IT resources and needs to use their own software development kits (SDKs) to develop custom applications.

Cloud-Based Tools

Cloud-based data mapping tools can be hosted on the cloud provider's servers or the organization's own servers. These tools are ideal for organizations with access to reliable, high-performance servers and an established infrastructure that can support them. You have many options when it comes to choosing a cloud provider. Some companies offer free trials, while others charge monthly fees based on how much data you want to process or how many users will use this tool at any given time.

Open-Source Tools

Open-source data mapping software is typically developed by independent developers who don't charge anything for their work unless they make money selling it or licensing it to other organizations (e.g., a government agency). This tool is often used by large organizations with large budgets and the resources to hire a professional data mapper to develop custom tools.

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What Are Some Tools for Data Mapping?

If you're interested in data mapping, many tools are available to help you get started. These tools are used by many organizations and offer a variety of features for creating maps. Here are some of them.

  1. Pentaho

Pentaho is a tool that allows you to integrate data from various sources into one database. This can be done in a few different ways, including using an existing database or exporting data from a spreadsheet program such as Excel. Once you've imported your data into the system, you can use it to create maps.

  1. Talend

This tool allows you to integrate data from different sources into one database. You can choose how you want to import your data and then create maps based on that information. Talend offers several ways for users to access their information once it's been integrated into their system. This feature makes Talend great for businesses that need more control over their organization's data than other options provide them with (such as Pentaho).

  1. Altova Mapforce Platform

Altova MapForce Platform is an integrated suite of tools that includes MapForce, MapForce Server, and MapForce Mobile Connector for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It lets you create maps that are fully customizable and interactive.

You can use it to create maps for any purpose, including:

  • Presentations
  • Website design templates and branding
  • Web applications
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  1. Adeptia Integration Suite.

Adeptia is a cloud-based platform that allows you to create and store your data maps in the cloud, allowing them to be accessed from multiple devices. It also has a wide range of features you can use to make your data mapping process easier and more efficient.

  1. IBM Infosphere

IBM Infosphere has an integrated solution for creating data maps. You can access it from within IBM Power Systems or via the web browser. This tool is versatile enough to be used anywhere, so long as an internet connection is available.

  1. Cloverdx

You can use Cloverdx on any device with an internet connection, including smartphones (iOS and Android). CloverDX also has a library of pre-built templates that allow you to start your mapping project quickly.

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  1. Dell Boomi Atmosphere

The Dell Boomi Atmosphere software allows you to build, manage and analyze your data. It's a free cloud-based application with 150 pre-built workflows and a drag-and-drop visual editor. It also supports integration with other application suites like Pimcore, Jitterbit, and others.

  1. Pimcore

Pimcore is an open-source platform for managing and automating business processes. It can create custom workflows and automate processes using human interaction, machine learning, or both. It has over 10,000 integrations with other applications or platforms, like Salesforce.com.

  1. Jitterbit

Jitterbit is an automated workflow tool that gives users a real-time view of activities happening within their accounts or account groups and alerts when things go wrong. It helps companies automate manual tasks through its intuitive interface while providing insights into each step in the process so they can track outcomes more effectively.

Data mapping tools allow you to use information in various formats and values. Better still, these tools enable you to digest colossal data quickly and lower business operation costs, among other benefits. Ensure that you choose a suitable one to accelerate the growth of your business.

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InetSoft includes a data mapper in its complete business intelligence platform. Database administrators, BI developers, or MIS staff can create virtual private models that map connections between disparate data sources and give fields easy to understand labels that a business user can choose when building their interactive dashboard or analysis.