Flynet LtdI was recently contacted by the people at Flynet who asked if I’d like to test and review their product; their timing was spot on. I was in the process of revamping this blog and was on the hunt for interesting content. This is the first of a series of posts where I will be getting stuck into the product and putting it through its paces to see how it performs.

Flynet offer a range of options tailored for differing business requirements, from a cut down limited version of SAP Crystal Presentation Design to the full blown Xcelsius Server. I will be focusing on the full package of ‘Flynet Xcelsius Server 2012 with DataConnect’.

DataConnect is the jewel in the Flynet crown, a Web Service Generation tool that integrates with Xcelsius and provides a simple drag-and-drop interface enabling designers to create unlimited, shared live data connections to power their dashboards.

It gives less technical developers the ability to create complex visualisations as well as simplifying the task for experienced developers, saving time and improving efficiency.

That is the claim and I will be seeing if the Flynet suite delivers on this promise by utilising the product in a variety of real life scenarios.

DataConnect can connect to a number of databases and removes the need for the developer to know the syntax of each. Currently Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Excel, Access, MySQL, Teradata and DB2 are supported. It is used by a growing number of organisations large, medium and small and the latest version will be receiving a massive push during the latter part of 2012.

The Flynet website has more information on the product bundles available with accompanying videos, a Wiki page, a blog and a forum. You can download a 30 day trial to check out the software for yourself and so far the technical team have been very helpful for me.

Watch out for follow up articles covering my experiences with the tool, from installation and getting to grips with its intricacies, right through to building full blown data services to power dashboards of varying complexities.

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