Start of the New Year Update

As the New Year begins, we wish all our customers and business partners every success for the coming year! Here at VaultSpeed, we’re delighted with how things are progressing and we’d like to share with you some of our successes from 2021 and our ambitions for 2022.

Data Vault 2.0 paving the way for automation

VaultSpeed has passed many milestones in 2021: in April, we raised €3.6 million in funding and by year-end we had achieved 327% growth in annual recurring revenue.

We have a window of opportunity as more and more companies have learned the hard way that they need to pay as much attention to good data as to the systems that create them. You can't take a good analytics infrastructure for granted.  Data Vault 2.0 is the data modeling and architecture approach that is one of the key components of that infrastructure. Market analysts estimate that 20 to 30% of today's market in new data platforms chooses Data Vault. Leading system integrators who contact us to work together cite higher estimates, in the range of 30 to 40%.

We are convinced that Data Vault is becoming the de facto standard worldwide as it facilitates data warehouse automation, with its unique capability to load data efficiently, manage history and handle change. Moreover, it supports the modern data architectures, such as data hub and data mesh, that are currently gaining momentum. The VaultSpeed tool combines Data Vault modeling, the best automation and cloud-native performance, making data warehouse projects less error-prone and time-consuming. VaultSpeed is the most efficient, effective means for our customers to get a return on investment in data.

Bold choices and hard work are paying off

Five years ago, together with my co-Founder Dirk Vermeiren, and based on the problems we had encountered during 12 years of data integration practice, we decided to build the first data warehouse automation solution with Data Vault 2.0 as its foundation, to solve the problem of collecting the right data in the right way.

The VaultSpeed solution is designed as cloud native, which has proven to be the right bet from the start.  Gartner predicts that by 2024, 50% of new system deployments in the cloud will be based on a cohesive cloud data ecosystem. And our team has worked hard to provide the best possible automation. Our relentless focus has been on providing a code-free approach to integrate and model different data from a multitude of sources and technologies, covering at this stage 2220 combinations. We don't ask our customers to start writing code to make automation work for their specific data and technology stack. Customers looking back claim more than 400% efficiency gain in their first year using VaultSpeed. No wonder that we have 0% churn for the second year in a row.

2021: Global spread

Today, VaultSpeed attracts a lot of customers in the financial industry. We have a strong foothold in our home market in the Benelux, but we're also signing up banks and insurance companies from the US to Japan.  Apart from becoming truly global, we also see that we're serving more market segments every day — energy, healthcare and manufacturing, to name a few — which proves that our solution is relevant for every industry.  We're the only SaaS vendor in the data warehouse automation market. Our funding has allowed us to provide integrations with the great vendors that are also part of the cloud movement, such as Matillion, Microsoft, Snowflake, Google, Databricks and Collibra.

And our automation tool is the first and only one that has got the official Data Vault 2.0 certification.

2022: Expansion, new partnerships and new customers

Next year looks promising and will be an exciting year for us.  We will be disclosing new strategic hires and partnerships, and be more prepared than ever to support our existing customers and new customers to come. We will soon announce our new Vilnius (Lithuania) and Seattle (US) offices and invest in dedicated regional sales, partners, customer success and service experts who bring VaultSpeed close to the customer and help them get the most out of data warehouse automation.

Automation will play a vital role in all aspects of VaultSpeed's key processes. From delivery and support to marketing and sales, we are ready to triple our customer base once more without losing any quality of service. We will more than double our Product and Engineering team to continue innovation and add functionalities that add value, improve the experience and make it easier for leading software and platform vendors to include VaultSpeed automation in a best-of-breed analytics ecosystem. And we will keep on pushing to bring automation one step up.

A matter of decency

To us, building an automation tool that truly delivers is a question of, well, plain decency. As an architect of one of our recently-acquired banking customers explained, “it takes time to evaluate your technology because we're placing VaultSpeed at the heart of our bank's data architecture.”

Decency has been a driving force for us since our foundation. Our goal has always been to align the interests of our customers and shareholders. Back then, before scaling up, decency meant building a working solution that we would be able to offer at a fair market price, under proper conditions backed by A-level support. As we continue to grow, decency means no overpromising or marketing without rock-solid substance, every step of the way.

And as we witness every day, decency as the core of our value system attracts the staff, partners and customers we love to work with.


Automation² API, Matillion for Azure Synapse and Custom ETL settings (Release 4.2.6)

VaultSpeed is creating a habit of launching a major release just before the holiday season! This year is no exception, so 4.2.6 is loaded with Santa's gifts!

So, what's new?

We completely redesigned our API to make it publicly accessible and consumable. Matillion ETL for Azure Synapse is now available. And we added functionality to your data pipelines: you can now customize your ETL mappings and add additional code.

Automation² API

Our API has been substantially reworked. You can start calling corresponding API endpoints for all the data and actions available in our application. We're proud of this achievement making VaultSpeed the first tool to deliver a REST API for data vault automation. The API enables further integration with other tools and allows users to truly automate the automation = Automation².

Rest API docs

 

With our API, you can start automating tasks such as:

  • the creation of a new source version
  • the configuration for similar sources
  • loading metadata into your preferred data lineage or data governance tool
  • the import of business view definitions
  • the migration of your existing Data Vaults into VaultSpeed
  • and much more

The screenshot below shows the setup for automatic agent download via the API.

 

Download the agent using curl to the API endpoint

 

Another example:

This screenshot illustrates how VaultSpeed metadata is extracted via Snowflake's Matillion ETL API. A schedule running this mapping would sync all Data Vault lineage and metadata straight into Snowflake!

 

VaultSpeed API to Snowflake mapping built in Matillion ETL

 

Data Vault metadata loaded in Snowflake

 

Not all endpoints will be included in our standard licenses, but some will always be available, such as downloading the Agent or the Airflow plugin.

Matillion Synapse

On the ETL side, we've added support to run Matillion Synapse. VaultSpeed now generates Matillion ETL code for Synapse Data Vaults.

Matillion users can automate the pipelines that load data in the Data Vault area and focus on tailor-made transformations in the other layers of the cloud data warehouse.

It is good to know that Matillion has just released CDC support. This opens the opportunity to land the data from different sources, making Data Vault's integration even more effortless.

Our current support for Matillion includes both Snowflake and Synapse , and we are looking to extend it to other cloud data platforms in the near future.

 

Generated SAT mapping in matillion for Synapse

Data pipelines

This release contains a significant development to make your data pipelines run smoother.

VaultSpeed has offered the possibility to add custom code snippets to generated DDL code for quite some time now. Think of examples like DDL for transient tables or partitioning definitions.

We’re now allowing users to add custom code to the generated mappings as well. Depending on your preferred ETL solution, different settings can be applied.

The example below shows SQL procedures.

 

Example of custom ETL snippets added to procedures

 

The possibilities are endless — from changing execution grants by adding "Execute as owner" to adding custom logging statements with row counts after every DML statement.

The complete documentation can be found at  https://vaultspeed.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/VPP/pages/2701370816/Generating+Code#ETL-Settings.

Other important changes:

  • We added the possibility to define DDL settings for all the standard BV objects (no VaultSpeed Studio templates at this stage, those will be added later).
  • The initial load STG mappings not only use the extraction table but also the SATs to look up BKs. This comes in handy, mainly for delta generations when loading the initial data for a new object with references to an existing object.
  • We added two extra DV parameters: CAST_TO_NVARCHAR_IN_HASH and CAST_TO_VARCHAR_IN_HASH. These can be used to control the hashing behavior and determine which type the business keys are cast before hashing them. These parameters are beneficial for SQL Server and Synapse and are mutually exclusive.
  • A new logic applies to the BV release creation to catch the cases where bridges become invalid. When an object gets deleted from a Data Vault while being used in a bridge, the initial BV release created when locking that DV release will be unlocked. No code can be generated for this new DV release. It can only be rendered after resolving the issue in the bridge and locking the business vault. While there is still an invalid bridge in a BV, hovering over the (grayed out) lock button will display the faulty bridge.
  • Hard deletes can now be generated for ODI. The deletes are implemented using a setBeginCmd containing the delete SQL statement.
  • We updated our template language to allow for repeating templates. You can now generate a query for every SAT of a HUB or all DV objects in a bridge in the VaultSpeed Studio templates.

Example of the template code:

Template $ DVO_TEMPL 
templaterepeatedbycomponent DVO
...

So, lots of new stuff to play with for next year. All we want to do now is wish you happy holidays. More exciting features are coming in 2022.
Spoiler alert, some of them involve Spark Streaming!

 

 


VaultSpeed meets Matillion ETL (Release 4.2.5)

VaultSpeed meets Matillion ETL (Release 4.2.5)

Building your cloud data warehouse just got a whole lot easier. Matillion ETL and VaultSpeed have teamed up to bring you automated, cloud native data integration powered by Data Vault 2.0. This release brings you automated ETL generation for Matillion on Snowflake and support for Azure Synapse is coming soon.

 

About Matillion ETL

Matillion helps data teams get insights and results faster with a cloud-native data integration platform. It’s low-code, no-compromise turbocharges your data ingestion and transformation workflows, while taking full advantage of every native capability in your cloud data platform of choice (Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Delta Lake on Databricks, Google BigQuery, and Microsoft Azure Synapse).

Matillion is the only cloud-native ETL platform built for enterprise deployment with advanced collaboration, security and data sovereignty protection at its core. This helps data teams of all sizes get ahead of the curve, stay competitive, and deliver game changing value back to their organizations.

Deliver Cloud integration systems Faster

VaultSpeed’s automation engine can now deliver generated ETL mappings for Matillion. This drastically decreases Time to Market for any cloud data warehouse project. It also increases the level of scalability.

Matillion supports an abundance of data source connectors so you can easily load and transform any type of source data into your cloud Data Warehouse or Data Lake.

Both Matillion and VaultSpeed support modern cloud data platforms such as Snowflake, Azure Synapse, Delta Lake on Databricks, Amazon Redshift and Google Bigquery. For the moment, we support Snowflake only, with Synapse following soon.

The automated integration process starts by harvesting your source metadata into VaultSpeed and modelling your Data Vault 2.0 data model towards any business model. VaultSpeed will do the heavy lifting for you.

Afterwards, you are able to auto-deploy ETL code and workflows to the Matillion ETL repository and DDL towards your target environment.

 

 

Once you finish development, Matillion takes care of loading your data from source to target using VaultSpeed’s auto-generated mappings. Matillion’s ETL engine ensures excellent loading performance. You are able to schedule, run and monitor your data flows from within Matillion's interface.

You can additionally build custom business logic using Matillion’s intuitive ETL designer tools and you can also automate custom business rules into the solution by coding custom VaultSpeed Studio automation templates.

 

Matillion ETL mappings and flows generated by VaultSpeed

Other changes

We also added a few other cool features in this release:

  • You can now generate ETL for only a specific object. If you select a source object, VaultSpeed will generate all the code to load the resulting Data Vault objects.
    If you select a Data Vault object, we will give you all the code to load that specific object. You can limit further by also specifying a source (see example below). If a Business Vault object is selected, then only the code for that object will be generated.

 

  • We also added support for Multi-active Sattelites without a subsequence attribute. This is only available for objects with no CDC or no CDC incremental since we need all the records per key to be delivered each load.
  • We renamed the mapping counter to a more generic name: Vaultspeed Automation Units. This should avoid some confusion since mappings are not the only product that you can generate with VaultSpeed . More information can be found in the documentation Vaultspeed Automation Unit (VAU).
  • The format mask for source attributes is now a free text field instead of a selection menu. You can use this feature to easily convert data into the correct format if you like (e.g. a char to a date field). Note that this format string must be valid for the target database.




VaultSpeed and consultancy Datavault partner to empower organisations to accelerate Data Warehousing

VaultSpeed and consultancy Datavault partner to empower organisations to accelerate Data Warehousing

Leading UK Data Warehouse consultancy chooses VaultSpeed automation tool to make their customers’ business more agile.

 

[Leuven, Belgium; Hampshire, United Kingdom] - August 16, 2021 – VaultSpeed, the data warehouse automation company, today announced a strategic partnership with Datavault, a leading consultancy, specializing in delivering data warehouse solutions to maximise organizations’ investment returns in Data Warehousing and to speed up Business Intelligence. VaultSpeed’s Data Warehouse Integration platform lets Datavault provide its customers a cost-effective, low-risk way to modernise their data infrastructure while leveraging their current investments in Data Warehouse technology and ETL-tools.

In order to compete with today’s disruptors, organizations of every size and industry are investing in data warehouses to facilitate analytical and reporting processes that help make data-backed routine and strategic business decisions. And while virtually every company employs a data-driven approach, they must overcome the complexities associated with combining data from different sources and handling large amounts of structured and unstructured data. Data Vault 2.0 modeling helps organizing and preparing all the incoming data. The VaultSpeed platform is designed to automate these data integration processes, speed up implementation and increase agility when new sources are added.

Both Datavault and VaultSpeed provide solutions that are built on hands-on experience in many projects in different industries. This partnership enables us to focus on our core platform while Datavault solves for complex enterprise data warehouse challenges and reduces IT friction for customers.

Piet De Windt, CEO VaultSpeed

Consultancy Datavault has extensive experience deploying Data Vault 2.0 solutions and works with clients throughout the life-cycle of projects from strategic alignment, business case development, through design, implementation and ongoing operational support.

We are delighted to be partnering with VaultSpeed to deliver data warehouse automation solutions to save our clients both time and money when modernizing their data and analytics platforms using Data Vault 2.0.

Neil Strange, CEO Datavault

About VaultSpeed

VaultSpeed is a Belgium-based software company. Its data warehouse automation solution speeds up the process of data integration through a best in class tool built on the Data Vault 2.0 methodology. More and more companies worldwide rely on VaultSpeed to simply build and maintain their enterprise data hub. The tool connects with most popular ELT(ETL)-tools, source and target technologies. VaultSpeed has recently closed a €3.6 million Series A round led by Fortino Capital Partners. The company was carved-out from the Cronos Group, who remains on board through its investment arm Co-foundry.

For more information, visit https://www.vaultspeed.com

About Datavault

Datavault is a specialist consultancy dedicated to helping clients achieve best practice in data warehousing, business intelligence, information governance and analytics.

The company is expert in delivering agile data and analytics solutions using the latest best practice in Data Vault 2.0, DataOps, Continuous Integration and testing. Services embrace the whole data platform lifecycle from strategy and business case preparation through to proof-of-concepts; architectural design; project delivery; coaching and training. A growing global blue chip client base comes from a range of industries including banking, insurance, retailer and government.

For more information, visit https://www.data-vault.com/

Media Contacts:

Piet de Windt
CEO VaultSpeed
piet.dewindt@vaultspeed.com

Neil Strange
CEO Datavault
neil.strange@data-vault.com




Service Desk 2.0

Service Desk 2.0

We updated our service desk! VaultSpeed offers out of the box data vault automation for which we include support in case of any issues. We’ve been working hard to improve our support desk with some great new features to ensure that it will be easier to find the help you’re looking for.

 

The new service portal

Support Levels

Service desk tickets are handled at 3 levels:

  1. First-line support: the entry support level where all information is gathered for your request and solved quickly using known solutions.
  2. Second-line support: if first-line support can not quickly solve the request, more in-depth analysis is needed. The second line will also decide if development needs to be included.
  3. Third line support: this is the development team that will dive into the code to fix the issue.

Support Types

Self Service

Enter your question in the search box and the system will automatically look for possible solutions. If the proposed documents do not help you in any way, choose whether you have an “Account Management” request or a “Technical Assistance” request.

Technical Assistance

Customers can request technical assistance through the service desk by reporting technical issues, suggesting improvements, making feature requests, etc.

Account Management

The service desk is also used for account management. You can use it to request a new user, remove a user, obtain billing information, request training, request on-site implementation assistance, etc.

Support License Plans

All VaultSpeed licences contain basic support and come with 24h response times. We also sell additional Support packages based on your needs.

 

Support pricing

 




Source copy, Databricks and Apache 2.0 (Release 4.2.4)

Source copy, Databricks and Apache Airflow 2.0 (Release 4.2.4)

We’re back with a new release, and it is stuffed with new features.
We added support for Databricks, we updated our Flow Management connector to work with Apache Airflow 2.0. Also, VaultSpeed users can now copy an entire source configuration. These, and many more changes, come with VaultSpeed R4.2.4!

Databricks

Run your Data Vault in the Databricks data lakehouse!
You are now able to generate and deploy Spark code to Databricks and run it with Airflow. The deployment will create Spark SQL notebooks in Databricks for all your Data Vault mappings. Airflow will launch those jobs, running the Notebooks. Integration with Azure Data Factory is coming soon.
The target Database type is still Spark, but the ETL generation type has to be set to Databricks SQL.

 

Airflow 2.0

Apache Airflow 2.0 brings a truckload of great new features like a modernized user interface, the Airflow API, improved performance of the scheduler, the Taskflow API and others. VaultSpeed now supports Airflow 2.0. The VaultSpeed plugin for Airflow and all generated code have been reworked. All code will still work for previous Airflow versions. Just like before, once you’ve installed our plugin into your Airflow environment, Airflow becomes VaultSpeed aware. You’re able to generate and deploy workflows and run all the code needed to load your Data Vault.

 

Copy Sources

Users will also have the ability to copy existing sources. In some cases, an organization will need to integrate multiple sources that share a lot of similarities between them.

To give an example: Company ABC has the same version of their Sales CRM running in both Europe and the US. The only difference is that they have a few additional modules activated in the US.

Using the source copy functionality, they can now copy the entire source configuration from EU Sales to US Sales. All you need to do is identify and configure objects or settings that are specific only for the new source, but you can now skip all similar configuration you had already done for the EU source.

Using this functionality can obviously save a lot of time when integrating similar sources into your Data Vault model.

 

 

User Experience Improvements

The new release comes with a few other changes like a better screen to create a new data vault release. It has become a lot easier to indicate which version of which sources you would like to include in a specific data vault release. You can also choose to exclude certain sources from your release.

 

We also made it possible to mark objects in the source editor as completed, the completed objects will be highlighted in green. This status can be toggled by right-clicking on an object. The selection page can filter out completed objects, and there is also a button to remove all completed objects from the canvas. This allows you to track progress in your source modelling and get things organized.

 

Business Keys

We made it easier to change and re-order business keys in the Data Vault. We added a new screen where for each hub group the business keys of the grouped objects can be renamed and reordered, and the business keys of the hubs in the group can be reordered to match. So the keys in the different sources can now have different orders and names and still result in the same hash key calculation.

 

 

We added similar ability to reorder the linked hubs in many-to-many links ( and non historized links). In a separate screen, you can change the order of the HUB’s included in a many to many link or non-historical link.

Other changes

  • We renamed the “build flag” property to “ignored” everywhere in the application.
  • Added extra template variables for the custom deploy scripts in the agent, instead of only the zip name, you can now also get the generation id, the generation info, and the generation type, similar to the git commit message functionality. example:
    deploy.cmd = sh C:\Users\name\Documents\agent\deploy.sh {zipname} {code_type} ”{info}”
  • The compare functionality in the source graphical overview will now skip ignored releases. This means that it will compare with the last non ignored locked release before the current one.
  • We added support for overlapping loading windows to the Azure Data Factory FMC, this can be configured by using the following parameters: FMC_OVERLAPPING_LOADING_WINDOWS, FMC_WINDOW_OVERLAP_SIZE, FMC_WINDOW_OVERLAP_TYPE.
  • The metadata-export has been converted to a task, this is done to support exporting data for very large Data Vaults. Before the export would time out and not return a file if it takes too long.

More releases are coming!




Meet EON Colletive: our new Integration Partner in North America

Meet EON Collective: our new Integration Partner in North America

Important news from the partnership front! We have recently teamed up with EON Collective. EON is a group of highly experienced data professionals located in USA & Canada. EON will act as an integration partner for VaultSpeed in the region.

We’re delighted to announce EON Collective as our newest integrator partner in North America. EON have strong focus on automation and are very familiar with Data Vault 2.0. Their expertise in data warehousing and data integration is impressive and we’re happy to team up with such a strong player.

Piet De Windt - CEO VaultSpeed

Every EONite team lead has over 20 years of experience in their discipline. They all at one time or another have worked for one of the world's largest consulting firms and all understand that that real change doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. With that in mind, EON Collective's team developed the tools that lower the hours needed to bring you real results. They help organizations gain validated business insights faster and with greater flexibility. And help companies ensure business value through proven methodology and automated tools.

They are partnering up with VaultSpeed as their preferred solution for data warehouse automation:

We are very excited about being Vaultspeeds North American integration partner. Automation is a key component of any successful Data Vault implementation and we feel Vaultspeeds automation strategy in combination with Adept methodology for Data Vault implementation is the perfect combination.

We are also looking forward to working with Vaultspeed as we start to integrate some of our Adept technology with the Vaultspeed solution."-

Robert Scott - CTO EON Collective

The power of EON is having the collective capability to work alongside their clients utilizing the ADEPT Managed Solution. EON ADEPT links process model analysis and data-oriented analysis. In fact, ADEPT is not limited to automated process discovery based on event data. It also answers a wide variety of clients performance and compliance questions based on the identified solution's operational metrics. ADEPT was built with the simple goal of greatly reducing the cost of consulting.

We should also mention that EON are joining us at the World Wide Data Vault Conference starting May 17th. Any questions on how to get started with VaultSpeed in their region and about the ADEPT integration can be addressed. We can highly recommend Keith Belanger’s keynote presentation “Is your Data Vault speaking your language?”.




VaultSpeed @ World Wide Data Vault Consortium 2021

VaultSpeed @ World Wide Data Vault Consortium 2021

You simply have to check out the annual World Wide Data Vault Consortium on May 17 2021.
This is where the worldwide user community comes to get in-depth knowledge presenters about data hubs, the role of A.I., and of course, automation.

At the conference, VaultSpeeds will host three events: A hands-on demo session, roadmap presentation and customer succes stories.
What’s more, you can get a special 20% reduction on the subscription from us.

Hands-on Session

Skip most of the data integration preparation with VaultSpeed

VaultSpeed’s data warehouse automation enables organizations to integrate data from numerous source platforms into one data vault. We harvest source metadata, users configure their source models and our engine delivers generated structures, ELT and workflows. Vaultspeed’s guided automation framework helps the user to combine and enrichmetadata from different sources in an intuitive way that corresponds to your target model.

Our out-of-the-box templates cover 90% of your implementation needs. They are 100% production-ready as VaultSpeed handles all the quality assurance and testing. We simplify the complex process of building a data vault by forcing the user to follow a pre-defined set of steps. This significantly reduces the chance of errors and ensuing rework.

VaultSpeed is quickly evolving. New functionalities are implemented every three to four weeks. Our cloud setup ensures our customers always run on the latest version.

We always try to help users eliminate time-consuming manual work and constantly work at developing new features by which they can reach even higher levels of automation.

Key takeaways:

- Integrate sources into your data warehouse quickly using Data Vault 2.0 and VaultSpeed

- Use VaultSpeed’s powerful source editor to tailor the Raw Data Vault and Business Vault towards your business taxonomy.

Customer Succes

There are a lot of aspects that can make or break your data warehouse project. We’d like to cover three of those using three cases from the real world: Time to market, cloud architecture and fulfilling business requirements.

Learn how VaultSpeed is speeding up the implementation process at Eurocontrol, Europes Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, using its out-of-the-box templates. One year into the project, Eurocontrol conducted an internal ROI analysis.

We’re launching a huge project at Olympus, a global player in the MedTech market. As they are playing on a global level, they are moving their data platform to the cloud. VaultSpeeds cloud architecture fits right in.

Finally, no project succeeds without fulfilling business requirements and speaking their language. At Bank de Groof Petercam, VaultSpeed enabled developers to map their business taxonomy to the data vault model.

Roadmap Presentation

The VaultSpeed automation is tool is at the top of the evolutionary/acceleration ladder.

Curious to know how a decade of hands-on experience in data integration projects has resulted in a SaaS platform that provides faster data warehouse automation?

For us, all along, that was the key of our evolution. It was not about our intrinsic strength or intellectual ability, but rather the ability to understand the difficulties that our customers encounter and adapting and tweaking our platform to help them survive.

And no, it definitely was not a rollercoaster. Or to quote Charles Darwin himself “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”

We are living in an environment that continues to evolve. That’s why we’re happy to share a sneak peek of our Roadmap and how we see the world of data warehouse automation will evolve in the near and not so near future.




VaultSpeed enters the official DataVault 2.0 Certification Program

The Data Vault Alliance proudly announced their brand new Certified Software Vendor Program. VaultSpeed is happy to enter this new program as a continuation of our earlier certification efforts.

 

Why we use Data Vault 2.0?

Vaultspeed has based its automation engine for the integration layer on Data Vault 2.0. We have made this decision with a few key constraints in mind: Flexibility, agility, support to have multiple versions of the truth, repeatability and the use of a standard. Data Vault provides us with the best answer to these constraints.

Data Vault is very flexible as you can just add new business elements to the model without affecting previous efforts. Data Vault can easily absorb those changes. For the same reasons, it is a perfect fit for an agile approach. You can chop the entire workload in small, manageable sprints.

While there may be such a thing as the “single version of the truth”, we believe that it is almost impossible to obtain. Not everybody has the same point of view and this view may also change over time. This means that you will always have more versions of the truth. To achieve this, Data Vault starts from having a single version of the facts, this is the stable factor you need to be able to deliver multiple versions of the truth and still manage the data integration effort over time.

Data Vault is also perfect for automation. You can define a clear relation between source metadata and the the target model, and you can do so by using a limited set of repeatable patterns.

Why did VaultSpeed choose to be certified?

Vaultspeed values the Data Vault Standard for all the benefits it brings like resilience to change and repeatable patterns. Data Vault provides the foundation for automation. Being able to work with a well defined standard that is documented, used across the world, updated and safeguarded over time is key. In fact, this enables everyone to speak the same language. This emphasizes the importance of the Data Vault Alliance, led by founding father Dan Linstedt, as the organisation that sets the Data Vault standard. For these reasons we also want to have VaultSpeed Data Vault 2.0 certified by the DVA in order to prove that VaultSpeed provides the means to work by that very same standard.

Certified Data Vault 2.0

Starting in 2019 we started a track to get our tool certified togheter with Empowered Holdings and Scalefree.

Empowered Holdings, LLC and Scalefree teamed up in 2019 to work with VaultSpeed to get their Data Vault automation tool certified to Data Vault 2.0 standards. We are happy to announce that as of 2020, they have passed the tool certification process.

Certified Software Vendor Program

As of January 2021, Empowered Holdings LLC merged its Data Vault practices with DataVaultAlliance Holdings LLC. Going forward the DVA is currently developing a world-wide Vendor Tool Certification Program. This program and it’s details will be available to any software or hardware vendor interested in participating. The program will list a set of standards that the tool needs to meet, in order to have the components that automate Data Vault, be certified.

Read more about this program on the Data Vault Alliance’s website

 




Vaultspeed raises €3.6 Million Series A

Vaultspeed raises €3.6 Million Series A


Vaultspeed raises €3.6 Million Series A to accelerate growth and bring its best of breed data warehouse automation solution to the global market

PRESS RELEASE 17 March 2021 - Leuven, Belgium - Vaultspeed, the Belgium-based SaaS company specialized in data warehouse automation solutions, has closed a €3.6 million Series A round led by Fortino Capital Partners. The company was founded 2 years ago by Piet De Windt and Dirk Vermeiren with support of The Cronos Group, who remains on board through its seed investment fund the CoFoundry.

Vaultspeed’s data automation software serves data managers by accelerating and automating the entire lifecycle (design, build and maintain) of their Data Vault. Data Vault technology is an innovative approach to centralize enterprise data for business analysts who deliver the necessary real time insights that business leaders need to guide their decisions. This is where Vaultspeed comes into play. Dirk Vermeiren, CTO of Vaultspeed: “While ensuring quality and consistency, the tool automates the integration of data from multiple source systems into the Data Vault, making it available for further analysis throughout the enterprise. This is what agile business leaders need to accelerate their time to market, cut the complexity and reduce project risks.”

Vaultspeed’s customer base ranges from California (Department of Health of Santa Clara County) across Europe to Japan (Olympus). The rise of microservices driving the multiplication of distributed data sources, the move to the cloud, the increasing volume of data and degree of change and the scarcity of qualified talent stimulate organizations to respond faster and smarter, increasing the demand for automated data warehousing solutions.

Vaultspeed recently signed a global deal with the Japanese multinational Olympus who will be building regional as well as global data integration platforms in order to make faster and better use of their enterprise data and improve their customer-driven solutions for the medical, life sciences and industrial industries. By bringing Vaultspeed into the process, Olympus can now create faster and better integrated insights on their SAP data and non-SAP data which was not possible before.

Duco Sickinghe, Managing Partner at Fortino Capital: “We have seen a rapidly increasing traction for data vaults over the past years and are truly excited to support Piet De Windt (CEO) and Dirk Vermeiren (CTO) in accelerating their growth. Vaultspeeds’ data warehouse automation tool plays a crucial role in helping customers increase their agility, while responding to strong time-stamping, auditability and traceability requirements.”

Wim Bijnens, partner at CoFoundry: “We have seen Vaultspeed evolve from an idea into a prototype on to a proof of concept with some of our key customers in Belgium. Today, Vaultspeed is ready to scale up and deliver value to business leaders all over the world. With enthusiasm and belief in a great future for Vaultspeed we are pleased with the support of Fortino Capital in this exciting scaling phase.”

With the additional funding, Vaultspeed will look to further scale its organization and invest in its best of breed product in order to serve and expand its international customer base. Piet De Windt, CEO of Vaultspeed: “Vaultspeed’s cloud-based product is platform agnostic and integrates with top-tier tools in the data integration ecosystem. We strive to bring the best value and technology to our customers leveraging our strong and growing partner ecosystem. We are happy to onboard Fortino Capital and look forward to entering Vaultspeed’s next development phase together.”

About Vaultspeed

Vaultspeed is a Belgium-based software company. Its data warehouse automation solution speeds up the process of data integration through a best in class tool built on the Data Vault 2.0 methodology. More and more companies worldwide rely on Vaultspeed to simply build and maintain their enterprise data hub. The tool connects with most popular ELT(ETL)-tools, source, target technologies and orchestration engines.

About Fortino Capital Partners

Fortino Capital Partners is a Benelux-focused B2B software investor with a pan European reach. Fortino Capital invests in both Venture Capital and Growth private equity assets. With offices in Antwerp and Amsterdam, Fortino Capital’s investment portfolio includes Teamleader, Insided, MobileXpense, Efficy CRM, iObeya and Oqton among others.

For more information, please visit https://fortinocapital.com/

About Cofoundry

With a passion for innovation, The CoFoundry helps entrepreneurs transform their ideas into sustainable companies by funding them in a seed stage and by coaching them in the growth process. Embedded in the ecosystem of The Cronos Group, The CoFoundry has access to a wide network of relevant technology players.

For more information, please visit http://www.thecofoundry.co/

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