ETL Validator – FAQ

Can ETL Validator help compare data from multiple sources?

Yes. ETL Validator supports comparison of data from multiple source and target data sources in a single test case. It provides a visual test case builder for defining multiple data sources and validations for comparing them.

Does ETL Validator support Continuous Integration?

ETL Validator provides a command line interface for invoking test plans and test cases remotely. This can be used to automatically execute tests as soon as the ETL process has completed. In addition, ETL Validator sends email notifications of the results from the test runs. 

Is there any way to schedule tests and receive email notification?

Yes. Test Plans can be scheduled and email notifications will be sent automatically once the tests have been executed.

Is there reporting available for Test Runs?

Yes. ETL Validator validator provides a web based reports for test plan and test case run results. These results can be downloaded into PDF and Excel spreadsheets so that they can distributes to other users.

What is File Watcher?

Often organizations receive flat files from external sources that need to be tested for data quality. File Watcher is part of ETL Validator that automatically detects new files coming into a folder and automatically kicks off a test plan. Users can get notification of the data quality tests as soon as the tests are completed. 

What if my data source is not supported by ETL Validator?

No problem. We will be happy to work with you to add support for the data source that you are interested in testing as long as it is our roadmap. We work in an agile manner to quickly add support for new data sources. 

Is there a free trial available for ETL Validator?

Yes. You can Download ETL Validator and try it out for 14 days. We will provide full support during this period for your POC.

What is a repository and workschema? what databases are supported as repository?

ETL Validator stores the test case metadata in the repository database. The test data extracted from the data sources is stored in a work scheme. ETL Validator supports Oracle database or PostgreSQL as the repository and work schema. ETL Validator Complete comes with an embedded PostgreSQL repository and work scheme.

What are the Architectural components of ETL Validator?

Below are the major architectural components for ETL Validator :

  1. ETL Validator Client: Windows-based client for defining and executing tests
  2. ETL Validator Server: J2EE server that typically runs in Tomcat and JDK. It can be deployed in windows or Unix environments.
  3. Repository / Workschema: Oracle or PostgreSQL database.
  4. Web Reporting: Runs in a J2EE container such as Tomcat.
What are the System Requirements for doing a pilot?

Most customers use ETL Validator Complete for doing their POC. This version comes with an embedded Tomcat and PostgreSQL database. Below are the prerequisites for trying out ETL Validator Complete :

  1. Windows Machine
  2. Java 7 or later