With Sitecore 9.0 and the introduction xConnect you might be wondering what you are going to do with all that analytics data sitting in MongoDB, when you upgrade your Sitecore 8.x instance to Sitecore 9. Well, Sitecore have created a tool called the xDB migration tool. The tool uses the Sitecore Data Exchange Framework 2.0 and it provides the ability to read from MongoDB (source system) and write to the xConnect server (target system). If you are not familiar with the Data Exchange Framework I have covered it in an earlier post.
The xDB migration Tool provides a pre-configured mapping of data from the MongoDB database to the xConnect server in the form of a DEF Tenant. The Tool includes two data migration processes.
- MongoDB Contacts to xConnect Contacts – Reads contact data and related device and interaction data for each contact – from a MongoDB database and writes it to xConnect.
- MongoDB Reference Data to xDB – Reads geo IP and location data from a MongoDB database and writes it to xConnect.
I recently presented at Atlanta Sitecore Usergroup and gave a demo using Data Exchange Framework (DEF) 2.0 and the SQL Provider – to read customer records from a SQL table and create items in Sitecore. You can read more about the DEF 2.0 here. In this follow-up post, I’ll walk through the DEF configuration required for the demo.
Eric Stafford (aka Sitecore Superman) and myself had the opportunity to attend the Integration Bootcamp at Symposium. The day was divided into 2 sections: xConnect in the morning with Todd Mitchell (xConnect Product Manager) and Niels Kuhnel (Sitecore Architect) in the afternoon Adam Conn (Director of Product Management) did a deep dive into the Data Exchange Framework. In this post will I take you through some of my takeaways on Data Exchange Framework which I shared recently with the Atlanta Sitecore User Group.
What do we call it?
First, we need to clarify one thing and that’s how Data Exchange Framework is abbreviated. There appears to be some confusion in the community and that’s because Sitecore has a fondness for the letter x.
Adam Conn was insistent that if we left the boot camp knowing one thing – it should be: “the Data Exchange Framework is DEF, not DXF!! And that referring to is as DXF is like Sitecore with a capital ‘C'”.
What is it?
- A Framework Designed for transferring Data into and out of Sitecore.
- It’s an ETL – Extract, Transform and Load the 3 steps of data integration.
- Extract – you’ve got a source system you are extracting data from.
- Transform – we change the data to be compatible with the target system.
- Load – we load the data it into the target system.
- It standardizes how we do data integrations with Sitecore.
- It promotes re-usability by providing patterns and components that help you with your integration leaving you to focus on the other tasks associated with data integration.
- It is highly configurable and extendable allowing you to integrate with almost any 3rd party system.
- It enables Synchronization of Systems and processes.
- It reduces the amount of effort required to integrate 3rd party systems.