Modulus Data: The Future of Data Integration

Yan Courtois, Founding Partner Data becomes knowledge when it connects. At Modulus Data ‘Everything Connects,’” states Yan Courtois, a Founding Partner of Modulus Data.

Back in 2012, when Oracle acquired Taleo, a ground-breaking idea struck the founders of Modulus Data: soon everyone would need a cloud-based platform to facilitate connection of data between different cloud applications. Courtois and his partner Romain Guay had good reasons to see the future of data integration coming. Oracle already had a cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) product and a broad suite of applications that Courtois and Guay would have to connect Taleo data to. Also, they were pioneers working in Taleo data integration. In fact, Guay was the original designer of the Taleo Connect Client CustomSteps Java Library, TCC Touchpoints Deployment Model, the TCC Data Warehouse Package, and the TCC Document Extract Process: technologies still used in nearly every Taleo data integration and Taleo data warehousing project around the world.

Seeing the opportunity, the partners created Modulus Data along with cloud infrastructure specialist Laurent Gauthier to specialize in the integration of cloud data for the HR market. A true visionary, Romain Guay had the incredible courage to look at his own technologies and attempt to make them better. His main question, how could I create a data integration platform that was flexible enough to handle the most complex business processes with any volume of data in near-real-time in the cloud?

At Modulus Data, Guay led a team of R&D experts to code a new technology that is far more flexible, robust, and web-friendly to handle client data integration needs. Today, Modulus Connect, a state-of-the-art integration platform is the stunning result of their efforts.

In 2016, Modulus Data officially launched its cloud integration product, Modulus Connect, to facilitate easy integration of near-real-time data at any volume on the cloud that can be accessed through web services. The platform can connect anything with an API and define unlimited data transformation rules while making batch files, log files, and task schedulers a thing of the past.

With many companies moving to SaaS, a notion exists in the market that it is easy to connect the data because these programs have APIs. However, many businesses do not have the resources, skills, and interest to build systems or solutions that can talk to APIs. Recognizing this, Modulus Data created a cloud-based solution, Modulus Connect, to bridge the increasingly large number of services that organizations depend on. The solution has a powerful set of building blocks that can handle mundane integration tasks with minimal configuration and customization. Additionally, the company’s graphical builder interface allows for easy and rapid assembling and delivery of simple integrations. For more complex scenarios, Modulus Connect has open-ended components that can be quickly configured down to the level of implementing any arbitrary business logic or transformation rules ensuring that everything connects.
To increase the accuracy and efficiency between Payroll and Core HR, Taleo Integration automatically enters new hires into the company’s payroll and HR systems. Integration eliminates the need to manually re-key data and prevents data mistakes. “The nice thing about data integrations,” says Yan Courtois, “is that they never get sick, they don't take a day off, and they don't make mistakes. Once integrations are done right, HR departments free up resources to concentrate on more strategic hiring issues that make more of a difference to their business.”

Transition to SaaS

With Gartner predicting the SaaS segment to witness a CAGR of 19.7 percent through 2019, Modulus Data, an Oracle Gold partner has been eyeing the shift of Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) replacing Business Objects as the reporting tool for Taleo Enterprise Edition, and Transitions replacing Legacy Onboarding. Courtois believes that the advent of the Oracle Fusion family of solutions will require adjustments on the part of existing Oracle customers. “The main issue is that as everyone embraces cloud-based applications, the data will be residing in different places. We see cloud-data integration as the next big issue for businesses,” says Courtois.

Courtois believes that moving data integration solutions as well as business intelligence platforms to SaaS will remove an enormous burden from the back of organizations. Companies will no longer have to hire, train and maintain an army of IT operations specialists for each data integration or business intelligence platform they use. There will be huge savings for companies as all the infrastructure building and application configuration, supervision and maintenance will be handled by Oracle. Under the new model, businesses will be better able to focus on the skills that will give them a competitive advantage like subject matter experts who can define and implement automated business processes; and experts who understand the data that fuels and describes their specific business needs.

Keeping in mind the changing needs of organizations and having a deep understanding of the HCM Fusion API, Modulus Data is working closely with Oracle to make sure that the customers can take advantage of the migration to HCM Fusion and OBI.

Understanding data integration also allows Modulus Data to guide customers entering the HR space. Modulus Data recently created an integration solution for Unitive, a firm that helps employers write more inclusive job descriptions, do blind resume review, and handle structured interviews. Unitive has created a hiring solution that streamlines five essential hiring best practices to help companies find the very best person from a broader, more qualified group of applicants. “They have the data to measure hiring success,” says Courtois. “By combining Applicant Tracking software with algorithms like those in Unitive, data can drive the hiring process, and hiring managers can focus on the aspects of a candidate that really matter.”

The Knowledge Pool

“We have a great assembly of Taleo integration and Business Intelligence training talent at Modulus Data. The people that built the Taleo integration and reporting house are now servicing it,” expresses Courtois.

We have the greatest assembly of Taleo integration and training talent at Modulus Data. The people that built the Taleo integration and reporting house are now servicing it

The company’s product makes it evident that no one knows more about integrating Taleo or creating custom reports. “Our clients tell us, ‘when we assign you any job involving Taleo, we never worry about it again,’” adds Courtois. For instance, Modulus Data recently developed ground-breaking solutions for one of the largest search engine companies and a renowned pharmaceutical company. Both the clients were looking to go beyond batch files and gain near-real-time data at any volume on the cloud. The existing Taleo integration tools were not capable of solving this problem. Modulus Data, therefore, devised a way to leverage Oracle’s Taleo Bulk API with a REST layer. The solution addressed the complexity of the Bulk API and delivered usability of web services with near-real-time data—exactly the solution the customers were seeking. “We further created a means for Taleo data to be automatically updated in the customer’s payroll system,” adds Courtois.

“Data becomes knowledge when it connects. At Modulus Data 'Everything Connects'”

Modulus Data has devoted half of its resources to R&D. It is now implementing the next evolution of data integration by getting rid of batch files and moving integrations to the cloud. The experts that “opened” Taleo data integration back in the days are now empowering clients with the integration tools of the future.

Modulus Data also has a whole team focusing on creating custom role-based dashboards and talent acquisition metrics reports for Taleo in OBI. One of Modulus Data’s leading experts—who trained Oracle partners in OBI specifically for Taleo— now leads the company’s client training and report development team. Modulus Data offers hands-on training to customers, enabling them to work on their own data set and customize reports to get insights on any metric they want.

Empowering Customers

In the coming years, Modulus Data is planning to hand over the steering wheel to its customers by enhancing its platform to enable clients and partners to configure integrations themselves using a graphical builder’s interface. “It’s actually a blast to use. We’re piloting it with select clients and in 2017 plan to make it more widely available as a cloud-based graphical interface. We intend to keep evolving with our client’s integration and reporting needs. They give us challenges, and we find solutions,” concludes Courtois.

Modulus Data

New York City, NY

Yan Courtois, Founding Partner

Offers solutions and services designed to meet the needs of enterprise HR departments and medium-sized businesses

Modulus Data