Authored by: Kelly Ross
As a development platform for data management, Talend was already in a class by itself before its recent update. With 1,091 existing connectors, it can ingest almost any kind of data.
Talend 7.0.1 adds features and functionality that everyone can get excited about, from the occasional user to the CIO. Talend’s greatest-latests include:
    • Enhanced S3 support, enabling on-premise use of S3 bucket products. Our healthcare clients are especially excited about this solution to a persistent PHI security challenge.
    • Enhanced connectivity for sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), which elevates sophistication in data analysis.
    • Enhanced support for Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers, which enable Java applications to interact with databases.
Talend also introduced enhanced support for Microsoft CRM, Snowflake, Sybase and the Salesforce 42 API.
Installation of Talend’s latest version is straightforward, and usually takes just a day or two. The majority of work is in migration and testing, and of course, QA takes longer with a higher number of jobs.
After being hands-on with Talend for many TESCHGlobal customers in various industry segments, we’ve developed a few best practices for the upgrade process:
    • Avoid doing the upgrade in place. Doing it in place is a risky approach with development software of any kind. Most companies are running a virtual environment, so it’s easy to spin up another. Install it side-by-side and run side-by-side tests so you can reduce the ripple effect of impact of unforeseen problems.
    • Clone your Git repository.  We recommend making a back-up so you have snapshots of your existing projects. Then, migrate to the clone so the transition can happen without impact.
    • Plan time for authentication. Talend requires different implementations depending on your technologies and the tightness of your security. You may need to set up authentication with databases and new service accounts.
Since Talend’s pricing model is a subscription, users have access to the latest version of its platform at no additional cost. However, there could be a human resources cost depending on the number of jobs your organization has and your IT team’s capacity to handle the migration and QA.  
Some businesses which can’t devote the resources or don’t have the right skills in-house are leaning on TESCHGlobal for their Talend 7.0.1 upgrade. We can ease the transition from install through migration and testing.
So when is the best time to upgrade to 7.0.1? It really depends on your organization’s perspective on being a first adopter, and if you are in active development or production.