About us

Hackolade is the latest venture and product of IntegrIT SA/NV, an IT strategy consulting firm and Independent Software Vendor from Brussels, Belgium, founded in 2002. We're focused on producing user-friendly yet powerful visual tools to smooth the onboarding of NoSQL technology in corporate IT landscapes. Our software combines the comfort and simplicity of graphic data modeling with the power of NoSQL document databases, in order to reduce development time, increase application quality, and lower execution risks.

Leadership

Pascal Desmarets is the Founder and CEO of Hackolade. He leads the company and all efforts involving business strategy, product innovation, and customer relations, as it focuses on producing user-friendly, powerful visual tools to smooth the onboarding of NoSQL technology in corporate IT landscapes. Hackolade’s software combines the comfort and simplicity of graphic data modeling, with the power of NoSQL document databases, resulting in reduced development time, increased application quality, and lower execution risks.


Prior to Hackolade, he founded and was the CEO of IntegrIT SA/NV, an IT strategy and consulting firm that provided information architecture, innovation solutions, and scalable systems integration for large organizations. Pascal was also the CIO for ARTISTdirect, Inc. a publicly-held startup that was one of the web’s original music destinations and early innovators in the digital music world and online commerce. He also held positions as Director, Integration Solutions Group at Optum Software, and Vice President, Administration and Information Systems at UTIL Automotive.


Pascal received his Executive MBA Degree from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Science Degree, Industrial Engineering and Management, from the University of Louvain in Belgium. He is also an accomplished offshore sailboat racer with crew or solo, having competed in numerous competitions in various parts of the world.



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In the News

  • 31
    Oct 2017
    Press release: Hackolade Receives MongoDB Enterprise Certification
    The MongoDB Enterprise Certification Program recognizes products that fully integrate with MongoDB Enterprise. Evaluation of Hackolade required MongoDB to perform testing to ensure proper and secure handling of data.
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    Press coverage for this release:
    • SoftwareMag CIO-Dive DBTA bDaily
  • 28
    Sept 2017
    TDWI/Upside - How Data Modeling for NoSQL Improves Agile Development
    Many don't fully appreciate how critical data modeling is to understanding data. Modeling doesn't delay agile application development; it helps developers plan ahead....
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  • 28
    Sept 2017
    Information Age - The ins and outs of NoSQL data modelling
    NoSQL has been around for many years and most within industry circles are familiar with the benefits and advantages of using NoSQL over SQL databases. However, there’s still some confusion among the masses about data modelling for NoSQL and the necessary value that it delivers...
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  • 25
    Sept 2017
    Datanami - SQL Databases Integrating NoSQL-like Features
    Given the rise in popularity of NoSQL functionality, SQL database vendors have taken notice and are implementing NoSQL-like functionality within their database structure...
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  • 12
    Sept 2017
    Dataversity - A Recent Innovation in NoSQL Data Modeling: Forward and Reverse Engineering Combined
    Many organizations would like to develop and incorporate a NoSQL data model in their existing architectures, and to hire staff with Data Modeling skills. Unfortunately, there is a significant lack of data modelers with NoSQL experience, and reliable NoSQL Data Modeling tools are only just beginning to emerge into the market...
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  • 24
    Aug 2017
    Redgate Hub-Simple Talk - Mixing MongoDB and Relational Databases in the Enterprise
    Your Agile developers want MongoDB, or a similar document database: your Ops people are concerned about security and backup, and Governance are muttering about transactionality and data transfer between systems. Do you restrict your developers from rapidly-evolving the data design for their domain or do you embrace the joys of NoSQL unconditionally?...
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  • 21
    July 2017
    Press release: Hackolade Introduces Command Line Interface to help Businesses Comply with GDPR and Data Governance
    With GDPR quickly approaching, Hackolade, the pioneer for data modeling for NoSQL and multi-model databases, today announced its Command Line Interface (CLI) to help companies with the pending GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) regulatory compliance (scheduled for May 25, 2018), along with overall corporate data governance needs. Hackolade’s CLI is currently available for the following NoSQL databases: MongoDB, Couchbase, and DynamoDB, with Azure CosmosDB and others coming soon.
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    Press coverage for this release:
    • SDTimes TDWI App-Developer-Magazine
  • 23
    June 2017
    Computer Weekly - Hackolade CEO: Schema modeling in a schema-less world
    This is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Developer Network written by Pascal Desmarets in his capacity as founder and CEO of Hackolade — the company’s software combines the ‘comfort & simplicity’ of graphic data modeling, with the ‘power’ of NoSQL document databases.
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  • 23
    June 2017
    TechTarget-IT Knowledge Exchange - Hackolade CEO: Schema modeling in a schema-less world
    At the MongoDB World conference earlier this week in Chicago, Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-founder of MongoDB, retraced the company’s 10-year history and emphasised the pivotal importance of the ‘document model’ in his firm’s history.
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  • 19
    June 2017
    Press release: Next Generation Data Modeling Software to Support MongoDB Enterprise v3.4 and MongoDB Atlas
    Hackolade, the pioneer for data modeling for NoSQL and multi-model databases, today announced the availability of Hackolade version 1.7, a new release of its data modeling software, to support both MongoDB version 3.4 and MongoDB Atlas, its cloud-hosted database as a service. This is one of the first next gen data modeling tools available on the market that helps in proper representation of physical data models for MongoDB collections and views.
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    Press coverage for this release:
    • Dataversity CIO-Review bDaily SDTimes DBTA
  • 12
    June 2017
    Dataversity - State of the Art of Data Modeling?
    There is also considerable business value in being agile and deliver with speed. We need to handle the “schema last” approach in a controlled (curated) manner. Machine-assisted modeling is the key to understanding the structure and meaning of a context as well as to ingesting schema’s from the data (“Smart Data Discovery”). Modeling still needs humans, who understand the business and are able to resolve inconsistencies, errors, lacks of precision etc. So, in a sense, Data Modeling is still going strong, only now working bottom-up using new powerful tools... like Hackolade!
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  • 30
    May 2017
    Dataversity - A Brief History of Data Modeling
    The need for experienced NoSQL Data Modelers, and the appropriate tools, is still an ever-present need. Hackolade is focused on solving these problems. They have developed a downloadable, user-friendly data model that provides powerful visual tools for NoSQL. Their software combines the simplicity of graphic data models with NoSQL document databases. This combination reduces development time, increases application quality, and lowers execution risks. The software is currently compatible with Couchbase, DynamoDB, and MongoDB schemas, and the company plans to introduce software for several other NoSQL databases.
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  • 18
    May 2017
    DZone - SQL to JSON Data Modeling With Hackolade
    Learn how IntegrIT's Hackolade can help you do SQL to JSON data modeling as well as generate static documentation about the model..
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  • 3
    May 2017
    TDAN - Benefits of Modeling Apply to NoSQL
    Information drives businesses who make decisions based on data. Data is a corporate asset. Data modeling is critical to understanding data, its interrelationships, and its rules. Yet, some people don't understand the value that data modeling provides. Some perceive it as just documentation, as a bottleneck to Agile development, or even as too expensive to be worth it.
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  • 2
    May 2017
    Idea Mensch - Pascal Desmarets, Founder & CEO of Hackolade
    Where did the idea for Hackolade come from? The idea came from a personal need for such a data modeling tool for NoSQL databases. I searched the web, and couldn’t find one that I would consider trustworthy.
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  • 1
    May 2017
    InfoQ - Pascal Desmarets on NoSQL Data Modeling Best Practices
    NoSQL databases are specialized to store different types of data like Key Value, Documents, Column Family, Time Series, Graph, and IoT data. Pascal Desmarets talks about how to perform data modeling in NoSQL databases compared to the modeling in Relational databases.
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  • 21
    April 2017
    Cross Cutting Concerns - SQL to JSON Data Modeling with Hackolade
    Some new tooling has come to my attention from Hackolade, who have recently added first-class Couchbase support to their tool. In this post, I’m going to review the very simple modeling exercise I did by hand, and show how IntegrIT’s Hackolade can help.
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  • 19
    April 2017
    Eckerson Group Blog - Looking Back at EDW 2017
    On the same topic, I met with Pascal Desmarets for demonstration and discussion of his fledgling data modeling tool, Hackolade. Pascal has created a tool that extends entity-relationship modeling to handle the complex structures found in document store databases. It is quite impressive as a new-to-the-market tool that is still growing and evolving. Ease of use through visual modeling and ease of learning by building on E-R modeling principles are among the strengths.
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  • 14
    April 2017
    Couchbase Blog - SQL to JSON Data Modeling with Hackolade
    SQL to JSON data modeling is something I touched on in the first part of my "Moving from SQL Server to Couchbase" series. Since that blog post, some new tooling has come to my attention from Hackolade, who have recently added first-class Couchbase support to their tool.
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  • 21
    March 2017
    Press release: Data modeling for Couchbase schemas
    After pioneering data modeling for MongoDB and DynamoDB, Hackolade extends its coverage of leading NoSQL and multi-model databases with support for Couchbase Server and Mobile.
    With today's release, Hackolade now lets data modelers design and document for Couchbase, a leading NoSQL database used by many large customers such as Amadeus, Cisco, DirecTV, GE, LinkedIn, Marriott, PayPal, United, Verizon, Viber, and many others.
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    Press coverage for this release:
    • TopTechNews CIO-Today Data-Storage-Today CIO-Dive DBTA TDWI Network-World Soft-Dev-Tools High-Tech-Days Dataversity Software-Development-Times App-Developer-Magazine Software-Mag
  • 4
    January 2017
    Data Architecture COMN Sense – Is the Data Warehouse Dead?
    It sure would be nice to be able to visualize the data that comes to us with no evident structure, and to visualize the structure we’ve found in some subsets of that data. The data modeling tool Hackolade (hackolade.com) is beginning to deliver such capabilities for a variety of NoSQL databases. Key to such tools will be a graphical notation that can express both data structures and data instances, and can represent arrays and nested types—things that the Concept and Object Modeling Notation (COMN) can do, but traditional entity-relationship (E-R) models cannot.
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  • 15
    September 2016
    Data Modeling Lends a Hand to NoSQL Databases
    Sectors such as banking, healthcare, and insurance are increasingly interested in NoSQL databases and Data Modeling for NoSQL. As they take their first or their next steps in the space, they want “to have the tools available to them that give credibility and legitimacy to the technology,” says Pascal Desmarets, Founder and CEO at Hackolade, a startup focused on helping businesses feel more secure about using alternatives to legacy relational databases...
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