Real-Time Data Tracking with a Change Data Capture Snap

01 Jul, 2024 | 5 minutes read

In 2024, corporations or enterprises running high-octane manufacturing operations are highly aware that in production every second counts. Missing even a minor data point could spell disaster. Now, what if there was a tool that helps you track these crucial data changes as they happen, without heaving down your system.

Well, that tool is the SnapLogic Change Data Capture (CDC) Custom Snap from ⋮IWConnect. And it’s the perfect tool for businesses needing real-time insights and data integration into their data flows.

Let’s break down how this works and why it might be the upgrade your data operations desperately need.

What is the Change Data Capture Snap?

The Custom CDC Snap from ⋮IWConnect is designed to provide seamless, real-time tracking of data changes with minimal impact on your system.

Here’s what sets it apart:

  • Real-Time Monitoring: The CDC Snap captures every insert, update, or delete transaction happening in your database the moment it occurs.
  • Log-Based Data Capture: Unlike traditional monitoring tools that can strain your system, this snap reads directly from your database’s transaction logs. This means no extra load on your tables.
  • Two Modes of Operation: You can choose between fixed interval and continuous monitoring, depending on your needs.

How Does It Work?

At its core, the CDC Snap captures changes from your database’s transaction logs and converts them into easy-to-handle JSON objects.

This process allows for:

  • Simple Data Transformation: Once captured, these transactions can be effortlessly manipulated to fit your specific needs.
  • Broad Compatibility: It works smoothly with various databases, as long as the connecting account has the necessary admin permissions.

The fixed interval mode lets you monitor data changes between specific start and end times, making it ideal for scheduled checks or batch processing.

Meanwhile, the continuous mode offers non-stop monitoring, updating a log file with the latest transaction IDs as they happen. It’s like having a vigilant sentinel on duty, always ready to catch the latest data changes.

Benefits of Using the Custom CDC Snap

When you’re handling critical data, efficiency and accuracy are non-negotiable.

Here’s how the Custom CDC Snap delivers on these fronts:

1. Lightweight on Your System

Traditional data monitoring methods often involve frequent polling or intrusive queries that can slow down your system. The CDC Snap takes a different approach. By leveraging transaction logs, it keeps a minimal load on the Microsoft SQL server and maintains your database’s performance.

Imagine you’re managing a business with a heavy daily transaction load. Using the CDC Snap means you can keep an eye on all these transactions without putting a strain on your database. This is essential for maintaining smooth and uninterrupted operations in environments where high transaction volumes are the norm.

2. Instantaneous Insights

In the fast-paced world of business, timing is everything. Being able to capture and process data changes in real-time gives you a significant advantage. With the CDC Snap, you get real-time visibility into your operations.

Consider a manufacturing line where real-time data about equipment performance or product quality is critical. The CDC Snap allows for immediate adjustments, preventing issues and ensuring high-quality output. This level of agility is invaluable in maintaining standards and meeting deadlines.

3. Automation Saves Time and Money

Automation is a necessity. The CDC Snap automates the capture and formatting of data changes into JSON objects, ready for further processing.

Think about a company that used to rely on manual data entry and processing. Implementing the CDC Snap automates these tasks, freeing up resources and reducing operational costs. Over time, this leads to significant savings and boosts overall efficiency.

4. Boosted Data Security

Security is always top of mind when dealing with data. The CDC Snap’s use of dedicated admin accounts ensures tight control over data access and monitoring.

With this level of security, you can enforce strict protocols, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches. This is especially crucial for businesses handling sensitive or regulated information where compliance and security are paramount.

Real-World Applications of the ⋮IWConnect Custom CDC Snap

To understand the real-world impact of the Custom CDC Snap, let’s look at some practical applications:

Manufacturing Quality Control

A leading manufacturer integrated the CDC Snap into their quality control processes to monitor and process high-precision measurement data in real-time. They needed a system that could provide instant feedback on product quality and machine performance.

By using the CDC Snap, they could capture every data point in real-time, enabling immediate adjustments. This led to fewer defects and a more efficient production process, showcasing how critical real-time data tracking is in maintaining quality and productivity.

Financial Transactions Monitoring

In the finance sector, where transaction volumes are high and regulatory compliance is strict, real-time data tracking is essential. A financial services firm deployed the CDC Snap to monitor and record every transaction, ensuring transparency and compliance.

This continuous monitoring helped the firm detect and address potential issues swiftly, maintaining their reliability and adherence to regulations. Real-time visibility into transactions is crucial in managing risks and ensuring operational integrity.

How to Get Started with the ⋮IWConnect CDC Snap

If you’re ready to enhance your data operations with real-time monitoring, here’s how to get started with the Custom CDC Snap:

  1. Set Up Your SnapLogic Environment: Ensure you have access and permissions to use the SnapLogic platform.
  2. Configure the CDC Snap: Decide whether you need fixed interval monitoring or continuous monitoring based on your requirements.
  3. Connect to Your Database: Establish a secure connection to your target database using an admin account.
  4. Define Your Monitoring Scope: Specify which transaction logs or tables you want to keep an eye on.
  5. Activate and Monitor: Launch the snap and start monitoring your data changes in real-time.

By following these steps, you can quickly set up and benefit from seamless, real-time data tracking.


The SnapLogic CDC Snap from ⋮IWConnect is a robust solution for businesses that need to track and manage their data in real-time. Whether you’re in manufacturing, finance, or any other data-intensive field, the ability to capture and process data changes as they occur gives you a significant edge.

With its lightweight system impact, advanced security features, and flexibility to fit various operational needs, the CDC Snap is more than just a tool—it’s a strategic advantage. Start exploring how real-time data tracking can revolutionize your operations today.