If you work in IT, you better like alphabet soup: master data management (MDM); customer data integration (CDI); corporate performance management (CPM); business intelligence (BI); enterprise application information (EAI); enterprise integration information (EII); extract, transform and load (ETL); Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX); and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

We get new acronyms each year. Analysts, vendors and consultants rattle them off in articles and client discussions. Faced with an unfamiliar term you might feel dumb, then investigate and find it is just data integration wrapped up in new acronyms. Sometimes it is a new approach, but often it is a new term for an old method. Maybe the old approach sputtered due to lack of disk I/O or network capacity was abandoned and forgotten, and has now been resurrected with a new name.

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