Last month, I described some of the major factors to address when establishing a center of excellence. These dealt with ensuring that the center has the authority to influence actions, that it is properly placed within the organization, that the roles and responsibilities are well defined and that it has the proper technological support. The data integration center of excellence (DICoE) promotes collaboration and best practices for bringing data in from disparate sources. The target may be a data warehouse, an operational data store or an integrated data store for master data management (MDM). In all cases, the underlying objective is to provide a data store with an integrated, enterprise view of the data.

There are two fundamental structures for a DICoE. In one structure, the DICoE is a line organization responsible for data integration, and in the other, it is a support organization assisting others who perform data integration.

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