Data integration was hot in 2005, and the intense interest in this topic continues in 2006 as companies struggle to integrate their ever-growing mountain of data. A TDWI study on data integration last November found that 69 percent of companies considered data integration issues to be a high or very high barrier to new application development.1 To solve this problem, companies are increasing their spending on data integration products.

In this article, I review key data integration trends and look at how companies are exploiting new and evolving data integration approaches to break down barriers to data integration in their organizations. The four main trends I address are an enterprise approach to data integration, integration competency centers, right-time data integration and master data management (MDM).

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