In the enterprise IT world, data is stored in a vast array of information repositories, such as corporate databases, enterprise relationship planning systems, customer resource management systems, and many others. Finding data dispersed across these many repositories can be time-consuming and frustrating for end users. As companies deploy enterprise-wide business processes and work to achieve compliance with government and industry regulations, they must bridge the various data islands and provide transparent, secure access to data wherever it is stored.

Over the past couple of decades, a dedicated data integration industry has formed to address this challenge. These companies make it easier to access, search, synchronize, move and manage data from enterprise repositories, typically using tools and services that are installed on corporate servers and move data on corporate networks. Enterprise solutions typically leverage traditional data portability standards such as SQL, ACORD, ARTS, FIX/FPL, OFX and many others.

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