If your goal is enterprise-wide data sharing, an enterprise data architecture (EDA) is what you need for revamped decision support. As we enter the 21st century, many organizations are exactly where they were 20 years ago. The technology infrastructure supporting them is full of complex interfaces creating impediments to rapid and lasting business change. Companies have consciously ignored staff warnings regarding building and maintaining this technological Tower of Babel. Building an EDA can give your staff an integrated view of enterprise data organization for strategic and tactical decision support. However, it's critical to understand the business value of an EDA and the factors that can make or break your EDA.
A typical organization has a complex web of interrelated business systems and databases that impede change. An EDA enables organizational change because it organizes data around the enterprise's data subjects. Such organization permits multiple application systems to use the shared data resource. An EDA pulls together, validates, cleanses and integrates data from disparate source application systems, providing the end-user community with an integrated view of enterprise data. As a result, operational departments can access the data for strategic and tactical decision support, day-to-day operations and general reporting.
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