Over the course of the last couple of articles we have been speaking about the different types of data integration strategies that are available. One of the consistent questions that we receive as feedback is, "How do we determine which method is right for our enterprise?" It is safe to say that there is no such thing as a one size fits all answer. Even within the same enterprise, varying groups may have needs that preclude one tool being right for every situation.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having more than one integration solution. The only thing that an enterprise needs to have is one integration strategy. There is a significant difference between having one tool and one strategy. Any tool is exactly that: a tool. The issues get cloudy when departments within an enterprise begin to try and establish solutions because what happens is that every group begins to make selections. This is when the solution becomes expensive because there is no oversight insuring that duplicate functionality isn't creeping into the enterprise. Like anything else, tools are a significant part of the IT infrastructure and, as such, need to be treated with the respect and care you would give any other company asset.
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