Slideshow Expert Insight on Data Integration

  • May 16 2012, 2:05pm EDT

Consider Disparate Data Sources

“Each vendor has different ways of loading, cleansing and maintaining data sources. In addition, certain vendors have connectors to integrate a wider variety of information. Understanding how this works in advance will help plan for the effort involved relative to developer and solution provider involvement and what sources are supported natively. This knowledge can help narrow the playing field by identify which solution offerings will be the quickest to develop.” – Lyndsay Wyse, “Five Tips for BI Software Selection for SMBs”

Base Definitions on Business Needs

“Integration with teams has traditionally been tightly coupled with little consideration for metadata. Today, integration solutions and paradigms have shifted the focus to code re-use and consolidated application solutions. This approach redefines the solution based on business-defined services - which is how it should have been done from the start.” – Maloy Patniak and Raksha Kadam, “SOA: A Fresh Approach”

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Stress ROI from Tight Integration

“Data governance initiatives, master data management and technology-based advances have come a long way. But as I go from company to company, I still see, on the whole, massive resistance to even approaching the source system when a change is advantageous, opting instead to add rules to data integration. I understand that the source system's main purpose is not to feed data to applications. I understand that speed and accuracy in getting a customer what they want when they want it is critical, but I don't see the company-wide benefit of maintaining this status quo. In fact, I see significant savings, data accuracy and data usefulness in tighter integration of all IT applications.” – Don Steffen, “Getting Data Right at the Source”

Capture Complete Information

“To promote efficient operations, a business should capture both the basic entity information and the attribute values, as well as the required entity relationships necessary to make the data complete and useable. This integrated set of information is usually known at the time of the original business decision. The business knows not only the new customer but also the pay terms for that customer as part of its decision to engage with the customer in the first place.” Steve Yeager, “Data Governance: Quality Reports and More”

Explore Expanded Connections

“Data thrives through the connections, collisions, and combinations that collectively unleash serendipity. When data is exchanged across organizational boundaries, and shared with the entire enterprise, it enables the interdisciplinary discoveries required for making business success more than just a happy accident or pleasant surprise.” Jim Harris, “No Datum is an Island of Serendip”

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Measure Differing Returns from Cloud

“During 2012, cloud-enabled MDM will attract small- and mid-sized businesses as a means to engage in MDM without committing to long-term project and major expense while offering an enticing entry point for large enterprises (particularly for opex versus capex, geographically distributed organizations, POCs). Through 2013-14, cloud-integrated and MDM-enabled apps will arrive via Salesforce, SAP BBD, and others; however, enterprises will wrestle with data integration issues between on-premise and cloud with majority of organizations unwilling to house master data about customers, products and suppliers in public cloud.” – Aaron Zornes, “5 Ways Your MDM Career is Changing”

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