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September 10, 2010

How to Efficiently Perform Data Integration

Filed under: Data Integration, ETL — Tags: — Katherine Vasilega @ 7:44 am

Data integration process is a lot about changing the way your company works. It happens quite often that company managers are not ready for innovations and think it will take too much time and effort to perform quality data integration. They can be really afraid of possible data loss and, as my experience shows, if they are eventually ready for it, they may still prefer doing it in an old-fashioned way – with hand-coded integration.

Today, I’d like to tell you how to efficiently perform the data integration and why it is more secure and productive to choose a data integration platform versus hand-code integration.

Do the planning. I mention it in most of my posts and though it’s a basic thing, it’s still being neglected in data integration processes. Data integration has never been a single-day process. And successful companies do focus on it and find resources for thorough planning.

Don’t make IT specialists do it by themselves. They can ruin the entire data integration process for at least two reasons. They have too many tools and approaches to perform the integration in the first place. Second, they are technology-focused experts and what they are going to do is to get the application working right, not your data remaining right, safe and accurate. As a result of such miscommunication, your company will have to pay for mistakes and redundant work.
Get business analysts involved. You have to figure out what your data integration needs are and what is the best way to satisfy them. Business analysts will help you to define your priorities and to spend your integration budget in a proper way. Working as a team will ensure that everyone sees the data integration process the same way.

Select data integration software. Fortunately, there is plenty of software that supports data integration standards and will ensure your data quality. There are many tools on the market ranging from expensive to free ones that provide performance and flexibility required to perform safe and accurate data integration with no need for hand-coding. Intuitive user interfaces will help your company’s employees to perform the data integration without bugging the IT department.

As you can see, efficient data integration is not a single-day process. It requires thorough planning, engaging both business and IT specialists and careful integration software selection. Equipped with all this knowledge, you are sure to have a control over the process and perform it successfully.

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