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October 1, 2009

Open Source Data Integration: Numbers and Predictions

Filed under: ETL, Open Source — Olga Belokurskaya @ 8:34 am

Recent survey by Gartner showed increased interest to open source data integration. About 11 percent of organizations dealing with data integration technologies have evaluated open source tools along with commercial products.

However, this doesn’t mean that open source data integration tools are equal with commercial tools in terms of deployments. And it’s early to make any predictions about when the situation will change or will it change at all.

Most of organizations using open source data integration tools use them for ETL purpose to support business intelligence and data warehousing projects. The reason is that they are less mature capabilities for supporting other styles of data integration, including data federation and real-time data integration techniques, according to Ted Friedman, an analyst at Gartner.

However, there is a tendency for open source data integration tools to move from mere ETL or data integration to data quality. Some analysts are optimistic enough to see here a movement to master data management (MDM), something open source data integration tools are not yet supposed to be used for.

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