Top 10 Best Practices for Data Integration
Use these guidelines to help you achieve more modern, high-value and diverse uses of DI tools and techniques.
During my years of writing on this blog, I've tried to say and show in many ways the real value of integration to organizations. At roughly 500 words a day - often more - I've tried to preach the good word of clean data, governance and "big picture" thinking when it comes to information management.
This week I learned I've been working WAY too hard. I could've done it in a mere 140 words a week.
Talend, an open source data management (now with BPM) vendor, asked me to be its guest judge for its monthly Twitter contest. Participants were asked to respond to the question, "What's the #1 thing you wish your company understood about integration?"
Funniest: "A-to-B & B-to-A is easy, but when you have alphabet soup like A-B-C-D-E-F, I need a pay raise," by @craigkelker, a systems integration consultant based in Indiana.
Bitterest Response: "Moving enterprise systems back to the same mainframe is an integration joke, not strategy." @Gmatala, an open source & integration specialist at UC Berkeley.
Most "True, That": "good data quality is crucial for data migrations and integration," @Nicola_Askham, a data management consultant.
Most Politically Tricky: "Dear boss: it's not immoral to integrate two systems having the same orientation!" @gmatala
Best Attempt to Exploit Social Connections: "We should view integration, not as an afterthought, but as core functionality." @Edhammerbeck, a business analyst/programmer who hears this stuff all the time because he's married to me.
Most Also Good for Vendors to Know: "Drawing a cloud in PPT w lines jutting outward doesn't constitute integration architecture," @craigkelker
Best Plea from Consultant: "that they would understand the meaning of the word integration," @estrenuo, a company founded by Sander Robijns, @srobijns, a senior data warehouse/BI consultant and Dutch expatriate.
Most Likely to Need a New Job: "I wish (the rest of) my company realized that there are integration tools written this century eg @Talend," @thomasehardt, who is "some guy living in Tennessee," apparently with a really aggressive baby.
Like I said - a lot of good entries. But ultimately, I had to pick, and what drew my attention was one that spoke simply, yet powerfully, to the strategic value of integration:
Without data integration you dont have a company, you just have departments.
Congratulations to @shiningp, aka Ramses Garcia, who, judging from his twitter feed, obviously works in data management and apparently really loves "Toy Story." Enjoy your iPad!