Gas is $4 a gallon, unemployment rates are jumping, and the housing market is in the tank. The news is grim, America, grim. And eventually, it's bound to affect your budget line.
It's a good time to think about saving money, and in the spirit of the times, I've found two articles that show you how to save on integration.
The first piece is by Apatar Evangelist Alena Semeshko, who recently blogged about what to do if you have an integration project -- but you don't have the money, time or assets to invest in it. Apatar offers data integration and ETL.
Semeshko suggests three possible alternatives:
If you're a small, Microsoft shop, you'll probably find this CMS Wire article more helpful. It's about Bamboo MashPoint, a new, free data integration platform for Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0. The beauty of this tool is you can use it without Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) and the Business Data Catalog -- but if you add these tools later, your work won't be lost because it's built on the architecture that the SharePoint BDC is built on, according to the review.
You can preview the MashPoint platform at Bamboo Labs.