Data integration is increasingly escaping the confines of IT. There are a number of reasons for this, which I've written about on various occasions, including new tools that support business-involvement in integration and the economy, which has lead to business analysts taking on simple integration projects.
So, clearly this is a trend that's likely to become the status quo sooner rather than later. Moving forward, the question becomes: How does that change integration as a process? How do you manage integration when it's no longer "just" an IT function?
Philip Russom, the senior manager of TDWI Research, promises to address exactly this issue in a free webinar, "Best Practices in Collaborative Data Integration," which will air next Tuesday, March 16, at 12 p.m. ET. Hopefully by then, I'll have all my clocks rolled forward for Daylight Savings Time.
Russom will discuss why collaborative data integration is on the rise, the collaborative tasks of DI, and which approaches best foster collaboration. He'll also examine how collaborative integration's requirements for tools, techniques and teams vary among organizations and even projects.
This live event does have a limited capacity, so register sooner rather than later. It's sponsored by Informatica. You may recall that analysts praised Informatica's new integration platform, Informatica 9 because it included more support for business analysts - so it makes sense that they would sponsor this event. They aren't the only vendor providing more support for business/IT collaboration, however - DataFlux's new Data Management Platform also offers more support for business users.
While you're on the site, you might also check out another Russom webinar scheduled for later this month. "Data Integration for Data Warehousing and Data Migrations" will explore the differences and similarities between operation and analytical integration-including a look at the tools and techniques for each. Russom will also discuss data integration business requirements for both data warehousing and migrations. This SAP-sponsored event, scheduled for March 29, also has a limited capacity.