I don't know what the deal is with webinars. It seems to me there are long dry spells, when there's nothing particularly interesting, especially in integration. And then suddenly, I'll find clusters of compelling, free integration-specific webinars.
This week is an excellent example. Thursday, TDWI's Philip Russom will share use cases that showcase the business value of data integration. Plus, he'll cover how you can explain that business value to management (score!) and how to plan and design integration solutions for the greatest business value.
He even will cover how new approaches to data integration are changing the market. I suspect that last part might come back to the event's sponsor, Syncsort, which isn't actually new, but has come out of the shadows this year to really push its big-data solution.
That's a lot to cover in one webinar, so it should be interesting to see how many specifics Russom can fit into that time. Still, you can't get any more near and dear to this blog's mission than that, so I've already signed up. It starts at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, which means it's just in time for lunch for those of us on the East Coast.
TDWI is also hosting a free webinar discussing how master data management can increase the reliability of your data warehouse tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 22) at 9 a.m. PST. This event will be lead by MDM specialist David Loshin, president of the Washington, D.C.-based BI consultancy Knowledge Integrity and the author of the book "Master Data Management."
Much of this discussion looks more appropriate for the data warehouse crew, but he will cover how inconsistent data causes problems with business intelligence and how master data can increase the data warehouse's ROI while reducing time to value. This event is sponsored by Informatica, which means you'll probably be hearing about its Siperian solution.
Finally, if you're a development shop is focused on agile development, you can learn how agile relates to continuous integration. Application Development Trends is hosting a 45-minute webcast on the topic Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Continuous integration actually is about software development, which isn't something I typically cover, but it's certainly interesting. It's a "development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently, usually each person integrates at least daily, according to Martin Fowler, so you can see how it would fit nicely with agile development, which is in and of itself iterative.
The presenter is Jeffrey Fredric, technical evangelist at Urbancode. This event is actually part of an ADT series of free webcasts on agile development and application lifecycle management that starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 1:15 p.m. PT. You apparently have to register for the full day, but all the webcasts are free.