Gartner Offers Tips for Cutting Data Integration Costs

Loraine Lawson

How would you like to shave $250,000 of unnecessary cost off your IT budget this year?


That's how much Gartner estimates companies could save by consolidating or replacing data integration tools and using lower-cost options instead.


The IT research firm says the tools typically run $200,000 to $500,000 for software licensing alone, plus an additional $50,000 to $100,000 for annual maintenance.


Reducing your costs by $250,000 is nothing to sneeze at, but in a recent press release, Gartner offers eight additional ways to reduce costs on data management and integration-related projects. All of the suggestions are culled from a recent eight-page report, "Cost Cutting in Data Management and Integration, 2008."


I would compare the list to those "how to squeeze more from your budget" lists. Gartner's suggesting areas where you can either re-evaluate what you're spending and whether it's efficient, or offering ways to get more for the money you've already invested.


The press release includes this quote from Ted Friedman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

"When aiming to optimize costs in data management and integration initiatives, it is critical to know what steps to take and where significant savings can be realized while maintaining success in these projects. In most cases, the cost of implementing the steps will be far outweighed by the savings that can be realized."

Among the other integration-specific suggestions:

  • Force project teams to prove they cannot leverage existing data assets or integration tools before allowing them to create new ones.
  • Consolidate data marts into an application-neutral data warehouse or smaller data marts to reduce the cost and complexity of the data integration processes feeding the data marts. Gartner predicts this could save you 50 percent of what you're spending to support the siloed data marts.

The full report can be purchased online for $198. If you're not sure it's worth it, heck, read the press release and try out a few of the ideas to see if it saves you enough to pay for itself.

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Mar 11, 2008 6:25 PM Bryan Bryan  says:
Why not look at open source products? Jitterbit, for example, has business-friendly, enterprise integration solutions and supports companies such as NASA, Continental Airlines, and many other Fortune 1000 customers. The price point is much less than anything quoted here and the integration projects are fast to implement, and well suited for companies looking for an SOA environment. Reply
Mar 12, 2008 7:33 PM Loraine Lawson Loraine Lawson  says:
The Gartner press release does mention that, actually. Thanks for the specifics, though! Maybe you could email me with more on Jitterbit? Reply
Mar 14, 2008 9:19 AM Kingsley Idehen Kingsley Idehen  says:
Loraine,I haven't read the Gartner report, but I assume OpenLink isn't mentioned becuase I don't recall authorizing any payments to get into their report etc..Anyway, I noticed the reference to Jitterbit and took a quick hop over to their site. I noticed that although the offering is open source, it is a Windows specific solution (I hope I am wrong). OpenLink Software has offered Virtuoso in Open Source and Commercial Editions as a Data & Information Integration for many years. Of course, Virtuoso isn't platform, database, operating system, or development evnironment specific.Additional information at: http://virtuoso.openlinksw.comBTW - Systems Integration remains the largest headache for organizations world wide. That said, I do believe emerging developments from the Semantic Web technology realm (specifically the Linked Data enclave) will make a huge contribution to pain data integration pain alleviation.Kingsley IdehenCEOOpenLink Software Reply
Mar 18, 2009 8:14 AM data integration data integration  says: in response to Kingsley Idehen


I actually just found this post a year later through your most recent one.   Looking through the comments its great to see Jitterbit mentioned - however, since you've linked this post again, I want to clarify Kingsley's comment.

Jitterbit is and always has been (since we were founded in 2006) fully open source and available for Windows, Linux and Solaris.  We have Fortune 1000 customers using Jitterbit on multiple Linux servers.

With that cleared up, its pretty amazing to see how parts of this report are even more true in the current economic climate.  The major flaw with it is of course its look at integration solutions with a 200-500k price tag - this is a ridiculous option when there are great open source solutions out there for a fraction of the price (as Bryan mentioned a year almost to the day)

Of course I recommend checking out Jitterbit's data integration offering!


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