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1. Put It on Your Calendar

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    This isn't a throw-away suggestion. Companies that solve ongoing integration problems and find innovative and strategic ways to approach integration are those that deliberately decide, 'What we've done in the past isn't working. Let's fix it.' Instead of handling integration on a project-by-project basis, they focus on the actual integration process.

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1. Put It on Your Calendar

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    This isn't a throw-away suggestion. Companies that solve ongoing integration problems and find innovative and strategic ways to approach integration are those that deliberately decide, 'What we've done in the past isn't working. Let's fix it.' Instead of handling integration on a project-by-project basis, they focus on the actual integration process.

Any data integration vendor will tell you, its No. 1 competitor is hand-coded integration. Our Loraine Lawson talked with IT leaders who say it's just simpler to write a few lines of code – they don't need a “data integration platform.” But how much do those few lines of code – and the problems they create later, when there's no documentation on the integration – cost them in the long run?

Sometimes, change can be worthwhile. The key is knowing what's worth pursuing and what's not. One way to tell the difference is to see what emerges time and again as a best-practice recommendation, from various sources. With that in mind, Loraine Lawson identified seven integration steps that experts say are worth the time and money. (For more on these pointers, be sure to check out Loraine's blog).