If you are a data professional, you might quickly grasp the illusion in a new white paper from GlobalScape. Called 5 Rings of Data Integration Hell, the reference to Dante’s 9 Circles of Hell is obvious. But are there reasons to think of data integration as a pathway to Hell? In Dante’s worldview, that path is characterized by increasing levels of an individual’s depravity, and presumably, increased levels of punishment.
There are certain corollaries when it comes to addressing data integration issues in your environment that, when not properly addressed, create severe levels of “anguish” daily. Compounded, these issues can affect company efficiency, profitability, and even your tenure in your current position.
The business functions a data professional supports rely on accurate and timely data at their fingertips to make solid decisions or keep operations running smoothly. At a high level, data integration is defined as “the combination of technical and business processes used to combine data from disparate sources into meaningful and valuable information.” However, “data integration” can mean a lot of different things across different contexts.
Some of the subjects covered in this paper are:
Data integration with outside organizations, data integration across applications, data integration due to a business merger, and data integration as a part of Big Data and analytics.
For example, according to IDC, revenues for Big Data and business analytics will increase to more than $187 billion in 2019, representing an increase of more than 50 percent over a five-year period. Clearly, more and more IT teams are synthesizing and analyzing data from various sources to drive business decisions. But the complete view that Big Data promises relies on data likely sourced in disparate systems with different data structures.
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