- Christopher Chang-Duffett, Humaxis
- Don Kros, Forecast Health
- The organization has informal data integration processes.
- The organization’s current integrations are a series of hand-coded, point-to-point integrations with little consistency on the tool or approach used.
- Multiple integration tools and approaches can be costly in terms of licensing, skill development, maintenance, and long project timelines, but it is difficult to justify the cost of a data integration tool.
- The speed of business and associated demand for data to support decision making is increasing, overwhelming IT’s ability to service requests for data transformation and blending.
- Understand your business’ data needs of tomorrow, not just its data needs of today. Having discussions with business users about their plans and aspirations for data usage helps to make a better informed decision for your data integration solution.
- The line between data integration tools and data management platforms is blurring. Review your needs in detail to determine if a separate data integration platform is needed, or if your use cases can be supported by features offered in a data management solution.
- Cloud connectivity and cloud-based data integration tools are becoming more prominent and provide flexibility, but ensure that the tool aligns with your data architecture and data security requirements.
Impact and Result
- Understand the overarching trends in the data integration market, as well as the most popular use cases for today’s data integration tools.
- Evaluate a variety of data integration tools that can satisfy small to large-size enterprise needs.
- Make a rational and informed vendor selection for a data integration solution and dramatically improve the organization’s integration process.
1. Evaluate the leading solutions for data integration
Understand the market and available options.
2. Identify the data integration solution that best meets your needs
Develop a shortlist to speed the selection process.
3. Issue an RFP to the shortlist of vendors
Solicit responses from shortlisted vendors to find optimal enterprise fit.
4. Review RFP winners
Ensure that selected proponents can deliver when it counts.
This guided implementation is a three call advisory process.
Guided Implementation #1 - Shortlist Assistance and Requirements
Call #1 - Get off to a productive start: Discuss the market space and how vendors are evaluated. Decide which platform suits you best and narrow down the options based on customized requirements.
Guided Implementation #2 - RFP and Budget Review
Call #1 - Interpret and act on RFP results: Review vendors’ RFPs and ensure the solution will meet your needs. Discuss average pricing of solutions and what can fit into your budget.
Guided Implementation #3 - Negotiation and Contract Review