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Break Down Data Silos With a Data-Centric Integration Strategy

Integrate your data or disintegrate your business.

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Contributors

  • Wayne Regier, Director of Data Management, Husky Injection Molding
  • Jason Bloomberg, President, Intellyx
  • Hamdan Ahmad, Principal Consultant, Slalom Consulting
  • Sanjay Pande, Co-Founder and Instructor, Learn Data Vault
  • Anonymous Contributors

Your Challenge

  • As organizations process more information at faster rates, there is increased pressure for faster and more efficient data integration.
  • Data integration is becoming more and more critical for downstream functions of data management and for business operations to be successful. Poor integration holds back these critical functions.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Every IT project requires data integration. Regardless of the current problem and the solution being implemented, any change in the application and database ecosystem requires you to solve a data integration problem.
  • Data integration problem solving needs to start with business activity. After understanding the business activity, move to application and system integration to drive the optimal data integration activities.
  • Data integration improvement needs to be backed by solid requirements that depend on the use case. Info-Tech’s use cases will help you identify your organization’s requirements and integration architecture for its ideal data integration solution.

Impact and Result

  • Create a data integration solution that supports the flow of data through the organization and meets the organization’s requirements for data latency, availability, and relevancy.
  • Build your data integration practice with a firm foundation in governance and reference architecture; use best-fit reference architecture patterns and the related technology and resources to ensure that your process is scalable and sustainable.
  • The business’ uses of data are constantly changing and evolving, and as a result, the integration processes that ensure data availability must be frequently reviewed and repositioned in order to continue to grow with the business.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why your organization should improve its data integration, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand how we can help you create a loosely coupled integration architecture.

1. Collect integration requirements

Identify data integration pains and needs and use them to collect effective business requirements for the integration solution.

2. Analyze integration requirements

Determine technical requirements for the integration solution based on the business requirement inputs.

3. Design the data-centric integration solution

Determine your need for a data integration proof of concept, and then design the data model for your integration solution.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Collect integration requirements

Call #1 - Learn about the concepts of data integration and the common integration use cases.
Call #2 - Understand what drives the business to need improved data integration, and how to collect integration requirements.

Guided Implementation #2 - Analyze integration requirements

Call #1 - Determine the technical requirements for the integration solution.
Call #2 - Learn about and understand the differences between trends in data integration, as well as how they can benefit your organization.
Call #3 - Determine your ideal integration pattern.

Guided Implementation #3 - Design the data-centric integration solution

Call #1 - Start with a PoC to validate your integration design.
Call #2 - Learn about the source to target mapping tool, and how to create your own.
Call #3 - Learn about integration metadata and what metadata to capture.

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Module 1: Collect Integration Requirements

The Purpose

  • Explain approach and value proposition.
  • Review the common business drivers and how the organization is driving a need to optimize data integration.
  • Understand Info-Tech’s approach to data integration.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Current integration architecture is understood.
  • Priorities for tactical initiatives in the data architecture practice related to integration are identified.
  • Target state for data integration is defined.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Discuss the current data integration environment and the pains that are felt by the business and IT.

1.2

Determine what the problem statement and business case look like to kick-start a data integration improvement initiative.

1.3

Understand data integration requirements from the business.

  • Data Integration Requirements Gathering Tool

Module 2: Analyze Integration Requirements

The Purpose

  • Understand what the business requires from the integration solution.
  • Identify the common technical requirements and how they relate to business requirements.
  • Review the trends in data integration to take advantage of new technologies.
  • Brainstorm how the data integration trends can fit within your environment.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Business-aligned requirements gathered for the integration solution.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Understand what the business requires from the integration solution.

  • Data Integration Requirements Gathering Tool
2.2

Identify the common technical requirements and how they relate to business requirements.

  • Data Integration Trends Presentation

Module 3: Design the Data-Centric Integration Solution

The Purpose

  • Learn about the various integration patterns that support organizations’ data integration architecture.
  • Determine the pattern that best fits within your environment.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Improvement initiatives are defined.
  • Improvement initiatives are evaluated and prioritized to develop an improvement strategy.
  • A roadmap is defined to depict when and how to tackle the improvement initiatives.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Learn about the various integration patterns that support organizations’ data integration architecture.

  • Integration Reference Architecture Patterns
  • Data Integration POC Template
3.2

Determine the pattern that best fits within your environment.

  • Data Integration Mapping Tool

Member Testimonials

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After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this Blueprint, and what our clients have to say.

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

ChoiceTel

Guided Implementation

10/10

$15,222

23

Bush Brothers & Company

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Workshop

8/10

N/A

N/A

Mott MacDonald Ltd

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Broome-Tioga Boces

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Kamehameha Schools

Guided Implementation

7/10

N/A

N/A

Liquor Control Board of Ontario

Workshop

8/10

$10,000

5

Liberty Utilities

Workshop

8/10

$10,000

10

DeNovo Energy Limited

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Guided Implementation

10/10

$7,941

6

Best Friends Animal Society

Guided Implementation

6/10

N/A

N/A

Rooms To Go

Guided Implementation

6/10

$6,618

15

Delta Dental Plan of Oklahoma

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

5

Central Arizona Project

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

FedEx

Workshop

8/10

$62,531

50