Introduction: Why Is Data Integration Important?

Today’s business organizations are spending tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to integrate data for transactional and business intelligence systems at a time when budgets are severely constrained and every dollar of cost counts like never before. There are organizations that have thousands of undocumented point-to-point data integration applications that require significant runtime, CPU, and disk space to maintain and sustain. Consider the cost of an average Information Technology worker at $100,000; the larger the environment, the more workers are needed to support all these processes. Worse, a majority of these processes are either redundant or no longer needed.

This unprecedented rate ...

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