Foreword

If we look back at what has happened in the data integration market over the last 10 years we can see a lot of change. In the first half of that decade there was an explosion in the number of data integration tools and in the second half there was a big wave of consolidations. This consolidation wave put an ever growing amount of data integration power in the hands of only a few large billion dollar companies. For any person, company or project in need of data integration, this meant either paying large amounts of money or doing hand-coding of their solution.

During that exact same period, we saw web servers, programming languages, operating systems, and even relational databases turn into a commodity in the ICT market place. This was ...

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