The Additional Value of Data Integration

by Katherine VasilegaJanuary 3, 2011

The data integration discipline has undergone an impressive expansion over the last decade. Up-to-date data integration practices influence various business processes across organizations. I have talked a lot about the value of data integration for decision-making, sales, and customer service. What else can data integration add to the way the business operates? Here are some thoughts on the key issue.

Green Technology

Recent climate changes and the rising cost of electricity have led many people to reconsider the environmental sustainability of data centers. Data centers today are reducing power consumption and server rooms by consolidating redundant data and virtualizing hardware servers. Data integration tools and techniques help these consolidations and make IT more ecologically friendly.

The data integration technologies can reduce the number of redundant databases, thereby cutting down on the number of servers, plus the budgets and resources they consume. Furthermore, data integration techniques, such as data federation and data services, can assemble data sets on the fly, without generating permanent databases that burn up server resources.

Collaboration and Education

Collaboration between the IT and business teams is a must for data integration initiatives. The collaboration among the technical and business people involved in data integration projects helps them learn more about the specific tasks of each party involved in these projects, as well as understand the value business and IT teams bring to the organization.

The best practices listed above help organizations achieve more far-reaching uses of data integration tools and techniques. Getting beyond the standard definition of data integration value brings a wider perspective to the business development.