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Letter from the Editorial Director

TDWI is proud to offer you our new, topically focused What Works in Data Integration. This collection of customer success stories and expert perspectives provides a resource for better understanding the tools, technologies, and methods that are central to data integration. To help you make your way through the many powerful case studies and “lessons from the experts” articles, we have arranged them into specific categories: general data integration, customer data integration (CDI), master data management (MDM), data quality, and a special section on data warehousing appliances.

So what’s inside?

Case Studies

The goal of What Works is to provide a snapshot of the most innovative business intelligence and data warehousing implementations in the industry today. The case studies included in this volume demonstrate the power of data integration technologies and solutions for industries ranging from telecommunications to stock trading.

Lessons from the Experts

What Works also includes articles from leading experts in the services, software, and hardware vendor communities. These lessons feature perspectives about data integration best practices and trends.

Q&A with the Experts

Our Q&A section provides answers from these same experts to the data integration questions they hear most often, complemented by insight from an independent consultant.

Feature Article

Our feature article comes from Philip Russom of TDWI Research. In “Operational Data Integration,” he takes a look at the hottest and fastest-growing practices in data integration today.

TDWI Research

There’s more from TDWI Research. What Works includes excerpts from TDWI’s recent best practices reports: Search-Enabled BI, TDWI’s latest report from Philip Russom, and Predictive Analytics, from Wayne Eckerson. We hope you enjoy this collection of case studies, best practices, and expert insight that are all focused on data integration and DW appliances. We look forward to your comments; if there is anything we can do to make this publication more valuable to you, please let us know. And please join me in thanking the companies who have shared their stories and successes, their technology insights, and the lessons they have learned.

Denelle Hanlon
Editorial Director, What Works in Data Integration
[email protected]

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