RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Data Integration Tools: Comparison and Market Analysis

Data integration (DI) is practiced in different ways, with different tools and techniques, in response to different technical and end user requirements. The dizzying array of options is itself a barrier to action. To help technical users clear the barrier, this report segments the leading practices, tools, related technologies, and suites for DI. Based on the segmentation presented in this report, a technical user should be able to identify a DI practice that’s appropriate to his/her organization, understand what combination of tools and technologies is required, then draft an evaluation list of vendor products that maps credibly to his/her requirements.

Data integration (DI) is practiced in different ways, with different tools and techniques, in response to different technical and end user requirements. The dizzying array of options is itself a barrier to action. To help technical users clear the barrier, this report segments the leading practices, tools, related technologies, and suites for DI. Based on the segmentation presented in this report, a technical user should be able to identify a DI practice that’s appropriate to his/her organization, understand what combination of tools and technologies is required, then draft an evaluation list of vendor products that maps credibly to his/her requirements.

About the Author

Philip Russom, Ph.D., is senior director of TDWI Research for data management and is a well-known figure in data warehousing, integration, and quality, having published over 550 research reports, magazine articles, opinion columns, and speeches over a 20-year period. Before joining TDWI in 2005, Russom was an industry analyst covering data management at Forrester Research and Giga Information Group. He also ran his own business as an independent industry analyst and consultant, was a contributing editor with leading IT magazines, and a product manager at database vendors. His Ph.D. is from Yale. You can reach him by email (prussom@tdwi.org), on Twitter (twitter.com/prussom), and on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/philiprussom).


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