RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Letter from the Editorial Director

This new edition of What Works in Data Integration offers a fresh, topically focused collection of customer success stories and expert perspectives. We’re proud to offer this resource to enhance your understanding of the tools, technologies, and methods that are central to data integration today. We’ve arranged these case studies and lessons from the experts into specific categories to guide you through the articles: data integration, data governance, data warehouse appliances, data warehousing, and master data management.

Here’s what you will find inside:

CASE STUDIES

What Works case studies are meant to present snapshots of the most innovative BI and DW implementations in the industry today. The case studies included in this volume demonstrate the power of DI technologies and solutions for industries ranging from prebuilt analytic applications to window coverings to medical research.

LESSONS FROM THE EXPERTS

Included in this issue of What Works are articles from leading experts in the services, software, and hardware vendor communities. These lessons provide perspectives about DI best practices and trends.

Q&A WITH THE EXPERTS

Our Q&A section presents answers from these same experts to the DI questionsthey hear most often, complemented by insight from an independent consultant.

FEATURE ARTICLE

In this issue, the feature article comes from Philip Russom, senior manager of TDWIResearch. In “Data Integration Architecture,” he makes a case for the ability of dataintegration architecture to impose order on the chaos of complexity in data integration.

TDWI RESEARCH

There’s more from TDWI Research. What Works includes excerpts from TDWI’srecent best practices reports: Data Governance Strategies, TDWI’s latest report fromPhilip Russom, and Strategies for Managing Spreadmarts, from Wayne W. Eckerson.

We hope you enjoy this collection of case studies, best practices, and expertinsight focused on data integration. We look forward to your comments. If there isanything we can do to make this publication more valuable to you, please let usknow. And please join me in thanking the companies that have shared their storiesand successes, their technology insights, and the lessons they have learned.

Denelle Hanlon
Editorial Director, What Works in Data Integration
TDWI
dhanlon@tdwi.org

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