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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 and data warehousing today. We’ve arranged these case studies and lessons from the experts into specific categories to guide you through the articles: data integration, data quality, master data management, and open source data integration, as well as a special section on data warehousing.

Here’s what you will find inside:


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 data integration technologies and solutions for industries ranging from credit unions to schools of medicine to global benchmarking tracking services.


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 data integration best practices and trends.


In this issue, the feature article comes from Philip Russom, senior manager of TDWI Research. In “Collaborative Data Integration,” he discusses how collaboration requirements for data integration projects have intensified this decade, mainly due to the increasing number of data integration specialists within organizations, the geographic dispersion of data integration teams, and the need for business people to perform stewardship for data integration.


This issue of What Works also features a special section devoted to data warehousing. In this section, you will find more case studies and lessons from the experts, as well as “Redefining the Data Warehouse Appliance” by Philip Russom. In this piece, he examines some of the trends and developments that are driving a redefinition in the data warehouse appliance.


There’s more from TDWI Research. What Works includes excerpts from TDWI’s recent best practices reports: Performance Management Strategies: How to Create and Deploy Effective Metrics, TDWI’s latest report from Wayne Eckerson, and Operational Data Integration: A New Frontier for Data Management from Philip Russom.

We hope you enjoy this collection of case studies, best practices, and expert insight focused on data integration and data warehousing. 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 that have shared their stories and successes, their technology insights, and the lessons they have learned.

Denelle Hanlon
Editorial Director, What Works in Data Integration

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