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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 today. We’ve arranged these case studies and lessons from the experts into specific categories to guide you through the articles: data governance, data integration, and data management, 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 mobile entertainment to hand-carried and mounted ultrasound.


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 “Ten Ways Data Integration Provides Business Value,” Philip Russom, TDWI Research director for data management, explains how to express data integration’s business value to your peers and management, as well as plan and design data integration solutions that deliver the greatest business value possible. Russom writes that although a data integration solution isn’t always visible, the valuable data it delivers and the resulting business value are.

This issue of What Works also features an article from TDWI’s twice-monthly e-newsletter, TDWI Experts. In “The Six Cs of Trusted Data,” Russom explores the six data properties that are key to trusted data: complete, current, consistent, clean, compliant, and collaborative.


There’s more from TDWI Research. What Works includes excerpts from TDWI’s recent Best Practices Reports: Operational Data Warehousing and Next Generation Data Integration, both by Philip Russom.

We hope you enjoy this collection of case studies, best practices, and expert insight focused on data integration. 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

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

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