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TDWI Checklist Report | Integrating Structured and Unstructured Data

February 11, 2013

Big data technologies have matured to the point where mainstream organizations are taking notice. Many are evaluating the value of introducing big data to improve their businesses, more effectively manage supply chains, reduce risk, grow customer relationships, and more. The trick is capturing, integrating, and analyzing growing volumes of data from a variety of internal and external sources, absorbing data as it is generated (sometimes at high velocity), and providing the processed information at speeds demanded by end users and business processes.

As more organizations evaluate the potential and scope of big data projects and understand the ramifications, they will recognize that establishing a sound foundation for data integration is a critical factor in any information utilization strategy.

The data integration framework of the future will not be bound by structured data sourced from developed relational database management systems. On the contrary, the bulk of the massive volumes of data to be absorbed and integrated into both operational and analytical systems is unstructured.

The challenge of integrating structured and unstructured data will be a key factor for big data success. This report examines key planning directives and helps scope best practices for integrating structured and unstructured data as tactical components of a modern information strategy. Download the report to learn more.

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