Data's Tower of Babel

Field Report: Data Integration Tools

What's in a name? Data integration can refer to a few functions. It can comprise a set of extract, transform and load (ETL) functions that gather information from databases. Or it can perform as an enterprise application integration (EAI), where applications communicate across platforms and pool data. Then again, data integration can be a Web services project, where one application can grab and manipulate data from another application.

Or it could be a combination of the three. IT departments have multiple ways to pool, share and distribute data. The question isn't whether you can break down your old data silos, but how you do it.

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