The premise behind CDI is simplifying the movement, synchronization and integration of data between different systems. We're not storing a new copy of data. We're ensuring that the data is integrated between different systems, so that both systems and end-users have access to the latest customer information. Because CDI isn't a user-accessible system, it's not another silo. Most CDI solutions ensure that data stays "where it lives" -- on the systems on which it was created -- so with CDI we're actually breaking down silo boundaries. And that's great news for most companies.
This was first published in September 2006