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Jill: You keep saying that CDI delivers de-duped, standardized, "reconciled," integrated data to other applications. But what do you mean by the word "reconciled?" Is this the same thing as "managed?"

Jill: You keep saying that CDI delivers de-duped, standardized, "reconciled," integrated data to other applications. But what do you mean by the word "reconciled?" Is this the same thing as "managed?"
Good one. When we say "reconciled," we're lumping several things into one word, and "management" is one of them.

When we talk about data reconciliation, we mean that the integration work isn't custom-developed. It's based on...

business rules that have been defined by data stewards, so that every application uses some standard set of business rules that drive complete customer detail. Data is reconciled between systems, but it is also defined in a reconciled way so that data from different systems is matched. When I modify customer information, the logic is in place to propagate those business rules to all systems.

As an aside: most CDI hubs make data changes available to all the systems that need it. CDI supports both "publish" and "subscribe," meaning that it can either propagate data changes automatically, or "hold" the data until a system requests it.

Data reconciliation ensures that the data isn't only as good as its last update, which implies data "certification" -- integrating the data according to business-approved rules. Certifying the data ensures that it's consistent across multiple, often-unrelated systems. Think about this and all the work it can save!

This was last published in August 2006

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