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Navigate the data integration product buying process

There are many data integration products available, all of which facilitate the movement of information between applications. Learn how to differentiate between tools to pick the best one for your organization.

Introduction

Data integration is more critical than ever. Organizations are dealing with massive volumes of data that need to be integrated and translated into meaningful business insight. To simplify this process, they're turning to commercial data integration platforms. 

In this buyer's guide, author and data management expert Rick Sherman examines how the functionality of packaged data integration platforms has evolved beyond just extract, transform and load. Organizations that had previously shied away from data integration tools because of their cost and complexity now realize the benefits of this advanced technology.  

Today's data integration tools not only enhance user productivity and integration flexibility, but they also provide capabilities for application integration, cloud-based integration, real-time integration, data virtualization, data cleansing and data profiling. This software can handle on-premises and cloud data as well as structured and semi-structured information such as system logs, text and other forms of big data

To help you determine your data integration product needs, this buyer's guide examines several business scenarios that demonstrate how other companies are using these tools. Whether your organization wants to integrate data from several sources to enable business intelligence and analytics applications or it needs to migrate, consolidate or convert data from one application to another, software exists to simplify the process. In many cases, there are specialized data integration tools that augment general-purpose tools to cleanse or enrich data. 

Selecting a data integration tool isn't about buying the tool with the most features, but rather the tool or tools that best meet your list of requirements, budget and skills. To help you navigate through the technology selection process, this buyer's guide compares the leading data integration products on the market so you can match the features of these tools to your specific needs.  

1What is?-

The evolution of data integration products

Although data integration tools enable organizations to load enterprise data warehouses, data marts and business intelligence data stores, the need for additional capabilities has expanded. Today's organizations require the ability to perform tasks such as business-to-business and cloud integration, application and business process integration, data consolidation, data quality and cleansing, and master data management.

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Data integration platforms take users beyond ETL software

Commercial data integration platforms can help organizations manage and simplify the process of sharing the increasing volumes of data being generated and collected. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

Knowing when you need a data integration tool

Determining whether your organization should invest in data integration technology is no small feat, and you need to have your facts in order before you can approach management with your findings. How can this software meet your needs and add value to your organization? Will it simplify the process of sharing all of the data you've amassed? We answer these questions by examining several common and special use-case scenarios for data integration platforms.

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How to justify the purchase of a data integration tool

To help you better determine your needs and justify the purchase of a data integration tool, we explore how other organizations are using these platforms to meet their needs. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

Considerations for buying data integration software

With so many different data integration products to choose from, where do you start? It isn't about the product that has the most features, but rather the product or combination of tools with the features that best align with your organization's needs. Here we help you sort through the various features to determine which are absolutely necessary.

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How to evaluate the features of data integration products

Before you evaluate and select a data integration product, assess which must-have, should-have and nice-to-have features match your organization's specific needs. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Which data integration tool is right for your business?

You've determined that your site needs data integration software, and you've prioritized your must-have features. Now it's time to examine the leading vendors and what each offers so you can create a shortlist of products to evaluate.

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Selecting the right data integration tool for your needs

The analysis and comparisons provided here will help you select the right data integration tool from the leading commercial and open source products on the market. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

Data integration products that can help your organization

Here we take an in-depth look at the leading data integration products offered today, as well as the factors that differentiate them from one another.

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A look at IBM InfoSphere Information Server for Data Integration

IBM InfoSphere Information Server for Data Integration provides a single, unified platform for application integration, cloud integration, data quality and master data management. Continue Reading

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Inside the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform

The Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform helps organizations access, discover, cleanse and integrate data from disparate data sources. Continue Reading

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Examining the iWay Integration Suite for real-time data integration

The iWay Integration Suite from Information Builders enables organizations to integrate diverse data sources, including legacy hardware or software platforms. Continue Reading

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Microsoft SSIS addresses data integration and data migration functions

Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, which is built into SQL Server database, is an enterprise data integration, data transformation and data migration tool. Continue Reading

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What you need to know about Oracle Data Integrator 12c

Oracle Data Integrator 12c works with several other Oracle products to leverage the capabilities of RDBMSs for processing and transforming data. Continue Reading

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An overview of the Pentaho Data Integration platform

The Pentaho Data Integration platform enables organizations to integrate, blend, convert and transform data from any data source across their entire enterprise. Continue Reading

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Inside the SAP Data Services data integration tool

SAP Data Services can be used alone or with other SAP products to provide data integration, transformation, data quality, data profiling and text data processing. Continue Reading

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A look at the features of the SAS Data Management unified platform

SAS Data Management offers a suite of tools for handling access to data on legacy systems and Hadoop, as well as for integrating and cleansing data on-premises and in the cloud. Continue Reading

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A look inside the Talend Enterprise Data Integration tool

Talend Enterprise Data Integration is available as open source for the budget conscious or as an enterprise version, which provides more extensive integration capabilities. Continue Reading

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