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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward Show. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

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I have attended several events in the past two weeks and am simply amazed at how many enterprises - large and small - are still doing data integration manually. The number of sources and targets continually grow as more and more data sources and types are being integrated within all enterprises. Many of these new sources are unstructured or are coming from software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. I think that it is soon going to be overwhelming for any enterprise to continue to do this by themselves.

One of the conferences I recently attended was the Pervasive Metamorphosis conference in Boston. I was amazed at how simple and inexpensive they have made data integration. Their suite of products can connect almost every data source as either a source or a target. Many of the attendees at the event across many industries said they had replaced doing it themselves with Pervasive's suite of products and the products easily paid for themselves in as little as a month to several months for very large efforts.

One of the keynote speakers at the event, Bob Anderson, VP Research at Gartner, said that data integration had become the top priority for most of the enterprises he had surveyed and that data integration was only getting more difficult with the number of SaaS offerings available on the market today. 

In these tough economic times, we all need to look at automating data integration to reduce the amount of redundancy being done within IT, and the cost savings will help us get to the next economic growth cycle.

Posted May 7, 2009 1:39 PM
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I completely agree. In our consulting practice we regularly encounter companies who continue to take a home-grown scripting approach to data integration. The good news is that with so many mature and affordable tools in the marketplace, there's no reason not to make the transition. A 5X (or higher) increase in productivity is a realistic expectation. The ROI (Pervasive or Pentaho or other) is real.

Dave Henry
VP Services, Pentaho

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