Claudia Imhoff in her August 3 blog entry talked enthusiastically about this yearâ€™s Pacific Northwest BI Summit organized by Scott Humphrey. This is a really a great event to be a part of. This is not because itâ€™s only 40 minutes from where I live (and thus the shortest business journey of the year for me!), but because it provides a great opportunity to spend time in a relaxed setting with industry peers and discuss industry directions in detail.
As Claudia mentioned, I was first up with a discussion on EAI, ETL and EII. I began the session with a brief summary of some of the early results from the TDWI data integration study and report that I am working on. Some 69 percent of respondents to the study said that data integration issues are a barrier to implementing new applications. The three main issues listed were data quality and security, lack of a business case and inadequate funding, and poor data integration infrastructure.
Despite the issue of lack of funding, 36 percent of organizations said they devote a large amount of staffing and budget to data integration. This will increase to 55 percent within 18 months. As a matter of interest, IDC estimates that data integration spending worldwide will increase from $9.3 billion in 2003 to $13.6 billion in 2008. IDC also says that the average enterprise spends 40% of its IT budget on data integration. This latter figure is similar to the TDWI result. The TDWI data integration report and Webcast will be presented in October
It was quite clear data integration is a hot topic and this theme dominated the Northwest BI Summit. The field is awash with acronyms, however. Not only do we have EAI, ETL, and EII, but also EDR, CDC, ECM, MDM and CDI.
On the second day of the summit, William McKnight led a discussion on Master Data Management (MDM) and Jill Dyche on Customer Data Integration (CDI). Both the TDWI study and the summit showed we still donâ€™t have nice crisp definitions for these latter two areas. To generate some discussion, I wrote a piece in this monthâ€™s business integration newsletter on MDM and CDI. I am interested to hear your comments on MDM and CDI, and data integration in general.
Posted August 21, 2005 1:22 PM
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