Monday, March 02, 2009
Data Integration and Your Organization
Today we had John Schmidt, VP of Global Integration Services at Informatica come speak to our teams about best practices for setting up an Integration Competency Centre (ICC). John made an interesting point that your various Integration functions may be included in Competency Centres in different ways depending on the organization.
If you have researched Business Intelligence Competency Centres (BICC) you will often find a Data Integration function as one of the functions staffed within the BICC. However, Business Intelligence is just one part of the pie when it comes to integrating information across the enterprise. You will also need data integration expertise for data quality, Master Data Management, and other non-BI specific projects. A number of these projects may not impact BI significantly if at all. If you want a holistic view of data across your organization you must either create a standalone ICC with strong ties to your BICC, or incorporate all areas of integration practice within a higher level Information Management Competency Centre.
Good BI is enabled by quality data. Since data quality lives along the information management timeline from your source systems to your analytic databases, it is critical you have technology, process and people engaged all the way along to ensure the best data is delivered for BI.