At the core of most IT integration projects is data integration. Despite that does not mean this should always be a starting point of your integration projects, I would focus exactly on the data integration topic later in this article. However, before that I’d like to mention different levels of integration that have different levels of semantics. Read more »
Recently I raised a question to the head of an IT organisation whether he has plans to reduce the number of applications, which his IT department is managing and the answer was “No”. I was surprised, even shocked having in mind the considerable application number and the big issues that IT team is facing in the data integration area.
As a matter of fact most of the IT managers rate data integration issues as the most critical to their enterprises. Since a typical IT organization usually has a collection of isolated, incompatible, disconnected applications and databases and to make things worse that number is constantly increasing, I believe this criticality will only increase in the future.
The question arises why the data integration issue is so important to the companies? Read more »
I often hear from customers: Oracle database server is so expensive. Well, I often answer: That depends! In fact, the Oracle database license costs are similar to software from Oracle’s competitors. Microsoft SQL Server has a different license model though. Oracle has a lot of advantages in its flexible license model as well as number of Open Source initiatives. Together, these options allow an enterprise to get cost savings on their IT investments. Read more »