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Certain systems are more data focused than others. Usually their primary focus is on accomplishing integration of disparate data. In these cases, failure is most often attributable to the adoption of a single pillar (silver bullet). The three webinars in the Data Systems Integration and Business Value series are designed to illustrate that good systems development more often depends on at least three DM disciplines (pie wedges) in order to provide a solid foundation.
Integrating data across systems has been a perpetual challenge. Unfortunately, the current technology-focused solutions have not helped IT to improve its dismal project success statistics. Data warehouses, BI implementations, and general analytical efforts achieve the same levels of success as other IT projects – approximately 1/3rd are considered successes when measured against price, schedule, or functionality objectives. The first step is determining the appropriate analysis approach to the data system integration challenge. The second step is understanding the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches. Turns out that proper analysis at this stage makes actual technology selection far more accurate. Only when these are accomplished can proper matching between problem and capabilities be achieved as the third step and true business value be delivered.