By Walter Lindsay, Director of Solution Architecture, Liaison Technologies
Integrating and managing data in enterprises requires people with different skills, knowledge, and vested interests to work together. People build things, not tools; and people make decisions, even if data guides the decision. At Liaison Technologies, as our name implies, we realize how essential the human is for managing and integrating data.
Integrating and managing data means using applications and data in new ways. Meaning that words like “research,” “locate,” and “discover” often get used. Automation to discover new things, and tooling to help people ask and answer new questions are extremely useful. Just as “Big Data” is a new and exciting area, “integration data” helps people make better decisions.
Enterprise data integration requires that many people be able to locate information about applications and previous integrations. If this available information doesn’t help the masses of people make good decisions, the information is not worth much. Same with information that has lots of errors. After all, implicit in SOA and cloud services is the idea of letting the many make decisions with confidence and independence. Again, “integration data” helps people.
SOA and cloud services, however, have clear boundaries. Users use the services without being able to see inside the implementation. Enterprise data integration and management often doesn’t have those clear boundaries. Thus things can spiral out of control. Thus tooling for governance and guidance provides management and data architects the confidence to let the masses use data. “Integration governance” also helps.
Without good data and sufficient decision-making power for the masses in an enterprise, integration and data management bogs down. Without leadership and governance, enterprise integration can become anarchy. Organizing large numbers of people towards a common end is part of why we have enterprises in the first place. That’s where we believe we help with data integration and management. We are proud of some very important ways we are pushing the state of the art. To learn more about the latest enhancements to the Contivo solution, please visit: http://liaison.com/products/transform/contivo