EII Crosses Data Boundaries

Enterprise information integration provides a single point of access to a melting pot of data sources, in real time.

Lori MacVittie, Principal Technical Evangelist, f5

September 11, 2004

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Most enterprises keep order information in one system, customer data in another and inventory numbers in a third. To give users one view of all this data, you'd need a system to connect all three sources and knit the data together.

Yeah, we got that. It's called enterprise information integration, and its promise is tantalizing. The downsides are, predictably, complexity and cost. But considering the resources now spent on federating data--Meta Group estimates that IT organizations devote as much as 60 percent of their budgets to application integration--we think it's worth investigating. We asked Cincom Systems, Composite Software, IBM, Ipedo, MetaMatrix, Snapbridge Software and XAware to standardize access to some disparate data sources we have in our NWC Inc. business-applications lab. It took some time to get data flowing smoothly, but once we did, Composite's CIS rode the crest of the wave to the finish line. IBM's DB2 Information Integrator 8.1 was just behind, next to MetaMatrix's submission.

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Lori MacVittie

Principal Technical Evangelist, f5

Lori MacVittie is the principal technical evangelist for cloud computing, cloud and application security, and application delivery and is responsible for education and evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University. She also serves on the Board of Regents for the DevOps Institute and CloudNOW, and has been named one of the top influential women in DevOps. 

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