Seven Questions to Ask Your Data Integration Provider

    Organizations have long been using data integration to maximize key business processes, from empowering financial drivers to creating the foundation needed to deploy critical business strategies. Data integration is at the core of creating a modern infrastructure that empowers data to become a key driver for the organization, rather than a cost center.

    However, even as integration software and services become more widely available, deploying these solutions continue to be challenging, due to cost constraints, length of deployment and a lack of transparency into the process. Organizations often enter the process unaware of the impact it will have on their key business processes and the requirements they will need to meet in order to ensure a successful project. In some instances data integration and managed services providers present complicated pricing methodologies so that even the most savvy of organizations become entangled in contracts that prove to be significantly costlier than anticipated. As a result, an estimated 80% of data integration projects fail or are completed behind schedule and over budget.

    Selecting a Data Integration Provider

    “Big data” is one of the most hot button topics in the modern business world, and as more and more organizations begin to see the critical value in data integration, an abundance of data integration providers have begun offering their services. However, while many have solid experience, they may lack the industry-specific knowledge necessary to manage your specific data integration process, or simply be ill-equipped to handle the scale of integration you need. For many organizations, finding the time and resources necessary to vet vendors can be a challenge, and without an understanding of the data integration process, you may not know what questions to ask.

    Over the course of more than twenty years of experience managing data integration projects, DiCentral has received a variety of questions from prospective clients and partners. The best questions helped to clarify the process, defining the expectations of both the provider and customer, ensuring there were no surprises. We’ve compiled the top seven questions in our latest whitepaper, and encourage organizations to use them when searching for a data integration provider.

    The full whitepaper is available now, explaining each question’s importance, but the infographic below provides a quick overview of each question:

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