In recent years, the sheer volume of data has expanded to amounts that no one could ever have predicted; this is the reason why many believe that big data will be the currency of the future. There is no doubt that data is the biggest asset that companies hold nowadays – the more one can accumulate, the better and more refined an understanding of the market they are able to attain.
However, to fully tap into the potential of this acquired data, one needs tools that can allow them to understand and visualize it in a form that is more than just raw stats and numbers. When it comes to challenges and successes in data, some of the leading IT minds of the current age have concluded that moving forward, there will be a rise in the utilization of data integration services and they will expand beyond the usual ETL practices to more seamless tools.
From a business viewpoint, understanding the need for and utilizing modern data integration tools has become imperative, precisely because of the fact that particular pieces of data hold value for only a specific period of time. Eventually, the use and value of the acquired data decreases and new data is extracted. As such, if one’s systems are not showing the optimum speed and efficiency, chances are that their data will be unusable and essentially worthless.
Data integration services in 2018 and the years that follow will possess some characteristics worth having. The following are some of the major features that are to be expected in many data integration software moving forward.
Lower Requirement of Tech-Savviness
Until recently, data integration was thought to be a process that only the most exceptional and experienced, tech-savvy individuals could carry out in a reliable and proper manner. However, some recent integration platforms have opted for simplicity, opening their doors to a wider array of people who can work on them and participate in creating a more welcoming and accessible ecosystem. This is one practice that will continue in 2018 and most likely in the future too.
Organizations need the utilization of technology to properly gain value from the data they collect and, as such, it is imperative for there to be platforms that can be accessed by people without prior knowledge and information acting as massive gatekeepers. This will allow the system to become much more versatile and flexible in general. Having to learn and understand the various intricacies of the system won’t be a requirement and the learning curve would be lowered significantly – one will be able to understand the software as they use it. While it might still require consultation and assistance, there is no doubt about the fact that the barriers that restricted people once from entering the data integration realm are now lifted.
Stronger Focus on Innovation
Among the many changes that one should expect in the arena of data integration is a stronger focus on innovation. There is no doubt that data will continue to expand and change with time and that requires a willingness to adapt to its many results – as such, innovation manages to take center stage. In 2018 and beyond, data integration tools will have to provide the capability of handling various data types and multiple projects simultaneously. This will ensure that one can complete a multitude of tasks at the same time.
Being able to integrate one project into another and reusing assets is something that many platforms already provide assistance for – those who do not should be moving towards ensuring that this is the case. This makes it so that the platform being used isn’t simply for small projects, but can be expanded to create an entire database with the company’s assets and resources. The assistance then expands to multiple branches of work.
Better Data Governance
A rising new trend seen in data integration is the assistance of information experts during the data integration process. People have realized that there is a requirement for enterprise data governance and the engagement of business users who play the role of information experts. It is expected that business users will take on a more proactive role throughout the integration and will work closely with IT to ensure a more comprehensive process overall.
Dare definitely reaching new heights. While the exact scope of their advancement is something that is impossible to chart, one can predict the various trends that are coming to the forefront. The changes listed above are the major ones you should expect and are, in general, the direction that many data integration tools are moving in – they are expanding to form an environment with increased accessibility, more input from the business side of things, and a stronger focus on adaptability and innovation as data changes with time.
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