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Select the Right Data Integration Tools

  • Published: January 2011
  • Region: Global
  • Info-Tech Research Group

You've got 99 problems; don't let data integration be one.

Your Challenge

- Current integrations are a series of hand-coded, point-to-point integrations with little consistency on the tool or approach used.

- Multiple tools and approaches are costly in terms of licensing, skill development, maintenance, and longer project time lines, but it's difficult to justify the cost of a data integration tool.

- This solution set will help quantify the cost of internal development, costs of building vs. buying data integration tools, and help select the right tool.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

- At some point data integration tools become required for business growth. They improve operations, marketing, and customer experience.

- Data integration tools typically reduce development times by 60-75% and improve efficiency and operational success. If a tool can take one developer off your payroll, it has probably paid for itself.

- Choose your solution very carefully as products evaluated offer a tremendous range of functionality and target vastly different needs. Tool effectiveness is highly vendor-dependent as many tools don’t READ MORE >

- Investigate Data Integration Tools (video)
- Storyboard: Select the Right Data Integration Tools (powerpoint)
- Data Integration Tool Readiness Assessment (excel)
- Data Integration Build vs. Buy TCO Calculator (excel)
- Data Integration Tool Vendor Shortlist (excel)
- Data Integration Solution RFP Template (word)
- Data Integration Solution Evaluation & RFP Response Tool (excel)
- Data Integration Vendor Demonstration Script (word)

What you receive:

*Investigate Data Integration Tools (video)

Data Integration tools can make your life a lot easier, but only if you pick the right solutions for the right problems. This video will help you:

- Understand what tools can do for you
- Compare product tiers
- Prepare a strategy before diving into selection

Start with the basics then use the tools and storyboard in the associated solution set to help you through the vendor selection and implementation process.

*Storyboard: Select the Right Data Integration Tools (powerpoint)

Data integration tools typically reduce development times by 60-75% and improve efficiency and operational success. If a tool can take one developer off your payroll, it has probably paid for itself.

Use this Solution Set to:

- Develop a data integration tool strategy.
- Make the business case for data integration tools.
- Compare and select data integration tool vendors.

Ensure that you make the correct data integration decisions for your enterprise needs; from strategy to selection to implementation.

*Data Integration Tool Readiness Assessment (excel)

Data integration (DI) tools provide a wide array of business and IT benefits, but they are not for everyone. Use Info-Tech’s DI tool readiness assessment to determine if you should:

- Continue hand-coding your integrations,
- Buy a DI as a service solution,
- Buy a DI from your platform vendor, and
- Buy a third-party data integration tool.

*Data Integration Build vs. Buy TCO Calculator (excel)

The Data Integration Build vs. Buy TCO calculator provides enterprises with a framework for comparing the cost of hand-coding to the cost of buying a new software package. The tool includes the following components:

- Explanation of the major cost categories that should be included in the TCO analysis.

- Spreadsheet that dynamically calculates total cost per category, total cost per year, and overall TCO for building and buying.

- Results chart comparing the TCO of build and buy over a five-year period.

The TCO calculator facilitates the decision-making process by automating the calculations and providing a visual representation for rapid analysis.

*Data Integration Tool Vendor Shortlist (excel)

Info-Tech conducted its own market evaluation of eight leading data integration solutions. Use this tool to:

- Profile your data integration requirements.

- Generate a rank-ordered vendor shortlist from a list of vendors to best fit the needs of the enterprise.

- Produce a custom Vendor Landscape diagram for your organization.

Before sending out RFPs and scheduling vendor demonstrations, create a vendor shortlist of solutions that best satisfy the organization’s requirements.

*Data Integration Solution RFP Template (word)

Issuing RFPs is a critical step in your vendor selection process. This RFP template comes populated with important elements that you don't want to forget. These include:

- The Statement of Work
- Proposal Preparation Instructions
- Scope of Work
- Specification & Requirements
- Vendor Qualifications & References
- Budget & Estimated Pricing
- Vendor Certification

A detailed RFP saves time in the selection process and ensures that you select a best-fit solution for the organization.

*Data Integration Solution Evaluation & RFP Response Tool (excel)

This tool is pre-built with the essential criteria that should be considered when evaluating RFP responses. Use this tool to:

- Employ an objective scoring mechanism for evaluation criteria.

- Normalize scores across vendors for an unbiased vendor assessment.

- Drive the selection meeting with the procurement department.
Put hard numbers behind vendor claims, and keep evaluations objective by scoring RFP responses.

*Data Integration Vendor Demonstration Script (word)

This template is designed to provide vendors with a consistent set of instructions, ensuring an objective comparison of product features – all while you can evaluate ease-of-use from the perspective of users and IT. The template is pre-built with five usage scenarios to leverage:

- Initial Setup & Configuration
- Building New Integration
- Modify Existing Integration
- Resolve Data Quality Issues
- MDM and Metadata Capture

Vendor demonstrations are essential in order to evaluate data integration user experiences for administrators, end users, and for compliance/security specialists. Allowing vendors to run the demonstration without your guidance will only highlight their strengths.

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