Today, open source and proprietary solutions co-exist in the information system, and data integration is the “glue” that links them together.
Customer data integration is the practice of data information management which includes collection and assembling of data of a particular client. Here, information is being received from different sources. This is where various organizations could have different benefits derived from customer data integration.
Data integration is all about interoperability of all systems. It can be open or proprietary deployed inside the firewall or in SaaS mode, databases or packaged applications. Unlike proprietary solutions, open source data integration is capable of connecting all these systems. The open nature of the approach means that connectors can be extended, or even created by the community as needed. It also removes adoption obstacles without initial cost, nor cost for incremental deployments.
There are also several applications which allow an individual to produce as well as consume files for exchanging data which makes integration a natural choice for packaged applications which are not very easy to modify.
Majority of the business applications require database access. Several development tools are available in the market in order to connect to a remote database. Most integration vendors give a database adapter component that helps simplify the translation of data into simple messages. Moreover, the Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) tools enable manipulation of sets of data which are very big in size and which help in simplifying replication from one schema to another schema. Direct database connections are designed in such a manner that they can easily handle huge chunks of data.
By way of integration, you can also reduce the staff strength in your organization and thus reduce the cost factor to a great extent.