Data Integration, Data Quality and Cloud Computing: See our LinkedIn Group

Sometimes this blog is very into nitty-gritty, tactical technical suggestions, but sometimes (like when you’re coming up on the end of the week and tired of your to-do list) it’s useful to raise your head and look a few years out at changes in the industry that will probably eventually impact your day-to-day concerns. I tend to look at cloud computing at times like this and try to see how it will affect data integration and data quality.

Recently I ran across this blog post on cloud computing, BI and DI from the Open Group Cloud Computing summit:

A few observations around BI and cloud computing from the show in attending other talks, and just in the hallways over coffee.

First, cloud computing can't not progress forward without a clear data integration and business intelligence strategy, if you ask those in charge.   The core questions are:  How will my information get back into my enterprise when I need it, and better yet, how can I consider data stuck in the cloud in the context of my BI requirements?

Second, security.   Enough said.   

Finally, cultural issues around leveraging platforms we don't own.

Cloud computing is not evil, indeed it's an opportunity to leverage databases-as-a-service, and even information-as-service, at a price point unheard of.   However, you need to place all of this in the context of a cloud computing strategy that specially addresses data security, BI, MDM, and data integration.   

I would like to know how the OWB user community is thinking about such issues as cloud and SAAS become inescapable parts of our environment. I’d also like to shamelessly promote the LinkedIn group the OWB team started on data integration and data quality offerings from Oracle, and foster discussion there.

So:

  • if you use OWB or just follow Oracle data integration offerings, come join the OWB LinkedIn group. It will put you in contact with hundreds of Oracle and outside people who work with or work on Oracle Warehouse Builder and our other data integration offerings. (There are also job listings and recruiters in the group, which may or may not interest you.)
  • If you’re interested in these topics, come join our discussion over at LinkedIn.

Hope to see you there…

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