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What is data integration?

Becoming a data-driven organisation isn’t possible if your data isn’t where you need it, when you need it. To get real value from your business data, data integration is essential.

Whether you’re suffering from integration spaghetti, held back by creaking infrastructure or facing mounting cost – and time – investment into integrating legacy applications, Comma Group’s data integration solutions can help.

If you want to enable your digital commerce strategy with microservices, integrate master data across back office applications or collect and process big data for analytics, Comma can simplify your integration challenge and make your data work harder for you.

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Data integration challenges

To make digital transformation a success, every channel – business applications, websites, mobile platforms and external partners – needs access to accurate, up to date information. Organisations who can’t act with agility to deliver this with speed, will be left behind by their competitors.

What obstacles are in the way of your data integration strategy? Common data integration challenges include:

  • Spending valuable time copying data across systems
  • Years of integrations have built up and become too complex to unpick – resulting in integration spaghetti.
  • Data distribution demands of a multi-channel strategy are a challenge
  • It’s taking too long to move data between systems
  • Facing high costs – and a long time to achieve ROI
  • Investing in data quality – but not reaping the rewards
  • You’re keen to build an integration strategy – but don’t know where to start.
  • The cost and complexity of exposing data to new applications, channels or markets are limiting your agility.

How can Comma’s Data Integration Services help?

Comma understand that a successful data integration strategy isn’t just about the choice of integration technology – it’s about how you use it. Our approach focuses on:

Understanding and describing your business data

  • Enable rapid integration development – no need to deeply analyse existing systems and processes when a new integration is needed.
  • Reduce time taken to define data transformation, with a deeper understanding of your data and data contracts between services.
  • Underpin integration with our expertise in data governance and metadata management

Choosing the right approach for each integration scenario

  • Discover the integration styles and approaches that are right for your business.
  • Cut through the buzzword bingo and technology trends to deliver data integration solutions that work and will continue to serve you for the long term.
  • Select, evaluate and combine best-in-class data integration tools to deliver your strategy.

Ensuring your integration platform is robust and resilient (whatever components this comprises)

  • Understand the need for reliability, resilience and recoverability
  • Determine an appropriate strategy and approach, focusing on the business outcomes you are trying to achieve.

Ensuring your integrations are managed and governed

  • Deliver a framework that can cope with new additions, changes and adaptions to an ever-changing environment

Building blocks for success

Business outcomes should always be at the forefront of your integration strategy.

To achieve those business goals, understanding your business data is absolutely crucial. We base our integration approach on the same fundamental building blocks as we do for data management.

How our data integration service works

4-week Integration Strategy Assessment

Kick-start your integration initiative and get on the right path to delivering an integration platform – people, process and technology – that enables your digital strategy.

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Week 1

Kick off workshop

  • Define scope
  • Gather documentation on existing landscape
  • Understand business priorities and role of integration in supporting them
  • Review existing integration architecture
  • Plan detailed workshops

Week 2 & Week 3

Detailed integration workshops, covering

  • Technology assessment
  • Review of cost/complexity to support
  • Operating model review
  • Integration approach review

Week 4

Present back of integration strategy recommendations, covering

  • Recommended approach(es)
  • Target operating model and support model
  • Technology roadmap
  • High level benefits case

What we do (Building blocks for success)

Business outcomes should always be at the forefront of your data integration strategy. To achieve those business goals, understanding your business data is absolutely crucial. We base our integration approach on the same fundamental building blocks as we do for data management.

1. Vision

What are you trying to achieve as a business? We can help you formulate an integration vision based on business outcomes that are important to you, now and in future.

2. Strategy

What steps do you need to reach that goal, starting today? By starting small and delivering value quickly, we ensure that high priority business needs are met, whilst establishing a platform and operating model that supports your ongoing integration needs.

3. Governance

Defining ownership of the definitions of your integrations, APIs and data contracts – along with the management of ongoing change and adaptation – is crucial to your integration strategy. You can have the best technical solution, but if it isn’t understood, managed and governed then it can rapidly become a hindrance to business agility.

4. Organisation

How will integrations be managed and supported? Who within, or outside, of the business will be responsible and accountable? What skillsets do you need in house and externally? We help define operating models that get the best from your skills and ours and set you up to be self-sufficient.

5. Process

Understanding the business processes that your integration supports is crucial in choosing the right solution and approach. We’re not just technology experts at Comma – we immerse our teams within your own to truly understand your processes and the role of integration within them.

6. Performance Metrics

How will we know if we’ve been successful? Ultimately, we need to be sure that we’re achieving the business outcomes we set out to. In integration, resilience, failure tolerance and recoverability are crucial. We help you understand and map performance KPIs, from business outcome down to technical metrics.

7. Technology

What is the right technology solution, or solutions, to meet your business needs? The integration software market is a rapidly moving one, littered with new, disruptive technologies alongside more traditional vendors. By understanding your vision and the processes you need to support, we help cut through the noise and make the right choices.

8. And not forgetting... Data

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Comma bring a wealth of experience in Master Data Management and Data Governance, and the importance of well understood, defined and governed data is crucial in enabling your data integration strategy. With your data and integration platform working in harmony, exposing your data to new channels, applications and third parties becomes simpler, more cost-effective and, perhaps most importantly, faster.

For more information on how Comma Group can facilitate seamless unification with data integration tools, or to understand more about our data integration solutions, get in touch with us today.