Introduction to Data Architecture Standards
Why is Data Integration by Design so different from other data integration methods?
Data Integration by Design methods represent the first standards-based data integration methodology. Our interest is in developing a set of data architecture standards where any data system that complies with these standards is compatible with any and all other compliant data systems. This set of compatible integrated databases will function seamlessly in integrated harmony much as a single large database would but without the impracticality and inflexibility of designing, implementing, and maintaining such a single large database.
This vision of data system integration is analogous to integrating a new computer into a network of computers and other compatible network devices. Any new computer or network device that is compatible with the standards of the network may interface directly with any other computers or devices on the network. The new computer interacts directly with other computers and devices without special programming because of established network integration standards.
Current disparate data architectures, which are based upon a set of information silos, require highly-customized point-to-point transformative data flows between information silos to integrate data. These disparate data architectures are clearly inadequate to support any standards-based data integration since each information silo is not designed to be compatible with any other information silo.
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