Integration Matters

A recent report from KDR Recruitment takes a snapshot of the current state of the world of data in order to uncover some of the most pressing issues facing the Information Management industry and get a sense of what changes may be on the horizon.

One of the clearest findings was around what drives the selection of information software. The report states: “New software must integrate easily into existing infrastructure and systems. This is far and away the most important consideration for users, who also want that same flexibility to extend to customisation options and reporting functionalities.”

The graphic looks like this:


The ease of integration is in my experience indeed a very important feature when selecting (and selling) a data management tool. Optimally it should not be so because you can end up with not solving the business issue in a nice integrated way. But without integration a new data management tool will live in yet another silo probably only solving some part of the business issue.

The report from KDR Recruitment also covers where you use data to improve performance, the barriers to implementing an informational management strategy and other data management topics.You can read the full report called Not waving but drowning – The State of Data 2015 here.

PS: Kudos to KDR Recruitment for actually engaging in the sector where they work and doing so on social media. Very much in contrast to recruiters who just spam LinkedIn groups with their job openings.

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2 thoughts on “Integration Matters

  1. Vipul Aroh 28th April 2015 / 10:42


    Although the sentiments expressed in the survey are unsurprising, the magnitude certainly is (at least for me). Integration with existing systems and infrastructure has always been an issue but the fact that half the people still feel it is this important means that sufficient headway has not been made in this regard by vendors. Some food of thought for all of us.

  2. Leif 28th April 2015 / 11:18

    It would be interesting to see if “ease of integrating” also includes “ease of customizing”. Without a doubt, being able to integrate the new tools into the existing landscape is a drop-dead argument, but a SW which is only customizable with expensive, external support, it would not make my short-list. I need to be able to configure data models, rules, reports etc. myself without external support.

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