Having worked with many clients, I have come to the realization that data integration is a critical component of modern businesses that rely on data-driven insights. The number of enterprise applications, multi-cloud hosted applications, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and on-premises solutions is vast, and the complexity of integrating data from these data sources can be overwhelming.
What To Look For
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but some pointers that have been helpful in my customer conversations include understanding the requirements around data freshness, reporting use cases (current vs. historical), transformations (ELT, ETL), CDC capabilities, and existing investments to maximize the value. With some qualified discovery questions, we can narrow down the options to a few solutions and ultimately launch a pilot-to-production process with the selected solutions to ensure feasibility.