Gartner Research

Data Integration Pattern Decision Point

Published: 04 April 2013

ID: G00250365

Analyst(s): Mei Selvage


Data integration plays a critical role in enterprise architecture, but the multitude of choices can overwhelm and confuse technical professionals. This Decision Point and the accompanying spreadsheet present a systematic way to choose an appropriate data integration pattern for a given use case.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario
  • Architectural Context
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Requirements
    • Constraints
  • Principles


  • Batch Data Movement
  • Replication and Messaging
  • Data Federation
  • Hadoop Data Integration

Future Developments

  • Integrating Structured and Unstructured Data
  • The Cloud Will Influence Data Integration Requirements and Delivery Modes

Decision Tool

  • Step 1: Choose One Pattern Group Using the Decision Tree
  • Step 2: Choose One Suboption Using the Attached Spreadsheet
  • Step 3: Perform a Trade-Off Analysis

Decision Justification

  • Batch Data Movement
  • Replication and Messaging
  • Data Federation
  • Hadoop Data Integration

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