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Use Data Integration Patterns to Build Optimal Architecture

Published: 11 December 2014

ID: G00270543

Analyst(s): Mei Selvage


Data integration is indispensable for many mission-critical initiatives, but the multitude of options can be overwhelming and confusing. This document and its accompanying spreadsheet present a repeatable process to choose an appropriate DI pattern for a given use case.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario
  • Architectural Context
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
  • Principles


  • Batch Data Movement
  • Data Federation/Data Virtualization
  • Replication
  • Messaging

Future Developments

  • Cloud Computing Impacts DI Requirements and Delivery Modes
  • Integrating Structured and Unstructured Data

Decision Tool

  • Step 1: Choose One Subpattern Using the Attached Spreadsheet
  • Step 2: Perform a Trade-Off Analysis
  • Step 3: Document the Decision

Decision Justification

  • Batch Data Movement
  • Data Federation/Data Virtualization (DF/DV)
  • Replication
  • Messaging

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