Managing Business Intelligence Through Automation: Baby Steps to SOA

IT departments are fast becoming the most important element in a company structure, as information takes on the key role in an organization’s ability to function operationally, reach customers, and maintain effective employees.

Keeping this information current and usable, and creating consistent and instantaneous access to data is crucial for companies to remain profitable in the global marketplace. With the speed of change in an environment dominated by technology, IT departments must be proactive in the management of information and business intelligence / data quality, setting up unified systems for maintaining and integrating data so that it is current and available at the moment it is needed.

Since this role has been attributed to IT departments, CIOs and IT managers are tasked with creating and overseeing these operations and with planning the most effective ways to manage data quality, governance, integration, and accessibility within the organization.

One of the most efficient methods of accomplishing these business goals is with a flexible and modular SOA plan.  However, if the operation has not yet instituted SOA in any form, this can be a daunting undertaking. One solution to building SOA into the company’s IT infrastructure is to implement XML Web Services into the framework to begin the SOA plan and modularize certain operations within the system relating to data integration and governance.  Data quality can be the perfect place to start, enacting compliance with federal privacy and anti-fraud regulations while optimizing contact data for the benefit of the organization.

Because of the cross-platform compatibility of XML, the system can be built up with further services as needed and take part in a larger plan for full data integration within a company infrastructure. You can try out Web Services in certain areas of your business to make your data and accessibility consistent across the organization as well as standardizing and scrubbing it for optimal customer or end-user reach.

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