Data integration is a key element of enterprise data management. It involves consolidating a company's varied data into a single, accessible place. This is essential for making all disparate data forms accessible and usable for the company. Policies and regulations must be implemented to ensure data integrity and security, as well as compliance with international standards such as the GDPR and PCI DSS.
An effective data management team is needed to help implement data strategies, introduce regulations and policies related to data, ensure data integration, and ensure data security. Data architecture creates guidelines that help companies optimize data extraction, integration, transformation, and modeling. Metadata management involves the development of standard procedures that govern the management of data definitions and related information. All of these processes are essential for ensuring that companies can easily find, analyze and use data to make the best, most informed decisions and operate from a data-based perspective.