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Software users in the consumer market have come to expect what is referred to as the “consumer-grade user experience.” It usually goes something like this: a consumer downloads an app from an app store and if it doesn’t meet their needs, they delete it and move on to the next one.
It used to be that integrating data across different applications required an unnatural act involving complicated pieces of middleware. In recent times, accomplishing that act has become easier thanks to lighter-weight middleware based on standard Web services and RESTful APIs. But even still, accomplishing that task still requires the skills of a developer. In contrast, the next revolution in data integration is going to be characterized by business users integrating data across applications on their own at will.
Most people usually take notes that they hope will eventually prove useful in some way by using either some type of mobile computing device or a piece of paper. Unfortunately, much of that information never makes it into a document, especially if it’s on a paper that can easily get lost.