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Data integration allows data professionals to sort organizational data and make informed decisions. Learn data integration with courses delivered through edX.

What is data integration?

Data integration is the process of consolidating data from various sources into a single, coherent view. The main objective of data integration is to leverage unified data for operational and analytical applications. 

One of the most significant benefits of data integration is its ability to produce a comprehensive data set. Data professionals who know how to apply these techniques can add value to their organization by increasing efficiency so teams can focus on more strategic initiatives.Footnote 1

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Data integration tutorial curriculum

edX offers a variety of online courses for individuals interested in learning data integration. Learners just getting started working with data may find an introductory data course helpful for building foundational knowledge and gaining experience with data integration solutions. An introductory data integration course may cover:

  • Definition of data integration

  • Benefits and challenges of data integration

  • Data integration architectures

  • Data quality issues and data cleaning techniques

  • Common data integration platforms

  • Third-party data integration providers and choosing the best solution

Intermediate courses and program curricula will delve deeper into the technical aspects of data integration. Learners will often study topics such as data modeling and mapping, data extraction and transformation, and the extract, transform, load (ETL) data process.

A more involved degree program or advanced course will cover highly technical topics and real-world applications for data integration. Some examples of topics learners could study in an advanced course or program include:

  • Integration of big data and real-time data

  • Data security and privacy in the integration system

  • Cloud-based data application integration

  • AI-assisted data integration

  • Case studies and real-world examples of data integration projects

Start building the knowledge you need to work in data science and data analytics with edX. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree, there are many different learning formats available to fit your needs. Busy professionals can even take advantage of executive education courses tailored to those in leadership and management positions. Find the right course for you.

Explore data integration jobs

Various job roles use data integration skills to develop complex systems or manage large amounts of data, such as:

  • FPGA engineer: designs and develops hardware systems using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).Footnote 2 Data integration skills are applied to the design of complex hardware systems in order to optimize system performance and reduce development time.

  • Software engineer: designs and develops software for users and customers using programming skills.Footnote 3 These professionals might integrate data from multiple teams, analyze it, and use it to make informed decisions.

  • ELT developer: designs and develops data integration pipelines that extract, transform, and load data into target systems. They work with data analysts and engineers to ensure that data extracted from multiple sources integrates seamlessly and efficiently.Footnote 4

  • Network engineer: designs, implements, and maintains computer networks. They work with IT teams to ensure that networks are secure, scalable, efficient, and meet business and technical requirements.Footnote 5 Individuals in this role must be proficient in data integration to conduct their day-to-day responsibilities.

Each of these roles will have different education and skill requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a specialized data analytics boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with higher level degrees like a master’s in data science. Find the path that aligns with your professional aspirations and begin learning with edX.