Have you ever wondered to yourself, “how does my data integration knowledge stack up against others?”
Or maybe you’ve spent many a sleepless night wondering “how much do I know about data integration, really?”
All jokes aside, if you’re in the market and looking for an integration solution provider, it’s a good idea to test your integration knowledge before going out and soliciting sales meetings. Remember – knowledge is power, so give our quick 10 question quiz a try and see how you do!
How much do you know about data integration? Take this 10-question quiz to find out!
QUESTION 1 – What is data integration?
A: The process of connecting applications together, allowing data to flow in a free and automated manner.
B: Physically connecting disparate computers together via Ethernet cords or the like.
C: That awful math thing that I hated doing in high school.
D: Combining all data from all sources in a business into a master file, also known the business’ “big data”.
QUESTION 2- What happens to a business’ data as a result of data integration services?
A: Data becomes automatically cleansed and optimized for big data business initiatives.
B: Data flow becomes completely automated, removing the need for human intervention completely.
C: Data becomes standardized between the integrated platforms both inter- and intra-business, reducing errors and increasing the business’ savings in time and money.
D: Data is stored in the cloud and accessed only when the business or their trading partners need it.
QUESTION 3 – Benefits of data integration services include all of the following, except:
A: Time savings.
B: Cost savings.
C: Improvement to internal systems.
D: Reduction of incurred penalty fees from trading partners (‘charge backs’).
QUESTION 4- What are the differences between plug-and-play integration solutions and custom designed integration solutions?
A: The price. Plug-and-play integration solutions and custom integration solutions perform equally.
B: Plug-and-play integration solutions always come packaged as part of other solutions. Customized integration solutions exist only for those solutions that do not yet have a plug-and-play integration solution already.
C: Plug-and-play solutions always work better than customized solutions, because they’re easy to install, inexpensive, and readily available. Also, customized solutions aren’t scalable like plug-and-play solutions are.
D: Plug-and-play solutions work well for small businesses just starting out who have limited to no order volume. Customized solutions work best for more established businesses with large order volumes that cannot be handled by manual data entry.
QUESTION 5 – Why should/shouldn’t a business consider DIY (do-it-yourself) integration?
A: A business should consider DIY integration when they have an IT department that has the skills and knowledge to build the integration solution.
B: A business shouldn’t consider DIY integration because if the system ever breaks down, the employee(s) who set it up may not be able to fix it/the employee(s) might not be with the company, causing loss of time and productivity.
C: A business should consider DIY integration if the company has already purchased several plug-and-play solutions, and only a small bit of DIY code is needed to tie all the solutions together.
D: A business shouldn’t consider DIY integration if their IT department does not consider integration easy.
QUESTION 6- Your business is NOT fully integrated when:
A: Manual processes (i.e., manual data entry) still persist.
B: Work-arounds are a part of the business’ every day operations.
C: Multiple integration solutions are implemented at once.
D: A & B.
E: All of the above.
QUESTION 7 – Which of the following is a good strategy for choosing an integration partner?
A: Defining your business’ strategy and goals for an integration solution, researching several potential partners, consulting with industry experts, and ensuring the integration partner fits well with your business’ values.
B: Taking your trading partner’s recommendations.
C: Picking the most immediately convenient integration company for your business based on price point, availability, and proximity.
D: Speaking with only one integration partner only before making your decision to partner with them in a multiple year contract.
QUESTION 8 – When integration solutions or products fail for a business, the root cause(s) are usually due to:
A: Weak internal systems and infrastructure on the part of the business.
B: Having weak technical partners who did not support the business when assistance was needed.
C: A lack of an advocate internally at the business for the integration solution.
D: A & B.
E: All of the above.
QUESTION 9 – Signs and symptoms of an ineffective integration solution (or complete lack thereof) can be:
A: Poor business performance during holiday rush seasons only.
B: Customer service issues and data errors.
C: Manual data entry and unhappy employees.
D: Bad online reviews of the business and a drop in profits.
QUESTION 10 – There are many integration options out there. Which of the following is not an integration solution?
A: Application based integration.
B: Middleware data integration.
C: Rooted integration.
D: Virtual integration.
So, how’d you do?
Dying to know the answers to our quiz? Check them out here with in-depth explanations behind the logic to each question.
The reality of the data integration industry (and any tech industry, really) is that things are constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up with all the latest trends and new innovations if you’re also trying to manage your business. That’s why its key to partner with an integration expert that you trust, and that will be there for your business for the long term. If you want to learn more about data integration, VL’s got tons of resources over on our website!
Challenge your friends and peers to the quiz – see how they stack up against you!