About the Author
John Schmidt is President of the Integration Consortium, a nonprofit organization promoting integration best practices. Mr. Schmidt has practiced as an information systems professional for 28 years and has experience in a wide range of industries, including retail, communications, and banking, as well as education and government. He has a record of consistent leadership in breaking new ground and driving business results. Mr. Schmidt is a frequent speaker on the topic of integration and has written a number of articles on the subject.
David Lyle is the vice president of product strategy at Informatica, where he leads Informaticas research on model-driven architecture as it extends to integration automation. During the early to mid-90s, Mr. Lyle worked as a data warehousing consultant on several large-scale, massively parallel warehouse projects. From this experience, Mr. Lyle helped found and grow Influence Software from 1996 to 1999 as a pioneering company in! the development of analytic applications. Informatica bought Influence in 1999 and since then, Mr. Lyle has helped expand Informaticas data integration platform and metadata technologies, creating several patent-pending technologies for the company.