Microsoft recently launched a new Open Data Initiative (ODI) with two big software firms SAP and Adobe. More details can be seen in this video Introduction to the Microsoft Common Data Model. Microsft plans to integrate different types of data so that developers and project managers don’t need to do it. Here is a small picture of various types of data in a typicall enterprise environment which are also grouped per function or department.
Microsoft’s goals are ambitious as they plan to offer their platform for both project managers with low coding skills and for developers and data scientists who are proficient coders. If you prefer reading to watching video, here is the article describing this very interesting initiative from Microsoft.