Example.com stores organizational data in multiple disparate data sources. For legacy reasons, user data is spread across an LDAP directory, a flat LDIF file, and an SQL database. The HR department stores user data in an LDAP directory, with a base DN of o=example.com. The Payroll department stores data in an SQL database. Administrative data such as departments and building numbers is stored by the administration department in an LDIF file, with a base DN of dc=example,dc=com.
In addition, Example.com has acquired a company named Company22. Company 22 also stores its user data in an LDAP directory, with a base DN of dc=company22,dc=com.
The following diagram provides a high level view of how Example.com's user data is stored.