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Enterprise adoption of data virtualization accelerated in 2011 propelled by organizations growing need for greater business agility, lower costs and better performance. These benefits were fully described in an earlier series of articles: The Agile Business - Why Data Virtualization Is Needed How Data Virtualization Delivers Business Agility - Part 1 How Data Virtualization Improves Business Agility - Part 2 How Data Virtualization Improves Business Agility - Part 3 The success of data virtualization can now be observed across hundreds of organizations and is clearly evident in the ten case studies described in the recently published Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility. In this article, I will describe data virtualization at a high level and explain how data virtualization technology works. What is Data Virtuali... (more)

Where Is Data Virtualization Going?

By now, everyone understands that data virtualization is an agile data integration method used by business and IT to greatly simplify information access. Compared to other integration approaches, such as data consolidation via data warehouses and ETL, or data replication via ESBs and FTP, data virtualization queries data from diverse sources on demand without requiring extra copies what must be synchronized and supported. As a result, data virtualization's streamlined approach fulfills business information needs faster, using far fewer resources.  No wonder data virtualization ... (more)

Extend MDM with Data Virtualization

As competition accelerates, the business case for gaining a 360o view of your customers, products, and employees is compelling. 360o View of Customers - Sell additional offerings to existing customers.  Improve satisfaction.  Reduce churn. 360o View of Products - Optimize supply chain decisions. Eliminate duplicate products.  Cut costs. 360o View of Employees - Improve employee productivity.  Enable HR self-service.  Increase retention. MDM Applications Are Just a Start Master data management applications maintain and control critical master data.  However, MDM applications alone ... (more)

To Achieve Self-Service BI, Consider Using Data Virtualization

Dynamic Times Require Dynamic BI Today's IT organizations face the daunting task of responding to constantly changing business demands, many of which require timely development of new or revised IT solutions. Mergers and acquisitions are just one example. Another is the fact that supply chains must form and re-form seemingly overnight as product lifecycles shorten and products become more personalized. Further, with the explosion of social media and mobile computing, end users are adding new and unforeseen demands for fast access to information. Has IT's mission to support busine... (more)

Roadmap for Data Virtualization

It is clear that information management is becoming more difficult. Business users today are far more demanding as competition and cost-cutting drive IT requirements, and information savvy business staff members deploy more "do-it-yourself" capabilities such as those described in Data Virtualization at Pfizer: A Case Study. Information overload due to exponential volume growth and omnipresent delivery on our desktops, phones and tablets, is something we all feel at a personal level. Further, the IT environment keeps getting more complex as add new big data sources, such as Hadoo... (more)