An array of business intelligence (BI), predictive analytics, data and
content mining, portals and more tap a growing volume of information sourced
from enterprise data warehouses (EDW). However, significant volumes of
business-critical enterprise data resides outside the enterprise data
warehouse. To deliver the most comprehensive information to business
decision-makers, IT teams are implementing data virtualization to preserve
and extend their existing enterprise data warehouse investments.
This article discusses five integration patterns that combine both enterprise
data warehouses and data virtualization to solve real business and IT
problems along with examples from Composite Software's data virtualization
customers. The five patterns include:
Data Warehouse Augmentation Data Warehouse Federation Data Warehouse Hub and
Virtual Data Mart Spoke Complementing t... (more)
Data Quality Is Key to Business Success
Poor data quality costs businesses billions every year. It
causes business leaders to make poor decisions. It increases customer
dissatisfaction and churn to reduce revenues. It increases costs to perform
remediation. It discourages employees by setting a low performance bar.
Yet, even with these significant issues, enterprises struggle to improve data
Improving Data Quality Is More Difficult Than Ever
Data quality, once the focus of just a few data stewards, has become a
business and IT challenge of unprecedented scale. Not on... (more)
"In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their
rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their
This quote from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859 captures the
essence of every organization's need to continuously adapt in response to a
complex and dynamic business environment. To survive and be competitive, the
organization must be adaptable.
And adaptability requires the agility to quickly take advantage of new or
changing business opportunities.
Business agility is the most important overall success factor for ... (more)
Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve
Business Agility is the first book published on the topic of data
virtualization. Along with an overview of data virtualization and its
advantages, it presents ten case studies of organizations that have adopted
data virtualization to significantly improve business decision making,
decrease time-to-solution and reduce costs. This article describes data
virtualization adoption at one of the enterprises profiled, Pfizer Inc.
Pfizer Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops, manu... (more)
"What's it all about, Alfie?" is the first line in the Burt Bacharach sixties
This lyric came to mind as I reflected back on the over sixty articles I have
written on data virtualization over the past few years.
These cover nearly every angle on data virtualization including use cases,
business benefits, technology, financial justification and more. Yet, with
all this abundance, perhaps readers would value one article that answers the
call, "What's it all about?"
What Is Data Virtualization?
Simply put, data virtualization is an agile data integration method that ... (more)