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People often ask me, “When is it appropriate to use data virtualization versus a more traditional form of data integration (e.g., consolidation using ETL)?” My answer often surprises them because this is not an either-or situation: data virtualization should be a ubiquitous layer in your infrastructure that all data consumers use to access enterprise data. Data Virtualization Focuses on the Data Consumer Whether the data underneath the virtualization layer is pre-consolidated (using ETL), pre-materialized (as a cache), or exists only in the original transactional and operational systems is a secondary question, the answer to which should be based on latency requirements, resource constraints, and committed SLAs. The data consumer doesn’t really care how IT accomplishes data delivery to meet expectations, so long as the consumer has the right data in the right timefram... (more)

Data Virtualization Technology Advancements Deliver New Value

As a follower of Virtualization technology, you have likely heard about the June 2011 Forrester Research report on Data Virtualization entitled Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass: Technology Advancements, New Patterns,  And Customer Successes Make This Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution. As an employee of a data virtualization vendor, I especially enjoyed the section of the report that described data virtualization’s latest technology advancements and how these are delivering new value to data virtualization adopters across multiple industries. S... (more)

Using Data Virtualization to Unleash Your SAP Data

Maximize the Return on SAP Investments SAP is the most widely deployed ERP solution in the world today.  However, for all of its strengths in supporting business processes, many organizations  find gaining business insight from SAP’s huge repositories a daunting challenge. SAP’s creation of SAP BW and its acquisition of Business Objects and Sybase are moves in the right direction.  Yet these alone may not be enough, especially when you have: Multiple SAP instances, often on different releases and rarely fully compatible with SAP/s BI offerings Additional source systems outside SA... (more)

It’s Here! The First Book on Data Virtualization

Take the Data Virtualization Plunge Are you ready for a 201 page deep dive into data virtualization? If so, you are in for a treat. On October 11, 2011  the first book written on data virtualization, Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility was introduced to positive reviews from some of today's leading business intelligence (BI) and data integration analysts. Data Virtualization Adoption at Ten Enterprises Profiled Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility explores today's data virtua... (more)

Are Legacy Systems Holding You Back?

In our ever changing technology environment, new opportunities are everywhere.  Predictive analytics, big data, mobile, cloud and virtualization are but a few. These new technologies improve business competitiveness, increase agility, save money and more. But migrating from existing systems is risk prone.  And efforts often drag out. Is There a Way to Migrate Successfully, Faster and with Less Risk? Most people think of data virtualization as a high productivity, low cost way to integrate data for business intelligence and analytics.  However, it is also very effective at legacy... (more)