"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 every
Information and the Pursuit of Business Agility
While the importance of business agility is well understood, achieving it is
a difficult and ongoing challenge.
The key to success is information. Armed with the right information, business
decision makers can better eva... (more)
Historically, most data integration has been accomplished by copying all the
data to a new location (e.g., a data warehouse). This strategy essentially
pre-stages the data that may be necessary to satisfy the complete set of
possible queries that may be run.
The consolidation activity is typically done at off hours in batch mode
(using ETL), which is necessary because it puts non-trivial load on the
source systems and consumes significant network bandwidth. In this approach
the emphasis is on a comprehensiveness of the data set, not on the efficiency
of assembling it.
Data Vir... (more)
Data Data Everywhere!
According to IDC's June 2011 report Extracting Value from Chaos, the amount
of information currently stored is 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes).
It has grown by a factor of nine in the past five years.
How can anyone deal with the complexity associated with these volumes?
For IT teams who need to understand this data as a first step before they can
figure out how to use it to create high-impact business applications, this
complexity is overwhelming.
As a result, the business waits, opportunities are missed, and IT is once
again the blame.
Too Comple... (more)
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)
Cloud Computing Adoption is Accelerating
Who wouldn't be interested in extensible functionality and computing
resources at an attractive, pay-as-you-go price?
The economics of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) are just too compelling to pass up.
However, because today's standalone cloud application may prove to be
tomorrow's integration nightmare, banking on cloud computing is not a recipe
for a good night's sleep.
The Coming Cloud and On-Premise Integration Nightmare
Have you ever awoken startled from a bad dream where... (more)