In the best-selling book Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning,
authors Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris "found a striking
relationship between the use of analytics and business performance...High
performers (those who outperformed their industry in terms of profit,
shareholder return and revenue growth) were 50 percent more likely to use
analytics strategically...and five times as likely as low performers."
Data is the Lifeblood of Analytics
Data is the lifeblood of analytics-the more diverse the better. In their
best-selling book, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live,
Work, and Think, Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier describe the synergy that
occurs when previously unrelated and disparate data is brought together to
uncover hidden insights. But these advanced analytics data requirements are a
double-edged sword as these more diver... (more)
People often ask me, “When is it appropriate to use data virtualization
versus a more traditional form of data integration (e.g., consolidation using
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 sy... (more)
“Not Your Grandfather’s Data Warehouse – Big Data and Virtualization
Impact your EDW Architecture” is the title of a recent CIO.com blog by
Brian Hopkins, a new analyst in Enterprise Architecture group at Forrester
Research. Brian makes some great points about how two key technologies, Big
Data and Data Virtualization, are impacting information architecture
strategies and changing the role of the enterprise data warehouse as we know
Enterprise Architects should consider Big Data and Data Virtualization
impacts on their future DW architecture
Above is the subtitle of Brian’s... (more)
With money tighter than ever, federal agencies are under increasing pressure
to improve efficiency, share information more readily and execute on
ever-expanding congressional mandates.
But this is far easier said than done in IT environments with
government-sized volumes, decades of existing systems and myriad new
requirements being layered on top.
Is there a better way to for federal government IT leaders to meet these
There is. It is called data virtualization.
Step 1 - Align with Service-Oriented Architecture Mandates
Recognizing the need for high-level, cross-age... (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)