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"In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment." 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 enterprise today. 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)

Why Query Optimization Matters

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)

Zettabytes of Data and Beyond

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)

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)

Nightmare on Cloud Street

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)