If I could only recommend one data virtualization best practice, what would
Hmmm! With over a couple of hundred data virtualization implementations
under Composite's belt, the answer is simple - Implement a Data
Virtualization Competency Center!
Why a Data Virtualization Competency Center?
The reason is simple as well. A Data Virtualization Competency Center can
be IT's expressway to delivering Business and IT value.
Take a look at a recent Data Virtualization Leadership blog, by my colleague
Peter Tran What Business and IT Problems Can Data Virtualization Solve?
Peter points out a number of benefits. So why not leverage data
virtualization widely across your enterprise?
Nexus for Enterprise-scale Data Virtualization
And a Data Virtualization Competency Center is the nexus for an
enterprise-scale approach that successfully will let you combine and evolve
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.
As with motherhood and apple pie, who can argue with data governance?
Business users like it because it assures critical business decisions are
made based on sound data.
IT likes data governance because as the organization's data stewards, it
shows they are doing a good job.
Compliance officers and risk managers like data governance because it lets
them sleep at night.
Data Governance Is Challenging
Liking it is one thing. Doing it is another.
Enterprises are struggling to turn the concept of data governance into a
reality due to significantly growing data volumes, variety and va... (more)
If you have been doing data or business process integration for a while, you
understand the importance of an integration competency center (ICC).
The reason is simple. An integration competency center can be IT's
expressway to delivering value to the business.
How ICCs Provide Business and IT Value
A number of ICC value propositions are now mainstream including:
Business users become familiar with the ICC's requirements definition and
governance processes. This makes them more comfortable with needed IT rigor.
IT develops a consistent SDLC that shares resources optimally across pro... (more)
The benefits of providing the business side of the house with better access
to information assets are many.
But so too are the integration challenges that IT must address.
Is there a better way?
Consider data abstraction, a concept well understood by SOA architects that
has recently gained favor with information architects within an overall data
IT Complexity Reigns
Consider the information landscape in a typical large enterprise. It
Large volumes of complex, diverse data A wide landscape of application silos
and fit-for-purpose data stores Ea... (more)