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The Bloor Group recently released a white paper describing comprehensive reference data architecture.  Called the Information Oriented Architecture or IOA, it is a data-oriented companion to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Its purpose is to aid organizations seeking to modernize their information architectures to meet today’s data-centric business requirements. Because data virtualization was a key component in the IOA, my company, Composite Software, both sponsored and contributed to this important research study. Why an Information Oriented Reference Architecture Is Needed According to Dr. Robin Bloor, principal analyst with the Bloor Group who authored the study, the need for an effective architecture to manage business intelligence (BI) and BI–related applications has become obvious in recent years. “The dream of a single data warehouse satisfying all da... (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)

Why Bother to Abstract Your Data?

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 virtualization strategy. IT Complexity Reigns Consider the information landscape in a typical large enterprise.  It includes: Large volumes of complex, diverse data A wide landscape of application silos and fit-for-purpose data stores Ea... (more)

The Agile Business – Why Data Virtualization Is Needed

"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 ... (more)

How Data Virtualization Improves Business Agility – Part 2

Business Agility Requires Multiple Approaches Agile businesses create business agility through a combination of business decision agility, time-to-solution agility and resource agility. This article addresses how data virtualization delivers time-to-solution agility. Part 1 addressed business decision agility and Part 3 will address resource agility. Time-To-Solution Agility = Business Value When responding to new information needs, rapid time-to-solution is critically important and often results in significant bottom-line benefits. Proven, time and again across multiple industries,... (more)