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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)

When Should We Use Data Virtualization?

People often ask me, “When is it appropriate to use data virtualization versus a more traditional form of data integration (e.g., consolidation using ETL)?” 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)

Big Data Meets Data Virtualization

“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 it. Enterprise Architects should consider Big Data and Data Virtualization impacts on their future DW architecture Above is the subtitle of Brian’s... (more)

Why Federal Government IT Leaders Like Data Virtualization

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 challenges? There is.  It is called data virtualization. Step 1 - Align with Service-Oriented Architecture Mandates Recognizing the need for high-level, cross-age... (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)