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An array of business intelligence (BI), predictive analytics, data and content mining, portals and more tap a growing volume of information sourced from enterprise data warehouses (EDW).  However, significant volumes of business-critical enterprise data resides outside the enterprise data warehouse.  To deliver the most comprehensive information to business decision-makers, IT teams are implementing data virtualization to preserve and extend their existing enterprise data warehouse investments. This article discusses five integration patterns that combine both enterprise data warehouses and data virtualization to solve real business and IT problems along with examples from Composite Software's data virtualization customers.  The five patterns include: Data Warehouse Augmentation Data Warehouse Federation Data Warehouse Hub and Virtual Data Mart Spoke Complementing t... (more)

How Data Virtualization Improves Data Quality

Data Quality Is Key to Business Success Poor data quality costs businesses billions every year.  It causes business leaders to make poor decisions.   It increases customer dissatisfaction and churn to reduce revenues.  It increases costs to perform remediation.  It discourages employees by setting a low performance bar. Yet, even with these significant issues, enterprises struggle to improve data quality. Improving Data Quality Is More Difficult Than Ever Data quality, once the focus of just a few data stewards, has become a business and IT challenge of unprecedented scale.  Not on... (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)

Data Virtualization at Pfizer: A Case Study

Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility is the first book published on the topic of data virtualization. Along with an overview of data virtualization and its advantages, it presents ten case studies of organizations that have adopted data virtualization to significantly improve business decision making, decrease time-to-solution and reduce costs. This article describes data virtualization adoption at one of the enterprises profiled, Pfizer Inc. Organization Background Pfizer Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops, manu... (more)

Data Virtualization Q&A: What’s It All About

"What's it all about, Alfie?" is the first line in the Burt Bacharach sixties classic, Alfie. This lyric came to mind as I reflected back on the over sixty articles I have written on data virtualization over the past few years. These cover nearly every angle on data virtualization including use cases, business benefits, technology, financial justification and more.  Yet, with all this abundance, perhaps readers would value one article that answers the call, "What's it all about?" What Is Data Virtualization? Simply put, data virtualization is an agile data integration method that ... (more)