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Maximize the Return on SAP Investments SAP is the most widely deployed ERP solution in the world today.  However, for all of its strengths in supporting business processes, many organizations  find gaining business insight from SAP’s huge repositories a daunting challenge. SAP’s creation of SAP BW and its acquisition of Business Objects and Sybase are moves in the right direction.  Yet these alone may not be enough, especially when you have: Multiple SAP instances, often on different releases and rarely fully compatible with SAP/s BI offerings Additional source systems outside SAP that house complementary information your business units require Additional intermediate data warehouses and marts beyond SAP BW also critical for business analysis Additional analysis and reporting tools beyond SAPs offerings that need to leverage SAP source data Data Virtualization Unlo... (more)

Can Virtualization Help with Governance?

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)

Is Now the Right Time for Data Virtualization?

A Tectonic Shift - Think Data Virtualization First! Wayne Eckerson, Director of Research at TechTarget and former head of research for TDWI, "used to think that data virtualization tools were great for niche applications, such as creating a quick and dirty prototype or augmenting the data warehouse with real-time data in an operational system or accessing data outside the corporate firewall." But in his October 17, 2011 article entitled Data Virtualization: The Time Has Come, he now believes "that data virtualization is the key to creating an agile, cost-effective data management ... (more)

The Time Is Right for Data Virtualization

Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility is the first book published on the topic of data virtualization.  In writing the book's foreword, well-known IT industry analyst Colin White of BI Research, summarizes data virtualization's history and value, concluding that data virtualization's time has come. This article includes excerpts from the book's foreword. Supporting Business Users' Information Needs Providing business users with the data they need to make effective decisions has always been difficult. Increasing data volumes, var... (more)

What's So Great About Data Virtualization?

Business Change Guides Data Integration Strategy Traditional data integration approaches such as consolidation and replication alone are unable to keep pace with today's dynamic pace of business and ever changing information requirements. Seeking greater agility, lower costs, and less risk, organizations are increasing adopting  data virtualization. Gain Agility and Cut Costs with Data Virtualization Data virtualization is high-performance query middleware that integrates data from multiple, disparate sources - anywhere across the extended enterprise - in a unified, logically virtua... (more)