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Gartner has repeatedly identified the importance of data services in
enterprise information infrastructures in its evolving series of reports
beginning in 2005. Forrester’s Information-As-A-Service (IaaS) WaveTM
reviewed the vendors and the technological advancements of this data
integration market subset that is predicted to grow 40 percent by 2012, to
Today’s advanced data virtualization platforms (DVPs) enable flexible and
enterprise-scalable data services as both supplements to earlier-era
enterprise data warehouses and as stand-alone solutions. They do so by
loosely coupling business applications and their supporting data sources.
This approach provides a number of benefits including:
Agility for responding to fast-changing business information needs and new
Technology Advancements, New Patterns, And Customer Successes in the
On June 15, 2011, the first ever analyst report 100% focused on Data
Virtualization was published by a research team led by Brian Hopkins of
Forrester Research. The report, entitled Data Virtualization Reaches Critical
Mass: Technology Advancements, New Patterns, And Customer Successes Make This
Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution by Brian Hopkins
with Alex Cullen, Mike Gilpin, Boris Evelson, Gene Leganza, and Mackenzie
Cahill, examines a range of data virtualization topics and p... (more)
Enterprise adoption of data virtualization has accelerated along with a
growing need for greater business agility.
The close relationship of business agility and data virtualization was
described in my recent Virtualization Magazine article, The Agile Business -
Why Data Virtualization Is Needed.
It can also be observed across hundreds of organizations and is clearly
evident in the ten case studies described in the recently published Data
Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business
Three Elements of Business Agility
In their quest to b... (more)
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, Northern Trust.
Northern Trust is a leading provider of innovative fiducia... (more)
In the Virtualization Journal article, Maximize Your Integration Competency
Center with Data Virtualization, I described multiple ways that data
virtualization projects could benefit from ICC processes and support.
But perhaps I put the cart before the horse.
Instead I should have first addressed how ICCs can be used wisely to help, or
unwisely to inadvertently hinder, adoption of new data management
technologies such as data virtualization.
Change Is Hard
Because of both organizational resistance and technological concerns,
enterprises often struggle when adopting new data manage... (more)