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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, varieties of data and heterogeneous data stores are not making this task any easier. For the past two decades, the solution to accessing disparate data has been to consolidate the data into a data warehouse, and provide users with tools to access and analyze this consolidated data. Challenges t... (more)

Where Is Data Virtualization Going?

By now, everyone understands that data virtualization is an agile data integration method used by business and IT to greatly simplify information access. Compared to other integration approaches, such as data consolidation via data warehouses and ETL, or data replication via ESBs and FTP, data virtualization queries data from diverse sources on demand without requiring extra copies what must be synchronized and supported. As a result, data virtualization's streamlined approach fulfills business information needs faster, using far fewer resources.  No wonder data virtualization ... (more)

Big Data: So What! That’s Why You Virtualize

Big Data!  Yes it's BIG! The volume is BIG!  The variety is BIG!  The velocity is BIG! And hopefully the business value is BIG! New Opportunities Bring New Ways to Leverage Proven Technology There is no shortage of media articles, analyst reports, tradeshows, blogs and other source of Big Data technology insight and advice. But it strikes me that in our search to be on the leading edge, we may be overlooking some great existing technology. In fact, some technology, for example data virtualization, is even more useful in a Big Data world. What Is Data Virtualization? Data virtualiz... (more)

Unify Cloud, Big Data and Enterprise Data with Ease

While Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offer applications and resources at an attractive, pay-as-you-go price, they also create silos of data that are difficult to access by your analytics and BI solutions. Likewise, Big Data offers new storage techniques, processing capabilities and analytic opportunities.  But traditional analytics and BI solutions are typically built assuming relational, SQL-based sources. These often struggle when trying to deliver value from these new No-SQL sources. Cloud and Big Data Silos ... (more)

What Is the "Best" Data Virtualization Best Practice?

If I could only recommend one data virtualization best practice, what would it be? Hmmm!  With over a couple of hundred data virtualization implementations under Composite's belt, the answer is simple - Implement a Data Virtualization Competency Center! Why a Data Virtualization Competency Center? The reason is simple as well.  A Data Virtualization Competency Center can be IT's expressway to delivering Business and IT value. Take a look at a recent Data Virtualization Leadership blog, by my colleague Peter Tran What Business and IT Problems Can Data Virtualization Solve? Peter p... (more)