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If you want to learn how business and IT leaders are using data data virtualization to address big data and cloud challenges and drive business advantage, attend Data Virtualization Day 2013 in New York City on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
The business value of analytics has never been greater. But enterprises are flooded with a deluge of data spread across analyst desktops, big data stores, data warehouses and marts, transaction systems and the cloud. How do analysts overcome these data challenges? Data is the lifeblo...
CIOs understand the importance of analytics and BI. According to a 2012 survey of 2300 CIO by Gartner, analytics and BI are their number one technology priority. Analytics and BI can make bigger business impact when they can access more data. With data in the cloud and Big Data silos, ...
Organizations today understand that better access to information assets can improve their bottom-line. But they struggle with the variety of enterprise, cloud and big data sources, and all their associated access mechanisms, syntax, security, etc. Data abstraction overcomes data sourc...
Big Data is all the rage. And at first glance, the Big Data variety, volume, velocity and value challenges may seem extraordinarily difficult. Proven technologies, such as data virtualization, provide proven approaches to addressing these “big” challenges. So if Big Data is on your ag...
Companies that inject Big Data and analytics into their operations show productivity rates and profitability that are 5% to 6% higher than those of their peers. Data is the critical success factor. Because without data, there can be no analysis. Data virtualization can accelerate deve...
Most people think of data virtualization as a high productivity, low cost way to integrate data for business intelligence and analytics. However, it is also very effective at legacy migration. The key to data virtualization's migration success is how it decouples source and consumin...
The Big Data and analytics challenge that data virtualization best addresses is helping enterprises take advantage of their data. In other words, enterprises today are data rich with loads of enterprise, cloud, third party and Big Data. But they remain information poor. In this context...
Providing analytics and BI solutions with the data required has always been difficult, with data integration long considered the biggest bottleneck in any analytics or BI project. Data virtualization significantly accelerates data integration agility. Complex data landscapes, diverse...
Eponymously named, The Data Virtualization Channel includes 68 videos addressing data virtualization from nearly every angle. Have you had a chance to visit it on YouTube?
The book is very complete and in-depth, with nearly 275 pages of well researched analysis on data virtualization’s history, present and future. It is targeted at a wide range of readers including BI and information management specialists, data architects, database administrators, appli...
Data virtualization is not static. It continuously evolves as business needs and technology change. • How is data virtualization changing in a world of big data, analytics, cloud, mobile and more? • What are the logical next steps in this evolution? • And what are enterprises do...
Data virtualization is an agile data integration method that simplifies information access. This article answers key "what, why, how, when and more" questions about data virtualization. What is Data Virtualization? Simply put, data virtualization is an agile data integration method ...
ICCs can be used wisely to help, or unwisely to inadvertently hinder, adoption of new data management technologies such as data virtualization. Because of both organizational resistance and technological concerns, enterprises often struggle when adopting new data management technolog...
Like their business counterparts, IT has proven to be amazingly adaptive in times of challenge. Wary for business’s growing dissatisfaction, with a few wise course corrections, for example the adoption of data virtualization, IT can continue as business’s vehicle for success. Business...
With the DV Café, staying abreast of key data virtualization trends and insights is now much easier. Not only is the freshest data virtualization content consolidated in a single place, the DV Café’s format make this content enjoyable to consume. Further, the DV Café’s “best of data vi...
Given that data virtualization has now reached mainstream, how is small and mid-sized organization adoption of data virtualization proceeding? And how are these firms benefiting? Data virtualization is a data integration approach and technology organizations use to provide users with ...
Organizations and decision processes are changing. Business intelligence has to adapt. These dynamic, new reporting and analytical needs can be summarized in single word – Agility. Organizations and decision processes are changing. Business intelligence has to adapt. These dynamic,...
With full insights into everything there is to know about a customer, imagine how you could improve customer satisfaction, reduce customer churn, more easily upsell additional offerings and more. The business case for unified, 360° views of your customers is compelling. "From an abs...
Data virtualization enables IT to provide business with the information it needs with greater agility and lower costs than traditional data integration approaches and technologies. In What Is Your Strategy for Data Virtualization?, five data integration challenges that data virtualiz...
Just as business and technology continuously evolves, so too will the scope and impact of data virtualization adoption and offerings. The offerings that best meet expanding access, optimization, deployment, ease-of-use, and governance requirements, along with the organizations that ad...
With hundreds of organizations deploying data virtualization, a number of best practices have emerged. In this article, I will pass along the lessons these ten organizations learned along the way, as they are a valuable to help other organizations avoid common pitfalls and realize the...
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 histo...
Northern Trust is a leading provider of innovative fiduciary, investment management, private banking, wealth management and worldwide trust and custody services. Clients include corporations, institutions, families and individuals in more than 40 countries. Based in Chicago, Illinois...
While the benefits derived from greater business agility are significant, costs are also an important factor to consider. This is especially true in today’s extremely competitive business environment and difficult economic times. This article, the last in a series of three articles...
Agile businesses create business agility through a combination of business decision agility, time-to-solution agility and resource agility. This article addresses how data virtualization delivers time-to-solution agility. Part 1addressed business decision agility and Part 3 will addr...
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 Virtualizati...
Pfizer Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets medicines for both humans and animals. As the world’s largest drug manufacturer, Pfizer operates globally with 111,500 employees and a presence in over 100 countries. Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences ...
Not only are the volumes daunting, these integrations can be challenging to build and maintain. Extending your old integration methods won’t work. Take data integration for instance. There are multiple new requirements that must be addressed. Traditional direct database queries and...
Enterprises that have added data virtualization to their IT infrastructure are gaining significant business decision agility, time-to-solution agility and resource agility benefits as they address their business agility challenges. While the importance of business agility is well und...
Self-service BI is business’s natural response to a fast moving business environment where traditional IT cannot keep pace. Data virtualization is a data integration approach and technology that can enable self-service BI more successfully and sooner. Today's IT organizations face ...
Leading analyst, Wayne Eckerson says "data virtualization is the key to creating an agile, cost-effective data management infrastructure. In fact, data architects should first design and deploy a data virtualization layer prior to building any data management or delivery artifacts.” ...
The world's largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers, Data Virtualization Day, was held October 13 in New York City. Sponsored by Composite Software, it drew nearly 200 attendees from over 80 different companies, along with several noted analysts. In "Real Tim...
Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility explores today's data virtualization solutions and presents ten Composite Software-enabled case studies describing how enterprises across a wide range of industries and domains have successfully ...
Data virtualization enables IT to deliver this information to business with greater agility and lower costs than traditional data integration approaches and technologies. But how does data virtualization apply to my situation? What Is Your Strategy for Data Virtualization? described d...
As with any new technology, you know you need to begin your data virtualization adoption journey with a business justification and a technical evaluation, before you can commence a phased implementation. The business value of data virtualization comes from its ability to help organiza...
Data virtualization is a versatile data integration solution that can be deployed to solve a wide range of data integration challenges. Based on nearly ten years of successful implementations, several common usage patterns have emerged to help guide your enterprise’s data virtualizati...
Data discovery is a solution that helps IT see patterns amongst source data. It enables IT analysts and architects to examine data, locate key entities and reveal hidden connections in data scattered throughout an organization. It has been said that the ability to see patterns is a s...
Is your organization considering adding data virtualization to your data integration, SOA, and cloud technology stack? Or have you already started your data virtualization adoption journey? "Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility" will be the unifying t...
Leading enterprises in number industries rely on the data virtualization to integrate the terabytes of critical strategic and operational data across merged organizations. The promise of larger market share, greater economies of scale and superior financial performance make mergers ...