The Data Virtualization Gold Standard

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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)

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 Technology Advancements Deliver New Value

As a follower of Virtualization technology, you have likely heard about the June 2011 Forrester Research report on Data Virtualization entitled Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass: Technology Advancements, New Patterns,  And Customer Successes Make This Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution. As an employee of a data virtualization vendor, I especially enjoyed the section of the report that described data virtualization’s latest technology advancements and how these are delivering new value to data virtualization adopters across multiple industries. S... (more)

Data Virtualization Adoption Propelled by Significant Business Benefits

Enterprise adoption of data virtualization accelerated in 2011 propelled by organizations growing need for greater business agility, lower costs and better performance. These benefits were fully described in an earlier series of articles: The Agile Business - Why Data Virtualization Is Needed How Data Virtualization Delivers Business Agility - Part 1 How Data Virtualization Improves Business Agility - Part 2 How Data Virtualization Improves Business Agility - Part 3 The success of data virtualization can now be observed across hundreds of organizations and is clearly evident in t... (more)

Why Bother to Abstract Your Data?

The benefits of providing the business side of the house with better access to information assets are many. But so too are the integration challenges that IT must address. Is there a better way? Consider data abstraction, a concept well understood by SOA architects that has recently gained favor with information architects within an overall data virtualization strategy. IT Complexity Reigns Consider the information landscape in a typical large enterprise.  It includes: Large volumes of complex, diverse data A wide landscape of application silos and fit-for-purpose data stores Ea... (more)