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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
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 wa... (more)
Data Quality Is Key to Business Success
Poor data quality costs businesses billions every year. It
causes business leaders to make poor decisions. It increases customer
dissatisfaction and churn to reduce revenues. It increases costs to perform
remediation. It discourages employees by setting a low performance bar.
Yet, even with these significant issues, enterprises struggle to improve data
Improving Data Quality Is More Difficult Than Ever
Data quality, once the focus of just a few data stewards, has become a
business and IT challenge of unprecedented scale. Not on... (more)
Discovering new upstream sources, smoothly delivering products through
downstream distribution channels, and complying with extensive regulations
are keys to success in the energy business. And information is the fuel
that enables these successes.
Unfortunately prior IT investments have resulted in numerous data silos and
significant complexity that is making it harder than ever to turn information
into business success.
Four of the top five global energy companies rely on data virtualization to
provide the diverse information required across a range of strategic
initiatives a... (more)
In many industries, information supports the business.
However in communications and media companies, information is the business.
With an array of new technology advancements at every turn and customers just
a click away from your competitor's offering, maintaining a compelling
experience is vital.
Silos, Silos, Silos
To respond to this dynamic business and technology challenge, communications
and media companies have made significant IT investments. These and
multiple mergers have resulted in numerous data silos and incredible IT
complexity. As a result, communications and med... (more)