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Want to Learn About Data Virtualization? 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? Either way, Data Virtualization Day 2011 is the place to go for the latest Data Virtualization trends and insights. Data Virtualization in the Big Apple! The second annual Data Virtualization Day is October 13 in New York City. The world's largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers is expected to draw over 150 attendees. "Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility" will be the unifying theme across data virtualization presentations from Bank of America, Putnam Investments, Qualcomm, and more. Advanced Data Virtualization Users Share Their Successes The Data Virtualization Day agenda is highlighte... (more)

Data Virtualization Best Practices

Driven by business demands for greater agility and lower IT costs, enterprise adoption of data virtualization has moved into the technology mainstream. With hundreds of organizations deploying data virtualization, a number of best practices have emerged. In compiling the ten case studies described in the recently published Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility, co-author Judith R. Davis and I identified five best practices common to these successful implementations. In this article, I will pass along the lessons these ten organi... (more)

Now's the Time to Take the Leap into Data Virtualization

Financial services IT generally leads any new technology wave. Large telecoms, pharmaceuticals, and energy firms follow quickly, with retail, government and smaller enterprises typically adopting as new technologies move to mainstream. 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? What Is Data Virtualization? Data virtualization is a data integration approach and technology organizations use to provide users with a business view of data, improve b... (more)

Integration Competency Centers: Gateway to Data Virtualization Adoption

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)

When Should We Use Data Virtualization?

People often ask me, “When is it appropriate to use data virtualization versus a more traditional form of data integration (e.g., consolidation using ETL)?” My answer often surprises them because this is not an either-or situation: data virtualization should be a ubiquitous layer in your infrastructure that all data consumers use to access enterprise data. Data Virtualization Focuses on the Data Consumer Whether the data underneath the virtualization layer is pre-consolidated (using ETL), pre-materialized (as a cache), or exists only in the original transactional and operational sy... (more)