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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. Six Data Virtualization Technology Advancements Highlighted Forrester highlights six particular technology advancements that are breaking down the barriers to data virtualization adoption and delivering new value to data virtualization users.  These include: Cost-based query optimization perform... (more)

Information Oriented Architecture - A New Take on SOA

The Bloor Group recently released a white paper describing comprehensive reference data architecture.  Called the Information Oriented Architecture or IOA, it is a data-oriented companion to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Its purpose is to aid organizations seeking to modernize their information architectures to meet today’s data-centric business requirements. Because data virtualization was a key component in the IOA, my company, Composite Software, both sponsored and contributed to this important research study. Why an Information Oriented Reference Architecture Is Nee... (more)

Why the Financial Services Industry Likes Data Virtualization

Finding and exploiting an arbitrage opportunity, before the other firms, can dramatically increase trading profits.  Uncovering hidden risks and hedging properly can significantly reduce volatility and free capital.  Enabling managers to better understand  positions and trades can provide the service levels that high net-worth clients demand. In the financial services industry, the greatest profits typically flow to the institution that gains the greatest financial insight from their data.  In other words, return on data excellence equals return on assets performance. Discoveri... (more)

SOA + Data Virtualization = Enterprise Data Sharing

As every child knows, learning how to share toys with others is an important, but difficult to learn skill.   The same is true for diverse groups within large enterprises, except instead of toys, data is the object of the sharing. Sharing Data Is Difficult, Yet Important Large enterprises learned long ago that effective sharing of data across lines of business was a critical success factor.  But achieving this objective in large organizations has been especially complex due to: Thousands of information consumers with varied roles and responsibilities; A range of analysis and repo... (more)

The EDW Is Dead! Is Data Virtualization the Crown Prince?

"The King is dead. Long live the King" is a traditional proclamation made following the accession of a new monarch.   But what happens when the original king was highly revered and his successor brings foreign ways to the throne? A Controversial Statement by Bloor Research Philip Howard, noted IT researcher at Bloor Research, recently published an IT-Director article entitled The EDW is dead where he declares the well regarded monarch of data integration deceased.   In this article he identifies two major flaws in the traditional enterprise data warehouse approach that support h... (more)