Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, begins, “It
was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness.” When it comes to information to help
business professionals make wise decisions, answer critical questions, and
resolve significant problems, today truly is the best and worst of times.
There is more data than ever to understand and improve corporate performance,
and it’s growing by 30% a year, according to recent industry analyst
In the midst of this data explosion, IT delivery systems are hard pressed to
keep pace. According to a recent study commissioned by Accenture,
“Managers spend two hours a day looking for information they need, and
almost half the data is useless once they get it.” With so much wasted
time, and more data predicted to be on ... (more)
Achieving compelling value from information technology is critical because IT
is typically an enterprise or government agency's largest capital expense.
Increasing business complexities and technology choices create greater
demands for justification when making IT investments.
Cambridge, MA-based analyst firm Forrester Research recently reported that,
"Business and government's purchases of computer and communication equipment,
software, IT consulting, and integration services and IT outsourcing will
decline by 3% on a global basis in 2009 when measured in U.S. dollars, then
When Honda introduced the Civic in America in 1972, industry experts declared
Honda would never succeed because automobiles were too complex and required
skills and technology beyond those of the mere motorcycle company. Fast
forward to today when Honda’s Civics and Accords are two of North America's
Honda developed the skills and technology to build nimble automobiles, while
competitors stayed mired in old paradigms – big cars, poor mileage, and
This story is being retold today with virtual data marts.
Virtual Data Marts – Solu... (more)
Data virtualization's ability to overcome hardware and software complexity
provides enterprises with an excellent opportunity to improve IT agility and
save significantly. As more enterprises seek these benefits, data
virtualization is swiftly moving from new idea to the mainstream. This
article looks at the 10 most common mistakes made by early adopters as object
lessons for helping new implementations accelerate the potential achievement
of data virtualization's benefits.
Determining where and when to use data virtualization is the source of five
common mistakes that may occur... (more)
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The intersection of data virtualization and enterprise data warehouses
represents corporate best practices for delivering the rich data assets
available in the enterprise data warehouse with the myriad sources of data
now available outside the data warehouse.
In Part Two of this two-part series, I will target improving data warehouse
efficiency by showing four best practices where data virtualization, used
alongside data warehouses, saves time and money.
Part One examined ways that data virtualization improves data warehouse
4. Data Wareho... (more)