Call for Nominations: 2014 Data Virtualization Leadership Awards

The Data Virtualization Leadership Awards recognize organizations for data virtualization initiatives with significant business impact, agility and innovation.

  • Has your organization executed a data initiative with significant business impact, agility or innovation that should be celebrated?
  • Do you know a champion whose efforts have driven data virtualization success in your organization and beyond?

If so, please submit a nomination for the 2014 Data Virtualization Leadership Awards.

The deadline to submit is only 3 weeks away on July 9 so don’t delay.

Award Categories

  • High Impact Award: Recognizing the depth and breadth of the data virtualization impact on the business and to IT.
  • Agility Award: Recognizing speed and flexibility in applying data virtualization for improved business agility.
  • Innovative Solutions Award: Recognizing innovation in executing demanding data integration projects in complex environments.
  • Data Virtualization Champion Award: Recognizing promotion of data virtualization’s value across their organization and in the broader business and IT community.
  • Peter Green 3-3-3 Award: Superior usage and outcomes in practice of the 3-3-3 data virtualization use pattern.

Winners Recognition

  • Industry recognition of the Organization, Project and Project Leader
  • Participation in the award ceremony, held at the 2014 Data Virtualization Day in New York City
  • Engraved glass sculpture commemorating the achievement
  • Opportunities to speak at a Data Virtualization Day or other events

Rules of Entry

  • You must submit your nominee via e-mail to dvla_nominee@cisco.com by July 9, 2014.
  • Your email must include name, title, company, award, and a paragraph justifying your nomination.
  • Individual companies may nominate themselves in up to two categories. However, it’s best to create tailored versions for each category submitted.
  • Prior year’s winners may apply if they submit a new application for a new or significantly enhanced project.

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The Fourth V in Big Data

Bob Eve, Director, Product Management

View Bob Eve’s original post on Cisco Data Center’s Blog

At Cisco Live! Melbourne, I was invited to speak at the Executive Symposium to nearly 100 of Cisco’s top customers in the Australia and New Zealand region. In mytalk, Gaining Insight from the Big Data Avalanche, I covered big data business opportunities and technology challenges.

To level set at the start, I opened with a definition of big data, including the typical velocity, volume, and variety seem to be the three V’s everyone hears when it comes to big data. But then I challenged the audience to consider the fourth and in fact most important V, holding back on identifying it so the audience could consider what was missing.

After an appropriate pause, I told them the most important V was value. Value is the only reason to work on big data. This value must be seen in better business outcomes such as:

  • Higher Customer Profitability
  • Faster Time to Market
  • Reduced Cost
  • Improved Risk Management
  • Better Compliance
  • Greater Business & IT Agility

It is interesting how people get knocked off guard by the big data buzzwords. So go back to the basics. Start by getting your business case in order. Once the value to the business is understood, juggling higher data velocity, volume and/or variety becomes an engineering problem. Certainly, a new class of engineering problem, requiring new technologies and skills, but it is a fully solvable engineering problem nonetheless.

For IT, big data is as much an organizational change challenge, as a technology challenge. Practical first steps that seem to work well include:

  • Experiment with a smaller, “SWOT” team on a selected set of projects. This is a great way to introduce something new.
  • Go for some quick and easy wins, rather than boiling the ocean with large-scale initiatives. That is a proven technique for gaining momentum.
  • Implement a solution with revenue impact, such a next-best offer analytic to improve upsell performance or a predictive churn analytic that helps reduce customer defection. These high visibility projects will ease business funding challenges and improve executive visibility / sponsorship.

 

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Tudor Investment Corporation, a globally pre-eminent hedge fund manager, has joined an impressive list of Composite customers with their recent adoption of data virtualization.

Tudor purchased the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to create a virtual data layer to streamline access to market and trade data for traders, analysts, and management. “This increased agility will enable us to better serve our user community by reducing the time required to deliver data requests,” says Paul Mark Skittone, Tudor’s Head of Data Services.

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Vodafone Gains Agility with Data Virtualization

We are pleased to welcome Vodafone Netherlands to the great list of Composite customers who are using data virtualization to improve business agility.

Facing ongoing requests from business units seeking access to new data sources in hopes of gaining new business insights, Michael Hansen, Vodafone Netherlands Manager Business Intelligence Competence Center, responsible for BI strategy and architecture led the decision to leverage data virtualization and the selection of Composite as their data virtualization solution.

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Big Data Common Sense

Back to Basics

Velocity, volume, and variety seem to be the 3 V’s that everyone talks about when it comes to Big Data. What happened to the most important V, Value?

So when it comes to Big Data, my advice is don’t get knocked off guard by the Big Data buzzwords. Go back to business and technology basics, and you’ll be fine.

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NYSE Euronext Wins Information-Management.com Innovative Solution Award for Data Integration

We are thrilled that our customer, NYSE Euronext, a multinational operator of 14 financial exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange, has won the Information-Management.com Innovative Solution Award for Data Integration.

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Leadership Award for High Impact

Mike McNab is a Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Services, at Franklin Templeton Investments. Mike recently spoke about his experiences with data virtualization at our Composite Data Virtualization Day event in New York.

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