Announcing the 2013 Data Virtualization Innovative Solutions Award Winner

Making insightful usage of the growing plethora of internal data is difficult enough. But what if the business thrives and grows by developing data external to the firm, using it to sell insights to customers and to shape new products as well?  Associated challenges are even greater since each customer has different business contexts and needs. Innovation in such an environment would certainly take time, and new projects would be fraught with uncertainty, risk, and high cost.

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Announcing the 2013 Data Virtualization Champion

There is an old saying: “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person you know who is qualified to do that thing.”  When I consider my experience, it seems to be true that the most reliable candidate for a task is typically the one most people go to with their requests.  Thus, that person is very busy indeed!

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The Biggest Day in Data Virtualization

Data Virtualization Day 2013 was the largest gathering of data virtualization professionals in history. With 350 attendees from over 130 organizations, this year’s attendance was 65% higher than 2012.

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When Data Virtualization Meets the Network

Most followers of data virtualization have a data management background. This is why many did not immediately understand why “a networking company” like Cisco would be interested in acquiring data virtualization market leader Composite Software.

Data Virtualization Meets the Network,” a report from analyst firm EMA does a great job exploring several of the factors behind this powerful new combination.

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Big Data Analytics – Better with Data Virtualization

Big Data Analytics Make Business Sense

Big data analytic opportunities are abundant, with business value the driver. According to the Professors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT:

“Companies that inject big data and analytics into their operations show productivity rates and profitability that are 5% to 6% higher than those of their peers.”

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Archiving with Big Data = Better Business Results

Business Value from Mixing Current and Historical Data

Historical data is now an essential tool for businesses as they struggle to meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, manage risk and perform predictive analytics that help improve business decisions.And while recent data may be available in from operational systems and some summarized historical data available in the data warehouse, the traditional practice of archiving older, detail-level data offsite on tape makes business analytics challenging, if not impossible, because the historical information needed is simply unavailable.

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Counting Down to Data Virtualization Day 2013

Take Big Advantage of Your Data with Composite and Cisco

Today, the difference between business leaders and also-rans is how well they leverage their data.
And with big data and cloud causing data to be more distributed than ever, world-class data virtualization and networking technology have become critical to this success.

With the acquisition of Composite Software, only Cisco provides this powerful combination.

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Forrester Information Fabric 3.0 – A Fresh Take on Data Virtualization

On the Data Virtualization Vanguard

Forrester’s Mike Gilpin and Noel Yuhanna have been on the vanguard of data virtualization since their January 9, 2006 report trends report, “Information Fabric: Enterprise Data Virtualization.”

Their new report, “Forrester Information Fabric 3.0, Forrester’s Reference Architecture For Enterprise Data Virtualization” was published on August 8, 2013.

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Pacific Northwest BI Summit 2013

A Unique Industry Event

For the past twelve years, Humphrey Strategic Communications has hosted the Pacific Northwest BI Summit, a unique, invitation-only executive networking event brings together leading BI industry influencers, vendors and press in a low-key, relaxed setting to discuss the current and future directions of BI.

More Participants This Year

This is the sixth time I have joined in this event, with 2013 having the largest set of participants.

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The Future of Data Virtualization

Rick van der Lans is the most prolific analyst covering the data virtualization scene these days.

Rick’s recent BeyeNetwork article, Data Virtualization: Where Do We Stand Today?  provides an excellent overview of Rick’s latest data virtualization thinking. I found his thoughts on the future of data virtualization products to be prescient.

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