Rocky Mountains High On Data Virtualization

I recently returned from my seventh annual Boulder BI Brain Trust presentation. The BBBT as everyone likes to call it, is unique in the business intelligence, data and analytics industry. Since 2006, the BBBT has advanced this industry by organizing half-day vendor presentations to their over 140 members.  During these presentations, vendors such as the Cisco’s Data and Analytics organization, update BBBT members on new strategies, evolving technologies, customer adoption and more.  In return the vendors get valuable feedback from the BBBT’s global network of analysts, consultants and academics.

Cisco’s Expanded Data and Analytics Portfolio

Mike Flannagan, General Manager of Cisco’s Data and Analytics Business Group, led off this year by identifying four key trends creating new business opportunities for our customers, as well as disrupting their traditional data management approaches.

  1. Increased speed of business and rising customer expectations
  2. Data is the new competitive battlefield
  3. Data is increasingly distributed
  4. Data at the edge volumes are extreme

Mike then discussed the coming together of Cisco’s data and analytics portfolio over the past year in order to comprehensively address these trends. These solutions include:

  • Cisco Data Virtualization, added to the portfolio a year ago when Cisco acquired Composite Software.
  • Cisco Prime Analytics, the former Truviso products.
  • Cisco Data In Motion, from the TigerMe acquisition.
  • Cisco Connected Analytics, a set of packaged analytics applications targeted for specific market segments including retail, healthcare, service provider, city infrastructure, call center, and more.

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Billions of Devices Generating Even Bigger Data

Following Mike, Jim Green, CTO for Mike’s group, discussed the data and analytic implications that will result as 30 billion additional devices connect over the network within then next five years. The business outcome and analytics opportunities from these devices are endless.  However the data volumes generated will make even today’s big data seem small. And how all these come together in an already complex data landscape is an Internet of Everything challenge everyone will soon face.

Data Virtualization Advances

Kevin Ott, General Manager of the Data Virtualization Business Unit, and I closed out this year’s BBBT with updates on data virtualization market dynamics, customer adoption trends and our product strategy for maintaining product leadership in this increasingly important foundation technology.  Join us at Data Virtualization Day on October 1, 2014, in New York City where Cisco, our customers and prominent analysts will share more on these topics.  Sign up soon as space is limited. #DVDNYC

Gain a BBBT Insider’s View

Check out these three sources to gain an insider’s view on Cisco’s BBBT presentation:

  • Listen to Mike Flannagan and Jim Green’s podcast with BBBT co-founder Claudia Imhoff.
  • Read acknowledged data warehousing pioneer and BBBT member, Barry Devlin’s blog.
  • Review over 100 tweets from BBBT members by filtering on #BBBT.

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Save Big Money with Big Data

Data in data warehouses doubles every 2.5 years. For users, this means more data to analyze, leading to better business outcomes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this extra storage capacity and computing power comes at a cost. A high cost it turns out.

So what is an enterprise to do?

Keep writing bigger and bigger checks to the data warehouse vendor? At least the business can take advantage of the extra data?

Or should they move some of the lesser-used data to tape? That will save money. But it will also limit business access to this now “off-line” data which may mean missed business opportunities.

What if there was a third option that would preserve the on-line access for the business analysts and control these escalating costs for IT?

Cisco’s new Big Data Warehouse Expansion solution announced this week at Cisco Live provides this third option.

Log in here to access the presentations at Cisco Live on Cisco’s new Big Data Warehouse Expansion.

Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion is a new offering that combines hardware, software and services to help customers control the costs of their ever-expanding data warehouses by offloading infrequently used data to low-cost big data stores. Analytics are enriched as more data is retained and all data remains accessible.

Components in the solution include:

  • Cisco UCS optimized for big data stores.
  • Cisco Data Virtualization for federating multiple data sources.
  • Appfluent VisibilityTM to deliver analytics on business activity and data usage across Teradata, Oracle / Exadata, IBM DB2, IBM Netezza, IBM® PureData™ for Analytics and Hadoop.
  • Cisco Services methodology for assessing, migrating, virtualizing and operating a logically expanded warehouse.

If you are looking for a solution to your rising enterprise data warehouse costs, look no further than Cisco.

Follow us @CiscoDataVirt to stay up to date on the latest news!

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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How Data Virtualization Addresses the Big Data Integration Skills Shortage

Big data opens the door to unprecedented analytic opportunities for business innovation, customer retention and profit growth. However, the big data skills shortage is creating a bottleneck at every organization today as they move from early big data experiments into enterprise scale adoption. This constraint limits big data analytics success.

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New Research: Data Virtualization Perceptions and Market Trends

A newly published BI Leadership Benchmark Report concludes that data virtualization software is the key to creating an agile, cost-effective data management infrastructure.

The report, Data Virtualization: Perceptions and Market Trends, which includes survey results from 192 BI professionals, was authored by Wayne Eckerson, Director, BI Leadership, a TechTarget research service.

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Integrating Analytic Data Using Data Virtualization

More Data = Better Analysis

The analytic data domain includes all kinds of data, including:

  • traditional enterprise data from sources like the Enterprise Data Warehouse;
  • big data from sources like Hadoop;
  • cloud data from SaaS applications and public providers;
  • social media data from sites like Facebook and Twitter; and
  • personal/desktop data from spreadsheets and flat files.

Data virtualization is an optimal solution to integrate all these sources, thereby improving analysis and business insight.

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Data Challenges in the Analytics Pipeline

Data is the lifeblood of analytics — the more diverse the better.

In their best-selling book, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier describe the synergy that occurs when previously unrelated and disparate data is brought together to uncover hidden insights. But these advanced analytics data requirements are a double-edged sword as these more diverse sources complicate data integration and constrain progress.

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Going Deep on Analytic Sandboxes and Data Hubs

Richard Sherman, founder of Athena IT Solutions, which provides business intelligence, data integration and data warehouse consulting and training, has published two new white papers describing a new generation of analytical sandboxes and analytical hubs and their emerging role in enabling agile analytics.

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Trip Report from Gartner BI and Analytics Summit

Last week Composite Software was at the Gartner BI and Analytics conference in Dallas http://www.gartner.com/technology/summits/na/business-intelligence/

It was an incredible event in terms of content and community including:

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Don’t Let Legacy Systems Slow You Down

In our ever changing technology environment, new opportunities are everywhere.  Predictive analytics, big data, mobile, cloud and virtualization are but a few.

These new technologies improve business competitiveness, increase agility, save money and more.

But migrating from existing systems can be risk prone.  And efforts often drag out.

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