Speed up Data Virtualization by Coupling with Competency Center

Loraine Lawson
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Seven Data Virtualization Keys

Consider applying seven secrets practiced by your enterprise counterparts to make your own advanced data virtualization projects and architectures successful.

Back in July, I shared a Forrester Research report that touted the benefits of data virtualization.


"By adding data virtualization into your architecture tool kit, we believe that you can substantially drive down integration costs and speed up project delivery," the report states. "As an example, clients have used this technology to transform source data into forms that more easily plug into existing applications environments, eliminating the need to recode and retest."


The problem, at least as Forrester sees it, is that adoption is painfully low right now, with less than 20 percent of IT departments in North America and Europe using data virtualization. So how do you get going on data virtualization? Robert Eve, the EVP of marketing at virtualization company Composite Software, offers an interesting suggestion for how to accelerate adoption: Introduce data virtualization through your Integration Competency Center, or ICC.


An ICC is a clearinghouse for all-things integration, and many consider it a best practice for improving efficiencies and cutting integration costs. I certainly included an ICC back in 2009 when I listed the top six ways to save money on integration.


Eve argues that the ICC can be a conduit for speeding up deployment of data virtualization within your organization. He lists three ways an ICC can help with data virtualization:

  1. It creates a "unified, complete data virtualization strategy and architecture that supports rapid execution."
  2. It puts all the data virtualization expertise into one place so you quickly can resolve design and development issues, leading to faster deployments as you learn.
  3. It allows you to reuse objects to cut development time.


He also outlines why you'll reap on-going savings by adding data virtualization to your IT toolset.

"Start small by limiting the scope of functions, projects, or some other way that supports a successful growth strategy," Eve advises. "Communicate your successes as well. This will help the data virtualization ICC team gain momentum and accelerate success."

His piece is a good quick read, but it'll only work if you already have an ICC, of course. If you don't, you really should consider forming one now.

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Aug 30, 2011 8:14 AM John Schmidt John Schmidt  says:

Nice article Lorainne. I couldn't agree more. Three have been two things missing until recently which explain the low adoption of data service. First, the industry was missing the tools to implement dynamic canonical business objects. Its not until products like informatica's data services came along that this strategy became feasible. More information on Informatica's data virtualization solution can be found at: ttp://www.informatica.com/Pages/data_virtualization_index.aspx

The second breakthrough came when ICC's started to broaden their service capabilities. Many ICCs in their eraly days focused on one technology or one integration pattern or served a subset of the Enterprise. But with the maturing of the ICC practices we are now seeing a lot more multi-platform, multi-service ICCs that can handle virtually any-to-any integration. These groups with a broad mandate are many of the early adopters of data virtualization.

Aug 30, 2011 2:45 PM John Schmidt John Schmidt  says:

The correct URL referred to in the above comment is http://www.informatica.com/Pages/data_virtualization_index.aspx


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