Ten years ago I put out the first EII (now data virtualization) report. In it I said:
- · The value of DV is both in its being a database veneer across disparate databases, and in its discovery and storage of enterprise-wide global metadata
- · DV can be used for querying and updates
- · DV is of potential value to users and developers and administrators. Users see a far wider array of data, and new data sources are added more quickly/semi-automatically. Developers have “one database API to choke.” Administrators can use it to manage multiple databases/data stores at a time, for cost savings
- · DV can be great for mergers, metadata standardization, and as a complement to existing enterprise information architectures (obviously, including data warehousing)
- · DV is a “Swiss army knife” that can be used in any database-related IT project
- · DV is strategic, with effects not just on IT costs but also on corporate flexibility and speed to implement new products (I didn’t have the concept of business agility then)
- · DV can give you better access to information outside the business.
- DV can serve as the “glue” of an enterprise information architecture.
I just wanted to say, on a personal note, that this is what makes being an analyst worthwhile. Not that I was right 10 years ago. That, for once, by the efforts of everyone pulling together to make the point and elaborate the details, we have managed to get the world to implement a wonderful idea. I firmly believed that, at least in some small way, the world would be better off if we implemented DV. Now, it’s clear that that’s true, and that DV is unstoppable.
And so, I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate.