Denodo DataFest Recap
I gave the keynote at the Denodo DataFest last week in New York. Congratulations to Denodo for pulling off a well-received, fantastic 2 days to a standing room only crowd. The data management practice topics were timeless and actually what most data practicioners need more than anything else. The implementation stories using recent features in Denodo and other products were inspiring.
Naturally, there were great stories of data virtualization success. Information will, by necessity, be spread throughout the organization into heterogeneous data stores. While the allocation of data to a platform should be ideal for the majority of its usage, obviously the selection can never be perfect for all uses. Therein lies a dilemma.
The technology providing us the solution by providing query capabilities across platforms is data virtualization. Data virtualization has less to do with the rendering of the result set and everything to do with the many platforms where the data resides. As one speaker said, data virtualization “reduces tightly-coupled app-to-app communication to take a data set and turn it into a data service.”
This approach can go far. Alex Rosenthal, the Head of Enterprise Data at Guardian Life put it this way: “Think twice before physically moving and transforming data. Consider virtualizing first.”
Another strong take-away for me was the emergence of the data marketplace in organizations, with data virtualization being a strong enabler. Multiple speakers spoke of their success with data marketplaces. With organizations struggling to provide self-service data access to knowledge workers, a data marketplace is a curated place where knowledge seekers can find the data they need. Its data sets are cataloged from its origins and contains other continually updated metadata. It’s an approach that has potential.
The first day of the Denodo DataFest and a host of resources are available now at http://www.denododatafest.com/NA/index.html. I’d suggest marking your calendars for sometime in September next year to check the link again for next year’s dates for your October fix of data management best practices and successes, which are surely to evolve. Remember, it will be available by Live Stream as well.