Gartner Research

Adopt Data Federation/Virtualization to Support Business Analytics and Data Services

Published: 01 June 2015

ID: G00272061

Analyst(s): Mei Selvage


Data virtualization — aka data federation — accelerates business analytics and delivers data services for operational applications. Adopt this phased roadmap to prepare the program, plan the strategy, choose a strategic vendor, implement the technology, and address people and processes holistically.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Phase 1: Determine DV's Business Benefits
    • Form a Working Group
    • Evaluate Current DI State and Plans
    • Determine If and How DV Can Benefit Your Organization
  • Phase 2: Plan/Revise a DV Strategy
    • Create a Roadmap Based on Four Pillars
    • Prioritize and Select Appropriate Use Cases
    • Socialize a Bimodal IT Practice
  • Phase 3: Choose a Strategic DV Implementation Option and Vendor
    • Adopt Reference Architecture Principles to Clarify Directions
    • Select a Strategic DV Implementation Option and Vendor
    • Fill Skills Gap and Manage Change
  • Phase 4: Implement DV Efficiently and Effectively
    • Work With Your Existing EIM or Start One
    • Design a Resilient, Reusable DV Architecture
    • Develop DV: Analyze and Model DV Services
    • Manage DV: Monitor and Secure

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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