There is a post on ZDNet by Dana Gardner that is getting a lot of social media action. Here is the summary:
Metadata-driven data virtualization and improved orchestration can help provide the inclusion and scale to accomplish far better data management. Such access then leads to improved integration of all information into an approachable resource for actionable business activities.
Indeed, this post is chock full of enterprise metadata catch phrases and terms ranging from those that are comprehensible like unstructured data and GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) to those that require some thinking like holistic data set and actionable data.
The panel of experts featured bring up some excellent points, however. One of my favorites is from Noel Yuhanna of Forrester Research “Obviously, you can’t boil the ocean, but I think you want to start with some data which becomes more valuable, and this comes back to the point that you talked about as the right data. Start with the right data and look at those data points that are being shared and consumed by many users, business users, and that’s going to be valuable for the business itself.”
The over-arching theme is that data is being created and consumed at breakneck speeds. Organizations are dealing with many disparate systems, user groups, contributors, stakeholders and levels of data quality. Virtualization and orchestration is about distilling, integrating and using the best data efficiently.