The intelligent use of information assets is always important to enterprises, but perhaps now more so than ever, given today’s soft economy. Information assets often play a key role in day-to-day business transactions as shown in the following examples:

Data virtualization is a proven data integration technique that enterprises and government agencies use to leverage their information assets. Data virtualization adoption is on the upswing as these enterprises and agencies seek to complement their earlier data consolidation and data synchronization investments. Moreover, data virtualization usage has recently accelerated as its adoption moves beyond individual projects to enterprise-wide deployments.  Several patterns of enterprise-wide data virtualization have emerged to solve broad business problems in a more consistent way. One pattern – enterprise data sharing -- is increasingly popular where large numbers of information consumers use a range of analysis and reporting tools to view and analyze large amounts of diverse data, from disparate sources or multiple geographical locations. 

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