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Cisco Completes Acquisition of Composite Software

SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 30, 2013 — Cisco today announced it has completed the acquisition of privately held Composite Software, Inc., a market leader in data virtualization software and services. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Composite provides software technology that connects many types of data from across the network and makes it appear as if it’s in one place.

Composite will expand Cisco’s portfolio of Smart Services and extend our next-generation services platform by connecting data and infrastructure.

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Analytics Alliance Delivers on Need for Agile and Flexible Business Intelligence

PALO ALTO, Calif. — July 25, 2013 — TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) and Composite Software today announced that the two companies have aligned to offer joint customers the ability to respond and adapt to the changing data landscape by providing a complete analytic application stack that is both agile and flexible. The combination of the TIBCO Spotfire® Analytics Platform and the Composite Data Virtualization Platform allows businesses to get an analytic solution in production much faster than alternatives, while allowing organizations to quickly adapt as data sources and business needs change. 

One of the biggest challenges for business intelligence (BI) users today is how to develop BI systems that have an agility level that matches the speed at which the business evolves. Business leaders are eager to exploit Big Data for their organizations, but often struggle with the limited agility of existing physical data consolidation approaches and traditional BI and analytic tools. The combination of Spotfire® and Composite brings to market a powerful, yet agile, data analytics solution that enables users to access, understand, and take advantage of information that’s crucial to their business decisions.

“The partnership between TIBCO Spotfire and Composite Software delivers a powerful value proposition that innovative companies require - a combination of seamless access to diverse data sources, including Big Data, coupled with an agile analytic platform that delivers on the speed and flexibility that today’s sophisticated end users demand,” said Shawn Rogers, VP of Research for Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates.

To provide a more complete picture of their data, more quickly and with less complexity, Composite enables businesses to virtually integrate data from multiple sources, without the cost and overhead of physical data consolidation. Along with the powerful, yet easy-to-use analytics of TIBCO Spotfire, businesses gain value from their data with the agility they have been searching for in a data analytics solution.

“Many of our customers require a unified view of data from a variety of databases so they can understand what’s driving revenue, analyze their customers’ success and find ways to reduce churn, said Robert Eve, EVP Marketing, Composite Software. “To do this, they combine lead-to-revenue information from Salesforce.com, website traffic from a big data source like Cloudera, lifetime customer value from an enterprise data warehouse like Teradata, and invoice and shipment history from SAP and then use TIBCO Spotfire to analyze this wealth of customer data.”

“The Cloudera platform is growing to make more data and capabilities available to our customers, at faster and faster speeds,” said Tim Stevens, vice president, Business Development, Cloudera. “As this occurs, the challenge for organizations becomes how can they make the most of that data by getting it to the right end user applications at the right time? The speed and agility that the combination of the TIBCO Spotfire and Composite Software front-end and middle tier provide is key to seeing quick value from Big Data.” 

This partnership includes the following benefits:

  • High performance analytic data processing distributed across the widest variety of data sources including 30 analytic data warehouses, data bases, No-SQL sources, web services and applications such as Apache and Cloudera distributions of Hadoop, Greenplum, IBM DB2 and Netezza, Sybase IQ, Teradata, Vertica and more
  • Centralized control of data and metadata
  • Quick iterations and flexibility
  • Rich analysis and visualization

“Today, our customers use virtual data warehouses to ensure they have the flexibility to change the back end systems without affecting their operationalized guided analytic applications,” said Greg Goldsmith, Director of Global Alliances at TIBCO Spotfire. “A lot of our customers were exploring Hadoop, but now in this fast moving space of Big Data they want their end users to get the immediate performance benefits that Cloudera now makes possible. Since they were using Composite as the middle tier to access Hadoop, they were able to provide this benefit to their end-decision makers without any changes to the front-end application - or any downtime.”

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About TIBCO

TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) is a provider of infrastructure software for companies to use on-premise or as part of cloud computing environments. Whether it’s efficient claims or trade processing, cross-selling products based on real-time customer behavior, or averting a crisis before it happens, TIBCO provides companies the two-second advantage® – the ability to capture the right information, at the right time and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage. More than 4,000 customers worldwide rely on TIBCO to manage information, decisions, processes, and applications in real-time. TIBCO Spotfire is the company’s in-memory analytics software for next-generation business intelligence. By offering a visual, interactive experience, Spotfire helps professionals quickly discover new and actionable insights in information. Learn more at http://spotfire.tibco.com or by following @TIBCOSpotfire.

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About Composite Software

Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Hundreds of organizations use the Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration to gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. On June 20, 2013, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Composite Software. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

World’s largest data virtualization event to include presentations from customers, executives and analysts Noel Yuhanna and Rick van der Lans

SAN MATEO, Calif. — July 16, 2013 Composite Software announced today the company’s fourth annual Data Virtualization Day 2013 will be held October 9 in New York City. Noel Yuhanna, principal analyst with Forrester Research, Inc., and Rick van der Lans, managing director and founder of R20/Consultancy, two of data virtualization’s leading analysts and thought leaders, will co-present “Data Virtualization: Where it is At, Where it is Going” to the world’s largest gathering of data virtualization professionals. Attendees will also hear vision and strategy presentations from Composite executives, as well as multiple Composite Software data virtualization case studies from leading companies in financial services, telecommunications and more.

The theme of Data Virtualization Day 2013 is “Gain Big Advantage from Your Data: Drive Greater Business Impact via Data Virtualization.” Composite Software Chairman and CEO Jim Green will kick off the day discussing “Advancing Data Virtualization to Drive Business Advantage.”  Attendees will also hear a technology update from Composite CTO David Besemer. Green, Besemer and Cisco executives will also address the strategic impact of Cisco’s intent to acquire Composite.

Yuhanna serves Application Development & Program Delivery Professionals for Forrester Research. He primarily covers database management systems (DBMSes), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), data replication and integration, data security, data management tools, and related online transaction processing issues. For the past seven years, Yuhanna has driven Forrester’s data virtualization research since co-authoring their seminal report, Information Fabric: Enterprise Data Virtualization in January 2006.

Van der Lans is an independent analyst and internationally acclaimed lecturer specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, and database technology.  Van der Lans is author of the book Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses.

“It is great to see business impact now leading today’s data virtualization strategy discussion. We are honored to once again bring together a prestigious group of industry thought leaders, executives and users to advance this dialogue,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software executive VP of Marketing. 

To register for Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day 2013, please visit here.


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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Hundreds of organizations use the Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration to gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. On June 20, 2013, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Composite Software. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

Global healthcare leader will detail how it implemented the Composite Software data virtualization platform to help solve its data integration challenges

SAN MATEO, Calif. — June 9, 2013 — Merck & Co., Inc., a global healthcare leader operating in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions, will present a Composite Software data virtualization case study at the Pharma Data Analytics Conference on July 10 in Philadelphia, PA. In his talk, “Enabling Business Performance Insight through Data Virtualization,”  John Westby, Merck Executive Director, Enterprise Application Services will detail Merck’s data virtualization selection process and use of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform as a mechanism to help cut data delivery time frames from months to real-time. 

According to Westby, Merck’s business is challenged by external forces that require the company to make decisions even faster than the company is currently able to. “The current pace of acquiring business information is no longer sufficient for strategic decision making,” Westby said. “Business needs have changed from knowing the ‘what’ to knowing the ‘why’. The use of data virtualization has enabled us to close the ‘why’ gap significantly.”

In the session, attendees will learn about:

  • Merck’s data integration strategy that drives business performance insight.
  • How the innovative use of data virtualization has cut time frames from months to real-time.
  • Successful projects and the key factors behind them.
  • Next steps in Merck’s agile business and IT journey


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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Hundreds of organizations use the Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration to gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 20, 2013 — Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Composite Software, a market leader in data virtualization software and services. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Composite provides software technology that connects all kinds of data from across the network and makes it appear as if it’s in one place. Composite will expand Cisco’s Smart Services portfolio and extend our next-generation services platform by optimizing data and connecting to the infrastructure layer, which will enhance programmability and use of APIs for our customers.

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Composite Software ranks as one of the best places to work in the annual Bay Area News Top Workplaces survey

SAN MATEO, Calif. — June 17, 2013 Composite Software announced today it has been named one of the Bay Area News Top Workplaces for 2013, a list of the most desirable places to work in the Bay Area. The Top Workplaces designation identifies organizations that have created exceptional places to work and is a mark of confidence for customers and investors as well as employees and potential recruits.

“We are honored to be recognized as one the area’s exceptional workplaces for the second consecutive year,” said Composite Software Chairman and CEO Jim Green. “Our employees are dedicated to providing maximum value for our customers and we are pleased to be recognized again for our stimulating and inclusive working environment.”

The evaluation for the Bay Area News Top Workplace program is based upon feedback from a company’s employees. Composite Software employees gave high marks for company conditions, direction, execution, career path as well as pay and benefits. Employees highlighted their managers at Composite who foster learning and growth while making it easier for the employees “to do their jobs well.”

For the full list of Top Workplaces, please visit here.


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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Hundreds of organizations use the Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration to gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

A new release of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform simplifies integration of big data with enterprise, cloud and desktop data sources

SAN MATEO, Calif. — June 11, 2013 Composite Software today introduced a new version of its Composite Data Virtualization Platform that enables organizations to turn big data analytics into competitive advantage by dramatically simplifying integration of big data with enterprise, cloud and desktop sources. Delivered in Composite 6.2 SP3, Composite updates Hortonworks, Cloudera and the Apache Distribution of Hadoop big data integrations through Hive and adds data integration with Cloudera through Impala.

“Big data is becoming part of normal operations for leading organizations,” according to Gartner, Inc.’s February 2013 report Big Data Adoption in the Logical Data Warehouse. ¹  “Approximately 50 percent of all organizations planning on incorporating big data into their normal operations are planning to use data integration and data warehouses to do it.”

Big Data Skills Shortage

The emergence of big data has opened the door to unprecedented analytic opportunities for business innovation, customer retention and profit growth. However, the big data skills shortage is a bottleneck facing every organization today as they move from early big data experiments into enterprise scale adoption and is limiting big data analytics success. 

Composite’s data virtualization offerings address this skills shortage directly, providing five-to-10 times faster time-to-build than traditional data integration methods and leveraging industry-standard SQL. As a result, Composite users are able to develop more-extensive big data analytics far sooner.

“The key to analytics is data. The more data the better, and that includes big data as well as the myriad other sources,” said David Besemer, CTO Composite Software. “SQL is the key to unlocking big data’s value to the rest of the enterprise. Nearly everyone knows SQL, but very few know MapReduce. Composite is pleased we can help organizations bridge this gap and accelerate their big data analytics efforts.”

Hadoop Integration

Composite was the first data virtualization vendor to support Hadoop integration with its June 2011 release of its Data Virtualization Platform. Composite 6 provided a standardized SQL approach to augment specialized MapReduce coding of Hadoop queries. By simplifying integration of Hadoop data, organizations could for the first time extend their analytics and BI to include this emerging “big data” source as well as enterprise, cloud and other data sources.

With Composite 6.1 in February 2012, Composite became the first data virtualization vendor to enable MapReduce programs to easily query Composite as a data source, on-demand with high performance. This allowed enterprises to extend MapReduce analyses beyond Hadoop stores to include diverse enterprise data managed by Composite.

With today’s release of Composite 6.2 SP3, Composite maintains its big data integration leadership with updates of its support for Hive access to the leading Hadoop distributions including Apache Hadoop, Cloudera Distribution (CDH) and Hortonworks (HDP). In addition, Composite now also supports access to Hadoop through HiveServer2 and Cloudera CDH through Impala.

According to Jai Malhotra, cofounder of Xtremeinsights, a new-breed of technology service providers focused on big data and advanced analytics, “The big data market is evolving rapidly and my customers want to stay on the leading edge. Composite helps us do just that.”

¹” Big Data Adoption in the Logical Data Warehouse”, Gartner, Inc., February 2013, Mark A, Beyer, Ted Friedman

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Hundreds of organizations use the Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration to gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 29, 2013TechTarget has published a BI Leadership Benchmark Report that concludes that data virtualization software is the key to creating an agile, cost-effective data management infrastructure. The report, Data Virtualization: Perceptions and Market Trends, was co-sponsored by Composite Software and authored by Wayne Eckerson, a leading thought leader in the business intelligence field for more than 20 years and Director, BI Leadership, a TechTarget research service.

According to Eckerson, data in organizations is hopelessly distributed across multiple operational and analytical systems and, increasingly, external data sources, such as social media and syndicated data services. Traditionally, Eckerson writes, organizations physically consolidate data within a single environment (e.g., a data warehouse) before building applications that query data.

“This approach is not very agile, and where data virtualization software can help,” Eckerson said. “Once implemented, data virtualization software can accelerate application delivery because developers no longer have to source, integrate, and clean data on their own or wait for the IT department to do the work. Instead of hunting down relevant data using a variety of tools and access methods, developers can use a single tool with a uniform interface to access data both inside and outside the organization,” Eckerson said.

According to The Data Warehousing Institute, it takes organizations an average of 7.8 weeks to add a new data source to their data warehouses and seven weeks to build a complex dashboard or report. “Given the fast-pace of business today, this is too slow to meet business needs,” Eckerson said. “Data virtualization creates a logical view of distributed data and eliminates the need to always have to physically consolidate it in a local database. All this speeds delivery times and liberates developers from data collection grunt work.”

The research report also found:

  • More organizations will look to data virtualization to extend their query reach beyond relational databases
  • Data virtualization software works best if it addresses all the data within an organization as well as the external data business users need
  • Data virtualization accelerates time to insight while making it easier for administrators to move, change and consolidate back-end data systems without affecting downstream applications
  • A classic use case for data virtualization software is to create a 360-degree view of customers. Another use case for data virtualization is to augment a data warehouse or business application with real-time data maintained elsewhere

“BI professionals increasingly understand that federation and virtualization is the future—they can no longer deliver enterprise data by physically consolidating all data,” Eckerson said.  “As more IT managers learn about this unique category of software, it will grow its footprint within corporate data infrastructures.”

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 21, 2013Composite Software  today announced that its Data Virtualization Leadership Blog™ that covers topics ranging from high-end strategy and architecture to implementation best practices has been honored by editors of MIS Degree as one of the top 30 blogs for individuals interested in pursuing a career in MIS and one of five awarded in the area of “Working with Data.”

According to the editors, the Composite Software Data Virtualization Leadership Blog has cultivated “a community comprised of both professionals and organizations in which members share information about data management trends and source innovative new ideas on data usage. These blogs offer insight into the profession, and often provide students and other practitioners with useful strategies for managing information successfully,” the editors wrote.

The Data Virtualization Leadership Blog includes six regularly updated tracks covering the complete data virtualization adoption lifecycle, including:

  • Data Virtualization Strategy and Technology
  • Enterprise Architecture and Data Virtualization
  • Data Virtualization Implementation Best Practices
  • Data Virtualization Products and Solutions
  • Business Value and Data Virtualization
  • Data Virtualization Market Trends

Composite Data Virtualization Leadership Blog members include David Besemer, chief technology officer who guides product vision; Marc Breissinger, executive vice president who works with strategic accounts on data architecture design and deployment; Rick Schreiber, vice president of worldwide technical field services; Peter Tran, vice president of product marketing; Bob Reary, senior director of customer value; and Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing who guides Composite’s data virtualization thought leadership and market message.

“As data virtualization matures, the demand for insights and discussions accelerates.  So as the market leader, we understand the importance of providing great content via the blog format.  We are honored to be recognized for our efforts with the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog,” said Eve.

The Data Virtualization Leadership Blog is one of several data virtualization content sources sponsored by Composite Software. Others include the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™, a forum for white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts and practitioners, the The Data Virtualization CaféTM, a microsite that tracks and the latest data virtualization news, analyst research, blogs and books, and The DV (Data Virtualization) Café LinkedIn group.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

The global hedge fund manager will use Composite to help streamline access to market and trade data for traders, analysts and management

SAN MATEO, Calif. — April 30, 2013 Composite Software today announced that Tudor Investment Corporation, a globally pre-eminent hedge fund manager, has purchased the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to create a virtual data layer to streamline access to market and trade data for its traders, analysts and management. Tudor joins Composite Software’s growing list of financial services customers including Bank of America, Franklin Templeton, NYSE Euronext and Wells Fargo Bank.

According to Paul Mark Skittone, Tudor’s Head of Data Services, Composite’s data virtualization software will provide Tudor Investment a decoupling layer, providing the necessary agility to integrate new sources of data that come on line throughout the day. “This increased agility will enable us to better serve our user community by reducing the time required to deliver data requests,” Skittone said. 

Other benefits to Tudor enabled by the Composite data virtualization platform include improved governance and simplified enforcement of row-level security across a federated set of data which reaches across dozens of underlying databases; abstraction and reuse of existing calculations and joining of this data with information provided by transactional data stores; and an upgrade path for integrating existing systems and technologies. 

“Financial services organizations are pioneers in the use of data virtualization to expedite the delivery of new information assets into their data warehousing and business intelligence environments,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software Executive VP of Marketing. “This business agility is essential to maintaining their competitive edge. We are pleased to welcome Tudor Investment Corporation to our all-star lineup of financial services customers.”


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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

The Composite Software-sponsored papers discuss the role data virtualization plays in enabling agile analytics

SAN MATEO, Calif. — March 19, 2013 — Richard Sherman, founder of Athena IT Solutions, which provides business intelligence, data integration and data warehouse consulting and training, has published two new white papers describing a new generation of analytical sandboxes and analytical hubs and their emerging role in enabling agile analytics.

The white papers, sponsored by Composite Software, are a follow-on to Sherman’s previously published A Better Way to Fuel Analytical Needs, where Sherman writes that the potential value of business analytics and the amount of data to fuel it are significantly expanding, yet business intelligence and data-integration backlogs are constraining enterprises attempting to tap that value.

Sherman believes that two architectural frameworks, analytical sandboxes and analytical hubs, form the foundation for the kind of agile, self-service data integration required when developing new analytics.  The new papers focus on the specific business needs and technology solutions—including data virtualization—for implementing analytical sandboxes and hubs.  Analytics Best Practices: The Analytical Sandbox and Analytics Best Practices: The Analytical Hub, are the latest additions to the Composite Software Data Virtualization Leadership Series™, a forum for articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts and advanced data virtualization practitioners.

Sherman, who has more than 25 years of experience in BI solutions and is an author and frequent speaker on IT topics, writes that because of the constant influx of data and ever-changing business environment, business analysts need to access increasingly diverse data sets, inside and outside their organization.  The answer, Sherman asserts, is analytical sandboxes and hubs, a new paradigm that addresses the multiple-query challenges of situational business analytics and provides enterprise-scale processing, storage and networking capabilities while avoiding the pitfalls of makeshift data shadow systems.

According to Sherman, “Data-integration capability will expand beyond traditional ETL to include data virtualization, which enables organizations to expand the data used in their analysis without requiring that it be physically integrated. Companies do not have to get IT involved (via business requirements, data modeling, ETL and BI design) every time data needs to be added. This iterative and agile approach supports data discovery more productively for both business and IT.”

“These papers are an essential resource for anyone working with analytics, especially when faced with the challenges of big data,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software Executive VP of Marketing.  “We are pleased to underwrite this trio of papers, which clearly detail how organizations can achieve business agility through the implementation of analytical sandboxes and hubs utilizing data virtualization.”

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

Increasing adoption and demand for data virtualization solutions drives Composite to develop a certification program for the Composite Information Server

SAN MATEO, Calif. — March 5, 2013 Composite Software announced today an on-line certification program for the Composite Information Server, the company’s flagship and industry-leading data virtualization solution.

The Composite Information Server Specialist Certification consists of an online exam designed to test overall knowledge of data virtualization and the Composite Information Server, and is administered by Composite Software. It is suggested prospective certification candidates should have completed one full development cycle for a data virtualization project where the Composite Information Server was the instrumental technology used. The 90 minute certification exam covers the following areas:

  • Installation
  • Data Sources
  • Caching
  • Transformations and XML
  • Security
  • Query Engine Optimization
  • Administration
  • General SQL Questions

“We are excited about the Composite Information Server Certification Program. This program helps to distinguish professionals who are truly qualified to succeed on data virtualization projects,” said Duane Lyons, Partner, Information Transformation for Infosys, a Composite Software strategic partner. “We believe Infosys has strong consultants in this area ready to help customers advance.”

Data Virtualization Adoption on the Rise

In a recent survey conducted by TDWI for its recently published Best Practices Report Achieving Greater Agility with Business Intelligence, 19 percent of respondents have deployed data virtualization or federation solutions to address agility requirements with BI, analytics, and data warehousing systems with another 31 percent planning to implement.

According to David Stodder, TDWI director of TDWI Research for business intelligence and author of the report, unified information access (UIA) tools and data integration middleware are bringing together the heretofore separate worlds of structured, semi structured, and unstructured data for use in business intelligence and advanced analytics. “Our research indicates data virtualization is giving IT new options for providing faster access while also performing necessary profiling, quality, and governance steps on data as it is accessed from multiple sources,” Stodder said.

“We are experiencing great demand for our data virtualization educational and training services and are pleased to introduce this self-service certification program which enables our customers to virtually test out their data virtualization and Composite skill sets,” said Rick Schreiber, VP, Worldwide Technical Field Operations at Composite Software.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

Composite Software’s Robert Eve will join White in February 26 broadcast detailing how data virtualization enables agility in analytics and business intelligence

SAN MATEO, Calif. — February 25, 2013 — Colin White, founder of BI Research, a leading consulting firm helping companies benefit from evolving technologies in the areas of business intelligence and data management, will headline the February 26 broadcast of The Briefing Room discussing “Empowering the Business with Agile Analytics” at 4pm ET.

Joining White on the broadcast will be Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing with Composite Software and co-author of the book “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.” Eve will brief White on Composite’s mature data virtualization platform, which includes capabilities that help organizations leverage agile analytics. To register for the Briefing Room broadcast, hosted by The Bloor Group’s Eric Kavanagh featuring White and Eve, please visit here.

According to White, today’s business analyst needs data from not only the data warehouse, but also the Web, big data, production systems, as well as via partners and vendors. In this episode, White will explain why analytical sandboxes and data hubs can be an analyst’s “best friend” in solving data integration problems.

“More and more investigative work is being done up front formalizing our data structures for analytics,” White said. “The typical analyst spends more than 50 percent of their time chasing data, which slows delivery of analytic insights and limits the time available for thorough analysis.”

“Time-to-insight is fast becoming the mantra of today’s analysis-driven organizations,” added Eve. “Data virtualization has emerged as a mainstream solution for enterprises seeking a more agile solution to today’s fast changing business requirements.” 

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

The global telecommunications provider will use Composite to enable faster, more agile provisioning of data to reporting teams and business users

SAN MATEO, Calif. — January 29, 2013 Composite Software today announced that Vodafone Netherlands has purchased the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to provide a faster, more agile data provisioning service to its reporting teams and business units, helping fulfill a pressing need to integrate an increasing number of data sources into the company’s enterprise computing architecture.

Vodafone Netherlands is part of the Vodafone Group, the world’s second largest mobile phone operator with headquarters in the UK and operations in 30 countries around the globe with more than 440 million subscribers and revenues of approximately $75 billion. 

The Composite data virtualization solution complements and extends Vodafone Netherlands’ current computing infrastructure consisting of a Teradata data warehouse with 20 terabytes of customer data, Ab Initio for data integration and SAP/ Business Objects for reporting and analysis. Those data services which they decide to physically implement in the Teradata data warehouse will have already been prototyped and put into operation using Composite Information Server and will make the outsourcing of the development for the ETL much more straightforward.

According to Michael Hansen, Vodafone Netherlands Manager Business Intelligence Competence Center, responsible for BI strategy and architecture, the company was facing ongoing requests from business units seeking access to new data sources in hopes of gaining new business insights. “With Composite, we are confident to bridge the gap between the increasing impatience of our business users in exploiting more and more data and giving them the ability to do so,” Hansen said. “In addition, we feel it is important to have an in-house capability like Composite next to outsourcing capabilities like classical data provisioning and information exploitation activities.”

“We are pleased to welcome Vodafone Netherlands to the growing list of global telecommunications providers who have discovered the business agility afforded by the Composite data virtualization solution,” said Ché Wijesinghe, Composite Software EVP, Worldwide Field Operations.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

Franklin Templeton Investments will detail successes of its data virtualization program enabled by the Composite Data Virtualization Platform

SAN MATEO, Calif. — January 2, 2013 — Composite Software CEO Jim Green will present the company’s strategic vision for data virtualization and analytics enablement, along with Robert Eve, executive VP of marketing who will recap Composite’s 2012 successes and 2013 plans on January 4 to the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT), a gathering of leading BI analysts, experts and practitioners founded by Dr. Claudia Imhoff, president of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. Joining Green and Eve from Composite will be Executive VP Marc Breissinger and Kevin Ott, senior VP, product development..

Leading off the briefing, Franklin Templeton Investments Senior VP, Global Marketing Services Michael J. McNab will detail Franklin’s extensive experience in enabling global enterprise data integration and agile business intelligence utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™.  McNab, responsible for product data provisioning with a current focus on data federation and virtualization, will provide the BBBT a business sponsor’s perspective of the many benefits realized from data virtualization and will share lessons learned and success factors. 

According to McNab, Franklin Templeton has achieved speed-to-market improvements, efficiencies managing databases, elimination of duplicate data stores, superior project-to-budget and project-to-schedule performance through its data virtualization programs and extension of web services.

“We are delighted that Franklin Templeton continues Composite’s tradition of having a key customer lead off our briefing to the BBBT and thank Mike McNab for his willingness to share Franklin’s compelling success story,” said Jim Green, Composite Software CEO.  “This is the fifth year we have had the privilege of briefing the BBBT members and the insights gained during those sessions have proved invaluable in helping us shape our strategic vision.  Thanks to Claudia and the BBBT members for inviting us once again.”

Composite Software’s briefing to the BBBT starts at 11am ET on Friday, January 4.  Follow the session on twitter #BBBT.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform’s streamlined approach to data integration helps organizations gain more insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2013.

Using Composite Software’s data virtualization platform, NYSE Euronext provides Web access to market data and saves $5 million annually

SAN MATEO, Calif. — December 18, 2012 — NYSE Euronext, a multinational operator of 14 financial exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange, has won the Information-Management.com Innovative Solution Award for Data Integration.

NYSE Euronext was recognized for creating a system to support Web access to market data for external users utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform that is providing organizational savings of $5 million annually.  NYSE Euronext, comprised of six equity exchanges and eight derivatives exchanges located in the U.S. and Europe, implemented an enterprise-wide data virtualization layer using Composite that provides consistent, on-demand access to a range of trades, orders, receipts, quotes, cancels and administrates data globally for analysis and reporting.

According to Information-Management.com, NYSE Euronext chose a specific data virtualization project to intelligently store and access data across powerful computer systems which improved the overall performance of its data-delivery environment.

“We want to integrate data at a point where it’s persisted rather than make copies,” said Emile Werr, VP Global Data Services and chief data architect at NYSE Euronext.  “Some of these determinations are based on SLAs and performance and what the system is capable of but wherever we have the capability to get the data from a source without having to move it is also a cost savings.  Composite is a big contributor to our success and evolving data integration strategy.”

The Innovative Solution Award recognizes organizations that deployed innovative information technology solutions that resulted in constructive organizational changes and quantifiable business benefits.  Winners were chosen in six categories based on the solution’s degree of complexity, level of innovation, project breadth, and qualitative and quantitative results.

“This year’s winners demonstrate that organizations are tackling specific problems with targeted solutions,” said Jim Ericson, Information-Management.com editorial director.  “They’re often using a best-of-breed technology approach to fix specific pain points. But all prove that using data in new and creative ways can have a real impact on an organization’s success.”

“It is gratifying to see one our prominent customers, recognized for their data virtualization pioneering and overall innovation added Composite CEO Jim Green. “Emile and his team at NYSE Euronext have done outstanding, high value work.”

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

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SAN MATEO, Calif. — November 8, 2012 Composite Software announced today the availability of two new white papers from leading industry analysts Rick van der Lans, SAP HANA and Data Virtualization: Competitors or Complements? and Rick Sherman, A Better Way to Fuel Analytical Needs.

van der Lans is an independent analyst, consultant, author, and lecturer specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, service oriented architectures and database technology. He founded R20/Consultancy in1987 and in recent years has focused on data virtualization, resulting in his new book Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses.

In his white paper, SAP HANA and Data Virtualization: Competitors or Complements?, van der Lans writes that because of the data integration capabilities offered by both SAP HANA and data virtualization solutions, organizations often look at the products as competitors, but he recommends they be viewed as complementary.  The white paper explains both technologies and clarifies the commonalities and differences between the two solutions. Additionally, the advantages of combining the two are described, and a section presents four different BI architectures in which HANA and data virtualization are deployed and complement each other.

“The SAP HANA database server is a powerful and feature-rich, in-memory, SQL database Server, which includes data integration and other BI-related features,” van der Lans said.  “Data virtualization servers, such as the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, offer on-demand data integration capabilities, which results in more agile BI systems.  Deploying both technologies in a BI system results in one of the most highly scalable, fastest and most agile BI architectures that can be designed today,” van der Lans added.  Therefore, I recommend architects study both technologies closely.”

Sherman is the founder of Athena IT Solutions, which provides business intelligence, data integration and data warehouse consulting, training and vendor services. In addition to 20 years of experience in BI solutions, Sherman writes on IT topics and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

In his white paper, A Better Way to Fuel Analytical Needs, Sherman writes that as the BI industry matures and businesses learn more about the power of information, the demand for analytics is being driven more by its business value than by its technical value.  The potential value of business analytics and the amount of data to fuel it are significantly expanding, yet BI and data-integration backlogs are constraining enterprises from tapping that value, Sherman writes.

“Enterprises have been accumulating and accessing more and more data for years, now is the time to leverage that data using business analytics,” Sherman said. “Unfortunately, business analysts often spend more time reconciling conflicting numbers from each reporting silo than actually analyzing the data to improve the business.  The best answer to the limitation of physically integrating data into a data warehouse and direct access to data sources on a point-to-point basis is expanding your data integration to include data virtualization,” Sherman said.  “Data virtualization enables IT and data-savvy business people to catalog, provide access to and integrate various data sources.”

“HANA and analytics are top of mind at every large enterprise today,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software Executive VP of Marketing.  “We are pleased to provide data virtualization audiences with white papers from two of our industry’s leading authorities on these topics.”


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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

David Besemer and Robert Eve will share data virtualization use cases and best practices for achieving BI agility

SAN MATEO, Calif. — October 31, 2012 Composite Software executives and data virtualization experts David Besemer and Robert Eve will discuss the role of data virtualization as part of a data integration strategy to achieve business agility on November 6 at two leading international business intelligence conferences.

Besemer, Composite Software CTO , will be joined by Shaun de Souza, Manager, BI strategy, technology, and integration services for Telus, one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, to discuss Architecting for BI Agility: A Data Virtualization Case Study at Telus at the Salon Business Intelligence conference in Montreal, Canada.  With information access the key to agility, and new big data and cloud opportunities emerging, attendees will hear how innovative IT organizations such as Telus are adapting to keep pace.  Besemer and de Souza will detail how Telus, Bell Canada, NYSE, Qualcomm, Pfizer and others use data virtualization to deliver the critical information their agile businesses require. Key topics include:

  • Why Telus adopted data virtualization
  • Where Telus has applied data virtualization
  • What business benefits have Telus achieved from data virtualization
  • Why big data and cloud computing are breaking traditional data integration paradigms
  • How data virtualization increases BI agility

“Telus and hundreds of other organizations deploy data virtualization to meet a wide range of business challenges and data integration needs.  We appreciate the opportunity to tell their story,” Besemer said.

Eve, executive VP of Marketing with Composite Software and co-author of the book Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility, will speak on the book topic at Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence Conference Europe in London, England where Composite Software is an event sponsor.  Eve will discuss data virtualization use cases across a range of industries and functions, as well the best practices for starting a data virtualization project.  “Simplifying information access is something everyone seeks. But data virtualization users have this access today and agility too.  It’s a privilege to relay their stories.” Eve said.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

250 attendees gain insights from experts Wayne Eckerson, Rick van der Lans, Claudia Imhoff; hear data virtualization use cases from Comcast, Franklin Templeton and Pearson

SAN MATEO, Calif. — October 18, 2012 Composite Software announced today that executives from AT&T, Chevron, Franklin Templeton Investments and Pfizer were honored in recognition of their data virtualization implementation successes at the third annual Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day held October 10.

Michael J. McNab, senior VP, Global Marketing Services for Franklin Templeton Investments received the “High Impact” award.  Recognized for the breadth and depth of data virtualization’s impact on Franklin Templeton’s business, McNab said Franklin Templeton has achieved incredible successes with its data virtualization program and the extension of web services. Speed-to-market improvements, efficiencies managing databases, elimination of duplicate data stores, superior project-to-budget and project-to-schedule performance are examples of these impacts.

The Data Virtualization Leadership Award for “Innovative Solutions” was given to Anestacio Rios, project lead, Business & Engineering Application Support for Chevron. This award recognizes innovation in executing demanding data integration projects. Rios deployed the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to successfully migrate critical systems ahead of schedule and with lower risk.  By virtually masking migrated systems, Rios’ team at Chevron minimized disruption, delivered results sooner (30-month project completed in 18 months) and saved significant project costs.

John Yovanovich, director of Data Strategy and Support for AT&T won the “Rethinking Data Management” award.  This award recognized Yovanovich’s work in utilizing data virtualization to accelerate the consolidation of AT&T’s data warehouses and hundreds of marts.  Using Composite Software, projects now take as little as 30 days and in one four-month period the company delivered six projects.

Long time Composite Software and data virtualization pioneer Dr. Michael Linhares, PhD and research fellow with Pfizer Pharma Sciences was recognized with the “Data Virtualization Champion” award.  This award is given to an individual who consistently achieves and promotes data virtualization’s value across his organization and in the broader scope of data integration.  Recognized as one of the world’s leading champions of data virtualization, Linhares has helped change how his company integrates data, has provided best practice advice to other firms, written numerous journal articles and spoken at industry conferences. 

Data Virtualization Day, the world’s largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers, drew more than 250 attendees to New York City where they heard from industry experts and authors Rick van der Lans, Wayne Eckerson and Claudia Imhoff, as well as enterprise data virtualization use cases and best practices from Comcast, Franklin Templeton and Pearson.

For a recap of Data Virtualization Day 2012, including presentation recordings of the above as well as presentations from Composite Software CTO David Besemer, please visit   http://www.compositesw.com/data-virtualization-day-2012-nyc.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

Composite 6.2 includes new analytic data source support, analytic platform optimizations and expanded data governance capabilities

SAN MATEO, Calif. — October 10, 2012 Composite Software today introduced version 6.2 of its market leading Composite Data Virtualization Platform that addresses the massive data requirements resulting from the exponential growth in big data and analytics. Composite 6.2 contains new analytics enablement capabilities including more analytic data sources, additional analytic platform optimizations and expanded data governance. Composite 6.2, available now, is being demonstrated at Data Virtualization Day 2012, the world’s largest data virtualization conference currently taking place in New York City.

Composite 6.2 also provides more data services development options which support both analytic and non-analytic use cases. To enable easy access to nearly all the data sources that analysts require, Composite has addedPerformance Plus™ Connectivity for PostgreSQL 9.0 and 9.1. Beyond simple JDBC interfaces, Composite leverages PostgreSQL’s optimizer and SQL extensions to maximize federated query performance.

Composite 6.2 further advances Composite’s best-in-class query optimization algorithms and techniques for leading analytic platforms. Providing analysts with the widest range of analytic sandbox options, new features include heterogeneous data ship join for Microsoft SQL Server and HP Vertica; improved cache loading performance for SQL Server; Vertica as a cache target; Vertica OLAP support; and introspection performance improvements for DB2, Netezza, and Teradata.

To ensure proper governance of analytical data, Composite 6.2 adds standard support for row-level security for finer grain data access control as well as a data lineage API for greater lineage and dependency visibility.  Composite 6.2 provides Web data service developers with greater WSDL development flexibility via concrete binding for contract-first WSDL data sources and a new JSON option for REST data sources.

For a complete list of Composite Data Virtualization Platform features, download the Composite Information Server 6.2 data sheet here.

“We are eagerly looking forward to utilizing new capabilities in Composite 6.2,” said Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and Research Fellow at Pfizer Inc., which has six years of experience in enabling global enterprise data integration and agile business intelligence utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform. “Its enhanced data lineage features, supporting both dependencies and references, and performance improvements for SQL Server will help us advance our information applications. We continue to be impressed by Composite’s responsiveness to customer needs and rolling out products to help us support our integration challenges,” Linhares said.

“When it comes to performing advanced analytics, timely and cost-effective access to data is a critical issue,” said Wayne Eckerson, director of research at TechTarget and founder of the BI Leadership Forum, a research service and online community serving the information and educational needs of BI directors. “Analysts spend far too much time finding, assessing and integrating the data, often leaving too little time for data analysis. This outdated approach needs to change to one that features a more agile methodology,” said Eckerson, author of the just published book The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders.

“Our last three releases have combined to make the Composite Data Virtualization Platform the most effective way for organizations to address ‘the data problem’ that slows time deployment of new analytics applications,” said Kevin Ott, Composite Software senior VP of product development. “High-performance access to big data, analytic appliances and data warehouses is far simpler and faster with Composite’s data virtualization solution.”

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

Pearson, a world-leading learning company, will detail its world class supply chain and the role data virtualization plays in gaining access to disparate data and increasing agility

SAN MATEO, Calif. — October 8, 2012 Composite Softwaretoday announced record registration of more than 400 individuals for Data Virtualization Day 2012 which will take place October 10 at the InterContinental New York Times Square. Registrations are still being accepted. To register for Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day 2012, please visit here.

Composite also announced the addition of Martin Brodbeck, senior vice president and CTO with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, to the Data Virtualization Day customer-rich agenda.  Brodbeck heads large programs across ERP, CRM, eCommerce, content management and mobile company for Pearson’s market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.  Brodbeck will discuss “Analytics on the Customer Supply Chain” at Data Virtualization Day 2012.
 
Brodbeck will discuss the customer supply chain and its value to the business. He will elaborate on the technology that enables and supports Pearson’s world-class customer supply chain and the role of data virtualization. According to Brodbeck, data virtualization offers the core capabilities needed for visibility into customer information from disparate systems and agile management of complex data.  “Data virtualization offers the core capabilities needed for visibility into customer information from disparate systems and agile management of complex data,” Brodbeck said.

Also appearing at Data Virtualization Day 2012 are three world-renowned analysts, consultants and authors; Wayne Eckerson, director of research at TechTarget and founder of the BI Leadership Forum; Rick Van der Lans, managing director and founder of R20/Consultancy who just published a new book: Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses; and Claudia Imhoff, president of Intelligent Solutions and founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a gathering of leading BI analysts, experts, and practitioners.

Brodbeck joins Peter Armstrong, Comcast Vice President of Management Information Systems who will speak on “Data Virtualization and Agile Data Assembly”; and Michael McNab, Senior Vice President of Global Business Services at Franklin Templeton will detail “Driving Business Results through Intelligent Data Consumption.” Attendees will also hear from Composite Software Chairman and CEO Jim Green and CRO David Besemer.

“The response to Composite’s third annual Data Virtualization Day 2012 has been overwhelming,” said Peter Tran, Composite VP of Product Marketing. “It is a true testament to the rapid adoption rate of data virtualization along with the value gained from our industry experts and customers sharing best practices.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw. To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

The joint solution provides a more streamlined way to do advanced analytics on disparate data sources from across the enterprise

SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 26,  2012Composite Software the data virtualization market leader, and Alpine Data Labs, the leader in predictive analytics for big data, today announced a partnership to co-market an agile analytics solution to help organizations gain business value from analytics initiatives far sooner.

Available immediately, the joint solution provides a more streamlined way to do advanced analytics on disparate data sources from across the enterprise.  Instead of waiting for major ETL and warehouse initiatives, analysts can now construct their own analytic sandboxes directly from the source systems, and, in that same sandbox environment, immediately start building predictive models on the combined data.  Key capabilities of the new solution include:

  • Search and access data across all major data sources throughout an organization
  • Combine data into comprehensive datasets
  • Rapidly deploy analytic sandboxes combining consolidated and virtually linked data sets
  • Perform sophisticated data transformations and analyses
  • Build, test and score models leveraging more-complete data sets
  • Quickly evolve data sources and models as needed

“Nearly all predictive analytics applications—whether churn modeling, customer targeting, campaign optimization or fraud detection—require combining a variety of data from disparate internal and external sources,” said John Myers, senior analyst for business intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates.  “This ‘data collection problem’ is a major challenge, and the result is that analytic teams often spend significant amounts of time collecting data, thus reducing the amount of time for model development and analysis.”

“Composite’s data virtualization solutions solve the frustrations of gaining cost-effective and timely access to critical data,” said Steven Hillion, Alpine Data Labs chief product officer and founder of the analytics group at Greenplum.  “Composite provides immediate and agile access to data from a full array of sources, including data on the desktop through the enterprise, in the cloud and across the web.  Composite brings these sources together into a unified analytic data hub that allows for easy querying and joining of datasets instead of having to wait for deployment of cumbersome ETL,” Hillion said.

“As a CTO, I am impressed by Alpine Data Labs’ innovative approach to performing predictive analytics,” said Composite Software CTO David Besemer.  “Their in-database technology wisely takes advantage of the analytics processing power inherent in today’s enterprise data platforms.  This allows them to focus on simplifying the process of mining, modeling and scoring the data, thereby opening up analytics to a far larger user community.”

To learn more about this innovative new solution, register for the November 13 Information Management webinar entitled Fast Path to Cross-Functional Predictive Analytics

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access.  Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.  To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

 

Composite Software is cited as stalwart and standup, with a data virtualization solution that effectively integrates disparate data sources for reporting and analysis

SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 24,  2012Composite Software announced today that Information-Management.com has named it a “Company to Watch” for 2012.  According to Information-Management.com editors, Composite Software is stalwart and standup, and one of few innovators to “carve a future out of data virtualization and federation.  Integrating disparate data sources is the specialty; what you get are virtual data marts, virtual operational data stores and data abstraction layers,” Information-Management.com wrote.

Composite was also recognized for its extensive customer base utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform  including Pfizer, Wachovia, NYSE Euronext, U.S. Army, the U.S. EPA, Comcast, Lowes, Merck, BMC, HP, Dell, AT&T and Time Warner.

“Our selection advisory board held steady with a case for data virtualization and Composite Software was identified as a company that is helping shape the groundswell in information management technology in the 21st Century,” said Information-Management.com Editorial Director Jim Ericson.

“By simplifying their information access, our customers gain new insights. On behalf of these wonderful customers, our employees and our many partners, we are honored to be named a ‘Company to Watch’ by Information-Management.com,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software executive VP of Marketing.

For a complete listing of the Information-Management.com 40 Vendors to Watch in 2012, please visit here.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. The world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access.  Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.  To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 11,  2012 — Richard Sherman, Managing Partner with Athena IT Solutions, which provides data warehousing and business intelligence consulting services, will headline today’s 4pm ET broadcast of The Briefing Room.  Sherman will be briefed by Composite Software CTO David Besemer on how Composite Software’s data virtualization solutions are enabling new ways of designing, building and maintaining analytic sandboxes.  To register for the Briefing Room broadcast, “A Better Way to Fuel Analytical Needs,” please visit here.

Hosted by The Bloor Group’s Eric Kavanagh, the Briefing Room is a live interactive forum where vendors give a detailed technical presentation to a respected analyst. In this episode, Sherman, who has 25 years of experience implementing information access and delivery solutions, will explain how advances in data virtualization have opened up new ways of designing, building and maintaining analytic sandboxes. Besemer will detail how Composite Software’s data virtualization platform can be used to enable these critical analytic needs. Besemer will also provide real-world examples of success stories, as well as his take on what the future holds.

“The analytics development process is complex, requiring identification of the best sources and secure access as well as transforming, mixing, mashing and moving the data to an analytic sandbox, all before building the analytic model,” Sherman said.  “Business analysts are frustrated by ‘the data problem’ and are seeking out new solutions, including data virtualization.”

Krish Krishnan on Advanced Analytics

On October 16 at 12pm ET, Krish Krishnan, president of Sixth Sense Advisors, a well known analytics and big data expert, and Robert Eve, Composite Software executive vice president of Marketing and co-author of the book Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility, will team to discuss the cross-silo analytic opportunity and how to advance analytics strategies beyond today’s silos to achieve significant business impact.

“Companies are constantly developing new analytic applications to help keep businesses one step ahead of the competition,” Krishnan said.  “However, in a world of big data, cloud-hosted applications and enterprise data warehouses, it is very difficult to build analytic applications that effectively span these silos.  In this webinar we will explore the emerging cross-silo analytics opportunity and identify the best starting points for rapid return-on-investment.”

To register for the Composite Software webinar, “Advancing Analytics – How to Address the Analytic Silo Challenge” featuring Krishnan and Eve on October 16, please visit here.

“Everyone understands the value of analytics,” said Composite CTO Besemer.  “The challenge is how to advance analytics to stay ahead of the competition.  The data virtualization approaches covered in these two webinars provide pragmatic paths to advanced analytics.”

For additional webinars on how data virtualization helps organizations achieve BI agility, extend Enterprise Data Warehouses, reengineer IT architecture and more please go here.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simplify information access.  Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.  To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 5, 2012 —  Composite Software announced today the addition of case studies from Comcast, Franklin Templeton Investments and Moody’s Corporation to Data Virtualization Day 2012 which will take place October 10 in New York City.  Company representatives will detail their data virtualization successes and best practices which have enabled their organizations to simplify information access, increase agility and reduce costs across a range of industries.

Attendees of Composite’s third annual Data Virtualization Conference will hear from Peter Armstrong, Comcast Vice President of Management Information Systems who will speak on “Data Virtualization and Agile Data Assembly.”  Armstrong, with more than 20 years experience implementing and managing information systems to run and improve business processes, will discuss Comcast’s customer experience enhancement initiatives and the role that data virtualization plays in enabling rapid assembly of data for decision making.  Armstrong will also highlight how Comcast foresees the role of data in its evolving analytic architecture encompassing big data, warehouses, and data marts in support of agile analytics. 

Brian Clark, Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer at Moody’s will speak on “Meeting Next-Generation Information Demands.”  In his role, Clark is responsible for creating revenue opportunities and efficiencies through architecting, adopting and overseeing the use of innovative strategies and technologies to introduce new products, reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.  Clark will describe how Moody’s is transforming its Information Architecture to ensure alignment with business,  enable straight through processing, and increase efficiencies and speed to market with the use of technologies such as data virtualization and big data solutions.

Michael McNab, Senior Vice President of Global Business Services at Franklin Templeton will detail “Driving Business Results Through Intelligent Data Consumption.”  McNab, responsible for product data provisioning and with a current focus on data federation and virtualization, will provide a business sponsor’s perspective of the many benefits—both anticipated and unanticipated—realized from data virtualization and will also share insights on lessons learned, success factors, and thoughts on some emerging opportunities.

“Year after year, the customer presentations are the highlight of Data Virtualization Day.  We greatly appreciate that our customers are so willing to share their extensive data virtualization implementation experiences with their peers,” said Bob Reary, Composite Software Director of Customer Value.

To register for Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day 2012, please visit here.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simply information access.  Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.  To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

Composite Software CTO David Besemer contributes a provocative look at the future of data virtualization—the global data fabric

SAN MATEO, Calif. — August 21,  2012 —  Rick Van der Lans, an independent analyst, author, internationally acclaimed lecturer specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence and database technology and one of the world’s leading authorities on data virtualization, has just published a new book:  Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses. In the book, Composite Software CTO David Besemer contributes a look into the future of data virtualization to what Besemer calls the global data fabric, which has a dramatically expanded data virtualization deployment at its center. 

van der Lans, who will co-keynote Composite Software’s third annual Data Virtualization Day on October 10 in New York City, explains in the book how data virtualization servers work, what techniques to use to optimize access to various data sources and how these products can be applied in different projects. Readers learn the difference between this new form of data integration and older forms, such as ETL (extraction-transformation and load) and replication, and gain a clear understanding of how data virtualization really works.

The book outlines the advantages and disadvantages of data virtualization and illustrates how data virtualization should be applied in data warehouse environments. Readers gain a comprehensive understanding of how data virtualization makes data warehouse environments more flexible and how it makes developing operational BI applications easier. It also provides the practical know-how needed to virtualize data using examples developed with commercially available products such as the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.

“Data virtualization can help you accomplish your goals with more flexibility and agility,” van der Lans said.  “The book illustrates how to solve common data integration challenges such as data quality, system interference, and overall performance by following practical guidelines on using data virtualization.”

The Global Data Fabric

Besemer, with more than 20 years of software development and management experience and Composite Software CTO since 2006, writes in the book that significant business and technology drivers are revolutionizing IT infrastructure for consumers, IT’s back office and the critical services layer and technology that spans the middle.  Global data fabrics, the data virtualization technology of the future, will be the critical enabler for this revolution, Besemer writes. 

“Data virtualization’s transformation from an enterprise-scale data layer to a global data fabric is a radical change,” Besemer said. “Imagine a system that not only automatically understands where increasingly mobile users are and what kind of data they typically use, but will also automatically access, transform, combine and stage that data for them, mere moments ahead of when they need to consume it.”
 
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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simply information access.  Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.  To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — August 9,  2012 —  Composite Software announced today the keynote speakers for the company’s third annual Data Virtualization Day that will take place October 10 in New York City. Data Virtualization Day 2012: The Logical Next Steps represents the world’s largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers, expected to draw more than 200 Composite Software customers and prospects who will hear from two of the world’s leading authorities on data virtualization, data warehousing, data integration and business intelligence discussing “Data Virtualization: Why it’s Logical for Business and IT.”

Wayne Eckerson, a leading thought leader in the business intelligence field for more than 20 years, will discuss data virtualization from the business perspective in his co-keynote. Eckerson is the director of research at TechTarget and founder of the BI Leadership Forum, a research service and online community serving the information and educational needs of BI directors and their teams. Wayne writes a popular weekly blog called “Wayne’s World of BI” that focuses on industry trends and examines best practices in the application of business intelligence. His latest book, The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders, is due out in October.

“Since most of our data environments are heterogeneous—and becoming ever more so—it makes sense to implement a virtualization layer that presents users and applications with a unified interface to access any back-end data no matter where it’s located or how its structured,” Eckerson said. “A layer of abstraction that balances federation and persistence can do two things that every IT department must deliver to the business: lower costs and quicker deployments.”

Rick Van der Lans, managing director and founder of R20/Consultancy, will provide the IT point of view on why now is the time for data virtualization. Van der Lans is an independent analyst, author, and internationally acclaimed lecturer specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, and database technology.  Van der Lans is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on data virtualization and just published a new book:  Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses.

“Organizations are evolving quickly, thus rapidly changing the decision management processes as well,” said van der Lans. “Organizations are challenged today to develop systems that have an agility level that matches the speed with which their business evolves.  Agility is becoming a crucial property of each and every BI system, and data virtualization is key to achieving it.”

Claudia Imhoff, president of Intelligent Solutions and a leading consultant and analyst on data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics, will join Eckerson and van der Lans for a data virtualization panel discussion.  Wayne Kernochan, president of Infostructure Associates, a consulting organization focusing on infrastructure software, IT agility and “data usefulness” and a long time researcher of data virtualization trends, will be covering Data Virtualization Day 2012 as well.

“We are delighted to bring together this powerful lineup of industry thought leaders to share their insights with our customers and prospects,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software executive VP of Marketing.

To register for Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day 2012, please visit here.

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Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization market leader. Organizations such as the world’s largest financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, communications providers, energy producers and government agencies rely on Composite data virtualization offerings to simply information access.  Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200 , visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.  To learn more about data virtualization visit the DV Café microsite, the Data Virtualization Channel and the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

SAN MATEO, Calif. and Morristown, NJ — July 10, 2012 —  Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, and Armanta, Inc., provider of an integrated business intelligence and analytics platform, announced today a partnership to deliver end-to-end enterprise risk management solutions to the financial services industry. The Armanta/Composite Risk Management Solution TM, available immediately, allows risk managers to further improve risk management analysis by enabling access to up-to-the-minute information from disparate systems so they can react more quickly and intelligently to unexpected market changes.

Armanta and Composite are showcasing the solution at this week’s Toronto Financial Information Summit where they are exhibiting in booth #2.  In addition, Armanta CEO Peter Chirlian is participating in a panel session on big data analytics and information delivery; Dan Yu, the company’s managing director, head of global sales is on a second panel session regarding preparing businesses for future alternative scenarios.  Armanta and Composite are currently teaming at several financial services firms in New York and Toronto.

Armanta’s Integrated Business Intelligence Platform lets business users view and analyze enterprise data in real-time.  The Armanta platform is an integrated technology suite comprised of a rich user interface for reporting, analytics and visualization, a grid-based massively parallel in-memory engine, and a data virtualization and integration layer. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform provides a more agile, lower cost data integration approach that overcomes data complexity and disparate silos to provide the complete, high quality and actionable information that agile businesses require.
 
“True enterprise risk management requires proactive analysis on a descriptive data model that enables risk managers to ask an iterative continuum of questions and see results interactively in seconds, not hours, days or weeks. The ability to achieve this can’t be accomplished with static data and pre-defined reports,” said Chirlian. “Our partnership with Composite will extend our data integration capabilities to provide risk managers with dynamic access to all data so they can succeed in ever-changing market conditions.”

Added Composite Software CEO Jim Green, “The recent global financial crisis had exposed the critical need for better enterprise level risk management.  Armanta’s risk management expertise and analytic engine are unparalleled in the financial services industry,” Green said.  “The Armanta/Composite Risk Management Solution helps enable advanced computations and scenario analysis that today’s financial services firms require.”

Composite’s data virtualization suite combined with Armanta’s enterprise risk management platform improves analysis for risk managers by providing:

  • An end-to-end view of data that enables proactive analysis by delivering complete data management, complex calculation, scenario analysis, and final results publication capabilities.
  • “What if” scenario analysis and sandbox features which allow hypotheses to be tested in a safe environment without impacting others.
  • Rich visualization with the ability to define report formats – tables, graphs, etc., within a dashboard, using a flexible drag-and-drop paradigm.  Down-stream results are automatically updated and displayed.
  • “Anywhere, anytime” data accessibility that delivers accurate and consistent risk management and analysis across all asset classes.

Armanta CEO Speaking on Big Data Analytics

On Thursday, July 12, at 2:25pm ET, Armanta CEO Peter Chirlian is participating in a panel discussion at the Toronto Financial Information Summit entitled, “Thinking Big on Data Storage and Analytics”.  Panelists, including industry leaders from State Street Bank and Bank of Montreal, will debate whether financial services firms have a big data problem; how to streamline architectures to meet the demand for scalability and growth; breaking the trade-offs between data volume capacity and performance; how third-party cloud solutions and internal data virtualization projects might help; and which areas can firms best apply cloud computing to maximize returns.  In addition, at 4:10pm, Dan Yu, Armanta’s managing director, global head of sales is on a panel entitled:  “Recess or Rebound for the Global Economy?  Preparing your Business for Alternative Future Scenarios.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

About Armanta, Inc.
Enterprises around the world rely on Armanta’s Integrated Business Intelligence Platform to enable their overall end-to-end analytic processes.  Analytics-driven organizations can now fully leverage the entire scope of both on-premise and cloud-based data in order to instantly visualize complex analyses, evaluate all scenarios, and then act decisively. Armanta brings live information and analytics of any scale directly to the fingertips of business users so they can “See the Big Picture™”.  Armanta focuses on next generation analytics in data-intensive industries such as:  financial services, insurance, retail, utilities, media and communications, health sciences, manufacturing, and government. For more information about Armanta, call +1-973-326-9600 (in the US toll-free 866-320-6039) or visit the company’s website at http://www.armanta.com or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/armantainc.

Armanta and “See the Big Picture” are trademarks of Armanta, Inc. 

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. — July 5, 2012 —  A new, full-day data virtualization course will be offered at the upcoming TDWI World Conference in San Diego, CA, representing a key milestone in the development of the data virtualization market as a mainstream alternative for delivering separate data sources quickly and cost-effectively for analysis.Composite Software customer case studies from Northern Trust and Pfizer are among those profiled in the class, which will be offered for the first time on August 1. To register for the TDWI data virtualization class, please visit here.

Data Virtualization: Solving Complex Data Integration Challenges will be taught by 35 year industry veteran and TDWI faculty member Dave Wells, who also led the course development effort. Wells is a consultant, mentor, and teacher in the field of business intelligence (BI), blending business and technical roles to help to align business and information technology in the most effective ways. 

According to Wells, the data integration landscape has changed radically the past few years, and what was once a relatively manageable problem of blending and unifying data from enterprise transaction systems has grown to encompass external data, Web data, click stream data, end-user data, big data, cloud data, and more. New expectations for information-driven business agility further compound the complexities of modern data integration. Wells believes data virtualization is a core component of next-generation data integration architectures, techniques, and technology.

“The ETL-based data warehouse is no longer enough,” Wells said. “The data integration problem has become more complex, and data virtualization is a good response to that complexity and is something every IT organization needs to add to their toolbox,” Wells said.  “People attending this class will be pleasantly surprised as to the breadth of opportunities to implement data virtualization within their organization.” 

For more from Wells on the new TDWI data virtualization class, please watch this video.
Through a combination of lecture, exercises and case study review, class attendees will learn how data virtualization works and how to position it in an organization’s data integration architecture and processes. Topics to be covered include:

  • Data virtualization definitions and terminology
  • Business case and technical rationale for data virtualization
  • Key concepts and foundational principles of virtualization—views, services, etc.
  • Data virtualization life cycle, capabilities and processes
  • How to extend the data warehouse with virtualization
  • How virtualization enables federation and enterprise data integration
  • How virtualization is applied to big data and cloud data challenges
  • How companies use virtualization to solve business problems and drive agility

“Data virtualization represents an important advance as we step up to the issues of dealing with intelligently moving lots of disparate data fast in today’s complex data integration environments,” said John Myers, Enterprise Management Associates senior analyst for business intelligence who provided peer review and is certified to teach the new course. “Tools—such as data virtualization—are required for those chartered with delivering data to business consumers for analysis quickly and cost-effectively.”

Data Virtualization Success Stories

Class attendees will learn how Northern Trust’s data virtualization solution has dramatically reduced the time it takes to implement a new outsourcing customer. The data virtualization solution has provided a 50 percent reduction in time to market and a 200 percent return on investment (ROI). Wells will also profile Pfizer’s data virtualization efforts which have enabled the company to replace isolated silos of data with a data delivery platform that integrates different types and sources of data into a comprehensive package of value-added information utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™.

The Northern Trust, Pfizer and eight other data virtualization implementations are detailed in the
book Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Agility

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — June 18, 2012 —  Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, announced today it has been named one of the Bay Area News Top Workplaces for 2012, a list of the best places to work in the Bay Area. The list was reported by Bay Area newspapers: San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune.  The Top Workplaces designation identifies organizations that have created exceptional places to work and is a mark of confidence for customers and investors as well as employees and potential recruits. 

The evaluation for the Bay Area News Top Workplace program is based upon feedback from a company’s employees.  Composite Software employees gave the company high marks for company conditions, direction, execution, career path, managers, as well as pay and benefits.  Specifically, employees mentioned Composite Software is a place where they are “well-informed about important decisions,” and “new ideas are encouraged.” 

“We are extremely pleased with the recognition from Bay Area News as one the area’s exceptional workplaces,” said Composite Software Chairman and CEO Jim Green.  “For more than a decade we have strived not only to create maximum value for our customers, but also to create a stimulating and inclusive environment for our employees.  This award means a great deal to us because value to our customers starts with our employees.”

For the full list of Top Workplaces, please visit here.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. — June 12, 2012 —  Composite Software announced today the five year anniversary of the company’s Customer Value Organization which assists Composite Software customers in planning, measuring and achieving maximum value with their data virtualization projects and helps organizations communicate the business and IT value of their data virtualization investments to stakeholders.

Central to the successes of the Customer Value Organization is the Composite Software Customer Value Framework, a set of guidelines, methods and tools coupled with a historical, customer-based metric knowledge store to be used in assessing, delivering, and communicating the value of Composite data virtualization initiatives. Customer Value team members work with customers to conduct value assessments, identify the IT/business initiative, assess areas of potential value enhancement, translate data virtualization capabilities to business benefits and then help communicate overall value and return on investment.

Composite customers who use the Composite Customer Value Framework in association with their data virtualization projects, better understand the value of their work and are more successful in gaining executive support. Using this formalized process of assessment, tracking, and benefits documentation can result in a 2X faster internal adoption rate and a 25 percent improvement in the quality and effectiveness of project deliverables over projects where the framework was not used.
 
The Customer Value team has helped hundreds of Composite Software customers to gain significant business agility and other benefits by implementing data virtualization solutions using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform. Documented case studies developed by the Customer Value team include:

  • A top four global energy firm used Composite to migrate a new key mission-critical business application. Project leaders used the Composite Customer Value Framework to assess the value throughout, resulting in a Project Cost Avoidance in excess of $2 million and a business Productivity Value Acceleration in excess of $5 million dollars attributed to the more rapid time to solution.
  • A major global money center bank’s key stakeholders collaborated with the Composite team to assess a value in just the past year of over $2 million in project value acceleration to the business due to the faster time to solution, and over $3 million due to resource agility associated with the need for real-time data.
  • A leading pharmaceutical company had already achieved a 75 percent reduction in data integration costs by using the Composite Information Server in a shared services environment, supporting merger activities and clinical research operations.  The shared service team worked with the Composite to assess and prove a 2X return-on-investment per remote site, leading to a further 75 percent cost reduction and 2X faster time to solution to meet the local agility needs of the business.

Other documented Composite Software customer return on investment case studies, all detailed in the book Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Agility,  include:

  • NYSE Euronext saved $4.5 million for one data virtualization project alone.
  • Qualcomm saved $2.2 million across five initial projects.
  • Northern Trust achieved a 50 percent reduction in time to market and 200 percent ROI.
  • Compassion achieved development cost reductions of 30 percent.

“The Customer Value team builds detailed data virtualization business cases across a diverse range of projects and industries every day,” said Bob Reary, Composite Software Director of Customer Value who has more than and has more than 30 years of industry experience in software product strategy and design and in customer advocacy roles. “We have conducted more than 200 customer value assessments from which we have developed the most extensive data virtualization value knowledge base of relevant tools, metrics and return-on-investment approaches that we share with our customers to assist them in maximizing their investment in Composite Software.

Please visit the Composite Software web site for more information on the Customer Value Framework, customer case studies, videos and webinars

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 21,  2012Composite Software Chairman and CEO Jim Green will discuss the critical role of data virtualization as an accelerator of cloud, big data and mobility applications for the cable industry at The Cable Show, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s 61st Annual Convention & International Exposition.

Green will participate in The Cable Show’s CIO.IT competition, discussing how to leverage the cloud and software oriented architectures (SOAs) with data virtualization solutions as part of a data integration strategy to achieve business agility. Green’s talk will include Composite Software use cases from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bell Canada and Telus that improved subscribers services. Comcast, for example, reduced the time needed to process a customer request for an ownership change from as long as 10 seconds to 1.2 seconds with its initial Composite Software data virtualization implementation. Green will present on Tuesday, May 22 at 2pm ET. 

Green brings to Composite Software more than 25 years of experience in developing products and technology for enterprise computing. Green joined Composite in 2003 from webMethods where he served as CTO and executive vice president of product development. Prior to joining webMethods, Jim was CEO of Active Software, where he grew the company from a start-up to an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) software.

“Data virtualization has emerged as a mainstream alternative for enterprises facing ever-changing business requirements and analytical needs, and no industries faces these challenges more than cable and telecommunications,” Green said. “Composite Software has been instrumental in helping many organizations improve subscriber services and achieve business agility.” 

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 15,  2012 — Enterprise Management Associates analyst Shawn Rogers will headline today’s 4pm ET broadcast of The Briefing Room where he will introduce the hybrid data ecosystem and detail how the worlds of traditional business intelligence, big data analytics and transaction systems can integrate to improve business outcomes. Rogers, EMA vice president of research for business intelligence and data warehousing, will be briefed by Composite Software Executive VP of Marketing Robert Eve who will discuss how innovative enterprises are using data virtualization to gain insight across diverse platforms with greater agility and lower costs.

To register for today’s 4pm ET live Briefing Room broadcast entitled “When Worlds Collide: Intelligence, Analytics & Operations” featuring Rogers and Eve, please visit here.

“Business analysts, data scientists and front-line workers all know the value of having that extra piece of information to add insights to their decision making process,” Rogers said. “The big question remains—how can all of these needs be supported in a timely way without taxing IT and without breaking the bank?  That is the role of the hybrid data ecosystem and I look forward to sharing some ideas how to best take advantage of this emerging architectural framework.”

Upcoming van der Lans and Madsen Events

Composite Software also announced upcoming events with data virtualization expert and author Rick van der Lans of R20/Consultancy and Mark Madsen, president of Third Nature who specializes in emerging technology and practices in analytics, BI and information management. 

On May 29, van der Lans and Composite Software EMEA CTO Ian Pestell will present a webinar entitled “Achieve BI Agility Using Data Virtualization” at 11am ET. Van der Lans and Pestell will discuss the effective use of data virtualization to achieve BI agility and will explore how BI can become more agile; will agility come from new BI tools or from new approaches to data integration.

On June 6 at 12pm ET, well known analytics and big data analyst Mark Madsen and Composite Software CTO and data virtualization expert David Besemer will debate “The Role of Data Virtualization in a World of Big Data” in an Information Management web event.  “Big data and analytics are the rage. Moving beyond early experiments, many organizations now have multiple deployments across a range of analytic tools and big data stores,” Madsen said. “I look forward to exploring what role data virtualization might play in increasing your big data success.”

“We are pleased to be sponsoring thought leadership events with three of the industry’s finest,” said Sangita Patel, Composite Software Sr. Marketing Programs Manager. “Data virtualization has emerged as a mainstream alternative for enterprises seeking more agile business intelligence environments and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the market’s education.”

San Mateo, CA — May 2, 2012 —  Composite Software chief technical officer (CTO) David Besemer will discuss the role of data virtualization in enabling organizations to achieve business agility as well as detail enterprise-scale data virtualization use cases at the Forrester Research, Inc. Enterprise Architecture Forum that will be held May 3-4 in Las Vegas, NV.

Besemer, with more than 25 years of engineering experience who joined Composite Software in 2002, will present “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration To Achieve Business Agility” on May 3 at 3:15pm. In the talk, Besemer will discuss how business insight is the key to agility, and with new big data and cloud opportunities in play, innovative IT organizations are adapting to keep pace.

Besemer will include Composite Software use cases at NYSE Euronext, Qualcomm and Pfizer, where data virtualization helps deliver the critical information that their agile businesses require. Besemer’s session will address why big data and cloud computing are breaking traditional data integration paradigms; how data virtualization increases business and IT agility; as well as detail proven paths to data virtualization success.

“Data virtualization is an extremely versatile data integration solution that can be deployed to solve a wide range of business challenges,” Besemer said.  “Data virtualization’s bottom-line difference, versus traditional data integration techniques, is the business achieves better business outcomes far sooner,” Besemer said.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

San Mateo, CA — April 17, 2012 —  Composite Software today announced the one year anniversary of the publication of the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog™ that provides organizations unique insights into diverse data virtualization topics ranging from high-end strategy and architecture to more detailed lessons learned, tips and techniques to implementation best practices. 

The Data Virtualization Leadership Blog is one of several data virtualization content sources sponsored by Composite Software. Others include the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™, a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts and advanced data virtualization practitioners, the recently launched The Data Virtualization Café™, a microsite that tracks and the latest data virtualization news, analyst research, blogs books and events and consolidates the information into a single location, and The DV (Data Virtualization) Café LinkedIn group.

The Data Virtualization Leadership Blog includes six regularly updated tracks covering the complete data virtualization adoption lifecycle. These tracks include:

  • Data Virtualization Strategy and Technology
  • Enterprise Architecture and Data Virtualization
  • Data Virtualization Implementation Best Practices
  • Data Virtualization Products and Solutions
  • Business Value and Data Virtualization
  • Data Virtualization Market Trends

“With more than 10 years of data virtualization design, development and implementation expertise, no organization is more qualified to provide these forums to facilitate the exchange of ideas and advance the market,” said Peter Tran, Composite vice president of product marketing. “With our extensive customer base and mature set of use cases, Composite is well-positioned to continue this thought leadership role and provide the market with much-wanted insight,” Tran said. 

Members of Composite Software’s leadership team contributing content and guiding discussion tracks include David Besemer, chief technology officer who works directly with customers and guides product vision; Marc Breissinger, executive vice president who guides data architecture design and deployment; Rick Schreiber, vice president of worldwide technical field services; Peter Tran, vice president of product marketing; Bob Reary, senior director of customer value; and Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing who guides Composite’s data virtualization thought leadership and market message.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

 

Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, continued its innovative thought leadership programs with the launch of The Data Virtualization Café, a microsite that tracks the latest data virtualization news, analyst research, blogs, books and events and consolidates the information into a single location. Composite Software also launched The DV (Data Virtualization) Café LinkedIn group, an online community that contributes polls and other insights enabling interactive discussions on diverse data virtualization topics and use cases.

The DV Café includes a wide range of data virtualization information including:

  • The latest data virtualization news articles from leading media such as the BeyeNETWORK, DBTA, Information Management, ITBusinessEdge, SearchDataManagement, Virtualization Magazine and more.
  • Data virtualization research reports from thought leaders at analyst firms such as Gartner, Forrester, TDWI and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and data virtualization white papers from independent analysts such as Colin White of BI Research, Claudia Imhoff of Intelligent Solutions, Rick van der Lans of R20/Consulting and Shawn Rogers of EMA.
  • A diverse set of videos that address key data virtualization topics from the point of view of users, analysts, vendors and more.
  • Blog content from the Data Virtualization Leadership BlogTM, data virtualization’s most complete and far-ranging blog site covering data virtualization strategy, architecture, best practices, products, business value, market trends and more.
  • Links to books about data virtualization.
  • Invitations to upcoming data virtualization events and web seminars.

“I continue to be a strong advocate of data virtualization technology and the business benefits and agility it can provide to most organizations,” said Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research, Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates. “The increasing need to integrate diverse data sources is driving greater interest in data virtualization solutions and the DV Café represents an excellent source of information as more organizations investigate the opportunities in this marketplace.”

“With the DV Café, staying abreast of key data virtualization trends and insights is now much easier,” said Composite Software Executive VP of Marketing Robert Eve. “Not only is the freshest data virtualization content consolidated in a single place, the DV Café’s format makes this content enjoyable to consume. Further, the DV Café’s ‘best of data virtualization’ compilation approach, along with links to additional sources, ensures your time is used wisely,” Eve said.

Content on the DV Café is selected based on audience relevance, freshness, and insightfulness. In other areas of the site, for example the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog and the DV (Data Virtualization) Café LinkedIn group, content are syndicated from these specialized data virtualization sources.

The DV Café editorial staff value high quality, high impact data virtualization content from industry thought leaders and advanced data virtualization users. If you have something to contribute, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

 

San Mateo, CA — March 6, 2012 —  Composite Software today announced the availability of a new white paper, “Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Agility”, authored by Rick F. van der Lans, a leading authority on data virtualization and the author of the upcoming book “Data Virtualization in Business Intelligence Architectures: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses.” The white paper, sponsored by Composite Software, is available here free of charge. 

The white paper discusses how data virtualization solutions can help to make business intelligence (BI) systems more agile. According to van der Lans, data virtualization simplifies the development process of reports through aspects suh as unified data access, data store independence, centralized data integration, transformation, and cleansing; consistent reporting results, data language translation, minimal data store interference, simplified data structures and efficient distributed data access.  He adds that data virtualization platforms enable more timely and cost-effective integration with disparate operational systems enabling more effective analytics and reporting. 

“Organizations are changing, thus changing the decision process as well.  As a result, business Intelligence systems have to adapt to the new reporting and analytical needs of today’s business users,” said van der Lans.  “The biggest challenge facing the industry today is how to develop systems that have an agility level that matches the speed with which the business evolves. If the industry fails to achieve this, current business intelligence systems will slowly become obsolete and will weaken the organization’s decision-making strength.  Agility is becoming a crucial property of each and every BI system, and data virtualization is key to achieving it,” van der Lans said.

The white paper is part of Composite Data Virtualization Leadership Series™, a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts, advanced data virtualization practitioners and other relevant industry luminaries launched in August 2010.

van der Lans Joins Composite on March 20 Briefing Room Broadcast

van der Lans, managing director of R20/Consultancy, will headline the March 20 broadcast of The Briefing Room discussing “Stay Flexible: Five Ways to Harness Information Assets” at 4pm ET. Also on the broadcast will be Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing with Composite Software and co-author of the recently published book “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.”

The Briefing Room, hosted by The Bloor Group’s Eric Kavanagh, is a live interactive forum which allows vendors to give a detailed technical presentation to a respected analyst who asks questions and provides industry insights. During the broadcast, van der Lans will explain how data virtualization can solve many data management problems before they occur. He will be briefed by Composite Software’s Eve, who will detail how Composite’s architecture enables a wide range of integration capabilities, including real-time and right-time data feeds.
To register for the March 20 Briefing Room broadcast featuring van der Lans and Eve, please visit here.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader. Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

San Mateo, CA — February 14, 2012 —  Composite Software today introduced version 6.1 of its Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ which extends the company’s performance leadership position and significantly enhances the data virtualization platform’s data services development environment.  Composite 6.1, available immediately, is a free upgrade for Composite’s hundreds of installations worldwide. 

Composite 6.1 advances the company’s industry-leading query optimization algorithms and techniques and Composite’s performance leadership with improved caching performance, expanded caching targets, data ship join for Teradata, and Hadoop MapReduce connectivity. The new release also provides significant improvements to the data services development environment with an enhanced data services editor and new publishing options for Representational State Transfer (REST) and Open Data Protocol (OData) data services.

Composite 6.1 is the result of hundreds of man-years of development and proven at the world’s largest and most complex data virtualization implementations such as Pfizer, NYSE sand Putnam Investments.  By automating numerous development activities and simplifying others, Composite enables users across a range of skill levels, to rapidly deliver new data virtualization solutions. 

“Many of today’s BI architectures are too complex and inflexible and are encumbered with too many data layers resulting in data that is often not up-to-date,” said Rick F. van der Lans, managing director of R20/Consultancy B.V., a leading authority on data virtualization and the author of the upcoming book “Data Virtualization in Business Intelligence Architectures: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses. “Data virtualization platforms—such as Composite 6.1—enable more timely and cost-effective integration with disparate operational systems enabling more effective analytics and reporting. Data Virtualization will have a serious impact on data warehousing, data governance, and master data management sooner rather than later.”

IEEE Using Composite to Meet Conference Management System Needs

As the premier technology professional organization and host to over one thousand conferences in over seventy countries annually, the IEEE leverages Composite to meet their diverse, high volume conference management system needs. “Composite really out did themselves with enhancements to its data services editor and new publishing options,” said Boby Thomas, Senior Solutions Developer of IEEE. “We look forward to taking advantage of the productivity gains offered by the 6.1 release.”

New Performance, Data Services Features
Composite 6.1 contains significant new performance and data services features, including:

  • Improved Cache Loading Performance:  Improves the speed of cache loads and refreshes using native cache loading and parallel cache loading techniques. This enables organizations to cache more data, more often and flexibly improve the timeliness of information delivery.
  • Expanded Caching Targets:  Greater caching target flexibility enables developers and administrators to optimize both query performance and operating costs. Composite 6.1 adds SQL Server 2008 and Netezza 6.0 as caching targets to a list already including IBM DB2 v8; Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005; MySQL 4.1, 5.0; Netezza 5.0; Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g; Sybase 12.5; Teradata V12.
  • Hadoop MapReduce Connectivity:  Enables MapReduce programs and developers to easily query Composite as a data source, on-demand with high performance. Allows enterprises to extend MapReduce analyses beyond Hadoop stores to include diverse enterprise data managed by Composite.
  • Enhanced Data Services Editor:  All-in-one relational and data services development environment simplifies development of data services and/or mixed relational and data service objects enabling high productivity development of data services. This accelerates time-to-solution for new data services and expands the development community to a wider set of users.

“Greater demand and market acceptance for data virtualization means more high performance use cases and the pressing need to ‘skill up’ more developers.  We address both of those challenges in 6.1,” said Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing with Composite Software and co-author of the recently published book “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.” “Composite Software provides data virtualization’s highest development productivity and ease-of-use. By automating numerous development activities and simplifying others, Composite enables users across a range of skill levels, to rapidly deliver new data virtualization solutions,” Eve said. 

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader. Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

San Mateo, CA — January 31, 2012 —  Pfizer’s Michael Linhares, Ph.D., Research Fellow and leader of the Business Operations Group within Pfizer Pharmaceutical Sciences, will discuss his extensive experiences enabling self-service business intelligence (BI) with the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ on the February 2 broadcast of DM Radio.  Hosted by Information Management’s Eric Kavanagh and Editorial Director Jim Ericson, DM Radio features industry analysts, leading consultants, innovative vendors and savvy practitioners in a one-hour live broadcast. To register for the February 2 DM Radio broadcast entitled “Some R&R for IT Staff?  Strategies and Tactics for Self-Service BI,” please visit here.

Linhares will detail Pfizer’s PharmSci Portfolio Database (PSPD) solution, a federated data Eric Kavanagh delivery framework implemented with the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.  Data virtualization enables the integration of all PharmSci data sources into a single reporting schema of information that can be accessed by all front-end tools and users.  Reporting applications accessing the PharmSci database include SAP Business Objects for ad hoc queries, standard reports and dashboards; Tibco Spotfire for analytics and access to data through standard presentation reports; Web services for parameterized queries; Data services to provide data for downstream applications and QlikViews for access to live data.

Joining hosts Kavanagh and Jim Ericson and Linhares on the broadcast are Forrester, Inc. Vice President and Principal Analyst Boris Evelson, George Mathew of Alteryx, Jeff Boehm of QlikTech and Chris Sorensen of WestJet.

This is the first of four appearances by Composite Software customers or executives scheduled for 2012 on DM Radio.  Also slated to appear are Composite Software CTO David Besemer on June 28 discussing “Transforming Data in a Federated, Real-Time World”; Executive VP of Marketing Robert Eve detailing “Why Business Agility Requires More Than Just Agile BI” on August 2; and CTO Marc Breissinger participating in the November 15 DM Radio broadcast entitled “Disruptive Technologies and the Changing Face of BI.”


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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

San Mateo, CA — January 18, 2012 —  Composite Software and RainStor today announced that Composite has added access to RainStor’s Big Data management database, growing the list of popular enterprise applications it supports including Oracle, SAP, and salesforce.com as well as relational and multi-dimensional data sources from IBM, IBM Netezza, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP BW, SAP Sybase and Teradata.

RainStor is used as a primary database to ingest, retain and manage high volumes of multi-structured data such as logs, call data, financial service transactions, smart meter data and other forms of automated machine-generated data. RainStor also announced today a new product edition that runs natively on Hadoop providing query and analytics through both SQL and MapReduce.  RainStor is also used as a secondary database for holding historical data from retired applications as well as enterprise data warehouses such as Teradata.

In all of these scenarios, Composite allows the data retained within RainStor to be easily combined with other enterprise data scattered throughout the organization. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ includes high-performance query middleware and complementary offerings that integrate data from multiple, disparate sources - anywhere across the extended enterprise - in a unified, logically virtualized manner for on-demand consumption by a wide range of front-end business solutions.

“The combination of the two technologies provides a cost effective and high performance way to retain and access data on demand without the need to create multiple copies and deal with the complexities of moving data between environments,” said Claudia Imhoff, president of Intelligent Solutions, Inc., a leading authority on BI and data warehousing.

“RainStor allows enterprises to retain Big Data for compliance and historical business analysis,” said RainStor VP Product Management Ramon Chen. “We are often asked for the best way to combine the data stored in RainStor with information from its originating source or across other related content. We are delighted to partner with Composite Software to offer this capability as they represent the gold standard for data virtualization.”

According to Peter Tran, Composite Software vice president of product marketing, “To maintain our success as the market’s leading enterprise data virtualization solution, we must continuously add the latest, most innovative data sources.  RainStor’s compelling economics for Big Data management and our joint philosophy of simplicity in enterprise data access makes our products a natural fit.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

About RainStor
RainStor provides Big Data management software.  RainStor’s database enables the world’s largest companies to keep and access limitless amounts of data for as long as they want at the lowest cost. It features the highest level of compression on the market, together with high performance on-demand query and simplified management. RainStor runs natively on a variety of architectures and infrastructure including Hadoop. RainStor is distributed direct and through leading ISV partners, which include Amdocs, AdaptiveMobile, Dell, HP, Informatica, Qosmos and Teradata.

RainStor is a privately held company with offices in San Francisco, USA and Gloucester, UK. For more information, visit http://www.rainstor.com. Join the conversation at http://www.twitter.com/rainstor.

San Mateo, CA — January 16, 2012 —  Steve Dine, founder of Datasource Consulting, which specializes in helping customers implement successful, maintainable data integration and business intelligence solutions, will headline the January 17 broadcast The Briefing Room discussing “Cutting to the Quick: A Faster Path to BI Agility” at 4pm ET. Also on the broadcast will be Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing with Composite Software and co-author of the recently published book “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.” To register for the Briefing Room broadcast featuring Dine and Eve, please visit here.

The Briefing Room, hosted by The Bloor Group’s Eric Kavanagh, is a live interactive forum which allows vendors to give a detailed technical presentation to a respected analyst who asks questions and provides industry insights. In this episode, industry analyst Dine will discuss the evolution of data virtualization and how it can be used to manage information assets. Dine will be briefed by Eve of Composite Software, who will tout the company’s data virtualization platform which is increasingly being used not only to supply additional sources of data, but also to monitor and manage today’s Information Architectures. Eve will explain how data virtualization can make BI agile, and will provide examples of companies that have done so.

“The business benefit of agility remains clear – quickly identifying and addressing opportunities separates market leaders from the competition,” Dine said. “Agile BI is a key ingredient for achieving such an advantage, but an array of technical and organizational barriers stands in the way. It is one proven way for overcoming such hurdles involves data virtualization and the incremental design of an Information Architecture.”

Added Eve, “Data virtualization has clearly emerged as a mainstream alternative for enterprises seeking more agile fulfillment of the fast changing requirements that characterize today’s dynamic business intelligence environments.”

This is the fourth in a series of Briefing Rooms with Composite Software. The first addressed the concept of data virtualization, the second talked about adoption patterns, and the most recent episode detailed Composite Software customer use cases. All Webcasts are archived here.


About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

About The Bloor Group
As a new-media analyst firm, The Bloor Group delivers both traditional and dynamic research products and service. Transparency pervades everything we do at The Bloor Group. The company mission is to reveal the essential characteristics of today’s enterprise technologies, such that busy professionals can get the insights they need to responsibly make significant purchasing decisions. Achieving that vision calls for more than just first-class technology analysis. It requires a commitment to the creation of meaningful content generated by a range of innovative media formats that tease out valuable kernels of information and wisdom.

San Mateo, CA — January 5, 2012 —  Composite Software announced today that a January 2012 report from independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. “The Forrester Wave™: Data Virtualization, Q1 2012, concludes that “customers like Composite Software’s easy-to-use solution, tight integration to support most uses cases, and its lower cost, compared with larger software providers.” Composite Software was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its data virtualization research report. In this evaluation, Composite Software received perfect scores for data services performance and data services integration.

“Composite Software has done well over the years, improving its solution dramatically, adding more advanced data virtualization capabilities, and delivering innovative products,” the report states.  “Among pure-play data virtualization vendors, Composite Software is often shortlisted by customers largely because of its visibility and strong product offering.  Composite Software supports some of the most complex data virtualization deployments in existence, in part because it has been active in this market as long as or longer than any other player.” 

According to the report, “the data virtualization market continues to grow strongly, with more mature solutions supporting large deployments.  Forrester predicts that total software revenues (licenses, maintenance and services) in data virtualization will grow to $8 billion by 2014. 

“In the early years of this market, most data virtualization was focused primarily on the financial services, telecom, and government sectors,” according to the Forrester report.  “However, in the past 24 months, we have seen a significant increase in adoption in the healthcare, insurance, retail, manufacturing, eCommerce, and media/entertainment sectors.  Regardless of industry, all firms can benefit from data virtualization, especially when integrating larger numbers of data sources, delivering real time data, and integrating with a wide range of data types.”

“Organizations are looking to solve tough data and process integration challenges as the once again begin to invest in new business capabilities,” said Forrester.  “Data virtualization solutions provide a virtualized data services layer that integrates data from heterogeneous data sources and content in time, near-real time, or batch as needed to support a wide range of applications and processes.”

Added Composite Software CEO Jim Green, “On behalf of our more than 500 customers who have entrusted us to provide them a cost-effective, rapid time-to-value solution, we are honored to be named a data virtualization leader by Forrester Research.  It is very gratifying to see data virtualization emerge as the go-to approach for enterprises seeking business agility.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2012.

San Mateo, CA — January 4,  2012 —  Pfizer will present a case study detailing its five year experience in enabling global enterprise data integration and agile business intelligence utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ on January 6 to the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a gathering of leading BI analysts, experts and practitioners founded by Dr. Claudia Imhoff, president of Intelligent Solutions, Inc.  In addition to the Pfizer presentation, Composite Software CTO David Besemer will present the Composite Software strategic vision and Executive VP, Marketing Robert Eve will recap Composite Software’s 2011 successes and 2012 plans. 

Pfizer’s Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and Research Fellow and leader of the Business Operations Group within Pharmaceutical Sciences, will present the Pfizer case study.  Linhares was instrumental in development of Pfizer’s Research Information Factory (RIF), global reference data implementation, introduction of data federation and other enterprise data integration projects. 

“We started our data virtualization journey five years ago and it has made all the difference in the world in enabling our innovative enterprise data integration and agile business intelligence projects,” said Linhares.  “With a traditional data warehouse approach, an organization takes source data, moves everything to a staging area, then moves a portion of it again into the operational data store, and then moves data a third time to a data store,” Linhares explained.  “In the first stage of our federated implementation, instead of moving the data, we built a representation of the data in the Composite Data Virtualization Platform. If a source is ever changed by the owner, which often happens, we can update the representation in the information abstraction layer quickly. This allows control of all downstream data in one location.”

Linhares added that with data virtualization, “we don’t have to be concerned about the technical solutions chosen by our data providers.  Data virtualization enables a level of abstraction for us that separates us from the source systems and gives us automatic access to all of them.  Data virtualization has enabled us to combine isolated silos of data with a data delivery platform that integrates different types and sources of data into a comprehensive package of value-added information.” 

Added Composite Software CTO Besemer, “Data virtualization has reached a maturity level that enables massive enterprises like Pfizer to better and more cost-effectively manage and integrate their data assets for analysis and reporting.  We look forward to the opportunity to update the BBBT on the data virtualization advancements we have achieved with our customers.” 

Composite Software’s presentation to the BBBT will start at 11am ET on Friday, January 6.  Follow the session on twitter #BBBT.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

San Mateo, CA — December 22,  2011 —  Wayne Eckerson, veteran consultant and industry analyst in analytics, business intelligence, performance management and data warehousing, has written an eBook entitled “Federating Architectures for BI Professionals,” published by BeyeNETWORK and underwritten by data virtualization leader Composite Software.  The eBook is available free of charge and can be download here.   

In the eBook, Eckerson writes that BI professionals, despite their best efforts, currently operate in a federated world where critical data and analytical logic is spread across multiple databases and applications in various parts of an organization. A federated architecture knits these disparate environments together virtually rather than physically, Eckerson writes.  It is neither centralized nor decentralized, but a hybrid of the two, maximizing the benefits of both options, while minimizing their downsides. Moreover he writes, a federated architecture is fluid, changing shape as an organization reinvents itself to better respond to new market realities. The BeyeNETWORK eBook describes how to create a federated BI architecture that aligns with organizational imperatives.  Readers will:

  • Learn the various options for architecting BI environments—centralized, decentralized, and federated—and their strengths and weaknesses using case studies.
  • Discover the impact of organizational models on BI architectures and the two evolve in lockstep over time.
  • Learn how to balance corporate and departmental interests when creating a BI architecture.
  • Understand the role and value of data virtualization tools in a federated architecture.

“Contrary to popular opinion, a BI architecture is a dynamic environment, not a blueprint written in stone,” Eckerson said.  “BI managers must define an architecture based on prevailing corporate strategies and then be ready to deviate from the plan when the business changes due to an unanticipated circumstance, such as a merger, acquisition, or new CEO.

“Thanks to the popularity of data center virtualization, many organizations are exploring the possibility of virtualizing their data as well to help manage these dynamic environments,” Eckerson added.  “More importantly, advances in network speeds, CPU performance, and available memory have significantly increased the performance and scalability of data virtualization tools, expanding the range of applications they can support.  Moreover, data virtualization vendors continue to enhance their query optimizers to handle more complex queries and larger data volumes.”

To watch an interview with Eckerson discussing data federation and data virtualization, please visit here.

“Historically, BI data federation has been the most popular data virtualization starting point,” added Composite Software CTO David Besemer.  “Data virtualization is an excellent way to expand BI reporting to sources beyond the existing cubes or data marts.  Popular BI vendors have promoted this approach and even embedded data virtualization offerings in their BI solutions to simplify this method of adoption.  The benefits include both more complete and actionable information and faster time-to-solution,” Besemer said.
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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

 

San Mateo, CA — November 7 ,  2011 —  Wayne Eckerson, veteran industry analyst and principal of the BI Leadership Forum, and Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing with Composite Software and co-author of the recently published book “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility” will appear November 8 at 4:00pm ET on The Briefing Room discussing “Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.”  The Briefing Room, hosted by The Bloor Group’s Eric Kavanagh, is a live interactive forum which allows vendors to give a detailed technical presentation to a respected analyst who asks questions and offers industry insights.  To register for the Briefing Room, please visit here.   

During the broadcast, Composite Software’s Eve and Judith R. Davis, co-authors of a newly published book entitled, “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration To Achieve Business Agility,” will share insights about the business agility benefits of successful data virtualization implementations as well as best practices for adoption.  Composite Software data virtualization case studies featuring Northern Trust, Pfizer and Qualcomm will be highlighted.

“With the increasing number of success stories that are surfacing, data virtualization has clearly emerged as a proven alternative for enterprises seeking more agile fulfillment of the fast changing requirements that characterize today’s dynamic business environments,” said Eve. 

This is the third in a series of Briefing Rooms with Composite. The first addressed the concept of data virtualization, the second talked about adoption patterns, and this episode will drill into customer use cases. All Webcasts are archived here.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

About The Bloor Group
As a new-media analyst firm, The Bloor Group delivers both traditional and dynamic research products and service. Transparency pervades everything we do at The Bloor Group. The company mission is to reveal the essential characteristics of today’s enterprise technologies, such that busy professionals can get the insights they need to responsibly make significant purchasing decisions. Achieving that vision calls for more than just first-class technology analysis. It requires a commitment to the creation of meaningful content generated by a range of innovative media formats that tease out valuable kernels of information and wisdom.

San Mateo, CA — October 19, 2011 —  Executives from BP America, NYSE EuroNext, Putnam Investments and Qualcomm were recognized for their data virtualization implementations and pioneering contributions at the second annual Composite Software Data Virtualization Day which was held October 13.  The world’s largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers, Data Virtualization Day drew nearly 200 attendees to New York City where they heard case studies from executives at Bank of America, Putnam Investments and Qualcomm Incorporated.   

Stuart Bonnington, Head of Information Architecture, Upstream Information Technology & Services, BP America Inc., received the “Virtualization Champion Award” for consistently achieving and promoting data virtualization education and value across his organization, other Composite Software customers and in the broader data integration space.  He led the implementation of a high-performance data virtualization layer with the Composite Data Virtualization Platform that integrates over 40 data sources to support the analysis, reporting and decision-making needs across BP America’s upstream business units.

Emile Werr, Vice President, Global Data Services, NYSE Euronext, was given the “Virtualization High Impact Award” for the work his team has done in redefining how a stock exchange does business.  NYSE Euronext, comprised of six equity exchanges and eight derivatives exchanges located in the U.S. and Europe, is implementing an enterprise-wide data virtualization layer using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform that provides consistent, on-demand access to a range of trades, orders, receipts, quotes, cancels and admins data globally for analysis and reporting.

Arvinder Oberoi, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Technology with Putnam Investments, was given the “Innovative Solutions Award” for his role in applying data virtualization technology in demanding environments with complex data sources.  Putnam used the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to build a marketing campaign analysis and 360 degree view of customer solutions that federate cloud-based data with internal systems of record intraday such that all sources appear local and relational. 

Mark Morgan, Qualcomm Incorporated Senior Manager, Enterprise Architecture Solutions, was recognized with the “Virtualization Agility Award” for helping the next-generation mobile technologies provider achieve business agility through data virtualization to manage production quality, vendor management and globalization.  In less than two years, Qualcomm has implemented 24 data virtualization projects (applications) and 19 common data access services that encompass over 160 different service operations using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.

“Data virtualization has emerged as a ‘game-changing’ solution for enterprises facing ever-evolving business requirements and reporting needs,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software executive VP of Marketing and co-author of the recently published “Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.”  “At Data Virtualization Day our customers generously shared their data virtualization success stories and offered real-world advice and best practices that will help attendees jump start and accelerate their data virtualization implementations.”

For a recap of Data Virtualization Day, including recordings of the presentations, please visit http://www.compositesw.com/data-virtualization-day-2011-nyc.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

San Mateo, CA — October 11, 2011 —  The first book written on data virtualization was introduced today to positive reviews from some of the world’s leading business intelligence (BI) and data integration analysts.  Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility explores today’s data virtualization solutions and presents 10 Composite Software-enabled case studies describing how enterprises across a wide range of industries and domains have successfully adopted data virtualization to increase business agility.  The book, co-authored by industry veterans Judith R. Davis and Robert Eve, is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

The data virtualization case studies examine why and how Comcast, Compassion International, Northern Trust, NYSE Euronext, Pfizer and Qualcomm and four other large enterprises gained significant business agility and other benefits by implementing data virtualization solutions using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.  Cited return on investment includes:

  • NYSE Euronext saved $4.5 million for one data virtualization project alone.
  • Qualcomm saved $2.2 million across five initial projects.
  • Northern Trust achieved a 50 percent reduction in time to market and 200 percent ROI.
  • Compassion achieved development cost reductions of 30 percent.

Data virtualization is a data integration approach and technology that leverages high-performance software and an advanced computing architecture to integrate and deliver data from multiple, disparate sources to both internal and external consumers.  By implementing a virtual data integration layer between data consumers and existing data sources, organizations avoid the need for physical data consolidation and replicated data storage.

For organizations new to data virtualization, Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility demonstrates with real-world examples how to move beyond traditional data integration and use data virtualization.  For organizations experienced with data virtualization, the book is designed to help successfully accelerate and expand adoption, compound business agility gains and achieve other business and IT benefits from data virtualization.

“Growing demand to access data not managed by the data warehouse, coupled with the need to access current data for more agile decision making, means organizations have to change the way data is accessed and used by business users,” Colin White, president of BI Research, wrote in the book’s Foreword.  “Data virtualization is a set of techniques and technologies that provide the key underpinnings that enable organizations to give users a single interface to the data and data services they need, regardless of where the data is stored or how it is organized.  This book should be read not only by IT professionals who are interested in, or considering the use of data virtualization, but also by executives and business users who are looking for ways of improving access to data for business decision making,” White wrote.

“By significantly improving business decision agility, time-to-solution agility and resource agility, data virtualization can provide enterprises with business agility value far beyond what they can achieve using traditional data integration methods alone,” said co-author Davis, who has more than 30 years experience in the business application of information technology. 

“Data virtualization has emerged as a mainstream alternative for enterprises facing ever-changing business requirements and analytical needs,” added co-author Eve, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Composite Software who has authored nearly 100 articles on data virtualization.  “The willingness to contribute to this collection of data virtualization stories is validation of each organization’s successful collaboration with Composite Software and we thank them for contributing their stories to this book.”

The following industry experts have weighed in with their opinions regarding the book:

Claudia Imhoff, President
Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

“Time to value is a critical business issue facing understaffed and underfunded IT departments today.  This book provides useful real-world case studies and a practical road map for navigating your data virtualization implementations.”


Rick van der Lans, President
R20/Consultancy

“A recommended read for BI specialists interested in knowing how data virtualization can revolutionize their real-life BI systems today.”


Shawn Rogers, Vice President of Research
Enterprise Management Associates

“A proven fast track to achieving business agility through data virtualization.  It is clear that the time for data virtualization is now.”


Wayne Eckerson, Director of Research
TechTarget

“Today’s dynamic businesses require agile approaches to managing IT operations.  In this book, leading companies share how data virtualization was key to their successes.”


Merv Adrian, Vice President of Research
Gartner, Inc.

“If you have not thought about data virtualization, you’re missing a key tool that leverages modern system architectures to help deliver vital business value from growing numbers of data sources.  Start here, and use these ideas as a foundation for your future architecture.”


Mike Ferguson, President
Intelligent Business Strategies

“Many thanks to Composite Software and ten of its customers for sharing their pragmatic approaches to business agility and data virtualization.”

Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility will be distributed to attendees of Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day October 13 in New York City.  For more information on the book, please visit www.datavirtualizationbook.com or our Facebook page.  To purchase Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility please visit Amazon.com.

 

Bank of America, Putnam Investments and Qualcomm to present case studies; Research VP Mark Beyer to keynote on Extreme Information Management

San Mateo, CA — September 14,  2011 — Composite Software announced today the speaker lineup and agenda for the second annual Data Virtualization Day that will take place October 13 in New York City.  The world’s largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers is expected to draw nearly 150 Composite Software customers and prospects and will include customer presentations from Bank of America, Putnam Investments and Qualcomm. 

Gartner Research VP Mark Beyer will keynote the event, discussing the latest trends in data management, data integration and data warehousing in his talk entitled “Extreme Information Management and Logical Data Warehousing.”  Beyer will also chair a panel discussion on “Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility.”

The Data Virtualization Day agenda is highlighted by case study presentations from three of Composite Software’s leading enterprise data virtualization pioneering organizations.  Ted Hills, Director of Enterprise Information Architecture at Bank of America, will present “Real Time is the Rule”;  Arvinder Oberoi, Senior VP, Sales and Marketing Technology at Putnam Investments will speak on “Exploiting IT Agility to Perform at the Speed of Business”; and Mark Morgan, Qualcomm Senior Manager, Enterprise Architecture Solutions will discuss “Moving at Lightening Speed – The Impact of Data Virtualization on Agility.”

In addition, Dr. Michael Linhares, Ph.D and Research Fellow at Pfizer Inc. will participate with other presenters in a “Meet the Experts” session.  Linhares was instrumental in development of Pfizer’s Research Information Factory (RIF), global reference data implementation, introduction of data federation and other enterprise data integration projects and will share his experiences in delivering agile business intelligence utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™.  Dr. Linhares will also discuss his extensive experience in data management and dispel myths surrounding data virtualization.

Composite Software CEO Jim Green will welcome Data Virtualization Day attendees with a company update, while CTO David Besemer will offer a Composite 6 status report and product road map.  The company will also present awards for innovative data virtualization implementations.

“Data virtualization has come of age,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software executive VP of Marketing.  “IT organizations are facing increasing pressure to rapidly deliver crucial information to the business at lower costs, resulting in IT seeking out alternative, more agile data integration solutions.  Attendees will learn from real-world customers why data virtualization is a compelling solution for organizations with changing business requirements and analysis needs.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

The leading vehicle history expert has deployed a data abstraction layer using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ to provide greater agility for its reporting needs

San Mateo, CA — August 16,  2011 — Composite Software today announced that Carfax, the vehicle history expert for used car buyers, sellers and the automotive industry, has successfully developed and deployed a data abstraction layer using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ that will provide the company greater agility in managing its rapidly changing and growing reporting environment.  The first deployment consisted of publishing logical views to support reporting for the company’s finance, sales, marketing and business development organizations.

Carfax maintains the largest vehicle history database ever assembled, comprising over eight billion vehicle records from more than 34,000 sources. According to Paula Mueller, Carfax director of BI responsible for internal data warehousing, business intelligence (BI) and customer data integration, Carfax utilizes Oracle for operational reporting and ParAccel for data warehousing and analytics and uses the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to combine its operational and warehousing data. 

The company currently produces hundreds of crucial reports, some of which query hundreds of millions, if not billions, of records, with the number of reports growing rapidly.  Mueller said Carfax IT staff was spending an inordinate amount of time making sure key reports continued to run every time database modifications were made to accommodate Carfax’s rapidly changing business needs.

“Providing downstream agility in supporting our rapidly changing business was the main driver in purchasing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform and building out our data abstraction layer,” Mueller said.  “We wanted the ability to be more responsive to the business, rather than simply maintain the status quo.  Now, we simply make changes to the logical views which automatically results in the changes being implemented across our entire reporting environment, saving us considerable, and often tedious work.” 

“We are delighted to welcome the highly-innovative and well-regarded Carfax to the Composite Software customer family,” said Robert Eve, Composite Software executive vice president, marketing.  “Rapidly changing businesses such as Carfax understand that new IT methods must be adopted to keep up in today’s fast-paced environment.  Data virtualization is a natural for organizations with ever-evolving business requirements and reporting needs.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

Composite Software’s PerformancePlus™ Adapters provide highly optimized access to IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Teradata source systems

San Mateo, CA — July 12, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, announced today a new release of the company’s data virtualization source system adapter product family that simplifies and accelerates high-performance access to popular enterprise applications from Oracle, SAP, and salesforce.com, relational and multi-dimensional data sources from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP BW, Sybase, and Teradata, “big data” stores such as IBM Netezza and the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop.

Formerly marketed as Composite Application Data Services, Composite’s complete line of Composite PerformancePlus Adapters have been upgraded in conjunction with the latest release of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.  Composite 6 added two new PerformancePlus Core Data Adapters for SAP Sybase IQ and HP Vertica.  Composite PerformancePlus Adapters provide unique performance optimization capabilities and development acceleration that goes far beyond simple metadata (schema) mapping and lowest common denominator access standards such as ODBC or JDBC offered by other vendors.

“The ability of Composite PerformancePlus Adapters to intelligently evaluate and leverage the specific capabilities of each underlying data source enables Composite’s query engine to deliver optimal federated query performance is very compelling,” said William McKnight, president of McKnight Consulting Group.  “This jumpstart, when combined with a number of other advanced optimization algorithms and techniques, enable Composite Software to provide unprecedented levels of performance and open the door for a wider set of data virtualization use cases.”

“This new release of our Composite PerformancePlus Adapters further reinforces the breadth and depth of our enterprise data integration capabilities that now goes far beyond our original set of enterprise applications to add diverse sources such as SAP BW, Oracle Essbase, Hadoop, Netezza and more,” added Peter Tran, Composite Software vice president of product marketing.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

Composite Software customers Pfizer and Qualcomm are highlighted in the report showcasing their data virtualization best practices and use cases

San Mateo, CA — June 20, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, announced today the availability of a new June 2011 market research report from Forrester Research, Inc. entitled Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass¹.  The report states that technology advancements, new patterns and customer successes are making data virtualization both a short and long term solution to today’s data integration challenges.

“Firms are looking to solve tough data and process integration challenges as they once again begin to invest in new business capabilities,” the report said.  “Driven by new capabilities and fueled by customer successes, data virtualization delivers on the promise of information-as-a-service (IaaS) by enabling tactical solutions that also deliver a stepping stone to enterprise data management.  Introduce this technology into your integration toolkit.”

Commenting on technology advancements delivering new value to data virtualization, the report cited Composite Software’s distributed edge caching capability which allows incremental updates to cache data using IBM MQ Series to manage cache across several geographic locations, reducing network traffic requirements and increasing query performance. 

The Forrester report details several data virtualization success stories, including Composite Software customers Pfizer and Qualcomm.  For Pfizer, moving to a single BI platform was simply not cost effective; however, operating with several platforms presented integration challenges that affected quality, speed, and cost. The drug company implemented virtualization technology from Composite Software early in the integration process to prototype new data sources prior to adding them to its enterprise data warehouse, and achieve better integration of data with existing BI tools. As a result, it significantly reduced the integration cycle time as well as its cost.

Qualcomm initially procured Composite Software’s virtualization technology to access customer data in salesforce.com and combine it with ticket information from internal systems. It implemented a system leveraging vendor-supplied out-of-the-box integration to create a relational virtual database within its firewall. This provided better performance and was much simpler to implement that a straight web service approach; the company accomplished the project in a matter of weeks. Based on this success, Qualcomm has now deployed an enterprise information fabric architecture using the Forrester hourglass strategy.

“After more than 10 years of research and development, hard work and dedication to our customers’ successes at more than 200 organizations worldwide, it is extremely gratifying to see the data virtualization market characterized by a leading market research firm as ‘ready for prime time’ in helping organizations manage today’s complex data integration challenges,” said Composite Software CEO Jim Green. 

A copy of the Forrester Research report is available here.

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¹ “Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass”, Forrester Research, Inc., June 15, 2011

About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

Bloor Research and Enterprise Management Associates author research reports touting the new capabilities of Composite Software’s data virtualization software

San Mateo, CA — June 14, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, today announced the availability of analyst research reports from Bloor Research International Ltd. and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) detailing the new features and benefits of Composite 6, the latest version of Composite Software’s flagship data virtualization software introduced last week. 

Composite 6 enriches the enterprise with “big data” integration support for the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH), IBM Netezza and HP Vertica data sources.  Composite 6 extends Composite Software’s enterprise-scale data virtualization leadership position with unsurpassed performance optimizations, cache enhancements, new data governance capabilities and ease-of-use features. 

Bloor Research International Ltd., one of Europe’s leading independent IT research, analysis and consultancy organizations, has published an InDetail research paper, the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, authored by Philip Howard, Bloor Research research director focusing on data management.  In the research report, Howard states that data virtualization is now a mainstream technology with a significant number of major organizations employing it for a variety of purposes.
“Composite Software’s strength is that it specializes in data virtualization solutions, as opposed to it being simply a component within some other solution,” Howard said.  “We would therefore expect its capabilities to be more advanced and to perform more effectively. Further, pure-play suppliers are, almost by definition, vendor-neutral. Given that we are usually talking about heterogeneous environments this is a significant advantage for Composite.

“The upshot is that Composite has few direct competitors,” Howard continued. “In our view, it is the leading independent pure play vendor in the marketplace, especially for query-based data virtualization, and we would argue that it is the leading vendor in this area as a whole, certainly in terms of its functionality, performance and ease of use.”

Enterprise Management Associates, which provides IT and data management research, analysis, and consulting services to IT professionals, line of business users and IT vendors, has published an Impact Brief detailing the Composite 6 release.  The Impact Brief, Composite Software Releases Composite 6 Data Virtualization Platform, written by Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research, Business Intelligence at EMA.

In the research note, Rogers writes, “The release of Composite 6 aligns with industry trends focused around eliminating IT complexity, meeting demands of a more sophisticated user and delivering a wider variety of data to the enterprise,” Rogers said.  “Composite 6 delivers a comprehensive and well thought out Big Data strategy that further confirms Composite Software’s position as a leader in the space.

“In previous coverage EMA has identified Composite Software as a fast-mover in the data virtualization space and a company to watch,” Rogers added.  “This release demonstrates the continued maturity of Composite’s overall strategy and product execution. EMA identifies significant value for customers planning to upgrade.”

In addition to the Bloor Research and EMA analyst reports, Composite 6 received favorable blog coverage from industry expert Dr. Barry Devlin, a founder of the data warehousing industry and among the foremost worldwide authorities on business intelligence.  In the blog, Virtualization comes of age….again!, Devlin details the history of heterogeneous data access dating back to the early ‘90s when he worked at IBM. 

“Access to heterogeneous data is back on the agenda big time, this time under the name virtualization and the launch of Composite 6 ups the ante again,” Devlin said.  “Beyond the welcome performance, caching and governance improvements, I was particularly impressed by the managed and well-structured integration of ‘big data’ using Hive metadata.”

Also covering the Composite 6 announcement was John Myers, principal with Blue Buffalo Group, a telecommunications consulting organization specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing and systems integration solutions.  In his blog, Managing Mixed Data Sets in Telecom, Myers commented that one of the best uses of Composite 6 is its ability to virtualize big data sources like Hadoop, Netezza and SAP into a seamless environment.

“Using the Composite ‘optimizer’ functionality, organizations can take advantage of the relatively new big-data processing environments without delaying the ‘time to value’ of those new data sources into existing implementations,” Myers said.  “This will be particularly important as organizations begin to ingest data sets like social media interactions; RFID sensor information; and other big-data sources that haven’t matured sufficiently to including in existing data environments, but still have excellent value to the organization.

“All in all, I believe that the continued advances in the Composite virtualization suite make it one of the better options for telecoms to overcome the legacy (network, billing) and ‘next generation’ (social, geo-spatial) data silos that seem to impact telecom organizations more than others,” Myers concluded..

“We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive analyst reaction to Composite 6, which mirrors the response we have received from our enterprise customers and prospects,” said Composite Software Executive Vice President of Marketing Robert Eve.  “The release of Composite 6 reinforces Composite Software’s vision and commitment to innovation and support of our customers’ needs while further extending our data virtualization market leadership position.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on the Composite Data Virtualization Platform to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

Composite 6 strengthens the company’s enterprise scale data virtualization leadership position with advanced performance optimizations, cache enhancements and data governance features

San Mateo, CA — June 6, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, today introduced Composite 6, a new version of its flagship data virtualization software that enriches the enterprise with “big data” integration support for the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH), IBM Netezza and HP Vertica data sources.  Composite 6, the culmination of nearly 10 years of Composite Software engineering expertise, extends Composite Software’s enterprise-scale data virtualization leadership position with unsurpassed performance optimizations, cache enhancements, new data governance capabilities and ease-of-use features.  Composite 6 is completing beta test and will be commercially available in July.

Composite 6 provides a standardized SQL approach to augment specialized MapReduce coding of Hadoop queries.  This simplifies integration of Hadoop data thereby extending an organization’s enterprisewide information analysis and business insight capabilities to include this emerging “big data” source. 

“The rapid proliferation of diverse data sources such as Hadoop has compelled companies to seek alternatives such as data virtualization for integrating these ‘big data’ sources for enterprisewide information analysis and resulting business insights,” said Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research, Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates.  “Composite 6 provides significant features that not only solidify Composite Software’s position as the data virtualization performance leader, but also other enterprise-class data governance and usability features that make Composite Software’s data virtualization platform the most advanced and enterprise ready today.”

“Adoption of Apache Hadoop-based solutions is accelerating as data driven organizations discover the power of this open source technology to extract value from large volumes of structured and unstructured data. This increases the need to integrate data in Hadoop with traditional enterprise data sources,” said Ed Albanese, head of business development at Cloudera. “Composite Software’s SQL-based integration with Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) enables customers to benefit from using the most comprehensive and widely adopted distribution of Hadoop with a proven, enterprise data virtualization platform.”

High Performance Netezza, Sybase IQ and Vertica Access

Composite 6 further improves the data virtualization performance for IBM Netezza data warehouse appliances that Composite and Netezza initially delivered in 2010. The new software enables Netezza as a cache target, provides native support of all Netezza analytic functions during queries, and extends the unique “data ship join” optimization pioneered by Composite and Netezza to work heterogeneously with Oracle and Sybase IQ. The Composite Software Data Virtualization Platform is the only data virtualization product offering optimized for and resold by IBM Netezza.

Composite 6 now fully supports Sybase IQ and HP Vertica access and federated query optimization, simplifying and accelerating enterprisewide data virtualization of Sybase IQ and Vertica sources.  The new functionality extends Composite’s existing JDBC integration approach by adding intelligent use of source optimizers.  Composite’s PerformancePlus Adapters™ represent the widest set of optimized source adapters in the data virtualization market.

“Since 2007, Nielsen has used Composite Software’s data virtualization offerings to improve the value Nielsen provides to our customers,” said John Boyer, Enablement Team Leader, Nielsen and co-author of Business Intelligence Strategy; A Practical Guide to BI Excellence.  “Composite 6’s big data and query optimization advancements, especially with respect to Netezza, will enable even greater value delivery.”

Further Performance Acceleration and Governance Enhancements

Composite 6 adds incremental and synchronized edge caching to enable timely refreshing and wide-area distribution of persisted data.  These caching options—unique in the data virtualization market—allow global organizations to achieve sub-second access to fast changing, large data sets such as trades and financial reference data, anywhere in the world around the clock.  Additional performance acceleration features enable the Composite 6 query engine to natively perform over 30 analytic functions as well as dynamically rearrange joins when querying star-schemas. 

Composite 6 also includes multiple new data governance capabilities including:

  • More fine grain usage and lineage data for better auditing and control;
  • Further automation of multi-source relationship discovery to accelerate data modeling;
  • A complete data virtualization implementation methodology and supporting best practices to better govern data virtualization implementations.

“Data virtualization is emerging as an ideal solution for managing today’s complex data integration challenges,” said Jim Green, CEO for Composite Software.  “Composite 6 further extends our position as the leading provider of production-ready, enterprise-scale, high performance data virtualization solutions in use by more than 200 organizations worldwide.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite Software to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite Software, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw
     
Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.

 

 

Enhances BI Agility for Business Intelligence and Mobile Solutions

San Mateo, CA — May 24, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, today announced the certification of its flagship data virtualization product, the Composite Information Server, with MicroStrategy 9™. MicroStrategy business intelligence software enables companies to analyze the volumes of data stored across their enterprise to make better business decisions. In addition to the certification, Composite Software recently signed a Global Marketing Alliance agreement with MicroStrategy, which includes a broad range of joint marketing programs.

The combination of Composite Information Server and MicroStrategy provides agility and flexibility for BI users by extending the range of data sources available for analysis, as well as accelerating the performance of on-demand queries. Companies can enhance their BI reports by seamlessly integrating with business and SaaS applications, such as SAP and Salesforce.com.

“Agile BI is a critical requirement in today’s fast paced and competitive business environment,” said Rick van der Lans, founder and president of R/20 Consultancy BV. “Data virtualization provides a rapid data integration approach that accelerates delivery of new insights to business users.”

“With this recent certification, Composite users can now take advantage of MicroStrategy by selecting Composite as a data warehouse type from MicroStrategy’s standard interface,” said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our customers have some of the largest, most demanding BI applications in the industry, and this collaboration will enable customers to easily access and manage non-relational data sources for their data-rich BI and mobile applications.”

“In a time of extreme business change, business users need agile approaches to information,” said Robert Eve, EVP Marketing of Composite Software. “We are pleased to gain certification with MicroStrategy to enable their customers to more easily access and analyze important information via data virtualization.”

Composite Software is a MicroStrategy Alliance Partner and has participated in MicroStrategy World since 2009.


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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite Software to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite Software, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web http://www.compositesw.com, or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw.
     
Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011.


About MicroStrategy
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy software enables leading organizations worldwide to analyze the vast amounts of data stored across their enterprises to make better business decisions. The MicroStrategy platform delivers actionable information to business users via the web and mobile devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and BlackBerry. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its ease-of-use, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. MicroStrategy offers free reporting software that can be downloaded from its website. To learn more about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), visit http://www.microstrategy.com and follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/microstrategy) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/microstrategy).

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform, and MicroStrategy 9 are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Groundbreaking research study recognizes Composite Software and data virtualization’s ability to automatically and efficiently build caches of data to satisfy user demands

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 9, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, today announced the availability of a groundbreaking Bloor Group white paper, web report series and technological road map poster on Enabling the Agile Business with an Information Oriented Architecture, co-sponsored by Composite Software and available as part of the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™,a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts and advanced data virtualization practitioners. 

The Bloor Group designed the Information Oriented Architecture (IOA), the data-oriented companion to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), as an aid for organizations seeking to modernize their information architectures to meet today’s data-centric environments.  According to Dr. Robin Bloor, principal analyst with the Bloor Group who authored the study, the need for an effective architecture to manage business intelligence (BI) and BI–related applications has become obvious in recent years. 

“The dream of a single data warehouse satisfying all data needs is thankfully long dead,” Dr. Bloor said.  “However the demand for data services and data integration has not evaporated. Indeed, it has grown to the extent that satisfying this demand with point–to–point data flows is becoming impractical. This more than anything else has established the need for an IOA.”

The new research study and associated white paper offers insights about the technologies that exist, including data virtualization solutions, to design, launch and maintain an IOA as well as those that enable the kind of self-service BI that pundits for years have touted as the Holy Grail of informatics.

“With the prevalence of data virtualization and data federation, the IOA is being managed in a new way,” said Dr. Bloor.  “These technologies along with change data capture (DC) provide very lightweight solutions. Now that you don’t have to move huge amounts of data around the enterprise, why would you?  The more you move it around, the more trouble you have. The IOA was created to help users get a handle on data architecture and the technologies involved and capabilities such as data virtualization are central to an IOA.”

In support of the new research study, the Bloor Group will host a Briefing Room on Tuesday, May 10 at 4pm ET entitled Five Ways to Use an Enterprise Data Layer featuring industry consultant William McKnight of McKnight Consulting Group and Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing, Composite Software.  McKnight, author of 90 Days to Success in Consulting, will be briefed by Composite Software’s Eve, who will describe customer deployments of recurring data virtualization usage patterns.  The two will discuss how to determine when and where to use an Enterprise Data Layer, as well as offer counsel on how to:

  • Extend your data warehouse for greater return on your biggest data asset
  • Gain information agility with Information-as-a-Service’s shared semantic layer
  • Expand the scope of analytics with Big Data
  • Integrate with the Cloud

“We are honored to co-sponsor this much needed research in the area of modernizing information infrastructures and delighted with the key role data virtualization plays in enabling BI agility,” said Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing for Composite Software.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization performance leader.  Backed by a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization gold standard at 10 of the top 20 banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major communications providers and the world’s largest IT organization, the US Army. These and hundreds of other global organizations rely on Composite Software to fulfill their ever-changing information requirements with greater agility and lower costs. Composite Software is privately held, with corporate headquarters in San Mateo, CA. To contact Composite Software, please call (650) 227-8200, visit us on the Web at http://www.compositesw.com or follow Composite Software on twitter http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software, Data Virtualization Leadership Series and Data Virtualization Leadership Blog are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

 

 

Groundbreaking ‘how-to’ white paper incorporates expertise gained across hundreds of customer deployments to accelerate data virtualization adoption

SAN MATEO, Calif. — April 19, 2011 — Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, today announced the availability of an implementation methodology and best practices white paper aimed at helping organizations accelerate data virtualization adoption and implementation success.  Based on actual data virtualization project implementation experiences from hundreds of Composite Data Virtualization Platform deployments in a range of industries and use cases, these resources are cataloged in a new white paper, Composite Data Virtualization Implementation Methodology and Best Practices, and is available now as part of the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™, a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts and advanced data virtualization practitioners.

The methodology spelled out in the white paper spans the complete Data Virtualization software development lifecycle including Strategy, Planning & Governance, Solution Architecture, Configuration & Set Up, Design & Development, Deployment, Operation and Improvement.  The white paper identifies the resources, i.e. best practices, documentation, white papers, tools, consulting services and more that Composite provides to optimize each stage.

“With increasing amounts of data located in an ever growing number of disparate data sources worldwide—there will be a premium placed on data virtualization best practices and methods for coping with most-efficiently integrating this data for business intelligence and analytics,” said Colin White, president of BI Research, a leading research and consulting firm focusing on business intelligence and data management.  “Composite Software is to be applauded for sharing its extensive experiences and methodologies through this white paper.”   

“Composite Software is an excellent data virtualization platform,” added Kenny Sargent, Compassion International’s Technical Lead for Enterprise Data Products. “In the last few months, we’ve been applying emerging data virtualization best practices combined with new ways of using tried-and-true set theory principles in conjunction with Composite. We have had multiple significant wins, along with some very happy customers, in timeframes that we would not have previously believed possible. We consider the combination of these to be a great blessing to our internal customers, Compassion International, and ultimately, the children that we serve.  In addition, we’re having a lot more fun.”

“We have implemented the Composite Data Virtualization Platform at several of the largest global organizations that contributed to the development of these important best practice resources,” said Christopher Bradley, Business Consulting Director with IPL (Information Processing Limited), a UK-based IT services company and Composite Software partner.  “When blended with internal and external staff resources, this combination of knowledge, tools, processes and more will enable both immediate implementation success and on-going self sufficiency.”

“I am very proud of my team’s hard-earned knowledge captured in this white paper, the culmination of over one hundred man-years of experience working with the pioneering organizations in the data virtualization field,” said Tait Kirkham, vice president of field technical operations at Composite Software who manages Composite’s implementation efforts.  “This paper will help ensure an organization’s data virtualization objectives are achieved efficiently and effectively and they gain highest possible return on their data virtualization investments.” 

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

Composite executives will share a wealth of data virtualization and integration knowledge in a unique forum for discussing diverse data virtualization topics

SAN MATEO, Calif. — April 5, 2011 — Composite Software today launched the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog™, providing a unique forum where organizations can learn, explore and discuss diverse data virtualization topics ranging from high-end strategy and architecture to more detailed lessons learned, tips and techniques. The Data Virtualization Leadership Blog is presented by data virtualization pioneer Composite Software.

The goal of the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog is to provide data virtualization adopters with high quality insights informed by the most relevant data management trends, most innovative data virtualization use cases and the latest data virtualization solution offerings. The blog includes six regularly updated tracks covering the complete data virtualization adoption lifecycle. These tracks include:

  • Data Virtualization Strategy and Technology
  • Enterprise Architecture and Data Virtualization
  • Data Virtualization Implementation Best Practices
  • Data Virtualization Products and Solutions
  • Business Value and Data Virtualization
  • Data Virtualization Market Trends

The Data Virtualization Leadership Blog complements the Composite sponsored Data Virtualization Leadership Series™, a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts, advanced data virtualization practitioners and other relevant industry luminaries launched in August 2010.

“The advent of ‘big data’, cloud computing and the increasing need to integrate diverse data sources is driving the increased interest in data virtualization solutions,” said Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research, Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates. “Composite Software has a vision for how virtualized data adds value to the enterprise and how this virtualized data can enhance and ‘upgrade’ traditional enterprise applications.  With its extensive data virtualization customer base and rich set of use cases, Composite is well-armed to orchestrate this ambitious undertaking and provide the market with much needed insight,” Rogers said. 

Members of Composite Software’s leadership team will author content and guide discussion tracks. These include David Besemer, chief technology officer who works directly with customers and guides product vision; Marc Breissinger, executive vice president who guides data architecture design and deployment; Tait Kirkham, vice president of worldwide technical field services; Peter Tran, vice president of product marketing; Bob Reary, director of customer value; and Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing who guides Composite’s data virtualization though leadership, messages and programs.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand the maturation of the data virtualization market from a few early adopters with unique use cases to hundreds of large organizations with significant enterprise-wide deployments today,” said Composite CEO Jim Green. “Adopting data virtualization at this scale requires significantly more domain knowledge and as the market leader it is our responsibility to provide it. We have the team and the knowledge, and with the Data Virtualization Leadership Blog, we now have the forum.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

Mike Ferguson of Intelligent Business Strategies and Christopher Bradley of IPL will present Composite Software data virtualization strategies and implementation successes

SAN MATEO, Calif. — March 29, 2011 — Two of Europe’s leading business intelligence consultants will present on the topic of data virtualization at Enterprise Data World, scheduled for April 3-7 in Chicago, IL.

Mike Ferguson, Managing Director of UK-based Intelligent Business Strategies Limited, a leading analyst and consulting firm specializing in the areas of business intelligence and enterprise business integration will present a Data Management in a Cloud Computing Environment tutorial on April 4.  In his session, Ferguson will explore the challenges of consistently managing data in a cloud computing environment including disciplines such as maintaining data privacy, data access security, data quality, data consolidation, data virtualization and federation, replication, master data management and data synchronization.  As part of his tutorial, Ferguson will demonstrate data integration from a combination of on-premise and cloud data sources using the Composite Software Data Virtualization Platform.

“As the adoption of public and private cloud computing continues to grow, there is an increasing demand to seamlessly manage and govern massive amounts of data in a consistent way irrespective of its location in a cloud computing environment,” Ferguson said.  “Data virtualization enables complex data from multiple systems, regardless of location, to be presented in a form that is commonly understood by users across the enterprise.”

Christopher Bradley, Business Consulting Director with IPL (Information Processing Limited), a UK-based IT services company and Composite Software partner, will present How Do You Want Your Data Served? The Roles of Open Source BI and Data Virtualization on April 5.  In the session, Bradley will discuss how the rapid growth and diversity of information assets spread throughout the enterprise frequently means the time to solution through traditional ETL solutions can present problems.  Bradley will detail five ways data virtualization can add value to data warehousing, as well as key considerations when deciding between ETL and data virtualization—or a combination of the two.  He will also share Composite Software data virtualization best practices within global top-five integrated energy provider and global pharmaceutical companies. 

“The availability of a new generation of data virtualization tools and business intelligence (BI) solutions which easily integrate with ERP systems has undoubtedly provided real benefit in reducing overall time to solution and a business opportunity for those organizations who best leverage those data assets,” Bradley said.

“The difficulties in dealing with the ongoing data explosion and the proliferation of ever-more diverse data sources has resulted in companies being open to reevaluating their data integration strategies,”  said Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing for Composite Software.  “Data virtualization is clearly emerging as a trusted solution for today’s complex data integration challenges.”   


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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

 

European analysts Carsten Bange, Barry Devlin, Mike Ferguson, Philip Howard
and Rick van der Lans recently publish data virtualization definitions and research

SAN MATEO, Calif. — March 9, 2011 — Widespread research recently published by some of Europe’s most respected business intelligence (BI) and data integration analysts points to a rapidly accelerating interest in data virtualization as organizations seek more agile and cost effective solutions for growing data volume and information diversity challenges. 

Carsten Bange, managing director of Business Application Research Center; Barry Devlin, founder of 9sight Consulting; Mike Ferguson, Managing Director, Intelligent Business Strategies; Philip Howard, research director with Bloor Research; and Rick van der Lans, principal with R20/Consultancy, have all recently written about the advantages of incorporating data virtualization into the enterprise and the IT scenarios that best fit the virtual data integration approach.  The following are some excerpts from their findings:

Carsten Bange, Business Application Research Center (BARC)
Business Application Research Center (BARC), one of Europe’s leading independent IT analyst firms, has recently researched organizations seeking holistic views of business-critical data.  “As data sources rapidly proliferate and become more disparate, organizations are challenged to integrate this information to create holistic views of relevant data for BI and analytic applications,” said Dr. Carsten Bange, BARC research director.  “Enterprise-wide virtual data layers have the ability to integrate up-to-the-minute data because enterprises can directly access source data without waiting for ETL updates.”  Bange’s recent data virtualization report, Integrating SAP and non-SAP data for Comprehensive Business Intelligence, is available at the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™.

Barry Devlin, 9sight Consulting
Dr. Barry Devlin, principal of 9sight Consulting and one of the founders of data warehousing in the mid 1980s, recently stated that “there is far too much information of too many varieties to ever truly succeed in getting all of it into a single enterprise data warehouse (EDW).  There is also an ever growing business demand for access to near real-time information that ETL struggles to satisfy.  The virtualization approach thus makes sense as a mass access mechanism for such big data.”  Devlin’s recent posting on data virtualization can be found on the BeyeNETWORK, and will discuss the topic at his Business Integrated Insight (BI2) April 4-5 TDWI half-day seminars in Copenhagen and Helsinki, as well as at a ground-breaking 2-day course in Rome April 11-12.

Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies Ltd.
Author of Maximizing Business Value from Data Virtualization, Mike Ferguson, Managing Director, Intelligent Business Strategies, Inc., notes data virtualization provides a number of benefits, with flexibility foremost.  “Data virtualization is flexible and can be used to solve multiple problems avoiding the need for additional databases,” said Ferguson.  “When deployed widely as an enterprise data virtualization layer it allows complex data to be presented in a form that is commonly understood by users, leveling the playing field across multiple systems.”  Showcasing this flexibility, Ferguson will include a demonstration of the Composite Software Data Virtualization Platform in his April 4 Data Management in the Cloud tutorial at Enterprise Data World in Chicago, Il. 

Philip Howard, Bloor Research
In January, Philip Howard, research director with Bloor Research, published a blog post, So, what is data virtualization? that describes data virtualization’s evolution, key capabilities and how pure player vendors have a significant advantage in the market over the broader data integration vendors.  According to Howard, “data virtualization is almost become de rigeuer in large data warehousing environments where you need to synchronize queries across data marts, warehouses and/or operational systems – and this is clearly an area in which Composite is a market leader.”

Rick van der Lans, R20/Consultancy
Rick van der Lans, principal consultant with R20/Consultancy, also recently published his perspective on data virtualization in Clearly Defining Data Virtualization, Data Federation, and Data Integration.  This follows a series of seminal research reports where van der Lans describes data virtualization within the context of a Data Delivery Platform, a modern architecture for developing business intelligence systems where data consumers, such as reporting and analytical tools, are decoupled from data stores in support of decision-making, reporting, and data retrieval.

On March 22, van der Lans will present Virtualizing Data for BI and Data Warehousing in the Business Intelligence Track of the info360 Conference in Washington, D.C.  In the talk, van der Lans will discuss the practical advantages of a virtualized data architecture as well as discuss real life experiences with virtualizing data warehouses thus far.

Composite Software Customers Present European Data Virtualization Successes
On March 16, Murat Erder, Director, Enterprise Architecture for Deutsche Bank, and Pfizer’s Peter Green, Portfolio Management & Analytics Integration Director, will share their data virtualization expertise and Composite Software Data Virtualization Platform user experiences at Forrester’s Enterprise Architecture Forum EMEA 2011 in London, England.  Erder will present Deutsche Bank’s experiences using Composite to provide timely and consistent reference data globally, while Green will detail multiple Pfizer data virtualization projects he has headed. 

“We are gratified to see data virtualization gaining rapid market acceptance and the overwhelming support as a viable data integration infrastructure from the ‘who’s-who’ of Europe’s IT influencer community,” said Paul Phillips, Composite Software’s EMEA Sales Director. “This validation aligns with a significant spike in data virtualization interest and customer deployments we have seen in Europe over the past 12 months.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

 

Partnership brings to market Composite data virtualization best practices developed within global top-five integrated energy and pharmaceutical companies

San Mateo, CA and Bath, UK.  — March 1, 2011 — Data virtualization performance leader Composite Software has joined with IPL (Information Processing Limited), a UK-based IT services company specializing in the delivery of intelligent business solutions, to offer data virtualization products and services that increase return on information assets for greater business benefits in the energy, financial services and pharmaceutical industries.  This partnership brings to market the best practices and skills IPL developed at successful, enterprise-scale Composite data virtualization implementations within a global top-five integrated energy provider as well as within a global top-five global pharmaceutical company.

“Data virtualization is approaching the stage whereby it will be a must-have in every large scale enterprise’s information management and architecture strategy,” said Philip Howard, research director with Bloor Research, headquartered in London, England. “However, as organizations adopt technologies such as Composite Software’s to bridge the silos that exist within their enterprises then the use of well-designed, shared data models will become of ever greater importance, raising the need for complementary data governance and modeling services.”

“The rapid growth of information assets at our large energy, financial services and pharmaceutical clients is a business opportunity for those who can successfully leverage these assets,” said Chris Bradley, Business Consulting Director at IPL and co-author of Data Modeling for the Business: A Handbook for Aligning the Business with IT using High-Level Data Models. “Successfully deployed, data virtualization can be the key that can unlock these assets with agility and cost savings at an enterprise-scale.  Our role is to guide the strategy, architecture, governance, and modeling and thereby ensure success.”

Through this partnership, organizations can access a full complement of IPL Information Management Services delivered by IPL Business Consultants skilled in the use of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.  This includes examining how corporate information is structured, investigating the approaches for managing and delivering high quality data with high performance, and deploying the data virtualization architecture and solution to achieve business goals.

“Composite has proven itself to be the gold standard for extremely large scale data virtualization deployments, especially in information-centric enterprises in industries such as banking, energy and health care,” said Robert Eve, EVP Marketing at Composite. “IPL has proven its ability to guide the data architecture, modeling, and governance these large deployments require.  This track record of mutual success and best practices learned at several of the world’s largest and most complex companies will accelerate data virtualization benefits achieved by our future joint customers.”

Data virtualization products and services from Composite and IPL are available throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, as well as the Nordic and Benelux regions of Europe.

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About IPL
IPL is an IT services company specialising in the delivery of intelligent business solutions. We help our clients to exploit corporate information assets to yield tangible business benefits.  Bridging the gap between business and technology, IPL provides Business Consulting, Technical Consulting, Solution Delivery and Managed Services to deliver innovative and dependable ICT solutions that address real business needs. IPL was founded in 1979 and is based in its wholly owned premises in the World Heritage City of Bath.  For more information, please visit http://www.ipl.com/.

About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations, and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that use Composite’s data virtualization platform to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer architectures and cloud data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com, or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.
 

The Agile BI Data Virtualization Practice will target financial services, communications, retail, health care and energy firms

San Mateo, CA and Chicago, IL . — February 23, 2011 Data virtualization performance leader Composite Software has joined with Clarity Resource Group, a business intelligence (BI) consulting firm, to offer comprehensive data virtualization products and services that increase BI agility in financial services, communications, retail, health care and energy industries.  This partnership represents a new data virtualization solution offering that is both strategic and holistic, and entirely unique in the market.

“Data virtualization should be a key element in any enterprise’s BI agility strategy,” said Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research - Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates.  “As data virtualization’s adoption advances from project-level deployments to enterprise-wide architectures, organizations require comprehensive strategy, planning, architecture and organizational development services in order to achieve their BI agility objectives at scale.  This means they need guidance far beyond the installation and implementation activities typical of early-stage data virtualization projects.”

The alliance between Composite and Clarity provides exactly this kind of comprehensive guidance, enabling Composite’s customers to access the full complement of business services delivered by Clarity’s Data Virtualization Practice. The only practice of its kind in the BI space, its analysts, architects, developers and program managers work in tandem with Composite’s Professional Services team to maximize clients’ successes.

“Composite’s strength is helping IT better support their dynamic business users through more agile data integration approaches,” said Robert Eve, EVP Marketing at Composite. “Clarity’s strength is helping business leaders achieve their objectives through more results-focused BI solutions. By combining these strengths, we help clients adopt data virtualization as a business-led initiative that delivers significant business agility and higher returns.”

“Over the past seven years, early adopters in financial services, communications, health care, retail and energy have demonstrated data virtualization’s ability to alleviate the data movement bottlenecks that prevent IT agility,” said Jai Malhotra, Clarity’s Data Virtualization Practice Lead.  “Now they want to accelerate their data virtualization success.  That’s where Clarity comes in.  We help companies establish data virtualization strategies and architectures that are business-aligned, so they maximize impact on business objectives, harness information value, and create actionable enterprise information assets.”

Data virtualization products and services from Composite and Clarity are available throughout North America and Europe.

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About Clarity Resource Group
Clarity helps its clients use business intelligence to generate measurable business results. Featuring Advisory services that lay the foundation for transformative BI, and Enablement services that drive more performance from existing and planned BI infrastructures, Clarity delivers the value that companies expect from their BI investments. Clarity solves complex data challenges with the world-class BI expertise that clients demand, and without the frustration of bureaucracy or high prices. Clarity is a privately held, Inc. 5000 company with offices in Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please visit http://clarity-us.com.

About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations, and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that use Composite’s data virtualization platform to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer architectures and cloud data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com, or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.
 

 

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — February 14, 2011 Composite Software, Inc., today announced that customers Pfizer and Deutsche Bank will join Forrester Research, Inc. Vice President and Principal Analyst Gene Leganza to share their data virtualization expertise and Composite-enabled success stories at upcoming Forrester Research Enterprise Architecture Forums scheduled for San Francisco, CA and London, UK. 

Pfizer’s Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and Research Fellow and leader of the Business Operations Group within Pharmaceutical Sciences, will join Leganza in San Francisco at Forrester’s Enterprise Architecture Forum 2011 where they will present “Key Technology Trends That Will Change Your Business: Say Goodbye To Information Silos and Hello To Information Agility With Information-As-A-Service” on February 18, 11:15am – 12:00pm .  Linhares was instrumental in development of Pfizer’s Research Information Factory (RIF), global reference data implementation, introduction of data federation and other enterprise data integration projects and will share his experiences in delivering agile business intelligence utilizing the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™  in an Information-as-a-Service (IaaS) architecture.

On March 16, executives from Deutsche Bank and Pfizer will join Leganza in London, England to present on the same topic at Forrester’s Enterprise Architecture Forum EMEA 2011.  Murat Erder, Director, Enterprise Architecture for Deutsche Bank, and Pfizer’s Peter Green, Portfolio Management & Analytics Integration Director along with Leganza will discuss how IaaS offers a flexible data integration platform to enable access to any type of data, on any platform, using a wide range of interface and data access standards. Erder will present Deutsche Bank’s experiences using Composite’s data virtualization software to provide timely and consistent reference data locally.. 

Green will detail Pfizer data virtualization projects he has spearheaded which integrates R&D data across the company, including the recent Wyeth acquisition, giving executives detailed visibility into a drug-development pipeline worth billions.

In addition, the panel will discuss how IaaS supports “single version of the truth,” real-time business intelligence, transactional applications, federated views across business silos, and improved security for access to sensitive data. 

“We are delighted that two marquee Composite customers are sharing their real-world experiences in bringing Forrester’s Information-as-a-Service vision to life,” said Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing for Composite Software.  “Both Deutsche Bank and Pfizer represent compelling data virtualization success stories that will be of great interest and educational value to conference attendees.” 

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

 

Highlighting 2010 for the leading data virtualization software provider include customer wins at CARFAX, NYSE Euronext and Time Warner Cable

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — February 8, 2011 Composite Software, Inc. today announced it completed 2010 with its seventh consecutive year of revenue growth, significant customer wins, strategic industry partnerships and increased market recognition, further solidifying its position as the leading data virtualization software provider addressing the demands of global enterprises seeking more agile, cost-effective data integration solutions.

Highlighting 2010 was a new release of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ that delivered the industry’s most complete and highest performing data virtualization offering, with capabilities from upfront data discovery and modeling to ongoing operations monitoring.  In addition, Composite gained dozens of significant new customers in 2010 including CARFAX, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Excellus, Nexen, NYSE Euronext, TELUS and Time Warner Cable.  Ten of the top 20 global money center banks, six of the top 10 pharmaceutical firms, four of the top five energy companies and leading media and communications companies now leverage Composite’s offerings.

Additional 2010 highlights include:

  • Composite customer Compassion International’s Ministry Information Library—designed to integrate information for more than four million people—was recognized as a “Laureate” in IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program and received the BeyeNETWORK 2010 Vision Award for Business Impact.
  • Composite hosted Data Virtualization Day in New York City, attended by more than 100 Composite customers, prospects, industry analysts and media. Presenters included Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and research fellow at Pfizer, Inc.; Emile Werr, VP Global Data Services at New York Stock Exchange; and Prashant Sarode, VP at Wells Fargo Wholesale Bank.  Deutsche Bank, Northern Trust and Comag Marketing Group were awarded “High Impact”, “Rapid Development” and “Customer Value” awards.
  • Composite was identified as a leader in the February 2010 independent report “The Forrester Wave™: Information-As-A-Service (IaaS), Q1 2010”, from Forrester Research Inc..  Composite customer Pfizer was highlighted in Forrester’s October 2010 report “Empower BI Heroes With Self-Service Tools.”  In addition, Forrester analysts Boris Evelson, Gene Leganza and Noel Yuhanna were guest presenters on Information Architecture and Agile BI webinars with Composite.
  • Reports from two independent analyst firms, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and Bloor Research, recognized the Composite Data Virtualization Platform as the IT industry’s leading data virtualization solution.
  • Netezza introduced the Netezza Data Virtualizer™ based on the Composite Information Server to simplify, accelerate and optimize the integration of data stored across multiple Netezza data warehouse appliances and deliver query results to reporting and analytic applications.
  • Composite also partnered with Kapow Technologies to simplify and accelerate the integration of critical web data in large-scale data virtualization environments,  and Predixion Software to extend data source connectivity and accelerate query performance for Predixion customers.
  • Composite launched the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™ , providing a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts and advanced data virtualization practitioners such as Claudia Imhoff of Intelligent Solutions, Colin White of BI Research, David Loshin of Knowledge Integrity, Mike Ferguson of Intelligent Business Strategies and Rick van der Lans, R20/Consulting.

“There is far too much information of too many varieties to ever truly succeed in getting all of it into a single enterprise data warehouse (EDW),” said data warehousing pioneer Dr. Barry Devlin, founder and principal of 9sight Consulting, who proposes a fully integrated business, covering informational, operational and collaborative environments. “There is also an ever growing business demand for access to near real-time information that ETL, however trickle-fed, struggles to satisfy.  The virtualization approach thus makes sense as a mass access mechanism for such big data,” Devlin said.

Added Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing for Composite Software, “As new “fit-for-purpose” data stores based on appliances, MPP and NoSQL rapidly proliferate, organizations are rethinking their traditional data integration strategies.  Composite Software has emerged as the clear choice when evaluating virtualized approaches for today’s, more-complex data integration challenges.” 

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

 

Business Application Research Center (BARC) White Paper Details Approaches to Achieving Holistic Views of Relevant Data

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — January 18, 2011 In the research study “Integrating SAP and non-SAP data for comprehensive Business Intelligence,” BARC Managing Director Carsten Bange and Senior Analyst Timm Grosser examine how enterprises depend on operational and transactional data systems for decision-making and the difficulties associated with integrating data stored in SAP and other disparate systems.  The authors also cite multiple advantages and examples for each recommended method.

“As data sources rapidly proliferate and become more disparate, organizations are challenged to integrate this information to create holistic views of relevant data for BI and analytic applications,” said Bange, with more than 10 years BI and data warehouse consulting experience.  “SAP customers have long experienced the difficulties and costs associated with creating an integrated view of SAP and non-SAP data.  One alternative is enterprise-wide virtual data layers, which deliver agile BI, greater flexibility for running test scenarios on the fly and integrating up-to-the-minute data because enterprises can directly access source data without waiting for ETL batch updates,” Bange said.

“SAP customers have long sought out cost-effective and viable solutions for integrating SAP and non-SAP data for reporting and analysis purposes,” said Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing for Composite Software, which sponsored the BARC research project as part of its Data Virtualization Leadership Series™.  “This research-driven white paper does an excellent job in helping SAP customers identify their requirements and pain points in evaluating the possibilities of a virtual data integration infrastructure.” 

The white paper is available for free download from Composite Software and on the BARC website.  A forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts, advanced data virtualization practitioners and other relevant industry luminaries, the Data Virtualization Leadership Series is sponsored by Composite Software.

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About Business Application Research Center (BARC)
Business Application Research Center — BARC — is a leading independent software industry analyst delivering information to more than 1000 customers each year. For more than ten years, BARC has specialized in core research areas including Data Management, Business Intelligence and Document Management. More than 30 highly-qualified professionals deliver 100% unbiased and well-founded knowledge about the software market with software evaluations, conferences, market research and consulting. BARC has offices in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and partners worldwide.

About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer and cloud data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Data Virtualization Leadership Series are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2011. 

  • Claudia Imhoff of Intelligent Solutions and Colin White of BI Research Co-Author TDWI White Paper Enumerating Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Using Data Federation Technology
  • Webinar Featuring Analysts and Composite Software Discusses Data Virtualization Best Practices and Use Cases Deployed at Global Enterprises

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — December 7, 2010 Addressing the demand for practical tips on data virtualization best practices, two data expert thought leaders today announced the publication of the most recent TDWI Ten Mistakes to Avoid series white paper “Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Using Data Federation Technology.”

Claudia Imhoff, president of Boulder, Colo.-based Intelligent Solutions, and Colin White, president of Ashland, Ore.-based BI Research, co-authored the white paper, which also serves as the basis for a Dec. 8 webinar, “Caution: Bumps Ahead – Common Data Virtualization Mistakes To Bypass.”   The two analysts collaborated with popular data virtualization speaker and author Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing at Composite Software, on the webinar, which presents the white paper’s findings plus best practices from global enterprises that have deployed Composite Software’s data virtualization platform in a variety of data integration scenarios.

“Data virtualization or federation has achieved a significant role in enterprise data management strategies because it allows data integration teams to quickly create virtually integrated data sets for many purposes—BI, CRM, MDM, etc.,” explained Imhoff.  Data virtualization combines data without moving it from the original sources, greatly accelerating the data integration process.

“Data virtualization has proven to be a boon to data integration, especially as a way to extend the reach of BI to more sources and users, and thus deliver a greater return on information assets,” said White.  “The white paper and webinar are designed to help enterprises learn how to successfully deploy this powerful technology, while avoiding potential pitfalls.” 

The white paper’s ten mistakes cover failures such as not properly understanding the many opportunities to gain value from data virtualization, including underutilizing it in data management architectures, not applying it to prototyping and other activities it does better than more traditional approaches, not defining shared business views of source data, and limiting its use to relational data only.  To ensure proper adoption, the authors highlight potential pitfalls such as insufficient monitoring of potential impact on source systems and not fully determining data virtualization infrastructure requirements. In addition, the white paper cautions against using data virtualization or federation for inappropriate scenarios such as the creation of virtual data warehouses,  large-scale real-time analytics or where highly complex, multi-step transformations and aggregations are required.

Additional reference materials related to data virtualization, including a TDWI “Checklist Report on Data Federation,” may be found at Data Virtualization Leadership Series™.

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About Composite Software, Inc.

Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations, and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that use Composite’s data virtualization platform to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite Software is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, data virtualization layer architectures and cloud data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010.

 

  • Receives BeyeNETWORK 2010 Vision Award for Business Impact
  • Technical Leader/Data Architect to Co-Present at U.K. Conference on Nov. 4

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — November 3, 2010 Two years ago, Compassion International’s information technology (IT) team recognized its existing data infrastructure would be overpowered by its growing ministry for helping the world’s impoverished children find relief.  The team’s solution—the Ministry Information Library (MIL) designed now to integrate information of more than four million people—today received Tech Target’s BeyeNETWORK 2010 Vision Award for Business Impact..

Compassion International and the leading provider of high-performance data virtualization, Composite Software, Inc., were recognized for “data integration” by BeyeNETWORK Vision Award judges at the Tech Target Enterprise Data Virtual Trade Show.

“The Compassion International/Composite Software submission stood out for me because of the impact the solution had on Compassion International and its ability to increase its humanitarian efforts due to costs savings realized with the implementation of a new IT infrastructure,” said Barry Devlin, 9sight Consulting and a BeyeNETWORK Vision Award judge.

In further recognition of their innovative application of technology to solve a business problem, members of the Compassion IT team, Technical Leader Kenny Sargent and Data Architect Andy Sturt, will co-present at the prestigious European technical conference IRMUK:

Composite Software will exhibit its award-winning data virtualization platform at IRM UK, which runs Nov. 3-5.

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About Ministry Information Library (MIL)
Compassion International’s 150-person IT team has improved responsiveness to new end-user requests by 25 percent. Further, the MIL more easily supports new Web 2.0 collaboration applications to improve communication between needy children and their sponsors. Finally, total application development and maintenance costs have been reduced, lessening administrative costs and thus freeing more funds for charitable work

While the absolute impact of the MIL to impoverished children worldwide is nearly impossible to measure, the impact on Compassion’s business has been strong. Compassion has seen greater agility to respond to crises, as well as to meet the IT needs for new types of programs such as the Child Survival Program and Leadership Development programs that complement the original Child Sponsorship program. Further, Compassion has already achieved lower IT costs (approximately 25-35 percent less per project) which allows more funding to flow directly to the sponsored children and programs.

About Compassion International

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than one million children in 26 countries.

For more information, please visit http://www.compassion.com/.

About Composite Software, Inc.

Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on the Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010.

 

VP Distinguished Analyst Ted Friedman Names Five Keys to Data Integration at Industry Event Sponsored by Composite Software, Inc.

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — October 13, 2010 Recognized for their innovative applications of data virtualization middleware, executives from Deutsche Bank, Northern Trust and Comag Marketing Group LLC, each received awards at the IT industry’s first-ever Data Virtualization Day, held recently in New York City. The event also featured a keynote address by Gartner, Inc. VP Distinguished Analyst Ted Friedman, who presented for the first time his “Data Integration Manifesto” with its five keys to successful data integration as a guide to enterprises as they evolve their IT infrastructure in pursuit of more effective and efficient data delivery.

Sponsored by Composite Software, Inc., Data Virtualization Day was attended by more than 100 IT professionals representing Global 2000 enterprises in the financial services, banking, life sciences/pharmaceutical, telecommunications, media, energy and other information-intensive industries. This industry event followed the annual, invitation-only Composite Software Customer Advisory Council held in New York City on Oct. 5.

Neil Fletcher, director of Reference Data at Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading financial service providers, accepted the award for “High Impact” in recognition of the bank’s “Data Vault” project that “has pulled the bank together from small projects into a more effective, unified system.” Len Hardy, SVP, Operations and Technology at Northern Trust, an international financial services company based in Chicago, received the “Rapid Deployment” award for “exceeding the expectations of the business by delivering significant results ahead of schedule with his team’s Securities Lending Portal and Investment Office Outsourcing use cases.” Sean Poccia, senior IT director, Comag Marketing Group LLC, a jointly owned company of Condé Nast Publications, Inc. and The Hearst Corporation, received the “Customer Value” award for “consistently achieving and promoting data virtualization value across his organization and in the broader data integration market by leveraging such work as the Comag Application Data Hub.”

In his keynote address, Friedman unveiled “The Data Integration Manifesto” with its five pillars for success: standardize, diversify, unify, leverage and govern. Friedman talked about the ways leading organizations are extending their data integration repertoire to address new problems and deliver new solutions.

“Attendees told us they can’t wait to apply the practical advice they learned from the all-star lineup of data virtualization innovators,” said Jim Green, CEO, Composite Software. “We’re thrilled by this enthusiasm, largely generated by our customer speakers who generously shared their time and wisdom with their technical peers.”

Recordings of the presentations by Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and research fellow at Pfizer, Inc.; Emile Werr, VP Global Data Services at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); Prashant Sarode, VP at Wells Fargo Wholesale Bank and head of Solutions Design and Development/Wholesale Managed Services, Wells Fargo Bank; along with Composite Software CTO David Besemer will soon be available at the Data Virtualization Day website.


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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on the Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

Composite Software and Predixion Software team to extend data source connectivity and accelerate query performance for Predixion customers

SAN MATEO, CALIF.  and ALISO VIEJO, CALIF.  — October 4, 2010 To further enrich the business insights available from Predixion Software’s recently introduced self-service, in-the-cloud predictive analytics solution, Composite Software, Inc. and Predixion Software today announced a new data integration option that extends connectivity to hundreds of data sources beyond the extensive data integration capabilities enabled by native integration to Microsoft© PowerPivot.  In addition, this advanced data integration option leverages Composite’s high-performance query engine and multiple caching techniques to further speed up queries and thereby reduce data latency.

The new data integration option, Predixion Enterprise Connexion™, Predixion Enterprise Connexion™, based on the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, allows Predixion Insight™ users to mine more data by extending data source connectivity to additional sources including:

  • Relational sources via JDBC;
  • Multi-dimensional sources;
  • Web services (e.g., SOAP, HTTP, JSON);
  • Messaging-based sources (JMS);
  • Procedural (Java); and
  • Applications (e.g., SAP, Siebel eBusiness, Oracle E-Business Suite, salesforce.com).

The combined power of Predixion’s extensive predictive analytics capabilities and Composite’s data virtualization platform will enable businesses to merge data from disparate systems for analysis and predictions. For example, marketing analysts at a mutual fund company could combine CRM transactions, Web click-streams, email marketing campaign results and investment activities data to uncover hidden patterns that would otherwise be invisible and then correlate data to predict successful marketing campaigns.

“Predictive analytics solutions are only as good as the data they are able to access, especially in global enterprises with large, complex information systems,” said William McKnight, president of McKnight Consulting Group, an expert in designing and implementing data warehouse and business intelligence systems. “Predixion recognizes this critical requirement and is working to provide users with a complete and flexible data integration solution incorporating both Microsoft PowerPivot and the Composite Software Data Virtualization Platform. Predixion extends the reach of data mining deep into the organization and its use will provide companies rich competitive advantage.”

“Data availability and data integration are often the bottleneck for predictive analytics,” said Simon Arkell, CEO of Predixion Software. “We have removed that barrier through our patent-pending native integration with PowerPivot and our agreement with Composite Software that enables Predixion customers to query hundreds of additional data sources, including cloud sources. Predixion and Composite customers can now use and analyze large amounts of data to make actionable decisions – anytime, anywhere. ” 

“Simpler, more self-service approaches to predictive analytics are critical to our enterprise customers, especially those in healthcare/life sciences and financial services where dynamic businesses run on fast changing data. By partnering with Predixion, we provide the simplicity and agility these users demand,” explained Christian Nall, EVP Worldwide Field Operations, Composite Software. 

Predixion Enterprise Connection is available immediately from both Predixion Software and Composite Software. Pricing is CPU-based.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on the Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

About Predixion Software
Predixion Software develops and markets cloud-based predictive analytics. Predixion enables self-service predictive analytics allowing customers to use and analyze large amounts of data to make actionable decisions, all within the familiar environment of Excel and PowerPivot. Predixion customers are achieving immediate results across a multitude of industries including: retail, finance, healthcare, marketing, telecommunications and insurance/risk management. Predixion Software is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California with development offices in Redmond, Washington. The company has venture capital backing from established investors including DFJ Frontier, Miramar Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures. For more information please contact us at (949) 330-6540, or visit us at www.predixionsoftware.com

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 29, 2010 A recent survey shows that data virtualization is playing an increasingly important role in enterprise data integration strategies because of the business value that it brings. More than 47 percent of respondents have an interest in using data virtualization in their enterprise infrastructures, according to an online survey sponsored by Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization performance leader. 

The 143 respondents - a group spanning developers, database administrators, software engineers and managers, business intelligence (BI) consultants, and CIOs - identified three primary ways where data virtualization adds value to enterprises:

  • by improving data delivery and access,
  • reducing infrastructure costs, and
  • making data sources and infrastructure transparent to data consumers.
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Additional value identified includes improving staff productivity, reducing risk of missing deadlines and improving the ability to meet demanding service level agreements (SLAs).

According to the survey, the best use cases for data virtualization include analytics/BI (64.1 percent), followed by real-time data sharing (49.6 percent), virtual data marts (39.3 percent), extending/augmenting existing data warehouses (38.5 percent), cloud computing (36.8 percent) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) (23.9 percent). 

“Beyond quantifying data virtualization’s growing enterprise adoption, this survey parallels the significant business value that we have seen in our installed base,” said Robert Eve, EVP of Marketing, Composite Software. “Not only does data virtualization help reduce costs, which is an immediate boost in these current times of economic recovery, but it also provides long-term value by improving and speeding up access to business critical information.”

Full survey results are available at the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on the Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

VP Distinguished Analyst Ted Friedman to Keynote; Presentations by Pfizer, NYSE, Wells Fargo Bank and Composite Software Executives

SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 15, 2010   Addressing the growing interest in data virtualization, the IT industry’s first-ever Data Virtualization Day, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the recently opened InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel, New York City. Gartner, Inc. VP Distinguished Analyst Ted Friedman will address trends in data integration technology and architecture in a morning keynote preceded by an opening welcome by Jim Green, CEO of Composite Software, Inc., the event’s sponsor. 

Data Virtualization Day’s agenda includes presentations by several leading enterprise adopters: Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and research fellow at Pfizer, Inc.; Emile Werr, VP Global Data Services at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); and Prashant Sarode, VP at Wells Fargo Wholesale Bank and head of Solutions Design and Development/Wholesale Managed Services, Wells Fargo Bank; along with a customer panel on practical adoption advice moderated by Friedman. Composite Software technical experts including CTO David Besemer will round out the educational sessions. Composite will also present annual awards for best data virtualization implementations.

“Global enterprises and government agencies want to learn how innovators are using data virtualization to better satisfy the information demands of business users while also reducing IT time and costs,” said Robert Eve, EVP of Marketing, Composite Software. “So, in putting together this rich agenda, we made successful adoption and achieving maximum business value the day’s key themes. With more than 100 registrants and a schedule packed with high-caliber speakers who are committed to sharing their experiences, we’re anticipating a lively, information-filled day.”

In a related effort to meet the strong industry demand for educational opportunities for learning practical applications of data virtualization, Composite Software launched last month the Data Virtualization Leadership Series™  to provide a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts, advanced data virtualization practitioners and other relevant industry luminaries. 

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on the Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

 

Data Virtualization Technology Leader, Composite Software, Inc., Sponsors Forum for the Advancement of Enterprise-Scale Data Virtualization

SAN MATEO, Calif. — August 3, 2010 Today, the new Data Virtualization Leadership Series™ launches, providing a forum for groundbreaking white papers, articles and webcasts by leading IT industry analysts, advanced data virtualization practitioners and other relevant industry luminaries.  The series is sponsored by data virtualization performance leader Composite Software, Inc.

“Data virtualization’s emergence as a mainstream data integration approach has resulted in strong demand for deep insights and lessons learned from thought leaders and early adopters,” said Robert Eve, EVP of Marketing, Composite Software. “We are pleased to sponsor this forum to encourage and enable successful data virtualization implementations.” .

Recent additions to the forum include:

  • Agile BI Made Easy - Two Proven Paths to Success, by Boris Evelson, VP and principal analyst, Forrester Research; Mark Budzinski, VP and general manager, WhereScape USA; and Robert Eve, EVP of Marketing, Composite Software. In this webcast, two proven approaches to successfully implement Agile Business Intelligence will be discussed. The webcast will air live at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.
  • Effecting Data Quality Improvement through Data Virtualization, by David Loshin, Knowledge Integrity, Inc. In his white paper, independent industry analyst Loshin discusses significant data quality challenges that have become magnified in relation to the growing need for information sharing, and reviews various ways data virtualization can improve data quality.
  • Think Outside the Box: Extend BI with Data Virtualization, by Colin White, BI Solutions, Inc.; and Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., Intelligent Solutions, Inc. In their webcast, White and Imhoff outline the challenges requiring “outside the box” thinking about traditional ETL and CDC methodologies.

The Data Virtualization Leadership Series also features white papers from leading IT analysts including:

  • Wayne Eckerson, The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI)
  • Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies
  • Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., Intelligent Solutions, Inc.
  • David S. Linthicum, Bick Group
  • Rick van der Lans, R20/Consulting

Industry thought leaders and advanced data virtualization users are encouraged to contribute white papers and similar technical content to the Data Virtualization Leadership Series.  Further information is available at http://www.compositesw.com/resources/data-virtualization-leadership-series/.


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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE: Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Forrester’s Boris Evelson will keynote a free August 4 web seminar where attendees will learn about Agile BI’s challenges, inhibitors, practical approaches and use cases

Portland, OR and San Mateo, CA — July 27, 2010   WhereScape and Composite Software, Inc. announced today that Boris Evelson, vice president and principal analyst of Forrester Research, will keynote a WhereScape and Composite-sponsored web seminar entitled “Agile BI Made Easy: Two Proven Paths to Success.” The free web seminar will be held on August 4 at 2pm ET. To register, please visit here. 

Evelson, a world-renowned BI expert, delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences. In his research, Evelson continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches.

Evelson will draw upon his 25 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills to detail how Agile BI can provide organizations with a competitive advantage in the face of deployment efforts that are often underestimated, ever-changing user requirements, a growing user base and rapidly growing volumes and complexity of the data. 

In Forrester’s April 22, 2010 report “Agile BI Out of the Box,” Evelson wrote, “Complexity represents one of the toughest challenges facing traditional business intelligence (BI) applications…. Clearly a different approach is needed to make BI applications more flexible and able to react much faster to ever-changing business and regulatory requirements. Forrester refers to this methodology as ‘Agile BI’.” 

In the web seminar, Evelson will discuss:

  • Challenges & inhibitors to Agile BI success
  • Components needed to achieve BI success
  • Next generation technology and topology choices
  • Practical approaches and recommendations
  • Use cases and examples of successful Agile BI

Evelson will be joined on the web seminar by WhereScape Vice President and General Manager Mark Budzinski and Composite Executive Vice President of Marketing Robert Eve who will detail use cases and examples of successful Agile BI implementations.


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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

ABOUT WHERESCAPE: WhereScape provides a product, WhereScape RED, which transforms traditional approaches to building and managing data warehouses with a truly agile methodology. WhereScape RED is the only comprehensive Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for data warehousing that supports the entire data warehouse management life cycle, integrating source system exploration, schema design, metadata management, warehouse scheduling and enhancement into a single, simple integrated design.

More than 350 customers worldwide are using WhereScape RED on a variety of platforms. Projects performed using WhereScape RED typically come in under budget, ahead of schedule, with improved performance, greater transparency and built on more solid foundations over the systems they replace. WhereScape has head offices in Auckland, New Zealand, Portland Oregon, and Wokingham, UK.  For more information, please visit http://www.wherescape.com.

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Composite Software Receives Praise for Fast, Innovative Development and Strategic Growth Partnerships

SAN MATEO, Calif. — July 20, 2010 Composite Software, Inc. today announced that two newly published reports by independent analyst firms, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and Bloor Research, recognize Composite Software and the Composite Data Virtualization Platform™ as the IT industry’s leading data virtualization solution. The EMA report further praises Composite Software’s recent strategic partnerships with Kapow Technologies and Netezza Corporation for allowing Composite Software to deliver new, innovative solutions for IT developers and end-users while still focusing on the core of its expertise – data virtualization. 

The Composite Data Virtualization Platform, released in May 2010, is the industry’s most comprehensive data virtualization offering used to address the escalating enterprise demand for more agile, cost-effective data integration solutions. EMA and Bloor Research both recognize the Composite Data Virtualization Platform as the leading general-purpose data virtualization solution of choice.

Phillip Howard, research director of UK-based Bloor Research, writes in his report, “Certainly, [Composite Software] is the leading pure play (independent) vendor in the marketplace, and we would argue that it is the leading vendor in the sector as a whole, certainly in terms of its functionality, performance and ease of use.” Howard’s report reviews Composite Software’s most recent innovations introduced with the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.

According to Shawn Rogers, vice president at Colorado-based EMA, the company’s sole focus on data virtualization and its strategic partnerships are a “proof point of a mature leadership team with deep understanding of how to create and execute on a well thought-out roadmap.”

EMA’s Rogers notes, “Composite Software clearly has both IT developers and end users in mind with these developments…Composite Software has proven it understands the challenges of today’s IT department and the information needs of the executive suite…Composite Software has taken a very strategic approach to its virtualization ecosystem. By partnering with Netezza and Kapow, Composite Software is able to stay focused on its core area of expertise – data virtualization.”

“Working hand-in-hand with our customers—blue chip global companies that demand the best—we have nearly a decade of solving the most complex technical challenges, and the analyst community appreciates this rigor and dedication to a single focus,” notes Jim Green, CEO of Composite Software. “Our forward-moving strategy is simple: to deliver the most benefits to our customers, we’ll innovate where we have expertise, and partner with best-of-breed experts where we don’t.”

For more information or to purchase the Bloor Research and EMA reports please visit:  http://www.compositesw.com/news-events/analyst-research/

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE: Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation. For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Joint Offering Eases and Accelerates Integration of Cloud, B2B and Public Web Data for Enterprise Environments

SAN MATEO, Calif. and PALO ALTO, Calif — June 30, 2010 Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization performance leader, and Kapow Technologies, the leading provider of Web data services, today announced a new solution to simplify and accelerate the integration of critical web data in large-scale data virtualization environments. The joint solution is called Composite Application Data Services for Web Content™, and is powered by the Kapow Web Data Server. 

Improving real-time business intelligence and strategic decision-making capabilities, the new solution instantly and automatically integrates data from any web-based format, including cloud and business-to-business (B2B) applications and public Web data sources into the Composite Data Virtualization Platform without any coding required. Users can then easily federate this data with other structured or semi-structured data sources such as relational tables, MDX-based warehouses, XML documents, web services, file systems and more, to gain an integrated view of their customers, employees, suppliers, products, markets and more required by today’s fast-paced enterprises.

According to Colin White, president and founder of BI Research, “Web content is becoming a valuable data source for analysis. The combination of Kapow for capturing Web content and Composite for merging the captured content with other types of information is a valuable addition to the data integration toolbox.”

“In addition to building the most advanced data virtualization offerings, we selectively partner with other category leaders to fulfill the complex information needs of today’s sophisticated enterprises,” said Avtandil Garakanidze, SVP of Products at Composite Software.  “With hundreds of successful enterprise customer deployments, Kapow Technologies, the leader in Web data services, fits our strategy perfectly, providing a proven solution to meet this fast-growing demand.”

“As web data becomes ever more mission critical, companies can gain significant competitive advantage when they federate this data with their traditional structured and semi-structured sources,” said Stefan Andreasen, CTO of Kapow Technologies. “The combination of Kapow’s Web Data Server and Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Platform will allow our customers to manage this process with much greater ease and agility.”

“Composite Software is on the move, last week announcing the Netezza Data Virtualizer powered by the Composite Information Server™, and last month announcing significant extensions to its Data Virtualization Platform,” said Shawn Rogers, vice president Research Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). “Fast-paced innovation is what enterprises expect from category leaders, and Composite is delivering.”

Available today, Composite Application Data Services for Web Content will be jointly integrated, sold, implemented and supported by Composite Software and Kapow Technologies.

The new offering complements Composite’s existing extensive array of integration sources including relational, MDX, mainframes, file systems, web services, XML and Office documents, message buses and more. Additional Composite Application Data Services products are available from Composite Software to simplify and accelerate integration of SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel and Salesforce.com application sources and MDX warehouse sources including SAP BW and Oracle Essbase. Additional Kapow Technologies solutions are available to eliminate the barriers to accessing and integrating all sources of web data.

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies. These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

ABOUT KAPOW TECHNOLOGIES:  The leader in web data services, Kapow Technologies arms Fortune 1000 companies with the real-time web intelligence needed to be more competitive and profitable. The company’s patented Kapow Web Data Server extends and modernizes business applications by automatically integrating enterprise and public web data from any source with no coding required. Kapow currently has more than 400 customers, including AT&T, Walt Disney, Morgan Stanley, Intel, Vodafone and Audi. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. with additional offices in Denmark, Germany and the U.K. For more information, visit http://www.kapowtech.com or call toll-free at 1-800-805-0828.


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Enterprises Gain Wider View of Data via Scalable Virtual Data Warehouse

BOSTON, Mass.— ENZEE Universe — June 21, 2010 Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ), the global leader in data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances, and Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization performance leader, today announced the Netezza Data Virtualizer™ to simplify, accelerate and optimize the integration of data stored across multiple Netezza appliances.

Powered by Composite Software, the Netezza Data Virtualizer creates an integrated view of data that is physically distributed across multiple Netezza appliances and delivers query results to reporting and analytic applications while Netezza appliances continue to manage their data.

“As the enterprise-wide scale of their data analytics’ needs continue to grow, Netezza’s customers have exacting performance expectations for their BI applications,” said Phil Francisco, vice president, product management and product marketing for Netezza. “Composite’s deep knowledge of data virtualization and the teamwork between our companies’ engineers mean this product will provide high performance for our customers’ BI applications regardless of the data’s physical location within a grid of Netezza appliances.”

“Netezza has a vision for the future of data warehousing and analytics (which it calls NSight) and this release is a significant step on the path to the fulfillment of that vision” said Philip Howard, Research Director, Bloor Research and author of the Bloor Research InDetail paper on the Netezza Data Virtualizer. “Furthermore, it showcases the power and flexibility of Composite’s market leading data virtualization platform. This is a valuable combination that is unique in the market.”

“As enterprises expand their Netezza deployments, it is only natural that they want to gain an even higher return by integrating these important analytic environments,” said David Besemer, Composite Software CTO. “Together we have engineered a complete and cost-effective solution that meets these needs while delivering the agility, performance and reliability levels these enterprises require.”

The Netezza Data Virtualizer is licensed and supported by Netezza. The product is planned to be generally available early in the second half of calendar year 2010.

In addition, Netezza customers have the option of licensing a full-use version of Composite Information Server directly from Composite Software. The full-use license allows data access beyond Netezza appliances to other relational databases, to Web services and XML documents, and enterprise applications from Oracle, Salesforce.com, and SAP, including SAP BW and Oracle Essbase.

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

ABOUT NETEZZA CORPORATION:  Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ) is the global leader in data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances that dramatically simplify high-performance analytics across an extended enterprise. Netezza’s technology enables organizations to process enormous amounts of captured data at exceptional speed, providing a significant competitive and operational advantage in today’s data-intensive industries, including digital media, energy, financial services, government, health and life sciences, retail and telecommunications. Netezza is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts and has offices in Northern Virginia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Korea, Australia and Singapore. For more information about Netezza, please visit http://www.netezza.com.

Netezza®, TwinFin™, Netezza® Data Virtualizer™and the Netezza ‘N’ logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Netezza Corporation.  Composite Software® and Composite Information Server™ is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Compassion International Honored for Utilizing Information Technology and Data Virtualization Services to Benefit Society

SAN MATEO, Calif. — June 9, 2010 Composite Software, Inc., the leader in high performance data virtualization, today announced that one of its customers, Compassion International, has been recognized as a “Laureate” in IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization, and its Ministry Information Library (MIL), powered in part by Composite Software’s data virtualization middleware, was acknowledged for its use of information technology (IT) to benefit society.

“Through child sponsorships, Compassion International currently is helping more than one million children around the world to move out of poverty,” said Bob Reary, director of Customer Value at Composite Software. “To meet the information needs of its growing program, Compassion has deployed its new information architecture, MIL, to help its IT team respond more quickly to end user requests, and to more easily support new Web 2.0 collaboration applications, thereby improving the flow of information throughout the company and the communication between sponsors. We’re honored to be a part of the technology mix that makes this possible.” 

Each year, members of the Computerworld Honors Program Chairmen’s Committee identify organizations whose use of IT has been especially noteworthy for the originality of its conception, the breadth of its vision, and the significance of its benefit to society. This year’s honorees were recognized during the 22nd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 7, 2010, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Computerworld’s 2010 Honors Program Laureates, visit http://www.cwhonors.org/

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

  • New Fully Integrated Composite Discovery™ Quickly Finds Data and Data Relationships, Automating Steps Traditionally Done by Hand
  • Industry’s Greatest # of Source Adapters with Addition of Oracle Essbase
  • New Composite Monitor™ Checks Data Virtualization Operations’ Health
  • Query Performance, Security Enhancements Extend Enterprise Leadership

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 18, 2010 Composite Software, Inc., the leader in high performance data virtualization, today introduced the newest version of the Composite Information Server Data Virtualization Platform™, to address the escalating demand by global enterprises with complex and disparate information systems for more agile, cost-effective data integration solutions.  Composite’s platform is now the industry’s most comprehensive data virtualization offering, with capabilities from upfront data discovery and modeling to ongoing operations monitoring.

“A pioneer in data virtualization, Composite Software has proven itself the gold standard for high performance and flexibility,” said Shawn Rogers, vice president of Business Intelligence Research, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). “These newest additions to its data virtualization platform will surely benefit global enterprises by filling the need for a more virtualized and agile approach to data integration as they concurrently extend Composite’s technology leadership position.”

Global enterprises are increasingly adopting data virtualization to overcome complex data integration challenges, including data that is difficult to identify and understand, data that isn’t always in the required form, data that resides in multiple locations and information sources or silos, data that needs to be combined across silos with other data to provide complete insight, and delivering real-time data without impacting source system performance. Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s data virtualization platform enables global enterprises to develop and implement data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.

Composite Software’s newest release features the following:

  • Composite Discovery 2.0 - Second-generation enterprise data entity and relationship discovery tool used for preparing data models and performing intelligent queries that is now tightly integrated with Composite Information Server™;
  • Composite Application Data Services for Oracle Essbase - New intelligent adapter that allows SQL developers to simplify access to this popular MDX source data;
  • Composite Monitor™ - New management console with user-friendly GUIs for monitoring activities across the Composite Data Virtualization Platform environments; and
  • Composite Information Server™ - Adds support of NTLM and Novell E-directory security authentication enhancements and a number of new optimization algorithms to reinforce its position as the highest performing, most secure data virtualization information server available today.

Composite Discovery Automates Business Intelligence Data Discovery Process
According to the May 10, 2010 independent Forrester Research, Inc. report, The State of Business Intelligence Software and Emerging Trends, 2010, “Anecdotal evidence reveals that close to 80 percent of any BI effort lies in data integration.” The report’s author, Senior Analyst Holger Kisker, Ph.D., continues in the report, “And 80 percent of that effort (or more than 60 percent of the overall BI effort) is about finding, identifying, and profiling source data that will ultimately feed the BI application. Yet that pre-extract, transform, and load (ETL) step today is largely manual.”

Now offered as a software option that is fully integrated with Composite Information Server, Composite Discovery 2.0 features faster algorithms to automate the business-critical steps of finding and understanding source data, thus accelerating the data modeling step of data virtualization. 

“We are looking forward to the next release of Composite Discovery, as the new features and capabilities will accelerate our data integration efforts across multiple complex sources and provide rapid access to information for decision making,” said Michael Linhares, Ph.D. and research fellow, business information systems, business operations, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pfizer Inc.

More Data Source Adapters
With the addition of Composite Application Data Services for Oracle Essbase, the Composite Information Server platform now accesses the greatest number of data source types in the industry, including:

  • Relational Databases
  • Web Services
  • Multi-dimensional Sources
  • Packaged Applications
  • Mainframes
  • Files
  • Custom

Large-Scale Data Virtualization Deployment Support Increased
“As Composite adoption increases in the world’s largest financial services, pharmaceutical and energy companies, meeting performance service level agreements and security requirements have become more critical than ever,” said David Besemer, Composite Software’s CTO. “With this release, we maintain our performance and security leadership, while improving the monitoring required for reliable, 24X7 enterprise-level operations.”

“Composite Software continues to play an important role in our enterprise-wide data integration and data management initiatives,” said John Boyer, enablement team director, The Nielsen Company.  “We’re thrilled with the direction of the new Composite Monitor.  We anticipate that Composite Monitor will be uniquely positioned within Nielsen as the one tool that can help us monitor our environments in a number of areas:  Security, QA and Testing, Troubleshooting and Support.  All in real time!”

The new Composite Information Server Data Virtualization Platform ships in June.  Pricing is based on required processing power and size of deployment.  To download a data sheet or product screen shot, go to http://www.compositesw.com/index.php/products.

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the data virtualization gold standard at ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations; and multiple government agencies.  These are among the hundreds of global organizations with disparate, complex information environments that count on Composite to increase their data agility, cut costs and reduce risk. Backed by nearly a decade of pioneering R&D, Composite is the data virtualization performance leader, scaling from project to enterprise for data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Composite Software is a privately held, Silicon Valley-based corporation.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

 

Composite Software Cited Among Eight Vendors of Metadata-Generated BI Applications That Reduce Development Time and Effort

SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 3, 2010 Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization performance leader, today announced it is listed among eight vendors in a newly published report, “Agile BI Out of the Box,” (April 2010) from Forrester Research Inc., an independent research firm.  The report concludes, “Agile BI is clearly here to stay and succeed, since most traditional, non-Agile BI platforms and applications will be increasingly challenged to keep pace with a world moving at lightning speed.”

Traditional BI applications developed in the 1980s to address the transformation of high data volumes into actionable information are not agile by design, and have failed to keep pace with the ever-increasing and ever-changing information demands of today’s enterprises.  Packaged BI applications were introduced to deliver more agility, but, they have not proven to be the panacea.
 
According to the report, “Forrester sees an emergence of a new generation of metadata-generated BI applications that BI professionals should consider—not as a replacement for traditional BI, not yet—but for specific use cases such as complementing traditional BI, generating data marts from the enterprise data warehouse (EDW), and delivering rapid BI application prototypes.”

Composite Software’s data federation or enterprise information integration (EII) approach is one of five metadata-generated BI applications defined in the report.  According to the report, “Since they [Composite Software] do not generate a physical data warehouse but rather create virtual views (virtual data marts) directly connecting to source data bases and applications, ETL, DW schema and data cache, and semantic layer are actually the same thing, eliminating the need to build three separate components.”

The report contains a quote from a customer about the benefit of Composite Software’s approach to Agile BI:  “And a senior BI architect from a large European pharmaceutical company using Composite Software fosters a ‘yes’ culture by eliminating up to 50% of business requests by first trying them out in a virtualized environment, and only after consistent usage will he move new data structures into the company’s physical DW.”

“BI agility is the number one reason we use Composite Software,” says Peter Green, director, Business Integration, at Pfizer, Inc.  “Because Composite’s data virtualization middleware helps us dynamically integrate our diverse BI and data environments, we are able to respond more rapidly to business change.”

The report is available for purchase at Forrester Research, http://www.forrester.com.
A Composite Software-sponsored webinar featuring Forrester Research analysts Gene Laganza and Noel Yuhanna on a related topic, “Information Architecture: The Key Trends You Should Know,” is available at http://purl.manticoretechnology.com/MTC_Common/mtcURLSrv.aspx?ID=12917&Key=FE72CA6B-C6D6-4DA1-91D6-5CDE20B85E33&URLID=7980.

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

 

Government IT Reseller Carahsoft adds Composite’s Offerings to GSA Schedule

RESTON, VA. — April 19, 2010 — Composite Software, Inc., the leading provider of data virtualization middleware, today announced it has expanded its federal operations in response to accelerating government agency demand.  The company increased its federal team with key new hires in sales, sales engineering, and services, and solidified a new GSA partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., a government IT solutions provider, to build upon a second consecutive year of greater than 50 percent revenue growth.

Government agencies including the Business Transformation Agency (BTA), the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as several unnamed intelligence agencies, joined the ranks of Composite’s customer base in 2009.  Struggling to overcome siloed data spread across multiple source systems, these agencies have adopted Composite’s data virtualization to fulfill both project-level data federation and to share data across the enterprise in service-oriented architectures (SOAs), as well as extend their data warehouse investments.

“The federal government is maintaining many complex, heterogeneous and physically disbursed physical databases,” states David Linthicum, SOA and data integration expert from Washington, D.C.  “Data virtualization technology is able to leverage many physical databases in ways that are logical and productive for those building new architectures and applications for the government.”

To better serve its federal customers, Composite Software’s Reston, Va.-based federal division now boasts several key new hires, including: Mike Aube, formerly of Computer Associates, and David Heller, formerly of Metastorm Inc., who join as sales engineers; Mike Tinius, formerly of BEA, who joins as an enterprise architect; and Ed Anderson, who joins in Inside Sales.  Composite’s Federal professional services team also added two new senior-level consultants: Michael Gardner from Verizon Communications Inc., and Mike Shen, formerly with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Bolstering its internal team, Composite Software also entered into a new reseller partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corporation, to provide federal agencies with deep expertise in Composite and other leading software solutions, along with extensive procurement process assistance. 

According to Composite’s Federal Business Unit Director, Erin Hawley, “Federal IT teams are well aware of Carahsoft’s track record and value-add in aggregating best-of-breed vendors into complete solutions for the U.S. government.  With data virtualization’s emergence, Composite will play a big role in future Carahsoft offerings.”

With the addition of Carahsoft, Composite’s federal partners now include integrators such as CSC, Data Interfuse, Information Management Solutions Consultants (IMSC), Integrated Secure, Lockheed Martin, The MITRE Corporation, and SAIC.

Upcoming Federal Tech Events
Composite Software’s CTO David Besemer will speak about “Data Virtualization and Information Sharing in the Federal Environment” at the Second Annual SOA Symposium, held April 21-22, in Arlington, Va.  Besemer’s presentation will begin at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.  Hosted by Dennis Wisnosky, CTO and chief architect in the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, U.S. Department of Defense, the symposium will feature presentations by Elizabeth McGrath, ADCMO; David Wennergren, DCIO; Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO (invited); Paul Strassmann, former director of Defense Information; and baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.  See http://www.soasymposium.com/ for more information.

Composite Software is also participating in the following events:

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.


Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010.

 

Enterprises and Customers Gain Deeper Insight from Data Queries Across Disparate Sources

Marlborough, Mass. and San Mateo, Calif— April 13, 2010 Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ), the global leader in data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances, and Composite Software, the leading data virtualization middleware provider, today announced that they are working together on data federation offerings that simplify, accelerate and optimize integration of enterprise data stored on Netezza’s TwinFin™ appliances and other data sources.

“Composite Software’s agile integration approach is consistent with Netezza’s strategy for solving complex enterprise-wide challenges including global federation,” said Phil Francisco, vice president, Product Management and Product Marketing at Netezza. “Together we are working towards offering solutions for high-value data integration projects to benefit from the performance customers’ have come to expect from Netezza.” 

Both companies expect to demonstrate enhanced data federation offerings at Netezza’s Enzee Universe, 2010 User Conference in June 2010.

“Our large enterprise customers are choosing Netezza appliances to manage their data warehouses and data marts” said Robert Eve, executive vice president of Marketing at Composite Software. “Composite’s data virtualization middleware integrates Netezza-managed data with other data sources giving users an enterprise view of their information with none of the risks, high costs and delays associated with monolithic enterprise data warehouse projects.”

“Netezza and Composite are best in class in their adjacent domains,” said Philip Howard, director, Data Management Research, Bloor Research.  “Closer collaboration and new offerings will bring significant value to their customers and further their market leadership.”


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About Netezza Corporation
Netezza Corporation (NYSE: NZ) is the global leader in data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances that dramatically simplify high-performance analytics across an extended enterprise. Netezza’s technology enables organizations to process enormous amounts of captured data at exceptional speed, providing a significant competitive and operational advantage in today’s data-intensive industries, including digital media, energy, financial services, government, health and life sciences, retail and telecommunications. Netezza is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts and has offices in Northern Virginia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Korea, Australia and Singapore. For more information about Netezza, please visit http://www.netezza.com.

About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com


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Copyright © Netezza Corporation and Composite Software, Inc. 2010.


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SAN MATEO, Calif. — March 2, 2010 UK data consultancy firm Evaxyx has teamed up with data virtualisation specialists Composite to help organisations meet the ongoing challenges of rapidly increasing and complex data. 

The consultancy skills within Evaxyx can now be utilised by companies employing Composite’s data virtualisation platform, one which is designed to support the full lifecycle of large data-centric integration projects, enabling quicker delivery at reduced costs. Businesses most likely to benefit from this joint approach are those organisations that require more timely access to accurate information from multiple disparate sources of data - these are likely to include companies from the financial services, telecoms, energy and retail markets.

Commenting on the agreement, Christian Nall, Executive President of Field Operations at Composite, said: “As our customers expand their adoption from initial data federation projects to wider enterprise data sharing initiatives, they require organisational and process guidance that complements our technology offering. Evaxyx’s trusted advice and proven consultancy methods fill this requirement perfectly, resulting in the complete package that our mutual customers desire.”

Adam Prentis, CEO of Evaxyx, said: “Large enterprises are being asked to address increasingly complex data challenges. What is clear is that in spite of the complexity, volume and source of Corporate Data, the need for rapid, high quality information from which key decisions are being made is not going to go away. Organisations need flexibility, value and a dynamic approach to delivering solutions; together Evaxyx and Composite meet this challenge head on.”


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ABOUT EVAXYX
Evaxyx provides advisory, consultancy and implementation services to support its clients through the full lifecycle of data-centric integration programmes. This includes helping organisations to create a vision and a business case through to actual execution and realisation of business benefits. Our clients, including Npower, Scottish Widows, Sony, O2 and Vodafone, have helped establish Evaxyx as one of the leading UK data management companies.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software Named an IAAS “Leader” for its Product Innovations and Proven Track Record of Supporting Complex Data Services Deployments

SAN MATEO, Calif. — February 15, 2010 Composite Software today announced that a newly published report, “The Forrester Wave™: Information-As-A-Service (IaaS), Q1 2010,” from Forrester Research, an independent research firm, concludes that enterprises seeking greater business agility and flexible data architectures are increasingly adopting IaaS or data services. 

According to the report, the current IaaS market (software, licenses and services) is expected to grow to $6.7 billion by 2012.

Based on product evaluations and interviews with 22 vendors and user companies, the report finds, “Composite Software has succeeded over the past few years by improving its solution to support advanced features and capabilities, driving increased adoption, which has moved this company from being a Strong Performer to a Leader.  …As a result, Composite Software supports some of the most complex data services deployments seen in large banks, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and media and communications.  Composite Software remains committed to broadening its IaaS capabilities through innovation and extension to support more use cases.”  Noel Yuhanna, principal analyst and Mike Gilpin, vice president and research director, with Adam Knoll, researched and authored the report. 
In their introduction, the authors observe: “Organizations continue to show strong interest in IaaS to help them with the increasing data integration challenges they face.”

According to the report, additional reasons that enterprises are adopting IaaS “include the increasing need for greater agility and automation for quicker return on investment (ROI),” and the need for “more-agile IaaS solutions that may support use cases….”

One of Composite’s customers, Comag Marketing Group LLC, uses the Composite Information Server™ to federate, abstract and aggregate back-office transactional and financial data with database trend and reporting information through a CRM system.

“As the most flexible and scalable option for creating data services, the Composite Information Server’s development and administration places minimal demands on our 22-member IT staff,” notes Sean Poccia, senior director, Information Services, Comag Marketing Group, a jointly owned company of Conde Nast Publications Inc. and The Hearst Corporation.  “Further, our ability to provide near real-time data to the field staff from multiple back-end systems exposed through CRM via Composite has streamlined our operational model and reduced time to market of critical business data by 50 percent while giving each field merchandiser a five percent efficiency gain.”

“We appreciate our placement as a leader in this independent report, but we’re not resting on our laurels,” notes Jim Green, CEO of Composite Software.  “We’re currently developing new product innovations for 2010 that will help more enterprises increase their agility and improve their businesses through the most advanced data virtualization the industry has to offer.”

The report is available for purchase at Forrester Research, http://www.forrester.com.
Composite Software is a Silver Sponsor of two Forrester Enterprise Architecture Forums.  The first was held Feb. 11-12 in San Diego, Calif., and the second will be held March 2-3 at Millennium Gloucester Hotel London in London.  Information about the London Forum is found at http://www.forrester.com/events/eventdetail/0,9179,2439,00.html?sTab=overview.


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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

 

Former Oracle Sales Executive Joins Composite Software

SAN MATEO, Calif. — February 10, 2010 Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, has expanded its U.K. operations to better meet growing European demand for its award-winning data virtualization solutions. Composite Software recently hired a new European Financial Services Sales Leader, Mike Singleton, who will be based in the U.K.

In the newly created position, Mr. Singleton will work with Composite Software’s financial services customers, currently representing 10 of the top 20 global money center banks, as well as penetrate additional European-based financial institutions. Singleton’s successful sales career includes executive positions at Oracle U.K., Computer Associates and Informix, as well as Workshare Limited and Ithena Limited.

“Large European enterprises are increasingly adopting Composite’s data virtualization technology for projects as well as at an enterprise-wide scale,” said Christian Nall, executive vice president, Worldwide Field Operations, Composite Software. “Mike’s stellar experience with selling to European financial service institutions will be an asset as more financial service enterprises adopt Composite’s industry-leading agile and cost-effective solution. We recognize the importance and scope of the growing European market, and are prepared to meet these expanding demands.”

Composite Software’s recent U.K. expansion is due to its successful growth of major European accounts in 2009.  Switzerland-based pharmaceutical Novartis recently selected Composite’s data virtualization middleware and services to enable its IT teams to quickly bring together disparate information systems for better business intelligence and decision-making. With the addition of Novartis, Composite Software is now the data virtualization solution of choice for six of the top ten pharmaceutical providers, three of Europe’s top five money center banks, Europe’s number three cellular phone provider, and Europe’s top two integrated energy companies.

Composite Software also established key partnerships in 2009 with three U.K.-based systems integrators: Emunio Consulting Ltd., Evaxyx and Bishopsgate Financial. Composite Software also expanded its relationship with business development service provider, Gravitas Sales Associates, Ltd.  Leading European resellers, including Janus-SI in France, Powerdata in Spain and Scicom which services Greece and the Balkans, have also partnered with Composite Software.

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About Composite Software, Inc.
Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010. 

 

Karen Evans, Former Administrator of E-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget, Keynotes at Federal IT Forum Hosted by Composite Software

SAN MATEO, Calif. — January 20, 2010 In her keynote address last week, Karen Evans, partner of KE+T Partners LLC, connected the dots between recent failures to prevent attempted terrorist attacks to outdated information technology systems for integrating data across multiple Federal Intelligence Agencies, not for lack of collected intelligence data itself.  Citing this as an opportunity to continue phased implementation of innovative data integration technologies, Ms. Evans praised the Federal Government’s public efforts to update its data systems. Evans spoke at an invitation-only breakfast forum sponsored by Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader. 

The forum’s theme was how data virtualization and data services technologies help solve information-sharing challenges in the Federal Government, and about the methodology and best practices for successfully deploying these technologies. The exclusive forum was held January 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Following Ms. Evans’ keynote address was featured speaker David Besemer, CTO, Composite Software, who described popular data virtualization use patterns including extending data warehouses, preparing and integrating data for cloud computing, optimizing queries across disparate data sources, overcoming data complexity and simplifying enterprise architectures.

“Our Federal Government has pledged to do everything in its power to prevent attacks such as the Christmas Day attempted airline bombing from happening in the future,” explained Evans. “They have promised to accelerate IT enhancements, to include knowledge discovery, database integration, cross-database searches, and the ability to correlate biographic information with terrorism-related intelligence. Their efforts are commendable, and it will be through the implementation of technologies from innovators like Composite Software that will help overcome the ‘silos’ of information that are currently hindering more effective intelligence sharing among cross-agencies.”

About Karen Evans

Karen Evans is currently a partner owner of a private consulting firm, KE+T Partners. 

A 25-year veteran of Government service, Ms. Evans is the former Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology (IT) at the Office of Management and Budget where she oversaw an annual $65 billion dollar federal IT budget. Evans was also the CIO for the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally during this period, Evans served as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Chief Information Officers Council. Elected to this post in December 2002, she coordinated the Council’s efforts in developing federal IT programs and improving agency information resource practices.

Earlier, Evans served as Director of the Information Resources Management Division at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP). There she was responsible for the management and successful operation of the Information Technology program.

Prior to joining OJP, she served as the Assistant Director for Information Services at DOJ Headquarters where she successfully managed Internet resources for the Department. Ms. Evans also served as the acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management Information Systems, Deputy Director for the Applications Management Division and the Chief of Emerging Technology at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Home Administration. There she managed the nationwide implementation, from inception to operation, of several critical automation systems.


ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc.  Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2010.

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Newly Created Position to Continue Driving Demand and Market Expansion

SAN MATEO, Calif. — January 5, 2010 Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, today announced the appointment of Gary Damiano as the Vice President of Field Marketing.  Mr. Damiano brings more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in ERP, CRM, Enterprise Performance Management, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), as well as the integrated marketing programs that drive sales expansion. In this newly created position, Mr. Damiano will focus on continuing to drive Composite Software’s market success as the company expands its market coverage to new territories and vertical segments. 

Composite Software is experiencing tremendous sales growth—over fifty percent in 2009 alone—and is the defacto leader in the data virtualization market.  To meet this demand, the company has aggressively increased its direct sales team and reseller channels.  Mr. Damiano and his team will help Composite’s field organization develop data virtualization market opportunities across both new and existing accounts.
“Composite Software grew substantially in 2009, in spite of the sluggish economy,” said Robert Eve, Executive V.P. of Marketing. “This growth illustrates the increased demand for data virtualization middleware and services.  Composite Software is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization. We will continue to emphasize product innovation as well as expand our customer and sales outreach efforts and Mr. Damiano is the perfect candidate to drive these efforts forward as we move into 2010.” 

Mr. Damiano joins Composite Software from Host Analytics Incorporated, leading provider of SaaS-based CPM software.  At Host Analytics Mr. Damiano served as the Chief Marketing Officer and the V.P. of Marketing. He was responsible for all aspects of corporate, product and channel marketing and increased leads generated from 200 leads/quarter to over 1,500 leads/quarter while also reducing cost per lead by 40%.  Prior to Host Analytics he served as Senior V.P. of Marketing at WorkStream Incorporated where he helped increase the sales pipeline generated by marketing programs from $20 million to over $100 million in less than 6 months. Mr. Damiano also spent over 15 years at Oracle Corporation and the Siebel Systems in various marketing leadership positions, including his role as V.P. of Marketing for Oracle on Demand.

Mr. Damiano will be based in Composite’s San Mateo, California headquarters.


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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — December 28, 2009 Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, announced today that its executive vice president of Marketing, Robert Eve, was recently named by Ulitzer.com http://virtualization.sys-con.com/node/1201833 as the world’s fifth most influential virtualization blogger among a group of thirty top-ranking industry authors.

Collectively, the body of work by the thirty authors has generated more than 24 million page views during 2009. Ulitzer.com, as reported by SYS-CON Media, based individual rankings on the number of page views generated by his or her articles published in SYS-CON Media’s extensive group of online media publications that include Virtualization Journal and SOA World Magazine.

Mr. Eve joins a list of prestigious industry influencers including Udayan Banerjee (1), Jason Bloomberg (2), Dave Chappell (3), Jeremy Chone (4), Chris Fleck (6), Stephen Foskett (7), Dana Gardner (8), Jeremy Geelan (9), Christopher Keene (10), Irfan Khan (11), Theresa Lanowitz (12), Treff LaPlante (13), Steve Lesem (14), David Linthicum (15), Don MacVittie (16), Miko Matsumura (17), J.P. Morgenthal (18), Chris Muir (19), Greg Ness (20), Maureen O’Gara (21), Brace Rennels (22), Greg Schulz (23), Peter Silva (24), Roman Stanek (25), David Strom (26), Roger Strukhoff (27), Ian Thain (28), Kirby Wadsworth (29), and Brandon Watson (30).

Eve has published six articles on a variety of topics within the broad category of data virtualization middleware and its application by global enterprises to solve data integration problems.  These articles may be viewed at:  http://roberteve.ulitzer.com/.


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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.

Data Virtualization Leader Hires Sales Manager, Sales Engineer to Meet Strong Demand from Financial Services, Telecom and Other Information-Intensive Industries

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — December 21, 2009 — Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, announced that it recently recruited two executives for newly created positions in its Toronto-based Canadian operations.  Nickolas Kabitsis and Tony Young will serve as sales manager and sales engineer, respectively.

In 2009, the Silicon Valley-based company saw double-digit growth in adoption of its industry-leading data virtualization middleware.  In Canada specifically, the company reports particularly strong demand from Global 1000 enterprises in the financial services, telecom, pharmaceutical and energy industries.

“Canada is home to many of the world’s information-intensive industries, including four of the top 20 global money center banks as well as telecom providers, and resource and energy companies,” notes Christian Nall, executive vice president, Worldwide Field Operations, Composite Software.  “Our middleware has earned its place as the industry’s most feature-rich solution enabling IT teams to quickly bring together disparate information systems, efficiently and effectively, for better business intelligence and decision-making.”

Data virtualization adoption is taking a range of forms, including data federation for individual projects, data warehouse extensions for wider reporting use cases, enterprise data sharing for multiple applications using a service-oriented approach, and internal and external cloud data integration.  The Composite Information Server™ 5.1 provides industry-leading data virtualization capabilities such as the ability to access data in various formats, abstract data complexity, federate data from disparate sources and deliver the data on demand in the format that is required by the consuming application.

Nickolas Kabitsis, Sales Manager
Toronto native Nickolas Kabitsis joins Composite Software from ExaGrid Systems, where he recently served as sales and business development manager.  Prior to that, Kabitsis was with Pillar Data Systems, as sales manager for Canada, and StorageTek Canada (bought by Sun Microsystems), where he was the Ontario sales manager for Growth Markets.  Kabitsis began his sales career with Bell Canada.

Tony Young, Sales Engineer
Also a Toronto native, Tony Young most recently held a consulting position at Camilion Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of insurance product development solutions, including specialization in service oriented architecture (SOA) solutions.  Previously, Young held a similar consulting and client management role with Infor Global Solutions’ HCM Workforce Management product, specializing in Cognos report development, SQL scripting and custom java solutions.  Young’s mix of technical expertise and client care has prepared him well for the Sales Engineering role at Composite Software.


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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.

Composite Software Collaborates with HP to Deliver Agile, Cost Effective Data Virtualization Middleware and Services

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — December 8, 2009 — Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, announced today its collaboration with HP to deliver data virtualization middleware and services to ease global enterprises facing complex information challenges. Organizations today need the flexibility to break down existing information silos with both virtual and physical access to more timely and accurate information. This collaboration combines Composite’s data virtualization middleware and services with HP Business Intelligence Solutions to accelerate delivery of real-time intelligence for complicated supply chain, risk and customer environments.

“Together, Composite and HP have been trusted advisors for organizations needing to optimize information access,” said Christian Nall, EVP Field Operations of Composite Software. “The combined expertise and technology offerings will allow organizations to derive even more business value from all of their information assets while reducing their information-related costs.”

Through this collaboration, Composite and HP consultants have the necessary solutions to design a competitive information delivery method—a physical data warehouse, a virtual data view, or a combination of the two—for enterprises facing a range of business decisions, from short-term ones in call centers to long-term strategic ones affecting global inventory delivery systems or energy production uptimes. 

Composite Software, with its Composite Information Server™, will provide customers with a means to virtually integrate critical enterprise data that resides outside their HP Neoview Advantage enterprise data warehouses.  In combination, the two approaches—virtual data integration and physical data consolidation—enable enterprises to achieve significant cost reductions across their entire information infrastructures.

Giuliano Di Vitantonio, head of Marketing and Alliances, Business Intelligence Solutions at HP, explained, “Large organizations and governments face increasingly complex information challenges.  These are coupled with the need to deliver faster time to value, reduce costs, and remain flexible to changing demands.  Composite and HP offer enterprise-class and industry-specific business intelligence solutions to help customers be more dynamic.”

Composite Software originally certified the HP Neoview Advantage enterprise data warehouse as a data source in 2008 for its Composite Information Server, and the company has been working with a number of HP Neoview Advantage customers since that time.

“Composite’s alliances have been beneficial to Nielsen in the past,” said John Boyer, advisory team lead in the BI Center of Excellence at The Nielsen Company, the world’s largest marketing and media information company, and a customer of Composite Software and HP.  “We are looking forward to the new agreement with HP, as well, and we expect that the combined offerings will be even stronger than the sum of the parts.”

According to Gartner’s “Market Trends: Data Integration Tools, Worldwide, 2007-2012,” the DI software market, of which data virtualization is a subset, is nearly $2 billion, with an estimated 17 percent annual growth rate; supporting services revenue is projected to grow 17 percent as well.  The collaboration between HP and Composite Software is designed to help meet this growing demand for agile, cost effective data integration products and services.

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — December 2, 2009 — Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, announces an alliance with Scicom Computer Systems, an IT solutions provider servicing the Greek, Cyprus and Balkan regions, as demand for flexible, lower cost data virtualization middleware grows in continental Europe. 

As enterprises are implementing an array of business intelligence (BI), predictive analytics, data and content mining, portals and other business applications to help bolster business decision-making, they are deploying solutions to deliver data sourced from enterprise data warehouses as well as data sources outside these warehouses.  With the Composite Information Server™, Scicom Computer Systems enables its enterprise customers the ability to cost-effectively integrate data from different and disparate sources outside the warehouse, as well as prototype, migrate, extend, federate and leverage enterprise data warehouse assets themselves throughout their lifecycles.
 
“Business agility is increasingly important in Europe where global trends demand fast response said Peter Kokalakis, president, Scicom Computer Systems. “With Composite Software’s data virtualization, we can help our customers quickly get the data needed to adapt and thrive.”

Since establishing its European operations in 2006, Composite Software has seen tremendous acceleration in European demand from enterprises with European headquarters (e.g., Turkcell, the third largest mobile communication services provider in Europe) as well as global customers with large European operations (e.g., Pfizer, Inc.).
 
Scicom Computer Systems extends Composite’s growing list of European resellers that includes PowerData (Spain), Janus SI (France), and Libi (Israel), as well as System Integrator Emunio (U.K.).  “European companies value the combination of best-in-class data virtualization middleware and local system integrator expertise,” said Randy Barlewski, Composite Software Vice President of Alliances and Channels.  “Scicom’s proven success in Greece, Cypress, and the Balkans makes them an ideal addition to our extended Composite team.”

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, enterprise data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

In a Composite Software-Sponsored Report, TDWI’s Expert Explains When to Use and When Not to Use Data Virtualization

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — November 16, 2009 — Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, announced today the availability of the “TDWI Checklist Report: Data Federation,” by Wayne Eckerson, director of Research, The Data Warehousing Institute™ (TDWI).  Sponsored by Composite Software, the report defines data federation, and explains when and how enterprises should use data federation middleware to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  The report also includes a section about when not to use data federation.

According to the report, data federation integrates information from multiple, disparate sources inside or outside the organization on the fly.  It offers business users and application developers a single, easy-to-use interface to access heterogeneous sources, making remote data appear as if it resides in a single local database.  Because data federation shields users and application developers from the complexities of distributed SQL query calls and back-end data sources, it is also called “data virtualization” software.

“Data federation is an important tool in a comprehensive data integration portfolio,” explains Eckerson.  “Today’s advanced data federation or data virtualization is appealing and has a greater breadth of functionality than previous generations, and therefore should be on the short list of every enterprise IT team.”

Eckerson’s report identifies that data federation is ideally suited for cases where IT teams must deliver unified access to data in multiple systems via high-performance distributed queries, such as data warehousing, reporting, dashboards, mash-ups, portals, master data management (MDM), data services in a service-oriented architecture (SOA), post acquisition systems integration and cloud computing.

Unlike traditional methods of building queries that require the creation of a data warehouse or data mart and typically take three months or more, data federation is quicker to build and deploy, thus reducing time, costs and risks for enterprise IT teams and the business users who use the information to make business-critical decisions.

In addition to faster development, the report lists four ways that data federation augments existing data warehouses, and introduces flexibility to meet ever-changing business needs.  And the Checklist report cites four business intelligence (BI) use cases, including accelerating the deployment of BI solutions, prototyping new BI solutions, creating analytic sandboxes and consolidating BI tool sets.

Data federation can also be used to create 360-degree views of customers, employees, products or suppliers as a complement to MDM and to service critical data requirements in SOA, cloud computing and real-time data initiatives. 

The section that describes when not to use data federation provides guidance on technical and use case constraints that favor traditional data integration approaches including data consolidation or replication.

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ABOUT WAYNE ECKERSON: Wayne Eckerson is the director of TDWI Research. Eckerson is an industry analyst and educator who has covered data warehousing and business intelligence since 1995. Eckerson is the author of numerous in-depth, groundbreaking reports; a columnist for several business technology magazines; and a noted speaker and consultant. He is the author of Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and the creator of TDWI’s BI Maturity Model and Benchmarking Assessment service. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.

Milestones include:

  • Record number of customer deployments;
    • 10 of the top 20 Global Money Center Banks;
    • 6 of the top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies;
    • 4 of the top 5 Energy Companies
  • Widest Range of Data Sources
  • Numerous Enterprise-ready Data Virtualization Capabilities
  • Highest Number of Optimization Techniques and Algorithms
  • 2,000 Downloads of Data Integration Decision-Making Tool

SAN MATEO, CALIF. —November 2, 2009 — Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, began shipping Composite Information Server 5.1 as the company announced its leadership in a number of industry milestones.

Composite Information Server 5.1 continues to provide industry-leading data virtualization capabilities such as the ability to access data in various formats, abstract data complexity, federate data from disparate sources and deliver the data on demand in the format that is required by the consuming application. Among its key features are:

  • Integration with a comprehensive list of data sources including new sources, SQL Server 2008, HP Neoview 2.4, and Oracle 11g;
  • Numerous enterprise-ready data virtualization capabilities such as clustering, version control, monitoring, management and advanced caching;
  • Performance that is easily scalable due to the highest number of optimization techniques and algorithms;
  • Access and delivery of data to a large set of business applications that uses REST Services, and other standard protocols; and
  • Security based on popular Java Authentication, Authorization Service (JAAS) plus user token authentication plug-ins, and other pluggable authentication systems.

According to Kenny Sargent, product manager of MIL and DBMS Services at Compassion International, “We initially selected Composite as our data virtualization middleware because of its successful track record and industry recognition as a leader in data virtualization technology.  The continued improvements to Composite Information Server are indicative of how well Composite listens to and responds to evolving market needs.” Compassion International, a non-profit charitable organization, is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion has served more than one million children in 25 of the world’s poorest countries, working through local churches and individuals to address the needs of children to enable them to thrive, not just survive. 

As the only independent company that focuses solely on data virtualization, Composite Software has become the de facto market leader through innovative data integration/data virtualization technology leadership over six years.  This is unlike larger corporations that have made data virtualization a later addition to product offerings, often through acquisition off the technology.  Understanding the technological complexity of the data virtualization challenge, customers have chosen Composite’s award-winning Composite Information Server offering to facilitate their mission-critical data integration efforts.

According to Ted Friedman, principal analyst at Gartner, in the Hype Cycle for Data Management, 2009, published in July, 2009, “The potential of data federation technology is compelling. In theory, this technology can create an abstraction layer for all applications and data, thereby achieving flexibility for change, pervasive and consistent data access and greatly reduced costs, because there is less need to create physically integrated data structures. The end result is greater agility from, and freer access to, an organization’s data assets.”

Data virtualization adoption is taking a range of forms, including data federation for individual projects, data warehouse extensions for wider reporting use cases, enterprise data sharing for multiple applications using a service-oriented approach, and internal and external cloud data integration.

Additional Leadership Milestones
Concurrent with the company’s announcement and shipment of 5.1, Composite Software reported more than 2,000 downloads of the Composite Software Data Integration Strategy Recommendation Tool.  Introduced 18 months ago, the DI Strategy Recommendation Tool is a free, configurable, online tool designed to assist enterprises in determining the most effective data integration approach. The decision-making tool assesses 13 key variables, as well as provides the option to assign relative weighting to each variable, for any project that requires data integration.  Enterprises have universally embraced the tool because it provides a simple, unbiased way to determine if data virtualization can improve efficiency, if a physical data integration method such as ETL is preferable, or if the ideal is a combination of the two.
Enterprises turning to Composite Software for practical advice have also downloaded or purchased more than 20,000 copies of An Implementor’s Guide to Service Oriented Architecture - Getting It Right.  Initiated by Composite Software CEO Jim Green, this award-winning guide features chapters by seven contributing SOA expert authors.

Composite Information Server 5.1 ships today.  Pricing is based on required processing power and size of deployment.  To download a data sheet or product screen shot, go to http://www.compositesw.com.

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ABOUT COMPOSITE SOFTWARE, INC.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the only company that focuses solely on data virtualization.  Global organizations faced with disparate, complex data environments, including ten of the top 20 banks, six of the top ten pharmaceutical companies, four of the top five energy firms, major media and technology organizations as well as government agencies, have chosen Composite’s proven data virtualization platform to fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources.  Scaling from project to enterprise, Composite’s middleware enables data federation, data warehouse extension, data sharing, real-time and cloud computing data integration.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software, Composite Information Server, Composite Studio and Composite Designer are registered trademarks or trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.

 

SAN MATEO, CALIF. and Paris — October 19, 2009 – Composite Software, Inc., a leading data virtualization software provider, today announced its selection of Janus-SI, a subsidiary of the Intrabases Group and a system integrator of value-added software solutions, to help meet the growing demand for Composite Software’s technology in continental Europe. Janus-SI joins Composite’s growing list of European system-integrator partners as its first French distributor.

“Janus-SI and its parent company, Intrabases Group, are greatly respected as innovators through their repeated successes in solving difficult and complex data integration problems for their many French enterprise customers,” said Jim Green, CEO of Composite Software.  “Continental Europe is a key area of growth for us, and we’re excited to be partnering with the best in this market.” 

Since establishing its European operations in 2006, Composite Software has seen tremendous acceleration in European demand from enterprises with European headquarters (e.g., Turkcell, the third largest mobile communication services provider in Europe) as well as global customers with large European operations (e.g., Pfizer, Inc.). 

“As a strategic partner of Composite for the French market, we are eager to begin promoting Composite Software solutions to our customers,” said Christian Raoul-Duval, CEO and co-founder of Janus-SI. “These solutions apply directly to challenges such as constantly changing business requirements with urgent access to information; where data volumes and complexity must be overcome to produce information for better decision-making; and where cost control is mandatory to maximize limited resources.”

Information-intense industries including financial services, pharmaceutical, energy, telecom, media and others rely on Composite’s data virtualization technology for easier access to information       — regardless of geographic location or data source. Instead of replicating data, Composite’s middleware models data and extracts the relevant content into “relational views” (e.g., reporting) or Web services (for service oriented architectures or SOAs).

Janus SI in France extends Composite’s growing list of European resellers that includes PowerData (Spain), Sci-Com (Greece), and Libi (Israel), as well as System Integrator Emunio (U.K.)

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About Janus-SI:  Since 2006, Janus-SI has focused on the technical and commercial development of innovative software solutions and services, implementing appropriate partnerships with software vendors seeking to develop in francophone markets. The company helps its customers with technical and business projects by reducing the time of execution through the implementation of innovative software solutions.  For more information, visit http://www.janus-si.fr.

About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

  • Biggest Business Impact Award Winner: Pfizer, Inc.
  • Most Complex Data Abstraction Award Winner: Husasmidjan
  • Most Rapid Deployment Award Winner: Compassion International

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — October 14, 2009 – Composite Software, Inc., a leading data virtualization software provider, recently awarded the innovative data virtualization initiatives of three of its customers: Pfizer, Inc., Husasmidjan and Compassion International.  The customers received their awards at Composite Software’s Fourth Annual Customer Advisory Council (CAC), held last week in Philadelphia, Penn.

Pfizer, Inc. received the “Biggest Business Impact” award for integrating data across multiple core transactional systems and delivering it into a single information “portfolio” for use by a variety of business applications and users.  The original “portfolio” developed using Composite was flexible enough to rapidly integrate the data sources of an acquired information system after a corporate merger.

Husasmidjan, a Scandinavian hardware store chain, was recognized for “Most Complex Data Abstraction.” This “Home Depot” of Iceland uses Composite Software data virtualization middleware to hide the complexity of underlying data sources and deliver necessary information in reports that are familiar and useful to human resources and payroll executives.

Non-profit organization “Compassion International” received recognition for “Most Rapid Deployment.” This Christian charitable organization that has helped match sponsors to more than one million needy children in 25 countries implemented Composite—in less than one hour—to deliver data in support of its social networking website used by its sponsors to communicate with each other. 

Composite’s Director of Customer Value, Bob Reary, explained, “We introduced customer awards for the first time at this year’s CAC to applaud the creative ways our customers are increasing their return from corporate data investments using Composite’s data virtualization middleware, and to provide models for IT teams in global enterprises and public agencies hoping to imitate these successes.”

According to Reary, the 2009 CAC also featured use case presentations by a financial services organization, a federal agency, a media company and a non-profit organization. These Composite customers shared how they apply data virtualization to extend the value of their data warehouse investments and meet business intelligence requirements through speedy data delivery, service oriented architecture (SOA), IT cost savings, and development simplification.  This year’s CAC attendance exceeded expectations, growing 40 percent over 2008 levels.

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About Pfizer: Pfizer Inc, is the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company. Founded in 1849, Pfizer is dedicated to better health and greater access to health care for people and their valued animals. Every day, approximately 81,900 colleagues in more than 150 countries work to discover, develop, manufacture and deliver quality, safe and effective prescription medicines to patients. For more information, see http://www.pfizer.com.

About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — September 28, 2009 – Composite Software, the leading provider of data virtualization software, today announced that a senior executive from Pfizer (a Composite customer) and a senior Composite executive will present at the Butler Group’s Business Intelligence (BI) Symposium. “BI Foundations for Decision-Making Excellence and Risk Management” is scheduled for October 7-8, 2009, at the America Square Conference Centre in London.

In his 30-minute presentation beginning at 3:45 p.m. (15.45 GMT) on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Mr. Peter Green, business integration director, Pfizer Portfolio Management and Analytics, will introduce the dynamic and complex R&D environment at the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. Having implemented data virtualization into its R&D process, Pfizer is now able to respond to new business analysis requirements in just hours.

“With data virtualization, Pfizer has achieved a unified, virtually integrated view of its core information assets, providing key decision makers with the information they need to manage the business,” said Green. “I believe the strategies we have used to harness the strengths of Composite data virtualization are applicable across multiple industries, and that’s the message I intend to deliver at the Butler BI Symposium.”

Mr. Ian Pestell, director of European Technical Operations at Composite Software, will conduct three consecutive labs on Thursday, Oct. 8, under the umbrella theme, “Flexible Data Integration Strategies.” His first session, “Accelerate BI with Data Virtualization,” begins at 10:50 a.m. (10.50 GMT), and will showcase practical examples of how organizations use data virtualization’s rapid development and deployment to meet BI needs faster. The second, “Enhance Your Data Warehouse with Data Virtualization,” begins at 11:30 a.m. (11.30 GMT), and will cover seven methods for adding value with data virtualization to existing enterprise data warehouses. The third, “Agile SAP BI,” begins at 12:10 p.m. (12.10 GMT), and will focus on how to overcome SAP data complexity to best support BI needs.

Composite Software is a gold sponsor of the Butler Group BI Symposium.

Copies of Green’s and Pestell’s presentations will be available upon request following the conference from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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About Pfizer: Pfizer Inc, is the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company. Founded in 1849, Pfizer is dedicated to better health and greater access to health care for people and their valued animals. Every day, approximately 81,900 colleagues in more than 150 countries work to discover, develop, manufacture and deliver quality, safe and effective prescription medicines to patients. For more information, see http://www.pfizer.com.

About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

Fourth Annual Customer Advisory Council (CAC)

October 6-7, 2009

The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia

Agenda Highlights:

  • Data Virtualization Product Roadmap Presentation
  • Customer Attendees’ Vote on Future Product Features
  • Use Case Presentations and Peer Networking
  • Experts Panel, Technical Presentations and One-on-Ones

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — September 08, 2009 – Composite Software, Inc., the leading provider of data virtualization software, today announced that its fourth annual Customer Advisory Council (CAC) is scheduled for October 6-7, 2009, at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia. The company says it is seeing a strong response to this invitation-only event. The number of attendees is expected to grow 30 percent over 2008 attendance levels.

Among this year’s scheduled highlights will be a panel discussion on data integration for SaaS and cloud computing; the presentation of the product roadmap for the company’s award-winning flagship product, Composite Information Server™; and customer attendee input and voting on future product features.

“Over the years, our customers have told us they greatly appreciate the opportunity to influence new features for future releases of Composite Information Server,” notes CAC organizer, Bob Reary, Composite’s director of customer value. “Our Active Cluster solution and version control are examples of how past CAC’s have contributed directly to product development.”

Another highlight of the user meeting will be customer use case presentations from industries such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy, federal/government agencies, and communications and media. One of the presenters is Philadelphia-based Composite customer, Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK).

“We’re pleased to host this year’s CAC in Philadelphia, where Comcast as well as a number of our customers in the pharmaceutical industry are based,” says Christian Nall, Composite’s executive vice president of sales. “Each year, the location of the CAC is home to one of our hottest customer industries.  For our first two years, we met in New York City, the home base for many of our financial services customers. Last year, we met in Washington, D.C., at the heart of our federal agencies.”

In addition to the customer presentations and networking opportunities, the CAC will include product demonstrations by Composite experts, technical panel discussions, and one-on-one meetings for customers to ask questions specific to their use of Composite’s data virtualization software.Composite Software provides data virtualization middleware that integrates data from multiple, disparate sources—anywhere across the extended enterprise – in a unified, logically virtualized manner for consumption by nearly any front-end business solution, including reports, portals, mash-ups, applications, search and more. Composite Software’s products include Composite Information Server, Composite Active Cluster, Composite Application Data Services, Composite BI Accelerator and Composite Discovery. Enterprises and government agencies are increasingly using data virtualization solutions like Composite’s to add value to their data warehousing investments and meet business intelligence (BI) requirements.

Composite customers interested in attending CAC should contact CAC Liaison, Bob Reary: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 480-390-3726. 

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About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

  • Plans to Increase Direct Sales Team by 22 Percent; Promotes Che Wijesinghe to Vice President, Eastern U.S. Region;
  • Set to Double Consulting Staff;
  • Enters Six New Partnerships

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — August 17, 2009 Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, announced today that in response to growing demand for its data virtualization software, the company plans to grow its direct sales force by an additional 22 percent in the second half of 2009. Overseeing this expansion and ensuring seamless service to existing and prospective customers will be Composite sales veteran, Che Wijesinghe, who has been promoted to vice president, Eastern U.S. Region. To bolster its internal sales team, the company has also inked agreements with six new partners in 2009.

The anticipated additions to its direct sales team are projected to expand Composite’s sales group overall by 40 percent in 2009. Its professional services staff has also increased by nearly 100 percent compared to 2008 hiring levels. The company is hiring in Toronto; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and London.

For four years, Wijesinghe has helped enlarge the company’s customer base in the Eastern U.S. Region, from a collection of industry-focused early adopters, to a broad cross-section of advanced users. He will oversee the team charged with Composite’s largest enterprise installations in industries including financial services, life sciences/pharmaceuticals, telecom, energy, manufacturing and retail.

“We are seeing an increasing number of customers innovate and invest in our technology to be more competitive,” said Wijesinghe. “This is primarily in an effort to leapfrog their competition in preparation for when the economy turns around. Access to accurate information in a timely fashion is a critical focus for both business and technical executives alike. Composite offers high-performance, easy-to-implement technology that provides faster time to data, at a fraction of the cost of traditional data integration methods.”

In 2009, Composite Software formed partnerships with six specialists to meet the data integration needs of enterprises seeking to optimize their information system investments. Addressing the need for cost-effective, agile data integration solutions among European-based enterprises, Composite entered partnerships with Emunio Consulting, a UK-based data integration consultancy; Janus SI, a French reseller; SCICOM, a Greek IT solutions provider; and PowerData, a provider of data management solutions based in Spain. Composite’s relationships with Adaptivity and Turnberry Solutions will support the portal, business process management and IT transformation needs for large U.S.-based enterprises.

According to Joe Rose, president and co-founder of Turnberry Solutions, “Our customers view information technology as a means to meet their business objectives of increasing revenue and reducing costs. Increasingly this means gaining better returns from existing data assets. Composite’s data virtualization middleware provides our consultants with a powerful tool to quickly unleash enterprise data and deliver the value our mutual customers seek.”

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About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

Three White Papers Describe Data Virtualization Usage and Achievable Business Benefits

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — August 3, 2009 – Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader, today announced the availability of three new, complimentary white papers in its technical resource library, www.compositesw.com/devzone.

The three papers are titled: “Using Composite Data Virtualization to Facilitate Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As),” “Composite Data Virtualization for the Energy Industry,” and “Seven Ways Composite Data Virtualization Complements Enterprise Data Warehousing.”

In the white paper on M&As, Composite’s data virtualization is used to minimize interruption to day-to-day operations during the integration and rationalization of multiple corporate information systems. For example, data virtualization tools are used to create a virtual customer data hub that presents information from multiple sources, regardless of location or format, as a single view of a customer. Further, sales executives can use data virtualization’s discovery capability for finding customer information during the transition period when information resources are merged and de-duplicated. 

“Composite Data Virtualization for the Energy Industry” focuses on the complexity of integrating the data from disparate information systems during the various phases of the energy process: exploration, production, refining and marketing. Several Composite energy customers have successfully deployed data virtualization to achieve increased revenues, lowered costs and reduced risks by successfully tapping data resources. The white paper offers concrete advice that may be applied by others facing comparable integration challenges.

The third white paper, “Seven Ways Composite Data Virtualization Complements Enterprise Data Warehousing,” identifies seven data integration problems and solutions that combine enterprise data warehouses and data virtualization. The problems range from accessibility of data outside the enterprise data warehouse plus the proliferation of data silos and data marts, to reducing data warehouse development times. Each of the seven problem/solutions features real-life case studies from among Composite Software’s customers. 

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About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

Composite Software Named in New Report; Pfizer, a Composite Customer, one of Four Early Adopters Highlighted

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — July 29, 2009 – A newly published report, “Mighty Mashups: Do-It-Yourself Business Intelligence for the New Economy,” from Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research, Inc.,  recommends that overstretched IT teams adopt self-service, mashup-style business intelligence (BI) as a way to increase their productivity and empower business user requestors to make simple changes to reports, dashboards and cubes.

In its executive summary, the report states, “Enterprise business intelligence (BI) professionals face severe resource constraints, and the soft economy keeps budgets tight. One consequence is a lengthening queue of user requests to develop and revise reports, dashboards, cubes, and other analytic applications and data structures. To reduce the pressure on IT and satisfy user requests, Information and Knowledge Management professionals provide users with self-service ‘mashup’ capabilities.”

“Mashup-style self-service BI relieves developers from having to respond to an incessant stream of user requests for low-level changes to reports, dashboards, and cubes” the report continues.  “Instead, users can make those view changes themselves at the client level, without affecting back-end data models.”

Within this self-service model, the report explores what it takes to build mashups from both the business and IT sides.  Data mashups are highlighted as the way IT can provide self-service business users with virtualized, federated access to the heterogeneous data required.  Automated source discovery is also identified as a key capability, due to the myriad of data sources and complexity of data models typical in large enterprises today.

Composite Software, Inc. was one of the vendors included in the report with software solutions featuring the majority of capabilities that make up key BI Mashup technology.  These capabilities include an in-memory BI client, data virtualization/EII, interactive browser-based visualization, and automated source discovery.

One of the report’s four early-adopter use cases is Pfizer, a multinational pharmaceutical corporation.  Using Composite Software’s Composite Information Server™, Pfizer’s IT group developed an intranet BI mashup supporting ad-hoc query, forecasting, planning and modeling for its pharmaceutical sciences product executives making investment decisions.  The intranet delivers—in a “virtual data mart”—information from disparate internal data sources (global information factory, project and portfolio management, inventory and supply chain) as well as reuse of data across multiple subject marts.

Once again, Forrester Research is on the trend vanguard with its keen observations of what’s happening in business technology today,” notes Robert Eve, executive VP of Marketing, Composite Software.  “This report echoes what our customers are telling us:  that our data virtualization middleware makes them more efficient, agile and productive.  In Pfizer’s case, they’ve shaved months off the multi-year discovery-to-market drug cycle.” 

The report is available for purchase at Forrester Research, http://web1.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,47806,00.html

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About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software and Composite Information Server are registered trademarks of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009

LONDON and SAN MATEO, CALIF. — July 15, 2009 – Emunio Consulting, the UK’s leading provider of data integration consultancy and delivery services, announced today that it has signed a strategic partnership with Composite Software, Inc., the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.

“Business agility and today’s ‘do more with less’ mantra means IT must aggressively deliver new solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Composite’s data virtualization solutions give businesses greater flexibility and timely access to their data which results in significant increases in revenue and productivity, and decreases in costs and risks,” said Rick Barton, managing director and co-founder of Emunio. “As a Composite strategic partner, we look forward to working with the company to deliver cost-effective, agile DI solutions to the growing UK market.”

“Composite’s platform provides a new way to integrate existing data from across the distributed information landscape. The software applies high performance federated queries, allied with a user friendly interface, resulting in new real-time data delivery solutions being built in days rather than weeks,” added John Traves, Principal Consultant and co-founder of Emunio. “Emunio’s clients will be able to harness Composite to enhance existing DI and reporting capabilities. They will have at their fingertips on-demand, up-to-the minute information, based on real time data.

“Emunio is among the top tier of data integration solutions providers and consistently demonstrates its expertise in solving the most challenging and complex DI problems for organisations across the UK,” said Jim Green, CEO, Composite Software. “Our partnership with Emunio is an important expansion of Composite Software’s market reach.”

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About Emunio: Formed in 2003, Emunio has grown rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading providers of data integration consultancy and delivery services that enable IT to provide business data faster and reduce costs by using cutting edge tools and techniques. The company helps its clients to process data more efficiently, reduce time to market for IT initiatives and create headroom on existing hardware. Emunio’s experts work in partnership with their clients, best of breed technology and offshore partners. Together they deliver solutions that are cost effective, fit for purpose and highly scalable. For more information visit http://www.emunioconsulting.com 


About Composite Software, Inc.: Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments. Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.compositesw.com. Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Contacts:

Emunio Consulting
Gill Hawkins
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Composite Software
Margaret Pereira
K/F Communications, Inc. for Composite Software
+ 925 989 8109
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Strategic Cloud Computing and XML Standards Driving Data Virtualization Adoption, According to David Linthicum’s New White Paper

SAN MATEO, CALIF. — June 15, 2009 – In a recently published white paper, world renowned cloud computing and service oriented architecture (SOA) industry expert, David S. Linthicum, concludes enterprise and government IT organizations seeking to save money and gain agility using cloud computing and XML standards can achieve these objectives through strategic implementation of data virtualization.

The white paper, ” The Importance of Data Abstraction, Virtualization and Data Services,” defines data abstraction, data virtualization (or federation) and data services, and then the paper summarizes today’s core uses of these synergistic technological approaches as business intelligence (BI), business applications and mash-ups.  Common to BI, applications and mash-ups is the need to leverage data in specific formats that transcend physical information systems’ structure.  The report is sponsored by Composite Software, Inc., the data virtualization leader.

“Contrary to what one might think, few enterprises and government agencies have a comprehensive strategy for the use of their data assets, and as a result, are wasting money and opportunities that could easily be prevented with sound data management practices,” notes Linthicum, chief scientist of Reston, Va.-based Blue Mountain Labs, http://www.bluemountainlabs.com. “Today’s trends of cloud computing and virtualization are further increasing the importance of comprehensive data management strategies.” 

Linthicum’s paper recommends that enterprise and federal agency IT teams seeking to implement data virtualization strategies need to demonstrate the potential benefits of these strategies.  He calls out several areas of benefit including the value of eliminating costs to change the existing physical databases to support the existing data consumers; the value of agility associated with better data access; and the value of easier data sharing through the use of industry and other standards.

Recognizing there are unique scenarios pertaining to government IT and to commercial enterprise IT teams, the paper discusses how to leverage data abstraction and virtualization for each of these segments.

The white paper is available, complements of Composite Software, at http://www.compositesw.com/devzone/.


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About David S. Linthicum:  David S. Linthicum is an internationally known cloud computing and service-oriented architecture (SOA) expert. He is a sought-after consultant, speaker and writer, and formed Blue Mountain Labs, a leading cloud computing advisory, validation, and consulting organization. In his career, Linthicum has formed or enhanced many of the ideas behind modern distributed computing including enterprise application integration (EAI), B2B Application Integration and SOA, approaches and technologies in wide use today. For the last 10 years, he has focused on the technology and strategies around cloud computing, including working with several cloud computing startups. His industry experience includes tenure as CTO and CEO of several successful software and cloud computing companies, and upper-level management positions in Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he was an associate professor of computer science for eight years, and continues to lecture at major technical colleges and universities, including University of Virginia and Arizona State University.  Linthicum has authored 10 books, including the ground-breaking “Enterprise Application Integration” and “B2B Application Integration.”  You can reach him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Or follow him on http://twitter.com/DavidLinthicum.

About Composite Software, Inc.:  Composite Software, Inc. is the leading independent provider of data virtualization software.  Global organizations including 10 of the top 20 banks, five of the top ten pharmaceuticals, leading energy, media, and technology companies along with U.S. Defense and Intelligence agencies, use Composite’s technology to integrate disparate data—regardless of location or source format—and fulfill critical information needs, faster with fewer resources. Composite’s platform scales from individual business applications to enterprise-wide Information-as-a-Service architectures, automating the entire data virtualization life cycle, while complementing traditional data warehousing investments.  Founded in 2002, Composite Software is a privately held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon Valley.  For more information, please visit http://www.compositesw.com.  Or follow Composite on http://twitter.com/compositesw.

Composite Software is a registered trademark of Composite Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. Copyright © Composite Software, Inc. 2009.