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Data Virtualization for Unified Data Services

Speakers: Randy Heffner, VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Organizations have addressed the need for faster, more flexible data delivery to a multitude of new applications amidst increasing data volumes, diversity and complexity of data sources by moving towards creation of a Unified Data Services Layer as part of their Business-capability driven architecture. In this thought-provoking, yet practical session, you will learn the role that Data Virtualization plays in enabling the Unified Data Layer, how organizations have deployed this evolving from tactical projects for faster data delivery to building strategic enterprise data services to support agile BI and processes provide tangible value and ROI as part of comprehensive information architecture.


Randy Heffner, VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research 

Randy serves Enterprise Architecture professionals at Forrester Research, an independent analyst firm. Randy is a leading expert on architectures and design approaches for building enterprise applications that are secure and resilient in the face of continuous business and technology change. He is also widely consulted on application architecture trends, concepts, patterns, and best practices. Prior to working for Forrester, Randy was a chief architect at Sprint, where he led enterprise architecture and standardization efforts, along with the analysis and introduction of application servers, component architectures. His IT experience also includes technology leadership, management, and application development with a Big Five consultancy and in the retail and litigation support industries. Randy received a bachelor's of business administration from Baylor University's business school, where he was named the outstanding student in computer information systems.


Randy Heffner, VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research