Semantic Data Virtualization - a Necessity in the Era of Big Data
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  Ralph Hodgson   Ralph Hodgson


Tuesday, August 19, 2014
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Level:  All - General Audience

Responding to new opportunities is a must in today's competitive landscape. The key ingredient for this is data. Companies that can quickly access and link a variety of data sources in a meaningful way have a significant advantage over those that cannot.

In this era of Big Data, most organizations face challenges to the meaningful use of data. Critical information is often described in multiple sources of data. Access is limited by constraints imposed by outdated ways of storing, managing, and analyzing data. Creating a physical repository with all your data – a traditional data warehouse – is costly and slow.

In this short talk we will outline a new approach to data virtualization and federated query that uses semantic technology to present data from multiple sources as if it were within a single place.

Ralph Hodgson is a co-founder and the CTO of TopQuadrant, Inc., a US-based company that specializes in semantic technology solutions, tools, consulting and training. He combines expertise in semantic technologies with over 30 years of experience in business application development and deployment, consulting, software development, and strategic planning. Prior to starting TopQuadrant in 2001, he held executive consulting positions at IBM Global Services where he was a founding member of Portal Practice and Object Technology Practice. Prior to IBM, he was European Technology Director, founder, and Managing Director of Interactive Development Environments, which was an international CASE tools vendor. Ralph is a published author and a frequent speaker at conferences. He has co-authored the books: Adaptive Information, published by John Wiley in 2004, and Capability Cases: A Solution Envisioning Approach, published by Addison-Wesley in July 2005.

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