The Art of War is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu and remains the most influential book in East Asian warfare and Western cultures.  This book explains Chinese military tactics, from strategy and weapons to rank, discipline, and training techniques. What is truly unique is that Sun Tzu wrote this book in the 5th century BC. During the Sengoku period (c. 1467–1568), the Japanese daimyō named Takeda Shingen (1521–1573) became almost invincible in all battles without relying on guns because he studied The Art of War. The book even gave him the inspiration for his famous battle standard “Fūrinkazan” (Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain), meaning fast as the wind, silent as a forest, ferocious as fire, and immovable as a mountain. Virtualization of data is the new art of war.  Virtualization is the ability to join data no matter where it resides without any technical expertise, and it makes your organization fast, ferocious, and movable.

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Will we ever see a world where there are no longer gasoline-fueled cars on the road? Of course!  Why spend money on gas and pollute the planet when you can save mother earth and spend less? Ironically, gasoline as energy will become extinct, just like the dinosaurs that produced it. Will we ever see a world where users won’t care which database system their data came from, but instead query as quickly as doing a browser search over the internet? Of course!  Why spend time and money moving data to a single platform to have a single version of the truth when the truth can reside across many data sources?  Ironically, users with no technical background can now join data across platforms thousands of times faster than today’s best data scientists. Virtualization is the ability to join data no matter where it resides without any technical expertise, and it is as inevitable in data as electricity is to cars!

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Data virtualization allows users to move or join data across database platforms with no technical experience.  Why spend millions moving data when your users can join data across platforms? Data virtualization is the best way to see your data in action, and thus, it has become an important tool for various business lines to get the insights their teams need. Join us on Thursday, January 21st, at 10:00 PST (1:00 EST) for a 20-minute webinar to hear from Yellowbrick, along with two solution partners, Nexus and Soterosoft, to learn how to build a virtualization roadmap.

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