Andrew Sohn: The Promise of Data Virtualization


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Data virtualization has been around for decades and has always been controversial. In the 1990s, it was called virtual data warehousing or VDW-- or as some skeptics liked to say, "voodoo and witchcraft”. It’s also been known as query federation and more recently, data services. The idea is that business users don't need to know the location of the data; they merely need to log into the data service and all data appears as if it’s local to their server, modeled in a fashion that makes sense to them. Andrew Sohn is the Global Head of Data and Analytics at Crawford & Company, a $1B+ service provider to the insurance and risk management industry, where he designed and leads its data and digital transformation strategy and program. With more than 25 years in the industry, Andrew has managed a broad range of infrastructure and application technologies. He’s a strong advocate of data virtualization technology and believes it is an integral part of a modern, agile data ecosystem.

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