The re-platforming of enterprise IT infrastructure is no small undertaking. Re-platforming is usually sparked by a shifting set of key business drivers, and that is precisely the case today. Simply put, the platforms that have dominated enterprise IT for nearly 30 years can no longer handle the workloads needed to drive businesses forward.

At the center of this digital transformation is data, which has become the most valuable currency in business. Organizations have long been hamstrung in their use of data by incompatible formats, limitations of traditional databases, and the inability to flexibly combine data from multiple sources. New technologies promise to change all that.

Improving the deployment model of software is one major facet to removing barriers to data usage. Greater “data agility” also requires more flexible databases and more scalable real-time streaming platforms. In fact no fewer than seven foundational technologies are combining to deliver a flexible, real-time “data fabric” to the enterprise.

Unlike the technologies they are replacing, these seven software innovations are able to scale to meet the needs of both many users and many use cases. For businesses, they have the power to enable faster and more intelligent decisions and to create better customer experiences.

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Jim Scott is director of enterprise strategy and architecture at . Jim helped build the Hadoop community in Chicago as cofounder of the Chicago Hadoop Users Group. He has implemented big data solutions to support a variety of enterprise use cases from OLTP at a rate of 60B transactions per day to full data center monitoring and retail analytics. Jim speaks at many industry events around the world on big data technologies and is the creator of the enterprise data-fabric architecture, Zeta Architecture. Jim is on Twitter as . 

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