With the current economic state, it’s more important than ever that your data warehouse and business intelligence (BI) environments be cost effective and well tested for peak efficiency. EMC’s Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/Analytics Competency Center, which the information infrastructure vendor recently announced is open, meets that need head on. The Competency Center is aimed at helping organizations be cost efficient and reduce the “time to value” in their data warehouse deployments. EMC's engineering resources work with data warehouse and BI vendors Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Sybase, Teradata, ParAccel, Netezza, and Vertica to help companies determine which BI solution will fit their needs best. According to EMC, "The Competency Center provides IT organizations with the unique ability to evaluate, plan, and architect their implementation with both EMC as their information infrastructure provider and their Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence vendor."

With the ever-increasing size of data warehouse and BI environments, storage optimization has also become a top concern for many organizations. The Competency Center lets EMC and other application vendors take part in co-engineering activities that integrate vendors’ applications with EMC’s networked storage systems, CLARiiON and Symmetrix, to provide organizations with optimized SAN solutions that are easy to use, reliable, and energy efficient.

"Data warehouse/business intelligence applications are becoming an integral part of the IT landscape.  Customers want a flexible, manageable and cost-effective information infrastructure that supports the new business requirements, and that is where EMC can help," says Chuck Hollis, the vice president and global marketing CTO at EMC. "EMC has invested in the technology, services and partnerships required to deliver integrated solutions to effectively manage data warehouse/business intelligence environments. EMC’s new application Competency Center will help customers better understand how to address their business goals today and in the future and choose the appropriate solution to achieve these needs."

The Competency Center is located at EMC’s Santa Clara, California office; however, customers can also access its resources via Cisco TelePresence video conferencing. Live demonstrations are available for customers who are interested in learning more about how EMC’s storage products and other vendors’ applications work together to provide optimized storage solutions for data warehouses and BI environments. To find out more about how you might benefit from the Competency Center, visit EMC’s website