Data Integration: Your Cloud Strategy’s Silver Lining??
Earlier this year, IDC projected that, “by the end of 2009, 76% of U.S. organizations will use at least one SaaS-delivered application for business use” and that “the percentage of U.S. firms which plan to spend at least 25% of their IT budgets on SaaS applications will increase from 23% in 2008 to nearly 45% in 2010.” Great news, right? But is your organization ready? Do you have an overall strategy for “The Cloud”? And if you have already made investments in SaaS applications, do you have a plan to ensure that secure, timely, consistent, and accurate information is being delivered across these systems and throughout the business?
Historically, line of business managers have been drawn to cloud-based applications for their ease of use, attractive pricing models, and the promise of fast implementations with minimal IT resources. And while CRM has been the most widely adopted to date, more and more business applications are now being delivered as cloud-based services. In parallel, the capabilities of these online services have broadened beyond simply meeting the needs of individual departments and small to medium-sized businesses. This exponential growth has only increased the need for a comprehensive data integration strategy that goes beyond a point-to-point, single process, single application vendor approach.
The Informatica Data Integration Cloud
Whether you want to move data into or out of the cloud or manage data within the cloud or from one cloud application to another, Informatica provides a complete range of solutions to give you the greatest flexibility for accessing, integrating, and trusting cloud data. With the goal of helping you get the most out of both your on-premise and cloud investments, you might even consider data integration to be your cloud strategy’s silver lining.
When you think about the general term “The Cloud,” it’s helpful to break it down into these three components:
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Informatica’s Data Integration Cloud services are designed to extend the major advantages of cloud computing in each of these three areas so that you can get the most out of your cloud investments with data integration solutions that allow you to:
- Pay as you go and pay for only what you use.
- Get up and running quickly to deliver value to the business faster.
- Eliminate costs associated with buying and maintaining hardware and software.
1. SaaS Data Integration
Informatica On Demand delivers purpose-built data integration services to non-technical users over the web. These services address specific business challenges (customer/product master synchronization, replication, etc.) and are designed to integrate specific business applications (e.g. Salesforce.com to on-premise end points). With a web-based interface designed for non-technical business users and application administrators, Informatica On Demand was recognized as the #1 integration solution for Salesforce customers in 2008.
2. PaaS Data Integration
Because Informatica On Demand is built on a multitenant architecture and powered by the Informatica Platform, it means that Informatica customers and partners can now build and share their work in the cloud with the new PowerCenter Service.
3. IaaS Data Integration
The recently announced PowerCenter Cloud Edition is designed to run in true virtual computing environments, such as the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With PowerCenter Cloud Edition, your IT organization can reduce costs and risks by relying on a flexible, pay-as-you-go data integration model that accommodates future growth. You can increase IT productivity by delegating one-off data integration tasks to a cloud-based data integration infrastructure and you can enhance flexibility and efficiency by being able to scale IT operations up or down with business needs.