What’s In A Data Integration Cloud?

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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.

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9 Responses to What’s In A Data Integration Cloud?

  1. Pingback: Data Integration: Your Cloud Strategy’s Silver Lining? « In(tegrate) the Clouds

  2. Doug Yeager says:

    Please correct this article: You state that the IDC report (I assume it is the press release of 1/26/09 which lines up with the other data you quote) finds that “(SAAS) will be nearly 45% of the IT budget in 2010″.

    If fact the report states: “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.” (http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS21641409)

    that is a big difference

  3. Darren Cunningham says:

    Thanks Doug. I updated the post with the correct information. Much appreciated.

  4. Doug Yeager says:

    you guys are the best. thank you!

  5. Sam Lain says:

    I am a Lawyer who would like to apply my ability to absorb complex business vocabulary and translate such complex vocabulary to every person who gets on a computer and whats to know what a “Cloud” is”? Or want to know what “Clould Computing” is? I was reading the profile on Informatica and I understood it but it needed to be translated into plain English. Didn’t Warren Buffet say that if you cannot explain a business idea to a fifth grader than you should probably not buy the stock.
    I want to buy your stock. I want others to buy your stock. Yet as I am reading your info I find it Hyper technical unless one is totally immersed in tech or a gifted reader.
    Well, I am a gifted reader. I could put your profile in a few sentences. Handling and storing all types of Data in all types of ways while being able to send and receive the data to all locations. And of most importance we can mazimize the usage of your data and allow your company to capitalize on it’s Data usage and storage needs.
    From Sam Lain,
    172 Robertsville RD.
    Oak Ridge, Tn
    865- 483-9682

  6. Sam Lain says:

    My email address is texlexln@aol.com. Not cap sensitive. I would like to transfer out of the courtroom world and work on using my brain to engage the future.
    Samuel F. Lain

  7. Hi Sam, are you saying my definitions are still leaving you a little cloudy?

    While it’s still early for all things cloud and there’s lots of hype and confusion in the market at the moment, here are a couple of resources you might find useful:

    IDCs cloud services: http://blogs.idc.com/ie/?p=422
    Understanding public clouds: http://www.keithpij.com/Home/tabid/36/EntryID/27/Default.aspx

    In the meantime, I’ll work on clarifying how Informatica is uniquely able to help organizations get the most out of all of their cloud investments.

    Thanks for the feedback!


  8. Darren–
    Interesting. From the comments, it looks like you might be having some problems with explanations. As it turns out, explaining complex IT technologies to executives is my business. I write reports for the likes of Gartner, Springboard, Cutter Consortium, etcetera. I also do white papers and case studies for companies such as Attachmate, SumTotal and Enabling. I cam across your blog in researching a report related to this subject. If interested, please drop me a line.
    BJ Dooley

  9. SEO says:

    The font is too small,….

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