Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking to Informatica customers about cloud integration at the Informatica 9 World Tour events. In most of the cities, we’re hosting a Cloud Breakfast to dive in to what Gartner has listed as one of the top 10 strategic technologies for 2010. Not surprisingly, interest has been widespread. Attendees include people in IT and line of business (LOB) roles; people with PowerCenter skills and long-time Informatica Cloud customers; CRM administrators and IT architects; sales and marketing operations; ISVs and quite a few consultants.
One thing that they all have in common is that they’re thinking about the opportunities and challenges that the shift to cloud computing represents. As one attendee put it, “we can either get on the train or get run over by it!”
Some of the feedback I’ve heard specifically from Informatica customers about the Informatica Cloud Platform:
- “I don’t own the Integration Competency Center, but I want to make sure they know about this!”
- “While we focus on enterprise integration needs, this will allow us to deliver self-service without losing control.”
- “This sure beats sending spreadsheets back and forth to gather business requirements.”
So what is the Informatica Cloud Platform, you ask? The Informatica Cloud Platform opens up the multitenant architecture of Informatica Cloud Services and exposes the power of the Informatica Platform to the cloud. This means you can develop and share reusable data integration tasks that are consumed by non-technical users in the cloud. Similarly, you can easily export what has been created in the cloud to the PowerCenter environment for prototyping, testing and development purposes. Custom mappings make integration to virtually any end-point possible as a cloud service. And custom functions (mapplets) allow for more complex data integration workflow development. To see a few examples of these in action, be sure to check out the working beta of the Informatica Marketplace: The Cloud Integration eXchange.
As we talk to more and more customers about what’s now possible with the Informatica Cloud Platform, it’s becoming clear that data integration will not only play a key role in LOB and IT collaboration and alignment; it will “eclipse both security and availability to be the defining capability that drives Cloud Computing success” in 2010. I look forward to hearing your feedback at a Breakfast in the Cloud near you!