Just five years ago, there was a perception held by many in our industry that the world of data for enterprises was simplifying. This was in large part due to the wave of consolidation among application vendors. With SAP and Oracle gobbling up the competition to build massive, monolithic application stacks, the story was that this consolidation would simplify data integration and data management.
Of course, the exact opposite happened. Applications did not consolidate (okay, there has been some consolidation, but not nearly as much as SAP and Oracle would have desired.) Rather, there has been a new wave of fragmentation due to the rapid mainstreaming of cloud applications. Cloud applications have proliferated quickly—sometimes without the knowledge or approval of corporate IT. This has led to the proliferation of new sources of transaction data, which are contributing to the rise of big data.
To be clear, it’s not about cloud replacing on-premise, it’s about the two co-existing together. That means managing a hybrid IT environment, in which Informatica has been investing since 2006.
Now Informatica 9.5 brings some major advances to the cloud. In particular, embeddable cloud integration services means that cloud applications no longer need to suffer from inaccurate or incomplete data, which in turn hobble user adoption. Informatica’s embedded services will ensure that cloud applications have all the relevant business data from on-premise and cloud systems, with high quality and in an integrated manner. This will further accelerate enterprise adoption of cloud applications because one of the biggest barriers to adoption—cloud data integration—has been taken down by Informatica 9.5.