Data Chaos: Public Enemy Number One

This year marks the 20th anniversary for Informatica. Twenty years of solving the problem of getting data from point A to point B, improving its quality, establishing a single view and managing it over its life-cycle. Yet after 20 years of innovation and leadership in the data integration market, when one would think the problem had been solved, all data had been extracted, transformed, cleansed and managed, it actually hasn’t — companies still need data integration. Why?  Data is complicated business. And with data increasingly becoming central to business survival, organizations are constantly looking for ways to unlock new sources of it, use it as an unforeseen source of insight and do it all with greater agility and at lower cost.

Not only has the technology side of the data integration market evolved over the past 20 years but so has the way in which that technology is put to use. As the need to unlock the real potential of data becomes increasingly important, taking a project based approach to data integration alone is no longer adequate. Informatica has learned from working with leading organizations that a different approach is needed. One that treats data integration not as a project, but as a key business process or function that is central to business survival. We call this next-generation data integration. Organizations that have made the shift to next-generation data integration are reaping some very tangible benefits, including:

Streamlined development

Productivity and agility are top of mind objectives for any IT organization these days. Without them, projects get delayed, run over on time and cause costs to spiral out of control. Organizations using next-generation data integration see significant advantages in productivity, agility and cost containment. For example Informatica’s Data Validation capabilities are being used to reduce the amount of time and resources required for development from days and months to hours, with a fraction of the resources.

Assured confidence

You don’t have to look hard to find research that shows the lack of trust the business has on the typical data warehouse. What’s not immediately obvious, however, is that lack of trust not only focuses on the data but also the data integration process itself. Leading organizations have identified with this so are taking steps to not only improve the data in the warehouse, but also increase transparency into the processes surrounding the creation and maintenance of the warehouse. Informatica provides industry leading Data Quality solutions to address the data side, but also Proactive Monitoring for PowerCenter to ensure the integration process works seamlessly.

Innovation without barriers

Enough has been said about big data and the opportunity available from it. The trick is unlocking big data to your advantage. Not only do you need the ability to get to new and ever increasing sources of data, but you must be able to exploit new computing platforms along the way. If you’re hamstrung but rigid development platforms, doing so is ever more complicated. Informatica PowerCenter is built on a Virtual Data Machine, meaning the development environment is decoupled from the run time environment. With such an approach, leading organizations are developing once, deploying anywhere and heading down a path to innovation.

The benefits of next-generation data integration are many. As you look at your existing or upcoming projects, look for opportunities to drive improvement for both the immediate need and those of the future. With the right approach, you can drive great improvement in your enterprise data and unlock its true potential.

On February 27th, we’ll drill into one of these concepts in more detail during a webinar titled “Build a Data Warehouse that People Actually Use – And Trust.” Joining Informatica is Jim Harris, blogger in chief at Obsessive Compulsive Data Quality, who will be talking in detail about how to ensure confidence in your data warehouse. Jim will also be joined by Rueben Vandeventer from CNO Insurance, who will talk about putting these methodologies into practice for real business value.

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