Hybrid IT and the Latest Informatica Cloud Release

In a recent Information Management blog post, Alex Bakker from Saugatuck Technology noted:

“There is an underlying problem facing many, if not most enterprise IT leaders and organizations: these technologies [Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Integration] have developed much faster than enterprise IT groups and practices have been able to adopt and manage them.”

Sound familiar? Gartner (and others) have referred to the new reality of enterprise IT as Hybrid IT. At Informatica World next month, we have an entire track on this topic.

The good news is a topic that was once considered the “Achilles heel of cloud computing” is increasingly being recognized as the key enabler of cloud success:  integration and data management. With that in mind, Informatica rolled out our Summer 2013 release this week. Here are some highlights and useful resources.

Informatica Cloud has expanded from core integration to master data management (MDM) to process automation. The Summer 2013 release has updates in each of these areas:

Cloud Integration

  • The new Informatica Cloud SAP Connector delivers native SAP table reading and writing capabilities in the cloud. Additional Cloud SAP integration updates include: SAP HANA connectivity via ODBC and enhanced SAP support for Cloud Integration Templates.
  • The new Cloud Marketplace Mall includes many new connectors (including Microsoft SharePoint, MongoDB, JSON, Hive (Hadoop) and QuickBooks Online), Cloud Integration Templates and Process Guides.

Cloud Process Automation

The Summer 2013 release will be the first update of Informatica Cloud Extend since the acquisition of Active Endpoints in February. My colleague Clive Bearman has posted an extensive overview of what’s new here. If you’re a Salesforce.com customer looking to take adoption and efficiency to the next level, you might want to check out this webinar, which features a customer overview and detailed demonstration. Want more demos? Check out the YouTube playlist.

Cloud MDM for Salesforce

A key focus of our native Force.com MDM application is the ability to support multi-type/multi-source/multi-dimensional hierarchies to aid in the visualization and tracking of multiple different business interactions and entities. You can find out more details about the hierarchy features, cloud data quality and MDM here.

As I mentioned, Informatica Cloud will be front and center at Informatica World 2013. We’re also hosting a webinar this week where we’ll review what’s new in the Summer release and discuss what’s next when it comes to cloud integration and data management.

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