I’ve spent the last few days in sunny London at Informatica UK’s flagship conference – Informatica Day “Put Information Potential to Work”.
Held at the Grange City on 8th October, we welcomed over 200 delegates made up of customers, prospects, partners and industry leading experts, and for the first time in the UK, Informatica’s Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi, provided the visionary keynote and used the event to launch Informatica Vibe™ in the UK. Vibe is an embeddable data management engine that can access, aggregate, and manage any type of data. Vibe gives developers the power to map data once and deploy anywhere.
The day kicked off with Mike Ferguson, independent Industry Analyst and world-class speaker, providing a thought-provoking Keynote presentation looking into the Information Age landscape and how to deal with the data overload we all face as a consequence. Every seat in the conference room was taken with standing room only as Sohaib Abbasi took to the stage to deliver his keynote. He discussed the trends powering the new connected world and how organisations have an unprecedented opportunity to transform themselves by unleashing the true potential of information.
Following a quick coffee break, delegates broke into several streams – I had the privilege of leading the Next Generation Data Integration stream, a subject very close to my heart. To an enthusiastic and full room of existing customers and prospects keen to learn more, I discussed how data integration can become a core competency and how other companies have implemented a next generation data integration approach to reduce complexity and unleash the true potential of their information.
Stream two took on master data management and product information management. The audience heard customer presentations from ICON on improving clinical trial outcomes with MDM, and from Halfords who tackled the business case for product MDM.
Stream three explored how organisations could lower their costs of managing data through database archiving, test data management, data privacy and application retirement. And if that wasn’t enough, delegates could visit the exhibition hall throughout the day to find out about Smart Partitioning, MDM, question our specialists on mainframe connectivity, book on the latest Informatica University courses and demo the ever popular Data Validation and Proactive Monitoring tools.
A couple of customer comments that made me smile, “I am really happy to see the great progress for Informatica and what’s coming next”; “Very useful day – surprised how large the event was!”