CIOs, CDOs and other IT executives are wrestling with a technology landscape that is not merely shifting and evolving—it’s transforming faster than mere mortals can keep up with. And it’s impossible to predict what technologies will be the right ones for your organization three years from now. Change is simply happening too fast. This Potential at Work article talks about the fundamental shift in architectural approach necessary to managing change, and how Informatica Vibe is the architectural secret sauce. Check out how Tony Young and Mark Smith think about the problem and the way out of the morass, and chime in with your own ideas.
“Business-IT alignment.” The words have been touted so much by vendors (including Informatica), that they have become a platitude. But that doesn’t mean the concept itself isn’t still critical. This recent article in the IT Leader Potential at Work community lists the three actions IT must take to make a real impact on the business, starting by “inciting a revolution” among IT staff and turning them into business thinkers. Check out the article and share your thoughts here.
I’ve always learned a lot about the realities of managing IT from our (now former) CIO, Tony Young. (Don’t worry—Tony is still with Informatica but is now in an executive role with our cloud team.) In his latest thought-provoking Potential at Work article for CIOs, CDOs and other IT executives, he tackles IT consumerization. With users adopting more cloud applications, bringing in personal mobile devices, and generally upping the expectations on access to personalized technology, Tony highlights three key potential red flags that IT leaders need to wrestle to the ground. You can find the full article, as well as many others, at the Potential at Work community.
We’ve been spending a lot of time here at Informatica preparing for Informatica World. That means taking a big step back to take the broader view of all the change happening in the world of information management and data integration today. New data sources and new data technologies are emerging almost daily, and the pace is only accelerating. Our mission is to help our customers and our market not only cope with all this change, but to harness it for competitive advantage.
But even as we’re putting together the latest take on the big picture, we’re also zooming in on the technology “secret sauce” which makes it possible to manage all this change. Informatica has the “secret sauce”– it’s what makes our architecture unique, and it’s what allows us to deliver the most value to our customers.
I’m not going to tell you what the “secret sauce” is now– you have to come to Informatica World to find out. Our executives including Sohaib Abbasi, Ivan Chong and James Markarian will be laying out the big picture, as well as revealing the “secret sauce.” And I’ll be diving in to more details in my Informatica Platform overview breakout session.
I hope to see you in Vegas next month. (by the way, the special hotel rate ends this Friday May 3rd, so register today!)
I attended Forrester’s Customer Experience conference a couple of weeks ago to get up to speed on how different companies are changing their processes and culture to truly put the customer at the center of their world. Concepts such as voice of the customer, the buyer’s journey, and moments of truth were tossed around like popcorn. The high bar set at the conference was to achieve empathy with the customer in order to deliver true customer experience innovations. Beyond such lofty concepts, there was also a lot of discussion about the underlying practical matter of gathering the relevant data about customers in order to build the knowledge and understanding essential to creating that empathy. (more…)
- The campaigning is finally over and there is a glimmer of hope that we can get some actual decisions made in Washington.
- My family out East survived Sandy pretty much unscathed, although the impact to so many others has been heartbreaking. I hope we have the guts to realize we need major changes to how we manage our shorelines and infrastructure, and don’t simply repeat past mistakes.
- Our two little monsters… ahem children… (3 ½ and 1 ½) are thriving and only spend a very small proportion of their time trying to kill each other. (more…)
The world has gone mobile. Among consumers, the younger generation has grown up connecting via mobile devices rather than computers. In some developing countries, entire societies have skipped over computers directly to their smartphones to connect and interact. More and more enterprises are providing their workforce with mobile devices, or enabling “bring your own device”.
And mobile devices are just a tip of the machine-generated data iceberg. We are experiencing geometric growth in data being generated by machines and devices, ranging from mobile phones and tablets to smart meters to RFID tags to equipment sensors. There are billions of machines creating deluges of real-time data. And most traditional IT systems are simply not equipped to handle this type of big data. (more…)
Social networking is becoming inescapable. It has become mainstream faster than almost anyone could have predicted (other than perhaps Mark Zuckerberg.)
Full disclosure: I hardly ever use Facebook. Perhaps as a working mom with two young children, keeping up with former high school classmates is a luxury I can’t afford (or don’t want). But I use other types of social media extensively. I use LinkedIn for professional networking, recruiting, knowledge sharing and development. I use Twitter to communicate with customers, analysts and industry peers. I use several local online moms’ communities for advice on toddler tantrums, teething and preschools. (more…)
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. (more…)
There is a huge amount of buzz and hype in the market around big data. Words like Hadoop, Cassandra, Hive, NoSQL are frequently thrown around, and it can seem like they are largely detached from most people’s day-to-day reality. Particularly for folks who are doing the heavy lifting of data integration and data management for their organizations, all the buzz can seem like mere noise. I often hear comments such as:
- “We don’t do big data here. Our volumes aren’t that big.”
- “There are some folks playing around with Hadoop in the lab, but that’s about it.”
- “I think this may have potential use for us, but I’m not really sure. There’s too much hype right now. And I’m way too busy to sort through it all.” (more…)