Roger Nolan

Roger Nolan
Roger Nolan is the Director of Product Marketing for Informatica Metadata Manager & Business Glossary and Informatica Data Validation Option. Before joining Informatica, Roger held a variety of senior roles in Product Marketing, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, and Corporate Development at Avaya, Sun Microsystems and Metricom. He has deep experience in enterprise software, communications & collaboration software, and internet telephony products. Roger has an MBA from Boston College and a BS from Northeastern University.

Architects: 8 Great Reasons To Be At Informatica World 2014

Architects INFA14For years, corporations have tried to solve business problems by “throwing new enterprise applications at them.” This strategy has created ‘silos of data’ that are attached to these applications and databases. As a result, it is now increasingly difficult to find, access and use the correct data for new projects.

Data fragmentation leads to slow project delivery and “shadow IT.” Without a change in enterprise data strategy, is it unlikely this problem will improve. On the contrary, the growth of cloud applications and platforms, mobile applications, NoSQL, and the “Internet of Things” create increasing urgency.  Unless a new approach to enterprise data management is taken, the house of cards is going to crumble.

I seriously doubt that this is a surprise to most of you. The question is, “What should we do about it?” The Informatica World 2014 event is a perfect place to find answers. Here are eight benefits architects will enjoy at Informatica World 2014:

  1. A dedicated track of breakout sessions for architects. This track explores reference architectures, design patterns, best practices and real-world examples for building and sustaining your next-generation information architecture. The track will begin with a keynote on the broader issues of enterprise data architecture. It will also include panel of architects from leading companies.
  2. Inspiration to participate in defining the enterprise data architecture of the future. (I can’t spoil it by divulging the details here, but I promise that it will be interesting and worth your while!)
  3. New insights on how to manage information for the data-centric enterprise. These will expand your thinking about data architecture and platforms.
  4. Chances to network with architect peers.
  5. A Hands-on Lab, were you can talk to Informatica experts about their products and solutions.
  6. Updates on what Informatica is doing to bring business subject matter experts in as full partners in the co-development of data-related projects.
  7. A chance to win a one-hour one-on-one session with an Informatica architect at Informatica World.
  8. A chance to learn to control your biggest enterprise system: The collection of all data-moving resources across your company.

We believe that architecture is the key to unleashing information potential. To compete in today’s global 24x7x365 economy, business requires well-designed information architectures that can continuously evolve to support the new heights of flexibility, efficiency, responsiveness, and trust. I hope you will join us in Las Vegas, May 12-15!

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Application Leaders: Get Advice on How to Put Your Potential to Work

We are excited to announce the new Potential at Work Community for Application Leaders.

As an application leader, you have a very demanding job.  You have to successfully manage issues such as:

  • Driving the maximum business value from your company’s enterprise application investments
  • Keeping all of your enterprise applications current and meeting user requirements
  • Delivering on your service agreements and managing all of the “ilities.”
  • Defining an enterprise application strategy that includes on-premise and cloud
  • Delivering timely, authoritative and trustworthy data for your enterprise applications

This community is here to help you to do exactly that and to help you to excel in both your current job and your career ahead.  Our goal is to provide tips, insights, best practices and information from   experts to  help you become more successful.

Our first edition is focused on the theme of managing  an enterprise cloud application strategy.   For those who are in the process of selecting cloud application vendors, I’ve included a very handy Vendor Selection Checklist that is used by Informatica’s  Vice President of Applications. 

Are we interested in your input to the community?  Absolutely!  If you have an idea or content to share with the community, please contact us and we will get you published.

Join the community and   start unleashing your potential by clicking on this link:   

 Potential at Work Community for Application Leaders

Best regards,

Roger Nolan       rnolan@informatica.com

Julie Lockner      jlockner@informatica.com

Click here for more information on the Potential at Work communities.

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Enterprise Application Projects Are Much Riskier Than You Think

IT application managers are constantly going through a process of integrating, modernizing and consolidating enterprise applications to keep them efficient and providing the maximum business value to the corporation for their cost.

But, it is important to remember that there is significant risk in these projects.  An article in the Harvard Business Review states that 17% of enterprise application projects go seriously wrong; going over budget by 200% and over schedule by 70%.  The HRB article refers to these projects as “black swans.”

How can you reduce this risk of project failure?  Typically, 30% to 40% of an enterprise application project is data migration.  A recent study by Bloor Research shows that while success rates for data migration projects are improving, 38% of them still miss their schedule and budget targets.

How can you improve the odds of success in data migration projects?

  1. Use data profiling tools to understand your data before you move it.
  2. Use data quality tools to correct data quality problems.  There is absolutely no point in moving bad data around the organization – but it happens.
  3. Use a proven external methodology. In plain English, work with people who have “done it before”
  4. Develop your own internal competence.  Nobody knows your data, and more importantly, the business context of your data than your own staff.  Develop the skills and engage your business subject matter experts.

Informatica has industry-leading tools, a proven methodology, and a service delivery team with hundreds of successful data migration implementations.

To find out more about successful data migration:

  • Informatica World:  Visit us at the Hands On Lab – Data Migration.
  • Informatica World: Informatica Presentation on Application Data Migration.

Application Data Migrations with Informatica Velocity Migration Methodology

Friday June 5, 2013          9:00 to 10:00

  • Informatica World: Data Migration Factory Presentation by  Accenture

Accelerating the Power of Data Migration

Tuesday June 4, 2013     2:00 to 3:00

 

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Ten Ways to Drive the Success of Your Metadata Initiative

We’ve all seen examples of metadata management and data governance initiatives that have failed. A number of customers have asked me about best practices for driving successful metadata initiatives.

Some are looking to grow their use of metadata beyond an IT productivity project into something larger such as a data stewardship or data governance initiative. Some are just getting started. In either event, here are my top ten recommendations based on conversations with customers and some of the great presentations and panel discussions at Informatica World. (more…)

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