Category Archives: Data Migration
Recently, one Sunday afternoon, my wife told me her purchased airline reservation for Monday had disappeared. A few days ago it was there, then suddenly it was gone. Apparently she was not alone. Complaints were coming in online. Support was overwhelmed. In fact, Twitter seemed to be the only way to get a quick response, so people were sending their messages and details that way!
Now, this is a great brand that I’m talking about, what I would call the chic brand in the airline industry. They had just experienced a brand-killing event. No one wants to fly an airline where reservations disappear. But the next part stunned me. When my wife finally talked to a manager at the airline, it turned out they expected this would happen! They had just migrated to a new reservation system and another airline that had done this same migration had experienced issues for a few weeks. So the airline not only expected to have similar issues, they scheduled fewer planes to fly in the upcoming weeks! (more…)
I spent last weekend reading Geoffrey Moore’s new book, Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past. Then on Sunday, the New York Times published this article about salesforce.com: A Leader in the Cloud Gains Rivals. Clearly “The Big Switch” is on. With this as a backdrop, the need for a comprehensive cloud data management strategy has surfaced as a top IT imperative heading into the New Year – How and when do you plan to move data to the cloud? How will you prevent SaaS silos? How will you ensure your cloud data is trustworthy, relevant and complete? What is your plan for longer-term cloud governance and control?
These are just a few of the questions you need to think through as you develop your short, medium and long-term cloud strategy. Here are my predictions for what else should be on your 2012 cloud integration radar. (more…)
Enterprise Applications Myth #2: You Only Need to Focus on the Application in Any Modernization Initiative
This is the second in a series of myth-busting posts. Myth #1 was “Apps and Data Live and Die Together“.
Myth #2: When embarking on an application modernization initiative, either doing a significant application upgrade or entirely replacing legacy applications, you really only need to focus on the application and making sure that it aligns with your business processes.
This is my third blog in a series on the subject of “Informatica & Applications”. You can read my previous blogs here:
- The Future of Applications (1): From Sustaining to Enhancing to Transforming
- The Future of Applications (2): Lowering Costs & Complexity
In my last blog I wrote about how you can start looking at the mass of applications within your IT environments and start making harsh decisions about cutting costs and reducing complexity. This will enable you to make real inroads into lowering the cost of simply maintaining and operating your IT environment – otherwise known as “Keep-the-lights-on” or “KTLO”. One reason to lower KTLO costs is so that you can can allocate more funding into new, or enhanced, or innovative, applications. This is the subject of this blog …
People often say to me “you’re the ETL company – how’s it going?” With pride I reply “yes we were, but now we are a Data Integration company offering technology that helps companies with a variety of their business critical systems – particularly applications”.
This focus on “Applications” often surprises people and that is why on September 21st Informatica is launching a global marketing campaign looking at the role we play in relation to business critical applications – yes … those applications that automate business transactions and are critical to the success of every organization.
In March of last year I posted a blog here entitled: The Achilles Heel Of Cloud Computing – Data Integration. “In fact, what currently limits the number of cloud deployments is the lack of a clear understanding of data integration in the context of cloud computing. This is a rather easy problem to solve, but it’s often an afterthought.”
So more than a year later, where are we?
While some progress has been made, many cloud computing implementation projects continue to ignore the value of a sound data integration strategy and the use of the right data integration technology. Most paint themselves into a data quality and data synchronization corner, but give them time. (more…)
It was quite a week. According to the Tweets from @benioff, “over 45,000 people gave us a week of their summer to attend Dreamforce 2011” – a truly amazing number and a truly amazing conference. Informatica customers and partners were also out in full force as the topic of data integration was front and center in most of the keynotes and breakout sessions. Informatica announced that it’s now running over 20 billion transactions per month via its multitenant cloud integration service and also introduced a mobile administration and monitoring application that is now available on the Apple App Store.
Our session on Hybrid IT – The Importance of Integration to Salesforce Success was run twice due to popular demand and it was a packed house each time. Special thanks to our great customer speakers from PSA Insurance and Financial Services, Topcon Positioning Systems and Qualcomm. You can check out the slides here and the video on Salesforce YouTube Channel soon. (more…)
This week a milestone was announced for Informatica Cloud – the multi-tenant data integration service now surpasses 20 billion cloud data transactions and three million cloud data integration jobs per month. What does this mean, you ask? Simply visit Trust.InformaticaCloud.com/status and take a look for yourself. You’ll not only see real-time status of the on-demand service, you’ll see how many integration jobs and and transactions are being processed every day. (more…)
I had the good fortune to work in the information services department at UMass Memorial Healthcare for several years prior to joining Informatica. It was pretty clear when I was there that the investments UMass Memorial was making in information systems was the future direction of healthcare everywhere, and that the lessons being learned there had applicability across the broader healthcare market. Since joining Informatica, I have had the opportunity to meet with a wide cross section of our healthcare customers and prospects, and I can confirm that this is in-fact absolutely true. A good case in point is the recent discussion I had with Karen Marhefka, Associate CIO at UMass Memorial, about the challenges of poor data quality and the adverse impact this can have on migrating existing data to new applications. (more…)
Or three, four, five times the fun!
Today we announced the addition of innovative data replication technology, which comes from WisdomForce (welcome to the Informatica family!).
Customers have diverse needs and along with our current offerings, our new solutions deliver Universal Data Replication.