Category Archives: Data Migration
Informatica Cloud Winter 2013 has arrived. This is the fourteenth release of the company’s award-winning family of cloud integration applications and integration platform as a service (iPaaS), which has now expanded to include Informatica Cloud Master Data Management (MDM). In this post I’ll provide an overview of the new cloud integration and cloud data quality capabilities. Be sure to register for a 30 day trial and/or attend the release webinar on Thursday to see Informatica Cloud in action.
Thousands of Oracle OpenWorld 2012 attendees visited the Informatica booth to learn how to leverage their combined investments in Oracle and Informatica technology. Informatica delivered over 40 presentations on topics that ranged from cloud, to data security to smart partitioning. Key Informatica executives and experts, from product engineering and product management, spoke with hundreds of users on topics and answered questions on how Informatica can help them improve Oracle application performance, lower risk and costs, and reduce project timelines. (more…)
So wrote Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in Jacobellis v. Ohio opinion (1964). He was talking about pornography. The same holds true for data. For example, most business users have a hard time describing exactly what data they need for a new BI report, including what source system to get the data from, in sufficiently precise terms that allow designers, modelers and developers to build the report right the first time. But if you sit down with a user in front an analyst tool and profile the potential source data, they will tell you in an instant whether it’s the right data or not. (more…)
I’m pleased to announce that Informatica Cloud has once again been honored by salesforce.com customers with the AppExchange Best of ‘11 Award for Integration. Based entirely on user reviews for the Informatica Cloud listing on AppExchange, it’s clear that when it comes to Salesforce CRM and Force.com data integration requirements, Informatica Cloud has become the clear choice for salesforce.com customers. This is the fourth year in a row that Informatica Cloud has achieved this honor, and our free Data Loader Service continues to be the all-time most popular application on the AppExchange. (more…)
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…)