Category Archives: Data Migration

Reducing Business Risk with Data Integration

A study by Bloor Research put the failure rate for data migration projects at 38%. When you consider that a failed data migration project can temporarily hold up vital business processes, this becomes even more bad news.  This affects customer service, internal business processes, productivity, etc., leading to an IT infrastructure that is just not meeting the expectations of the business.

If you own one of these dysfunctional IT infrastructures, you’re not alone.  Most enterprises struggle with the ability to manage the use of data within the business.  Data integration becomes an ad hoc concept that is solved when needed using whatever works at the time.  Moreover, the ability to manage migration and data quality becomes a lost art, and many users distrust the information coming from business systems they should rely upon.

The solution to this problem is complex.  There needs to be a systemic approach to data integration that is led by key stakeholders.  Several business objectives should be set prior to creating a strategy, approach, and purchasing key technologies.  This includes:

  • Define the cost of risk in having substandard data quality.
  • Define the cost of risk in not having data available to systems and humans in the business.
  • Define the cost of lost strategic opportunities, such as moving into a new product line or acquiring a company.

The idea is that, by leveraging data integration approaches and technology, we’ll reduce much of the risk, which actually has a cost.

The risk of data quality is obvious to those inside and out of IT, but the damage that could occur when not having a good data integration and data quality strategy and supporting technology is perhaps much farther reaching that many think.  The trick is to solve both problems at the same time, leveraging data integration technology that can deal with data quality issues as well.

Not having data available to both end users who need to see it to operate the business, as well as to machines that need to respond to changing data, adds to the risk and thus the cost.  In many enterprises, there is a culture of what I call “data starvation.”  This means it’s just accepted that you can’t track orders with accurate data, you can’t pull up current customer sales information, and this is just the way things are.  This is really an easy fix these days, and one dollar invested in creating a strategy or purchasing and implementing technology will come back to the business twenty fold, at least.

Finally, define the cost of lost strategic opportunities.  This is a risk that many companies pay for, but it’s complex and difficult to define.  This means that the inability to get the systems communicating and sharing data around a merger, for example, means that the enterprises can’t easily take advantage of market opportunities.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard of enterprises failing at their attempts to merge two businesses because IT could not figure out how to the make the systems work and play well together.  As with the other two risks, a manageable investment of time and money will remove this risk and thus the cost of the risk.

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Get Your Data Butt Off The Couch and Move It

Data is everywhere.  It’s in databases and applications spread across your enterprise.  It’s in the hands of your customers and partners.  It’s in cloud applications and cloud servers.  It’s on spreadsheets and documents on your employee’s laptops and tablets.  It’s in smartphones, sensors and GPS devices.  It’s in the blogosphere, the twittersphere and your friends’ Facebook timelines. (more…)

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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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Informatica World Healthcare Path

Join us this year at Informatica World!

We have a great line up of speakers and events to help you become a data driven healthcare organization… I’ve provided a few highlights below:

Participate in the Informatica World Keynote sessions with Sohaib Abbasi and Rick Smolan who wrote “The Human Face of Big Data”  — learn more via this quick YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K5d9ArRLJE&feature=player_embedded

With more than 100 interactive and in-depth breakout sessions, spanning 6 different tracks, (Platform & Products, Architecture, Best Practices, Big Data, Hybrid IT and Tech Talk), Informatica World is an excellent way to ensure you are getting the most from your Informatica investment. Learn best practices from organizations who are realizing the potential of their data like: Ochsner Health, Sutter Health, UMass Memorial, Qualcomm and Paypal.

Finally, we want you to balance work with a little play… we invite you to network with industry peers at our Healthcare Cocktail Reception on the evening of Wednesday, June 5th and again during our Data Driven Healthcare Breakfast Roundtable on Thursday, June 6th.

See you there!

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Great Interview with Ochsner Health System

 HISTalk published a recent interview with Ochsner Health System CIO, Chris Belmont. Chris and his team are great Informatica clients and I really like how he conveyed the benefits of making Informatica the data backbone of their Epic implementation.  I can’t say it any better than Chris already has so I’ve extracted a few take-always below and you can read the entire interview here

On the importance of migrating legacy data into the new EMR: “Informatica was critical in getting us there. We learned on the first site. We thought it was a good idea to go in there with an empty slate and say, let’s just build it all from scratch and start with a clean slate. Let’s make sure the record’s in good shape. We quickly realized that was a bad idea. Not just in the clinical areas, but in the registration area.”

On the value of Application Retirement: “That’s going to be a big win for us. In fact, we’re targeting about $13 million in operational benefit when we turn off those legacy platforms. Informatica is going to allow us to get there.”

On not ever being 100% Epic:  “We’re watching it, but frankly it will be a while – and I would argue never – that we’ll be 100 percent Epic. A lot of the data that we have that Informatica allows us to get our hands on and load into our warehouse is non-Epic data.”

On the nuggets Informatica is helping them to uncover: “We’re correlating a lot of data, not just from Epic, but I think right now we have like 25 different systems that we’re running through Informatica and into our warehouse. The gold nuggets that are coming out of that data are just tremendous.”

On challenges and opportunities: “It’s going to be, how do we do more with the data we have…having that data in a format that’s easily, quickly, and very accessible is going to be key. Gone are the days where you can throw an army of analysts in a room and say, “Give me this report” and you wait three weeks and they give you something that’s less than optimal. I think the days of, “Tell me what I need to know before I even know that I need to know it” — I think those are the days that we’re looking forward to. With the tools we have with partners like Informatica with their tools, I think we can achieve it.”

Meet Chris and his team in Informatica Booth 5005 during HIMSS 2013.

HIMSS 2013 — right time, right place, it’s on!

 

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Learn How Ochsner Health System is Unlocking the Potential of Data in Booth 5005

Nothing tells a more compelling story than a happy customer. This is why we are excited to have Ochsner Health System join us during HIMSS. Jonathan Stevenson, Director of Analytics and Data Management, will be in Informatica booth 5005 sharing the Ochsner Health System accountable care plans, the analytics vision, success to date and lessons learned.

Ochsner Health System is Southeast Louisiana’s largest healthcare delivery network with eight hospitals, thirty eight health centers, over twelve-thousand employees and hundreds of applications. This data resides in disparate clinical and operational data silos. This is a challenge for an organization that has been chosen to be one of the early shared savings program participants. The requirements for success include knowing what’s happening with patients outside of the four doors of Ochsner, forming community best practices and knowing where patients are seeking care. (more…)

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How to Go From Multiple Salesforce Orgs to a Single Customer View

 

A World Map

Tracking key information across global, regional and departmental levels is often hard enough without considering multiple Salesforce orgs in your business.

If you’re here, then you may already know what a Salesforce org is, but if not, we have a definition available straight from the horse’s mouth:

“A deployment of Salesforce with a defined set of licensed users. An organization/org is the virtual space provided to an individual customer of salesforce.com. Your organization includes all of your data and applications, and is separate from all other organizations.” (more…)

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Some Things Change and Some Things Stay the Same

I joined Informatica five months ago — it didn’t seem like the “I’m new here card” kept things slow for very long and now, being four weeks from HIMSS, I’m in the middle of a familiar flurry activity. Each year, I am reminded that times change, the location changes, where I am working may shift but some things stay the same. At the top of the stay the same list is the passion we all have for healthcare IT… oh, and the familiar faces I look forward to reconnecting with!

Let me tell you a bit about what we have planned for HIMSS 2013. In the coming weeks, we will make exciting product announcements so watch this space. As a precursor, download our latest whitepaper on Healthcare Data Management.

Next, and probably the highlight that I am most excited about, we have one of our customers joining us during the conference. With a prominent NOLA presence, Jonathan Stevenson, Director of Analytics at Ochsner Health System, will be in our booth. Jonathan will share the Ochsner analytics vision and accomplishments. Ochnser relied on the Informatica Platform to migrate data from 38 clinical applications into Epic and then designated Informatica as their enterprise integration platform. As they enter the next phase of their analytics journey, the platform plays a key role in enabling business, clinical and IT collaboration with the ability to streamline development and improve confidence through improved data quality.

We are also excited to increase our booth presence this year and with two partners joining us to exhibit their solutions. The first being HighPoint Solutions and the second being announced closer to the show. Together we will demonstrate joint offerings and examples of innovations in healthcare.

 HIMSS would not be complete without social events. One in particular that I want to mention is a meet and greet reception, Monday, March 4th 6:00pm-8:00pm; we are co-sponsoring with dbMotion. If you’d like to attend, contact us via jshafer@informatica.com. If you can’t meet us at our booth, please let us know and we’ll be happy to arrange a separate time to meet.

Watch this Ochnsner YouTube video and then stop by booth 5005 and learn how Informatica can help you to unlock the potential of your data. Stop by to find out how you can win daily cash prize giveaways.

As always, please feel free to post comments or questions.

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Informatica Advances Cloud Integration and Data Quality

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.

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