Category Archives: Data Synchronization
The Informatica Winter 2013 announcement included the following customer quote:
“The Winter 2013 release will accelerate the time it takes to access, integrate and deliver valuable data in order to meet our business imperatives.”
It was also noted that, “the new Informatica Cloud user interface will make the cloud integration solution even more user friendly.” There are a number of user experience enhancements with this upgrade, so I sat down with Joshua Vaughn, Principal User Experience Designer for Informatica Cloud, to learn more about the impetus behind the new design and features, what’s on the horizon for the future releases, and why user interface (UI) design is so important for cloud applications.
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.
Today we announced Informatica Cloud Summer 2012, the latest release of our cloud integration applications and integration platform as a service. With this release our continued focus is on building out the cloud platform, which is ideally suited for hybrid IT organizations seeking to keep up with the rapid pace of software-as-a-service (SaaS) application adoption, while ensuring the highest possible return on data – whether it’s cloud-based, social, mobile or on premises. This week and next we’ll be posting a series of articles that will focus on the growing recognition of the importance of data integration to cloud computing success as well as highlighting a few of the new features that will be available to all Informatica Cloud customers with the August upgrade. But to get started, here’s a brief overview of what’s new. (more…)
Today Informatica announced that we have joined Google’s Cloud Platform Partner Program, with the introduction of a true cloud-based connector for Google BigQuery. Taking advantage of the power of social media, Google made the announcement through their Developer Blog, noting that the new members of their partner program will, “make it much easier to automatically load data from a broad set of sources, as well as to analyze and visualize the data with spectacular dashboards. (more…)
There’s been a lot written about the importance of customer adoption and success to the software as a service (SaaS) model – there’s even a manifesto and a Bill of Rights! Last month, Informatica Cloud received the Bronze Stevie Award for customer support. One of the drivers for this achievement was not only great front-line customer service from a world-class support organization (they even support trial accounts!), but also the establishment of a customer success team, which is run by Bryan Plaster. I sat down with Bryan to discuss his views on the importance of customer adoption to any cloud computing application, platform or infrastructure initiative, as well as some specifics on how Informatica Cloud approaches customer success. (more…)
In 2006, we unveiled a vision – a vision in which your IT would become a hybrid mixture of on-premise and cloud computing. We set off to develop two parallel tracks of integration – one in the cloud, and the other on-premise. Over the years we have continued to innovate and extend our solutions with guiding principles of simplicity, rapid deployment, unification, security and choice.
Our goal was to build an award winning service that could be used by anyone to integrate Salesforce.com with any on-premise application. This year we won “best integration service” for the fourth year in a row from Salesforce.com customers. Through our marketplace we have extended the end-points from Salesforce.com to Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle On-Demand and many other cloud or on-premise systems. The lessons we have been learnt along the way have allowed us to enhance our on-premise technology in order to provide you with easy to use web-based interfaces and self-service capabilities.
Everything today is about speed and data integration is no different. Our focus with cloud has been to ensure you are up and running immediately using a true SaaS solution that you can try before you buy. Our interfaces have been designed for business users with no IT knowledge – this same principle has guided our approach to self service across our entire product range and facilitated the use of data virtualization to drive agile BI.
When people talk “Cloud” they always mention integration and security as their two biggest concerns. We agree. That’s why we designed our cloud service with security in mind. Rather than moving data through our own multi-tenanted service, we chose to facilitate control from our service while focusing the data movement to occur within your own security protocols. Hence we decided to drop a lightweight integration engine behind your firewall and avoid introducing ANY new security holes into your environment. Your data goes where YOU want it to go – and boy, is it going! In 2011 we moved over 200Billion rows of data for over our cloud customers.
Our fourth design goal is to ensure unification with our traditional on-premise data integration solutions so that you, our users, can interoperate mappings from one to the other. Design a mapping on-premise and drop it into the cloud. Design a mapping in the cloud and use it on-premise to manage a simple departmental integration. You, our customers, are now extending your own integration competency centers with our cloud service.
Through all of this, we want to give you, our users, choice – choice relating to how and where you want to design, manage and run your integrations. Many of you are running integrations in the cloud from the cloud, AND/OR in the cloud from on-premise, AND/OR from the cloud to perform simple departmental integrations on-premise. It really doesn’t matter – the key point is that your developers are immediately cloud developers, on-premise developers and hybrid developers. You are using Informatica to manage the most complex integration challenges on-premise and are also using Informatica Cloud to run small departmental integrations.
You all tell us that your data is your most important asset. It resides on-premise, in the cloud and across the social networks. Train up through Informatica University and use your skills to maximise your return on that data from on-premise or from the cloud. It is your choice!
If you’d like to know more about our unification then why not come to Informatica World in May where you can meet and listen to customers who are doing precisely this.
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…)
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…)
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…)