Category Archives: Informatica Events
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?
- Use data profiling tools to understand your data before you move it.
- Use data quality tools to correct data quality problems. There is absolutely no point in moving bad data around the organization – but it happens.
- Use a proven external methodology. In plain English, work with people who have “done it before”
- 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
- Bloor White Paper: Lower Your Risk with Application Data Migration: Next Steps With Informatica
- Informatica White Paper: De-Risk Your Application Go Lives
Hi everyone, it’s great to be back again this week. I’m continuing my conversation with Rick Smolan about many aspects of big data. In our first part of Rick and I’s conversation, we touched on big data’s impact on healthcare. We last talked about DNA sequencing and the impact it could have on one’s quality of life – letting doctor’s know what the best course of treatment would be for each individual. You can find the first part of the conversation here. Today, Rick and I are chatting about the impact big data is having on the world and specifically in regards to political movements. Read on for the full discussion.
MB: That was a great example and one of the things I’ve been thinking is what’s the impact if you will of big data on the democratization or movements within the world- political movements that are based on social interaction and social media. Any thoughts or observations in these areas?
RS: So at the beginning of the Human Face of Big Data we open with a couple of very dramatic two page spreads of photographs to make a point of the magnitude of the sea change that we’re experiencing right now. The first quote in the book is from Google chairman Eric Schmidt. According to Eric all of the data created by humanity from the dawn of humanity until 2003 was 5 Exabytes. Even if you don’t know when Exabyte is it’s a lot of data – what really bring the point home is his comment that now, every two days, humanity is generating 5 exabytes of data. So anybody listening to that – a housewife, a college professor, a student or a retiree can grasp the sheer magnitude of how our world is changing because of all the data available.
Another eye opening quote in the book is that today in a major city like Tokyo, Paris, London, New York City the amount of information that we are exposed to in the course of a single day is equivalent to amount of information someone in the 15th century experienced in their entire life. Again straight vertical line.
Likewise during the first day of a baby’s life humanity now generates 70 times the amount of the information contained in the Library of Congress. Now we’re seeing the same thing happening in the world of politics where it used to be that the data and information and the ability to analyze what’s going on was really in the hands of large governments and corporations. We’re seeing that the transparency of open data amplified by social media – platforms like Twitter and Facebook is having an enormous effect on politics because the ability to get information and respond to it from people who are like-minded and gather and protest injustice or to question their politicians or to read initiatives that they feel should be addressed.
The fact is that the average person is walking around with a broadcast network in their pocket. The Democratization of media is also changing our society hopefully in really positive ways.
Tune in next week to hear Rick and I talk about the Internet of Things in part three of three of this conversation.
Marge Breya, Informatica’s CMO in conversation with Rick Smolan, Former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer and the CEO of Against All Odds Productions
I’m Marge Breya the EVP and chief marketing officer at Informatica and I couldn’t be more delighted to have talked with Rick Smolan about big data and the implications and benefits it can have on the human race. Rick as many of you know is the creator of the human face of big data project and he is going to be one of the featured speakers at Informatica World 2013. Follow this three part series to read the entire transcript of our conversation.
MB: Hi Rick welcome to the podcast.
RS: Pleased to be here, thank you.
MB: We have a few minutes of your time and we thought we wouldd just focus on a couple key points that you may be covering and our audience might be interested in in terms of big data. Let’s start at the beginning. What brought your interest to big data?
RS: I’ve been working on projects for many years with groups of journalists and every 18 months I gather the tribe to do a deep dive on emerging topics such as the Internet. The first year it was touching people’s lives. Another project focused on the global water crisis. Another on the effect of the microprocessor in the course if a typical day. Last year I was at the TED conference and I ran into Marissa Mayer who was still at Google and is now CEO of Yahoo and she asked me what my next project was. I told her I was struggling with what interesting emerging topics we should focus on and she said you guys should look at big data.
I asked her to explain that phase and her analogy piqued my interest. She said big data was like watching the planet grow a nervous system. She explained that through our smart phones, our Google searches, credit card and ATM transactions, for the first time the industry the human race has the ability to collect that data analyze it and visualize it and respond to it while things are still happening, almost in real-time.
MB: As you began to get started and look into this I’m sure you realized it was more than what you originally thought, for example from everything that’s happening with our citizens to what’s happening in terms of sensors on cars, machines, etc. Any big observations that you came to?
RS: We had almost two hundred people working on the Human Face of Big Data. And as I talked to people so much of what I’m sharing reminded me of what I recall hearing in the early days of the Internet in 1993. People were talking about cyberspace and the World Wide Web. People like Nicholas Negroponte were waxing eloquent that the Internet was going to change every aspect of life on earth and other people were saying that it’s just a better way to look at pornography. In many respects Nicholas Negroponte was prophetic in terms of his envisioning of how this technology connecting people was never possible before was going to really alter life on earth.
When I started looking at big data, I was hearing people on the one side saying big data equals Big Brother, just another way to oppress people, to track them and sell them stuff they don’t want. And then on the other hand I spoke with Marissa who saw this as a great benefit to humanity.
Now that I’ve spent a year and a half working with this wonderful team of journalists, writers, photographers, illustrators and researchers I’m much more on the glass half empty side. I think there’s certainly lots of things that we have to be careful of like privacy in these oceans of data, but I think the up side offers so much to our species. I deeply believe that big data is going to have 1,000 times more impact than the Internet on our lives. You can see it happening in every aspect of human behavior. Right now we’re in the caveman era of big data and I don’t think it’s going to be called big data for much longer. I think it’s going to be segmented and fragmented and called something else. I think we’re starting to get glimpses of how it’s starting to change our way of responding to how we use our resources much more wisely. My kids are 10 and 13 and my mother just turned 90 and I want to know how all this is going to affect their lives.
MB: This is fascinating, so as you think about Informatica World, this year will have nearly 2,000 people at the conference all of which are committed to sorting out this world of big data and frankly we use the phrase ‘how to help people achieve or reach their information potential.’ It’s not just from a people standpoint it could be from a business decision or machine standpoint. I wonder what your thoughts are in terms of any advice that you have for professionals in this industry who are trying to harness this change and help other people achieve that potential.
RS: Well you can almost choose any area of human endeavor, but one that I think we found lots of great stories in that people respond to is in the healthcare arena. I was at the TedMed conference last year and Francis Collins, head of the National Institute for Health, said something that was quite remarkable. He told the story of how when Steve Jobs first got sick a few years ago it cost $100,000 to sequence his DNA to try to understand what he had and what might be the best course of treatment for him.Now today four or five years later the cost of sequencing someone’s DNA has dropped to about $3,000. Francis Collins believes that in another five years it might cost as little as $40 at Walgreens – like getting a flu shot. And before your doctor prescribes anything to you – even an aspirin – your DNA will have to be sequenced, its personalized medicine where the medicine has been tailored specifically for you. And the reason that this is so important is that large pharmaceutical companies for years have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars working on addressing major illnesses that people have. But often when they do clinical trials on humans and they find that even though 99% of the people taking the drug will be helped, 1% might be adversely affected or killed by it. And therefore they can never release the product.
Collins’ point was that if each of our individual DNAs were sequenced a doctor would know who would benefit from one of these drugs and who would be harmed. If you’ve ever known anyone who’s gone through cancer or any other illness its often a process of trial and error. The doctors try lots of different things, some of them incredibly unpleasant and in some cases making someone’s life miserable and then it doesn’t really help. Big data has the potential of ushering in an era of personalized medicine to help doctors go right to the correct treatment instead of all this trial and error. Again it’s the idea of using a bullet instead of a shotgun to treat the problem. And you see this in industry after industry, healthcare is obviously one that affects us all very deeply.
Make sure to check back next week to read part two of three of this transcript.
Adopting SAP HANA can offer significant new business value, but it can also be an expensive proposition. If you are contemplating or in the process of moving to HANA, it’s worth your time to understand your options for Nearlining your SAP data. The latest version of Informatica ILM Nearline, released in February, has been certified by SAP and can run with SAP BW systems running on HANA or any relational database supported by SAP.
Nearlining your company’s production SAP BW before migrating to a HANA-based BW can provide huge saving potentials. Even if your HANA project has already started, Nearlining the production data will help keep the database growth flat. We have customers that have actually been able to shrink InfoProviders by enforcing strict rules on data retention on the data stored in the live database.
Informatica World is around the corner, and I will be there with my peers to demo and talk about the latest version of Informatica ILM Nearline. Click here to learn more about Informatica World 2013 and make sure you sign up for one my Hands On Lab sessions on this topic. See you at the Aria in Las Vegas in June.
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!
We’ve been spending a lot of time here at Informatica preparing for Informatica World. That means taking a big step back to take the broader view of all the change happening in the world of information management and data integration today. New data sources and new data technologies are emerging almost daily, and the pace is only accelerating. Our mission is to help our customers and our market not only cope with all this change, but to harness it for competitive advantage.
But even as we’re putting together the latest take on the big picture, we’re also zooming in on the technology “secret sauce” which makes it possible to manage all this change. Informatica has the “secret sauce”– it’s what makes our architecture unique, and it’s what allows us to deliver the most value to our customers.
I’m not going to tell you what the “secret sauce” is now– you have to come to Informatica World to find out. Our executives including Sohaib Abbasi, Ivan Chong and James Markarian will be laying out the big picture, as well as revealing the “secret sauce.” And I’ll be diving in to more details in my Informatica Platform overview breakout session.
I hope to see you in Vegas next month. (by the way, the special hotel rate ends this Friday May 3rd, so register today!)
There are many reasons why you can’t afford to miss Informatica World 2013, and below we have selected five to highlight. Let us know which is your top reason for joining us at Informatica World 2013 in the comments below:
Get in the “data integration” know. See and hear about the latest solutions and product updates, including the Informatica Roadmap and see live demos of our latest offerings before anyone else!
Gain face time 1.0. Informatica experts will be standing by in our “Hands on Lab” offering free advice and consulting.
Make your ‘mark.’ 90% of past attendees said that what they learned at Informatica World has an immediate and positive impact on their job and their organization’s success.
Networking. Network with your peers. Informatica World has attendees from around the world.
Rick Smolan. Learn from the author of The Human Face of Big Data how big data makes a difference in your everyday life.
Next week we are giving away a copy of Rick Smolan’s The Human Face of Big Data on the Informatica World Facebook Page. Check back daily for your chance to win!
The 10th annual salesforce.com user conference is just around the corner. Ok, calling Dreamforce a user conference just doesn’t feel right to me. If you haven’t experienced it, I guess you could say it’s like Burning Man for the Cloud Crowd. Dreamforce is billed as the “The Cloud Computing Event of the Year.” In their words…“it’s social,” “it’s inspring,” “it’s innovative,” “it’s money,” “it’s breakthrough,” and “it’s red hot.” A lot of hype indeed, but when Marc Benioff is on his game the event always delivers.
If you’re planning on attending the 10th anniversary of Dreamforce in San Francisco on September 18th, I thought I’d share a few useful resources as well as point you to some of the activities the Informatica team has planned for the conference. If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to use our partner promo code for a discount: ECMINFMTCA. There are also free keynote passes available. (more…)
What an amazing week we had last week in Vegas with the Informatica community. I hope you all enjoyed the conference as much as I did. Having spent the last year pulling together the various components, it is wonderful when it all comes together! There were many memorable highlights ranging from the Product Councils on the Monday, to the pool party that evening to the keynotes on Tuesday including the launch of the Informatica 9.5 Platform, breakouts, hands-on labs, the Executive Summit, the Advisory Boards, the party at Haze nightclub and the closing keynotes.
Here are a few of my favorites – what are yours? (more…)