Category Archives: Mergers and Acquisitions

ANNOUNCING! The 2012 Data Virtualization Architect-to-Architect & Business Value Program

Today, agility and timely visibility are critical to the business. No wonder CIO.com, states that business intelligence (BI) will be the top technology priority for CIOs in 2012. However, is your data architecture agile enough to handle these exacting demands?

In his blog Top 10 Business Intelligence Predictions For 2012, Boris Evelson of Forrester Research, Inc., states that traditional BI approaches often fall short for the two following reasons (among many others):

  • BI hasn’t fully empowered information workers, who still largely depend on IT
  • BI platforms, tools and applications aren’t agile enough (more…)
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What it Takes to Be a Leader in Data Virtualization!

If you haven’t already, I think you should read The Forrester Wave™: Data Virtualization, Q1 2012. For several reasons – one, to truly understand the space, and two, to understand the critical capabilities required to be a solution that solves real data integration problems.

At the very outset, let’s clearly define Data Virtualization. Simply put, Data Virtualization is foundational to Data Integration. It enables fast and direct access to the critical data and reports that the business needs and trusts. It is not to be confused with simple, traditional Data Federation. Instead, think of it as a superset which must complement existing data architectures to support BI agility, MDM and SOA. (more…)

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Dodd-Frank Legislation and Structured Data Retention

The “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” has recently been passed by the US federal government to regulate financial institutions. Per this legislation, there will be more “watchdog” agencies that will be auditing banks, lending and investment institutions to ensure compliance. As an example, there will be an Office of Financial Research within the Federal Treasury responsible for collecting and analyzing data. This legislation brings with it a higher risk of fines for non-compliance. (more…)

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Don’t Forget The Legacy Applications After Data Center Consolidation

As part of their cost cutting program, organizations are consolidating data centers and the applications within them.   Federal and state agencies in the public sector are among those where IT consolidation and moving applications to the cloud are top priorities as part of an overall goal to increase efficiencies and eliminate costs.  In other industries, many consolidations are also under way due to mergers and acquisitions and other cost cutting initiatives.  As you plan or undergo a consolidation project, you also need to plan for the retirement of legacy, redundant applications that are left behind.

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What Will the Software Industry Look Like in 3, 5, Even 10 Years From Now?

Recently Informatica’s Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi was asked to provide commentary on the future of the software industry for SIIA’s annual Vision from the Top. The paper includes input from industry leaders from SIIA members such as Eloqua, GoodData, InsideView, Intuit, Marketo, Opsource, QlikView, Symantec and Xactly. In the the paper, he outlines how “the computer industry will be shaped by the current nexus of megatrends:  Cloud Computing, Social Computing and Mobile Computing.”

Here is Sohaib Abbasi’s answer to the question: “What will the software industry look like in 3, 5, even 10 years from now?” (more…)

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On The Road With Customer Centricity

I had the pleasure this week of presenting at two of our global Customer Centricity events in Europe – one in London and the other in Brussels.  Attendance was strong in both locations (we even had to bring in extra chairs in London where drop-out rates are notoriously high).  In London I presented with Andy Hayler (the CEO of analyst firm “the Information Difference”) and our partner Capgemini.  In Brussels I was with RealDolmen – an Informatica authorised distributor for Belgium.

I really enjoyed all of their presentations and remember hearing a few wonderful quotes:

  • In most companies perception of data is far removed from the reality – reality is always worse
  • MDM is not a destination, it is a journey
  • IT should not lead an MDM project
  • Make sure you have a good business sponsor
  • Don’t run out of money half-way through
  • Don’t try to solve everything at once (more…)
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Realizing The Cost Savings From Healthcare Reforms With Legacy Application Retirement

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided the healthcare industry incentives for the adoption and modernization of point-of-care computing solutions including electronic medical and health records (EMRs/EHRs).   This modernization effort is leaving legacy applications behind, which are no longer of high value, but is costing the organization a lot of money.  These legacy applications are kept around because the data needs to be retained for compliance and accessibility to the data needs to be maintained.  This is a very expensive proposition for most organizations. (more…)

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Post Merger Integration Recipe for Success in Financial Services

I recently read an article written by Ann All titled “Simple Concepts Key to Complex Integration Projects” which discussed some of the hasty mergers and acquisitions since the financial crisis. It also discussed some of the recent successes at Wells Fargo and their integration of Wachovia contributed to  having business involved in the integration strategy, keeping it simple, acknowledging IT’s emotions and insecurities, and having key metrics to monitor progress. Industry consolidation is on the rise globally as companies seek to expand market share, enter new markets, and grow their customer base through mergers and acquisitions. Take a look at what the experts are saying. (more…)

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Powering Financial Services Beyond ETL And Data Warehousing At Informatica World 2010

I just returned from Informatica World 2010 and wanted to share the numerous stories and experiences from some of our banking and capital markets customers using Informatica beyond Extract/Transform/Load (E.T.L) and beyond data warehousing. More importantly, how Informatica is helping these companies combat fraud, manage risk and compliance, accelerate M&A integrations, attract and retain customers, and improve operational efficiencies.  Take a look at what I learned! (more…)

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