Category Archives: Mergers and Acquisitions
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)