Category Archives: Mergers and Acquisitions
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…)
The CEO of a global technology products manufacturer had a simple question: “I need a list of our top 400 global customers by revenue—immediately.”
The boss got his answer—six weeks later.
That’s how long it took the company’s IT team to root through disparate applications, engage data owners in various business units and geographies, and manually reconcile granular data to answer a basic question that bears directly on the bottom line.
It’s a true story, and one with a happy ending. This multibillion-dollar company implemented Informatica MDM for multidomain master data management (MDM). It exploited the solution’s capabilities and followed best practices in aggressively tackling business-critical data challenges.
Has your application portfolio changed over the past 10 years? Have you migrated to newer systems and infrastructure to make your company more competitive? Has your organization gone through mergers or acquisitions where you ‘inherited’ additional applications? Over time, even though these applications may not be used to support current business processes, they are kept on life support simply for occasional access requirements or maybe to meet retention compliance.
Calling All Architects – Get Engaged in THE Most Important Discussion on Data Services and Data Integration
Do you believe that a solid and well thought through data architecture for efficiently accessing, integrating and processing data is foundational to maximizing business value? Do you want to hear from your peers in the industry, about how they are solving data integration challenges such as speeding-up time to delivery of data, data quality and infrastructure complexity?
If yes, would you like to join the discussion on a data architecture that can help composite applications and portals to efficiently leverage timely, trustworthy and relevant data in an SOA? Or, an architecture that can complement existing data architecture to ensure that business intelligence reports can quickly leverage data that is not in the data warehouse?
Informatica World is back and it’s time to plan your trip to Washington DC in November. I’ve been told the weather will be balmy, the evenings serene and the conference will be crammed full of information and knowledge. You can find the conference web-site live at www.informatica.com/world and there are a few things I wanted to draw your attention to:
- Call for papers is open. So if you have a great idea, or a great experience that you would like to share – please submit a paper. We’ll review the paper submissions soon so it’s time to act now.
- Innovation Award nominations are also open. If you know an organization which has done something special with our software, then now is the time to acknowledge them.
- Super Saver registration is open today. Sign up now and you’ll be paying only $795 for all conference sessions, the technology fair, hands-on labs, special events and conference materials. (more…)
Businesses have seen great success in using virtualization to gain greater efficiencies from their hardware and network resources. Now, the concept of virtualization has been extended to the data layer.
The bottom line is about providing a logical abstraction of all underlying data, so that it appears as one data source to consuming applications.
However, given that your data is often distributed, heterogeneous, and often error-ridden, it’s not enough to simply federate it and pass this off as data virtualization. The data you deliver to your end users must be data they can trust, however, traditional data federation approaches seem to ignore this fact. They simply propagate inconsistent and inaccurate data, quickly. So where is the gap?
As the market continues to consolidate and companies sell off assets, not only are the physical assets separated and sold, so are the digital assets – or liabilities. John Schmidt covered it in one of his recent blogs.
When the information to be separated and sold resides in a database, you need to understand the data model and determine what master data, or reference data, and transactions belong to the new company. In the case of separating master data this may involve understanding the relationships between multiple systems to make sure that when the data is moved into the new company, it maintains context, is accurate and complete. With transactional data, you need to know the tables and rows that comprise a complete transaction so that when data is moved, no orphaned rows are left behind.
Last week we completed the acquisition of Siperian – the proven leader in multi-domain MDM. This is our fourth acquisition in the last 12 months and potentially the single most important acquisition that Informatica has ever done since moving beyond ETL with the acquisition of Similarity Systems in 2006. You can read the press release about Siperian here, and watch a video of my colleague Ivan Chong, General Manager of our Data Quality Business Unit, here.
There has also been a lot of talk about the acquisition in the last few days – such as the commentary from Forrester research analyst Rob Karel, Ventana Research analyst Mark Smith, or Lorraine Lawson over at ITBusinessEdge. However, I wanted to give my perspective on why I believe this is important to you, our customers: (more…)