Category Archives: News & Announcements
Today, it’s my pleasure to write about a partnership we just announced – one that combines our passion for giving back with our passion for data. Informatica and our friends at Cloudera will join forces to support DataKind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tackling humanity’s greatest challenges with data science. DataKind connects NGO and government agencies to volunteer data scientists, who then contribute pro bono hours to solve social sector issues.
I was impressed when I read this: Since 2011, DataKind has mobilized over 1,000 unique data scientists to contribute $1.5 million in pro bono services to organizations like the Red Cross, the World Bank and the United Nations. This speaks to the power of data and to the character of the people who work in our industry.
In this partnership, Cloudera and Informatica will provide the funding to grow DataKind’s “Data-for-Good Movement” which is all about applying the potential of data to make a truly positive difference in the world. Over time, we’ll expand our relationship with DataKind and find opportunities where our data professionals can volunteer their skills and expertise.
And, knowing our employees, we’ll have more volunteers than DataKind can use!
It’s not every day that one can blog about entering a partnership that very well could make the world a better place. I am looking forward to seeing what we’ll achieve together.
One Search Procurement – for purchasing of indirect goods and services
Informatica Procurement is the internal Amazon for purchasing of MRO, C-goods, indirect materials and services. Informatica Procurement supports enterprise companies in catalog procurement with an industry-independent catalog procurement solution that enables fast and cost-efficient procurement of products and services and supplier integration in an easy to use self-service concept.
Information Procurement at a glance
Informatica recently announced the availability of Informatica Procurement 7.3, the catalog procurement solution. I meet with Melanie Kunz our product manager to learn from here what’s new.
Melanie, for our readers and followers, who is using Informatica Procurement, for which purposes?
Melanie Kunz: Informatica Procurement is industry-independent. Our customers are based in different industries – from engineering and the automotive to companies in the public sector (e.g. Cities). The responsibilities of people who work with Informatica Procurement differ depending on the company. For some customers, only employees from the purchasing department order items in Informatica Procurement. For other customers, all employees are allowed to order their needs themselves. Examples are employees who need screws for the completion of their product or office staff who ordered the business cards for the manager.
What is the most important thing to know about Informatica Procurement 7.3?
Melanie Kunz: In companies where a lot of IT equipment is ordered, it is important to always see the current prices. With each price changes, the catalog would have to be imported into Informatica Procurement. With a punch out to the online shop of IT equipment manufacturer, this is much easier and more efficient. The data from these catalogs are all available in Informatica Procurement, but the price can always be called on a daily basis from the online shop.
Users no longer need to leave Informatica Procurement to order items from external online shops. Informatica Procurement now enables the user to locate internal and indexed external items in just one search. That means you do not have to use different eShops for when you order new office stationary, IT equipment or services.
Great, what is the value for enterprise users and purchasing departments?
Melanie Kunz: All items in Informatica Procurement have the negotiated prices. Informatica Procurement is simple and intuitive that each employee can use the system without training. The view concept allows the restriction on products. For each employee (each department), the administrator can define a view. This view contains only the products that can be seen and ordered.
When you open the detail view for an indexed external item, the current price is determined from the external online shop. This price is saved in item detail view for a defined period. In this way, the user always gets the current price for the item.
The newly designed detail view has an elegant and clear layout. Thus, a high level of user experience is safe. This also applies to the possibility of image enlargement in the search result list.
What if I order same products frequently, like my business cards?
Melanie Kunz: The overview of recent shopping carts help users to reorder the same items on an easy and fast way. A shopping cart from a previous order can use as basis for this new order.
Large organizations with 1000s of employees are even more might have totally different needs what they need for the daily business and maybe dedicated to their career level. How do you address this?
Melanie Kunz: The standard assortment feature has been enhanced in Informatica Procurement 7.3. Administrators can define the assortment per user. Furthermore, it is possible to specify whether users have to search the standard assortment first and only search in the entire assortment if they do not find the relevant item in the standard assortment.
All of these features and many more minor features not only enhance the user experience, but also reduce the processing time of an order drastically.
Informatica Procurement 7.3 “One Search” at a glance
Learn more on Informatica Procurement 7.3 with the latest webinar.
On April 29, 2014, Informatica celebrated the 15th anniversary of our initial public offering in New York City. Several of our executives, leaders and employees made the journey to commemorate the occasion.
The team began the festivities by visiting the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. There, we received a warm welcome from NASDAQ Senior Vice President, Bob McCooey, who had this to say about our accomplishments:
“There’s a lot to celebrate … during those past 15 years, Informatica has gone through an amazing transformation. And you’ve experienced some tremendous growth … Your revenue during that period of time has increased over 2,000% and your share price has increased over 280%. Wonderful achievement, congratulations all of you.” – Bob McCooey
Next, our Chairman and CEO Sohaib Abbasi thanked the team for their amazing results:
“In 1999 we had 250 employees, 350 customers and 63 million in annual revenue. 15 years later, we are 15 times bigger. We have 3,340 employees, 5,000 customers and 948 million dollars in annual revenue. It is quite an accomplishment! I want to thank you and our team for your incredible dedication to customer success and innovation.” – Sohaib Abbasi
Mr. Abbasi also explained the role Informatica is playing to improve the world’s future.
“Informatica is helping our customers make the world a better place … Helping cancer centers find the cure by mastering clinical and genomics data … Helping friends and family send money to those in need by helping banks exchange financial data. ” – Sohaib Abbasi
After Mr. Abbasi performed the bell ringing honors, he was joined by our executives and employees for a moment of joyful reflection.
Partnering with Per Scholas
After the NASDAQ ceremony was complete, Informatica had the honor of hosting an event with Per Scholas. Per Scholas was founded in 1995 as a neighborhood-based effort to increase access to personal computers. Today, they provide technology, education, training and job placement services for people in under-served communities. In fact, they operate the largest and oldest professional IT workforce development program in New York City. On April 29, 2014, through our partnership with Per Scholas, a number of our employees were privileged to provide career coaching to New York City students.
All in all, it was a terrific day, a worthwhile celebration and a chance to make a difference.
Happy Anniversary, team Informatica!
Introducing Potential at Work Community: Unleashing information potential from the server room to the boardroom
I’m excited to announce our new exclusive Potential at Work Community. If you are interested in unleashing the power and potential of information to transform your career, your company and your world, then this is the community for you.
If you have any doubt about the revolutionary impact information can have, you should check out Rick Smolan’s book, “The Human Face of Big Data.” He was the keynote speaker at Informatica World 2013 and opened our eyes to how data is helping combat some of the world’s most challenging problems.
Q: Why launch the Potential at Work Community now?
A: This is an exciting time to be involved in information initiatives. The world of data and information are growing in importance. The mainstream media, such as the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, are covering data initiatives, including big data and Hadoop.
Never before have people in such a wide variety of roles been so deeply involved in harnessing and utilizing information. And, these people are reaching out to us, the data experts, to help them tap into all that data and information, advancing them in their jobs and supporting business innovation.
Q: Who should join?
A: We currently have six flavors of the Potential at Work Community providing actionable insights to data visionaries and information leaders like you. You can join as many communities as you like—each is designed for a specific role.
- Developers, including integration and application developers
- Architects, including data and enterprise architects
- Information leaders, such as those leading analytics, information management and data integration teams
- Application leaders, such as those responsible for enterprise applications such as CRM, ERP or core transaction management
- IT leaders, such as CIOs, Chief Data Officers and VPs of IT
- Sales and marketing leaders, such CMOs, heads of sales, and sales and marketing operations leads
Q: How is it different from other communities?
A: The Potential at Work Community focuses on the power and potential of information. It will transform the way you think about the role of data in today’s world.
When you join, you’ll get an exclusive inside look at:
- actionable insights and one-of-a-kind analysis about changes taking place in the world of data
- insights and advice from industry leaders to build your skills and your career path
- ideas and opinions to transform how you harness data for your organization
Q: How can I engage with the community?
A: There are four ways you can engage:
- Sign up with the Potential at Work Community at www.informatica.com/potential-at-work
- Get Alerts delivered to your inbox, notifying you when new content is available
- Read analyses of the latest trends shaping the world of information
- Vote in weekly poll questions and see how your peers are responding
Q: How can I get started?
A: Visit Potential at Work Community to sign up and start putting your potential to work. Follow us @PotentialAtWork
In a recent Information Management blog post, Alex Bakker from Saugatuck Technology noted:
“There is an underlying problem facing many, if not most enterprise IT leaders and organizations: these technologies [Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Integration] have developed much faster than enterprise IT groups and practices have been able to adopt and manage them.”
The good news is a topic that was once considered the “Achilles heel of cloud computing” is increasingly being recognized as the key enabler of cloud success: integration and data management. With that in mind, Informatica rolled out our Summer 2013 release this week. Here are some highlights and useful resources. (more…)
On Wednesday we announced our latest cloud integration release – Informatica Cloud Spring 2013. It’s a major step forward in terms of breadth and depth for our software as a service (SaaS) solution. Why, you ask?
- Didn’t all of our cloud integration customers get upgraded to the Winter release in November?
- Didn’t we just broaden into cloud-based master data management (MDM)?
- Don’t we have 3-4 releases per year?
Well, yes…but…there are a few aspects to today’s announcement that I think are particularly noteworthy. Here’s a summary.
This week we got the news that for the fifth year in a row, Informatica Cloud has won the 2012 Salesforce.com AppExchange Customer Choice Award. Informatica Cloud Integration for Salesforce was recognized as the winner in the very crowded IT and Administration category, which includes administration and IT, data cleansing, integration, IT management and other applications.These awards are based on the number and quality of customer reviews on the AppExchange. (more…)
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.
Managing PowerCenter mappings and automating how to build them – it’s something that Naresh Govindaraj, Informatica Cloud’s Senior Director of Product Management, has spent a lot of time thinking about. After eight years in database and data warehousing roles at IBM, Naresh joined Informatica in 1998 to build and manage the metadata repository team. In 2004 he started focusing on data integration embeddability for the first time. Building out the PowerCenter Software Developer Kit (SDK) and the Java Mapping Framework (JMF) ultimately led him to create the concept of Cloud Integration Templates, which is now one of the pillars of Informatica’s integration platform as a service (iPaas) and the Summer 2012 release.
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…)