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Thousands of Oracle OpenWorld 2012 attendees visited the Informatica booth to learn how to leverage their combined investments in Oracle and Informatica technology. Informatica delivered over 40 presentations on topics that ranged from cloud, to data security to smart partitioning. Key Informatica executives and experts, from product engineering and product management, spoke with hundreds of users on topics and answered questions on how Informatica can help them improve Oracle application performance, lower risk and costs, and reduce project timelines. (more…)
Everyone is worried about data security and privacy as they should be; for data to be trusted, users and management need confidence in not just knowing that data is correct, but also in knowing that it is secure and that access is permitted only in controlled situations. There is no shortage of security disaster stories, but I’m not worried about production data since it is at the heart of application management disciplines which, while still not perfect, have had 50 years to mature. This perspective is stated succinctly by Ronald Reagan when he spoke about the economy and said “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.” (more…)
Last week I wrote a blog about saving costs in the “Keep-your-lights-on” category of IT spending. In it I mentioned how Application ILM helps to lower costs in the application retirement category. As a result of that blog several people emailed me asking what else Application ILM does. So, here goes …
I see Application ILM as focusing on four key areas within the Data Integration world. These are:
- Reducing Costs of Data Growth & Application Performance
Transaction volumes continue to grow and we just can’t stop ourselves from keeping it all hanging around for year after year after year! We humans just love to keep historical data around us! Of course a lot of this relates to ever increasing demands for record retention due to regulatory compliance and data governance. Over time, our systems become clogged with data, performance slows down, users begin to complain, upgrades take longer, patching becomes more complicated, and tuning evolves into an expensive art form reserved only for the most accomplished DBA.
So what do we do? We upgrade hardware, add storage, and bring in consultants only to find we’re back at it again in three months time… after all there’s no alternative – right? Well, wrong! You can use Application ILM to define business rules and to set thresholds for archiving dormant data. By shrinking your production applications, you lower overall costs related to maintaining applications while still ensuring seamless access to the data. Performance doesn’t degrade, you spend less time administering the systems and you eliminate the need to buy additional storage. That’s the whole point of Application ILM.
Forrester state that about 63% of IT budgets are spent on keeping the lights on (KTLO). I’ve heard from many CIO’s that the figure should be far higher! To me that means 63% of IT budgets are spent on nothing more than keeping the status-quo, or sustaining the business. Let’s call that “sustain”.
Obviously it follows that the other 37% is spent on innovating, delivering new applications and helping the business to grow, succeed, be more competitive and so on. Let’s call that “gain”.
So, what happens when the economy falls into recession? Well, according to recent research from CIO magazIne 58% of CIO’s surveyed stated that their budgets have been reduced. The research also showed that CIO’s were cutting back spending on “new” business initiatives.
This is unfortunate, but a regrettably true statement about the health of IT today – surely it is new initiatives that should win, and not maintaining the hairball of IT we’ve ended up in. (more…)
We recently added a fantastic new capability to our data integration portfolio through the recent acquisition of Applimation. As the leader in Application ILM, Applimation enhances Informatica’s offerings by providing extensive functionality in the areas of data archiving, data privacy, test data management, and application retirement.
Many people have asked me why this is important and how it actually relates to data integration. Let me explain why it’s important and why it is a perfect fit for the Informatica portfolio.
Applications are critical to all businesses. However, over time they become cluttered with dormant data relating to closed transactions or historical data. A leading industry analyst group estimates that more than 80 percent of data in enterprise applications is “inactive,” yet that data consumes expensive storage and database capacity. In addition, more than 40 percent of data is estimated to be confidential, yet many companies are proliferating full production copies of this sensitive data throughout their enterprise for non-production use—typically, for development, testing, and training purposes. (more…)
So you’ve managed to reduce your IT budget focused on KTLO (Keep-the-lights-on) by automating a lot of the manual-intensive integration processes using the latest data integration platform.
In doing this, you lowered your upfront TCO through ease-of-use, prebuilt connectivity, reusable logic and rules, and are benefiting from lower ongoing costs through scalability and performance, ease of administration and seamless upgrades.
You found the required staff to manage the myriad of integration challenges all across your IT shop by tapping into the large community of Informatica specialists available and implemented an ICC to mirror companies like T. Rowe Price, HP and Avaya who achieved significant savings through their ICC’s. (This might have come about from your conversation with Gartner whose research on ICC’s convinced you that you could achieve 25% reuse of integration components; 30% savings in integration development time and costs and 20% savings in maintenance costs).
By the way, have you tried the ICC calculator using this data to show how much you could save?
OK, so you did all that and you have a more efficient IT shop with savings enough to rollout that single critical application that you’ve been asked to complete for the last 6 months. Now what? (more…)