Tag Archives: Application Integration
This week at Informatica World 2013, the Data Integration Hub (DIH) was announced. It is the first out-of-the-box application for managing data access and distribution across large and complex infrastructures. It simplifies application data integration projects through the innovative use of publish and subscribe methods to decouple source and destination applicaitons. Of course we are very excited about the DIH but why should you be? Well, let me tell you a story…
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 Informatica corporate IT team has recently migrated us from Pivotal to Salesforce CRM. Like many organizations, we’ve had pockets of salesforce.com in production for a long time. In fact, over the past few years our IT organization, led by CIO Tony Young, has been on the cutting edge of SaaS application and cloud computing adoption. In the coming weeks I’ll publish a series of interviews with the team, but I wanted to start off with a comment I received from Eric Johnson, senior director of enterprise applications, in response to a Loraine Lawson blog post called, “Is SaaS/Cloud Adoption too Easy?” (more…)
This week we announced that salesforce.com customers have once again recognized Informatica Cloud Services with the Data Integration AppExchange Best of ’09 Award. It’s a tremendous honor to win this award as it is 100% driven by customer reviews. According to the salesforce.com Community site:
“The Best of ’09 Customer Choice Awards are given to partners based on exceptional user reviews posted to the AppExchange during 2009; and, are a special way for the community to recognize partners for their ongoing commitment to driving customer success.”
There are two fundamental drivers for the growing adoption of cloud integration services:
- Growing adoption of cloud-based applications and platforms like Salesforce CRM and Force.com are leading to an even greater data fragmentation challenges in companies of all sizes.
- Departmental, line of business purchases and implementations of software as a service (SaaS) applications have led to a need for easy to use, self-service integration solutions that non-technical users can manage, while IT organizations remain in control. (See the post on Avoiding a Cloud Data Disaster if this sounds familiar.) (more…)
In his whitepaper, Best Practices in Leveraging a Staging Area for SaaS-to-Enterprise Integration, David Linthicum outlines the difference between direct, point-to-point data integration and staging integration. He defines them as follows:
- Direct: “Moving information from one data source and data schema to another, and translating the differences in semantics from the source to the target system.”
- Staged: “A temporary location where the data from the source system or systems is replicated in order to support more complex and valuable data integration operations, including support for many large data sets and data operations that are more complex and of higher value.” (more…)
On the 1st October 2009, I participated in a webinar “The Right Way to Do Data Integration for Applications,” hosted by David S. Linthicum, a recognized expert in SOA, Cloud computing and Enterprise Application Integration. It was an event that was very well attended and generated a lot of interest from the attendees judging by the large number and quality of questions that were submitted. I recommend that you listen to the replay and download the associated white paper he wrote on that subject.
David covered some of the limitations he has encountered over the years with the way Enterprise Integration Application (EAI) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technologies deal with the integration of data, deployed in a SOA initiative. (more…)
Before I start on this extremely polarizing topic, I really want to ask the question – do you want your SOA to be ineffective or die before it has a chance to live?
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, SOA does have a significantly big “blind spot,” which so often gets ignored due to the sheer size of the vehicle you are riding in – which I define as – the complexity of your enterprise infrastructure, the various avatars or stakeholders that are directly or indirectly impacted by integration challenges, departmental divides and ownership issues, debates around modernization, and of course, budget, time and resources.
Hopefully you answered the question with an emphatic NO!