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Focus in 2013

Like many of you, this time of year means budgeting. Every year is different, and budgeting for 2013 is no exception – so how do I maximize the return on investment for our shareholders?

What makes 2013 different? For many of us, the global economic climate and political change means uncertainty. In most cases, this leads to cautious optimism and moderate budget increases at best. As I was scouring the IT Leadership Exchange for benchmark data. I found the data to be consistent. (more…)

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Big Data Unleashed Part 4: What Does “Mobile” Have To Do With Big Data?

 In my last blog, I discussed five areas of considerations for your information management agenda with Big Data. In the next three blogs, I will discuss how three secular trends, namely, Mobile, Cloud and Social are driving the evolution of Big Data.  In this blog, part four of the series, let’s explore “Mobile”. There are many reasons why people are fascinated by the impact of mobility.  According to Applied Mobility of Tech Trends 2011 by Deloitte, consumer interest in smartphones, tablets and untraditional connected devices such as set-top boxes, telematics, video games and embedded appliances is growing faster than any other product segment, with a projected growth of 36%. This staggering growth in mobility is driving the production and consumption of Big Data in three ways:

  •  People and devices are generating far more transaction data than before as it is cheaper and simpler to complete any transactions – buying books in a cafe with your iPad or completing banking transactions with a BlackBerry.  Transaction data growth is accelerating as more enterprises are adopting smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, following the consumer trend. (more…)
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Why CIOs Need to Take Control Of Customer Data With MDM

CIOs are no longer expected to be mere IT housekeepers who keep the lights on in the data center. More and more, they’re expected to help drive business innovation and transformation, function as strategic partners with the business and materially contribute to bottom-line performance.

One critical area in which CIOs can make a major business impact is customer data integration. As we often hear from Informatica customers, the problem of bad customer data is rarely limited to a single application or line of business. In fact, it’s a multitude of systems that has caused the problem in the first place.

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2011 Cloud Integration Predictions: Hybrid Platform Adoption, Private Cloud Confusion

In my last post I scored my 2010 cloud integration predictions. I’d say it was a solid B. While the spate of acquisitions in the market helped shine a light on the opportunity for data integration delivered as an on-demand service, I’d characterize 2010 as a year of line of business-driven cloud integration adoption. My prediction is that 2011 will be the year of “hybrid everything” and IT organizations will be reorganizing and realigning to adapt to the new realities of cloud computing. Here are my 2011 cloud integration predictions. (more…)
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Cloud Integration Predictions in Review

As is the custom, before I dive into my predictions for next year, I thought I’d look back and see how I did with my 2010 cloud integration predictions. Last year I predicted that:

1)  There will be an increased need for best-of-breed cloud data integration solutions. I also predicted that we’d see an emergence of online marketplaces that allow you to purchase prepackaged integration services.

Results: In Loraine Lawson’s recent Data Integration predictions post, she noted, “this year, integration seems to have shifted from a liability to an asset for the cloud.” Another publication referred to cloud integration as, “the capability that will drive mainstream Cloud adoption.” Clearly the importance of data integration to cloud computing success has been recognized. I believe 2010 was the year we crossed the chasm.

Bring on the tornado!
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The Value Of A Sentiment

Like many CIOs, I’m in the midst of building my 2011 plan. Every year, I challenge my team to come up with the next big idea for our organization. As we improve our thinking year-over-year, I enjoy reading the analyst research to get their opinions on where the trends are and what we should consider doing. I was recently at a CIO event where we asked one of the large consulting firms to present their 2011 predictions. What resonated with me was a quote about information automation – “from what I want to do to what I need to know”.
I ask myself, what does this mean for our organization. Although I liked the quote, I modified it to be what I consider to be a more progressive statement, “from what I need to know to tell me what’s actionable”.

Telling someone what they need to know is interesting, but it seems to get lost in the morass of information that roils through an organization. We have limited time in our day, and what I really want to know is what’s actionable based on the information that exists beyond my organization. (more…)

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Top 6 Data Challenges Of Cloud Computing

This week Cloudbook published an article called: Could Data Sprawl in the Cloud Cost You Your Job? It features an overview of Informatica Cloud and includes many best practices for organizations seeking to develop a cloud data integration strategy. Going beyond the traditional CIO challenges (aka the” 5 c’s” – cost, compliance, complexity, competition and credibility), the article outlines the top 6 data challenges of cloud computing. (more…)

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SaaS And Enterprise Architecture: Key Enablers Of IT Innovation

I recently sat down with Informatica’s CIO Tony Young to discuss his organization’s adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications like Salesforce CRM. As always Tony, had a lot of wisdom to share on this topic as well as some thoughts on IT innovation and best practices in general. Here’s how he answered the question, “What’s the driver behind cloud computing / SaaS adoption at Informatica?” (more…)
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Adopting Salesforce CRM: The Importance Of Data Integration

Here is part two of my interview with Informatica’s Scott Geffre. Scott has led the CRM rollout at Informatica, helping the company migrate from Pivotal to salesforce.com. In the first half of our discussion, he spoke about evaluating TCO and some of the benefits of software as a service (SaaS) applications. In this post, Scott talks about the importance of cloud integration, the challenges of hand coding,  and master data management (MDM). (more…)

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Adopting Cloud Applications: Evaluating TCO

Last week I sat down with Scott Geffre, IT Director at Informatica, to learn more about our internal implementation of salesforce.com and our approach to cloud integration. It’s a topic that will also be featured in a number of Informatica World 2010 sessions in November, but as part of this cloud integration best practices interview series, I wanted to share the discussion here. Scott is focused on managing CRM applications at Informatica and has been with the company for over five years. Here is part one of our discussion: evaluating SaaS/Cloud TCO. (more…)
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