Tag Archives: Cloud Data Integration
Informatica Cloud Summer ’14 Release Breaks Down Barriers with Unified Data Integration and Application Integration for Real Time and Bulk Patterns
This past week, Informatica Cloud marked an important milestone with the Summer 2014 release of the Informatica Cloud platform. This was the 20th Cloud release, and I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished.
“SDL’s vision is to help our customers use data insights to create meaningful experiences, regardless of where or how the engagement occurs. It’s multilingual, multichannel and on a global scale. Being able to deliver the right information at the right time to the right customer with Informatica Cloud Summer 2014 is critical to our business and will continue to set us apart from our competition.”
– Paul Harris, Global Business Applications Director, SDL Pic
When I joined Informatica Cloud, I knew that it had the broadest cloud integration portfolio in the marketplace: leading data integration and analytic capabilities for bulk integration, comprehensive cloud master data management and test data management, and over a hundred connectors for cloud apps, enterprise systems and legacy data sources.. all delivered in a self-service design with point-and-click wizards for citizen integrators, without the need for complex and costly manual custom coding.
But, I also learned that our broad portfolio belies another structural advantage: because of Informatica Cloud’s unique, unified platform architecture, it has the ability to surface application (or real time) integration capabilities alongside its data integration capabilities with shared metadata across real time and batch workflows.
With the Summer 2014 release, we’ve brought our application integration capabilities to the forefront. We now provide the most-complete cloud app integration capability in the marketplace. With a design environment that’s meant not for just developers but also line of business IT, now app admins can also build real time process workflows that cut across on-premise and cloud and include built-in human workflows. And with the capability to translate these process workflows instantly into mobile apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices, we’re not just setting ourselves apart but also giving customers the unique capabilities they need for their increasingly mobile employees.
“Schneider’s strategic initiative to improve front-office performance relied on recording and measuring sales person engagement in real time on any mobile device or desktop. The enhanced real time cloud application integration features of Informatica Cloud Summer 2014 makes it all possible and was key to the success of a highly visible and transformative initiative.”
– Mark Nardella, Global Sales Process Director, Schneider Electric SE
With this release, we’re also giving customers the ability to create workflows around data sharing that mix and match batch and real time integration patterns. This is really important. Because unlike the past, where you had to choose between batch and real time, in today’s world of on-premise, cloud-based, transactional and social data, you’re now more than ever having to deal with both real time interactions and the processing of large volumes of data. For example, let’s surmise a typical scenario these days at high-end retail stores. Using a clienteling iPad app, the sales rep looks up bulk purchase history and inventory availability data in SAP, confirms availability and delivery date, and then processes the customer’s order via real time integration with NetSuite. And if you ask any customer, having a single workflow to unify all of that for instant and actionable insights is a huge advantage.
“Our industry demands absolute efficiency, speed and trust when dealing with financial information, and the new cloud application integration feature in the latest release of Informatica Cloud will help us service our customers more effectively by delivering the data they require in a timely fashion. Keeping call-times to a minimum and improving customer satisfaction in real time.”
– Kimberly Jansen, Director CRM, Misys PLC
We’ve also included some exciting new Vibe Integration packages or VIPs. VIPs deliver pre-built business process mappings between front-office and back-office applications. The Summer 2014 release includes new bidirectional VIPs for Siebel to Salesforce and SAP to Salesforce that make it easier for customers to connect their Salesforce with these mission-critical business applications.
And lastly, but not least importantly, the release includes a critical upgrade to our API Framework that provides the Informatica Cloud iPaaS end-to-end support for connectivity to any company’s internal or external APIs. With the newly available API creation, definition and consumption patterns, developers or citizen integrators can now easily expose integrations as APIs and users can consume them via integration workflows or apps, without the need for any additional custom code.
The features and capabilities released this summer are available to all existing Informatica Cloud customers, and everyone else through our free 30-day trial offer.
I spent last week at the annual SIIA All About the Cloud Conference in San Francisco. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) “is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries.” They are also the organization that gives out the annual CODiE Awards, “the industry’s only peer‐review awards program, acknowledge innovation and excellence for products and services in the business software, digital content and education technology industries.”
I’m pleased to be able to say that Informatica Cloud has been recognized this year as the “Best Cloud Management Solution.”
Today we made an announcement called Informatica Cloud 9. This is the culmination of many years of hard work and effort and builds on the Informatica 9 announcement we made last week. So what is so special about Informatica Cloud 9? Is it the new Platform-as-a-Service offering? Or it is the new Cloud Services we delivered? Or is it the new capabilities on Amazon EC2? What are all these things and why are they important?
Let me explain: (more…)
Last week we made a significant announcement relating to the availability of our flagship product “PowerCenter” on the Amazon EC2 infrastructure. Why?
The answer lies in the profound advancements that are happening in the area of “cloud infrastructure.” For many years we have talked about running applications “on-premise” and “on-demand.” Companies like Salesforce.com have pioneered the delivery of applications on their own infrastructure and we’ve become very familiar with the concept of software-as-a-service. So where has Amazon come from? (more…)
I was reading an article from CNET last week about the web. The title was “It was 20 years ago today: the web“. The crux of the article was to discuss the impact of that famous research report authored by Tim Berners-Lee called “Information Management: A proposal”.
What amazes me is how far we have come…
Today the web is everywhere. It has made the world flat – something that ancient civilizations believed, but something now being delivered electronically through the ether. Combine that with the improvements in telecommunications and we have a world in which data is king.
It is the lifeblood of every organization and is pumped across networks, through supply chains and between organizations. Data rules, it is all-powering, it is the currency of the 21st century, and it is the web that has released it to grow to it’s full potential.
As I discussed before, it’s not enough to walk through a functional checklist for a data integration platform. It’s important to make sure that it works in the right way. In my last posting, I discussed the concept of a “unified” platform and its implications for the user experience.
The second key aspect of how a data integration platform works is its openness—how much it is designed to work with the broader IT environment. Data integration, by definition, touches a large portion of the IT environment, which could mean thousands of different applications and data sources in large organizations. Moreover, it’s not just the systems inside the firewall you need to be concerned with.
In most cases, it’s important to also support integration with the systems of B2B partners such as customers, suppliers, distributors, etc., as well as any SaaS partners. And the platform has to support any technology standard such as those for operating systems or databases which have been instituted. Frankly, there’s not much use in a data integration platform that isn’t designed to work with as broad a range of applications and systems as possible. (more…)
People have begun to realize that integration is a key requirement for a successful SaaS application deployment. Since a SaaS application like Salesforce CRM resides in the cloud (it is hosted in a data center outside your company’s firewalls), customers need to move their critical corporate data like customer, product or pricing information into Salesforce before they can use the application and provide maximum value to their end users.
They also need to keep the data in Salesforce synchronized with the rest of their on premise applications in order to maintain operational efficiency and provide timely and accurate information flow throughout their enterprise.
So how difficult is it to integrate Salesforce with on premise applications, and how should it be done? Well, for starters, salesforce.com provides a complete set of well documented APIs that make it straight forward for a good software programmer to accomplish that task.
Those same APIs are also used by integration vendors to provide more flexible, powerful and manageable solutions that accomplish the same task without requiring the same level of programming skill. (more…)
As I have been discussing in my previous blogs, a data integration platform has to cover a lot of ground if it’s going to be the backbone for sharing data across a company or organization. Below is a checklist of key capabilities that you should evaluate, but of course no checklist should be used blindly. So a couple comments first.
First, are all of these capabilities relevant to you? Try to think beyond the specific project you may have at hand to the different types of data integration projects others in your organization may be pursuing. After all, the point of a platform, as opposed to a tool, is that you are trying to promote reuse and standardization across the organization and across different projects or initiatives. Also, try to think of what is needed now vs. what is likely to be needed in the future.
Here are the capabilities we feel that any data integration platform worth its salt should support in order to claim that it is comprehensive: (more…)