Tag Archives: cloud integration

OppenheimerFunds Dreamforce Story: Lay a Foundation of Trusted and Complete Customer Information for Salesforce

Imagine you are rolling Salesforce out to more than 500 users today. What will be their first impression? Will they be annoyed when they encounter duplicate customer records during their first experience? Will they complain when they need to access other systems to get all the relevant customer information they need to do their job? How will that impact your goals for Salesforce adoption? (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Customer Acquisition & Retention, Financial Services, Master Data Management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dreamforce Takeaways: Struggling with Salesforce Adoption? You’re Not Alone

I just returned from my first Dreamforce experience, which surpassed my expectations.  In this brief video I talk about how inspired I was by salesforce.com’s customer-obsessed culture. However, many Dreamforce attendees I spoke with admit that they struggle with Salesforce adoption.

This is consistent with the results of a LinkedIn poll: 52% of sales managers said sales reps don’t use CRM like they want them to, highlighted in this BlueWolf blog, who is one of our partners:  4 Ways to Make Your Salesforce Adoption Dreams Come True at Dreamforce 2012. (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Master Data Management | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#1View for Salesforce Customers – Introducing Cloud MDM from Informatica

Yesterday I attended Informatica’s first annual Cloud Connect conference in San Francisco, which was followed by a Dreamforce 2012 kick-off party sponsored by our partners Astada, Covisint, MicroStrategy and Zyme. It was a busy day, with a keynote from Juan Carlos Soto focused on the three pillars of our cloud computing product strategy, a deep-dive technical update and Ask the Experts stations for one-on-one interaction with product management. We also announced the winners of our 2012 Cloudy Awards! Congratulations to all of the winners! I’ll post some pictures next week. (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Data Quality, Master Data Management, PaaS, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cloud Integration Templates – Past, Present and Future

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.

I sat down with Naresh to learn more about Cloud Integration Templates, where they came from and where he sees this innovation going. (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Data Integration, News & Announcements, PaaS, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Burning Man for the Cloud Crowd – #DF12 is Coming!

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…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Informatica Events, News & Announcements, PaaS, Partners, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Informatica Cloud Summer 2012 Release Advances Integration PaaS

Informatica Cloud integration platform as a serviceToday we announced Informatica Cloud Summer 2012, the latest release of our cloud integration applications and integration platform as a service. With this release our continued focus is on building out the cloud platform, which is ideally suited for hybrid IT organizations seeking to keep up with the rapid pace of software-as-a-service (SaaS) application adoption, while ensuring the highest possible return on data – whether it’s cloud-based, social, mobile or on premises. This week and next we’ll be posting a series of articles that will focus on the growing recognition of the importance of data integration to cloud computing success as well as highlighting a few of the new features that will be available to all Informatica Cloud customers with the August upgrade. But to get started, here’s a brief overview of what’s new.  (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Data Integration Platform, Data Synchronization, PaaS, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Cloud Connector for Google’s Big Data Analytics

Today Informatica announced that we have joined Google’s Cloud Platform Partner Program, with the introduction of a true cloud-based connector for Google BigQuery. Taking advantage of the power of social media, Google made the announcement through their Developer Blog, noting that the new members of their partner program will, “make it much easier to automatically load data from a broad set of sources, as well as to analyze and visualize the data with spectacular dashboards. (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Cloud Computing, Data Integration, Data Synchronization, Data Warehousing, PaaS, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing Informatica Cloud’s Integration Platform as a Service

In 2006, Informatica announced a strategic roadmap for cloud data integration, which outlined three phases:

  1. Cloud Connectivity
  2. Cloud Integration Services
  3. Cloud Integration Platform

This week we announced Informatica Cloud Spring 2012, which is primarily focused on phase three – evolving to an integration platform as a service. (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Business/IT Collaboration, CIO, Cloud Computing, Marketplace, News & Announcements, PaaS, Partners, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Informatica Cloud Customer Success

There’s been a lot written about the importance of customer adoption and success to the software as a service (SaaS) model – there’s even a manifesto and a Bill of Rights! Last month, Informatica Cloud received the Bronze Stevie Award for customer support. One of the drivers for this achievement was not only great front-line customer service from a world-class support organization (they even support trial accounts!), but also the establishment of a customer success team, which is run by Bryan Plaster. I sat down with Bryan to discuss his views on the importance of customer adoption to any cloud computing application, platform or infrastructure initiative, as well as some specifics on how Informatica Cloud approaches customer success. (more…)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in Business/IT Collaboration, Cloud Computing, Customer Services, Customers, Data Integration, Data Synchronization, PaaS, Real-Time, SaaS | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Unification: Enterprise Integration meets Departmental Integration via the Cloud

In 2006, we unveiled a vision – a vision in which your IT would become a hybrid mixture of on-premise and cloud computing. We set off to develop two parallel tracks of integration – one in the cloud, and the other on-premise. Over the years we have continued to innovate and extend our solutions with guiding principles of simplicity, rapid deployment, unification, security and choice.

Simplicity:
Our goal was to build an award winning service that could be used by anyone to integrate Salesforce.com with any on-premise application. This year we won “best integration service” for the fourth year in a row from Salesforce.com customers.  Through our marketplace we have extended the end-points from Salesforce.com to Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle On-Demand and many other cloud or on-premise systems. The lessons we have been learnt along the way have allowed us to enhance our on-premise technology in order to provide you with easy to use web-based interfaces and self-service capabilities.

Rapid Deployment:
Everything today is about speed and data integration is no different. Our focus with cloud has been to ensure you are up and running immediately using a true SaaS solution that you can try before you buy. Our interfaces have been designed for business users with no IT knowledge – this same principle has guided our approach to self service across our entire product range and facilitated the use of data virtualization to drive agile BI.

Security:
When people talk “Cloud” they always mention integration and security as their two biggest concerns. We agree.  That’s why we designed our cloud service with security in mind.  Rather than moving data through our own multi-tenanted service, we chose to facilitate control from our service while focusing the data movement to occur within your own security protocols.  Hence we decided to drop a lightweight integration engine behind your firewall and avoid introducing ANY new security holes into your environment. Your data goes where YOU want it to go – and boy, is it going! In 2011 we moved over 200Billion rows of data for over our cloud customers.

Unification:
Our fourth design goal is to ensure unification with our traditional on-premise data integration solutions so that you, our users, can interoperate mappings from one to the other. Design a mapping on-premise and drop it into the cloud. Design a mapping in the cloud and use it on-premise to manage a simple departmental integration.  You, our customers, are now extending your own integration competency centers with our cloud service.

Choice:

Through all of this, we want to give you, our users, choice – choice relating to how and where you want to design, manage and run your integrations. Many of you are running integrations in the cloud from the cloud, AND/OR in the cloud from on-premise, AND/OR from the cloud to perform simple departmental integrations on-premise. It really doesn’t matter – the key point is that your developers are immediately cloud developers, on-premise developers and hybrid developers. You are using Informatica to manage the most complex integration challenges on-premise and are also using Informatica Cloud to run small departmental integrations.

You all tell us that your data is your most important asset. It resides on-premise, in the cloud and across the social networks. Train up through Informatica University and use your skills to maximise your return on that data from on-premise or from the cloud. It is your choice!

If you’d like to know more about our unification then why not come to Informatica World in May where you can meet and listen to customers who are doing precisely this.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintShare
Posted in CIO, Cloud Computing, Data Synchronization, Marketplace, SaaS | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment