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Oracle Data Migration Best Practices: Join Us And Learn

Oracle Data Migration Best PracticesAre you interested in Oracle Data Migration Best Practices? Are you upgrading, consolidating or migrating to or from an Oracle application? Moving to the cloud or a hosted service? Research and experience confirms that the tasks associated with migrating application data during these initiatives have the biggest impact on whether the project is considered a failure or success. So how do your peers ensure data migration success?

Informatica will be offering a full day Oracle Migrations Best Practices workshop at Oracle Application User Group’s annual conference, Collaborate 14, this year on April 7th in Las Vegas, NV. During this workshop, peers and experts will share best practices for how to avoid the pitfalls and ensure successful projects, lowering migration cost and risk. Our full packed agenda includes:

  1. Free use and trials of data migration tools and software
  2. Full training sessions on how to integrate cloud-based applications
  3. How to provision test data using different data masking techniques
  4. How to ensure consistent application performance during and after a migration
  5. A review of Oracle Migration Best Practices and case studies

Case Study: EMC

One of the key case studies that will be highlighted is EMC’s Oracle migration journey. EMC Corporation migrated to Oracle E-Business Suite, acquired more than 40 companies in 4 years, consolidated and retired environments, and is now on its path to migrating to SAP. Not only did they migrate applications, but they also migrated their entire technology platform from physical to virtual on their journey to the cloud. They needed to control the impact of data growth along the way, manage the size of their test environments while reducing the risk of exposing sensitive data to unauthorized users during development cycles. With best practices, and the help from Informatica, they estimate that they have saved approximately $45M in IT cost savings throughout their migrations. Now that they are deploying a new analytics platform based on Hadoop. They are leveraging existing skill sets and Informatica tools to ensure data is loaded into Hadoop without missing a beat.

Case Study: Verizon

Verizon is the second case study we will be discussing. They recently migrated to Salesforce.com and needed to ensure that more than 100 data objects were integrated with on-premises, back end applications. In addition, they needed to ensure that data was synchronized and kept secure in non-production environments in the cloud. They were able to leverage a cloud-based integration solution from Informatica to simplify their complex IT application architecture and maintain data availability and security – all while migrating a major business application to the cloud.

Case Study: OEM Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

The third case study we will review involves a well-known heavy equipment manufacturer who was facing a couple of challenges – the first was a need to separate data in in an Oracle E-Business Suite application as a result of a divestiture. Secondly, they also needed to control the impact of data growth on their production application environments that were going through various upgrades. Using an innovative approach based on Smart Partitioning, this enterprise estimates it will save $23M over a 5 year period while achieving 40% performance improvements across the board.

To learn more about what Informatica will be sharing at Collaborate 14, watch this video. If you are planning to attend Collaborate 14 this year and you are interested in joining us, you can register for the Oracle Migrations Best Practices Workshop here.

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Streamlining and Securing Application Test and Development Processes

Informatica recently hosted a webinar with Cognizant who shared how they streamline test data management processes internally with Informatica Test Data Management and pass on the benefits to their customers.  Proclaimed as the world’s largest Quality Engineering and Assurance (QE&A) service provider, they have over 400 customers and thousands of testers and are considered a thought leader in the testing practice.

We polled over 100 attendees on what their top challenges were with test data management considering the data and system complexities and the need to protect their client’s sensitive data.  Here are the results from that poll:

It was not surprising to see that generating test data sets and securing sensitive data in non-production environments were tied as the top two biggest challenges.   Data integrity/synchronization was a very close 3rd .

Cognizant with Informatica has been evolving its test data management offering to truly focus on not only securing sensitive data – but also improving testing efficiencies with identifying, provisioning and resetting test data – tasks that consume as much as 40% of testing cycle times.  As part of the next generation test data management platform, key components of that solution include:

Sensitive Data Discovery – an integrated and automated process that searches data sets looking for exposed sensitive data.  Many times, sensitive data resides in test copies unbeknownst to auditors.  Once data has been located, data can be masked in non-production copies.

Persistent Data Masking – masks sensitive data in-flight while cloning data from production or in-place on a gold copy.  Data formats are preserved while original values are completely protected.

Data Privacy Compliance Validation – auditors want to know that data has in fact been protected, the ability to validate and report on data privacy compliance becomes critical.

Test Data Management – in addition to creating test data subsets, clients require the ability to synthetically generate test data sets to eliminate defects by having data sets aligned to optimize each test case. Also, in many cases, multiple testers work on the same environment and may clobber each other’s test data sets.  Having the ability to reset test data becomes a key requirement to improve efficiencies.

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Figure 2 Next Generation Test Data Management

When asked what tools or services that have been deployed, 78% said in-house developed scripts/utilities.  This is an incredibly time-consuming approach and one that has limited repeatability. Data masking was deployed in almost half of the respondents.

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Informatica with Cognizant are leading the way to establishing a new standard for Test Data Management by incorporating both test data generation, data masking, and the ability to refresh or reset test data sets.  For more information, check out Cognizant’s offering based on Informatica: TDMaxim and White Paper: Transforming Test Data Management for Increased Business Value.

 

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Enterprise Application Projects Are Much Riskier Than You Think

IT application managers are constantly going through a process of integrating, modernizing and consolidating enterprise applications to keep them efficient and providing the maximum business value to the corporation for their cost.

But, it is important to remember that there is significant risk in these projects.  An article in the Harvard Business Review states that 17% of enterprise application projects go seriously wrong; going over budget by 200% and over schedule by 70%.  The HRB article refers to these projects as “black swans.”

How can you reduce this risk of project failure?  Typically, 30% to 40% of an enterprise application project is data migration.  A recent study by Bloor Research shows that while success rates for data migration projects are improving, 38% of them still miss their schedule and budget targets.

How can you improve the odds of success in data migration projects?

  1. Use data profiling tools to understand your data before you move it.
  2. Use data quality tools to correct data quality problems.  There is absolutely no point in moving bad data around the organization – but it happens.
  3. Use a proven external methodology. In plain English, work with people who have “done it before”
  4. Develop your own internal competence.  Nobody knows your data, and more importantly, the business context of your data than your own staff.  Develop the skills and engage your business subject matter experts.

Informatica has industry-leading tools, a proven methodology, and a service delivery team with hundreds of successful data migration implementations.

To find out more about successful data migration:

  • Informatica World:  Visit us at the Hands On Lab – Data Migration.
  • Informatica World: Informatica Presentation on Application Data Migration.

Application Data Migrations with Informatica Velocity Migration Methodology

Friday June 5, 2013          9:00 to 10:00

  • Informatica World: Data Migration Factory Presentation by  Accenture

Accelerating the Power of Data Migration

Tuesday June 4, 2013     2:00 to 3:00

 

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Agile Data Integration Maximizes Business Value In The Era Of Big Data

Adopting Agile may require a cultural shift and in the beginning can be disruptive to an organization.  However, as I mentioned in Part 1 of this blog series, Agile Data Integration holds the promise to increase chances of success, deliver projects faster, and reduce defects.  Applying Lean principles within your organization can help ease the transition to Agile Data IntegrationLean is a set of principles first explored in the context of data integration by John Schmidt and David Lyle in their book on Lean Integration.  First and foremost Lean recommends an organization focus on eliminating waste and optimizing the data integration process from the customers’ perspective.  Agile Data Integration maximizes the business value of projects (e.g. Agile BI, Data Warehousing, Big Data Analytics, Data Migration, etc.) because you can get it right the first time by delivering exactly what the business needs when they need it.  Break big projects into smaller more manageable deliverables so that you can incrementally deliver value to the business.  Agile Data Integration also recommends the following: (more…)

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Video: Electronic Health Records Update

Richard Cramer, Chief Healthcare Strategist for Informatica shares some views on Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption, including HITECH and Meaningful Use pressures. He also talks about the challenges that the future holds for EHRs.


 

Visit Informatica’s Healthcare pages for more on EMRs.

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The Power Of Data

I was happy to do an architect-to-architect Webinar with David Lyle, which was more of an interactive conversation than a Webinar.  The focus was on the ability to provide integration using data virtualization, but the message was perhaps more profound than that.

The core issues that many enterprises face are that information is largely an asset that they cannot access.  The data is locked up within years and years of ill planned databases and applications where the core data, such as customer and sales information, is scattered throughout the enterprise.  Most staffers and executives consider this to be “just the way it is.” (more…)

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Solving FAS 166 And 167 Compliance With Data Integration And Data Quality

Back in June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) published Financial Accounting Statements No. 166, Accounting for Transfers of Financial Assets, and No. 167, Amendments to FASB Interpretation No. 46(R), which changes the way entities account for securitizations and special-purpose entities. The new standards will impact financial institution balance sheets beginning in 2010 and will require substantive changes to how banks account for many items, including securitized assets that had been previously excluded from these organizations’ balance sheets. Banks affected by the new accounting standards will be subject to higher risk-based regulatory capital requirements. So what does it all mean and how much will it cost banks to comply?  (more…)

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Attracting and Retaining Customers Requires Being Data Driven

Informatica 9According to a 2008  Forrester Research study, attracting and retaining top customers remains one of the highest priorities for CEOs today.  Here’s why:

  • The cost of losing one customer is four times higher than the cost of obtaining that same customer  (Return on Behavior Magazine)
  • Satisfying and retaining current customers is 3 to 10 times cheaper than acquiring new customers, and a typical company receives around 65 percent of its business from existing customers (McKinsey, 2001)
  • A 5% reduction in the customer defection rate can increase profits by 25% to 80% (Return on Behavior Magazine)
  • 7 out of 10 customers who switch to a competitor do so because of poor service (McKinsey, 2001) (more…)
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Data Migration And Application ILM: A Union Made In Heaven

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…)

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