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Application Leaders: Get Advice on How to Put Your Potential to Work

We are excited to announce the new Potential at Work Community for Application Leaders.

As an application leader, you have a very demanding job.  You have to successfully manage issues such as:

  • Driving the maximum business value from your company’s enterprise application investments
  • Keeping all of your enterprise applications current and meeting user requirements
  • Delivering on your service agreements and managing all of the “ilities.”
  • Defining an enterprise application strategy that includes on-premise and cloud
  • Delivering timely, authoritative and trustworthy data for your enterprise applications

This community is here to help you to do exactly that and to help you to excel in both your current job and your career ahead.  Our goal is to provide tips, insights, best practices and information from   experts to  help you become more successful.

Our first edition is focused on the theme of managing  an enterprise cloud application strategy.   For those who are in the process of selecting cloud application vendors, I’ve included a very handy Vendor Selection Checklist that is used by Informatica’s  Vice President of Applications. 

Are we interested in your input to the community?  Absolutely!  If you have an idea or content to share with the community, please contact us and we will get you published.

Join the community and   start unleashing your potential by clicking on this link:   

 Potential at Work Community for Application Leaders

Best regards,

Roger Nolan       rnolan@informatica.com

Julie Lockner      jlockner@informatica.com

Click here for more information on the Potential at Work communities.

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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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Enterprise Applications Myth #1: Apps and Data Live and Die Together

This is the first in a series debunking three common myths about enterprise applications and the data that drives them.

Myth:  Enterprise applications and the data in them live and die together.

Fact:  Applications and data have different lifecycles. Sometimes the life of the data is shorter than the application.  Sometimes it is longer.  Either way, the friction between the two raises the cost and complexity of sustaining your applications.  To get this under control, you have to have a separate approach for managing the data vs. managing the application. (more…)

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Data is the Answer, Now What’s the Question? Hint: It’s The Key to Optimizing Enterprise Applications

Data quality improvement isn’t really anything new; it’s been around for some time now.  Fundamentally the goal of cleansing, standardizing and enriching enterprise data through data quality processes remains the same.  What’s different now, however, is that in an increasingly competitive marketplace and in difficult economic times, a complete enterprise data quality management approach can separate the leaders from the laggards.  With a sound approach to enterprise data quality management, organizations reap the benefits of turning enterprise data into a key strategic asset. This helps to increase revenue, eliminate costs and reduce risks.  Using the right solution, organizations can leverage data in a way never possible before, holistically and proactively, by addressing data quality issues when and where they arise.  Doing so ensures key IT initiatives, like business intelligence, master data management, and enterprise applications, deliver on their promises of better business results. (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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The Importance Of Trust To Cloud Adoption

Today the Informatica Cloud Fall 2010 release was announced , with a strong focus on trust. Along with new capabilities, we announced the launch of a website that provides greater transparency into system status and performance as well as security policies and certifications. I invite you to visit http://trust.informaticacloud.com. Speaking of trust, it’s a topic that came up a great deal in my discussion last week with Eric Johnson . As I mentioned in my last post, Eric is senior director of enterprise applications at Informatica.  Here is the interview. (more…)
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Time to Take Data Integration off the Backburner

It is estimated that organizations spend more than $37 billion annually on enterprise application software licenses alone – not including maintenance, services or other associated costs. So enterprise applications have been and continue to be huge investments for many companies. In fact, many companies have multiple ERP and CRM systems running across various divisions and business units. So you would think enterprises have all the bases covered, right?  Not necessarily – a huge piece of these investments get neglected or overlooked, and that is the data that is tied to these systems.

This is the assertion of a new study from Datamonitor, which concludes that while billions upon billions are spent on enterprise application systems, organizations are not investing nearly enough resources or attention in the data that will be moving in and out of these systems. (more…)

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