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Informatica Named a Leader in Gartner MQ for Data Archiving

Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

Gartner MQ for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

For the first time, Gartner has released a Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement . This MQ describes an approach for how customers can proactively manage data growth. We are happy to report that Gartner has positioned Informatica as a leader in the space. This is based on our ‘completeness of vision’ and our ‘ability to execute.’

This magic quadrant focuses on what Gartner calls Structured Data Archiving. Data Archiving is used to index, migrate, preserve and protect application data in secondary databases or flat files. These are typically located on lower-cost storage, for policy-based retention.  Data Archiving makes data available in context of the originating business process or application. This is especially useful in the event of litigation or of an audit.

The Magic Quadrant calls out two use cases. These use cases are “live archiving of production applications” and “application retirement of legacy systems.”  Informatica refers to both use cases, together, as “Enterprise Data Archiving.” We consider this to be a foundational component of a comprehensive Information Lifecycle Management strategy.

The application landscape is constantly evolving. For this reason, data archiving is a strategic component of a data growth management strategy. Application owners need a plan to manage data as applications are upgraded, replaced, consolidated, moved to the cloud and/or retired. 

When you don’t have a plan in production, data accumulates in the business application. When this happens, performance bothers the business. In addition, data bloat bothers IT operations. When you don’t have a plan for legacy systems, applications accumulate in the data center. As a result, increasing budgets bother the CFO.

A data growth management plan must include the following:

  • How to cycle through applications and retire them
  • How to smartly store the application data
  • How to ultimately dispose data while staying compliant

Structured data archiving and application retirement technologies help automate and streamline these tasks.

Informatica Data Archive delivers unparalleled connectivity, scalability and a broad range of innovative options (i.e. Smart Partitioning, Live Archiving, and retiring aging and legacy data to the Informatica Data Vault), and comprehensive retention management and data reporting and visualization.  We believe our strengths in this space are the key ingredients for deploying a successful enterprise data archive.

For more information, read the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement.

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Informatica Remains A Leader In The Gartner 2013 Data Masking MQ

Informatica announced, once again, that it is listed as a leader in the industry’s second Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology. With data security continuing to grow as one of the fastest segments in the enterprise software market, technologies such as data masking are becoming the solution of choice for data-centric security.

Increased fear of cyber-attacks and internal data breaches has made predictions that 2014 is the year of preventative and tactical measures to ensure corporate data assets are safe.  Data masking should be included in those measures.  According to Gartner,

Security program managers need to take a strategic approach with tactical best-practice technology configurations in order to properly address the most common advanced targeted attack scenarios to increase both detection and prevention capabilities.”[1]

Without these measures, the cost of an attack or breach is growing every year.  The Ponemon Institute posted in a recent study:

The 2013 Cost of Cyber Crime Study states that the average annualized cost of cybercrime incurred by a benchmark sample of US organizations was $11.56 million, nearly 78% more than the cost estimated in the first analysis conducted 4 years ago.”[2]

Informatica believes that the best preventative measures include a layered approach for data security but without sacrificing agility or adding unnecessary costs.  Data Masking delivers data-centric security with improved productivity and reduced overall costs.

Data Masking prevents internal data theft and abuse of sensitive data by hiding it from users.  Data masking techniques include replacing some fields with similar-looking characters, masking characters (for example, “x”), substituting real last names with fictional last names and shuffling data within columns – to name a few. Other terms for data masking include data obfuscation, sanitization, scrambling, de-identification, and anonymization .  Call it what you like, but without it – organizations may continue to expose sensitive data to those with mal intentions.

To learn more,  Download the Gartner Magic Quadrant Data Masking Report now. And visit the Informatica website for data masking product information.

About the Magic Quadrant

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[1] http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2323615

[2] http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/18517/cyber-crime/ponemon-2013-cost-of-cyber-crime.html

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Gartner Estimates Growth for MDM Market and Positions Informatica as a Leader in The Magic Quadrant for Customer Data Solutions

Over the last few weeks I’ve been saying that the incredible popularity of our MDM-related events is a sign that MDM is a vital and growing market. Now I consider it reassuring that analysts agree. It’s also reassuring to see Informatica positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Customer Data Solutions, a position that Informatica has held for four years in a row.

In Gartner’s October 2013 Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Customer Data Solutions, analysts Bill O’Kane and Saul Judah estimates that the total software revenue for packaged MDM solutions was $1.6B in 2012, an increase of 7.8% from 2011, as compared with a 4.7% rise for the overall enterprise software market. Further, O’Kane and Judah estimate that the MDM of customer data solutions market segment was worth $527M in 2012, an increase of 5.4% from 2011. The analysts go on to say that the customer MDM market is far from mature, and that just 40% of the organizations surveyed by Gartner were beginning MDM initiatives.

One of MDM’s most important benefits is a single view of the customer across company departments and siloed systems. In this Magic Quadrant report, the analysts describe some of the business drivers for obtaining this view. For the banking and life sciences sectors, the analysts include “Compliance and risk management drivers, such as ‘know your customer,’ anti-money laundering and counterparty risk management in the banking sector, and Sunshine Act compliance in the life sciences sector.” I believe that many other industries could similarly benefit from trusted customer interactions. Another set of drivers they list are “cost optimization and efficiency drivers,” and finally, “revenue and profitability growth drivers,” explaining that examples of such drivers include “initiatives to improve cross-selling, upselling, and retention.”

Finally, the analysts observed a trend which we believe supports Informatica’s view of the importance of all-encompassing MDM solutions that can manage master data across enterprise. As noted in the report, “Many organizations have now invested in creating a new central system to master their customer data, with the majority (an estimated 80%) of organizations buying packaged MDM of customer data solutions, as opposed to building the capability themselves.”

To learn more about Gartner’s October 2013 Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Customer Data Solutions, see our press release or download the full report. After reading the report, please share your thoughts below.

 

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Informatica is in the leaders quadrant …. AGAIN

I don’t mean to brag…. OK, yes, I mean to brag.  That is kind of like when people say, “no pun intended” they actually mean “pun intended”.  So I admit it, I mean to brag.  Informatica is in the leaders quadrant of the Gartner Data Integration Magic Quadrant for the 7th year in a row. I don’t have enough fingers on my right hand to count that high! Pretty damn good.

But don’t take my word for it. If you want a FREE, yes, that’s right, a FREE copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant report, just click here to download the Magic Quadrant Report and check out the report for yourself. Did I mention that it is FREE?

And do you know what else is FREE. PowerCenter Express! So after you read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report and it inspires you to want to try out Informatica’s market leading data integration platform, for FREE, just click on this link to Try PowerCenter Express for FREE.

Informatica is the only vendor in the leader’s quadrant that is confident enough to let you download our product and just try it out for FREE. The other  “leaders” are afraid to let you do that. Sounds like Informatica is the only real leader in the leader’s quadrant… but that is just my opinion. And you don’t have to take my word for it because you can Try PowerCenter Express for FREE.

So enjoy the FREE  Gartner report and our FREE entry level data integration product.  I think that is enough FREE stuff for one day.

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Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Has MDM Crossed the Chasm? Musings of a Marketer at Gartner MDM Summit

The general feeling, at the recent Gartner Master Data Management Summit, was one of excitement. It wasn’t just that this was the largest MDM Summit to date with 600+ registrants; it was also the buzz in and around the convention center. The conversation wasn’t about promises and “what ifs,” it was about tactics, and 2nd or even 3rd generation MDM initiatives. This growth is a sign that MDM has matured past the initial phase of high expectations, in Gartner’s hype cycle. To put it in Geoffrey Moore’s terms, I think it’s a sign that MDM has crossed the chasm from early adoption to more widespread, pragmatic adoption.

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Is The Data Explosion Impacting You? How Do You Compare To Your Peers?

The digitization of everything is creating a data explosion near you. Whether data is accumulating in the data center, in the cloud, on your laptop or mobile device, sometimes too much of something isn’t always a good thing. In a recent webinar cohosted by Informatica and Symantec,  we polled our listeners to find out how the data explosion was impacting them.  We also asked what type of unstructured and structured data is growing the fastest. Check out what they said. (more…)

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Informatica Recognized By Gartner as a Leader in Data Masking and by Infosecurity for Best Security Software

Informatica was named as a leader in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Masking. A couple of weeks ago, Infosecurity named Informatica as a finalist for Best Security Software for 2013.
Both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Masking and Infosecurity Products Guide recognized Informatica for continued innovation:

  •  Gartner states, “The data masking portfolio has been broadening. In addition to SDM technology… the market is beginning to offer dynamic data masking (DDM)… ” (more…)
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Reflections On Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant For Data Quality Tools

Gartner recently released their 2011 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools and I’m happy to announce that Informatica is positioned in the Leaders’ quadrant.  We believe our position is a testament to the fact that customers like Station Casinos and U.S. Xpress continue to turn to Informatica to solve their most critical data quality challenges.

The publishing of the Magic Quadrant is often a great opportunity to reflect on the state of the data quality market.  It should come as no surprise that data quality as a business imperative isn’t going away any time soon.  We are continuing to see customers looking for help and expertise in solving a wide range of data quality problems, largely associated with data governance initiatives, master data management (MDM), business intelligence and application modernization.  And the association of data quality in these areas is only getting stronger. (more…)

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