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What Do “Clouds” Look Like in China?

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After having lived in China since May 2012, I’ve been fortunate to have met with the leaders of most multinational software companies, leaders of local firms as well as industry analysts. My inspiration for this blog is based on a conversation I had with a senior leader at a leading “cloud” provider. (more…)

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Lacking Data Integration, Cloud Computing Suffers

The findings of the Cloud Market Maturity study, a survey conducted jointly by Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA, show that government regulations, international data privacy, and integration with internal systems dominate the top 10 areas where trust in the cloud is at its lowest.

The Cloud Market Maturity study examines the maturity of cloud computing and helps identify market changes. In addition, the report provides detailed information on the adoption of cloud services at all levels within global companies, including senior executives. (more…)

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Video: What’s Next For Cloud Data Integration?

Juan Carlos Soto shares his perspective on the Informatica Cloud’s three pronged growth strategy including: the Platform for Hybrid IT, Cloud Services for All and Informatica Inside.

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The Value Of Pay-As-You-Go Pricing For Data Integration

I was pleased to see that Informatica has launched Informatica Cloud Express, complete with usage-based pricing.  Cloud Express provides salesforce.com administrators and operations staff the option to schedule and automate bi-directional cloud-to-on-premise integration tasks without coding and without requiring a hardware footprint.

The value of this is pretty straightforward.  Data integration has traditionally been something that’s very complex and costly.  Most spend hundreds of thousands on solutions that become more costly after implementation than during development.  The issues are around the path to good data integration, and the technology required to get you there.

Cloud-based integration, such as Cloud Express, provides the ability to access the integration services you need on-demand.  Moreover, it also provides you with the ability to pay for only the services you need.   This is a wonderful model considering that, while some enterprises do gigs a day in information flowing between on-premise and cloud-based systems, many operate with a much lighter data integration load.  In the past, neither customer had the pay-as-you-go option. (more…)

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Is The PATRIOT Act Stifling Cloud Adoption Outside Of The US?

According to recent Forrester research, “security concerns” and “integration challenges with other applications” are the primary reasons firms aren’t interested in software as a service (SaaS). This week Forrester’s Stefan Reid wrote about the Informatica Cloud Summer 2010 release and pointed out another reason: The USA PATRIOT Act. (more…)

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Cloud Data Integration: Not Just For Cloud-Based Data

Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking to a lot of Informatica customers about data integration delivered as an on-demand service. We’ve been hosting a Breakfast in the Cloud event in many cities as part of the Informatica 9 World Tour and the interest in the topic of cloud integration has been overwhelming.  We always spend quite a bit of time reviewing the architecture of Informatica Cloud Services to customers:

  • A Secure Agent is downloaded to sit behind your firewall (or it could be running in a cloud environment).
  • With the enterprise-class performance of Informatica PowerCenter, it is the Secure Agent that does all of the heavy lifting. It is a small footprint that is self-upgrading.
  • A multitenant repository and an easy-to-use data integration interface designed for business self-service are delivered on demand. (You can watch a demo on our YouTube Channel.)
  • Data is not staged in the Informatica Cloud. Instead a direct connection is established between the Secure Agent and Cloud apps or between applications, databases and files that are on premises.

It’s the last point that is often most surprising. Here are some of the questions that inevitably ensue when the lightbulb goes off: (more…)

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Three Things You Should Know About The Informatica Cloud

This month’s Informatica Newsletter features an interview with Ron Papas, General Manager of the Informatica Cloud. He’s asked, “What should Informatica customers know about the Informatica Cloud?”

I thought his answer was worth sharing here:

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What’s In A Data Integration Cloud?

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Data Integration: Your Cloud Strategy’s Silver Lining??

Earlier this year, IDC projected that, “by the end of 2009, 76% of U.S. organizations will use at least one SaaS-delivered application for business use” and that “the percentage of U.S. firms which plan to spend at least 25% of their IT budgets on SaaS applications will increase from 23% in 2008 to nearly 45% in 2010.” Great news, right? But is your organization ready? Do you have an overall strategy for “The Cloud”? And if you have already made investments in SaaS applications, do you have a plan to ensure that secure, timely, consistent, and accurate information is being delivered across these systems and throughout the business? (more…)

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Data Integration In The Clouds Becomes More Valuable

The rise of cloud computing naturally leads to the rising need for data integration from cloud-to-enterprise, and even cloud-to-cloud. However, most data integration solutions are on-premise. Thus, there is a clear need for cloud-delivered data integration, such as Informatica On Demand, which is an example of data integration-as-a-service. Let’s look into this a bit more.

Data integration-as-a-service is the ability to deliver a complete data integration stack from the cloud, including interfacing with applications, semantic mediation, flow control, logging, and integration design. In essence, data integration-as-a-service includes most of the features and functions found within traditional on-premise data integration technology, but it is delivered as-a-service over the Internet. (more…)

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Understanding Cloud Integration

There’s no question that Cloud Computing, enabled by the maturity of the web, has become the latest computing platform and is here to stay.  One of the key reasons behind its universal appeal is that the cloud offers real benefits to both business and IT constituents.

Business users were first attracted to cloud applications (Software-as-a-Service) from vendors like salesforce.com, Concur and SuccessFactors because they were easy to provision, easy to manage, easy to use and offered a “pay as you go” subscription licensing model.  More recently, Amazon.com burst onto the scenes with its Amazon Web Services (AWS) (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offerings, providing similar benefits to IT managers and allowing them to do more with less. (more…)

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