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Who’s Fault Is It If Your Integration Factory Is Not Performing?

The CIO of GT Inc. (the fictitious name of a real company) met with his middleware vendor rep to deliver some depressing news.

“We established an outsourced factory delivery model two years ago using the productivity tools that you sold us and we made it our enterprise standard.  The factory results however, are discouraging use of your integration platform. Projects are not getting approved by the business because of high costs, or else project teams are working around the standard and building hand-coded solutions. Did I make a mistake in buying your software?” (more…)

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Webinar: Best Practices for Deploying Cloud ERP within Large Enterprises

Earlier this year Informatica and Netsuite announced a partnership focused on delivering “Two Tier ERP” solutions to large enterprises. According to the press release:

“With a two-tier ERP infrastructure, the existing SAP or Oracle system serves as the hub at the enterprise level and is augmented with more flexible and cost effective cloud ERP solutions, such as NetSuite OneWorld, at the subsidiary or divisional level. Informatica’s cloud data integration solution enables integration between the on-premise enterprise system and cloud divisional systems.”

This deployment model leverages a robust cloud integration strategy to deliver the flexibility and agility of a SaaS ERP solution to divisions and subsidiaries, allowing them to benefit from accelerated consolidation, real-time visibility into performance, local flexibility and control. (more…)

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Informatica Cloud Wins Best Cloud Management CODiE Award

I spent last week at the annual SIIA All About the Cloud Conference in San Francisco. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) “is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries.” They are also the organization that gives out the annual CODiE Awards, “the industry’s only peer‐review awards program, acknowledge innovation and excellence for products and services in the business software, digital content and education technology industries.”

I’m pleased to be able to say that Informatica Cloud has been recognized this year as the “Best Cloud Management Solution.”

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Cloud Integration: Who’s Line (Of Business) Is It Anyway?

I recently sat down with a couple of Informatica Cloud customers to learn more about their general experiences with data integration delivered as an on-demand service. I was particularly interested in these two implementations, as both projects were led and ultimately managed directly by the line of business. Tony Young recently pointed out that, “the cloud is real” and most CIOs clearly have their heads in the clouds. Some of the points made by these software-as-a-service enthusiasts’ help to explain why the cloud is even more appealing outside of IT and why more and more organizations are adopting “two tier cloud integration strategies in 2011.” (more…)
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2011 Cloud Integration Predictions: Hybrid Platform Adoption, Private Cloud Confusion

In my last post I scored my 2010 cloud integration predictions. I’d say it was a solid B. While the spate of acquisitions in the market helped shine a light on the opportunity for data integration delivered as an on-demand service, I’d characterize 2010 as a year of line of business-driven cloud integration adoption. My prediction is that 2011 will be the year of “hybrid everything” and IT organizations will be reorganizing and realigning to adapt to the new realities of cloud computing. Here are my 2011 cloud integration predictions. (more…)
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Cloud Integration Predictions in Review

As is the custom, before I dive into my predictions for next year, I thought I’d look back and see how I did with my 2010 cloud integration predictions. Last year I predicted that:

1)  There will be an increased need for best-of-breed cloud data integration solutions. I also predicted that we’d see an emergence of online marketplaces that allow you to purchase prepackaged integration services.

Results: In Loraine Lawson’s recent Data Integration predictions post, she noted, “this year, integration seems to have shifted from a liability to an asset for the cloud.” Another publication referred to cloud integration as, “the capability that will drive mainstream Cloud adoption.” Clearly the importance of data integration to cloud computing success has been recognized. I believe 2010 was the year we crossed the chasm.

Bring on the tornado!
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Cloud Integration In The Spotlight At Informatica World

In case you missed it, Informatica recently announced that over 1000 companies are now running Informatica Cloud. In fact, you can take a look at the volume of jobs and transactions running through the multi-tenant data integration service at Trust.InformaticaCloud.com to see what’s going on for yourself. Well at Informatica World this week in Washington, DC, it’s going to be difficult to miss Informatica Cloud. (more…)
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Top 6 Data Challenges Of Cloud Computing

This week Cloudbook published an article called: Could Data Sprawl in the Cloud Cost You Your Job? It features an overview of Informatica Cloud and includes many best practices for organizations seeking to develop a cloud data integration strategy. Going beyond the traditional CIO challenges (aka the” 5 c’s” – cost, compliance, complexity, competition and credibility), the article outlines the top 6 data challenges of cloud computing. (more…)

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How Is Cloud Computing Changing The Role of IT?

It seems that the debate between centralized and decentralized IT organizations is once again picking up steam. At one point it seemed like monolithic suites and enterprise standardization had swung the pendulum firmly toward centralized IT. But now the disruptive impact of cloud computing, and more specifically software as a service (SaaS), is fueling the decentralization fire. Two recent articles on the topic got my attention. (more…)

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SaaS Success: What Does It Take?

In 2006 Informatica unveiled a strategic roadmap for on-demand data integration. Three phases were announced: 1) Connectivity to Leading SaaS Vendors; 2) On-Demand Data Integration Solutions; and 3) On-Demand Data Integration Platform.

At the time of the announcement I had just joined the product management team at Salesforce.com, and I remember how impressive it was to see an enterprise software company making such a strong commitment to software as a service (SaaS).
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