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Calling All Architects To Join A New Career-focused Community

In the Information Age we live and work in, where it’s hard to go even one day without a Google search, where do you turn for insights that can help you solve work challenges and progress your career?  This is a tough question.  How can we deal with the challenges of information overload – which some have called information pollution? (more…)

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Seven (More) Tips To Become a Change Agent

In my last blog article, I talked about the challenges associated with changing an organization to establish a sustainable integration strategy, and I outlined the first two change management principles.  Here are seven more of the original nine. (more…)

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Is Your Center of Excellence Excellent?

A CIO told me “After five years with an integration Center of Excellence, I expect them to be excellent. They aren’t.”  But so what? The IT organization has lots of things to focus on. Is integration excellence really essential? (more…)

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SaaS Integration Uses Cases That Don’t Involve SaaS Application Data

Last week I wrote that a software as a service (SaaS) data integration solution does not have to be used for cloud-based data.  The post highlighted some of the questions that information architects, data integration developers and Informatica customers and partners in general ask when they learn more about the architecture of Informatica Cloud Services. Here are two use cases I’ve seen for data integration delivered as an on-demand service that are driven by the IT organization and don’t involve cloud-based applications like Salesforce.com:

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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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