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Informatica Cloud Summer ’14 Release Breaks Down Barriers with Unified Data Integration and Application Integration for Real Time and Bulk Patterns
This past week, Informatica Cloud marked an important milestone with the Summer 2014 release of the Informatica Cloud platform. This was the 20th Cloud release, and I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished.
“SDL’s vision is to help our customers use data insights to create meaningful experiences, regardless of where or how the engagement occurs. It’s multilingual, multichannel and on a global scale. Being able to deliver the right information at the right time to the right customer with Informatica Cloud Summer 2014 is critical to our business and will continue to set us apart from our competition.”
– Paul Harris, Global Business Applications Director, SDL Pic
When I joined Informatica Cloud, I knew that it had the broadest cloud integration portfolio in the marketplace: leading data integration and analytic capabilities for bulk integration, comprehensive cloud master data management and test data management, and over a hundred connectors for cloud apps, enterprise systems and legacy data sources.. all delivered in a self-service design with point-and-click wizards for citizen integrators, without the need for complex and costly manual custom coding.
But, I also learned that our broad portfolio belies another structural advantage: because of Informatica Cloud’s unique, unified platform architecture, it has the ability to surface application (or real time) integration capabilities alongside its data integration capabilities with shared metadata across real time and batch workflows.
With the Summer 2014 release, we’ve brought our application integration capabilities to the forefront. We now provide the most-complete cloud app integration capability in the marketplace. With a design environment that’s meant not for just developers but also line of business IT, now app admins can also build real time process workflows that cut across on-premise and cloud and include built-in human workflows. And with the capability to translate these process workflows instantly into mobile apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices, we’re not just setting ourselves apart but also giving customers the unique capabilities they need for their increasingly mobile employees.
“Schneider’s strategic initiative to improve front-office performance relied on recording and measuring sales person engagement in real time on any mobile device or desktop. The enhanced real time cloud application integration features of Informatica Cloud Summer 2014 makes it all possible and was key to the success of a highly visible and transformative initiative.”
– Mark Nardella, Global Sales Process Director, Schneider Electric SE
With this release, we’re also giving customers the ability to create workflows around data sharing that mix and match batch and real time integration patterns. This is really important. Because unlike the past, where you had to choose between batch and real time, in today’s world of on-premise, cloud-based, transactional and social data, you’re now more than ever having to deal with both real time interactions and the processing of large volumes of data. For example, let’s surmise a typical scenario these days at high-end retail stores. Using a clienteling iPad app, the sales rep looks up bulk purchase history and inventory availability data in SAP, confirms availability and delivery date, and then processes the customer’s order via real time integration with NetSuite. And if you ask any customer, having a single workflow to unify all of that for instant and actionable insights is a huge advantage.
“Our industry demands absolute efficiency, speed and trust when dealing with financial information, and the new cloud application integration feature in the latest release of Informatica Cloud will help us service our customers more effectively by delivering the data they require in a timely fashion. Keeping call-times to a minimum and improving customer satisfaction in real time.”
– Kimberly Jansen, Director CRM, Misys PLC
We’ve also included some exciting new Vibe Integration packages or VIPs. VIPs deliver pre-built business process mappings between front-office and back-office applications. The Summer 2014 release includes new bidirectional VIPs for Siebel to Salesforce and SAP to Salesforce that make it easier for customers to connect their Salesforce with these mission-critical business applications.
And lastly, but not least importantly, the release includes a critical upgrade to our API Framework that provides the Informatica Cloud iPaaS end-to-end support for connectivity to any company’s internal or external APIs. With the newly available API creation, definition and consumption patterns, developers or citizen integrators can now easily expose integrations as APIs and users can consume them via integration workflows or apps, without the need for any additional custom code.
The features and capabilities released this summer are available to all existing Informatica Cloud customers, and everyone else through our free 30-day trial offer.
Forrester Research, a leading independent analyst firm just released a new Wavetm report about Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms and in it, Informatica was designated a Leader.
This is exciting news for a number of reasons.
- Personally, as a product leader focused on some of our newer technologies at Informatica, this is a positive sign of wider acceptance in the market. One might argue it’s the start of a mainstreaming process. Analyst firms don’t usually release these reports unless there are clear signs of a critical mass of customer interest (among other criteria). And indeed, in their report, the authors cited Forrester survey data that revealed firms’ use of Streaming Analytics increasing 66% in the past two years.
- To validate product and vendor qualifications, Forrester conducted reference calls with current customers, so thank you to our customers for feedback you’ve provided to the analysts about our Big Data Streaming Analytics platform. It means a lot.
- The authors make an important point in the report when they write “Streaming Analytics is anything but a sleepy, rear-view-mirror analysis of data. No, it is about knowing and acting on what’s happening in your business – now…The high velocity, white water flow of data from innumerable real-time data sources such as market data, Internet of Things, mobile, sensors, click stream and even transactions remain largely unnavigated by most firms. The opportunity to leverage streaming analytics has never been greater” We would agree.
- Finally it’s been an area of importance, investment, and diligent work (aka Blood Sweat and Tears) for Informatica for a while now. This really validates for us that we’ve been carving our surfboard in the right direction and now we are totally stoked that we’ve caught a righteous gnarly wave.
So while we’ll celebrate this accomplishment for today, the work really begins now…
To read the full report, hang loose and surf on over here
There’s no denying that business continues to accelerate its pace, and that the luxury of using historical data for business intelligence (BI) and planning is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Today, businesses need immediate insight into rapidly changing data in order to survive and thrive. Data that’s even a few hours old—let alone a few days old—is largely useless. But most current information architectures today still only provide data that is a day, a week, or sometimes as much as a month old.
This leaves most BI, reporting, and analytics systems to operate without up-to-date data from operational systems, data that’s fundamental to making informed decisions about the business. To operate at the speed of business, it’s imperative that executives and decision makers have ready access to fresh information at all times, delivered continuously and automatically without impact on operational systems.
More and more organizations have found the answer in data replication. Data replication allows you to work with and make the best business decisions based on the freshest data drawn from all your operational systems. It delivers this current, up-to-date data in a seamless and non-intrusive manner, empowering you to operate at the speed of your business without constraints. It also automatically delivers this data wherever it’s needed – for operational intelligence, as well as operational use – without direct impact.
This unique “data-on-demand” approach removes the constraints of stale, old information and enables powerful outcomes for business initiatives. Fresh, current data drives new thinking across the enterprise, and can help organizations to:
- Increase revenue, delight customers, and outshine the competition
- Improve the quality and efficiency of business decisions
- Standardize on a single reliable and scalable solution that lowers costs and removes complexity
At Informatica, we’ve seen numerous customers implement Informatica Data Replication to deliver this fresh, up-to-date data for operational intelligence, reporting, and analytics, and report tremendous positive changes to their business. Some examples of customers using Informatica Data Replication with great success are:
- Westlake Financial Systems saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and improved its profitability and customer satisfaction through a more effective payment collection system
- Optus Australia increased both revenues and customer satisfaction by providing calling plan access, alerting, and self-service upgrades directly to its customer base
- A major national pharmacy chain accelerated and improved health care decision making across the business and increased agility and responsiveness to its customers, resulting in higher customer satisfaction while driving down the cost of technology
Is your business ready to make the leap to true operational intelligence using the freshest data to make your business decisions? Do you want to understand more about the impact that this kind of insight can make to your business?
If yes, please join us for a discussion with two business executives who have seen the impact in their own and their customers’ businesses using data replication on August 28 at 10 am Pacific. You can register using the link below.
The freshest data does make the best business decisions. We look forward to your joining and participating in the discussion.
I just returned from Informatica World 2010 and wanted to share the numerous stories and experiences from some of our banking and capital markets customers using Informatica beyond Extract/Transform/Load (E.T.L) and beyond data warehousing. More importantly, how Informatica is helping these companies combat fraud, manage risk and compliance, accelerate M&A integrations, attract and retain customers, and improve operational efficiencies. Take a look at what I learned! (more…)
On November 10, Informatica made history with the launch of Informatica 9. In my mind, being a SOA enthusiast, another equally significant event transpired – the birth of SOA-based Data Services – transformational SOA data integration that can revive your enterprise architecture.
So, what exactly are SOA-based Data Services and why am I so excited?
In my previous post To Successfully Service-Orient, Data-Orient First!, I shared the input I received from architects and IT managers, to serve as a handy check-list for ensuring a solid foundation for success in service-oriented infrastructures.
The following are the data-orientation capabilities they recommended as a first step in successfully service-orienting an infrastructure:
- Easy access of all relevant data, including new or rapidly changing data sources
- Seamless processing of data as batch, change data capture or real-time, including handling large volumes of large data sets
- Proactive identification and resolution of data inaccuracies
- Application of complex data transformations on the data
- Delivery of data, exactly when it is needed, as a standards-based data service
I have firmly believed that a day would come when it would be you, my fellow integrators, telling me that one needs to data-orient first before benefiting from service-orientation. That day has indeed come!
Just recently, I created a quick one question survey and sent it off to a number of application and enterprise architects as well as IT managers at leading enterprises. The question was:
- What are the top three things on your mind as you architect or re-architect your infrastructures?
There was a common thread across the responses that I received:
Service-orientation or an architectural approach to increase the speed and agility of how IT responds to a business’ requests,
Doing more with less or something to that effect, and
An easy way to leverage all relevant information, when it is needed and how it is needed
When I saw these responses, the pragmatic part of me started to build a list of questions in my head and I decided to call a number of these professionals and get the real scoop on their selections.
Here is what I heard…
I am back after a somewhat self-imposed hiatus during which I have been doing some soul-searching, or rather talking to a number of practitioners, experts, thought-leaders and analysts in the integration space. My singular quest was to uncover some real-world myths about SOA.
I spoke to a variety of integration experts – enterprise and application architects, application developers, data architects and data integration developers. During these interesting conversations, we discussed real-world SOA…or let me qualify that term further as real-world “service-orientation.”
Of course we discussed paradigms such as “loose-coupling,” “modularity,” “services,” etc., but more importantly in many cases, we spoke at length about how they were falling short of realizing the promised benefits of SOA. On probing each usage scenario further, I chanced upon a couple of interesting myths about SOA, which I would like to share with you. (more…)
With so much talk out there about how SOA is being affected by the downturn, a recent article by David Linthicum seems to point in the direction of pragmatic optimism.
In a column entitled Why the Downturn is Good for SOA from a recent issue of SOAWorld Magazine, Dave says that “as budgets contract and SOA teams downsize, you’d think that SOA projects would be all doom and gloom and lacking in productivity. However, the opposite seems to be occurring, at least inside my client base.” This is encouraging coming from an SOA expert, so let’s see what else he had to say.
People have begun to realize that integration is a key requirement for a successful SaaS application deployment. Since a SaaS application like Salesforce CRM resides in the cloud (it is hosted in a data center outside your company’s firewalls), customers need to move their critical corporate data like customer, product or pricing information into Salesforce before they can use the application and provide maximum value to their end users.
They also need to keep the data in Salesforce synchronized with the rest of their on premise applications in order to maintain operational efficiency and provide timely and accurate information flow throughout their enterprise.
So how difficult is it to integrate Salesforce with on premise applications, and how should it be done? Well, for starters, salesforce.com provides a complete set of well documented APIs that make it straight forward for a good software programmer to accomplish that task.
Those same APIs are also used by integration vendors to provide more flexible, powerful and manageable solutions that accomplish the same task without requiring the same level of programming skill. (more…)