Tag Archives: Real-Time

Non-Clonetroversial Oracle Data Cloning


When the average person hears of cloning, my bet is that they think of the controversy and ethical issues surrounding cloning, such as the cloning of Dolly the sheep, or the possible cloning of humans by a mad geneticist in a rogue nation state. I would also put money down that when an Informatica blog reader thinks of cloning they think of “The Matrix” or “Star Wars” (that dreadful episode II Attack of the Clones).   I did.  Unfortunately.

But my pragmatic expectation is that when Informatica customers think of cloning, they also think of Data Cloning software.  Data Cloning software clones terabytes of database data into a host of other databases, data warehouses, analytical appliances, and Big Data stores such as Hadoop.  And just for hoots and hollers, you should know that almost half of all Data Integration efforts involve replication, be it snapshot or real-time, according to TDWI survey data. Survey also says… replication is the second most popular — or second most used — data integration tool, behind ETL.

ClonewocontroCloning should be easy and very natural. It’s an important part of life (at your job).   However, we can all admit that it is also a process that causes many a headache and ruins many a relationship.

Do your company’s cloning tools work with non-standard types? Know that Informatica cloning tools can reproduce Oracle data to just about anything on 2 tuples (or more).  We do non-discriminatory duplication, so it’s no wonder we especially fancy cloning the Oracle!  (a thousand apologies for the bad “Matrix” pun)

Just remember that data clones are an important and natural component of business continuity, and the use cases span both operational and analytic applications.  So if you’re not cloning your Oracle data safely and securely with the quality results that you need and deserve, it’s high time that you get some better tools.

Send in the Clones

With that in mind, if you haven’t tried to clone before, for a limited time, Informatica is making Fast Clone database cloning trial software product available for a free download. Click here to get it now.

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Leveraging Data Integration to get to the Value of Big Data

You can think of big data as approaches and mechanisms that can manage and process petabytes of structured and unstructured data that may be centralized or distributed. Or, a single approach and technology for getting at most relevant data no matter the size or the structure.

Indeed, big data provides us with the power to leverage information that would normally not be accessible, or cause way too much latency than practical when searching through the data.  (more…)

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Real-Time Risk Analytics with Ultra Messaging and Data Transformation

To follow up on our recent blog about B2B Data Transformation and Ultra Messaging Cache Option, we would now like to discuss the same topic within the Capital Markets.

One up-and-coming use case in the Capital Markets that we are excited about is front office real-time risk analytics on streaming market data, to decrease risk by informing traders in real time about potential changes to trading strategies, based on the most up-to-date data possible.


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The Reality of Real-Time: When Fast Enough Can Make You Real Money

One person’s “real-time” is another person’s “fast enough”.  (Or is it vice versa?)  I’ve been in the Complex Eventhttp://www.animaltalk.us/are-you-fast-enough/ Processing (CEP) space for almost five years, and nothing gets this industry more spun up than heated discussions about “feeds and speeds” –  the fastest products, the lowest  latencies, the greatest event volumes, the most events per second and so on. (more…)

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What Tim Tebow and CEP Have in Common?

Actually, not much, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to mention Tebow in a blog after yet another miraculous victory.  Seriously, there’s actually some interesting commonality with CEP and not just Tim Tebow, but most NFL quarterbacks.

Tim Tebow loves CEP

In his new book ‘Event Processing for Business‘, father-of-CEP, David Luckham says, “In today’s fast-paced corporate environment, real-time events require immediate action. Event processing (EP)-the ability to  collect, analyze, and react to real-time events-is a key component of twenty first century business information systems.” (more…)

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Customer Analytics IS Big Data

Guest Blog by Michelle de Haaff, CMO, Attensity

It’s great to be guest blogging on the Informatica site this week.  The topic: BIG DATA in the Enterprise and specifically the growth of customer data fueled by social media that creates a very large treasure trove of insights for businesses.

Informatica made a very exciting announcement yesterday about their Informatica 9.1 BIG DATA offering and we were proud to be a part of it.  Attensity made its own announcement on BIG DATA earlier this year as well. It’s great to partner with the world leader in data integration technology. Why?  A big question that many of both Attensity and Informatica customers ask is how they can bring unstructured data, prose or text that are in emails, survey verbatims, documents, social media conversations, service and repair notes and more into a data analytics platform, combined with structured data for analytics. (more…)

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Revive Enterprise Architecture With Transformational SOA Data Integration

Informatica 9

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?


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Enough Already About “What Is SOA?” Let’s Discuss Some Real-World Myths About SOA…

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…)

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What is Service-Oriented Architecture or What is SOA? Real-World Observations!

Before we can have lengthy discussions around whether SOA is dead, or SOA is alive and kicking, I thought that it would serve us all well, including myself, to get to a generally agreed upon definition of what exactly we are talking about – what is Service-Oriented Architecture or SOA?

According to Wikipedia, “service-oriented architecture (SOA) provides methods for systems development and integration where systems group functionality around business processes and package these as interoperable services.”

This sounds like a definition right out of a technical book, while SOA’s biggest claim to fame was based on a more business-like perspective which is its promise of agility achieved through the alignment of business and IT. Let’s see if we can dig up some real-world observations around the current state of SOA.


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Congratulations – Informatica customers RBS and KPN win awards

I was delighted to see last week a couple of industry awards won by our customers.  It’s always nice to hear about such things, because I think it’s a testament to the value we deliver to our customers.

The first award went to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) at the annual UK 2008 CNET Networks awards.  They won “Financial Services Technology Project of the year” award with a project called “SPOT” (Shared Product Opportunity Tool).

“With SPOT, RBS overhauled its client management to drive profitability and success through the development of a collaboration network”.

The judges said: “RBS implemented a new system to integrate client information previously held on disparate corporate and investment banking systems. We were impressed by the implementation’s ability to increase sales opportunities exponentially.” 

The second award went to telecoms giant KPN who were awarded top spot at the Ventana Research 2008 Leadership awards for the Information Management Awards category. 

“By introducing the 360-degree view of our customers and providing clean, trusted data in near real-time, Informatica is helping KPN raise the bar in terms of customer satisfaction, target customers with compelling cross-sell and up-sell opportunities, and reduce marketing and sales time to market” said Thomas Reichel, Senior IT Architect, KPN

Jan Muchez, CIO, KPN added, “Informatica products and services have been critical to driving shareholder value through improved customer service. To realize our strategic innovation goals, we built our customer data cleansing platform with Informatica soft ware; it gives us real-time cleansing and standardization of our customer data.”

If you’re interested in reading more about how KPN is using Informatica, please visit our knowledge center 

We take great pride in the value our customers obtain from our solutions and I would like to congratulate both RBS and KPN on winning these prestigious industry awards.  Well done to you both!

If you would like to see more about the success our customers are obtaining from using Informatica please visit our knowledge center on the Informatica website.

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