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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…)
The Informatica corporate IT team has recently migrated us from Pivotal to Salesforce CRM. Like many organizations, we’ve had pockets of salesforce.com in production for a long time. In fact, over the past few years our IT organization, led by CIO Tony Young, has been on the cutting edge of SaaS application and cloud computing adoption. In the coming weeks I’ll publish a series of interviews with the team, but I wanted to start off with a comment I received from Eric Johnson, senior director of enterprise applications, in response to a Loraine Lawson blog post called, “Is SaaS/Cloud Adoption too Easy?” (more…)
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…)
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…)
I thought his answer was worth sharing here:
This week ChannelWeb announced their 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors. As they note:
“What makes these 100 cloud vendors collected here so cool isn’t just the technology. These guys attack the cloud with a certain panache. A sort of swagger, if you will. They get the job done and they look good doing it.”
ChannelWeb divided the “Cool Cloud Computing Vendors” into five categories:
- 20 Coolest Cloud Platform Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Productivity App Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors
- 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors
Informatica was recognized as a Cool Cloud Infrastructure Vendor. Here’s what they had to say: (more…)
This week we announced that salesforce.com customers have once again recognized Informatica Cloud Services with the Data Integration AppExchange Best of ’09 Award. It’s a tremendous honor to win this award as it is 100% driven by customer reviews. According to the salesforce.com Community site:
“The Best of ’09 Customer Choice Awards are given to partners based on exceptional user reviews posted to the AppExchange during 2009; and, are a special way for the community to recognize partners for their ongoing commitment to driving customer success.”
There are two fundamental drivers for the growing adoption of cloud integration services:
- Growing adoption of cloud-based applications and platforms like Salesforce CRM and Force.com are leading to an even greater data fragmentation challenges in companies of all sizes.
- Departmental, line of business purchases and implementations of software as a service (SaaS) applications have led to a need for easy to use, self-service integration solutions that non-technical users can manage, while IT organizations remain in control. (See the post on Avoiding a Cloud Data Disaster if this sounds familiar.) (more…)
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…)