Top 5 Ways a Hybrid Integration Hub Can Accelerate Your Journey to the Cloud

Hybrid Integration HubEveryday at Informatica, we hear from customers about their data challenges as they strive to make progress in their journeys to the cloud. The more astute among them tell us that they want to avoid the mistakes of the past and try to build their new hybrid data infrastructure with a modern architecture and approach that maximizes implementation speed and ongoing agility as they progress in their journeys.

Informatica Integration Hub was designed with a modern hybrid publish/subscribe architecture for data that combines the benefits of centralization with self-service for distributed teams. Leverage the power of a hybrid hub to accelerate your journey to the cloud.

Here are the top five ways an Integration Hub can accelerate your journey to the cloud.

  1. Leverage a modern data architecture to speed rebuilding for strategic projects

Companies taking a strategic approach to their journey to the cloud want a single system that can connect to everything and manage data flows and processing between their new cloud databases, analytics, SaaS apps as well as existing and new systems on-premises. Informatica Integration Hub can combine Informatica’s Cloud data integration with the world’s leading  high performance data integration software, PowerCenter, into a single hybrid publish/subscribe system optimized for moving, transforming and managing data across clouds and environments. By centralizing data integration across the cloud and on-premises systems, organizations can ensure consistent, efficient and governed hybrid data integration. The hub abstracts out many of the complexities of connecting the cloud to existing systems so that teams can focus on putting their data to work.

  1. Integrate all your data – in the Cloud, Big Data and existing through one publish/subscribe data integration system

Cloud data integration and Big Data integration don’t have to be separate from data integration for your existing applications, databases and analytics systems. With Data Integration Hub, there is a single user interface to set up and manage data publications from systems wherever they are to every system that needs the data. With the seamless management of mixed latencies, fresh prepared data is delivered to each consuming system at exactly the time it needs it, whether that be in near real-time or on a set schedule. This removes the need for difficult to manage staging tables or databases as intermediaries between cloud, Big Data and on-premises systems. The Hub Overview provides a visual model for users and admins to understand the flows of data across all systems, monitor status and be notified of issues. This visibility combined with more organized lineage improves hybrid data management and governance.

  1. Speed of implementation and evolution agility

Leverage the self-service ease-of-use of Integration Hub wizards and simple web-based user interface to empower more of the team to collaborate on data. Instead of having to wait in a central IT queue for every new integration to load data into an additional cloud or on-premises analytics system or application, analysts and less technical team members can do much more themselves with Informatica Integration Hub. Distributed teams can self-subscribe to prepared data publications and self-publish data across the organization themselves with a 5-step wizard. This dramatically boosts hybrid data agility as the complexity of hybrid environments and data movement is abstracted away. We have had customers say that Informatica Integration Hub increases the productivity of their team as much as one to two orders of magnitude.

  1. Organization, consistency and reuse

Processed, cleansed and mastered data is only useful if it is delivered consistently to all of the systems that need it, when they need it. Unless carefully managed, complex point-to-point data integration environments, especially across multiple clouds and on-premises systems, can be suffer from fragmentation as disparate, parallel data flows process, cleanse or master data slightly differently or at different times. Organizing data updates from each source, cloud or on-premises, into unified publications boosts consistency, reuse and confidence in data. Making high quality data consistently available across organizations boosts organization’s ability to use data strategically to transform and growth their businesses.

  1. Efficiency and cost savings

“The cloud” is actually not a single cloud, but for most companies it is the combination of multiple, many times dozens, of clouds – from SaaS applications like Salesforce and Workday, to cloud platforms like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google along with cloud analytics systems from Tableau, Amazon, Microsoft and others. One of the hidden costs of this cloud sprawl is the accumulation of data transfer and API call charges accrued every time data is pulled from a cloud source. While it is generally free to load data into a cloud, pulling it out costs real money as well as the additional system and network loads. When the typical point-to-point data integration approach is applied to a complex, hybrid environment, unnecessary data transfer and API call charges can rack up quickly from redundant requests for data. For example, if 10 systems need data from Salesforce or Amazon S3 and all request it independently, you pay for the data movement 10 times. An Integration Hub can synchronize data once with each source and then deliver it to each consuming system when they need it without redundant charges. On top of the better organization and efficiently, the hub approach can save significant costs in your journey to the cloud.

To learn more about how Informatica can help in your journey to a hybrid cloud future, please join us at the Journey to Cloud Virtual Summit on Feb 28th. You’ll hear from experts, customers, and partners on how to succeed on your journey to cloud.