What Happens in Vegas, Can’t Stay in Vegas

Highlights from Informatica World 2018

Anil Chakravarthy
Anil Chakravarthy, Informatica CEO

Third Time’s a Charm!
After attending my third Informatica World, I have to say this was BEST. And, based on comments from the partners I spoke with, I’m not alone.  While we may have left our hearts in San Francisco, we found an ideal place to disrupt, intelligently, at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Between the standing room only Market Perspective Day, captivating main stage keynotes, and breakout sessions aligned to customer journeys, this Informatica World offered countless opportunities for partners to learn, touch base with customers, and meet with Informatica sales and executive attendees in the Partner Zone.

Thank You to Our Loyal Partners
As always, a big thank you to all the partners who helped make Informatica World 2018 possible. Whether you were a sponsor, a session presenter or just attended to be part of the experience, you are a vital part of the Informatica family. It’s a big year for us. Celebrating our 25th anniversary just wouldn’t have been the same without you.

We look forward to building on the momentum from Informatica World at Informatica Elevate enablement events this summer and taking Informatica World on the road with IW World Tours and Data Disruption Summits across the globe in the fall. Look for more information about these events later in the summer.

While it’s impossible to bottle up everything from Informatica World, here are some key highlights:

Market Perspectives Day
We kicked off IW 18 with an “Outside-In” view of market trends. The “standing room only” Market Perspectives Day featured Gartner analysts and panel discussions about the latest trends and thought-provoking ideas on:

Massimo Pezzini, Integration Spaghetti, Cloud/Hybrid;
Sanjeev Mohan, Next-Gen Analytics; and
Alan Dayley, Data Governance and Compliance and 360 Engagement.

We also heard from customers and partners, including Amazon, Deloitte, Genomic Health, Merck, Morgan Stanley, PayPal, Tableau, and Toyota, who shared details of their journeys and how they’ve been delivering great business outcomes with Informatica.

Day One: Opening Keynote Replay

Major AnnouncementiPass for Microsoft Azure: Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president and head of the Cloud & AI Group, joined Anil Chakravarthy onstage to unveil the industry’s top iPaaS hosted on Azure – featuring one-click data migration to the cloud, with a discovery-driven approach for Microsoft Azure customers.

Spring launch Product GAAmit Walia, President of Products and Strategic Ecosystems unveiled the general availability of the following

Amit Walia, President of Products and Strategic Ecosystems


Big Data for Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS);
Intelligent, Automated Enterprise Data Governance Powered by AI; and
AI-driven Data Privacy and Protection.

Innovation Award Winners – Congratulations to Ford, the winner of our inaugural Intelligent Disruptor of the Year award. Ford is leveraging many components of Informatica’s Intelligent Data Platform (IDP) to deliver transformative business insights, with the IDP providing a “one-stop-shop” comprehensive view for data exploration, empowering data analysts to build actionable plans consistently and efficiently, and saving valuable data analysts’ time.

Additional Innovation Award Winners are:
Amazon Web Services – Intelligent Disruptor: 360 Engagement;
Lippo Digital Group – Intelligent Disruptor: Next-generation Analytics;
PayPal – Intelligent Disruptor: Data Governance/Compliance; and
Shire Pharmaceuticals – Intelligent Disruptor: Cloud/Hybrid.

Innovation Award honorees included AXA Asia, supported by Cognizant, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medidata Solutions, Inc., SunPower, Bank of Ireland, and Toyota, also supported by Cognizant.

Day Two: Closing Keynote Replay

Sally Jenkins
Sally Jenkins with 25 sixth-grade students from Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas

Celebrating Informatica’s 25th YearSally Jenkins, CMO, kicked off the Closing General Session with a look to the past, present and future. As a tribute to our first 25 years, she announced the Informatica Next 25 Initiative, focused on fostering the growth and success of 25 sixth-grade students from Cashman Middle School, who have shown a propensity for success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – and data! The initiative is a 7-year commitment that will include critical elements such as direct student engagement, family involvement, Genius Camps and one-on-one activities designed to foster growth and prepare them for college.

Intelligent Disruptor Customer Panel – Amit Walia hosted the Intelligent Disruptors customer panel with KPN, Bank of New Zealand, and Toyota.

Unleashing the Power of AI and Metadata – Amit also shared our vision for the future of CLAIRE and the power of intelligent metadata. His demo showcased how we can make the impossible, possible with the help of AI and metadata.

theCube – 27 Interviews
Peter Burris and John Furrier were live in the Solutions Expo providing commentary and pithy interview questions for Informatica Executives, Partners and Customers. Hear their stories and perspectives to get insights into all that was happening at Informatica World and their points of view on how to drive the next intelligent disruption. In my opinion, theCUBE provides the “liner notes” to Informatica World, giving you personal perspectives on key announcements and initiatives. Click here to view all the short interviews. Partners should be sure to watch Richard Ganley’s update on the Informatica Partner Ecosystem — inserted below.

Partner Zone   

Partner Zone
Informatica Partner Team – left to right Joe Gabriel, Balaji Subramanian, Michael Achtelik, Richard Ganley and Lisa Perry

Nestled on the second floor of the Venetian, was an oasis just for you. We hope you came by to refresh, recharge and relax. Thank you to all the partners who scheduled private meetings with Informatica executives to advance our joint business opportunities.

See you Next Year 

Mark your calendar to join us for Informatica World 2019
May 20-23 back at The Venetian, Las Vegas

Monie TenBroeck
Cheers from IW 18