Informatica Blog

Subscribe to Informatica Blog feed
Thought-provoking analyses and commentary on the changing role of data
Updated: 42 min 20 sec ago

Three Priceless Product Information Management Values from Informatica

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:17
The new release of our master-data fueled Product Information Management solution is sweet and hot, just like a mulled wine. Last weekend, we’ve had the first snow in Germany. Everywhere, Christmas lights are shining in front gardens, shopping malls and on houses. Impossible to ignore it, the Holiday season has begun. For me, this is the best moment of the year to enjoy a sweet and hot mulled wine with friends on a Christmas Market. And it’s time to think about gifts, and being grateful for memo...
Categories: News from Vendors

How to Excel at Not Using Excel

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:00
Let’s face it – despite all the talk and evangelizing we’ve been doing about the dawn of the data-driven organization (I plead guilty as well), there’s an annoying little fact that keeps things real. Much of the data we depend on is still, gulp, being stored and processed within Excel spreadsheets. Spreadsheets remain, as they were when first introduced in the early 1980s, a vehicle of extreme convenience. People can plug in whatever data and variables they want, and come to quick conclusions, b...
Categories: News from Vendors

Auto-Scale PowerCenter Grids on AWS in Minutes using Informatica Operational Insights

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 19:15
Finding it hard to keep up with the increasing business demand on your PowerCenter data integration platform? Or finding it hard to plan for capacity of your PowerCenter domain while keeping the cost optimized? Does it take weeks, if not months to add additional compute capacity? Informatica is happy introduce Auto-Scale feature for PowerCenter Grids, so that additional compute capacity can be automatically provisioned in less than 15 minutes on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. Wait… t...
Categories: News from Vendors

PowerCenter Pay As You Go (PAYG) on AWS

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:30
Informatica’s PowerCenter Pay As You Go (PAYG) now available on AWS Marketplace Informatica is pleased to announce the availability of PowerCenter Pay As You Go (PAYG) on AWS Marketplace. Now you can quickly launch Informatica PowerCenter on AWS with just few clicks. Within couple of hours you can start developing your data integration project. You can also manage the upfront infrastructure cost as per the business needs. Furthermore, you can also continue to install PowerCenter manually o...
Categories: News from Vendors

Increase Operational Efficiency of PowerCenter with Informatica Operational Insights

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:36
Operational Insights is a single pane of glass for monitoring and managing Informatica data management software. In this release, you can efficiently manage PowerCenter installations running in one or more of your datacenters or in the cloud. With insightful analytics, best practices recommendations by CLAIRE, integrated health monitoring and domain auto-scale, you will be able to reduce your total cost of ownership of PowerCenter installations. Watch out for addition of other products/services ...
Categories: News from Vendors

The Value of Intelligent Data Governance

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:43
Some challenges The adoption and rollout of Data Governance at an enterprise level is often impeded for several reasons, but commonly it is because the communities of data consumers in the business don’t see the value of engaging with it. Data Governance may be seen as an overhead to the business in terms of time, cost and complexity. The reality is that Data Governance, when applied intelligently, should be delivering significant business value across the enterprise. In this blog, I’ll be explo...
Categories: News from Vendors

Critical Success Factors for Governance: Collaboration and Constant Education

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:15
Over the past year, my travels have taken me all over the world. From events in Amsterdam to Dublin, from New York to San Francisco, D.C. to Chicago. At each event, conference, summit, or symposium, I seem to always pick up one or two new tricks of the trade. At some of these events, I’m learning how to hone my craft. At others, I’m speaking to some of you on how to best hone yours. That’s what great about industry events. No matter where you go, you’ll pick up new advice – be it from the presen...
Categories: News from Vendors

Will Artificial Intelligence be Big at AWS re:Invent?

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:18
You betcha! In fact I heard it’s gonna be so big, that AWS had to rent a whole additional Vegas hotel to keep it all in! OK so I am only half kidding… For anybody following this space, the explosive growth of this conference, has been one of the biggest indicators of how massive AWS has become and the type of attention AWS has been getting. The growing attendance from Fortune 500 companies in recent years has demonstrated the focus on AWS within enterprise IT departments. This is very much in li...
Categories: News from Vendors

C-Suite Relationships: How CIOs Can Make Their Mark

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:25
“we need to change all the processes and applications that drive the company’s core operations.” Building relationships is more important to the CIO’s role than ever before. To make a real impact, it has to be. But let’s get one thing straight: if you’re defining “building relationships” as asking your peers what they want from IT in the next fiscal year, you’re doing it wrong. If you see your job as CIO primarily as enabling other business functions, you’re not lea...
Categories: News from Vendors

Consent Management is a New Opportunity

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:15
Many organizations, especially in the B2C sector, are looking at how to capture and manage Consent data. Some of these organizations see this as a major challenge yet others see it as a massive opportunity. In this blog, I explore these ideas a bit further: Consent Management: The Challenge The first challenge for many is around the actual consent capture process. Many organizations are carefully examining their current approaches and some are finding that they’re going to have to rethink how th...
Categories: News from Vendors

GDPR Compliance Journey to Date

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:15
Drivers of Popular Entry Points May 2018 is edging ever closer and with it the enforcement of the GDPR. Informatica has identified four entry points that organizations can use to begin their compliance journey. These entry points have stood up well over the last 12 months. Most organizations I speak to agree with them, and we have not needed to add or remove entry points to remain relevant. These entry points are best understood with simple questions:   To date most organizations have made...
Categories: News from Vendors

Where’s My Plain Old Search Box in MDM?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:30
Plain old ‘Real time search’ in MDM is not only a thing of the past but also proved to be frustratingly elusive without spicing it up with some ‘smartness’. Informatica MDM, as always, is leading the way with its smart search capabilities. You can technically ‘Googlize’ the master data entities for your data stewards. It can yield relevant and reliable search results that your data steward always wanted. As providing the results within the application context ...
Categories: News from Vendors

The Cloud is Here – but is your Integration Strategy Ready?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:25
Hybrid IT is here to stay – from Infrastructure and Platforms (AWS/Azure/Google) to SaaS (Software as a Service) and from Mobile to Social – companies are now heavily dependent upon data sources that sit outside of the traditional firewall. The move to the cloud is happening fast – perhaps faster than anyone could have predicted, but for most companies, they are still heavily dependent upon existing on-premise infrastructure for many core processes and applications. Alongside this major architec...
Categories: News from Vendors

User Activity Monitoring and User Behavior Analytics for Enterprise Security

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 19:54
Sensitive data (Customer data – PII, PCI, PHI, Intellectual property etc.) is the most important asset of a company. Lack or even lag in the ability to detect and respond to security threats can be costly for businesses of all sizes. Challenges for securing today’s IT environment The attack surface and threat is ever increasing Conventional security techniques are typically focused on the perimeter, so they fail to identify insider threats or attacks in progress within the network Plethora of d...
Categories: News from Vendors

People are from Earth, Artificial Intelligence is from Mars (with Alex Tim)

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:15
Last week I had to change the date for an upcoming flight, so I called the airline. The digital assistant asked me; “Please say your confirmation code.” My confirmation code included the letter ‘S’. I had to repeat the code several times before I finally gave up. The machine just couldn’t figure out if I was saying H or F or S. I became frustrated and asked for a “representative” and then louder, “Representative” and even louder, “REPRESENTATIVE!!!!” I did this until I finally reache...
Categories: News from Vendors

How the CDO Fits into Your Cloud Evolution

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:15
Throughout this series of posts, I’ve emphasized the importance of IT and overall information architecture in the journey to cloud. But as organizations become all-cloud—or more likely, a hybrid mix of cloud and on premises infrastructure—there’s another key stakeholder: the chief data officer. CDO is a relatively new role, and it’s still being distinguished from, and learning to partner with, the CIO. One distinction: Among other things, the chief information officer always owns the infrastruct...
Categories: News from Vendors

Informatica Data Disruption Goes to South Africa and Beyond

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:26
Informatica Data Disruption Goes to South Africa and Beyond I recently travelled to South Africa to present the keynotes at our Informatica Data Disruption Roundtable events in Johannesburg and Cape Town and meet with customers. Since it was my first visit to Africa, it was an eye-opening experience. The striking beauty of the wildlife and scenery in Cape Town combined with the contrasts of wealth and poverty made lasting impressions on me. What most impressed me were the people. The energy, war...
Categories: News from Vendors

The 2017 Gartner MQ for MDM Solutions Is Out! What Do You Need to Know?

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:30
Gartner MQ for MDM Solutions The wait is over: the much-anticipated Gartner Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management Solutions is now out. Get your complimentary copy here (email address required). Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for MDM Solutions launched in 2016 as a successor to two retired MDM MQs – MQ for MDM for Customer Data Solutions and MQ for MDM for Product Data Solutions. It was not a combined MQ, but rather a replacement to reflect changing market conditions. Come 2017, Master Data Manage...
Categories: News from Vendors

5 Steps to Building a Data Lake with Informatica Big Data Management on Azure

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:00
Big data is the underpinning of how companies are revolutionizing customer engagement, driving productivity and fueling innovation. It has emerged as a megatrend that is continuing to gain attention. Big data started with Hadoop. Yahoo! and Google used Hadoop as a simple, focused product designed to index web pages for search. Today big data is not just Hadoop; it consists of many other technologies as well. Spark is replacing the batch processor MapReduce as the default execution engine in Hado...
Categories: News from Vendors

The CIO Reading List: The Phoenix Project

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:15
The latest book on our CIO Reading List is The Phoenix Project: a novel about IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win, by IT veterans Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford. It’s essentially about how to apply lean manufacturing processes to IT operations — but told in a creative, entertaining way. It follows a newly promoted, and immediately overwhelmed, VP of IT Operations at the fictional Parts Unlimited, a nationwide auto parts manufacturer and retailer with a turnover of $4 billion. The ...
Categories: News from Vendors