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Data Integration: Steps to tomorrow's technologies

Kanika Goswami | Aug. 4, 2009
James Markarian, SVP GM, Data Integration Business Unit of Informatica points out that data integration is often the first step to virtualization or even getting on to the cloud.

BANGALORE, 3 AUGUST 2009 - James Markarian, SVP GM, Data Integration Business Unit of Informatica points out that data integration is often the first step to virtualization or even getting on to the cloud. It could also help cut costs and optimize resources in a big way, and Informatica shows how.

Q: How can data integration be an effective cost cutting or an economizing tool in the present times?

There are a couple of different ways that help integration improve different processes. For example, data centers today primarily use Hand code, a very cheap entry into data integration. There are programmers available and so the first reaction of the IT department is to apply some programming languages to the problem. As it turns out, this is the incorrect way of doing it. When you look at the overall cost of integrating information, you also calculate costs of maintaining it over time and the risk associated with programmers doing this job. Though they are writing code for these process, there is however a better solution- integration tools. These are far more productive, easier to maintain, and have a simpler system-so there is tremendous cost saving from an IT perspective. The biggest benefit to data integration is actually on the business side as it adds business value.

"We help customers integrate, access and improve the quality of their information for a variety of business purposes; to improve operational efficiency, assist with mergers and acquisitions, and help with governance and compliance solutions," said James Markarian, SVP GM, Data Integration Business Unit.

As an example, one could compare what it means to get a project done in a couple of weeks than a couple of months. Recently, there has been an outbreak of the H1N1 virus and the value of collecting information about the places that are most affected is significant. Also valuable is the information about certain patterns from clinics across the world, and getting this information at regular periods of time is extremely important as well, because it could be life saving. So it's really about the value of the information that adds to the business.

There are many other cases as well, such as accelerating mergers and acquisitions. Today we are facing tough times, in terms of companies buying other companies, and by using our technology, our customers are able to integrate the companies more quickly, that accelerates the time it takes to shift to the new base. In tough economic times, the management wants more visibility, that's exactly where Informatica comes in. We can integrate businesses across business lines, and make customer, supplier or resource allocations efficiently.

There are a couple of areas where Informatica is investing presently. One of our most recent acquisitions is a company that specializes in archival of information. In many corporate systems, almost 80 per cent of the information is inactive. For regulatory reasons you cannot just dispose of the data, it needs to be kept away somewhere. We have technology that allows us to identify the dormant data and move it to other storage. It's very high speed storage in the first tier and tier two or tier three storage will save on those costs. Our customers usually ask to remove terabytes of information to three-tier storage that allows them to save millions of dollars in software and hardware every year just getting inactive data out of their systems. And that's a very exciting area for us.


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