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Informatica Unveils Strategic Roadmap For On-Demand Data Integration

Will deliver hosted, subscription-based model for cross-enterprise data integration

Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA), a leading provider of data integration software, today unveiled its strategic roadmap for Informatica On-Demand, an innovative Software-as-a-Service offering to enable cross-enterprise data integration. The roadmap for Informatica On-Demand culminates in a hosted data integration platform to help organizations integrate their outsourced applications with on-premise enterprise applications.

Outsourcing models—such as Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), IT Outsourcing (ITO) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)—are fundamentally changing companies’ IT infrastructure and the enterprise applications that automate business processes. The proliferation of these outsourcing models is rapidly increasing the fragmentation of data, even across corporate firewalls. As companies outsource business functions to service providers, the associated business data is also outsourced.

To obtain value from all their information assets, businesses must integrate data across their outsourced applications and their on-premise systems, such as ERP applications, mainframes, databases and custom applications. Using Web services standards, this next-generation integration of data across the Internet is called cross-enterprise data integration.

“To benefit from best practices and compelling economics, enterprises are increasingly outsourcing functions to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) service providers,” said Sohaib Abbasi, chairman and CEO of Informatica. “Informatica On-Demand, built using Web 2.0 and Web services standards, will deliver our market-leading data integration platform as a Software-as-a-Service. Working with our partners, we will help customers expedite their data integration projects spanning both on-premise and outsourced applications.”

“Organizations must be able to integrate data residing beyond their enterprise, including their outsourced operations, to retain access and visibility. The requirement for cross-enterprise data integration, however, is much more complicated than just importing flat files from outsourcing providers—it requires a managed approach for data integration,” said Mark Smith, CEO and EVP Research, Ventana Research. “Informatica’s strategy for on-demand data integration comes at a critical juncture for business, and demonstrates a critical method for integrating data from inside and outside of the enterprise. Building on the company’s PowerCenter enterprise data integration platform, which already operates in a secure and distributed manner, Informatica is driving integration technology to the next level.”

Informatica will deliver on its Informatica On-Demand roadmap in three phases. The first, launched today at Informatica World 2006, is the Informatica PowerCenter Connect for