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BNSF Railway Makes Tracks With Informatica Data Integration Platform

Leading rail company standardizes on Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition and PowerExchange to drive new customer-facing services

Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA), a leading provider of data integration software, today announced that BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has selected Informatica PowerCenter Advanced Edition and Informatica PowerExchange as the data integration foundation for its real-time, Web-enabled goods and services tracking system and other customer-facing applications.

By improving performance and reducing the costs of BNSF’s data integration capabilities, PowerCenter and PowerExchange will help reduce BNSF’s data integration expenditures and deliver further data-driven services that increase BNSF customer satisfaction.

“Informatica will provide us with a scalable framework for leveraging the tremendous amount of data generated by the transportation systems that literally run the railroad day-to-day,” said Jeff McIntyre, assistant vice president, Technology Services, BNSF Railway. “Equally as important, Informatica also provides a unified platform with PowerCenter Advanced Edition that addresses the entire data integration lifecycle.”

The Informatica solution will provide BNSF with a platform for integrating real-time data on shipments and logistics from its mainframe transactional systems. The system can make that information available immediately to BNSF customers via the Web. BNSF estimates the solution will capture more than 50 million data changes per day initially, with minimal impact on mainframe performance, while providing the scalability to handle progressively larger data volumes and entirely new applications moving forward.

Until now, BNSF relied on custom-coded interfaces to access the source databases of its mainframe systems. With Informatica PowerExchange providing non-invasive access to mainframe data without coding, BNSF will be capturing changed-only data. These data updates will then be incorporated into a real-time operational data store (ODS) for end-user querying—thus saving expensive mainframe CPU cycles, decreasing the latency between the update and the data store, and breaking its reliance on expensive-to-maintain hand-coded interfaces.

“BNSF Railway illustrates why it’s not only important to have the capability for unlocking critical data from mainframe transaction systems, it is equally important to do so in a cost-effective, efficient and extensible fashion,” said Paul Hoffman, executive vice president of worldwide sales at Informatica. “Like many companies, BNSF outsources much of its transactional processing, and thus is on a ‘pay as you go’ basis for mainframe CPU utilization. Informatica’s non-invasive mainframe sourcing and efficient changed data capture avoids extraneous mainframe cycles while opening the door for companies like BNSF to find new ways to extend the use of their operational data for competitive advantage.”