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Call for Nominations: Informatica 2011 Innovation Awards

Here are the categories for the 12th annual Informatica innovation awards – the judges will select winners in Business and Technical Enablement categories, as well as the Overall Award: A Strategic Approach to Data Integration:

  1. Deliver Analytical Insight
  2. Increase Business Agility
  3. Improve Business Processes
  4. Delivering trusted information to drive data governance,compliance and reduce risk
  5. Accelerating shareholder value in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  6. Improve efficiency and reduce costs
  7. Attract & retain customers
  8. Increase partner network efficiency
  9. Fortifying overall operations with data quality
  10. Outsource non-core functions 
  11. Enhancing the Marketplace
While I’m not sure why #10 isn’t simply called Cloud Computing or Cloud Data Integration, but the description is clear:
“Outsource non-core functions recognizes projects that utilize Informatica’s cloud-based data integration and data quality services to maximize the ROI on their cloud application investments. By integrating data from the cloud with existing enterprise data sources, nominated companies ensure that they have control of all of their data, regardless of where it resides.”
Last year’s winner in this category was Toshiba Americas Business Solutions. Here’s the case study and a picture of the award winner.
Be sure to submit your nomination no later than May 6th here.

Cloud Integration Jobs on the Rise

I was digging around Indeed.com and was impressed by the growth of cloud integration positions over the past two years:

Is it a coincidence that the first In(tegrate) the Clouds blog post was in 2009? Hmmm…

Did I mention that the Informatica Cloud team is hiring? Be sure to check out some of the available sales, marketing, and engineering positions that are now open in Redwood City, Boston, London, and Bangalore here.

Cloud Integration: Accelerate Salesforce Adoption and ROI

It was a pleasure to moderate a great session at Dreamforce 2010 on the topic of Salesforce integration. It was a standing-room only session, with the focus on the benefits of CRM integration for sales. Featured sales operations speakers were from TransUnion, Life Time Fitness and Toshiba. I’ve also posted the slides here.

Talking Cloud Integration with SIIA @ Dreamforce 2010

The good folks at SIIA stopped by the Informatica booth at Dreamforce 2010. Here’s a quick video of our conversation about Informatica Cloud.

Cloud Data Replication for Better Business Intelligence

salesforce logoI posted an interview on the Informatica Perspectives blog today that highlights the importance of  data replication as a service as part of a Salesforce analytics strategy. A few highlights:

“Once we realized how robust and easy to use Informatica Cloud could be, the following day we had a replication job moving data into a test data warehouse target – capturing incremental data changes and easily adaptable against an ever changing Salesforce data model. This would have taken weeks of development effort in a constantly changing SFA environment in the middle of a project that was still determining what fields and objects to create. Additionally, the ongoing maintenance would have caused major headaches and increased run-rate costs.”

To populate hourly changes we use the data replication service to populate staging tables to populate our enterprise BI solution.”

“With the Informatica Cloud data replication service, new fields and changes to existing objects can occur without there being an impact on our analytics downstream. It allowed us to be able to report on every single piece of data in our sales system in our data warehouse on day one of the salesforce.com implementation.”

You can read the entire interview here.

Cloud Integration Customer Success

Another great Informatica Cloud case study was published today.

“Informatica Cloud Services has allowed us to streamline the entire sales-enablement process, from data integration development to information delivery. Sales no longer has to access multiple systems to try to find the information they need and IT no longer has to worry about the data integration part of development work. Informatica Cloud Services provide us with a very cost-effective and powerful way to get it done, fast.”

Here’s a summary of what cloud integration has delivered:

  • Integrates product and account data from a number of sources into the salesforce.com Sales Cloud
  • Drives timely pricing and margin analysis by replicating latest sales data in the cloud into the company’s on-premise business intelligence environment.
  • Empowers line-of-business users to manage day-to-day data integration and replication tasks, freeing IT resources for other high value work.
  • Eliminates hand coding:  what used to take up to a month of custom development is now accomplished in a few hours.
  • Promotes data governance and business and IT collaboration with improved information access and visibility across multiple applications and data sources.

Be sure to read the entire press release here.

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From Cloud Data Loading to Synchronization

The Informatica Cloud Data Loader Service was recognized by Salesforce.com in 2008 as the number one integration application on the AppExchange. In 2009 it has become the most popular *free* application (followed by Salesforce for Twitter) and the feedback has been truly amazing.
The Data Loader Service is designed to automate basic loading and extraction of data between Salesforce.com, flat files, and relational databases on a daily basis. But the Informatica Cloud Data Loader Service is just the first step towards secure, powerful, and complete data integration as a service.
The next step, you ask?
The Informatica Cloud Data Synchronization Service. The industry’s only true enterprise-class software as a service integration solution, the Data Synchronization Service is designed for non-technical users to set-up, manage, and monitor bi-directional integration tasks. Primary use cases for the Data Synchronization Service include:
  • ERP Synchronization:  Opportunity-to-Order & Customer Master Synch (SAP, Oracle); Quoting Integration, etc.
  • CRM Integration:  Cases, Leads, Campaigns; Territory Management; Price Book & Product; Custom Objects, etc.
  • Business / IT Alignment: Business self-service to trusted information; IT avoids proliferation of point solutions.
This is a first in a series of posts that outline some of the key reasons that Salesforce customers continue to upgrade (in just a couple of clicks) from the Data Loader Service to the Informatica Cloud Data Synchronization Service. Here’s a brief demonstration of integrating secure FTP files with Salesforce using the Informatica Cloud:

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