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 salesforce.com.
Phase One—Connectivity to Leading SaaS Vendors
The Informatica PowerCenter Connect for salesforce.com is the first in a new category of Informatica connectors designed specifically for SaaS applications that leverage the rich support for Web services standards and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) available today within the Informatica PowerCenter platform. These connectors will enable customers using the Informatica PowerCenter platform to securely integrate data in popular SaaS applications with data in on-premise applications over the Internet.
With the new PowerCenter Connect for salesforce.com, customers can now employ the PowerCenter platform to productively migrate, consolidate and synchronize data between salesforce.com and on-premise systems. As an example, customers can integrate data across an entire marketing campaign-to-cash collection business flow, and even build a data hub for all customer-interaction data.
The Informatica PowerCenter Connect for salesforce.com will be generally available in the third quarter of 2006. Further connectors in this series will be developed based on market demand. (For additional information on the Informatica PowerCenter Connect for salesforce.com, please see today’s accompanying news release.)
Phase Two—On-Demand Data Integration Solutions
In the second phase, Informatica will partner with select SaaS vendors to develop hosted application-specific data integration solutions for data migration, profiling, cleansing and synchronization. These targeted solutions will be embedded within the Web-based interface of these service provider partners’ applications.
Informatica’s on-demand data integration solutions will be available as new products on a limited basis in the third quarter of 2006 by Informatica’s SaaS partners, with general availability in the fourth quarter of 2006. The specific packaging, pricing and availability of these solutions will be announced at a later date by these partners.
Phase Three—On-Demand Data Integration Platform
In the third phase, Informatica will deliver a comprehensive, multi-tenant, hosted data integration platform designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of SaaS, BPO and ITO service providers. Built on Web 2.0 infrastructure, users will be able to integrate data across multiple outsourcing service providers and on-premise applications without installing any software.
The Informatica On-Demand Data Integration Platform will be generally available as a new product in the first quarter of 2007.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions regarding Informatica’s product release and service availability dates. However, these statements are not guarantees of the date of availability, which may be delayed or cancelled. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from the results described in this press release. More information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect Informatica's business and products are included in Part II Item 1A of Informatica’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2006, which is on file with the SEC and is available on the company’s investor relations website at www.informatica.com. All information provided in this release is as of May 23, 2006, and Informatica undertakes no duty to update this information.