assets modernized to the cloud
mappings moved to the cloud
for improved data governance and quality
Completed cloud modernization
An Informatica customer since 2012, VACU moved its on-premises PowerCenter workloads to Informatica Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC). Using Migration Factory, the business successfully converted 2,700 assets and 1,150 mappings to IDMC. This full conversion enables its teams to rapidly build data pipelines in the cloud and serves as a game-changer to extract, transform, and load business data efficiently in a centralized cloud data platform.
A dedicated team of three, including Hillis, kicked off VACU’s cloud modernization journey in July 2022. By September 2023, they had modernized their business’ entire on-premises environment to the cloud, including a full conversion of the business’ data assets and mappings.
This enabled VACU to shut down its previous on-premises servers, saving significant maintenance costs and overhead - a sign of its commitment to future-proofing the business and evolving with customers’ needs.
“We didn’t just shift our data to the cloud, we transformed the way we work and have no intention of looking back,” says Hillis. “Working with Informatica gave us the confidence to take that leap, and we look forward to building on that modern cloud-native data foundation even further.”
Empowered to delight customers in a cloud future
With cloud management and automated upgrades, VACU freed itself from the cycle of frequent server upgrades, saving expensive management resources and time while also eliminating system downtime. A longtime SQL and Microsoft shop, the business relied on these servers to run 100% of its Informatica environment, but the upgrade process had become time and labor-intensive and often led to system downtime. That all changed with the move to IDMC. Upgrades now occur automatically, saving time and costs, with Hillis and his team simply receiving an email to alert them that the process is in motion.
For additional impact, VACU worked with Informatica to standardize its API development processes to allow the business to receive data and files in different formats from internal and external sources, and to work with that data in a single, user-friendly environment. These enhancements will make it easier for teams to get valuable business data into VACU’s dashboards, business reports, analytics processes and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform.
“Informatica was instrumental in helping us work out the technicalities of building a standardized API process. The ability to auto tune our data will have transformational impact on our data environment, setting us up for future success,” says Hillis.
A two-way learning experience
VACU’s partnership with Informatica goes far beyond technology. Hillis and his employees met with their support team three times per week throughout the IDMC implementation, working together to roll-out the solution in phases to reduce risk. They started the modernization journey with easy-to-convert assets and mappings first, in order to learn and gain the confidence to migrate the rest of VACU’s data environment.
This close collaboration delivered value to both VACU and Informatica. Taking feedback from Hillis and his team, Informatica made a number of enhancements to IDMC, which helped to improve its performance not only for VACU, but also for other users.
“It’s rare that a vendor takes and then implements your feedback, but Informatica is no ordinary partner,” says Hillis. “The fact that our input played a role in helping to shape IDMC shows how committed they are to delivering the best solutions possible to their customers.”
Next up for VACU is a focus on cloud data governance. Hillis and his team plan to consolidate their governance tools onto IDMC. With information on everything from loan origination to customer credit history to payment mechanisms—all centralized in a single environment—VACU’s teams will be able to gain deeper insights into their data marts, thereby improving their reporting and analytics.
“The move to IDMC continues to strengthen our business, positioning us to help VACU members bring their financial ambitions to life both today and into the future,” says Hillis. “Those relationships will only improve as we work with Informatica to gain more control and extract new value from our data.”