Adoption Of Integration Competency Centers Drives Operational Efficiency

Informatica Survey findings highlight significant cost-savings and faster time-to-market

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 07, 2008 -  Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA), the leading independent provider of data integration software, today announced findings from an Informatica-conducted customer research study looking at the adoption of Integration Competency Centers (ICC) and their value in driving operational efficiency.  The findings highlight that corporations who have implemented ICCs are obtaining multi-million dollar annual cost savings and dramatic reductions in time-to-market.

"Our ICC has been an unqualified success," said Gary Reicher, vice president Database Services and Architecture, T. Rowe Price. "It has yielded significant labor savings in new development and application maintenance while continuing to save on software and hardware costs for new integration projects. Ultimately, the cost per new project continues to decrease while we are able to take advantage of application reuse and speed up time-to-market delivery."

An ICC is a shared service consisting of people, technology, policies, best practices, and processes responsible for rapid and cost-effective planning, development, and management of data integration projects across the enterprise. 

Independent analysts and customers alike see the value of the ICC - Forrester's Vollmer and Karel write in the March 2007 report Evaluating Integration Technology Options, "The integration competency center (ICC) should be the main source of expertise related to the various integration alternatives and should be involved in any decisions related to which alternative would be best suited to the targeted business requirements."

The Informatica survey highlights that ICCs have become an essential component of IT and are exhibiting high rates of success.  A sampling of Informatica customers, over 130 in North America and Europe, ranging in size from under $100 million to over $5 billion in revenues, were surveyed in December 2007. Of those surveyed 43% of the companies either have an ICC or are in the process of rolling out a program. Of those companies who have an ICC in production, a significant majority indicated support for broader data integration activities beyond data warehousing including real-time operational data integration, system migration/consolidation, Master Data Management, and Data Quality projects. When asked to rate the success of their ICC on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest, over 75% rated an average score of 4 based on significant cost savings, economies of scale, and improved time-to-market on new data integration projects due to their Integration Competency Center. 

Informatica Forms ICC Practice
Informatica has formed an ICC Professional Services practice to assist companies with the business analysis, financial justification, business case, and implementation of their ICCs.  Comprising expertise in both business processes and technology solutions, this practice helps corporations to drive improved operational efficiency and time-to-market across all data integration projects including real-time mission-critical project requirements.

In addition, Informatica has created beginner and advanced educational courses on Integration Competency Centers to help companies understand the power and benefits of an ICC for their enterprise data integration needs. 

 "Major analyst firms have predicted that by 2010, more than 80 percent of very large companies and 50 percent of large companies will have an Integration Competency Center," said John Schmidt, vice president, Global ICC Practice, Professional Services, Informatica. "Informatica customers are demonstrating that an ICC is the most effective and efficient way to manage data integration projects at an enterprise level. Their experiences prove that an ICC can be instrumental in the broad application of data integration techniques and technologies to solve a wide range of business problems, delivering quantifiable value in the form of cost savings and avoidance, accelerated time to market, higher performing applications, and consistency in business decisions."

For more information on ICCs and the value they can deliver in improving operational efficiency, please visit www.informatica.com/solutions/integration_competency_centers_icc/Pages/index.aspx for details on the Informatica ICC Master class education series, also visit www.informatica.com/info/economicsoficcwhitepaper to download a free whitepaper on the Economics of Integration Competency Centers.

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) is the leading independent provider of enterprise data integration software and services. With Informatica, organizations can gain greater business value by integrating all their information assets from across the enterprise. More than 2,950 companies worldwide rely on Informatica to reduce the cost and expedite the time to address data integration needs of varying complexity and scale. For more information, call +1 650 385 5000 (1 800 653 9871 in the U.S.), or visit www.informatica.com.

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