ACH Foods Saves $3 Million With Informatica

Informatica data integration platform reduces SAP integration time from six to three months

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 05, 2008 -  Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA), the leading independent provider of data integration software, today announced that ACH Foods has standardized on the Informatica data integration platform to enable rapid route-to-value for M&A projects.

Memphis-based ACH Foods has the most significant and diverse edible and specialty food ingredients business of any food company in North America.  Its leading brands include Mazola, the pre-eminent brand of corn oil in North America and Argo, the leading brand of corn starch.    In addition to helping to accelerate the incorporation of acquired businesses, Informatica is also saving ACH Foods $3 million by reducing its SAP migration program from six months to three months and enabling the company to manage credit limits and negotiate more profitable contracts with customers.

“Business acquisitions are always a challenge,” says Donnie Steward, CIO, ACH Foods, “but with the Informatica data integration platform we have reduced the time taken to integrate the legacy systems from an acquired organization from up to nine months to as little as three months.  That accelerated integration provides the company with a faster route to value from the acquired business—and a quicker path to profitability.”

ACH Foods standardized on the Informatica data integration platform following an extensive evaluation process.  The Informatica data integration platform comprises innovative technology to provide near-universal data access and a common set of metadata services, data services, infrastructure services, data quality services, and data integration services. 

Total focus on data quality
ACH Foods is also using the Informatica platform to drive data quality across their SAP implementation. Standardizing customer names, cleaning address data and using data quality scorecards and matrices on customer, material and vendor data have enabled outstanding results in data quality - for example, ACH Foods has reduced the number of ‘ship to’ contacts in their legacy data from 25,000 to only 5,000 in SAP.  Powerful data quality profiling, cleansing, and matching also reduced the number of vendors supported on the system by 50 percent—from 16,000 to 8,000.

Commenting on the achievement at ACH Foods, Chris Boorman, chief marketing officer, Informatica says, “ACH Foods joins an illustrious portfolio of blue-chip organizations that are using Informatica technology to gain a competitive advantage in today’s global information economy by empowering them to access, integrate and trust all their information assets.  Informatica is extremely proud to be associated with this leading food ingredients company. Providing the enabling technology to integrate data from virtually any business system, in any format, and deliver that data throughout the enterprise at any speed has transformed ACH Foods’ ability to acquire other businesses.”

About ACH Foods
Memphis-based ACH Foods has the most significant and diverse edible and specialty food ingredients business of any food company in North America.  Within its Consumer Products Group, brands include Mazola, the preeminent brand of corn oil in North America, along with Argo, the leading brand of corn starch.  In Mexico, ACH Foods markets the number one healthy brand of cooking oils, Capullo.  ACH Foods’ Commercial Products Group is also an industry leader in both Industrial and Foodservice, providing a wide variety of products to leading restaurant chains and distributors.

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) is the leading independent provider of enterprise data integration software and services. With Informatica, companies can gain greater business value by integrating all their information assets from across the enterprise.  More than 3,300 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 (+1 800 970 1179 in the U.S.), or visit


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