Vale is the second largest mining company in the world and the largest private company in Latin America. It provides key raw materials for steelmaking and for producing metal alloys for use in batteries, vehicles, aircraft and other manufactured products.

“Vale anticipates a complete return on this Informatica Application ILM investment within 18 months, and potential payback period to be less than a year, once larger applications are retired. This takes into account the elimination of excessive data management costs, unnecessary hardware and software maintenance fees, and high data center expenses”

Lucas de Andrade, IT Analyst, Vale


Business Need

Realize business value from acquisitions more quickly—between 2000 and 2010, Vale invested more than $28 billion in global acquisitions.



Improve IT operational cost reduction and efficiency.

Reduce and simplify the IT infrastructure associated with legacy applications from acquired organizations and migrated systems.

Streamline retirement of legacy applications, improved retirement process governance.

Meet compliance regulations for application reporting.


Solutions & Results

Delivered archived data compression rate averaging 95%, reducing storage costs.

Saved $1 million costs annually.

Gained complete return on investment in 18 months.

Obtained application retirement, data subset creation, data masking and database archiving in one integrated solution.

Introduced broad, scalable and certified platform archiving support.

Eliminated hardware, software and maintenance costs of redundant applications.

Helped company meet compliance obligations with confidence.

Avoided time-consuming e-discovery processes across different applications.

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