Does the ROI of Your Cloud Data Integration Top 328%?

Last Published: Jul 14, 2024 |
Sudipta Datta
Sudipta Datta

Product Marketing Manager

As you run your new project on the cloud, chances are it will interact with several other applications, services and systems. Especially in today’s evolving economy, data integration cannot be an afterthought. If it is, it can impact your overall costs in a big way.

When it comes to Informatica Cloud Data Integration, a service of the Intelligent Data Management Cloud™ (IDMC), you can achieve long-term value and get the most out of your investment. It is designed to handle your diverse data integration needs and use cases, while improving productivity, optimizing resources and simplifying processes. Informatica Cloud Data Integration also helps you govern and manage costs using FinOps principles as your data pipeline moves through the development and operations lifecycle.

In fact, Nucleus Research recently conducted an in-depth ROI assessment of Informatica Cloud Data Integration customers to better understand the long-term profitability of investing in our product. The report creates a framework that identifies and quantifies costs, benefits and risks based on real-world use cases. Here are some key findings:

  • 328% average ROI
  • 4.2-month average payback period
  • $3,448,422 average annual benefit

We do not take these findings lightly. We understand that it’s important to make the right investments in today’s climate of economic pressures and tighter budgets. And while short-term wins are great, what’s more critical is understanding the cumulative benefit over time. (See Figure 1). Let’s dig into the data to better understand the impact Informatica Cloud Data Integration can have on your organization.

Figure 1: Cumulative net benefit with Informatica Cloud Data Integration services.


Tangible Benefits with Informatica Cloud Data Integration

The study found that 88% of the reported quantifiable benefits were indirect and consisted of productivity improvements, performance gains and accelerated time to market with reduced complexity. Let’s explore how Informatica Cloud Data Integration can affect your data pipelines.

  1. Performance: 75% Faster Data Processing

You might be running your data pipeline for years and performing incremental changes to adjust or optimize its performance. But based on demand for real-time insights, you’re likely feeling the heat to run the pipelines from nightly batches to hourly batches, and from micro-batches to real time.

Questions to ask yourself: Are your pipelines functioning at peak efficiency? Will it make sense to convert the extract, transform, load (ETL) process to extract, load, transform (ELT)? Are you running data-intensive jobs with Spark or unpredictable workloads with serverless? The good news is there are solutions available (like Informatica Cloud Data Integration) that can significantly improve your data processing power.

Case in point: The report indicates that respondents had an improvement in data processing time by up to 75%. This is based on organizations who modernized their data pipelines and leveraged key capabilities like auto scaling, massively parallel processing, serverless deployment and advanced pushdown optimization. Combined, this cut processing time in half for large daily tasks.

  1. Productivity: 90% Accelerated KPI Development

Efficiency has a direct impact on productivity. According to the report, analysts were spending 80% to 90% of their time in data wrangling before moving to Informatica Cloud Data Integration. Now? Only 10% of their time is spent on this task.

On average, developers noted 28%-time savings once they started using the Informatica service. One company reported saving $3.85 million annually. Informatica Cloud Data Integration features, including AI-based recommendations, automation, reusable data artifacts, ease of use and advanced capabilities, helped make this possible.

: Figure 2: Key findings from the Nucleus Research report showcase the ROI achieved by using Informatica Cloud Data Integration services.


  1. Time to Market: 80% Faster Configuration for New Projects

According to the report, more than half of the respondents estimate that the percentage of year-to-year growth in data integration workload is more than 20%. Imagine if your workload increased by 20 to 30% each year. How would you deliver at the same speed with the same team? With data democratization, there is a constant need to connect new data sources, add new users, create new pipelines and configure resources. 

The study reports that customers realized 65% reduction in the time needed to procure and configure infrastructure for new projects. Organizations claimed 50% less time spent on platform maintenance and 80% faster configuration for new initiatives. With Informatica Cloud Data Integration capabilities like auto scaling, fully managed deployment options and parameterization, provisioning for new projects is effortless. 

Maximize Your Investment in Data Integration 

By now you probably want to know — how can I achieve similar ROI at my organization?

To realize the benefits of cloud data integration in terms of productivity, performance and time to market, we recommend you start small. The simpler the tool, the faster you can get started. That’s why we recently launched Cloud Data Integration-Free, the industry’s only free, AI-powered solution to easily load, transform and integrate data. It’s fast, flexible and helps you turn data into insights in minutes. And it scales with your changing business needs. 

These innovative tools eliminate budget concerns with the free option, unburden your IT teams with a wizard-driven experience and help jumpstart your data integration journey.

And down the road, when your needs go beyond simple data integration — like monitoring and improving data quality, governing data access, maintaining a data catalog or setting up a data marketplace — we have your back. You can leverage Informatica Cloud Data Integration services and experience the cost savings and performance improvements as outlined in the Nucleus study. 

Next Steps

Ready to tap into faster, simpler and more affordable data integration? 

  • Build data pipelines in three simple steps with Cloud Data Integration-Free.
  • Dive into ROI assessments and see how you too can maximize your cloud data integration investment. Download the Nucleus Research report now. 
First Published: Mar 22, 2023