Informatica is looking to make the lives of developers simpler on two fundamental planes of existence. The first is allowing developers to leverage Informatica APIs to create their own connectors. The second involves making it easier to collaborate with business users in terms of figuring out what data sources actually need to be integrated.
Developers waste a lot of time today trying to figure out exactly what end users want. Requirements documents are often created and then thrown over the proverbial wall only to discover that what was outlined in the requirements document wasn’t exactly what the business users needed. After a lot of back and forth something approaching what the business needs usually emerges in the fullness of time.
Todd Goldman, vice president and general manager for enterprise data integration at Informatica, says Informatica wants to make the process a whole lot simpler by make it easier for end users and developers to collaboratively work together within version 9.6 of the Informatica Data Integration and Quality platform.
Within the PowerCenter design module Goldman says Informatica is now incorporate agile development methodologies that make it easier for developers and business users to iteratively work together to identify what data sources need to be integrated. Once identified, developers can then work on their own to optimize the performance of those data flows; versus waiting for another round of approval cycles.
To facilitate the reuse of some of that integration effort, Informatica is now also making it possible for developers to leverage the APIs exposed in the Informatica data integration platform using a new software development kit included in the new release.
Finally, Informatica is also rolling out a Holistic Data Stewardship Console that provides access to new Discovery Search capabilities, Enterprise Discovery and Rule Builder for Analysts, a Business Glossary, Self-Service Videos for Business Users and enhanced Report Schemas and Templates. Informatica is also including a Product Information Management (PIM) Data Quality Rule Package that embeds data quality processes within an information supply chain.
Usable inside and out of cloud computing environments, Informatica 9.6 takes advantage of an embeddable virtual data machine technology, called Informatica Vibe, which Informatica unveiled last year. The “Map Once. Deploy Anywhere” capabilities provided by Vibe enable customers to move instances of Informatica 9.6 between on premise and cloud computing environments.
Data integration is clearly evolving in the age of the cloud. What’s not fundamentally changed, however, is the work that has to be done to accomplish it, but rather the scale at which it now takes place.