Version 9.5 of Informatica’s software platform supports new technologies including big data, cloud computing, mobile devices and social media. Its big-data support includes Hadoop compatibility, in-memory processing and data appliances. Informatica helps IT organizations work with today’s large volumes of data through expanded replication capabilities that can clone data for use in specialized Hadoop environments. Informatica’s visual data development environment now supports Hadoop technologies including HParser, PIG, HIVE, MapReduce and HDFS. The support is not just for data integration but also for tasks such as cleansing, parsing, transformation and identity resolution. Informatica is partnering as well with Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR to integrate with their Hadoop distributions. The company also has improved its partitioning so that only data that is needed is used and stored.
To provide better integration of data, Informatica enhanced its discovery functionality, which now can determine physical and logical structures for multiple integration techniques. Informatica also has fully integrated the data validation technology it acquired in 2010 and now can process data as it is moved across development and deployment environments. To ensure consistency and common identification of information, the product supports new dynamics in master data management that include a timeline to help users understand changes to a customer’s information.
Informatica and Kapow Software have partnered to extend 9.5’s integration to the Web and semistructured content. The company’s expanded access to cloud computing environments includes embeddable services that users can select from a catalogue and configure for integration into scheduled jobs. A cloud connectivity framework helps customers and partners develop interfaces to applications and services. Informatica also increased its ability to mask data, model its risk, classify it through discovery and apply policies and monitor usage to ensure proper governance. Federated data services in version 9.5 let analysts define and connect logical data objects to disparate sources of data.
Organizations seeking to reduce their operating and technology costs should investigate Informatica’s data integration technology to see how it can help them.