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Informatica's product strategy and roadmap 12 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 2  
Here is what The 451 Group had to say about Informatica's product strategy and roadmap. We should be thinking about whether there are some relevant thing to consider for the XAware project direction and roadmap. Obvisously some of the Informatica stuff is designed to move them away from their strictly batch ETL strarting point more towards a Data Services and real-time approach, which is where we started, so some of it is not that relevant:
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For the past several years, Informatica has been adding enhancements to its PowerCenter integration software with the intention of morphing it from an ETL tool to an enterprise integration platform for numerous tasks. These include data migration, data replication, master data management (MDM), compliance and data governance, data services, on-premise and hosted data integration, data quality and semistructured data integration. While much of this work has been done via homegrown code, acquisitions have also played a part - notably, Itemfield for integration of semistructured data and Similarity Systems for data-quality and profiling tools.
The release of PowerCenter 8.5 at the tail end of 2007 continued the integration stalwart's move to extend its functionality for numerous types of integration-related projects. It also saw Informatica align all parts of its product suite into one offering - version 8.5 also includes PowerExchange (through which all connectivity is now branded), Informatica Data Quality (the former Similarity data-quality and profiling tools) and a so-called Complex Data Option (formerly Itemfield).
Sporting some 200 new features, the primary enhancements in the area of data quality in 8.5 come from the fact that Informatica Data Quality can now use the underlying platform's parallel engine, so there's better performance and scalability for data-quality tasks. There's also a new option dubbed Data Quality for SAP for users entering name and address data into SAP applications, as well as improved data-quality dashboards and a new feature called Data Quality Architect. Designed to handle the exception process in data-quality projects, it's browser-based and built using Ajax.
Another main area of improvement is around its use for data-governance projects. The 8.5 release now sports real-time data-capture features as well as a new masking feature, which effectively employs a number of methods to obscure real data by creating fake names, for example, while preserving the data's referential integrity. Extended data lineage and enhanced security have also been added for data-governance tasks.
The other major highlight is in extending PowerCenter's use for data-migration projects. The 8.5 release includes a new package specifically for data migration that draws upon the existing Informatica product suite, plus a migration methodology and user interface specifically designed to support business users in managing reference data.

Roadmap
The user interface designed specifically for data migration in 8.5 is one of the first of many the company plans to release this year and next. The thinking behind this move is that different users have different needs and therefore require different GUIs depending on their roles in an organization and the projects with which they are involved.
XE will be the next user interface out the door, sometime this quarter. It's designed for cross-enterprise integration, enabling end users involved with these kinds of projects to create rules for message-driven and order-based integration projects involving SWIFT messages from banks or B2B integration projects, for example.
Also coming this quarter is a data-quality front end code-named Sentanta for MDM integration of data in Oracle and SAP applications. Expect a replication-and-synchronization front end mid-2008, and one designed for data analysts to perform orchestration and governance tasks - code-named Da Vinci - in the second half of the year. An interface specifically designed for data architects, which will sport modeling and integrated federation capabilities - code-named Galileo - is scheduled for the first half of 2009.
All these front ends will be built on PowerCenter's Development Platform and Administration Console and share the common repository within its underlying Services Framework.
Informatica already has role-specific interfaces for developers and administrators in PowerCenter 8.5, so the intention with the forthcoming Da Vinci and Galileo releases is to provide equivalents for business analysts and architects. The Informatica Architect offering inside Galileo will combine Ajax-based reports and dashboards and will include support for actionable data objects, reuse of logic across batch and real-time applications, integrated federation and caching, full data services orchestration, native hierarchical data processing and model-driven data services. Its opposite number for business analysts - Informatica Analyst - will include rules-specification capabilities, glossary management features and active monitoring capabilities - again, delivered via Ajax-based dashboards and reports.
Informatica also plans to further build out the Services Framework on which these role- and project-specific offerings reside, by adding an orchestration and rules management layer. It will also create a single integration engine that will handle multiple modes of operation in a bid to provide a single reusable framework for the role- and project-specific front ends. The integration engine will be designed to handle batch, real-time and on-demand integration, as well as caching, push-down optimization and integration of semistructured and structured data.
 
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