In July of 2004, Informatica announced a change in company leadership and named Sohaib Abbasi, 20-year Oracle veteran and a member of its executive committee, as Informatica's new president and CEO. Following a record quarter in which Informatica announced the highest revenues in its history, DM Review interviewed Abbasi to gain his perspective on the company and on the information technology industry.
Through the course of his career, Abbasi has been involved with infrastructure software for application development, business intelligence and enterprise portals, as well as application software for e-learning and the pharmaceutical industry. In 1982, he joined Oracle - a 30-person startup at that time. After successfully starting the company's Midwest field operations, he chose to join the development organization as one of only two programmers working on technologies outside of the database because he had learned through conversations with hundreds of customers that what they wanted most was to achieve productivity through business process automation. While he agrees that productivity through automation has been the one value proposition in the IT industry for the last 30 years, Abbasi predicts a sea change relating to IT's future value proposition.
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