Speaking at Informatica Corp.'s customer conference, CEO Sohaib Abbasi described four disruptive technology trends that are reshaping how businesses gather, manage, safeguard and monetize data. Instead of fearing the trends, customers must ride the disruptions to truly build data-ready organizations, he asserted.

The four trends, he said, include:

      1. The economics of cloud is disrupting the computing infrastructure;
      2. the diversity of social media and the Internet of Things are disrupting the data infrastructure;
      3. the richness of big data is disrupting the analytics infrastructure; and
      4. the perimeter-less world of pervasive computing is disrupting the security infrastructure.

 
Each disruptive trend opens up a new opportunity, he asserted -- including hybrid cloud integration, next-generation data integration, Internet of master data and data security intelligence.

Transform Data Challenges Into Opportunities

To address each of those opportunities, Informatica unveiled specific projects and technology offerings. They include:

  • Project Atlantic for Cloud Integration: As more machine interaction data is captured by mobile apps, websites and the IoT, this project uses genetic algorithms to automatically infer the structure and semantics of machine interaction data, and integrate such data with structured transaction data, the company said.
  • Project Sonoma for Big Data Integration: Developers will be able to productively find, ingest, prepare, provision, secure and govern data -– transaction and interaction -– managed in Hadoop data lakes, Informatica asserted.
  • Rev for Business User Data Preparation: Using Rev, business users can merge data from multiple sources and standardize and prepare the data for analysis in visualization tools.
  • Informatica MDM, meanwhile, now offers Social360 to view master data, relationships and associated interactions, including social media feeds and media mentions, the company said.
  • Finally, Informatica Secure@Source is designed to mitigate the risk of data breaches in traditional databases and Hadoop.

Many of those efforts touch on larger IT trends -- including the growing move to so-called data lakes for overall information management, plus the growing use of analytics to address and mitigate IT security risks.
Roughly 2,500 customers are attending Informatica's conference this week in Las Vegas.

Private equity firm Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in April 2015 announced plans to buy Informatica for $5.3 billion. The deal is expected to close later this year.

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