Informatica Corporation, a provider of business analytics software, announced it is extending its enterprise data integration platform to address the transfer from traditional offline processing to real-time business analytics. Diaz Nesamony, president and COO of Informatica, told DM Review that "major technology innovations to Informatica's data integration platform will bridge the gap between operational and analytic systems and leverage the full power of enterprise data. The ‘clock speed of companies’ is increasing," said Nesamony. "Business cycles to operate efficiently and respond quickly are becoming shorter and shorter, from monthly to quarterly to weekly, causing competitive pressure."


The debut of Informatica PowerCenterRT will offer business users access to critical information as business events occur, enabling them to better focus on driving performance across key business. Paired with the real-time alerting capabilities of the Informatica Analytics Delivery Platform and the packaged business metrics in Informatica Applications, PowerCenterRT allows information consumers to now receive critical information in real time as events occur in their transactional systems. "We believe that 2002 will mark a major transition in the enterprise software market, where close integration of transactional and business-analytics systems will deliver on the promise of the real-time enterprise," concluded Nesamoney.

As businesses are being forced to become much more operationally efficient, enterprise-class companies are turning their attention toward implementing composite systems to drive key corporate performance initiatives, such as operating a zero latency enterprise (ZLE) and implementing real-time business activity monitoring (BAM). These initiatives fundamentally require enterprise data to be captured and analyzed in real time from a wide variety of enterprise applications, operational data stores (ODS) and static data warehouses. While traditional data integration products, built on top of core extract/transform/load (ETL) engines, are ideally suited for building the historical data warehouses that today drive enterprise business intelligence initiatives, they don't go far enough toward addressing the real-time data integration challenge. To make the transition from conventional, batch- oriented ETL to a real-time data integration engine, a number of technology enhancements are required:

Informatica PowerCenterRT enables companies to combine real-time data generated by transactional systems and messaging infrastructure with historical time-slice information stored in enterprise data warehouses.

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