Informatica Intros Its Planned Intelligent Data Platform

Hoping to improve data integration, data integration software vendor Informatica has announced its Intelligent Data Platform. The company said the next-gen platform is designed to provide "the right data at the right time."

The platform was unveiled at Informatica World 2014, currently taking place in Las Vegas. According to the company's Web site, this platform "will deliver data that can organize itself and provide intelligent guidance on how it's used."

The platform is not yet a completed product, but is presented as a vision that is being developed as "a combination of existing Informatica platform capabilities and new product initiatives, some of which are in early beta testing." The company said some platform capabilities will be available as packaged offerings and reference architecture by the end of this year.

Three Components

There are three components to the platform. A data intelligence layer delivers self-service data for businesses, collecting metadata, semantic data and usage information. It also analyzes the metadata and makes recommendations that help users make decisions. A second component, the data infrastructure, offers clean and connected data. And a data engine, such as Informatica's Vibe, aggregates and manages data.

The company laid out three use cases for its platform. In the self-service use case, which it calls Springbok, a user can find useful data without the extensive use of IT -- which is a commonly intended scenario for many business intelligence systems these days. IT, in this use case, is assured that the data is clean and connected, and the system will guide users through ways to find and use the data they need.

In the data-centric security use case, called Secure@Source, an application built on the platform complements existing security operations, but it also finds all instances of sensitive data, visualizes the risk and maps the risk so the data can be secured....

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