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Informatica enhances data integration and quality

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Informatica, the provider of data integration software, has released the PowerCenter 8.5, PowerExchange 8.5 and Informatica Data Quality 8.5 solutions that support realtime integration competency centres (ICC).

Through standardisation and centralisation, an ICC promotes data integration best practices and lowers costs through economies of scale. ICC’s delivers timely, trusted data to meet the information needs of businesses.
“More and more companies require trusted, real-time data to support operational initiatives such as master data management, data synchronisation and data replication, as well as realtime enterprise data warehousing,” says Paul van Aswegen, GM of Informatica South Africa. “Organisations can reuse existing integration assets to rapidly deliver new initiatives that drive business growth and profitability.”
Despite the ever increasing fragmentation of data, businesses demand a timely, holistic view of enterprise information.
PowerExchange 8.5 provides realtime changed data capture (CDC) from a variety of transactional systems, enabling immediate access to up-to-date business data. In addition, PowerCenter 8.5 guarantees the ordered delivery of those changes across enterprises.
Informatica Data Quality 8.5 enables proactive data quality with new capabilities that prevent inaccurate data from being captured in the first place.
Informatica Data Quality for Point of Entry empowers business users to validate addresses and check for duplicates as they enter data into applications.
As ICC teams become larger and dispersed, enterprise-grade scalability, security and reliability are now critical requirements for IT management. PowerCenter 8.5 provides re-entrant data services that scale dynamically and perform optimally regardless of service request volumes.
To ensure data security throughout the project lifecycle, PowerCenter 8.5 introduces the new data masking option to obfuscate sensitive data as it is moved. In addition, PowerCenter 8.5 provides granular role-based access control, making it possible to protect against security breaches across large, geographically distributed ICC teams.
As the demand for IT and business alignment grows, IT must involve subject matter experts throughout the data integration and data quality lifecycle. Informatica Data Quality 8.5 introduces the Data Quality Assistant to help data stewards collaborate with IT to interactively review and address data quality exceptions. Coupled with the new Data Quality Dashboards and Reports option, these capabilities allow business users to be involved throughout the data quality lifecycle.
The new purpose-built Data Migration Tool helps mitigate risk associated with data migration projects. Leveraging best-practice migration methodology, this tool accelerates data conversion by automating repetitive tasks, including maintaining reference data and performing mass changes.
PowerCenter Metadata Manager 8.5 accelerates project delivery by providing comprehensive impact analysis through personalised data lineage. It further facilitates collaboration by sharing annotations and saved searches.