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Informatica debuts unified data integration platform

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Informatica has announced Informatica 8.6, a comprehensive, unified, and open platform for data integration.

This latest release delivers new product and software-as-a-service offerings, including PowerCenter Real Time Edition, on-demand Data Loader Service, B2B Data Exchange, and Data Quality with identity resolution. This comprehensive platform addresses the complete range of data integration requirements within the enterprise and beyond.
"Informatica 8.6 is the first comprehensive, unified, and open platform for data integration," says Sohaib Abbasi, chairman and CEO of Informatica. "With a comprehensive platform delivering timely and trustworthy data, customers can gain a competitive advantage, while mitigating risks, in today's information economy."
Informatica 8.6 delivers a comprehensive platform with best-in-class technology in each of the following four categories:
* Realtime, near-universal data integration within an enterprise;
* On-demand data integration to retain control over outsourced, off-premise data;
* Multi-enterprise integration to flexibly exchange data with partners; and
* Data quality solutions to gain confidence in all data.
Informatica 8.6 includes the new PowerCenter Real Time Edition.  With new features such as streaming changed data capture, PowerCenter 8.6 supports the entire continuum of data integration latency or timeliness requirements from batch to realtime. Developers are much more productive with powerful orchestration facilities to further automate the data integration lifecycle.
The new Data Loader service provides business users with a simple-to-use service to integrate their off-premise data managed by salesforce.com with their on-premise data. With Informatica On Demand services, data integration is as easy to use as consumer websites.
The new B2B Data Exchange category includes two products: B2B Data Transformation and B2B Data Exchange. B2B Data Transformation delivers near-universal support for unstructured data, such as Microsoft Excel and Word, as well as semi-structured industry-specific standards like SWIFT for financial services and HIPAA for healthcare. B2B Data Exchange flexibly automates data exchange between organisations with orchestration and partner management facilities.
The new release delivers proactive data quality, preventing problems from occurring at the point of entry. Additionally, identity resolution technology uniquely enables search, match and resolution of identification data across multiple systems and more than 60 languages. This capability will be available as an integral part of Data Quality 8.6.
The new product release, 8.6, offers the first unified data integration platform to mitigate risks associated with assembling technology components from a variety of vendors. Informatica products are all designed to work together. The new release significantly enhances developer productivity by providing a common user interface and reusability facilities based on a common metadata repository. The unified runtime engine and simplified administration reduces the total cost of ownership.
Informatica supports a broad array of operating systems, databases, middleware, business intelligence and application software. As a result, the Informatica platform enables near-universal access to all data: structured and unstructured; on-premise and off-premise.