Informatica rolls real-time data integration system
- By Jack Vaughan
[June 11, 2002] - Business software maker Informatica in
recent years saw its customers’ analytic implementations moving from the batch
to near-real-time computing realm. This led the company to launch products that
support what Informatica describes as real-time enterprise data integration
The new products -- highlighted by Informatica’s
PowerCenterRT -- take in ‘trickle’ data from messaging middleware feeds, quickly
process this data by applying analytical filters, and then populate a target
application to create what might be described as a combination operational and
Developers seeking to work with the new system should
be prepared to incorporate MQ, or Tibco EAI development paradigms into their
data integration mix. Informatica also offers an SDK for integrating feeds, with
WebMethods and JMS messaging means anticipated later this year.
“The big shift we see is in the applicability of
analytics systems in the operational world,” said Girish Pancha, senior vice
president and general manager for Informatica’s Platform business Unit.
Enterprise analytical software users started updating
their stores weekly, then daily, and now are updating multiple times a day.
“They are asking for ‘real time.’ It’s no longer about batch,” Pancha said.
The PowerCenterRT engine, he said, processes data
quickly, treating it in a different way than Informatica has treated it in the
past. The system supports an active
metadata approach that maintains data lineage, allows for impact analysis, and
is broadly extensible for integration with other enterprise applications and
“Before, we assumed [the presence of] larger chunks of
data that didn’t need to be processed immediately,” said Pancha.
“This is a fundamental change in the way our engine
works. Now, it’s a nonstop engine,” he said.
Infrastructure and interoperability are increasingly
important to IT shops, said Pancha. “They’ve adopted EAI for one problem, and
data integration technology for another.”
If Informatica’s bets prove right, these two approaches
may be combined.
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.