More and more software is moving to the cloud and it allows vendors to redefine the value proposition of their software during the process. A good example is Informatica with its integration product capabilities.



So let's dissect the press release in our custom style – it can be found here:

Redwood City, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017 – Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management leader, today announced the general availability of its next-generation integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solution, Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services.
MyPOV – Good intro, we know what this is about and General Availability – GA – is always a key milestone for enterprise software. Extra kudos for shipping in time as communicated at Informatica World in Spring of 2017.

Enterprises can leverage the new iPaaS to power their data-driven digital transformation in a multi-cloud environment, and benefit from a flexible, cloud-based integration and data management solution that is built to scale at the speed of business. Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services offers a unified and modern user experience across iPaaS integration patterns and is supported by a modular, microservices architecture that is customizable and easy to navigate. The new iPaaS experience is leveraging the CLAIRE engine to provide AI metadata driven recommendations to automate and accelerate integration and data management work.
MyPOV – A functionality rich paragraph describing what the Informatica iPaaS does: multi-cloud data driven transformation and integration. Good to see the AI angle with the CLAIRE engine.

The IT landscape is evolving to support complex business needs around data management and current solutions are not enough. Enterprises are rethinking iPaaS usage to drive innovation across front end and back end, supporting all levels of users.
MyPOV – Correct, enterprises are realizing, that they have a new kind of integration problem at hand. On the bright side they now have the option to move the integration engine platform from on premises to the public cloud, a key inflection point for the iPaaS industry.

[…] Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services is built on a foundation of trust, with security and privacy as an integral part of the infrastructure successfully audited for compliance with security regulations like HIPAA and certifications like SOC2 type II, SOC3 and more. Additionally, enterprises will be able to use Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services as part of a solution that is compliant with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect May 2018. For more details check out – When enterprises move automation to the cloud, they immediately have questions on security and privacy. Good to see Informatica addressing these proactively in the press release, with extra kudos of mentioning the looming GDPR deadline.

To learn more, participate in the Informatica virtual cloud event, "iPaaS Reimagined: Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services Launch," featuring a keynote, deep-dive demos, live expert chat, and insightful sessions on a range of cloud/hybrid topics.
MyPOV – Always good to see virtual, on demand events, which take out the demand of calendar synchronicity for attendants.


Overall MyPOV

Good to see the progress by Informatica moving the integration portfolio to the cloud, as announced at Informatica World. CxOs are ready to use new platforms to integrate their applications, as the enterprise automation portfolio more and more disintegrates between on premises and multiple clouds. In the past integration tools would stay on premises, as the core of automation resided there, going forward we see more automation happening across several clouds, resulting in multi-cloud landscape. Such a landscape makes on premises based integration tools obsolete and expensive, as e.g. network transfer rates are one of the key costs in a hybrid cloud environment. It's early days for Informatica' s assistant – CLAIRE – so it will be interesting to see first use cases. The technology and demand are both promising, it's up to vendors to make it happen.

On the concern side, this is a new release of software, so the usual cautions apply to adoption. CxOs need to be aware of potential quality risks as early adopters, or work closely with early references of fast followers. Informatica has a good track record from a quality perspective, but integration is a binary animal, either it works – or it doesn't.

But for now, congratulations to Informatica to move its integration portfolio to the cloud. A key new option for CxOs to solve the integration puzzle of their enterprise automation, and an early entry in the cloud based iPaaS market. Stay tuned.