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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is currently director of BI Leadership Research, an education and research service run by TechTarget that provides objective, vendor neutral content to business intelligence (BI) professionals worldwide. Wayne’s consulting company, BI Leader Consulting, provides strategic planning, architectural reviews, internal workshops, and long-term mentoring to both user and vendor organizations. For many years, Wayne served as director of education and research at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) where he oversaw the company’s content and training programs and chaired its BI Executive Summit. He can be reached by email at weckerson@techtarget.com.

Informatica this week inscribed another notch in its Big Data belt by inking a partnership agreement with MapR, one of the leading Hadoop distributions in the marketplace. The partnership further opens Hadoop to the sizable market of Informatica developers and provides a visual development environment for creating and running MapReduce jobs.

The partnership is fairly standard by Hadoop terms. Informatica can connect to MapR via PowerExchange and apply PowerCenter functions to the extracted data, such as data quality rules, profiling functions, and transformations. Informatica also provides HParser, a visual development environment for parsing and transforming Hadoop data, such as logs, call detail records, and JSON documents. Informatica has already signed similar agreements with Cloudera and HortonWorks.

Deeper Integration. But Informatica and MapR have gone two steps beyond the norm. Because MapR's unique architecture bundles an alternate file system (Network File System) behind industry standard Hadoop interfaces, Informatica has integrated two additional products with MapR: Ultra Messaging and Fast Clone. Ultra Messaging enables Informatica customers to stream data into MapR, while Fast Clone enables them replicate data in bulk. In addition, MapR will bundle the community edition of Informatica's HParser, the first Hadoop distribution to do so.

The upshot is that Informatica developers can now leverage a good portion of Informatica's data integration platform with MapR's distribution of Hadoop. Informatica is expected to announce the integration of additional Informatica products with MapR later this spring.

The two companies are currently certifying the integration work, which be finalized by end of Q1, 2012.


Posted March 6, 2012 12:51 PM
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