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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

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Recently in MDM (Master Data Management) Category

Informatica 9 MDM product release takes aim at the business user across all industries. The new release incorporates the master data management (MDM) capabilities acquired through the acquisition of Siperian with Informatica's unified open data integration platform, making it one of the leaders in MDM. 

The key highlight for me in the release is the MDM-aware business application capability that provides for plug-and-play Data Controls that enable business users to directly access master data, hierarchies and relationships within their existing applications, such as Siebel or salesforce.com that they are trained and familiar with. This has obvious implications implications as we continue to see companies move to virtual environments and the cloud. 

Other key areas within this release include continuous availability support for mission-critical business processes, which is key for all industries. As we have seen with the merging of operational processes with business intelligence, the need for high availability is obvious. Another key area is integrated workflow/business process management that supports workflows for enterprise-wide data governance.

According to Informatica, it has increased its MDM customer base by 50% this year. Customers span a wide range of industries globally including life sciences, retail, healthcare, aerospace and defense, agriculture, education, hospitality and the public sector.

Informatica has already broken into the Leaders Quadrant for Gartner's MDM of Customer Data Magic Quadrant. Informatica MDM's differentiators include managing multiple data domains in a single system and complex hierarchy and relationship management capabilities.

Posted November 3, 2010 5:00 AM
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As I stated in last week's blog (where I stated that Initiate would be the next acquisition), the MDM (master data management) landscape keeps changing. Less than two years ago, we watched as Oracle bought Hyperion. This was quickly followed by SAP's acquisition of Business Objects and IBM later followed with the acquisition of Cognos. Now it has happened again in the MDM space with Oracle buying SilverCreek, then Informatica bought Siperian and now IBM is buying Initiate. I am sure that there will be more consolidation in the information management markets because the only way for companies to increase their revenues in these tough economic times will be through acquisition as internal growth is going to be hard to come by.

As he did last week when Informatica announced its acquisition of Siperian, Bill Hewitt, president and CEO of Kalido, again had a comment about this acquisition. Hewitt said:

"IBM continues to acquire companies in order to fill out industry-specific solutions, and this acquisition is no different. By acquiring a niche vendor like Initiate, they bolster their portfolio of industry-specific tools that help integrate data, but do little to provide a stronger information management platform for their customers. This acquisition will be delivered like so many others, with dozens of IBM global services consultants to 'knit' the patchwork of tools together.

"What neither Informatica nor IBM really understand despite these acquisitions is that customers are looking for solutions that deliver not only high quality data but the processes to maintain it - in short, data governance."

Posted February 3, 2010 11:48 AM
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