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Issue Date: March 2008

Informatica launches migration suite to boost data delivery

27 March 2008

Informatica has announced its Informatica Data Migration Suite to help corporations manage the increasingly complex process of IT change resulting from mergers and acquisitions, consolidation and outsourcing of critical services and functions.
According to an October 2007 study by Bloor Research, the budget for data migration projects undertaken by Global 2000 companies will rise 10% annually, exceeding $8 billion by 2012, as data migration continues to be pivotal to new application implementations, application consolidations and upgrades, and mergers and acquisitions.
The Informatica Data Migration Suite provides the only independent software platform specifically designed to ensure the success of data migration projects.
"With a strong data integration heritage, Informatica has brought to market an offering that addresses the needs of businesses, helping to eliminate the traditional difficulty and riskiness of data migration projects," says Philip Howard, research director at Bloor Research.
"Data migrations are business projects that require the support of an independent migration-friendly project methodology and platform that promotes effective project lifecycle management, and through this suite Informatica is introducing specialised facilities to support this."
The suite is comprised of Informatica's proven data integration and data quality tools, including PowerExchange, PowerCenter, Informatica Data Explorer and Informatica Data Quality, specifically packaged together to support data migration projects.
In conjunction with Informatica's proven Velocity Migration Methodology and end-to-end migration services capability, the suite provides a comprehensive solution addressing the data migration needs of enterprise customers. Ensuring rapid migration implementations, minimising errors and substantially mitigating the risks inherent to all data migration projects, the solution shortens the time to results.
"Data migration is invariably part of strategic initiatives, yet most organisations treat it as merely a tactical challenge," says Paul van Aswegen, GM of Informatica SA. "It is usually addressed in an ad hoc fashion, contributing to the high rate of failure. The Informatica Data Migration Suite is the first comprehensive offering that enables organisations to take a strategic approach to migration, ensuring success in delivering trusted information wherever and however it is needed."
Informatica's data migration solution is built on three pillars, each instrumental to a successful migration project. These include:
* The Informatica Data Migration Suite, offering best-in-class data access, data quality and data conversion software optimised for data migration projects.

* The Informatica Velocity SM Migration Methodology, enabling the rapid and successful implementation of data migration projects.

* End-to-End Migration Services providing expert data integration and data quality resources from Informatica and its global network of partners.

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