Informatica Goes Modular

Offers "mix-and-match" business analytics modules to accelerate deployment

Redwood City, CA  October 17, 2002  Business analytics specialist Informatica this week rolled out a new, modular approach to selling its software, allowing companies to "mix-and-match" solution components to meet their particular requirements without having to completely rework their information technology environment.

The two new products in Informatica's lineup are Warehouse and PowerAnalyzer. Informatica said Warehouse enables accelerated implementation of data warehousing solutions by combining the provider's PowerCenter data integration platform with pre-built warehouse components.

Subject-specific warehouses available from Informatica include customer relationship, financial, human resources and supply chain analytics. Each subject module can be purchased separately or combined to create cross-functional solution sets such as strategic sourcing, contact center or bookings, billings and backlog analytics.

Informatica said PowerAnalyzer provides a business intelligence (BI) platform with a fully Internet-based architecture. Previously packaged with the provider's applications software family, the solution is now available as a standalone application.

Joshua Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, highlighted Informatica's move to change the way companies buy and deploy business analytics. "By offering components or packages that can be implemented at the data integration, data warehousing and business intelligence level, Informatica can help companies significantly improve their analytics without requiring a wholesale restructuring of their existing environments."

Added Greenbaum, "This practical approach is important for customers that require plug-and-play functionality to achieve improvements in analytical capacity that have, to date, eluded them. The ability to scale the implementation from a single, focused analytic application all the way to an enterprise-wide implementation makes Informatica's new offering truly unique."

Warehouse is available now at prices starting at $75,000 for each subject-specific module and $250,000 for each data warehouse. PowerAnalyzer pricing, starting at $50,000, is CPU-based but is flexible to incorporate concurrent and named-user pricing as appropriate.