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Informatica PowerCenter 8 Garners Strong Industry Support

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Informatica Corporation today announced extensive industry support for PowerCenter 8, the most innovative release in Informatica's history. (Please see today's accompanying news release from Informatica.) Enabling customers to cost-effectively deploy data integration across the enterprise, PowerCenter 8 offers near-universal access to all enterprise data, unparalleled advancements in enterprise scalability and performance, and breakthrough capabilities delivering greater developer productivity.

"PowerCenter 8 is clearly the most robust technology for enterprise data integration deployment, with powerful new advances delivered within an open and unified platform," said Paul Hoffman, executive vice president, worldwide sales and alliances at Informatica. "We are pleased to receive such wide-spread recognition from our extensive ecosystem of technology partners for the value these advances will bring to both partners and customers."

Industry-leading systems integrators, technology-infrastructure companies and software companies that have expressed their support for Informatica PowerCenter 8 include the following.

BearingPoint -

"PowerCenter 8 was engineered to support the broader requirements of enterprise data integration beyond traditional data warehousing," said Richard Starnes, managing director, SAP Practice at BearingPoint. "Its built-in data profiling, data quality and other features can support fast, effective migration of legacy data into SAP and other systems, synchronization of data between systems, instance consolidation, upgrades and other complex enterprise data integration initiatives."

Cognos -

"Large, global organizations that recognize the mission-critical nature of data integration will welcome the powerful enhancements to PowerCenter 8 -- such as support for grid, federated querying and access to unstructured data," said Neal Hill, senior vice president of corporate development at Cognos. "The combination of PowerCenter 8 and Cognos' industry-leading business intelligence platform will give our mutual customers a complete and powerful view of all the data assets in their organization, as well as the insight to leverage those assets for improved operational performance."

Core Integration Partners -

"Core Integration's customers will benefit greatly from the integrated data-profiling facilities in PowerCenter 8, as it enables us to effectively assess initial and ongoing data-quality considerations -- thereby helping to accelerate and ensure the success of their data integration projects," said Ana Quintana, principal, Core Integration Partners, Inc. "Our joint customers also recognize the mission-critical nature of data integration to their business, and will benefit from the high-availability capabilities in PowerCenter 8."


"Informatica's PowerCenter 8 release is designed to meet today's most critical information-management imperatives -- from deriving maximum value from enterprise data, regardless of its format and location, to improving the efficiency of IT procedures and data-driven business processes," said Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president of strategy, business development and alliances, EMC Software. "PowerCenter 8 strengthens and extends the synergy between Informatica and EMC Corporation in the key areas of 24x7 availability, high performance and cost-effective scalability."

HP -

"We are happy to see Informatica deliver innovation and mission-critical capabilities in enterprise computing," said Don Jenkins, vice president of marketing, business critical servers, HP. "Whether our customers utilize HP Integrity servers or are using or considering grid-based computing, PowerCenter 8 helps to provide the required high-availability data integration capabilities to assist both environments. The offering of Informatica PowerCenter 8 on an adaptive, yet reliable HP infrastructure provides flexibility for our customers."

Hyperion -

"Our customers rely on Hyperion Business Performance Management software for insight into past and present performance, and for the planning that drives future performance," said Robert Gersten, chief development officer, Hyperion. "The capture, transformation and integration of all types of enterprise data is crucial to this process and helps fuel our financial-management applications and BI platform products. Informatica's Power Center 8 release raises the bar in enterprise data integration by integrating both traditional physical and virtual data within one unified platform."

i2 Technologies -

"Supply chain applications generate immense volumes of data and thus require a high-performance computing infrastructure," said Dr. Pallab Chatterjee, president, solutions operations, i2 Technologies, Inc. "By enabling optimal use of SMP and grid-based computing power, PowerCenter 8's enterprise grid option is a powerful capability that can help companies cost-effectively scale data integration processes and exponentially improve computing performance."

Intel -

"With its PowerCenter 8 release, Informatica has successfully addressed the key requirements for mission-critical, enterprise-wide deployment by ensuring the highest levels of scalability, reliability and performance," said Melissa Laird, general manager, Intel Developer Relations Division. "We are pleased that through participation in the Intel(R) Early Access Program, Informatica has been able to make use of the high levels of reliability and performance of the Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 architecture in its PowerCenter 8 release."

MicroStrategy -

"Enterprise data integration is mission critical today -- MicroStrategy customers depend on it as well as the industrial-strength business intelligence capabilities that we deliver to them," said Sanju Bansal, COO, MicroStrategy, Inc. "The release of PowerCenter 8 supporting access to unstructured data and federated-query capabilities clearly supports the delivery of any data, any time. In addition, we're pleased to see PowerCenter 8's support of high availability and grid, which is especially useful to our large enterprise and government customers."

Ordina VisionWorks -

"As an Informatica user, and also as a systems integrator, it is clear to us that data integration is an increasingly strategic endeavor," said Maik Groenewegen, data integration consultant, Ordina VisionWorks. "We are impressed with the functionality that PowerCenter 8 delivers for enterprise-wide deployments -- so that customers can derive maximum value from all their corporate data while simplifying and lowering the costs of their IT efforts. More than the sum of its impressive parts, PowerCenter 8 significantly raises the bar for enterprise data integration solutions."

Purisma -

"Informatica has clearly equipped PowerCenter 8 with features that will enhance the effectiveness and power of customer data integration initiatives, including mission-critical high availability, performance and scalability," said Todd Clyde, vice president of worldwide sales and alliances, Purisma. "Paired with Purisma's solutions, PowerCenter 8 -- including its new data-profiling capabilities -- can help our customers to further streamline and optimize the data-correlation process for customer data integration projects." -

"Informatica PowerCenter's SOA architecture combined with's AppExchange provides enterprise customers a complete enterprise integration solution," said Bobby Napiltonia, senior vice president, worldwide channels and alliances at "Our large customers are increasingly making part of their cross-enterprise application architecture, and need a Web Services-enabled data integration solution with the high performance, high availability and built-in data-quality capabilities of the PowerCenter 8 enterprise release."

Siebel Systems -

"Siebel Systems and Informatica have enjoyed a strong partnership for over five years. Informatica PowerCenter technology underpins the complete suite of Siebel Business Analytics applications for sales, service, marketing, executive, financial, supply chain and workforce functions," said Larry Barbetta, senior vice president and general manager, Siebel Business Analytics. "Our analytic applications deliver actionable, real-time intelligence to everyone across an enterprise, demanding a data integration engine with very high levels of scalability, availability and performance. Our large-scale BI customers will appreciate the continued PowerCenter 8 innovations in these areas."

Sun Microsystems -

"Global enterprises demand faster time-to-results and a way to effectively manage growing data volumes," said Stephen Borcich, vice president, partner marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With Informatica's PowerCenter 8, available on Sun's Solaris 10, the most advanced operating system on the planet, our joint customers will benefit from a combined solution that supports high availability and data integration workloads to transparently harness processing resources on SPARC systems today and x64 platforms in the future."

Sybase -

"We welcome the powerful new enterprise-focused capabilities added to PowerCenter 8," said Charles Doucot, vice president, global partner program, Sybase, Inc. "In particular, PowerCenter's pushdown-optimization and dynamic-partitioning capabilities can help our joint customers to better leverage their Sybase database investments and achieve even greater scalability and performance."

Tata Consulting Services -

"TCS has a long and successful track record in delivering large-scale data integration solutions to global customers on Informatica's leading technology," said Dr. Santosh Mohanty, global BI/EAI/KM head at Tata Consulting Services. "TCS' far greater number of consultants certified on Informatica than any other consulting firm worldwide is testimony to the continued focus on the technology. The enterprise-focused enhancements in PowerCenter 8 will further benefit our many joint customers in their enterprise data integration deployments."

Teradata -

"The majority of joint Teradata/Informatica customers have high data volumes and need to minimize data movement while maximizing efficiency. They need to feed and process data as quickly as possible," said Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer, Teradata, a division of NCR. "Informatica's PowerCenter 8 is a significant release with powerful features to meet these needs. In particular, the addition of pushdown optimization makes PowerCenter unique, in that it offers customers the option of Extract-Load-Transform (ELT) capabilities in addition to traditional ETL capabilities. This means each data integration task can be completed within the environment in the place and sequence that's most effective. As a result, our customers' data integration processes can become even more scalable, and the value of their Teradata investments further extended."

webMethods -

"Our continuing partnership with Informatica provides enterprises with best-in-class approaches for addressing the full spectrum of their business integration needs, including their enterprise systems, dynamic business processes and corporate data," said Deborah Rosen, executive vice president, worldwide marketing, webMethods, Inc. "With these efforts taking center stage throughout our client base, the expanded access to unstructured and semi-structured data in a web services environment offered by PowerCenter 8 should provide users with immediate and measurable benefits. Recognizing that data integration is business-critical, PowerCenter 8 also boasts important enhancements in scalability and performance that are designed to deliver the high availability that our customers demand."

Wipro -

"As an Informatica Premier Partner, we are enthusiastic about the many advantages PowerCenter 8 will provide to our customers. In addition to truly universal data access, PowerCenter 8 customers will benefit from increased scalability and performance, enhanced global development and delivery capabilities, and extremely high levels of availability to help them address the mission-critical nature of data integration projects today," said Pawan Kumar, general manager, business intelligence and data warehousing practice at Wipro Technologies. "By strengthening critical data integration capabilities, PowerCenter 8 effectively delivers what is essential to support a progressive and advanced global Integration Competency Center in an onsite-offshore model."

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software. Using Informatica products, companies can access, integrate, migrate and consolidate enterprise data across systems, processes and people to reduce complexity, ensure consistency and empower the business. More than 2,300 companies worldwide rely on Informatica for their end-to-end enterprise data integration needs. For more information, call 650-385-5000 (800-970-1179 in the U.S.), or visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the anticipated impact of Informatica's planned release of PowerCenter 8. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from the results described in this press release. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ include, among others, risks related to (1) the ability of PowerCenter 8 to interoperate with hardware and software technologies that are developed and maintained by third parties, (2) market confusion that could result from changes to the company's product packaging and pricing as a result of the introduction of PowerCenter 8, (3) any delay in the completion, launch, delivery or availability of PowerCenter 8, and (4) any potential defects that Informatica could discover in PowerCenter 8 after it begins to market and sell the product to its customers, as well as those risks and uncertainties included under the caption "Risk Factors" in Informatica's report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2005, which is on file with the SEC and is available on the company's investor relations website at All information provided in this release is as of October 31, 2005, and Informatica undertakes no duty to update this information.

NOTE: Informatica and PowerCenter are registered trademarks of Informatica Corporation in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other company and product names may be trade names or trademarks of their respective owners. The development, release and timing of any Informatica product features described in this release remain at the sole discretion of Informatica. This release should not be relied upon in making a purchasing decision.
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