Blog | Oct 31, 2013

Features of Informatica PowerCenter as an ETL tool

Business intelligence (BI) is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to make informed business decisions. The foundation of any BI applications rests on gathering and storing of the data, commonly known as data warehousing. A very important step in this process is the extraction of the enterprise data from the various sources within an organization. 

Organizations that utilize a corporate data warehouse require timely updates to move and transform data in various frequencies to satisfy business needs.  An example would be for the executive sales team reviewing daily sales transactions to understand the orders that were transacted from day-to-day. Typically these transactions will be updated during off-peak business hours with the BI Data ready to be consumed by business users the next business day. 

Of all the tools in the Data Warehouse ETL Marketplace, Informatica PowerCenter is the Enterprise Leader in the Extraction, Transformation and Loading (ETL) for building enterprise data warehouses. Informatica has superior technology, built in modularity, a consistent track record, and an ability to address real-time data integration schemes. 

Informatica PowerCenter has a good number of features which make it an excellent ETL tool including:

High performance: Informatica uses cutting-edge technology to optimize performance in terms of quality, speed and cost that enable organizations to keep up with SLAs while transforming the business processes through automation, reusability and debugging.

Error Handling: The Power Center Integration service provides a centralized error logging system that facilitates logging errors and rejecting data into relational tables or flat files very effectively, further enabling your technical team to review and validate the errors.

Maintenance: Informatica allows a non-technical person to monitor and re-run jobs resulting in the reduction of the project costs. Features like automatic job logging and the runtime monitoring make it good for the BI managed services projects.

Configuration Management: On the basis of its shared, single robust repository feature, Informatica enables synchronization among geographically-distributed team members and promotes reuse of existing development assets across projects to simplify deployment and improve productivity. It facilitates collaboration across teams, sites and projects by providing granular version control and automated configuration.

Adapt to Changes: The Informatica data integration platform delivers the freedom to choose what’s best for your market, organization, and IT infrastructure by easily adapting to the constant changes. The changes can be of the following type:

• Business (such as budgets or regulatory compliance)
• Organizational (such as mergers, acquisitions and consolidation)
• System changes (such as new application implementation or legacy retirement)

Support for many data types: Informatica supports different data types thus providing the flexibility for to the ETL process with the ability to extract more enterprise data-types. PowerCenter accesses any enterprise data-type like structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, message queue data, mainframe, files, relational and standards-based data.

User Friendly: Informatica has many inbuilt features which are very simple to use and hence does not require any formal training that helps reduce training costs. Also, it’s not a very challenging job for an organization to form a new team and build skills around Informatica. Even if training is required, it is easily available in the market.

TriCore provides DW / ETL and BI Manages Services centered around Infomatica for numerous Enterprise Data Warehouses.

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