Data mart supplier Informatica claims its latest software is suitable for every level of the enterprise and saves investing millions in data warehousing solutions.
Informatica introduced its Unix and NT offerings, Powermart 4.0 and Power Center, claiming they can take much of the pain out of hiring consultants and other expenses required for full scale warehouse projects.
Diaz Nesamoney, president and chief technology officer, claimed that Informatica was also helping Microsoft develop a standard for its Repository. ?We?ve enhanced the Repository to deal with data marts for them,? he said. ?Our interest is in creating some type of standard in that area.?
He added: ?Galactic warehouse projects were not going anywhere so after a while a few data marts became successful. The market in the last two years has evolved very quickly and we were able to get key accounts.?
In the US, these include Charles Schwab, Barclay?s Global Investors, Chevron, Toyota Motor Sales and the US Postal Service.
The software house has been in Europe for eight months and has signed some customers already.
?The European Bank is building data warehouses and data marts and is presenting data over the Web to end users, which also includes data for their SAP implementation,? Nesamoney said.
Other companies using Informatica software include Roche, Abbey National and Birmingham Cable and Wireless.
Nesamoney said that many large corporations were disappointed in the large data warehousing schemes, which involved high levels of consultancy. ?There are very few organisations in the world that would use terabytes of data for decision support,? he said. ?There are perhaps only five or six corporations that would do that.?
Instead, he said, corporations were interested in creating data marts in parts of their enterprise and linking them together, if that were necessary.
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