Data integration firm Informatica has announced the release of Informatica 9.1, a platform designed to help firms manage growing data loads created by social media sites and transactional technologies.
The platform has been built around these data areas and is able to connect into open source processing technology from Hadoop, particularly its MapReduce tool, to help process and interrogate data.
The tool can also plug into the most widely used data warehouse systems from the likes of Oracle and IBM, as well as more bespoke systems from firms such as EMC Greenplum and Teradata, to ensure that businesses of all sizes can use the offering.
Girish Pancha, general manager of the data integration business at Informatica, claimed that the tool is ideal for meeting new challenges as data becomes key to successful decision making.
"Informatica 9.1 helps organisations realise the promise of three technology trends - big transaction data, big interaction data and big data processing - with highly scalable processing using Hadoop open source technology," he said.
"With differentiated support for all three trends, Informatica 9.1 delivers a unified data integration platform to empower the data-centric enterprise."
Informatica 9.1 is available now, and the social media and Hadoop plug-in is set for availability during June.
Several major companies have already started using the service. T-Mobile's data integration architecture manager Sean Hickey explained that the tool allows the company's analysts to process data quickly and easily.
"Informatica's self-service data integration doubles productivity by eliminating manual steps and empowering analysts to do more on their own without assistance from IT," he said.
"Analysts can define and validate source-to-target specifications in an intuitive browser-based tool without the need for a data architect or database administrator to get involved."
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