Founded in 1993, Informatica is a US-based data management provider with headquarters in Redwood City, California. The company currently has 5,227 employees and operates worldwide, with a strong footprint in the United States and Europe. Informatica not only provides a data catalog solution, but a whole data management platform covering multiple use cases. As the numbers suggest, it is one of the biggest providers in this area with over 5,000 customers. The company’s main audience is in financial services, healthcare and public sector organizations. Informatica also cooperates with many different partners and provides educational services.
Informatica offers the Enterprise Data Catalog (EDC) as a standalone product or as part of its Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC). It is available on-premises or can be deployed in the cloud (AWS, Azure or Google). A SaaS offering is expected in H2 2021. Initially, this will not be a full equivalent to the on-premises version in terms of functionality. EDC is often used in conjunction with Informatica’s Axon Data Governance solution to provide metadata expertise to all kind of users. The two products are deeply integrated. While Axon is more geared to business users and serves as a collaboration hub and data marketplace for successful, scalable data governance programs, EDC is aimed more at technical users and enables users to scan and index metadata, discover and profile, and provide detailed lineage. However, EDC does support all relevant data catalog use cases, as well as self-service analytics, data governance, data privacy, risk and compliance, and data democratization while providing functionality for all types of users.
Informatica provides various interfaces to access EDC, making it an open and extendable platform. It supports more than 2,000 metadata classes, and the proprietary metadata model can be extended through APIs. Users can deploy multiple instances of EDC, which is available in eight languages. A broad set of connectors simplifies metadata integration from any kind of source. Informatica provides more than 70 metadata scanners out of the box to extract metadata and perform data profiling and discovery. Beyond standard database connectivity, EDC has out-of-the-box scanners for different technologies. There are also scanners available to extract metadata where it is not explicitly available, and custom scanners can be created by users themselves. Data assets with different additional data can be exported as Excel or JSON files.
For consumption, Informatica provides quick and advanced functionality to search different metadata assets and preview data. Users can create their own search filters and semantic search allows business synonyms to be searched across domains. Moreover, Axon provides advanced functionality to support business users searching and analyzing metadata. It helps to analyze metadata, including visual end-to-end data lineage with impact reports and basic collaboration as well as glossary functionality. Informatica uses ML methods to support metadata ingestion and classification by automation (e.g., to automate keyword detection, clustering, data classification, glossary associations and analyzing data). This also includes automated detection of file types and lineage extraction with SQL code parsing. Optional functionality to support direct data access is also available. As a result, Informatica provides an e-commerce-like data shopping experience with Axon Data Marketplace. EDC also offers opportunities for collaboration, evaluation of data assets, interaction on data assets and notifications when changes occur.
To cover data protection and security requirements, EDC provides role-specific user interfaces and distinguishes between general system-defined (not modifiable) and custom (modifiable) role models. In this way, not only privacy and protection roles can be managed, but role-specific user interfaces and role-based tasks can also be defined. With Axon Data Governance, Informatica has also come up with complex workflow and business process management support. This is somewhat unique in the market, because the catalog can be directly linked to business processes and users can evaluate the impact of data on the processes and vice versa.
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This year we had 32 responses from Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog users. At the time of the survey all of them were using version 10.
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