Updated: Jun 4
a quick overview on Informatica's Cloud ETL
During one of my job searches I came across a technology called, Informatica Cloud ETL. The job description had a lot of other standard IT tasks around SQL databases and Salesforce Administration all of which I am familiar with. However I had never heard of Informatica Cloud ETL. So I did a little research and honestly, I'm not sure how I have come this far without using their products, but step aside Peter Attia, I might have a new obsession!
In short Cloud ETL is a cloud-based integration tool offered by Informatica. Informatica, I learned after a quick Google search, is a provider of data management solutions and their product, Cloud ETL, enables organizations to extract data from various sources, transform it based on specific business rules and requirements, and load the transformed data into target systems or databases. Thus simplifying, the process of integrating data from many different sources, such as databases, applications, files, and cloud services, and enables businesses to gain valuable insights from their data.
Additionally, the ETL In Cloud ETL stands for Extract, Transform, and Load. If you have ever been part of a migration, you know these are three pillars of the data integration and migration processes. As someone who has worked on a few On-premise to cloud migrations, while tracking everything in giant excel spreadsheets with more tabs than anyone should ever have to manage, my research started to read like a too-good-to-be-true fever dream. Maybe even like magic!
Something to take into consideration before I get into it, Informatica offers many different products and services each ranging in price and functionality. I am not familiar with pricing structures nor did I take into consideration that you may have to integrate or purchase more than one of their solutions to achieve the results I talk about below. I am however familiar with the Gartner Magic Quadrant, and can tell you that Informatica is a proven leader!
Here are features and benefits of Informatica Cloud ETL, I found through perusing their site:
1. Connectivity: Informatica Cloud ETL provides a wide range of pre-built connectors and adapters that enable seamless integration with various data sources and targets. According to their resources page, this includes popular databases like Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL, as well as cloud applications like Salesforce, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure. Mic drop. In my opinion pre-built connectors are almost a necessity in any new software to hit the market if they want to be competitive. Nonetheless, this is something I still think is really cool and very helpful to engineers and support team.
2. Data Transformation: The tool offers data transformation capabilities, allowing users to manipulate and cleanse data as it moves through the integration process. It supports data profiling, data mapping, data validation, data enrichment, and other transformation functions, ensuring that data is standardized, consistent, and ready for analysis or any consumption human or otherwise. THIS, all of this, but especially the standardization of data. I cannot tell you how many hours of my life I have wasted cross checking data sets. Doing things like removing dashes for phone numbers, or making sure a column is in CamelCase and not kabob-case is one of the worst kinds of monotony.
Any kind of standardization in any organization is crucial, imagine if the entire world spoke the same language. That’s the level of ease this approaches.
3. Workflow Orchestration: Informatica Cloud ETL offers a visual interface for designing and managing data integration workflows. It allows users to define complex data integration processes using a drag-and-drop interface, with support for conditional logic, loops, error handling, and scheduling. This has to make it so much easier to manage and automate complex data integration tasks. Plus seems very similar to other software I have used such as InContact Studio, TalkDesk and a plethora of other systems moving towards drag and drop capability.
4. Data Quality and Governance: I have been pulled into a few security audits in my time, and this feature is particularly enticing. Out of 7 agencies I have worked only 2 of the agencies had this data organized and actionable, which is scary. The tool includes built-in data quality and governance features to ensure data accuracy, consistency, and compliance. Not only that it also provides capabilities for data profiling, data cleansing, duplicate detection, AND data validation. This will enable organizations to maintain high-quality data throughout the integration process. As we all know, we are only as good as the data we have!
5. Scalability and Performance: If you’re reading this, chances are you already know how great scalability and performance can be in cloud environments. Informatica Cloud ETL is designed to handle large volumes of data and high-performance requirements thus leveraging the scalability of cloud infrastructure. This can help organizations handle complex integrations, handle data efficiently, meet uptime requirements and project deadlines.
6. Monitoring and Management: The platform offers comprehensive monitoring and management capabilities, providing insights into the data integration processes and performance metrics. It allows users to track the status of integration tasks, monitor data flow, and troubleshoot any issues that may arise during the process. This includes using AI to quickly interpret and notify you of any possible issues.
At first glance, Cloud ETL seems like it provides a solution to a lot of the problems that I have ran into with migrations, and I look forward to learning more about it! If you have worked with this software before and have any insights you’d like to share I am still learning about this software and am open to learning more!
Read more on Informatica Cloud ETL at their site below.
1. Informatica Cloud ETL: https://www.informatica.com/products/cloud-integration/cloud-data-integration.html