Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) today announced that its PowerCenter data integration platform attained the first-place position in Forrester Research's first enterprise extract, transform and load (ETL) "Forrester Wave" report, which evaluated ETL solutions offered by 14 leading vendors. In the December, 2004 report, titled "How to Evaluate Enterprise ETL," Forrester highlights Informatica's strengths and continued leadership in the data integration industry, and discusses the expanding role of data integration beyond traditional data warehousing.

"Forrester defines 'enterprise ETL' as a user practice that makes a single vendor's tool handle all or most data integration projects across a large enterprise, whether for data warehousing or non-data warehousing," writes Phillip Russom, principal analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. "The catch is that few tools can handle the massive data volumes, long list of data sources and targets, and great number of projects and developers involved in enterprise ETL. With these limitations in mind, three requirements stand out as differentiating enterprise ETL products from others, namely: scalability, connectivity and collaboration." Ranked highest in "current offering" amongst all other vendors in the Forester study for enterprise ETL, Informatica received top marks for scalability, extract and load connectivity, and collaborative development capabilities. Viewing these features as "the hallmarks of enterprise ETL," Forrester put special weight on these capabilities when evaluating vendors' current product sets.

"We are pleased to be recognised by Forrester as having the strongest current offering in enterprise ETL," said John Entenmann, executive vice president of corporate strategy and marketing at Informatica. "As Forrester notes, compared to our rivals, Informatica has concentrated on providing a tightly integrated platform characterised by ease of implementation and use. As data volumes and integration projects continue to expand in size and complexity, Informatica customers will continue to reap the benefits of this approach in terms of faster time-to-market with more effective integration solutions and rapid ROI."

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