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The recent launch of Informatica Cloud Summer 2013 introduced a variety of new capabilities to the product, including SAP connectivity, Cloud Process Automation improvements, and Cloud Data Masking. In addition to all of the great product features, the summer release has also brought some key enhancements to the Informatica Marketplace as well.


With the large and growing amount of Cloud content on the Marketplace, we have completely re-designed the Informatica Cloud Mall to better organize the variety of assets that can be found there. We have organized all of the Cloud content into several categories including Cloud Data Management Applications, Cloud Connectors, and Cloud Integration Templates. With the recent addition of Cloud Process Automation capabilities to the product, we have added an additional category to the Cloud Mall that contains a number of new Cloud Process Guides. The Marketplace currently has over a hundred Cloud Blocks, so there’s sure to be something there that can help you extend the power of the Informatica Cloud platform.



Immediately Provision Cloud Content in Your Org


Another new feature of the Marketplace is the “Get It Now” capability to directly download Blocks into your Cloud instance. Here’s how it works:


For Cloud connectors, you can start a 30 day trial by locating the relevant Block and clicking on the “Start Trial Now” button.




You’ll be asked to login to your Cloud Org so that we know where to provision the connector to. If you don’t yet have Informatica Cloud, you can start a Cloud Trial right from this screen as well.




You’ll be presented with confirmation that your connector has been provisioned within your org.




Log into your Cloud org and you’re ready to go!




It’s never been easier to extend the power of Informatica Cloud to integrate with your applications. There are currently more than 60 Cloud connectors on the Marketplace, allowing you to access a variety of on-premise and Cloud applications with the click of a button.


In addition to Connectors, the “Get It Now” capabilities are also available for Cloud templates.




Templates are a great way to jump start your productivity for common use cases, and there are currently more than 50 templates available – all free to use! In addition to the Cloud Templates that have been developed by Informatica, there is a wide variety of content that has been contributed by the Informatica Cloud Community. By looking for the Marketpalce Seal of Approval, you can rest assured that anything you use will be safe in your environment.


If you haven’t been to the Informatica Marketplace Cloud Mall, or haven’t visited in a while, be sure to check out the new content. If you’ve developed a Cloud Template or other solution that you’d like to share with the Informatica community, the Marketplace is a great place to make your solution available.


The Informatica Marketplace will be at Informatica World, so feel free to stop by our booth at the Technology & Solution Fair – I look forward to seeing you there!

This is a guest post by Dr Michael Rowley, Chief Technologist for Informatica Cloud Extend


lather-rinse-repeat.jpg"Excitement here is mounting as we approach the first release of Cloud Extend since Active Endpoints was acquired by Informatica. The promise of the combination of these technologies is clearly moving from idea to reality. Customers of Cloud Extend already know that it provides a better way to work with their Salesforce data than by having their users modify Salesforce objects using the standard UI. Most organizations have so many custom fields and custom objects that their users get lost in the weeds. No training courses can prevent users from forgetting to enter key information at key times. Even if they know what they should do, the drudgery of having to navigate to all the right pages to create or modify the right objects induces forgetfulness in even the most diligent workers.


The result is incomplete and inconsistent data. The people who love Cloud Extend care about the quality of their data, so it fits perfectly with other Informatica offerings. Together, the technologies make it possible to make sure that data is kept in consistent across systems and kept clean within a system. Cloud Extend handles the user’s part of the good data hygiene routine. The synergy of the technologies is apparent even without a product release that allows one two call the other, but there are also times when such integration makes sense. For example, imagine that you want your Salesforce users collect information about new orders, but Salesforce is not the system you use for managing your orders. Rather than having your Salesforce users log in to a separate system, they can just use a guide that collects order information (among other things) and the guide can automatically kicks off the Informatica Cloud task that moves that information into the order management system as soon as the data is done being entered.


There are also other great improvements with the coming release. We are storing information about the execution of guides in Salesforce, so users can create custom reports about the work that has been accomplished using guides. We are making it easy to create guides that are only visible to the right kind of users in the right situations. It will be possible to customize the “themes” that determine the look and feel of guides. We will also be offering a beta version of  a new smartphone app for running guides, which will make the use of guides from a phone much faster and more convenient.


As a sneak peak of what is coming in future releases, I can tell you that we are looking forward to being able to leverage Informatica’s broad collection of connectors to make it easy for a non-programmer to create guides that show up in one application (such as Salesforce) but allow the user to create or modify data from multiple systems in real time. Now that is an exciting prospect and one that I will talk more about in future posts.





For more information about the Informatica Cloud Extend features in the Summer 2013 release, visit

Guest Blog Written by Ivan Belal

Informatica World is soon approaching and I am excited to present in the Hybrid IT track session: Hybrid Integration: Interoperability of Informatica Cloud & PowerCenter.


When we first started our journey around finding an integration solution for Salesforce, we didn’t set out to find a hybrid solution; we wanted to find the best solution for our needs. There were a variety of solutions were evaluated – all on-premise, all cloud, hand-code, etc. – but chose Informatica’s hybrid integration solution of Informatica Cloud & PowerCenter for 4 reasons:


  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Security and Compliance – this is huge since we are in the Insurance industry
  • Breadth of Functionality
  • Resource Constraints


Learn more about how we implemented Cloud & PowerCenter and what use cases we are addressing at Informatica World. The session I will be speaking at will also feature 2 other Informatica Cloud customers from Actelion Pharmaceuticals and Brocade.


I look forward to interacting with my peers and the Informatica team in June. If you haven’t already, register for Informatica World here – you don’t miss out!


About Ivan Belal: Developer Analyst, Legg Mason, Inc, Diversified Global Asset Management Firm serving Individual and Intuitional Investors for over a century. I have been with Asset Management Firms over 15 years primarily supporting technology needs for distributions. My most recent endovers have been with migrating legacy CRM systems to SaaS application like Salesforce and developing solutions to integrate between the two. I try to stay fit, however going to the gym is a significant commitment