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Informatica Joins Oasis to Help Define Role of Enterprise Data Integration in Service-Oriented Architectures

    Online News published in DMReview.com
November 9, 2005

Recognizing the critical interdependence between enterprise data integration and service-oriented architectures (SOA), Informatica Corporation announced it has joined the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a consortium focused on the development and adoption of SOA standards and protocols. Informatica's membership in OASIS highlights the rich, data-focused functionality and shared-services approach that a data integration platform provides an SOA to reduce IT complexity and ensure data consistency.

"Data integration technologies play a crucial role in enabling an SOA to deliver on its full potential. Conversely, SOA provides a flexible and interoperable framework for implementing data integration capabilities across a broad variety of platforms and systems," said James Bryce Clark, director of standards development at OASIS. "Participation in OASIS will enable Informatica to team with other industry experts to further the development of common, open standards for service-oriented data integration."

SOA is a design approach for exposing business-relevant application and data functionality to a variety of users and business processes through loosely coupled, reusable services, leveraging open standards for interoperability. Data integration technology supports SOAs by providing open, standards-based data services capabilities, including data access, data quality, semantic reconciliation, data governance and cross-system metadata, optimizing the availability of information across the enterprise. In addition, data integration technology provides a core foundation for an Integration Competency Center, which serves as a best practices methodology for organizing resources and managing an SOA.

"Only data integration technology can supply the robust data-level functionality and shared-services approach required for an optimal SOA, enabling client applications to access information wherever it resides, in whatever form, and in a consistent and repeatable fashion," said James Markarian, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Informatica. "We are extremely impressed with the technical work accomplished by OASIS and its members, and look forward to collaborating with this group."

OASIS is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.


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