Informatica today announced its planned acquisition of AddressDoctor GmbH, a premier global postal address data quality software vendor. AddressDoctor provides postal address cleansing and verification for over 240 countries through batch processing or real-time Web services, supporting 40 different character sets and can transliterate non-Latin characters including Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
While AddressDoctor may not be a household name for many data management professions, data quality (DQ) platform and master data management (MDM) vendors certainly know it. Vendors such as Capscan, DataFlux, Datanomic, IBM, Initiate Systems and Siperian either OEM or resell AddressDoctor technology to provide address cleansing capabilities within their broader DQ and/or MDM solutions. Even perceived competitors in the niche postal address verification market like Experian’s QAS and Melissa Data have relied on AddressDoctor to expand their global reach for postal address data.
Informatica also had a prior OEM relationship with AddressDoctor, so the ability to provide global address verification is nothing new. Instead, Informatica says the acquisition will support their “Pervasive DQ” strategy and will allow them to more easily embed address validation within their Profiling, DQ Scorecarding and Monitoring solutions, in addition to its Informatica On-demand “cloud” services.
For those of us here in the U.S., an extremely important Presidential election is coming in November. For months, Americans have been inundated with spin doctoring and politicking at its worst from both campaigns. We all hear words like "conservative" and "liberal" used as insults, and rhetoric from both sides say how important it is to foster bipartisan collaboration - while doing everything in their power to alienate those from other political parties.
Informatica today announced its planned acquisition of Identity Systems, a software company offering advanced entity resolution and matching capabilities, with a specialization in cross-language matching.
Informatica acquires Identity Systems from Nokia for approximately $85 million.Nokia purchased Identity Systems as part of its acquisition of Intellisync in early 2006 and Identity Systems has operated as a wholly-owned — and more important — autonomous — subsidiary of Nokia ever since. Not surprisingly, Nokia didn't see identity resolution and matching as part of its core mobile phone strategy and I expect the folks at Identity Systems will be happy with this change of ownership.
As 2007 comes to a close, I've decided to take a step back to reflect on what's happening within master data management (MDM). In early 2007, I published a market forecast for master data management that highlighted a $344M total MDM software market size (not including services) in 2006 with anticipated growth to over $2.2B by 2010. In this research, I also predicted the following:
Quality data in the enterprise is like breathable air — you don't truly appreciate it until it's gone. Many companies don't even bother to ask whether the customer, product, asset, or any other data it captures is actually complete, valid, and useful. Other companies leave the responsibility of standardizing, cleansing, and aggregating data from source systems to their IT developers, perhaps leveraging transformation capabilities within extract, transform, and load (ETL) tools to automate this hygiene process.
Then there are those companies that have felt enough data quality-induced pain such as wasted marketing costs or low call center productivity, and have invested in data quality software that allows for the advanced definition and maintenance of rules to standardize, cleanse, enrich, match, and merge. Once an investment in data quality software is made, companies hopefully have invested also in staffing at least a handful of data quality stewards or business analysts. These data quality professionals (DQPs) can translate requirements and perspectives of quality from the business stakeholders to technical requirements that can be implemented within the DQ software.
IBM today announced plans to acquire DataMirror, a firm specializing in real-time changed data capture (CDC) and replication technologies. This is a great move for both companies, and will ultimately be a valuable option for customers of IBM’s Information Server.
IBM wins because it fills in a significant gap in its real-time heterogeneous data integration story — specifically the ability to enable log-based CDC techniques for sources that are not DB2. (IBM was a Leader in the recent Forrester Wave evaluating Enterprise ETL, but they were behind some of their primary competitors in its support for CDC). CDC is an attractive data integration technique for scenarios in which operational data is needed on a more real-time basis and the intrusiveness on source system performance of a typical ETL extraction is not an option. Log-based CDC ensures minimal, if any, impact on the performance of the operational source systems. IBM also now has a more compelling data replication and availability portfolio.