Informatica Analytics Delivery Platform

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-12-10 Print this article Print

Release 3"> Informatica Analytics Delivery Platform Release 3

Informaticas package, new despite the "3" in its name, provides a compelling way to get critical business data in the form of reports or alerts out to mobile workers. However, those who want a primarily desktop-based database reporting system will find other options more mature.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Reports can be accessed on just about any mobile computing device or phone as easily as they can be from a PC, which will immediately reduce IT report redesign costs.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Keeping workers up-to-date on the latest business data no matter where they are will make business decisions faster and more accurate down the line.

PROS: Many mobile devices, including PDAs and phones, are well-supported for on-the-road information delivery; includes dynamic alerts if key business data changes.

CONS: Weak report design and presentation features for more complex tasks; lacks report navigation features for longer reports; only connects to relational databases; high cost.

Informatica Corp., Redwood City, Calif.; (650) 385-5000;

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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