Tracks & Breakout Sessions

Breakouts that Make a Difference


Informatica World 2014 is tailor made for your success. With over 100+ breakout sessions, we’ve organized them into the below four tracks. To see the full agenda including dates and times of sessions, please log in to My InformaticaWorld and click Agenda Builder.

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You’ll hear from Informatica experts, as well as customers and partners. With your agenda in hand, you’ll be able to plan your IW14 visit to select just the information you need, whether it’s practical advice, product vision, or outstanding customer case studies.

Tracks

Platform & Products
The Informatica Platform is the world’s only data integration platform built on Vibe, Informatica’s Virtual Data Machine.  In this track, you will get the inside view on how the Informatica Platform fits in with the larger IT environment and future roadmaps.  Discover what’s new in PowerCenter and PowerExchange. Learn Hadoop and Vibe techniques. See live demos and find out what’s new in Real Time Data Integration, Data Quality, MDM and Information Lifecycle Management to support your strategic initiatives now—and in the future.

Architecture
We believe that architecture is the key to unleashing information potential.  To compete in today’s global 24x7x365 economy, business requires well-designed information architectures that can continuously evolve to support the new heights of flexibility, efficiency, responsiveness, and trust.  This track explores reference architectures, design patterns, best practices and real-world examples for building and sustaining your next-generation information architecture.

Information Potential at Work
Learn from customers, Informatica executives and partners about the best practices you can begin implementing immediately and the concrete benefits they deliver. See live demos and hear in-the-trench stories from partners and customers.

Developer and Administrator Innovation
Ever-popular, these highly-rated interactive sessions promise a healthy dose of tips & tricks, development techniques, best practices and optimization, plus a whole lot more. Join us to learn inside practices for PowerCenter, Data Quality, Mapping and more.

Paths

Please be sure to preview specialized sessions in focused paths.  Read the exciting path descriptions below and be sure to filter on ‘Tags & Paths’ in the session catalog:

Big Data
This topic gets bigger every year. But Informatica is going to put it into perspective for you. We’ll look at the state of Big Data and how organizations are approaching and harnessing its potential. We’ll also look at Big Data’s impacts on data integration processes and transaction processing. Learn about emerging platforms such as MPP analytical databases, MapReduce and Hadoop and how they address Big Data analytics performance challenges.

Cloud
Cloud, On-Premise, Hybrid IT. Whether you have adopted “Cloud-First” strategies or not, you are still faced with managing  hybrid systems where some applications are on-premise where others operate in the Cloud. While real money can be saved, there are many questions to address, such as: ”What are the risks involved with fragmenting data? What’s the right approach to take to ensure Hybrid IT’s success? Join us for multiple topics around hybrid data integration and Hybrid IT.

Data Governance
Data management professionals are on the hook to deliver business value from their data management technology investments - and are often challenged to get their business sponsors and stakeholders to take accountability for the data itself. Do the words “Data is IT's problem” sound familiar? Data governance is the organizational linchpin needed to build out foundational competencies, processes, policies, measurements, and roles and responsibilities to finally make your valuable enterprise data a first class citizen. The Data Governance Path at Informatica World 2014 is your chance to engage with and learn from data governance thought leaders and expert practitioners who can direct you and your organization to an approach that will finally deliver the value and change needed to support your information strategy.

Healthcare
In the U.S., health reform legislation is bringing extraordinary changes and uncertainty to the industry—both from a business and a technology perspective. Globally, the healthcare industry, in both the private and public sector, is facing staggering challenges. From EHR mandates, to increased reform and legislation, to the operational imperative to become more cost-effective, healthcare providers and insurers must demonstrate better outcomes while controlling costs.  The Healthcare Path introduces attendees to key drivers for change, best practices and use cases for technology implementation, in-depth exploration of how technological trends will influence IT architecture choices, and innovative uses of data technology solutions to discover sources for operational and process improvement.

Financial Services
The financial services industry depends upon and thrives through timely, trusted, and relevant data. Businesses in financial services need the right data to meet regulatory requirements, improve risk management, grow and retain customers, reduce operational costs, and realize value from ongoing investments, mergers and acquisitions. In the Financial Services Path, industry peers and Informatica experts will discuss how data integration technology is being utilized to meet these challenges.

Retail

Today, it is not uncommon that a retailer has multiple brands and several channels in which they sell their products. Due to changes in social behavior, consumers are driving the demand for relevant and interactive experiences at every touch point.

Every retailer wants to become an etailer. CPG and brand manufacturers are  acting like retailers; opening  new sales channels and learning to understand their customers better. The Retail Path is your chance to engage with the world's leading retail brands and industry experts. The retail path covers topics such as expanding the product assortment, new product introduction and reducing supply chain costs. You will learn to create thriving customer loyalty with social, local, mobile and customer feedback. You will also learn to create unique customer experiences with relevant information, analytics, and relationships between data and people.


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