This week it was announced that Informatica, a large data management tool provider, will be taken over by a London based private equity firm and a Canadian pension invest management organization.
The first analyst reactions and line up of the potential benefits and the potential drawbacks can be found here on searchCIO in an article called Informatica going private could be a good thing for CIOs.
Most quotes in this article are from Ted Friedman, the Gartner analyst who writes the data quality tool magic quadrant, and Friedman notes, that the new owners doesn’t mention data quality as one of the goodies in the Informatica toolbox (opposite to data security, an area Informatica is not well known for).
So, maybe the new owners just don’t know yet what they bought, or they have a clear vision for the data management market where data quality is just being a natural part of cloud integration, master data management, data integration for next-generation analytics, and data security. The alternative routes could be decommissioning or split of, both familiar routes for this kind of take over.
Splitting of the data quality components should not be too hard, as some of these components has come to Informatica as acquisitions of Similarity Systems from Ireland and Identity Systems, which once was SSA with roots in Australia. I was actually a bit surprised when watching an Informatica presentation in London last autumn that the data quality part was the good old SSA Name3 service.