Back on February 15, Informatica almost silently acquired BPM technology specialist Active Endpoints. Although the BPM vendor built most of its business by selling a traditional on-premise product (ActiveVOS), Informatica was largely lured by the company’s more recent Salesforce.com extension proposition, Cloud Extend.
Informatica’s cloud-based integration business is consistently managing the integration of over 2bn records daily; but although it had a strong data integration foundation to offer, it was missing the kind of co-ordination layer that comes in so useful when you’re trying to deal with more challenging integration requirements around matching, reconciliation, aggregation and so on.
So as well as continuing to offer Salesforce Cloud Extend, Informatica is also offering the multi-tenant process automation platform within its Informatica Cloud as Cloud Process Automation. Was this a good deal? Well, as Active Endpoints was not a public company, Informatica has not disclosed how much it paid. But adding the Cloud Extend capability to its own cloud should help to ensure that Informatica can keep pace as other big middleware platform players like IBM, Software AG and TIBCO ramp up their own cloud integration efforts.
What about the on-premise ActiveVOS? Although there’s no published post-acquisition roadmap for it yet, the company is clear that it will continue to develop this part of its business.
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