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Dutch Ministry Of Defence Focuses On Data In Key Modernisation Project

Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ:INFA), a leading independent provider of data integration software and services, today announced that the Dutch Ministry of Defence has selected the Informatica Data Integration Platform to enable the integration of 70 legacy IT systems into a centralised SAP-based ERP environment.
  • 29 July, 2009 12:24

<p>The Ministry of Defence has a five-year relationship with Informatica, which began as part of the SPEER (Strategic Process Enabled ERP Re-engineering) program. SPEER is dedicated to improving and centralising the flow of information between the Royal Air Force, the Royal Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Military Police.</p>
<p>As part of the move to become a combined defence force, the Ministry wanted to ensure it had a single and accurate view of information across the new structure, to ensure procurement and asset use was as efficient and transparent as possible.</p>
<p>Informatica PowerCenter and Informatica Data Quality, key components of the Informatica Data Integration Platform, will be used to cleanse and enrich the data, as well as reduce duplication – saving time and lessening complexity during the data integration phase. A total of 12,000 of the 70,000-strong Ministry of Defence staff will work daily with SAP once the integration program is finished. The result, according to Jaap Timmers, Project Manager for Shared Services at the Ministry of Defence, is a far more efficient use of public funds during the integration process.</p>
<p>“Together with system integrator KVL, we have built our migration methodology – the Data Migration Street – on Informatica’s technology to support this significant data integration project,” said Timmers. “Our data existed in a distributed environment on numerous disparate systems. Manually updating these systems would not have given us the insight into, and ability to improve, data quality in real time, so automation was critical to the project’s success.”</p>
<p>Timmers added, “The Navy may have needed to order spares for its road vehicles, for example, without realising that the Army had surplus equipment that was suitable. We needed to integrate a hugely complex organisation into one streamlined, efficient unit. When taking the decision to move our data into one central source, ensuring its quality was critical. Informatica’s Data Quality solution played a critical role in connecting all the data sources.”</p>
<p>“The ongoing relationship between the Dutch Ministry of Defence and Informatica continues to grow and improve efficiency in their use of technology,” added Chris Boorman, chief marketing officer, Informatica. “They are setting the standard for integrating information from multiple areas into a cohesive unit. Today, companies and organisations around the globe continue to face the challenge of utilising data within their organisation in the best possible way. The Dutch Ministry of Defence continues to be a model for others as they take a military-grade approach to implementing the data integration solutions that will deliver benefits for years to come. ”</p>
<p>About Informatica:
Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) is the world’s number one independent leader in data integration software. The Informatica Platform provides corporations with a comprehensive, unified, open and economical approach to lower IT costs and gain competitive advantage from their information assets. More than 3,600 companies worldwide rely on Informatica to access, integrate and trust their information assets held in the traditional enterprise and in the internet cloud. For more information, call +1 650 385 5000 (1-800-653-3871 in the U.S.), or visit</p>

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