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Traded as Formerly NASDAQINFA
Industry Software industry
Headquarters Redwood City, California, United States
Area served
Products Data Integration, Data Quality, Master Data Management, Information Lifecycle Management, Cloud
Revenue US$1.05 billion (2014)[1]
US$114 million (2014)
Number of employees

Informatica is a software development company founded in 1993 . It is headquartered in Redwood City, California.[2] It was co-founded by Gaurav Dhillon and Diaz Nesamoney. Anil Chakravarthy is the company's CEO.[2]


The company was founded in 1993.

On April 29, 1999, it went public on NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the stock symbol INFA.

On April 7, 2015, Permira and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced that a company controlled by the Permira funds and CPPIB has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Informatica for approximately US$5.3 billion.[3]

On August 6, 2015, Informatica announced completion of acquisition with Microsoft and Salesforce Ventures joined as strategic investors. The company's stock ceased trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol INFA effective on the same date.[4][5][6] In December 2015, Gartner recognized Informatica in its December 2015 Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology report.[7]


Informatica's product is a portfolio focused on data integration: ETL, information lifecycle management, B2B data exchange, cloud data integration, complex event processing, data masking, data quality, data replication, data virtualization, master data management, ultra messaging. These components form a toolset for establishing and maintaining enterprise-wide data warehouses. It has a customer base of over 5,000 companies.[2][8]

In 2006, Informatica launched its Informatica Cloud business.[9]

In 2010, the Informatica Marketplace was launched offering a data integration eco-system for Partners, Customers, Developers and Informatica to share and leverage data integration solutions.[10] As of September 2014, it features over 1,300 pre-built mappings, templates, connectors and add-ons for Informatica data integration and cloud data integration products.[11]


Informatica uses a service oriented architecture, and has the capability to share services and resources across several machines.[12] Informatica ETL product, known as Informatica PowerCenter consists of 3 main components which are as follows:

  1. Informatica PowerCenter Client Tools: These are the development tools installed at the developer end. These tools enable a developer to
    • Define transformation processes, known as mappings (Designer)
    • Define run-time properties for a mapping, known as sessions (Workflow Manager)
    • Monitor execution of sessions (Workflow Monitor)
    • Manage a repository, which is useful for administrators (Repository Manager)
    • Report Metadata (Metadata Reporter)
  2. Informatica PowerCenter Repository: Repository is the backend[disambiguation needed] of Informatica tools. Repository is a data inventory where all the data related to mappings, sources, targets, etc. is kept. This is the place where all the metadata for an application is stored. All the client tools and Informatica Server fetch data from Repository.
  3. Informatica PowerCenter Server: In the Server, all the executions take place. Server makes physical connections to sources/ targets, fetches data, applies the transformations mentioned in the mapping and loads the data in the target system.

Types of transformations[edit]

  • Active : One that can change the number of rows being output
  • Passive : One that cannot change the number of rows being output
  • Connected : One that has at least one link with other transformations or objects in a mapping
  • Unconnected : One that does not have any link with any transformations or objects in a mapping

Also, Active transformation are recognized by any of the following three factors:

  • the transformation changes the row type
  • the transformation changes the row order
  • transaction control happens in the transformation

A transformation which has these properties is said to be an "active transformation", otherwise it is said to be a "passive transformation".


  • Source qualifier - converts source data types to Informatica data types; joins two source tables or files of the same type
  • Expression - transforms data with functions without affecting cardinality or data order
  • Lookups - enhances data elements with lookup values; may be connected or unconnected
  • Filter - filters incoming data
  • Router - routes data to selected output paths
  • Sorter - sorts data and optionally removes duplicate rows
  • Aggregator - aggregates data
  • Joiner - joins relational data midstream; can be used when source data is of multiple types
  • Normalizer - used with flat file input containing arrays or repeated data to create normal form relational data
  • Update Strategy - determines whether data is to be updated, inserted or deleted in cases where there are multiple output targets
  • Transaction Control - creates transactions and controls commits and rollbacks
  • Sequence Generator - generates a sequence of unique values as per the specified parameters
  • Java transformation - invokes Java methods, variables, third-party API's and built-in packages.

Financial results[edit]

Informatica headquarters in Redwood City
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Revenue (USD) [13] 1,047,954,000 948,171,000 811,571,000 783,779,000 650,076,000 600,693,000
Net Income (USD) [14] 114,087,000 86,400,000 93,180,000 117,500,000 86,320,000 54,210,000

Informatica has mainly seen growth through a combination of organic growth and growth through acquisition.[8][15]



  1. ^ Form 10-K (Annual Report), US SEC, retrieved 1 Sep 2015 
  2. ^ a b c Informatica, Informatica website, retrieved 15 May 2010 
  3. ^ "Informatica Announces Agreement to be Acquired by The Permira Funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board". Retrieved Apr 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Informatica Corporation Announces Completion of Acquisition by the Permira Funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board". Retrieved Aug 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Salesforce Ventures and Microsoft Join Informatica Buyout". Retrieved Aug 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft And Salesforce Join In $5.3 Billion Buyout Of Informatica". Retrieved Aug 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gartner Positions Informatica as a Leader in 2015 Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology, Worldwide". GlobeNewswire. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, Gartner, 25 November 2009, retrieved 15 May 2010 
  9. ^ Adrian, Merv (10 June 2010), Informatica Re-Factors the Value Chain for the Cloud, IT Market Strategy, retrieved 7 July 2010 
  10. ^ "Informatica Marketplace-Press Release". Informatica. Feb 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Informatica Marketplace - Home". Retrieved Sep 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Informatica Tutorial"
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  15. ^ Karel, Rob (28 January 2010), Introducing The MDM Market's Newest 800lb Gorilla: Informatica Acquires Siperian!, Forrester, retrieved 15 May 2010 

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