PARIS, France, Dec. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- News Facts:
- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA), the world's numberindependent provider of data integration software, today announcedthat French Waterways has standardized on Informatica MDM, an integral component of the InformaticaPlatform to consolidate data and maximize the return ondata. In time, more than 3,000 users will have access toaccurate, trusted reference data for accelerated, streamlineddecision-making surrounding Europe's largest network of inlandwaterways.
- French Waterways is responsible for the management, operation,modernization and development of three areas of operation:Waterways (6,700 kilometers of navigable waterways and a 40,000hectare property), Structural Services (4,000 permanent structures,such as bridges, dams and locks) and Real Estate (including, forexample 1,600 lock houses.)
- On January 1, 2013, French Waterways will become a state-ownedentity, replacing its current status as a public corporation. Thisshift will lead to major structural changes within FrenchWaterways. The number of employees, for example, will increase from300 to 5,000 and management will now have authority over all FrenchWaterways' personnel, including both private-sector and stateemployees.
- As a result, French Waterways is overhauling its ITinfrastructure and must adhere to a new model of governance guidingits interaction with the regions. The organization is deployingmultidomain Informatica MDM to consolidate data from disparate andsiloed databases, establish unified data repositories and optimizedata quality. Moreover, the best-in-class solution will supportFrench Waterways' requirement for reliable and authoritative data,by sharing critical information with external partners, such ascustoms, police and other European institutions.
- The project, which will take four years to complete, consistsof the implementation of the new information system and five datarepositories: boats, assets, external partners, personnel andnomenclature.
- The first repository, which contains information onvessels, was available in July 2012.Thisrepository consolidates 15 databases containing information onboats, such as boat registration, technical information andmerchandise onboard. The second repository, Assets, was launched inSeptember 2012. The consolidation of data will also facilitateroute planning with respect to bridge heights and tonnagelimitations on the waterways.
- French Waterways chose Informatica MDM, in conjunction withLogica, now part of CGI. The principal selection criteria wereopenness, scalability and performance.
- "French Waterways chose the Informatica Platform for itsopenness compared to other systems, in addition to its performance,scalability and ease of use," says Benoît Hollebecq, chiefinformation officer, French Waterways. "By implementing a masterdata management system based on reliable, relevant andauthoritative data, Informatica is helping French Waterways toestablish an effective and sustainable data governancestrategy."
- "We are delighted that French Waterways has selectedInformatica, together with CGI, to help maximize the return ondata," says Pascal Laik, managing director for France, Informatica."The change in French Waterways' status in January 2013 will createprofound change in the organization. We understand the challengesrelated to these structural changes, and the subsequent requirementfor trustworthy data that enables better data management anddecision-making."
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