Redwood City, Calif., Dec. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA), the world's number one independent provider of data integration software, today announced that it has been named as a "Champion" in Info-Tech Research Group's Data Integration Tools Vendor Landscape for the second consecutive year. The complete report, including the quadrant graphic, is available at: http://vip.informatica.com/content/Downloads?docid=2599NA&lsc=NA-www-2013Q4-PO-DI-Vendor_Landscape_Tools_Analyst_Report According to Info-Tech Research Group's 2013 report, Informatica continues to lead the competitive field and advanced in data integration product strength. In Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes, Champions occupy the upper-right quadrant. They receive high scores for most evaluation criteria, offer excellent value, have a strong market presence and are usually trend setters for the industry. The new Info-Tech Research Group report rates Informatica as Exemplary in Overall Product and Vendor strength, supported by topmost scores for features, usability, architecture, company viability, strategy and channel presence. The study singles out Informatica as "an authority on data integration with over two decades of experience," and comments that the company "impresses with a feature-rich data integration platform and multiple deployment options." Informatica is shown as fully possessing the largest number of evaluated product features of any vendor in the study, including big data connectivity, cloud deployment, data virtualization, data quality and profiling, change data capture, data masking, exception handling, middleware compatibility and data semantics. Additionally, Info-Tech Research Group observes that: · Growing data volumes and data fragmentation are driving a need for data virtualization, commenting that: "Informatica provides a single solution for data integration and virtualization. Virtual tables can be instantly reused graphically for physical data and vice versa." · Rich development environments are key integration tool effectiveness, noting that: "Informatica's Vibe virtual data machine helps accelerate projects. Developers have the ability to map integration logic once, and then deploy it on-premise, in the cloud, or on Hadoop. "The 2013 Info-Tech Research Group Data Integration Tools Vendor Landscape highlights the completeness and robustness of Informatica's unified data integration platform and its ability to help customers address today's key data integration challenges, from big data to cloud connectivity, and from data quality to data privacy," said Ash Kulkarni, senior vice president and general manager, Data Integration, Informatica. "As indicated by the report, Informatica not only leads in product strength, but also continues to strengthen its product hand."