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Dossiers: Where analytics is seen as a data-output service, Informatica came to the scene playing off its strength on the other end of the data warehouse—the migration technique known as extraction, transformation and load (ETL)

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Reference Checks & Company Info
Reference Checks

Ace Hardware
Mark Cothron
Data Warehouse Architect
(630) 990-8755
Project: An Informatica user since January 2001, the nationwide co-operative is tying the software in to a new e-commerce initiative.

Capital District Physicians' Health Plan
Todd Seeberger
Data Warehouse Analyst
(518) 641-4339
Project: Albany, N.Y.-based medical group has been using Informatica for two years, primarily as an ETL tool, and is currently testing a real-time deployment.

COPIC Insurance
Mark Stieg
Senior Technical Systems Designer
(720) 858-6110
Project: Just one year removed from a mainframe-based system, medical-malpractice underwriter has one division (risk management) pursuing analytics (with tool from Brio); uses Informatica mainly for extraction.

AAA Carolinas
Kevin Smith
Manager, CRM Strategies
(704) 569-7706
Project: Regional travel organization is using PowerCenter 6.1, mainly to load its SQL server data warehouse.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group
Everett Underwood
Manager, Database Support
(918) 669-2496
Project: Newly merged rental-car company uses PowerMart as a data warehousing tool.

Schneider National
Bob Grawien
VP, Application Development & Business Intelligence
(920) 592-2165
Project: Relies on Informatica to capture and cleanse transactional data; ETL processing runs off-shift rather than in real-time.
Executives listed here are all customers of Informatica. Their willingness to talk has been confirmed by Baseline.

Company Info

2100 Seaport Blvd.
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 385-5000


Gaurav Dhillon
President, CEO, Co-Founder
Before founding Informatica, he held various management and technical positions at Sterling Software and Unisys.

Clive Harrison
Executive VP, Worldwide Field Operations
Joined as VP, sales, in 1995 and expanded his role in 1998 to executive VP in charge of direct and channel sales worldwide.

Girish Pancha
Senior VP, Products
An early Informatica employee on PowerMart and PowerCenter, he was later co-founder and CEO at mobile-applications developer Zimba. Rejoined the company in 2000 when Zimba was acquired.

PowerCenter and recent additions PowerCenterRT (for real-time) and PowerAnalyzer; also, the "Applications Analytic Software Family" comprises analytics modules for Customer Relationship, Web Channel, Business Operations, Strategic Sourcing (Data Integration Platform and Analytic Workflows), and Supply Chain.

This article was originally published on 2003-03-01
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After being on staff at The New Yorker for five years, Josh later traveled the world, hitting all seven continents in a single year. At Yale University, he majored in American Studies, English, and Theatre Studies.

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