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Informatica Corporation Message Board

  • Sherlock_Holmes_and_DrWatson Sherlock_Holmes_and_DrWatson Oct 31, 2002 6:08 PM Flag

    A challenge

    Can any of the posters on this board explain in laymans language how the software this company sells is used?

    Who would buy it?

    Is it off the shelf or is it customized?

    How much would a typical sale be?

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    • you probably right about that. You got good profits and have my congradulations.

    • I'm happy to hear things are going well for you and it sounds
      like you are making a difference to the people you're helping.
      Good for you.

      Maybe when you are done with your project you'll come back, OK?
      I miss your humor.

      Your friend, pp

    • Just completing a conversion for a major company from MV to Oracle, and they're ONLY a month late, which must be some kind of record.

      I've picked up another major account, and am, happily, busy as I can be.

      I have no further interest in participating, as I am time-bound, and was putting in more information that I was getting out.

      At this point, as far as INFA, I was not thrilled with these last financials (top-line about flat even with new product offerings, and look carefully at their AR's). Yet, winning the IE Award for the new stuff was most encouraging, as it looks good when they talk to customers.

      What I cannot understand is why "INFA vs. ASCL" is the continuing topic, when IMO it should be, if you're forward-looking, "INFA vs. BOBJ", and we could toss in HYSL and Cognos and a number of others in BI/Analytics, including moves by SAP and major software providers. If anyone has seen the financials broken out by Product Lines for INFA, it would be interesting.

      Aside from a very few posters, the thread from sidda32 is something I can agree with - very few are talking about the company, compared to those talking about the stock, which is quite volatile, and in this market is at the mercy of traders. About 1/3 of all NYSE volume now is generated by computers, in program trading, which is why things bounce around so much. The analyst lawsuits, such as against Citi and Grubman, etc., will insure that there's less money spent on analysts, and they'll all cover the primary stocks, with fewer covering smaller companies.

      Back to my labors ... I haven't even read what anyone has been posting, before these last few minutes, and generally don't care to air my thoughts on here anymore. I also won't be reading any on-board replies.

      Good luck.

    • I'm doing fine thank you, how about you?

      I was an owner of both stocks but not now. I paid $2.00 fo ASCL and $3.00 for INFA.
      My friend told me to sell whenever I have a 30% profit.

      She always says that no one ever went broke by taking a profit and that made sense to me.

      I hope pickexpert comes back, he's funny especially when he starts talking about politics.

      pp (fop)

    • No he disappeared. How are you doing lately? Are you owner of INFA and ASCL?

    • Hi, I don't know if you remember me but I used to talk to pickexpert on the ASCL board.
      Don't pay any attention to their name calling, they do it to everyone, even me.

      Have you heard from pickexpert?

      pp (fop)

    • if im so dumb how come I'm making so much money are you are so dirt poor. I am a professional trader who makes 1000 trades a year. I usually average 50,000 a year profit. How about you?

    • not a unbiased opinion but a fact. If INFA was so good then ASCL would have bought them out long ago. They have not because of the duplication of software that they already have.

    • Are you serious??

      Why don't you just go to and read about the products.

      This is a board for investing, not silly questions like that which are easily researched.

      Of course, if your pickexpert, its also a board to post your inane political views.

      Anyone wonder if he's dead?


    • In general terms, the product set is primarily used for data integration.

      It is used to take data from multiple sources such as databases, flat files, etc... provide data transformation, integration, and reconciliation services against the data, and present that data to a number of different targets.

      It is used for many different purposes, with some of the principle uses being:
      -the creation of data warehouses for use in analytical applications
      -data conversion/migration
      -erp system connections

      As to who would buy it, take a look at a list of customers they have. Typically, Fortune 2000 IT shops that are looking to gain a competitive advantage through a better understanding of the information assets they have in house. Go to the web site to find details of companies that use their products.

      Sales depend on what portions of the product is sold. They have multiple primary products, with the two main being geared at the full data integration space and another geared at data analytics.

      Sales usually start in the 6 figures and go up from there. Million dollar deals are not common, but also not that rare.

      Chief competitors include Ascential Software and Ab Initio (and in-house, hand written systems). Ascential Software (ASCL) is considered pretty much neck-and-neck with INFA. INFA has branched into the world of analytics while ASCL has broadened their data integration platform to include data quality and data profiling. INFA uses third parties for the data quality/profiling while ASCL uses third parties for analytics. Ab Initio is a private and very secretive company.

      Most of the other competitors (DataMirror, DataJunction, Sagent, ETI) are smaller, niche players. Others have been purchased by other vendors to compliment their offerings, such as Acta being bought by Business Objects (BOBJ)

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