The CEO of Informatica explains how its big cloud revitalization push is rooted in its 28-year history, and Microsoft's cloud boss says it's a key partner
Informatica pivoted to 'everything cloud first'
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When Informatica, a data warehousing company, was first founded in the early '90s, it was focused on data integration for companies running their business on physical servers — a thriving industry and a big part of the early tech booms. Then came the ascent of cloud giants Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud — which have become massive cloud platforms with artificial intelligence and data analytics capabilities. That could have spelled out the end for a company like Informatica, which removed itself from the public markets in 2015 following a $5.3 billion leveraged buyout deal that included Microsoft and Salesforce Ventures. Now, Informatica is making a big bet on the future. This week, at its annual conference Informatica World, the data management company announced new capabilities having to with its Microsoft cloud partnership, along with updates to its partnerships with Amazon's and Google's clouds..
Walia and Scott Guthrie, the executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and AI business and its overall cloud boss, told Insider what this latest update to their partnership means for Informatica's commitment to cloud, and how their shared DNA in legacy technologies gives them an edge over all-cloud competitors. "Both Microsoft and Informatica really share that hybrid design point, which I think has been one of the key differentiators for both of us, but also one of the things that's helped us, from an acceleration perspective, enable large organizations' ability to react fast and achieve digital transformation faster,".