As the last pure-play ETL company, Informatica continues to be of interest in integration circles, which always seem to wonder whether this will be the year Informatica is acquired by a bigger vendor. Recently the company issued its fourth-quarter earning results, and, consequently, there have been a few trade press articles ruminating about Informatica's health.
CRN published the more traditional analysis article, reporting that the last quarter was largely positive for Informatica - something of a novelty in and of itself, given recent headlines about layoffs at Microsoft and SAP. Informatica had a 9 percent rise in revenue last quarter when compared to the same 2007 quarter, though the piece also notes profits "remained largely flat, decreasing slightly from US$20.6m to US$19.9m."
The writer also interviewed several analysts, who discussed how new products might impact this year's growth. Overall, I walked away with the feeling Informatica is walking a thin line and could tumble over the buy-out brink at any time. But, honestly, that seems to be the underlying motif in all articles about Informatica for the past two years now. The current economy just adds a layer of credibility to the general sense of impending doom.
If you'd like more details about the company's plans and standing, you should also check out TDWI's recent interview with Adam Wilson, Informatica's senior vice-president of product management and marketing. Obviously, it's a bit more optimistic, but it does take a closer look at the data integration market and how Informatica plans to compete with Oracle, SAP and IBM.