Informatica's move to acquire Siperian, a provider of master data management software, is part of a long-term strategic plan that looks to create a shared unified architecture between MDM with intelligent middleware.
According to Chris Boorman, chief marketing officer for Informatica, IT organizations will soon stop thinking of MDM as an event. Instead, it will become part of an ongoing process associated with every step of a set of data governance polices.
Boorman says that the reason Informatica chose to acquire Siperian over other MDM players is that the two companies already use a number of shared software components that will ultimately make it easier to deliver a unified architecture.
In particular, Informatica found Siperian's ability to assign levels of trust to particular sets of data a compelling feature. Given all the sources of data in the enterprise, it's difficult to be sure what sets of data represent the "the single truth" associated with any business process. By leveraging Siperian's trusted data source model, Informatica's new found ability in version 9 of its namesake software to process requests in transit becomes that much more strategic.
The major vendors across the middleware landscape have been building suites of offerings for the last several years. But the race is going to be ultimately determined by which vendor can actually turn these suites into truly integrated offerings that makes data governance a truly seamless extension of any data integration process.