This blog post originally appeared on Informatica’s blog on the 28th of August, 2018. It has been revised.
National Instruments is a global leader in test, measurement and control systems. With more than 35,000 customers worldwide, National Instruments empower scientists and engineers in diverse industries such as Electronics, Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Automotive, Wireless, Heavy Equipment, Industrial Machinery, Academic and Research, Semiconductor and RF/Mobile, generating a considerable amount of data.
Each of these industries have unique needs, which National Instruments serves in individualised ways. The National Instruments IT team is charged with future proofing the business’ IT infrastructure and providing guidance to the individual business units. They’ve also developed a robust data management strategy across the enterprise.
Starting quickly with Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services
National Instruments was one of the early adopters of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS). IICS is the Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering from Informatica.
Being early with the “as a service” model with integrations, there was initial pressure for the IT teams to put some quick wins on the board. The team were up and running with Informatica Cloud within days and were contributing to a Salesforce rollout project within weeks.
Easy-to-use tools for integration specialists and ad-hoc integrators all proved very beneficial for the National Instruments team to meet their data and application integration project deadlines.
With leadership from the Business Intelligence team to improve their agility and flexibility, a project to incorporate a cloud-based data lake and analytical tools was started. The Analytics Workbench (AWB) enabled data scientists and business analysts to extract insights from enterprise data much faster.
Before the AWB, data scientists were stuck with predetermined schemas and spent time requesting new datasets instead of being able to make their own correlations to draw insights and perform analysis.
Insights from the National Instruments team
- Informatica enables you to start small and scale fast with cloud based applications and tools to help you get off the ground faster.
- Identify projects you could move to cloud easily like business intelligence and analytics.
- Be prepared to play around and experiment with the cloud.
- Keep adapting and learning, develop best practices and share within the enterprise to grow adoption internally.