"Outsourcing models -- such as Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), IT Outsourcing (ITO) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) -- are fundamentally changing companies' IT infrastructure and the enterprise applications that automate business processes. The proliferation of these outsourcing models is rapidly increasing the fragmentation of data, even across corporate firewalls. As companies outsource business functions to service providers, the associated business data is also outsourced.
To obtain value from all their information assets, businesses must integrate data across their outsourced applications and their on-premise systems, such as ERP applications, mainframes, databases and custom applications. Using Web services standards, this next-generation integration of data across the Internet is called cross-enterprise data integration."
"To benefit from best practices and compelling economics, enterprises are increasingly outsourcing functions to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) service providers," said Sohaib Abbasi, chairman and CEO of Informatica. "Informatica On-Demand, built using Web 2.0 and Web services standards, will deliver our market-leading data integration platform as a Software-as-a-Service. Working with our partners, we will help customers expedite their data integration projects spanning both on-premise and outsourced applications."