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Informatica 9 New Features
2. About the Author
3. Icons Used
4. Informatica 9 New Features: Overview
 This module provides an introduction to the new version of Informatica and its
5. Informatica 9 New Features: Objectives
After completing this chapter you will be able to:
 Identify the new features and Enhancements of Informatica 9
6. Informatica 9 : New Features
Data integration support for the cloud
Informatica Developer
Informatica Analyst
Informatica Domain
Power Center Enhancement
Metadata Manager
7. Informatica Cloud Computing
The new features of Informatica Cloud Computing is as follows:
Cloud-Based Data Integration Services
 Accesses and integrates data sources both in the cloud and on premise, including relational
databases, flat files, Web services, and
 Leverages PowerCenter’s library of data transformations and other data integration
functionality available for on-premise use.
Web-Based Configuration
 Provides a Web browser interface that allows users to configure, manage, and execute
integration jobs.
 Enables business users to directly interact with and consume data services that are provided in
the cloud.

8. Informatica Cloud Computing (Contd.)
Any-Latency Processing
 Enables continuous data processing with a high-performance, low- latency engine.
 Supports batch, trickle-feed, and real-time data integration.
Enterprise-Grade Infrastructure Services
 Increases or decreases capacity within minutes using virtual computing environments such as
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (AEC2).
 Leverages a highly reliable cloud computing environment to control network access to and
between groups of Informatica PowerCenter Cloud Edition instances.
Centralized, Remote Management
 Provides a single Web-based, global administration console for regulating access. Individual
instances can be managed to start, stop, and reboot and to monitor jobs running on individual
9. Informatica Cloud Computing (Contd.)
 Enables seamless interaction with any Informatica Power Center Cloud Edition instance from
local desktop without having to install any additional software.
Robust Security Management
 Ensures data security and privacy in the cloud with support for granular privileges and
permissions and for LDAP integration.
 Enables centralized administration of users, groups, and privileges.
Dynamic Partitioning
 Divides data processing into subsets, which run in parallel and are spread among available CPUs
in a multiprocessor system.
 Provides visual controls for a wide range of partition schemes.
10. Informatica Domain
This section describes new features and enhancements to domain:
 Analyst Service: Application service that runs Informatica Analyst in the Informatica domain.
 Data Integration Service : Application service that processes requests from Informatica Analyst
and Informatica Developer to preview or run data profiles and mappings.
 Power Exchange Listener Service: Manages the Power Exchange Listener for bulk data
movement and change data capture.

11. Informatica Domain (Contd.)
 Model Repository Service : Application service that manages the Model repository. The Model
repository is a relational database that stores the metadata for projects created in Informatica
Analyst and Informatica Designer. The Model repository also stores run-time and configuration
information for applications deployed to a Data Integration Service.
 PowerExchange Logger Service : Manages the PowerExchange Logger for Linux, UNIX, and
Windows to capture change data and write it to the PowerExchange Logger Log files.
Informatica Administrator : The PowerCenter Administration Console is renamed to Informatica
Administrator (Administrator tool). The Informatica Administrator has a new interface. Some of the
properties and configuration tasks from the PowerCenter Administration Console have been moved to
different locations in Informatica Administrator.
 Deployment : We can configure, deploy, and enable applications in the Developer tool. Deploy
applications to one or more Data Integration Services.
12. Informatica Domain (Contd.)
 Connection Management : Database connections are centralized in the domain. You can create
and view database connections in Informatica Administrator, Informatica Developer, or
Informatica Analyst. Create, view, edit, and grant permissions on database connections in
Informatica Administrator.
 Monitoring : You can monitor profile jobs, scorecard jobs, preview jobs, mapping jobs, and SQL
data services for each Data Integration Service.
Command Line Interface
 infacmd is expanded to allow management of all Informatica application services.
13. Power Center Enhancement
Lookup Transformation:
 Cache updates: Lookup cache can be updated based on the results of an expression. The
dynamic lookup cache can be updated in the same manner.
 Multiple rows return: Lookup transformation can now be configured to return multiple rows.
 SQL overrides for uncached lookups: In previous versions SQL override could be created for
cached lookups only.
 Database deadlock resilience: Session will not fail when the Integration Service encountered a
database deadlock during a lookup. When a deadlock occurs, the Integration Service attempts
to run the last statement in a lookup. The number of retry attempts and time period between
attempts can be configured manually.

14. Power Center Enhancement (Contd.)
SQL Transformation:
 Auto-commit for connections : Auto-commit
can be enabled for each database
connection. Each SQL statement in a query
defines a transaction. A commit occurs
when the SQL statement completes or the next statement is executed, whichever comes first.
 Exactly-once processing. The Integration Service provides exactly-once delivery of real-time
source messages to the SQL transformation. If there is an interruption in processing, the
Integration Service can recover without requiring the message to be sent again.
 Passive transformation : SQL transformation can be configured to run in passive mode instead of
active mode. When SQL transformation runs in passive mode, it returns one output row for each
input row.

15. Power Center Enhancement (Contd.)
XML Transformation:
 XML Parser buffer validation : The XML Parser transformation can validate an XML document
against a schema. The Parser transformation routes invalid XML to an error port. When the XML
is not valid, the Parser transformation routes the XML and the error messages to a separate
output group that we can connect to a target.
Real-time Sessions:
 Session log file rollover. Session logs size can be limited for real-time sessions. Also it can be
limited by time or by file size.

16. Power Center Enhancement (Contd.)
Mapping Architect for Visio:
Mapping Architect for Visio, a key feature of Informatica Power Center Standard Edition, simplifies and
streamlines the process of creating and managing data integration mappings. With Mapping Architect
for Visio, your IT team can design a single mapping template and automatically generate many mappings
based on specific parameters.
•Accelerate project delivery by maximizing the reuse of data integration design assets
and best practices and eliminating labor-intensive rework.
•Strengthen collaboration between IT and the business by streamlining communication
among data architects, business analysts, and mapping developers.
 Shortcuts. Transformations can be configured to use a shortcut. Mapping templates can be
created from a mapping that contains shortcuts to reusable transformations.
 Mapping template. Following objects can be included in a mapping template:
- Pipeline Normalizer transformation
- Custom transformation
- Power Exchange source definition
- Power Exchange target definition
17. Power Center Enhancement (Contd.)
Identify Resolution transformation
The Identity Resolution transformation is an active transformation that can be used to search
and match data in databases. The PowerCenter Integration Service uses the search definition that you
specify in the Identity Resolution transformation to search and match data residing in the Informatica
Identity Resolution (IIR) tables. The input and output views in the search definition determine the input
and output ports of the transformation. Configure match tolerance and search width parameters in the
Identity Resolution transformation to determine the matching scheme and search level. The Identity
Resolution transformation returns the candidate records along with the search link port, respective
scores, and the number of records found for the search.

18. Power Center Enhancement (Contd.)
Unstructured Data transformation
The Unstructured Data transformation accepts hierarchical groups of input ports. You can pass
data that represents relational tables. Groups are related by primary key-foreign key relationships. To
increase performance you can flush sorted input data to the Unstructured Data transformation.

19. Metadata Manager
This section describes new features and enhancements to Metadata Manager.
 Microsoft Analysis and Reporting Services resource. to extract reporting metadata from
Microsoft Reporting Services and to extract an analysis schema from Microsoft Analysis Services.
 Test a connection : After creating or editing a resource, Test Connection can be used to test the
connection to the source system, validate the Metadata Manager Agent URL, or validate the
source file configuration.
 PowerCenter parameter file syntax. Metadata Manager supports additional forms of parameters
in PowerCenter parameter files for a PowerCenter resource.
 Multiple PowerCenter parameter files can be uploaded at the same time.
 Abort loads.
 Single log file. Can be download a single log file in Microsoft Excel that includes load details,
session statistics, and summary details.
 Edit resources. A single dialog box to edit any property for a resource, including connection
properties, connection assignments, resource parameters, schedules.
20. Metadata Manager (Contd.)
Connection Assignments:
 Link objects in connected resources. Resource Link Administration window can be used to direct
Metadata Manager to create the links between matching objects in the resources.
 Export missing link details. The Load Details tab contains summary information for links created
between objects in connected resources.
 Automatic connection assignment. Metadata Manager can automatically configure connection
assignments for a data integration, business intelligence, or data modeling resource.
 Purging resources keeps connection assignments. Metadata Manager keeps connection
assignments for a purged resource. The connection assignment properties display the schema
status as purged

21. Metadata Manager (Contd.)
Business Glossary:
 Business Glossary approval workflow. Business glossary can be used to create and edit draft
business terms, propose the business terms for review by data stewards and then publish the
 Migrate a business glossary. Migrate business glossaries to and from XML.
 Business glossary terms in data lineage diagram. When data lineage is launched Metadata
Manager displays the business terms associated with each object in a lineage diagram.
 Link business glossary terms to reference tables. A business term can be associated with a
reference table name and a URL to the reference table. A URL can be specified to a reference
table in Informatica Analyst, or any valid URL can be included to a reference table.
 Audit trail. The audit trail includes the old and new values of a property and the user who made
the edits.
22. Metadata Manager (Contd.)
Browse Metadata:
 Usage of URL API to access Metadata Manager objects and features.
 Display one instance of an object in the lineage diagram. Power Center mappings and database
tables views, and synonyms are no longer split across multiple instances in different nodes in a
lineage diagram.
mmcmd Commands
 Resource management. Added commands to create, update, delete, and purge resources. Also
to configure connection assignments, configure Power Center parameter files, and create links
between objects in connected resources and to cancel a resource load.
 Metadata Manager Service. Added commands to create and delete Metadata Manager
repository content and to restore Power Center repository content.
23. Metadata Manager (Contd.)
Import/Export :
 Export and import in XML. Any custom resource, business glossary, or property added to a
packaged resource type can be exported to an XML file and imported into another Metadata
Manager instance.
 Links. Search text in links for metadata objects, including link name, link description, link URL .
 Location property. By default, the location of an object appears in search results.
 Include audit trail in search results.
24. Informatica 9 New Features
Time for a Break !
25. Informatica 9 New Features
Questions from participants
26. Test Your Understanding
1. What are the new features in Informatica 9?
2. What is Mapping Architect for Visio?
27. Informatica 9 New Features: Summary
In this chapter, you have learnt:
 New features and Enhancements in Informatica
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