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O'Neal Steel Standardizes on Informatica Data Integration to Achieve Holistic View of Customer and Sales Operations

Informatica PowerCenter and PowerExchange Deliver Data in Real-Time for Nation's Largest Independent Metals Provider

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Informatica Corporation today announced that O'Neal Steel, Inc., the largest family-owned metals service center in the U.S., has standardized enterprise-wide on the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform and PowerExchange data-access software to provide data in real-time to its strategic and operational decision makers. By using PowerCenter and PowerExchange to consolidate data across multiple subsidiaries and create unified dashboard views, O'Neal Steel will heighten management visibility into customers and field operations, streamline reporting, and accelerate its sales and product delivery cycles.

"Informatica will help us provide customers with exactly what they need, when they need it, by delivering business critical information in real time," said Mike Gooldrup, chief information officer of O'Neal Steel. "The alternatives we looked at were complicated, development-intensive and didn't really provide a complete solution for extracting and leveraging data from ERP and legacy mainframe applications. Informatica, on the other hand, provides the full range of data integration and delivery capabilities we require along with flexibility and ease of use. Key decision makers will have real-time access to the information they need to move decisively on business opportunities."

A full-line metals service company with products ranging from metal plate and structural shapes to tubing and pipe, family-owned O'Neal Steel has grown rapidly through acquisitions and now maintains more than 70 facilities across the United States. The company previously relied on a combination of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and a reporting tool embedded in its ERP system, which made retrieving data from its legacy mainframe systems difficult. Now, relevant mainframe data is transparently retrieved using Informatica's PowerExchange mainframe access software and integrated via PowerCenter with other enterprise data to create previously unobtainable holistic views of O'Neal Steel's operations.

The information integrated across its six subsidiaries will be consolidated so it can be used daily by the company's top management, including the chairman, regional vice presidents and business unit managers, to take in timely company-wide information at a glance, drill down to individual business units within regions, and easily view details on all customers, products, sales representatives and order types. PowerCenter will also enable the company to bring consistency to its delivered data with standard definitions and business rules across all its operating units.

"One of the biggest challenges facing fast-growing, geographically dispersed enterprises is data fragmentation, which stands in the way of the quick, informed decisions that help drive success," said Brian Gentile, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Informatica. "In standardizing on Informatica, O'Neal Steel can quickly access all enterprise information, regardless of where it resides, which is a key element of its corporate reengineering effort."

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software and services. With Informatica, companies can gain greater business value by integrating all their information assets from across the enterprise. More than 2,600 companies worldwide rely on Informatica to reduce the cost and expedite the time to address data integration needs of any complexity and scale. For more information, call 650-385-5000 (1-800-970-1179 in the U.S.), or visit http://www.informatica.com/.

NOTE: Informatica, PowerCenter and PowerExchange are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Informatica Corporation in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other company and product names may be trade names or trademarks of their respective owners.

Informatica Corporation

CONTACT: Jason Khoury of Informatica Corporation, +1-650-385-5360, or
mobile, +1-415-290-5023, or jkhoury@informatica.com; or Kerry Hall of Text
100, +1-415-593-8462, or mobile, +1-415-350-6615, or informatica@text100.com,
for Informatica Corporation

Web site: http://www.informatica.com/

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