Informatica PowerCenter

Definition - What does Informatica PowerCenter mean?

Informatica PowerCenter is a widely used extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) tool used in building enterprise data warehouses.

The components within Informatica PowerCenter aid in extracting data from its source, transforming it as per business requirements and loading it into a target data warehouse. Informatica PowerCenter is produced by Informatica Corp.

Techopedia explains Informatica PowerCenter

The main components of Infromatica PowerCenter are its client tools, server, repository server and repository. The PowerCenter server and repository server make up the ETL layer, which completes the ETL processing.

The PowerCenter server executes tasks based on work flow created by work flow managers. The work flows can be monitored using a work flow monitor. Jobs inside the program are designed in a mapping designer, which creates mapping between source and target. Mapping is a pictorial representation about flow of data from source to target. Transformations such as aggregation, filtering and joining are major examples of transformation.

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