This article was written by Bill Burns and originally appeared on the Informatica Blog here: https://www.informatica.com/blogs/cloud-modernization-informatica-reaches-the-next-frontier-with-tx-ramp-certification.html
The State of Texas is following closely in the legislative steps of its Federal counterpart, enacting a law that will help their own local agencies modernize operations to provide enhanced citizen services and better carry out their missions. Organizations are leveraging enhanced security in the cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and trusted analytics to drive more-informed decision-making and improve internal effectiveness and efficiency.
Cloud adoption plays a central role in this effort. Both cloud-native and modernized legacy applications provide better visibility into the increasing volumes of data pouring in from an ever-growing number of sources and enable greater interoperability between applications. Migrating to and operating in hybrid and multi-cloud environments requires a comprehensive approach, involving people, processes and leading-edge technology to manage data at scale.
Partnering on Cloud Modernization to Achieve the Highest Levels of Security
Informatica continues to uphold its commitment to helping Government customers achieve the highest levels of security with our Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) capability through the Texas Risk and Authorization Management Program (TX-RAMP). Texas Senate Bill 475 went into effect January 1, 2022, establishing this “state risk and authorization management program to provide a standardized approach for security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud computing services that process the data of a state agency.”
I’m very pleased to share that Informatica has achieved a TX-RAMP Level 2 certification for the IICS platform. With this designation, Texas government agencies can now leverage the industry-leading platform within the Government Cloud environment.
This latest offering adds to the global certifications, regulations and standards Informatica and IICS have already achieved, including SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, GDPR, UK Cyber Essentials, GxP, Privacy Shield and the recent FedRAMP authorization.
Similar to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the Federal Government’s legislative version, TX-RAMP is an essential enabler to drive agencies towards leveraging the data they collect and create for better decision-making, analysis and informed policy making.
As more States enact legislation that provides their agencies with a standardized approach for modernizing their data, Informatica is committed to partnering alongside them to achieve their desired outcomes.
Key IICS capabilities include:
- Data integration for any type of data—structured or unstructured—across various cloud ecosystems
- Complete application integration
- Data visibility and controlled access, regardless of where data resides
- An AI-powered, intelligent automation platform across data lakes and data warehouses
- API-driven data delivered as microservices
- Seamless integration with Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog to discover and manage metadata
- Containers and serverless constructs for faster and scalable deployment
- Minimized complexity and simple installation and setup, with a user-friendly interface
- The choice to keep your sensitive data behind your firewalls, flowing between your other trust clouds, or any combination.
- Ease of management, including automatic upgrades and patching
Data Lies at the Heart of Modernization
Data-driven government agencies are realizing that the core of modernization is data itself. However, most agencies struggle to bridge the final gaps. They lack the capability to gain a comprehensive view of what data they have and how to make sense of it.
Moving workloads and data to cloud data warehouses and data lakes without interrupting operations can be challenging, and it doesn’t get easier post-move to ensure that users have continuous access to that data in real time in any environment. And the rigorous TX-RAMP standard means your cloud data and workloads are continuously monitored and protected.
Moving to the cloud with manual processes or by relying on limited capability data tools that are not TX-RAMP authorized will make the transition even more challenging. The model of lift and shift — moving everything all at once from on-premises to the cloud—can result in unnecessarily high costs and low-quality data. The IICS platform can help you on your cloud modernization journey to simplify your footprint, increase the productivity of your employees, and scale your applications.
Automating cloud data integration and cloud application integration with the power of AI are essential to achieving organizational goals within a data strategy. Plan your successful modernization now by leveraging all that a cloud-native data management solution brings — within the framework of one of the most stringent security programs today: TX-RAMP.