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The Value Wedge: What Data IS, DOES, and MEANS in Data Governance and Data Quality Initiatives

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:30
If you’ve followed the enterprise software industry over the past ten years, you’ve probably picked up on a key trend that has led successful vendors to prominence and others to their demise – making data “fit for purpose.” The successful vendors have offered solutions that are simple to deploy, easily accessible for IT to manage and administer, while empowering its line of business users to leverage data to fully benefit their unique departmental goals. You may be asking what I’m getting at or ...
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5 Reasons to Run Hadoop in the Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:30
You know Hadoop. You know about the cloud. But do you know why and how to run Hadoop in the cloud in order to supercharge your data analytics operation? Apache Hadoop was born as an on-premise platform, and most of the use cases for early commercial Hadoop vendors – like Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR – focused on on-premise implementations of the open source data analytics platform. Hadoop in the Cloud But alongside on-premise Hadoop environments, Hadoop-as-a-Service – meaning Hadoop running i...
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Machine Learning is Great, But Only when Powered by Data Quality

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 13:30
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are reshaping the technology world. But machine learning is only as effective as the data that drives it. In other words, if you want to implement effective machine learning, you need to pay attention to data quality. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are not new concepts. They have been around since the early decades of computing when theorists like Alan Turing began imagining ways to make computers “think” rather than jus...
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3 Webinars for a Smarter Mainframe: Optimization, Machine Learning & Sort Innovations

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 13:30
Class is now in session! Take advantage of these hazy, lazy days to catch up on some modern mainframe best practices. And today’s post doesn’t even have a required reading list! Smarten up your mainframe during your next summer lounge session with one or more of these recently recorded webinars featuring mainframe optimization, machine learning and innovations in mainframe sort technology. The Future of Mainframe Optimization In this IBM Systems Magazine webinar, you’ll learn about...
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It Takes Data to Delight Your Customers

Informatica Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:00
It Takes Data to Delight Your Customers Digital transformation is what everybody wants, but there are many views on what constitutes a “digital transformation.” Is it online services? Is it a social enterprise? Is it legacy transformation? Is it an analytics-driven enterprise? The definition of digital enterprise may be all of the above, or maybe one of the above. What really matters in the end, however, is one thing and one thing only: whether the digital effort is delighting the customer and e...
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Informatica wins a coveted Stackies Award

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 17:45
This is kind of big news for us, marketing operations and marketing technology types (and Laura happens to be both) Informatica has won one of this year’s Stackie Awards presented by Scott Brinker at the MarTech San Francisco 2017 Conference.  We love the Stackies. They’re the only award to recognize the hard work that goes into assembling and integrating a marketing tech stack– and the cool challenge of capturing that stack in a single slide. We also love them because they raised $7,800 for Gir...
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The Cloud Roadmap: Where Your Vision Gets Real

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:45
In recent posts, I’ve discussed the process of establishing an organizational vision and strategy for cloud technology. Once you’ve established a solid, supported, long-term strategy it’s time to get tactical and the bridge between strategy and tactical implementation is your roadmap. Everyone gets roadmaps as a metaphor and that a roadmap is a detailed guide to the stages of an organizational evolution. But I find that people often aren’t sure what this kind of IT transformation roadmap should...
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Syncsort Continues to Drive Mainframe and Distributed Data Integration

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:31
This post is an update of an article that originally appeared on the Dancing Dinosaur blog. In the fall of 2015, Syncsort, a leading mainframe ISV, introduced a set of tools to facilitate data integration through Apache Kafka and Apache Spark, two of the most active Big Data open source projects for handling real-time, large-scale data processing, feeds, and analytics. Syncsort’s primary integration vehicle then revolved around the Intelligent Execution capabilities of its DMX data integration p...
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The Deepening Mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:45
The Deepening Mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making More and more parts of our business engagements are being driven by algorithms, and lately, there’s been a surprising revelation about these algorithms. Even the most astute data scientists among us really don’t know how many algorithms are generating the results they are issuing. This deepening mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making was recently explored by Will Knight, senior editor for AI at MIT Technology Review, wh...
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A Cloud-First Lens on the Journey to Cloud

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:45
Did you know that the concept of a “Cloud-First” began in the U.S. federal government? Cloud-First was a mandate issued to all federal agencies by the chief information officer of the United States in December 2010. By 2012, a subsequent report to Congress showed that more than half of all federal agencies had adopted cloud computing for at least one application. As more and more applications are available in the market are built for cloud only, the cloud-first strategy becomes increasingly popu...
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PUMA’s Data-Driven Digital Transformation with Informatica

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:45
PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, with an established history of designing, footwear, apparel and accessories for some of the most talented athletes on the planet. The Original Challenge: Decentralized Business Structure and Siloed Systems (c) RALF ROEDEL / Puma A couple of years ago, PUMA’s growth was largely driven by its decentralized business structure. Regional general managers approached their territories as entrepreneurs, driving business growth locally. As a result, teams...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Databricks’ Reynold Xin on Structured Streaming, Apache Kafka and the Future of Spark

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 13:23
The new major version release of Spark has been getting a lot of attention in the Big Data community. One of the most significant strides forward has been the introduction of Structured Streaming. At the last Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Manager, Paige Roberts sat down with Reynold Xin (@rxin) to get the details on the driving factors behind Spark 2.0 and its newest features. Reynold Xin is the Chief Architect for Spark core at Databricks and one of Spark’s foun...
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Expert Interview: Reynold Xin, Databricks Chief Architect and Founder, on Driving Forces Behind Major Changes to Spark 2.x

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:30
The major version release of Spark has been getting a lot of attention in the Big Data community. At the last Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Manager, Paige Roberts sat down with Reynold Xin (@rxin) of Databricks to get the details on the driving factors behind Spark 2.x and its newest features. Reynold Xin is the Chief Architect for Spark core at Databricks and one of Spark’s founding fathers. He had just finished giving a presentation on the full history of Spark...
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Partner Perspective: Informatica World 2017

Informatica Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:14
Wow, what an outstanding week at Informatica World 2017 this year! With nearly 500 partners in attendance, we mutually discovered new and innovative ways to leverage Informatica technologies. As always, the Solutions Expo was the place to see partner solutions, and we all partied with the partners that held over 10 different events, engaged in breakout sessions, and discussed today’s latest business trends and opportunities. From DevOps efficiency to data quality and governance, the excitement ...
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NEW! Bloor Spotlight Paper: Big Data & the Mainframe, Issues and Opportunities

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:30
In this new white paper from Bloor, common issues around Big Data deployments are discussed, including strategies to resolving them, or even turning them into opportunities. “More or less every major organisation in the world has a mainframe at the heart of its enterprise and it is critical that big data deployments are viewed from that perspective rather than treated as isolated efforts that are distinct from the mainframe environment.” – Author Philip Howard Discover the six issues involved ...
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Partner Opportunities in Data Security

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:49
At Informatica World last week, we talked about our strategy going forward, the roadmap for our innovative products and shared our new brand story with the world! I also met with many of our partners and data security was a consistent topic of discussion. The story lines included not just discussions like- help me help my customers comply with <insert regulation here> or my customers are really concerned about a data breach and losing sensitive data, but more in-depth discussions like: My...
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Reflections on Informatica World

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:17
This post is by Neil Raden. He is an author, consultant, industry analyst and founder of Hired Brains Research, based in Santa Fe, NM. He has a passion for analytics based on decades of experience, and strives to express it through his work in writing, speaking and advising clients. Reflections on Informatica World Martin Baron, the Executive Editor of the Washington Post, giving the Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics recently at Penn State University, mused, “I confess, for a long while, I was...
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Artificial Intelligence, So Mom Can Understand

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:42
Dear Mom, Artificial Intelligence, So Mom Can Understand   Even though my work often mystified you, you and Dad have been my biggest fans throughout my over 25-year data management career. Not surprising, as you were both dental professionals, not data professionals! But as you started hearing about data in the media more and more, your interest piqued to better understand it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing my letters to you over the past few years covering a range of topics including Data...
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Dark Data, Light Data, and Agility

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:30
“Agile” is the operative word in today’s IT world. If you’re not agile, you’re not cutting it in the technology business. And if you work with data, staying agile means being able to turn “dark data” into “light data” instantly. To explain what I mean by that, let me first define the terms: Agile is a word used by programmers and system admins to describe an approach to software development and deployment that is flexible and scalable. The ...
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Accelerating Data Management with Artificial Intelligence

Informatica Blog - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:50
At Informatica World 2017, Informatica announced CLAIRE, the metadata-driven artificial intelligence in the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform. In summary: CLAIRE is the engine that will deliver intelligence to all the data management capabilities of the platform. CLAIRE will make data management recommendations, suggestions, and even provide automation of some data management tasks. Data volumes and complexity are exploding while technology change is accelerating. And now The Economist has ...
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