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PowerCenter Users Can Now See The Light (Through Operational Insights)

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:15
Empower Your PowerCenter Operations With “Operational Insights” Informatica PowerCenter “power users” have asked for improved ability to gain the operational insights necessary for managing multiple PowerCenter Data Centers – asset discovery, determining shared system usage (for ROI calculations), and advanced analytical insight for capacity planning and scheduling of distributed workflow runs (to optimize performance). Most users traditionally addressed these needs through a combina...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Joey Echeverria on the Latest With Splunk, Spark, and Flink

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In part one of the blog series, Roberts and Echeverria discussed some common Hadoop security methods. Part two focused on more detail regarding different methods of fine-grained security when dealing with Hadoop. In the final installment, Echeverria describes what the latest developments are with Splunk, as well as the differences betwee...
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Not Quite, Murder on the Orient Express

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:00
It does not take murder and a bunch of Hollywood A-listers to excite us here at Informatica. Providing safe passage, a smooth and profitable ride on rails still does though. If you work for a railway or your organization has USD276 million a year to maintain all your physical assets, would you like to know how to boost on-time performance, safety and save a third of your annual maintenance budget using cutting edge data management techniques? If so, buy a ticket to this matinee right now. Well, ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Joey Echeverria on Alternate Methods of Hadoop Security

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of the O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In part one of this blog series, Roberts and Echeverria discussed the common Hadoop security methods. As we return for part two, Echeverria goes more into detail regarding different methods of security when dealing with Hadoop. Roberts: Have you seen some of the interaction between Atlas and Ranger to work on the authorization, wher...
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The CIO Reading List: Start with Why

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 19:15
“We don’t want to come to work to build a wall, we want to come to work to build a cathedral.” —Simon Sinek, Start with Why CIOs can’t succeed unless they can communicate. Whether we’re convincing our C-level colleagues to support complex, cross-functional programs, persuading our staff that our strategy will enable their success, or proving to customers that we can relate to and help solve their biggest challenges, it’s the CIO’s job to convince people to take huge leaps...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Joey Echeverria on Some Common Hadoop Security Methods

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In the first of this three-part blog, Roberts and Echeverria discuss some common Hadoop security methods, and why they’re so desperately needed. Paige: Let’s start with an introduction. Tell us about yourself. Joey: My name is Joey Echeverria. I’m an architect at Splunk, working on stream processing. And I’m also the author of Hadoop Securi...
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What You Need to Know About Tracing Transactions From Mobile to Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 13:30
Having visibility of key, up-to-date metrics from the elements within a system is incredibly valuable, but difficult to achieve without the right tooling. Syncsort’s new eBook, “What You Need to Know About Tracing Transactions From Mobile to Mainframe,” takes a look at which tools best prepare you in the case of an emergency. The situation in which a system goes down can be detrimental to an organization and the damage can vary greatly by how quick the downtime is resolved. Wi...
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Where Will Mainframes be in Ten Years?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:30
How will the mainframe industry change over the next decade? Will mainframes even still be around? The short answers to those questions are  “a lot” and  “almost certainly.” Keep reading for the longer take. The Future of Mainframes While predicting the future is always risky business, it’s easy enough to look at current trends in the mainframe industry and extrapolate on them to understand how mainframes might change over the next ten years. Key observations in th...
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DevOps for Data

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:15
InformationWeek’s Lisa Morgan just made the call – data specialists need to get some DevOps religion. DevOps, which is attaining almost religious status within many technology-driven organizations, is about one simple yet effective idea: it’s better to have consistent cadence of deliverables moving through the pipeline, versus unpredictable spurts of development. Developers, known to work crazy hours on crazy schedules, are encouraged to work closely with operations teams, known for their discip...
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A New Brand: Reflecting the Present, Preparing for the Future

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:30
Over the last couple years, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing first hand the remarkable transformation taking place at Syncsort. In that time, we have tripled our revenue, more than doubled the number of talented employees, and established a definitive leadership position in a segment of the data management software market that we call Big Iron to Big Data. Today, we proudly talk about our more than 7,000 customers, our deep engineering & product relationships with leading next-generation...
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Continuous Data Quality: What It Means and Why You Need It

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:30
Achieving data quality is not enough to maximize the value of big data operations. In order to make the very most of big data, your data quality should be continuous. Here’s what continuous data quality means, and how to achieve it. What Is Data Quality? Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to fulfill an intended purpose. Without data quality, the information that you attempt to use to drive business value will fall short of enabling the insights you seek. Problems like miss...
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Firefighting, Running and Beyond: Big Data Success Stories

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:30
You hear about big data all day long. But do you know how it’s used in the real world? Here’s a look at use cases where big data solved real problems. One of the reasons big data has become so popular is the variety of things you can do with it. As the following use cases illustrate, the list of ways that data can be put to work is virtually unlimited. Netflix Predicts What Users Want Producing a television series is expensive. If you make the wrong bet about which type of content y...
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New White Paper! The Keys to Data Governance Success

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 12:30
It’s important that organizations looking to establish and implement data governance stay lean and agile while taking advantage of a framework of best practices. Our latest White Paper, “Start Small, Gain Support, Collaborate, and Quantify – The Keys to Data Governance Success“, goes into depth on the key challenges that come along with implementation. By taking a different approach to data governance, it’s possible to move from looking at governance as a “data” issue that onl...
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Mainframe Meets Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at SHARE Sacramento

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:30
Winter SHARE 2018 was held in Sacramento, California the week of March 12th. Throughout the years the scope and tone of the SHARE conference has changed based upon the technologies everyone is discussing. In the past, it was focused on the mainframe and how to better manage your environment. This year, SHARE was focused on emerging technologies that can be used to manage and monitor your environment. The most talked about next-generation tech being Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. A...
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Tips for Cost-Effective Data Security

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:30
When it comes to data security, there is no shortage of tools and strategies to invest in. The major challenge for businesses is determining which data security solutions deliver the best bang for the buck. The following strategies can help to achieve data security without breaking the bank. Don’t Store What You Don’t Need Perhaps the most basic rule of data security — and the most cost-effective policy to implement — is to avoid storing data that is not necessary to your...
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Finding the ‘Initial Need’ to Deploy an iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:15
Application landscapes are changing rapidly. Whilst almost every business I talk to has a stable on-premises integration solution to connect core platforms together, many have yet to deploy a solution for the burgeoning number of cloud applications that have sprouted across their business. For those without an iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service), determining how to connect cloud applications (to cloud applications, cloud analytics, cloud data warehouses) – and cloud back to core infrastruc...
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Explaining Big Data to Your Boss: What to Prioritize

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:30
As an engineer, you know what big data means. And your boss might think that he or she knows what big data means. But how do you get your boss to understand what big data really means? That’s a burning question in an age when big data is one of the most frequently peddled buzzwords of the IT world. Lots of people — including bosses — like to talk about big data. But being able to talk about big data does not necessarily imply true understanding of best practices for working wit...
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Women in Tech: Recognizing Female Leadership in Technology

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:30
Even as the tech industry continues to grow as new technologies and data are applied to traditional industries, women in tech remain underrepresented. But there are signs of hope that the gender diversity gap is closing. Over the past year, women have found their voice to raise awareness around workplace issues such as sexual harassment and pay inequality. Women have been empowered to push for change by banding together and stepping up into leadership roles. Will the tech industry be next to see...
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New eBook! 50 Years of Mainframe Innovations: Observations From a Long-Time Mainframer

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:30
Over the past five decades, the focus for the mainframe has been on bigger, faster and cheaper processing power. This is no surprise, considering the technology advancements that have occurred. In Syncsort’s new eBook, “50 Years of Mainframe Innovations: Observations From a Long-Time Mainframer“, Ed Hallock talks about how amazing the past 50 years has been for the mainframe, with unbelievable advances in technology and business practices. Not only have mainframes evolved, but...
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Maximizing Mainframe Visibility

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:30
Do you have a mainframe visibility problem? If so, you probably also have mainframe security and performance problems. Here’s how to improve visibility for your mainframe. In IT, visibility means an understanding of what is happening in your systems and infrastructure. Visibility is important because it provides the foundation for making informed decisions about security, performance optimization and the expansion of your infrastructure. If you lack visibility, you’re shooting in the...
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