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Big Data Disaster Recovery Preparation Tips

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:30
Preparing to recover Big Data workloads after an unexpected disaster requires more than just having data backups on hand. This article explains how to build an effective Big Data disaster recovery strategy. Disaster recovery is the process of restoring normal operations after an unexpected event destroys part or all of your IT infrastructure. All organizations should have a disaster recovery plan in place. However, the importance of disaster recovery is even greater for companies that rely heavi...
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The CIO Reading List: Thank You for Being Late

Informatica Blog - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:00
(Note: I’ll be finishing my series on CIO-CxO relationships in my next post, looking at the CISO. Check out thoughts on the CEO and CMO, but first, the latest book on my reading list …) The first book to make it onto my reading list for 2018 is a big one—in every sense of the world. Thomas L Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations is a wide-ranging meditation on the constant, accelerating change that is coming to define our times. The titl...
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Expert Interview (Part 4): Katharine Jarmul on Anonymization and Introducing Randomness to Test Data Sets

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Marketing Manager, had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. For this final installment, we’ll discuss some of the work Katharine is doing in the areas of anonymization so that data can be r...
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Doors Open Wide for Data Scientist Opportunities

Informatica Blog - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
If you work with data in any analysis capacity within your organization, you’re probably aware of the need for data science approaches to better communicate the meaningfulness of information to decision makers. However, data scientists are in short supply, and with the rapidly evolving state of artificial intelligence and machine learning, it’s unclear what skills will be needed and which will be commoditized in the months and years to come. Data scientists are needed to comb through increasingl...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Katharine Jarmul on Women in Tech and the Impact of Biased Data in Both Human & Machine Learning Models

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Marketing Manager, had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. Part 3 dives into the position of being one of the women in tech, the challenges of creating an inclusive company culture, and ho...
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New White Paper! Beyond Compliance: Better Data Quality and Governance Equals Better Business

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 13:30
Compliance with regulatory initiatives is prompting many organizations to closely examine their data quality and data governance efforts. But as organizations address these requirements, they find that the intersection of data quality and governance offers significant business benefits beyond the compliance focus. Business owners and data analysts are asking key questions about their data such as: Where do I have data stored? Is data stored in multiple places? Which is the right data source to...
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Building a Mainframe Disaster Recovery Strategy

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 13:30
Your mainframe may not be at the forefront of your mind when you’re planning for disaster recovery. But it should be because getting your mainframe back up and running quickly is essential for maintaining business continuity following a disaster. When it comes to disaster recovery preparation, mainframes present some unique challenges. For one, it’s not usually practical to set up a secondary mainframe in a remote location to serve as a backup system, as you would do with commodity s...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Katharine Jarmul on the Ethical Drivers for Data Set Introspection Beyond GDPR Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. In the first part of the interview, we talked about the importance of being able to explain your machine learning models – not just to comply with regulations like G...
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C-Suite Relationships: Teaming Up With The CMO

Informatica Blog - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:06
This is the third post in my series on CIO relationships across the business. (Previously: The intro and the CEO.) Informatica hired a new CMO, Sally Jenkins, within six months of my arrival as CIO. Since we were both new, it gave us a chance to build a CIO-CMO relationship from scratch by getting up to speed together and sharing fresh perspectives on the challenges before us. Not long after Sally arrived, Marketing wanted to make a new IT purchase. It was the perfect opportunity for me to expla...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Katharine Jarmul on GDPR and the Need for Explainability in Machine Learning Models

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. In this first part of a 4-part interview, Katharine Jarmul discusses the importance of being able to explain your machine learning models – not just to comply with r...
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Just Published: 2018 State of Resilience Report

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:30
Resilience has been featured in the top headlines for the past year due to the scores of organizations that have been disrupted by technology-related disasters. Data breaches have plagued corporate and governmental systems alike. Equifax and the IRS experienced hacking attacks, while businesses such as Target, Home Depot and Anthem incurred stiff compliance fines. These complex hacking attacks, viruses, and related failures across multiple systems present serious risks to business operations an...
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New eBook! Keep Your Data Lake Pristine with Big Data Quality Tools

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 13:30
The term Big Data doesn’t seem quite “big enough” anymore to properly describe the vast over-abundance of data available to organizations today. Business leaders have repeatedly expressed little confidence in the reliability of their Data Lake, especially as the volume and variety of Big Data sources continue to grow. The very purpose of that data is to enable new levels of business insight and clarity. No one sets out to create a data swamp that provides nothing but confusion and distrust. Our...
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AI and Automation – A Combo to Manage Cyber Security Threats

Informatica Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:45
Artificial Intelligence and Automation are being used in multiple industries to make the lives of people better and to make things more efficient for organizations. AI is being used to diagnose medical conditions or offer legal advice. Automation is being used in factories to reduce reliance on manual labor and to improve the quality of products. As AI and Automation are becoming more universally applicable concepts and can be implemented irrespective of the industry. These innovative technologi...
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Capacity Management 101: Best Practices to Align IT Resources with Business Goals

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort’s recent acquisition of Metron has put a spotlight on Capacity Management and the capabilities provided by the athene® software solution. But what, exactly, is Capacity Management, and why is it important? What is Capacity Management? The primary goal of Capacity Management is to ensure that IT resources are rightsized to meet current and future business requirements in a cost-effective manner. One of the more common definitions of Capacity Management is provided for in the ITIL framewo...
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Informatica Names 2017 Partner of the Year Award Winners at Annual Kickoff Event

Informatica Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:00
Author: Richard Ganley Each year at this time, we have the pleasure of announcing the Informatica Partner of the Year Award winners. While all our partners are critical to helping our customers embrace our technologies and successfully transform how they run their businesses, the 2017 recipients have all excelled and consistently exceeded criteria set within the Informatica Partner Program. All showcased extraordinary performance and success in working closely with new and existing customers to ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): James Kobielus on Reasons for Data Scientist Insomnia including Neural Network Development Challenges

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:30
In the first half of our two-part conversation with Wikibon lead analyst James Kobielus (@jameskobielus), he discussed the incredible impact of machine learning in helping organizations make better business decisions and be more productive. In today’s Part 2, he addresses what aspects of machine learning should be keeping data scientists up at night. (Hint: neural networks) Several Challenges Involved with Developing Neural Networks Developing these algorithms is not without its challenges...
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We Dare to Reimagine iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:16
Author: Ruma Sanyal I have been part of Informatica for less than a month and the energy around the launch of the newly minted Informatica Intelligent Cloud Service (IICS) is palpable. Informatica’s new iPaaS is built on an advanced microservices based architecture, based on open REST APIs. This is exciting because it will drive rapid innovation for Informatica, allowing us to bring new services to our customers at jet speed. It will also enable quick integration with customer and partner apps,...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Wikibon’s James Kobielus Discusses the Explosive Impact of Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:30
It’s hard to mention the topics of automation, artificial intelligence or machine learning without various parties speculating that technology will soon throw everybody out of their jobs. But James Kobielus (@jameskobielus) sees the whole mass unemployment scenario as overblown. The Future of AI: Kobielus Sees Progress Over Fear Sure, AI is automating a lot of knowledge-based and not-so-knowledge-based functions right now. It is causing dislocations in our work and in our world. But the way Kobi...
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New eBook! Supercharge Your CRM with Built-In Data Quality

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:30
See how embedded #DataQuality within your #CRM system can help you clear obstacles to success!Click To Tweet Organizations today rely on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems to effectively interact and engage with customers and prospects; however, maintaining the data integrity of the underlying customer records is another story. Syncsort’s latest eBook, Supercharge Your CRM with Built-In Data Quality, gives some insight to the challenges that organizations face when dealing with the...
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Mainframe Cost Reduction Tips to Maximize Your Data Infrastructure ROI

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:30
Getting the most from your mainframe requires not just taking advantage of technologies like containers or integrating your mainframe into DevOps workflows. You also want to optimize around mainframe cost reduction. Keep reading for five tips for lowering your mainframe costs. Yes, you can cut #mainframe costs without sacrificing performance. Learn how here…Click To Tweet If you know anything about mainframes, you know they are a big investment. Prices for a new mainframe start in the te...
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