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Your Data Should Be Agile, Too

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:13
The concept of agile software development has revolutionized the way code is written and deployed over the past decade. Could it also reshape data management and analytics? In short, yes. So, let’s talk about agile data management. Defining Agile Within the context of software development and delivery, agile refers to methodologies, tools, and philosophies that help an organization stay flexible. More specifically, an organization that is agile can: Scale its software development operati...
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Data Quality and the Fight Against Security Breaches

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:30
How can you avoid falling victim to the next big cyber security breaches? Part of the answer lies in ensuring the quality of your data, which is key to detecting and preventing attacks. You don’t have to be a cyber security expert to know that these are trying times for digital security and privacy. From Heartbleed in 2014, to the Dyn DDoS affair in 2016, to the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks this year, security breaches have become a regular part of the news cycle – and those are j...
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The CIO Reading List: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Informatica Blog - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 18:30
The CIO Reading List “Humans, particularly those who build things, only listen to leading indicators of good things.” –Ben Horowitz, Author, The Hard Thing About Hard Things Most management books are about the author’s successes—great decisions, great hires and great outcomes. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by top VC and former CEO Ben Horowitz, goes the other way. Rather than focusing on advice for when things are going well, Horowitz focuses on those moments when leadership is hardest: when...
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Just How Big is Big Data, Anyway?

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 13:30
You know that Big Data involves lots of data. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much data, exactly, goes into Big Data? In other words, how big is Big Data, actually? Defining Big Data Before delving into the question of how big data has to be in order to be considered Big Data, let’s discuss the difficulty of defining what it actually means. There is no official definition of Big Data, of course. What one person considers Big Data may just be a traditional data set in anot...
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3 Webcasts for a Smarter Data: Change Data Capture, Customer Records & Data Confidence

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 13:30
Summer is in full swing! Take a break from the heat and catch up on some best practices for getting more out of your Big Data. We’ve got three recently recorded webcasts featuring a updates to our DMX/DMX-h products, enhancing customer data and a discussion on how data quality can give you data confidence. So sit back, relax and get smarter with your data! Q2 Customer Education Webcast: New DMX Change Data Capture Keeps Your Data Lake Fresh! Watch our latest quarterly customer education ...
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MDM is the Foundation for Intelligent Engagement

Informatica Blog - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 21:30
Time and again, experts say that customer experience (CX) is the new battlefield for companies and brands. Considering, “52 percent of consumers have switched providers in the past year due to poor customer service,” [1] it’s undeniable. For businesses undergoing data-driven digital transformation, one of the key drivers for success is incorporating master data management (MDM) into the overall CX strategy. This winning combination creates a 360-degree view of the customer, which is crucial for...
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Syncsort’s New Vision for the Future of Big Iron to Big Data

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:27
Centerbridge, a leading private investment firm, has announced plans to acquire enterprise software providers Syncsort and Vision Solutions from Clearlake Capital Group. Upon completion of the transaction, Syncsort and Vision will be combined to create a leading “Big Iron to Big Data” platform investment. The combined company, led by Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers, will operate under the Syncsort name and be headquartered in Pearl River, NY. For more information, read the full press release “Centerbr...
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AmerisouceBergen Shifts the Paradigm in Patient Care

Informatica Blog - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 19:30
Digital Transformation: AmerisouceBergen Shifts the Paradigm in Patient Care Ranked #11 on the Fortune 500 list, AmerisourceBergen Corporation has a lot of moving parts. With 1.5 million product lines and 20,000 associates in more than 150 offices in over 50 countries, it’s no wonder the company is considered a global leader in pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services, serving both healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. As an integral part of a robust healthcare supply c...
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Data Analytics Has Bloomed on the Cloud

Informatica Blog - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 18:30
Data analytics guru Tom Davenport says he plans, along with co-author Jeanne Harris, to publish an update to their seminal work, Competing on Analytics, to be released in September. In honor of the 10th anniversary of its first release, he took a look back at the progress that’s been made since 2007. His observation: It’s an entirely different world from 2007, though enterprises still use many of the same tools that were in use back then. “Some technologies from a decade ago are still in broad ...
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Big Data’s Role in Revolutionizing Healthcare

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:30
You don’t have to be a doctor to know that the healthcare industry is evolving rapidly. One force behind the change is Big Data, which is enabling a range of innovations and new opportunities. Data has long been important for healthcare, of course. For more than a century, doctors have relied on metrics like heart rate, weight and height to help interpret your health and deliver the best care to you. The advent of Big Data and advanced analytics, however, has elevated the importance of Bi...
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New eBook Available! The New Rules for Your Data Landscape

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:30
When data was scarce and expensive, and the tools were technically complex, it made sense for IT to own and manage data. But everything about data is changing, including the division of labor around data. Our latest eBook outlines the new rules that are redesigning the relationship between business and IT. IT and the business represent a key partnership, but new technologies, data tools and ways of thinking are empowering the business to do more. Discover how this new data supply chain impacts ...
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Cloud Data Management: Transformation starts with putting value on your data

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 18:30
Transformation starts with putting value on your data Executive support is vital to any digital transformation. My last few posts have noted this as we’ve covered the vision, strategy, and roadmapping for a transformative cloud journey. “Executive support” is a vague phrase, so let’s look at it more closely: The business buys into a plan because the plan is good for business—it has value, in hard dollars. So the transformative CIO with an ambitious digital agenda has to be able to say just how m...
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6 Industries Where Mainframes are Still King

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 13:30
Ever wonder why companies like IBM are still selling mainframes? Hint: It’s not because they’re living in the past. It’s because the mainframe is still crucial in a number of industries. It’s telling that mainframes are important not only because some companies are still using the mainframe systems they bought years ago and have yet to decommission, but also because businesses are still investing in brand-new mainframes – such as IBM’s z13, a refrigerator-sized mach...
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The 7 Qualities of Inspired Data Analytics Cultures

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:30
Many pundits and analysts alike are extolling the virtues of a data analytics-driven culture. An organization illuminated in the glow of data analytics is sure to outpace all competitors, while devising the next wave of cool products and services. But, what, exactly, should a data analytics-driven culture look like? It’s important to be able to understand what it looks like before attempting the journey along an uncertain path. Here are some observations from experts who have been studying orga...
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Expert Interview: Mike Lloyd of Ambercite on Patent Searches

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:19
Mike Lloyd, Senior Vice-President of Business Development at Ambercite, is an IP analyst who has helped develop an entirely new way of analyzing patents. We recently caught up with Mike to get his insight on patents, the challenges facing those doing patent searches and how Mike and his team are trying to impact the world of patent searches. Here’s what he shared: Tell us about the mission of Ambercite. How are you trying to impact the world of patents? We want to help inventors, patent at...
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Using Big Data to Understand the Ever-Changing Customer

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:30
You may know your customers well – at least today. The tricky thing about customer demand is that, just like your business, your customer preferences are always changing. If you want to continue to understand customer behaviors going forward, you need ongoing, real-time data analytics. The idea that your customers are always changing is probably not news to you. You don’t need a Ph.D. to know that customers are living, breathing, dynamic creatures. Your customer demand today will not neces...
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The Why and How of DataOps, A New Approach to Data Management

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:30
You’ve probably heard of DevOps, but you may not be familiar with DataOps, a related concept that has received much less attention so far. Here’s a primer on what DataOps means and how it can revolutionize your approach to Big Data. Work with #data? #DataOps can help you achieve a new level of efficiencyClick To Tweet DevOps is an approach to software production that emphasizes constant collaboration between developers, IT Ops teams, software testers and everyone else who plays a r...
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Fast & Furious: Designing for the Fast Data Lane Collecting Streams

Informatica Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:30
Switching to the carpool lane can be intimidating especially when you don’t have all the information available to you to safely make the lane change. For example, is the carpool lane open, is my blindspot clear to make the lane change?  How do you efficiently collect bits and pieces of data at the right time to make the best-informed decision when switching data lanes? Messages & events from cloud, IoT and Mobile devices are generated in real-time and at tremendous rates. Each of these even...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): iTech-Ed’s Trevor Eddolls Offers Mainframe Tips for IT Teams

Syncsort Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:28
In Part 1 of this two-part interview, mainframe industry guru Trevor Eddolls shared background on how he became a mainframe expert, discussed major mainframe trends, and the role mainframes can play in today’s IT infrastructures, including Cloud. In today’s Part 2, he provides mainframe tips for organizations on what they need to do to address the skills gap, to ensure their mainframes continue to serve their business needs, and what to target for the biggest opportunities for growth or im...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Trevor Eddolls of iTech-Ed on Mainframe’s Role in Today’s IT

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:00
A popular mainframe industry speaker and blogger, Trevor Eddolls (@t_eddolls) is CEO at iTech-Ed Ltd. He also currently chairs the Virtual IMS and Virtual CICS user groups. Eddolls was recognized as an IBM Champion seven years in a row between 2009 and 2016 for his leadership and contributions to the Information Management community. He’s written numerous technical articles and published three mainframe-related books. And beyond the mainframe, he’s an accomplished Web designer and a ...
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