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C-Suite Relationships: The CIO-CISO Partnership

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:15
This is the final post in my short series on CIO relationships across the business. Read the overview and the posts on the CEO and CMO dynamics. Believe it or not, IT’s role in the enterprise is not to make other functions happy — even though IT provides technology to help business teams meet their goals. Similarly, Marketing, Sales, or Finance are not here to help IT meet its goals, even though all are required to practice disciplined information security. We’re all here to serve a goal greater...
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How Data Science Can be a Game Changer: Strata San Jose Focuses on Promise and Potential Pitfalls of AI and Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:30
The big theme in this year’s Strata Data Conference in San Jose was how Data Science can be a business game changer. In his keynote remarks, Eric Colson from Stitch Fix pointed out that differentiation has always been key to doing business. Data Science now offers a new opportunity for organizations to set themselves apart. New Data Sciences Will Provide New Business Insights If a data scientist can come up with an insight that no one else has thought of yet, it could give considerable advantag...
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Machine Learning Talent in Short Supply: Opportunity for Some, Crises for Others

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:15
Machine learning – a piece of the artificial intelligence constellation – holds a lot of promise for enterprises, enabling programs and algorithms to become ever more intelligent.  However, there’s one problem: even the best-educated humans need more learning before they can understand machine learning. Bob Hayes, a professional data scientist and keen observer of all things data, picked up on a survey by Kaggle that finds that even data scientists still have a grasp on machine learning. The sur...
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Video: Syncsort CTO on Trends in Data Science, Streaming & Cloud, and their Impact on Data Governance

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:30
During Strata Data Conference 2018 in San Jose, California, Syncsort CTO, Dr. Tendü Yoğurtçu sat down with theCUBE co-hosts George Gilbert and Lisa Martin at Big Data SV 2018. In the recorded interview, they discuss three key industry trends in Data Science, streaming and the Cloud, and how all of them create data governance challenges. Watch the video to learn more about what organizations are doing as they work to make data their core strategy, and how Syncsort is working to help them. Data S...
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Not Your Usual Business Rules for Data Quality

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:15
Every business rule is a mission statement in miniature. Every good rule says something meaningful about your organization – where you are today, what direction you’re headed, where you want to be. But how do you define your rules? How do you work out their logic, agree on their conditions for success? Most importantly, how do you apply them to your data, so that you can get meaningful and measurable business outcomes in return? You partner with IT along the way – you, or someone on your team, s...
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Don’t Just Back Up Data. Do It With High Availability In Mind

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:30
Do you back up your data with high availability in mind? Or do you just back it up to back it up? A backup strategy that doesn’t lead to high availability falls short of its full potential. By now, most people know that they should back up data. More than half of them have backup routines in place. However, simply backing up your data is not necessarily enough to achieve your goals. There is a reason why 75 percent of people who back up data are not able to restore all of it following a fa...
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Webcast: Methods of Forecasting for Capacity Management

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 13:30
The importance of forecasting when dealing with Capacity Management can not be overstated. Making statements or predictions for future events require careful analysis of all information, and events can be anything from the state of resource consumption, to service levels, and even computing environment changes at future points in time. Syncsort has released their webcast, “Methods of Forecasting for Capacity Management” which dives into the importance of forecasting, along with the ...
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Masking Data on the Web (HTTP Masking)

Informatica Blog - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 19:25
One of the primary problems faced by Enterprises these days is “Data Security”. Below is a hypothetical conversation with a prospective customer who is on the lookout for a Data Masking solution that would work seamlessly as per their needs without amalgamating into their business logic. Customer: Our organization has lots of data and we need ways to protect it from unauthorized access. Informatica: One of the best ways to do so is data masking. Masking will de-identify, de-sensitize and anonymi...
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Cashing in on Mainframe’s Hidden Riches: Key 2018 Trends for Connecting Big Iron with Advanced Big Data Analytics

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:30
In the last blog, “Mainframes Continue to Reign in 2018: Key Trends that Support Big Iron’s Sovereign Rule,” I addressed the results of our recently completed annual survey of IT and data analytics professionals to identify trends, challenges and opportunities faced by enterprises investing in the mainframe going into 2018. I discussed two very important and related findings from the survey – that the mainframe remains strategic to businesses and cost control is a priority.  Another key finding ...
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The Next Frontier of Data Integration: Data Lineage and Governance

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:30
For the past few years, Syncsort DMX-h has been helping large enterprises populate their data lakes by making it easy to access legacy data coming from the Mainframe or Enterprise Data Warehouse platforms such as Teradata or Oracle and integrate it with data in Hive, HDFS, Kafka, etc. As a growing number of enterprises successfully deploy their newly populated data lakes, we have started to hear about the next pain point: Data Lineage and Governance. In Syncsort’s recently published Big Data sur...
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Data Monetization: Pie in the Sky?

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 23:55
Over the course of the last year increasingly more clients have been inquiring with us about the topic of “Data Monetization”. In other words, they wanted to learn more about how Informatica enables their ability to “sell” their existing data from operations instead of just archiving them away or deleting them. As you can imagine, this is especially difficult for industrial B2B firms, which do not consider themselves peers of firms like Amazon. Just like Digital Transformation, Data Monetization...
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Big Data vs Traditional Data: What Defines Big Data?

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:30
What is big data, really? Despite what the term big data implies, the definition of big data is not actually about the size of your data. It’s how you use the data. When it comes to data, size is always relative. True, the number of data sources and the amount of information that can be stored and analyzed have increased significantly over the past several years. This increase coincided with the entry of the term big data into the popular lexicon. Yet it’s not as though enough large ...
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Integrate Data and Apps, Code-Free, with Informatica Cloud Application Integration and API Services

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:15
Hello, A happy third month of the year to my readers! Here at Informatica, our team has been working tirelessly to deliver on the vision that we launched at the beginning of the year. As a reminder, at the beginning of the year we delivered our milestone release of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) Winter 2017 – reimagining Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). Continuing with the same enthusiasm and delight, I am happy to announce the General Availability of Informatica A...
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Providence St. Joseph Health – A “Don’t Miss” Presentation at HIMSS18

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:00
I’m delighted that Kim Jackson, Vice President, Products, Strategy and Governance at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) will be presenting at this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas – one of the largest gatherings of Health IT professions, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Her topic is Breaking Down Barriers with Master Data Management and data governance. For those that know Kim or have heard her speak before, I am certain you already have her ...
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Cloud-Based Data Security Tips

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:30
Cloud security is not a new topic, but it remains a very relevant one. Keeping cloud-based data secure is something all businesses should think about to avoid being the victim of the next cloud security breach. In the early days of the cloud — which is to say, eight or ten years ago — organizations often assumed that the cloud was inherently less safe than on-premise computing. If you moved data to the cloud, it was because you decided that convenience and agility outweighed the secu...
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New eBook! 6 Key Questions About Getting More from Your Mainframe with Big Data Technologies

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/03/2018 - 13:30
While mainframes still hold the key for day-to-day operational systems of thousands of organizations around the world, they don’t come without their challenges. Syncsort’s new eBook, 6 Key Questions About Getting More from Your Mainframe with Big Data Technologies, explores the common issues that may arise when implementing a Big Data project. Pulling all data in from across the enterprise is key to making the most of your mainframe data while achieving the benefits promised by Big Data t...
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The Looming Industrialization of Data Analytics

Informatica Blog - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:15
In the data space, there is quite a bit of custom, manual work to pour through data sets and draw insights of interest to decision makers. Data scientists and data analysts spend their days discovering data sources, applying tests, and applying scripted code to build their storylines. However, the volume and variety of data flowing into and through enterprises is growing faster than anyone could have ever imagined, thanks to initiatives such as the Internet of Things and cognitive computing. It’...
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Key Points for Keeping Your Mainframe GDPR-Compliant

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 13:30
The GDPR is coming soon. That could mean changes to how you manage data and workloads on your mainframe — even if you’re not in Europe. What is the GDPR? As most of us have learned by now, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a new European Union compliance framework that imposes a broad set of requirements on the way organizations store consumer data, among other types of information. It goes into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR has been one of the hottest topics of ...
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HIMSS 2018: What a Difference a Year Makes!

Informatica Blog - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:00
At last year’s HIMSS conference Informatica displayed our newly acquired Axon Data Governance, along with our next generation intelligent data applications – Enterprise Data Catalog and Enterprise Data Lake. This year we are back with the same applications, but now with live demonstrations that showcase the power and value of comprehensive integration between these applications, along with our market-leading data integration and master data management solutions. I think one of the hottest topics...
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Disaster Recovery Plan Barriers (And How to Overcome Them)

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:30
Disaster recovery should be as central to your data management strategy as data security and reliability. But the fact is that it’s not at most organizations. Here’s how to overcome the challenges that most organizations face in implementing an effective disaster recovery plan. According to Syncsort’s “State of Resilience” survey from January 2018, a full 85 percent of IT professionals report that their organizations either have no disaster recovery plan in place, o...
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