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Bringing Dark Data Out into the Light

Informatica Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 19:00
There’s been some chatter lately about the significance of “dark data,” and accompanying “dark analytics.” This usually pertains to the information that either exists in normally unreachable places, such as someone’s spreadsheet, or is formed as a result of analytics and cross-evaluation of existing data sources. For example, video captures of customers’ facial reactions while viewing products in a store could be considered dark data. The question is: can this data be identified, captured and bo...
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Cloud Computing: The Sky’s the Limit

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:30
At this stage in its adoption, Cloud has moved from a being tech buzzword to an established practice. But that doesn’t mean it’s old news. We’ve rounded up a number of our blog posts about cloud computing, including some recent Big Data advances and its impact on the mainframe. Big Data in the Cloud As part of our 2017 Strata + Hadoop World recap, we noted there were a number of sessions that showcased advances in the usage of cloud computing for Big Data. Apache Hadoop was bor...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Piatetsky-Shapiro on Self-Driving Artificial Intelligence and How Business Should Approach It

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:30
In the first half of our two-part conversation with data scientist and KDnggets founder Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, he provided examples of advances in deep learning continuing to push the field of AI full steam ahead. In today’s Part 2, Piatetsky-Shapiro notes some artificial intelligence concerns as it continues to advance and how business should approach incorporating AI. Could #ArtificialIntelligence put humanity at risk? Piatetsky-Shapiro (@KDnuggets) notes concernsClick To Tweet Art...
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Informatica Introduces Industry’s Next Generation iPaaS with Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services Winter 2017 Release

Informatica Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:25
A very happy new year to all my readers! Wish you all a great year ahead filled with successes and joy. At Informatica, we feel the same way embarking on the new year, incredibly excited and proud, announcing the industry’s next generation iPaaS, with the milestone release of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) Winter 2017 (previously called Informatica Cloud Services) The entire Informatica crew is thrilled to see one of our latest innovations unfold for our customers. Included in thi...
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Cloud Transformation: Avoiding Mistakes of the Past

Informatica Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:00
As I’ve been writing this series of blog posts, the overarching theme has been the journey to a better IT infrastructure—a cloud-based architecture that is specifically geared to provide greater agility, scalability and reliability. In essence, to provide greater business value. But that was the plan with the old architecture, too—and it didn’t always work out. So now that we’ve got great new technology opportunities, we’re still liable to make the same mistakes, if we or our business stakeholde...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro on Exciting and Worrisome Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:30
In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro of KDnuggets (@KDnuggets) discusses the how today’s advances in deep learning are cause for excitement and concern. Tracking Big Data’s Evolution in Data Science, AI & Machine Learning Machines have always fascinated Piatetsky-Shapiro – ever since he was a kid reading stories about robots by Isaac Asimov and other sci-fi authors. He discovered his love for programming while studying computer science at Technion, wher...
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Capacity Management Goes Straight to the Bottom Line

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 13:30
A key result of implementing a Capacity Management process within an organization is the return on investment (ROI) that results from the effort. Face it – if an organization doesn’t save money (or avoid spending money), then the CIO and other senior management won’t be interested in the effort. At one of our financial services clients, the Capacity Manager has been dutifully tracking the cost savings and “money not spent” for the past few years. The numbers are staggering, and show how importa...
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Welcome to Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services

Informatica Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:00
Today, we are incredibly excited to announce General Availability of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services – Winter 2017 December Release. At Informatica, our mission is to accelerate data driven digital transformation of businesses. At the heart of the mission is the innovation in enterprise cloud data management space to meet growing needs of enterprises. To realize this goal, we built Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) from ground up leveraging cloud native frameworks. Based...
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Playing I Spy with your Data?

Informatica Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:00
Try this: upload a recent photo of yourself to Google image search. I did that last week, and the result that came back was that I am a “person”. Which I guess is a compliment? I mean I wasn’t labeled a “lamp” or a “frog”. Image recognition is a hot topic now. It has practices in an array of fields from social networks to security management. There are many machine learning mechanisms for image recognition, one of the commonly used one is clustering based on similarities utilizing Jaccard coeffi...
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2017 Mainframe Trends that are Here to Stay for 2018: Docker, Blockchain, z14 and Beyond

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:30
Mainframes are still going strong as 2018 begins. Need proof? Keep reading for a look at the biggest innovations and developments to hit the mainframe world in the past year.  These five mainframe trends are expected to continue to impact the mainframe community in 2018. Ask an everyman to tell you about mainframes, and you’ll likely hear that they went out of fashion decades ago. In fact, however, as these mainframe trends show, the ecosystem remains alive and well, and continues to see ...
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3 Tips for Leveraging Existing Infrastructure for Backup

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, which recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below about the value of utilizing existing data infrastructure originally appeared on their blog. It seems everyone is facing discouraging budget cuts at the same time they’re facing unprecedented data growth. It’s a conundrum that’s here to stay – but, you know what they say: when the going gets tough, the tough figure out...
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Data Scientist and Beyond: Jobs in the Big Data World

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:30
Big Data is bigger than ever, and so is the job market for people who can help transform, store, analyze or otherwise work with big data. This article outlines the current job market and the types of Big Data jobs. Hard statistics on the number of big data jobs available in 2017 are elusive. However, a quick look at the data that is available strongly suggests that the Big Data job market is strong and growing. There were 1.9 million Big Data jobs in the United States, and 4.4 million worldwide,...
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Top 10 Mainframe Blogs of 2017 – The Kingdom Undergoes Transformation

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:30
We’ve saved the best for last! We’re rounding out our “Best of 2017” series with a look at our most popular mainframe blogs of the year. While the tried and true mainframe continues to play a critical role for the enterprise, it is also evolving to keep up with today’s technological such as Big Data analytics and the Cloud. As Casey Kasem would say, “Let’s count ’em down!” #10 State of the Mainframe: What Every Business Needs to Know About Big Iron and Big Data Since the ...
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Top 10 Data Quality Blogs of 2017 – Understanding Its Value in a Big Data World

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:30
Our Best of 2017 series continues with a look at our top data quality blogs of the year. With Syncsort’s addition of Trillium Software, we shared a number of posts around the value data quality brings across the full spectrum of data-based business initiatives. Let the countdown begin! Here’s a look at this year’s most popular data quality blogs: #10 Using Data Quality to Create the “Golden Record” – Part 3: Common Use Cases in an Online World As part of this “Golden Record” series which spoke t...
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How many EU data subjects will leverage their GDPR rights?

Informatica Blog - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:15
GDPR may bestow on many EU citizens a set of rights as a “data subject” covered by the regulation. Organizations not respecting these rights could have serious financial consequences, reputational damage–or both. However, as I noted in my last blog–few people involved in GDPR projects believe that there will be a sharp increase in EU citizens exercising their rights as data subjects. Using current levels of interest individuals have shown in the usage, management and control of their data, many ...
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C-Suite Relationships: The CIO-CEO Partnership

Informatica Blog - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:29
This is the second post in my four-part series on CIO relationships across the business. You can read the first one here. Even though data and technology are critical to every business today, too many companies keep CIOs on the sidelines during business discussions that drive the organization. Instead of helping to make critical business decisions, we’re merely expected to make sure outages and failures don’t disrupt the execution of those decisions. However, today’s CIO is so...
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Top 10 Data Availability Blogs of 2017 – Handling Your Data the Right Way

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:30
Today’s Best of 2017 series takes a look at Data Availability and Syncsort’s addition of Vision Solutions. We’ve included posts that focus on business resilience solutions, with topics such as: high availability, disaster recovery, migration, data replication, and security. Lets take a look! #10 – 3 Tips for Leveraging Existing Infrastructure for Backup It seems everyone is facing discouraging budget cuts at the same time they’re facing unprecedented data growth. It...
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Getting Ready for Artificial Intelligence’s Point of No Return

Informatica Blog - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 18:45
Last month, it was revealed that some students who thought they were communicating with their professor’s teaching assistant were actually talking with an artificial intelligence (AI) system. “Ahshok Goel, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology has just revealed that he has been employing a robot as one of his teaching assistants. “Jill Watson” has been doing regular TA work for Goel, answering students questions in a forum, reminding students of upcoming important dates over email—and a...
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Top 10 Big Data Blogs of 2017 – Streaming Data *Spark*les

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:30
As 2017 draws to a close, we’re reviewing our best content of the year starting with the best of our Big Data blogs. While last year was all about Hadoop, 2017 can easily be considered the year of streaming data (and Spark). Let’s get this countdown started! #10 Simply the Best: Introducing the Absolute Best Big Data Open Source Software for 2017 Back in January, open source software was taking the world of Big Data and analytics by storm – so much so that it was hard to keep track of all the op...
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Webcast: Keeping Data in Sync With Syncsort

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 13:30
If you happened to miss our recent webcast, “Keeping Data in Sync with Syncsort,” it’s now available to view on-demand. In this webcast you’ll hear Paige Roberts, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Data Integration, and Ashwin Ramachandran, Product Manager of Data Integration, speak about the advantages and disadvantages of various change data capture strategies. Paige leads off the conversation by speaking on the latest improvements in Syncsort DMX and DMX-h and the new DMX Change Data Captur...
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