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GDPR Through a New Lens

Informatica Blog - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 21:10
May 25th is only a few days away. It’s no surprise that some corporate executives are panicked about the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect on this date. Some have procrastinated about the change, trying to figure out what to do at the last minute to avoid potentially millions of dollars in fines and risk to their reputation. It’s time to view GDPR compliance efforts through a different lens. Not as a scary beast but as an opportunity to effectively manag...
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Informatica World 2018: The Journey Continues

Informatica Blog - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:15
This year, we’re excited to bring Informatica World 2018 back to Las Vegas from May 21-24. As the leader in Enterprise Cloud Data Management, our mission is to accelerate your data-driven digital transformation, and Informatica World is the perfect opportunity for you to learn from experiences data management practitioners from our customers and partners, as well as our own experts. We hope to see you there, where you will not only connect with industry leaders, experts and professionals who un...
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1+1 = 3 The Power of Informatica’s Ecosystem at Informatica World 2018!

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:30
OK, so my math may be a bit off… But I also cannot forget time and again the customer stories which demonstrate that “better together” really works for them. At Informatica, we are on a singular mission to help accelerate our customers’ data-driven digital transformation. Towards that goal, we work closely with key strategic ecosystem partners to jointly help those customers successfully transform their business. At Informatica World 2018, we are proud to showcase the many ways in which Informat...
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You Have to Change Anyway, So Why Not Change Big?

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:15
Ideas for data-driven innovation and change are everywhere like this one Data Is the New Currency of Digital Transformation by Anil Chakravarthy. Or maybe you’re working on new technologies for predictive analytics, big data, cloud, customer master data and mobile apps. The point is you have to change to keep up with new technologies, market pressures and new business models. So why not make a big change; a transformation. The process for a big change or little change is the same. Isn̵...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Paige Bartley on Data Lineage, Data Quality, and Data Availability in GDPR Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:30
In this expert interview series, Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data and Enterprise Intelligence at Ovum, discusses the state of GDPR readiness, and how data quality, data availability and data lineage play into the GDPR compliance landscape. Part 2 weighs in on the role of data lineage, data quality, and data availability in GDPR compliance as well as the level of enforcement that we should expect after the deadline. What role do data lineage, data quality, and data availability play in GDP...
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Next Generation Analytics Strategies – Intelligently Disrupt or Become Disrupted

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:22
When I was asked to give a presentation at Informatica World 2018 on Next Generation Analytics strategies I first thought to myself about our customers and why they had selected Informatica for their analytics strategy. One of the major reasons companies invested in the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform is to increase the productivity and efficiency of their scarce data professional resources such as data engineers, data analysts, data scientists and data stewards. This shortage of data mana...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): The GDPR, Data and You with Ovum’s Paige Bartley

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:30
In this expert interview series, Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data and Enterprise Intelligence at Ovum, discusses the state of GDPR readiness, and how data quality, data availability and data lineage play into the GDPR compliance landscape. For part one, Bartley focuses on how prepared organizations are for GDPR as well as some key challenges they may face. Is the typical organization ready for the big day — May 25 — when the GDPR goes into effect? In general, a significant port...
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360 Engagement at Informatica World 2018

Informatica Blog - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 21:30
Informatica World 2018 is just around the corner. For the past few weeks, we’ve been working with our customers to finalize the content for the breakout sessions in the 360 Engagement Journey track. It’s been quite fun to learn more about their stories and hear how they are making a difference within their companies and ‘moving the cheese’ in their industries, as one customer put it. We have customers represented by Hartford Healthcare, M&T Bank, Experian, McAfee, an...
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The Latest in High Availability Solutions With MIMIX 9

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:30
This has been a turbulent year for IT professionals working in all industries. Resilience has routinely made the headlines as technology-related disasters have impacted scores of organizations. One formidable adversary of IT resilience is Mother Nature. Disruptive natural disasters this year, such as the Kilauea volcano erupting on the big island of Hawaii, hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, and raging California wildfires, all underscored the need for high availability, data protection, solid ...
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Hot Topics at IDUG 2018: Data Analytics, Encryption and GDPR

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:30
From its humble beginnings back in 1988, the International DB2 Users Group has transformed to offer a range of content to its members, including educational events, technical courses, and yearly conferences – one of which took place in Philadelphia this year. The 2018 IDUG Db2 Tech Conference in  kicked off with a keynote speech by IDUG Founder Andrew Filipowski. He gave the audience a brief history of IDUG on this occasion of its 30th anniversary. IDUG 2018 was a particularly vibrant meeting i...
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Andi Mann and David Hodgson on the Digital Transformation in IT

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 13:30
IT leaders looking to move beyond reactive troubleshooting need to find the intersection of maintaining existing systems while still driving innovation. Identifying ways to bring existing infrastructure and legacy systems into the modern world of digital transformation can create the business advantage you need. On May 24th, join us for a conversation with Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate, Andi Mann and Syncsort’s Chief Product Officer, David Hodgson as they discuss the digital transformation...
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What Defines Data Quality, Anyway?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 13:30
In a general sense, data quality is the ability of a data set to meet an intended goal. But what does that mean, specifically? Which factors go into achieving data quality? Let’s explore. If you want to read more about the basics of data quality and the reasons why it’s important, check out this article, What is Data Quality? Explaining What Data Quality Actually Means. But if you already understand the core ideas behind data quality, and seek strategies for achieving an effective da...
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Using Pattern Identification for AI Solutions

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:15
I thought I was going nowhere. Now I can see there was a pattern (Kate DiCamillo) Candy Crush. If you haven’t struggled with that addiction, someone you love probably has, and you may have found yourself considering an actual intervention.  There are many explanations as to why this game is so addictive, one of them has to do with how our brain works. Our brain loves patterns; organizing the universe around us in groups or in sets helps us remember, navigate, and operate in a complex world. Cand...
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Collibra Data Citizens – Data Governance Puts the Intelligence In Artificial Intelligence

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:30
I attended my first Collibra Data Citizens event this past week. There was a lot to see and a lot to learn at Collibra’s celebration of their 10th birthday. My on-line Twitter world crossed over a lot into the event and back. Much of the catchiest bits of wisdom were captured in the #DataCitizens18 Twitter stream. Also, one of the highlights of the event for me, personally, was meeting some cool data governance consultants who had been Twitter friends with me for a long time, but who I hadn’t me...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Holden Karau on the Future of Spark and the Open Source Community

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to speak with Holden Karau, who was then at IBM, and is now a Developer Advocate at Google. Ms. Karau is also a Spark committer and the author of Learning Spark. In the first part of this interview, she discussed her newest book from O’Reilly, High Performance Spark. In this part, Roberts and Karau go more into what the future holds for the latest versions of Spark, and the open source community. ...
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The Kerberos Conundrum — A Proxy’s Plight

Informatica Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 19:15
This post talks about the complexities that creep in when a Proxy Server is introduced into an environment using Kerberos mode of authentication and also a potential generic solution. Kerberos overview Kerberos is an authentication mechanism between a client and server on a network using symmetric keys and tickets. Kerberos mode ensures that a password is not communicated across the network. A trusted third-party server — Key Distribution Centre (KDC) maintains all the keys of the participating ...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Holden Karau on Her Latest Book and Upcoming Spark Developments

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to speak with Holden Karau, who was then at IBM, and is now a Developer Advocate at Google. Ms. Karau is also a Spark committer and the author of Learning Spark. In the first of this two-part blog series, they discuss the release of Karau’s newest book from O’Reilly as well as some upcoming new developments in Spark. Roberts: For our readers, let’s start with your name and what you do. Karau: My n...
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Fifteen Minute Webcasts To Get You Ready For GDPR Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a series of short webcasts in an effort to inform people of the importance in GDPR compliance. Check out these three great videos from our Flash Friday series in the GDPR Round-Up and be prepared for May 25th! GDPR & Data Quality In the first part of the Flash Friday webcast series, we talk about the importance of Data Quality for GDPR compliance. Learn why Data Quality is critical for the GDPR and how Data Quality simultaneously benefits GDPR compliance and business gr...
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HED: Itemized Inefficiencies: Turn Your Public Cloud Bill into Action Items

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:15
An interesting benefit—and challenge—of moving to the cloud is the way it exposes longstanding inefficiencies that went unnoticed through years of on-premises IT management. We celebrate the flexibility of the cloud, and the speed and scalability, but one underappreciated advantage of bringing public cloud infrastructure to your organization is the transparency. Once you get over the shock, at least. The transparency value is this: Every bit of cloud resources you use will appear, itemized, on y...
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We All Use Mainframes, Every Day

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:30
When was the last time you used a mainframe? It was probably much more recently than you realize. Here’s why. Unless you’re a mainframe programmer or operator, it’s pretty unlikely that you often — or ever — sit down at a mainframe terminal and use a mainframe system directly. However, if you apply a somewhat more liberal definition to the term use, virtually everyone who does anything uses a mainframe every day. Here are examples of routine tasks and events in whic...
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