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Database Migration: How Long Should it Take?

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:30
Database migration takes time. But how long, exactly, should you expect a database migration to last? Which factors influence the length of time that data migration requires? We explore in this article. What Is Database Migration? A database migration is any type of movement of data from one database to another. Database migrations come in many forms. They could involve simply moving data from one database instance to another database instance of the same type; for example, you might transfer da...
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Data Management Strategies: 3 Battle-Tested Pointers

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 13:30
What does effective data management look like in practice? Keep reading for a discuss of three best practices that are essential for building an effective data management strategy. Data management refers to the way you collect, store, migrate, transform, analyze and archive data. It involves all types of data, from machine-generated data like logs to manually input user data. Effective data management is crucial for transforming your data into value. Data on its own is not very useful, but data ...
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New White Paper! Causes and Effects of Data Breaches

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:30
Data breaches should alarm every organization. Their costs are increasing, dramatically in some cases, and their negative impacts may extend well beyond the event. Customers are more likely to sever relationships—and prospective customers are less likely to form new relationships—after a serious data breach. Syncsort’s white paper, “Causes and Effects of Data Breaches,” explains exactly what data breaches are, what causes them, the costs your organization might incur as a resul...
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Microservices Part 1: The Legos for your Cloud Adoption

Informatica Blog - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:15
Lead with Speed and agility using Microservices We all love Legos, don’t we? I have always been curious how these tiny blocks when assembled in the right way can build massive architectures and even stunning replicas of cities and monuments. Just like Legos, Microservices are the building blocks that help in decoupling massive enterprise solutions into smaller blocks and assemble them based on demand and scale. Microservices architecture is the foundation to help your business, build and support...
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AES vs PGP Encryption: What is the Difference?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort recently acquired IBM i data security products (encryption, tokenization, authentication, FTP and SIEM integration) from Townsend Security. The article below is an update to their popular blog post explaining the difference between AES and PGP encryption. In the world of data security there are many different types of encryption, but arguably the two most common are AES and PGP. With so many three-letter acronyms in the technical landscape, it’s easy to get lost in data security convers...
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Importance of Data Quality: How to Explain it To Your Boss

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:30
As an IT professional, you know what data quality means and why it’s important. But does your boss? If not, it’s time to explain the importance of data quality to the higher-ups in your company, in order to ensure that you have the tools and support you need to manage data most effectively. For the purposes of this article, we’ll assume that your boss lacks special technical expertise related to data management. We’ll also assume that his or her main goal is to drive busi...
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Integration and Support in Lockstep with Snowflake

Informatica Blog - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:15
In keeping with a rapidly deepening and strengthening partnership with Snowflake, we are making strides in ensuring that we stay in lockstep with our technical integration as well. We are excited to announce that starting August 2018, Informatica will be offering support for Snowflake on Azure. This support will be available across our Data Integration products, and includes: Informatica’s Intelligent Cloud Services, which will support Snowflake on Azure in Beta as of July 13th and will be cert...
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The State of IBM i: Facts and Trends about IBM i Systems in 2018

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:30
Who’s using IBM i systems today, how are they using it, and what are the current trends in IBM i deployments? Those are questions worth asking as IBM i celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Keep reading for some answers, based on various data points about how IBM i and POWER servers are being used in 2018. Unless you work with IBM i systems, you may not think much about this line of computers. But perhaps you should. Although IBM’s midrange systems, which date back to the release of the...
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Informatica iPaaS + Google Cloud’s Apigee: API-Driven Digital Transformation for Your Data and Business Processes

Informatica Blog - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:15
Massimo Pezzini, VP and Gartner Fellow recently said, and I quote, “The provider that controls the cloud integration layer, can understand its customers’ business processes, better than the customers themselves.”* As the leading iPaaS (integration platform-as-a-service) vendor in the market, Informatica takes its responsibility very seriously. Enabling our customers to focus on their business and ensuring that we provide them with the best of breed infrastructure is a top priority for us. Today ...
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How Remastering Data for GDPR Improves Customer Service

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data bias written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on Infoworld. The recent Equifax breach left millions of consumers wondering not only if their personal data was at risk, but also what data Equifax had about them in the first place. In a world where commenting “And now for something completely different” on someone’s Facebook post triggers ads for Monty Python T-shirts, it’s natural that people want to know what your company knows about t...
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New White Paper! Layers of Data Security

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 13:30
In this age of data breaches and cyber-threats, the best way to secure your environment is through layers. Fortunately, this multi-faceted solution doesn’t have to be complicated. Syncsort has released their “Layers of Data Security” white paper to show some potential layers that an organization may choose to protect when thinking about a security plan. To be effective and as close as possible to foolproof, data security must be layered. Some types of threats can be blocked only at c...
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Capacity Management in Review: From Basics to Real-Life Use Cases and Best Practices

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:30
Welcome back to Syncsort Summer School. Take advantage of this traditionally slower business season to catch up on new technologies or trends to help you perform your job better and justify your next raise! We’re picking up this series of blog posts where we left, starting with everything you need to know about Capacity Management. Getting Started If you’re just getting started, we’ve got the perfect primer for you! This article covers the basics of capacity management. You’ll also walk away wit...
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Data Quality Scorecard: How Does Your Company Measure Up?

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:30
You know a data quality strategy is important. But do you know how to assess how good of a job your company is doing at achieving data quality? Keep reading for tips on developing a data quality scorecard for your organization. Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to serve a specific purpose. Achieving data quality is important because, without it, you will struggle to put your data to work for you. In fact, a lack of data quality could mean that your data causes you more he...
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Perfection is in the Eye of the Beholder

Informatica Blog - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 19:15
If you look at the analytical dashboard of a logistics, procurement or supply chain manager you may find KPIs such as OTIF, fill rate, etc. Most of the time you will see the respective figures to be around 96-99%. This is commonly understood to be an outstanding operational performance when it comes to shipping OR receiving merchandise or raw materials. It is the to-be state in—and outbound supply chain operations strive towards. Upon some further inspection, these figures may require some addit...
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How Long Can You Live Without Your Data?

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 13:30
How long can you live without your data? This article explains how to answer that question, which is essential for designing a data availability strategy capable of meeting your needs. Data Is Like Hot Water In a sense, data is like your home’s hot water heater or electrical service. When either of those things fail, it results in an immediate inconvenience. But at first, you’ll be able to tolerate the failure. A few hours without electricity or a day without hot water are usually ac...
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Challenges with VSAM Data – Change Data Capture (CDC) Solutions and Benefits

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:30
A while back, Syncsort’s VP of Data Integration R&D, Fernanda Tavares, wrote a blog about Overcoming Technical Challenges in Large Mainframe to Hadoop Implementations where she explains how Syncsort leads the way in helping enterprises leverage their mainframe data in Hadoop. This article expands on that topic by presenting a new feature that helps refresh the Hadoop data lake with data from growing mainframe data sets faster and more efficiently. While more and more applications runni...
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New eBook! Data Encryption in the Mainframe World

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 13:30
In today’s world of constant security threats and breaches, enhanced compliance regulations and data protection capabilities have become forefront for all organizations. Driven by compliance regulations such as FIPS, HIPPA and GDPR, organizations are challenging their IT departments to protect their data and digital assets with a vengeance never seen before. Syncsort’s new eBook, Data Encryption in the Mainframe World, explains some of the tools and technologies that continue to emerge on ...
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What IT Pros Need to Know (and Forget) About Managed Services

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:30
If you’ve ever walked into a grocery store, you’ve probably seen employees stock shelves. What you may not know is that, in many cases, the people stocking those shelves aren’t employed by the grocery store, but rather by the vendor whose products they are stocking. And it makes sense: companies would sooner trust their own employees to handle their products properly than a busy and sometimes understaffed supermarket. This is how Terry Plath, Syncsorts’ Senior Vice President of Support and Servi...
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The Stray Sheep or The Power of Understanding Your Outliers

Informatica Blog - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 19:15
Comodo, who is a leading SSL provider that offers free anti-virus, internet security, firewall endpoint security, and other security tools — a company that specializes in security tools — had a breach. In March 2011 a critical security breach occurred at Comodo, damaging the company reputation and costing them a significant amount to mitigate the exposure. A hacker who used a valid username and password to get into the Comodo certificate issuing systems set up a new user account and issued nine ...
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Catching Up with GDPR Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:30
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline of May 25, 2018 has passed, but many organizations are still grappling with the data governance challenges it has created. Whether your organization conducts most, some or just a small amount of business in Europe, there are many aspects of data management you need to consider to comply with the regulation.  Here’s some great sources of information from industry experts to help bring you up-to-speed. The Deadline compliance ...
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