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5 Steps to Building a Data Lake with Informatica Big Data Management on Azure

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:00
Big data is the underpinning of how companies are revolutionizing customer engagement, driving productivity and fueling innovation. It has emerged as a megatrend that is continuing to gain attention. Big data started with Hadoop. Yahoo! and Google used Hadoop as a simple, focused product designed to index web pages for search. Today big data is not just Hadoop; it consists of many other technologies as well. Spark is replacing the batch processor MapReduce as the default execution engine in Hado...
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Mainframes Are So Important, Even Docker Is Officially Supporting Them

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:30
Need a reminder that mainframes still matter? Take a look at some of the most recent news from Docker, the pathbreaking container platform that has now added official enterprise support for mainframes. Docker is an open platform for running applications inside containers. Containers are like virtual machines in that they package applications into a portable, isolated environment. But they offer distinct advantages over virtual machines, including better performance and more environment consisten...
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The CIO Reading List: The Phoenix Project

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:15
The latest book on our CIO Reading List is The Phoenix Project: a novel about IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win, by IT veterans Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford. It’s essentially about how to apply lean manufacturing processes to IT operations — but told in a creative, entertaining way. It follows a newly promoted, and immediately overwhelmed, VP of IT Operations at the fictional Parts Unlimited, a nationwide auto parts manufacturer and retailer with a turnover of $4 billion. The ...
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Official and Unofficial Linux Distributions for IBM POWER8 Systems

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:30
One of the advantages of IBM POWER8 systems is that they support a variety of Linux distributions. And choice is good. Yet with choice comes responsibility. You have to decide which Linux distribution is best for your POWER8 environments. If you’re struggling to make the decision, this article is for you. It outlines the pros and cons of the major Linux distributions that support IBM POWER8. Choosing a #Linux distribution for your #POWER8? Review your options here…Click To Tweet Ba...
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Managed Resilience Services Open up Possibilities for a Large Company

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:30
Vision Solutions, who recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below is an update to their popular 2016 blog post summarizing how managed resilience services at a large organization made a big difference in realizing the benefits of disaster recovery readiness. Managed Services for High Availability & Disaster Recovery Managed Services from Vision Solutions help businesses of all sizes meet their...
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Hype or Not? Proven Value from Artificial Intelligence

Informatica Blog - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:15
My new favorite vlog to follow is that of Simone Giertz. She is a Swedish inventor, maker and a robotics enthusiast. She is your real life, modern and feminine version of Dr. Emmet Brown (from the movie Back to the Future). Even better, she builds artificial intelligence/robots to help her with the mundane daily tasks like brushing teeth or making a bowl of cereal. I doubt that these robots are truly useful, but they are funny. Check them out. In the world of Data Management, there are a lot of ...
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Fighting Plagiarism with Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:30
The World Wide Web is a plagiarist’s dream. Huge amounts of digital content are readily available, and they can be easily copied. Fortunately, there’s hope for people fighting plagiarized content. Using data analytics and machine learning, plagiarism can be kept in check. Plagiarism, of course, is the act of reproducing someone else’s work or ideas, in whole or in part, without giving credit to the original creator. Plagiarism can involve verbatim copying of text, images or ot...
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Informatica: A Data Quality Leader According to Gartner for 11th Year

Informatica Blog - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 15:33
Twelve years ago, we started a journey. One that was focused on ensuring that our customers could exceed their business goals by having trusted, governed data using a leading data quality product at the center of it all. In our first year on the market, Informatica was named a Visionary in the inaugural 2006 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools(1). Since that time, Informatica has remained a leader in data quality and has helped countless organizations tackle some of the most complex use cases ...
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Transaction Visibility from Mobile to Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 10/28/2017 - 13:30
Your most visible and strategic business services rely on transactions that originate on a mobile or web-based platform and connect to back-end applications on a mainframe. You’re likely monitoring these services 24/7 for potential problems impacting response times and performance – but do you have the details you need to identify and fix problems when they arise on the mainframe? In our recent webcast End-to-End Transaction Visibility from Mobile Devices to Your Mainframe, our experts Ed Halloc...
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How AWS Data Lake Transforms Asurion Mobile Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 20:00
Join our 11/2 webinar with AWS and Asurion If you are anything like me, you might have, once or twice, dropped your phone in some not-to-be-specified water-carrying vessel… So it’s pretty safe to say that your mobile device is likely protected by Asurion. Asurion is a multi-billion dollar company providing much-needed insurance for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices, on behalf of the major wireless providers. To improve engagement with its 290 Million global customers and increase...
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New eBook! DB2 System Tuning and Optimization: Old Meets New

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:30
Even thought there have been huge advancements in software and hardware technology, data infrastructure optimization is still critical to enterprises today. Optimization saves time, resources and money – money that enables organizations to repurpose dollars in flat budgets for desired business initiatives that require additional spend. Our latest eBook DB2 System Tuning and Optimization: Old Meets New reviews changes in system performance management, SQL query challenges and the future of managi...
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Best Practices for Creating Data Quality Rules

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:30
In my prevous blog post, I shared four data quality trends I observed at recent industry events that are essential to data governance. In today’s post, I take a deeper dive into my conference presentation, reviewing best practices for creating data quality rules that help organizations to improve data governance and support business intelligence. The 7 Dimensions of Data Quality Rules When creating data quality rules, consider the data quality dimensions you want to create. There can be up...
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Minding Our Assets: How I’m Tackling Informatica’s Data Transformation

Informatica Blog - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 19:15
Every one of us is going through his or her own version of digital transformation. And we each define that transition differently. For some of Informatica’s customers, digital transformation is figuring out how to get closer to their customers, obtaining that end-to-end view. For others, it’s making sense of the sheer amount of data from sensors and the Internet of Things, or it may be offering ambitious new digital services that disrupt, as we say, our legacy business models. It’s mindbog...
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4 Data Quality Trends I Observed During Recent Data Governance Events

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:30
Over the past five weeks, I’ve attended and presented at four different events, including the Strata Data, Data Governance Financial Services, and Information Management MDM & Data Governance conferences in the New York metro area and ASG EVOLVE in Washington, DC. What’s clear to me… data governance is still at various forms of maturity across organizations, but also is important as ever, if not more so. Data Quality in Data Governance Why is data quality such an important part of data gover...
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REST your Master Data Services

Informatica Blog - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:15
REST (Representational State Transfer) is an architecture style that is designed for communications between different interfaces in the simplest way. As the REST API uses simple HTTP calls, it is much more accessible from different interfaces. Thanks to Roy Fielding, REST APIs are available all over the world wide web today. For example Twitter REST feed provides the latest tweets for different applications to embed them. Before the REST took over the communication platform by storm, the general...
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Meeting the Challenge of Mainframe Data on Hadoop

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This post was originally published earlier this year on Keylink’s blog. Experience and customer feedback tell us that working with mainframe data on Hadoop and Apache Spark isn’t easy, but the amazing array of customer and transactional data sets stored on the mainframe makes it crucial for successful Big Data analytics and machine learning initiatives. That’s why it’s time to liberate your mainframe data and drive better business insights. What are t...
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Dataversity Webinar - Sponsored by CloverETL

CloverETL News - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:59
Register now for Agile and Data Modeling webinar on Thursday October 26th We are delighted to be sponsoring the upcoming Dataversity webinar on Agile & Data Modeling - How Can They Work Together? taking place on October 26th 2017. The webinar, part of Dataversity's Lessons in Data Modeling series, is presented by industry expert Donna Burbank, and will discuss how data models are being effectively used in today's agile development environments, and the benefits that are being achieved from...
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Get our latest eBook – Mainframe Challenge: Unlocking the Value of Legacy Data

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:30
If your organization is running legacy systems, you’re likely struggling to fully integrate your legacy data into new data analytics platforms and your business intelligence deliverables. That siloed data can also compromise data governance and security. In our latest eBook, Mainframe Challenge: Unlocking the Value of Legacy Data, we review ways to help you tackle these obstacles so you can unlock the value of your mainframe data. Download the eBook to learn more. The post Get our latest eBoo...
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Getting Your Boss to Love Your Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:30
You know why your mainframe is so valuable to the business. But does your boss? If not, you need to sell him or her on the mainframe to ensure that you are able to continue deriving value from it. Here’s how… Boss not showing your mainframe love? We’ve got 5 talking points to help them see mainframe value The Mainframe Image Problem It’s an understatement to say that mainframes suffer from an image problem. For the typical person, the term mainframe conjures images of gi...
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Chief Trust Officer: Building Relationships on Trust

Informatica Blog - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:15
Increase trust and transparency in your own organization and expect your vendors to do the same. When Informatica talks about trust, we’re usually framing it around trusted data. It’s a core element of an enterprise data platfor: Can you trust that the data is accurate, timely, etc.? But then there’s security: Can you trust that your data is secure? In the cloud, on premises, regardless of application, at rest and in transit — is your data safe? It’s a question that our customers are asking with...
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