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Data Privacy and Protection Takes Center Stage

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 19:15
Businesses today are seeing a perfect storm of data privacy and protection, driven by unyielding forces centered around a customer’s private information. These forces include the chronic barrage of data breaches, the enactment of powerful privacy regulations and the growing consumer and citizen awareness of their rights to control their personal data. In this perfect storm, organizations must give data privacy and protection full attention.  The failure to do so can be severe and have adverse im...
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CDC, Lineage, and Governance, Oh My!

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 13:30
Just like Dorothy, the Tin Man and Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz who sang of “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My”, it seemed as if there were 3 topics that were constant points of discussion during the recent Enterprise Data World show in San Diego. Those topics were, CDC, Data Lineage and Data Governance, Oh My! You know that new technologies or methodologies have become mainstream when they either get the treatment of the 3-letter acronym or consume much of the discussion at trade shows. This w...
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Data Exhaust: From Wasted Bits to Hot Commodity

Informatica Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:15
“Data exhaust” is a cute phrase for all the stuff enterprises have been casting away since the beginning of time – and describes the potential future of enterprise intelligence. Data exhaust could be log data, sensor data, and all the other unstructured stuff streaming inside, through and out of enterprises. The Internet of Things (IoT) is perhaps the most prominent source of data exhaust. Until recently, it was too expensive to get at this data. Now, with open-source tools and platforms such as...
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For An Effective Data Quality Strategy, Context Is Everything

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:30
When it comes to data quality, one size does not fit all. To build an effective data quality strategy, you need to take context into account. The reason why is simple enough: If data quality is defined as the ability of a given data set to meet an intended purpose, then the question of whether or not you have quality data hinges on what you intend to do with the data. This isn’t to say that certain overarching features are important parts of data quality in almost all cases. Data quality u...
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News Flash: Microsoft Takes a Huge Leap Forward with their Azure SQL DW Gen2 Platform

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 18:00
As the leader in Enterprise Cloud Data Management, Informatica was plugged into the beginnings of the cloud data warehousing movement, and we have been a key partner in helping many companies shift their data “center of gravity” to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of the infinite scale-out, scale-on-demand, pay-as-you-go and workload isolation that only cloud-based data services can offer. Today, Microsoft, a strategic partner of ours, announced some very exciting innovations for Azure SQL Data...
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Data Integration 101: What it Means and Why it’s Important

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 13:30
What is data integration? In short, it’s the set of practices and tools that turn data into something you can actually use. Let’s take a closer look at what data integration means, why it’s important and how you can achieve it. The Problem with Data To understand why data integration exists, you have to appreciate the major problem associated with most data sets. On its own, data is not usually very valuable. Unless you have very small amounts of data – which you can interpret by hand, but whic...
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New eBook! How to Succeed in the New Age of Data Quality

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook, How to Succeed in the New Age of Data Quality, to show how you can create and implement a data quality strategy that will support your business initiatives and easily scale to meet future needs. We’re in a new age where business success depends on access to trusted data across more systems and more users than ever before. At the core of this new age is Big Data, which introduces new technology, new data sources, new data types, and new possibilities for ...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Tobi Bosede on Being a Double Minority in a High Tech Field

Syncsort Blog - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down with Tobi Bosede, Sr Machine Learning Engineer. In part 1 of this blog series, Bosede spoke on what goes into being a Machine Learning Engineer as well as some of the projects she is currently involved with. For part 2, Bosede described predicting trade volumes and the correlation between volume and volatility. In this part Roberts and Bosede discusses Bosede’s perspective of being a “d...
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Top Security Trends at RSA Conference 2018: An Uncertain Camelot

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:30
Since its humble origins in the early 90’s, the RSA Conference has grown to become the premier annual event of the IT security industry. Attracting more than 40k attendees to downtown San Francisco’s Moscone Center this year, attendees hear, meet, and drink with the thought leaders of cyber security.  These include security experts from the White House and the European Union (EU) all the way down to the scrappy little unknown security start-ups that cobbled together funds to get a booth at the s...
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Defining Your Data Infrastructure

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 13:30
What does it take to build data infrastructure? The answer to that question may seem simple: Disks. Yet in reality, a complete data infrastructure is a lot more complex than just disks. Here’s a look at all of the infrastructure components that power data operations. While disks (or tape drives, as the case may be) are surely one key part of data infrastructure, collecting, storing, integrating and analyzing data would not be possible without the help of a number of additional components. ...
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Accelerate Your Journey to AWS with Informatica

Informatica Blog - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:45
In the midst of almost everyone migrating operations to the cloud, few organizations are opening new data centers or planning major new hardware procurements. The added agility, efficiency, flexible scaling and breadth of capabilities of AWS (Amazon Web Services) in particular makes it extremely appealing to IT and business leaders, but to best leverage AWS, you need an hybrid data management solution to integrate data across AWS, other SaaS applications and existing on-premises systems. Whether...
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Spring Launch 2018 — Making AI-driven Data Governance and Compliance a Reality

Informatica Blog - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:15
Just as better, higher quality data can be a game changer in your organization, so can a solution that ensures your entire team can execute your data governance strategy. Roughly a year ago, we acquired Diaku, a leader in data governance, to enhance our solution to help customers with collaboration and to fully operationalize their data governance program. Since that time, you’ve heard from great customers, such as Merck, McGraw-Hill Education, and the Bank of Ireland, on how important these pro...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Tobi Bosede on Using Machine Learning to Predict Trading Volumes

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down with Tobi Bosede, Sr. Machine Learning Engineer. In the first part of this blog, Bosede spoke on what goes into being a Machine Learning Engineer as well as some of the projects she is currently involved with. In this part, Bosede will dive into predicting trade volumes and the correlation between volume and volatility. Roberts: Can you tell us something about what your presentation wa...
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Digital Transformation, Startup-Style, with Self-Service Data

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:15
I bet when you think about digital transformation, it conjures a large established enterprise transforming itself. But guess what, startups also do, and must, constantly transform themselves! The willingness to pivot and reinvent is core to a successful startup’s growth and maturity. You know what else startups have in common with large enterprises? They can amass vast amounts of data, and very quickly. Unleashing this data is key to truly understanding and growing the business in a highly dynam...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Tobi Bosede on What It Takes to Be a Machine Learning Engineer

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:30
At the Strata Data Conference in New York City in the fall, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to sit down with Tobi Bosede, Sr Machine Learning Engineer, shortly after her presentation. In the first of this three-part blog series, Bosede explains what goes into being a Machine Learning Engineer as well as some of the projects she is currently involved with. Roberts: So, tell everyone a little about yourself. Bosede: My name is Tobi Bosede. I got my graduate degree from Johns Hopkins and my ...
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Webcast: Data Quality-Driven GDPR: Compliance with Confidence

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 13:30
If you happened to miss our recent webcast, “Data Quality-Driven GDPR: Compliance with Confidence,” it’s now available to view on demand. Explore key insights on how data quality can help you achieve your GDPR compliance with confidence, including: GDPR readiness: What companies must be prepared for Why Data Quality is so critical for GDPR compliance How to address data-related GDPR challenges through a practical, structured approach Before regulations like GDPR, enterprise-...
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Column Similarity: Metadata Intelligence for Curation and Consumption

Informatica Blog - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:15
Ability to accurately label columns, attributes and fields is a critical requirement for both data discovery and data governance. However, organizations can have millions of datasets and hundreds of millions of columns/fields in various structured and semi-structured data sources, making it impossible to manually curate them one by one. Also, not all columns represent unique business concepts/data elements. A single data element, like a CUSTOMER ID or PRODUCT ID, can be a part of multiple datas...
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Highly Available Data: Why High Availability Is Not Just for Apps

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:30
High availability is a buzzword in IT today. Usually, it refers to applications and services that are resistant to disruption. But it should also apply to your data. Here’s why. What Is High Availability? High availability refers to the ability of an application, service or other IT resources to remain constantly accessible, even in the face of unexpected disruptions. In an age when a cloud service that fails for even just a few hours can significantly impact the ability of businesses to ...
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The 360 Customer View – and Why it’s Key to Long-Term Engagement and Loyalty

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:15
If you follow marketing surveys or business trends, you know that businesses are trying to win over customers with great experiences. As customers have become more connected and digital, their expectations have also increased. And many companies are proving that a personal and individualized experience has become the only way to ensure long-term engagement and loyalty. That’s why there’s been so much continued focus on holistic or 360-degree views of your customers. Here’s an example. A homeowne...
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Data Integration Challenges in a Siloed World

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:30
Modernizing your infrastructure and operations means breaking down “silos” — including those that hamper your data integration processes. Here’s a look at the silos that typically stand in the way of data integration, and what businesses can do to tear them down. “Breaking down silos” is lingo that you’ll hear if you follow the DevOps movement. Part of the point of DevOps is to eliminate the barriers that typically prevent different types of IT staff ...
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