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If Going Digital Is All About Change, Why Are We All So Useless At It?

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 20:29
If Going Digital Is All About Change, Why Are We All So Useless At It? The human psyche is designed for emergency braking. It’s not so good at long-term self-preservation. Humans aren’t great at long-term preservation. As a society, we are prone to procrastinate, go with the status quo and not upset processes. I can feel a few of you getting ready to hit the ‘comment’ button… but before you do, consider global warming, the obesity epidemic and lifestyle diseases. These aren’t simply examples of ...
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Security and the Internet of Things

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:30
Are You Ready for IoT Data Security? Internet of Things (IoT) are devices and sensors that are embedded into machines that communicate with each other by transferring data over a network, which is often public. The idea of sensors and devices that communicate with each other is not new. Cars built in the late nineties and later have more sensors and devices built into them than a computer. What is new is that these devices now communicate with each other over public networks. Because these devic...
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Understanding Data Quality in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:30
Most data scientists do not manufacture drugs, and most pharmacologists are not also data scientists. Still, the pharmaceutical industry depends heavily on data scientists – especially when it comes to ensuring data quality. It’s no secret that pharmaceutical companies rely heavily on Big Data. These businesses use data to do everything from interpreting clinical findings to measuring the effectiveness of drugs based on real-world health outcomes. Indeed, there’s an entire conferenc...
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Our Top 50 Big Data Blog Posts – EVER!

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:30
In honor of Database Trends and Applications upcoming Big Data 50 List, we’ve rounded up our top 50 Big Data blog posts – EVER! *BOOM* — 50 of our most popular #BigData blog posts… EVER!Click To Tweet Reviewing our top 50 list, some common themes arose, including a few other companies from the Big Data 50 List. Let us know –  which is your favorite? How Big Data is Changing our World Big Data has made a big impact on our world. Some of our most popular posts in our Top 50 Big Data ...
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Why Mainframes Matter in the Age of Cloud Computing

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:30
Has cloud computing killed mainframes? You might think so. In fact, mainframes remain supremely important, even in the age of the cloud. Here’s why. Is #Cloud killing the #mainframe? In a word, no.Click To Tweet It’s easy enough to understand why one might think that mainframes are no longer relevant in the present age of “cloud-native” everything. Today, everyone and their mother is moving workloads to the cloud. Public cloud computing platforms like AWS and Azure are...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Decideo’s Nieuwbourg Talks Trends in Big Data, IoT & Data Visualization

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:30
In Part 1 of our two-part conversation, Phillipe Nieuwbourg (@nieuwbourg) talked about the founding of Decideo, interesting developments in data, what tools and skills you need, and mistakes to avoid to get the most out of data. In today’s part 2, he addresses what businesses should be doing with data today, and down the road, and trends in Big Data, IoT and data visualization. In general, what should businesses be doing from a technology standpoint today to prepare for the ways they’...
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Data Security – Protect Dormant Data Through Data Archive

Informatica Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 19:00
Protect Dormant Data Through Data Archive Enterprise data grew 31% year over year in the year 2016. 41% of enterprise data has been lying dormant or has not been accessed for the last 3 years. 12% of enterprise data has not been accessed for more than 7 years.** As the fear of compliance risks grew, enterprises have become big data hoarders. The general perception of a CIO is that the cost of holding data is low when compared to the cost of not having a specific data when required. Two unrelated...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Philippe Nieuwbourg of Decideo on the Evolution of Data Management

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:56
Philippe Nieuwbourg (@nieuwbourg) is an independent analyst, author and lecturer focusing his work on information technology to improve a data-driven economy. In today’s part 1 of this two-part interview, Nieuwbourg discusses the founding of Decideo and the evolution of data management. Can you tell us about your professional background? How did you become interested in Data Science? I have been working in “data” since I created Decideo, more than 25 years ago. After studying accounting, I...
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Quickly Boost Efficiency and Lower Costs with the New Cloud Integration Hub Salesforce Accelerator

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 20:29
Quickly Boost Efficiency and Lower Costs with the New Cloud Integration Hub Salesforce Accelerator Increasing cloud integration is slowing down your data-driven digital transformations. Replacing redundant and expensive point-to-point data synchronizations with Salesforce with a more organized and agile approach to cloud integration can accelerate your progress. Many organizations find that taking the traditional project-based, point-to-point approach to integration of the multiple clouds and on...
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National Instruments Case Study: Revolutionize Analytics with Cloud Data Lake

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:25
Revolutionize Analytics with Cloud Data Lake National Instruments (NI) is a global company producing software and hardware empowering scientists and engineers to measure and automate the world around them. NI has more than 35,000 customers worldwide, $1 billion in revenue and serves industries such as Electronics, Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Automotive, Wireless, Heavy Equipment, Industrial Machinery, Academic and Research, Semiconductor and RF/Mobile. At NI, the IT team is heavily focused on es...
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Why Data Quality is the Key to Successful Online Retailing

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 13:30
Online retailing is a huge industry, but also a very difficult one for retailers. What makes some Internet stores stand out from the pack? Part of the answer is data quality, which undergirds everything that successful online retailers do. Data and Online Stores When you think of Internet retailers the names that first come to mind probably include companies like Amazon.com and eBay. These businesses rose from obscurity to become some of the largest retailers on the planet – and to pose an exis...
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New eBook Available: Real-World Examples of zIIP Offload and CPU Savings

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 13:30
Many organizations that have purchased zIIP processors are not maximizing use of those processors to see the full benefit. In a lot of cases, they simply do not have workloads that use software that is effectively zIIP enabled. In essence, they purchased an engine, but can’t get it out of first gear. Imagine buying a Ferrari and only driving it to the grocery store. You need to get it out on the highway and open it up! In our latest eBook, Real-World Examples of zIIP Offload and CPU Savings with...
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Mainframe History: How Mainframes Have Changed Over the Years

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 13:30
Mainframes have one of the longest histories of any kind of computing technology that is still used today. In fact, mainframe history is far too long to pack into a single blog post. But I’m going to try anyway. Keep reading for a (very) brief history of mainframe computing. Before diving in, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how long mainframes have been around. Very few of the computer scientists who worked on the first mainframes are still working with mainframes today. That...
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The CIO Reading List: The Digital Transformation Playbook

Informatica Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
The CIO Reading List At the recent CIO100 Symposium in Colorado Springs, I was thrilled that we received such enthusiastic feedback and interest in the CIO Reading List!  I’m so glad that CIOs—and IT folks in general—understand the value of sharing and discussing books that aren’t explicitly about IT issues. With the industry moving so quickly, now more than ever we need fresh, new perspectives. Having said that, the next book on the CIO Reading List hits right at the center of our CIO challenge...
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Automated Data Entry, Data Quality Problems and How to Solve Them

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:30
Automated data entry such as OCR and text-to-speech methods of digitizing analog data save a lot of time – but they almost never deliver perfect results. In fact, they can be a data quality nightmare. This is why data quality control is especially important if you rely on tools for automated data entry or conversion. This article explains why automated data entry creates special data quality challenges and discusses strategies for addressing them. Digital Data Sources and their Discontents Some...
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Prove the Value of High Quality Data to Enable Digital Transformation

Informatica Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:30
For the last few years, most conferences I have been to have had a common theme:  Digital Transformation. The clear message that comes from analysts, influencers and industry alike is that we are currently in the midst of the biggest transformation in corporate history. The transformation is digital in nature – and data is the foundation of this transformation. Having immersed myself in this world of data-driven digital transformation, I was somewhat surprised by recent conversation, which took ...
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Apache Kafka: Open Source Superstar

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:30
Summer’s winding down, and so is our Syncsort Summer School series. In today’s post, we’re recapping of all things Apache Kafka. Despite joining an already crowded Hadoop ecosystem, Kafka has been generating lots of attention. Enterprises are making room for the tool, because it is truly capable of handling data streams in real time. The Origins of Kafka Like so many innovations, Kafka was born out of necessity. At the time of its birth, LinkedIn was using three engineers to ma...
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Beyond Hadoop: 5 Open Source Big Data Projects You May Have Missed

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:30
You know Hadoop. You know Spark. But do you know the rest of the open source Big Data world? If not, this post is for you: Keep reading for a roundup of important open source Big Data platforms you may not have heard of. Names like Hadoop and Spark – not to mention the likes of Kafka, Sqoop and Storm– have dominated the Big Data conversation for years. They were among the earliest Big Data platforms to make a big splash and there’s little doubt that their popularity will continue. But the...
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Data Warehouse Modernization – Three Way, with Amazon Redshift

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:15
  Join our webinar on 8/22 at 9:00 am PT/12 pm ET If you are considering Amazon Redshift for your new data warehousing project, you are definitely not alone! Many of our customers are going through a data-driven digital transformation and have already implemented modern data warehouse projects with Amazon Redshift. Yet many more are requesting our help to do so now. Major drivers for this trend include the need to cost effectively scale your BI stack for massive data volumes, agile and self...
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New eBook: Protecting Your Company with Mainframe Data

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:30
Hundreds of billions of dollars a year. That’s the cost that fraud and cyber-attacks cost organizations around the globe. And, if your company falls victim to one of these attacks, the impact is felt beyond the budget spreadsheets. Our latest eBook, Protecting Your Company with Mainframe Data, discusses how integrating all machine data generated across the entire enterprise — including mainframes — can provide you total visibility into the most common and dangerous threats to your organiza...
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