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Integration: Achilles’ heel for Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:15
How often do you use social media to engage with a brand to express your concerns or appreciation? And how often does that company respond with something meaningful to you? Being a regular customer at WholeFoods, I have always enjoyed their customer service. A recent example caught my eye. With almost 5 million followers, the @WholeFoods Twitter handle cannot be ignored. With so many followers, you would think they would be pushing their brand messages more. However, the way they engage with the...
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Is Big Data Dangerous? 3 Common-Sense Data Management Guidelines

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:30
Data is a crucial driver of value for most businesses today. But when managed improperly, data can become more of a liability than a benefit. Keep reading for tips on creating a data management strategy that helps, rather than hurts, your company. No matter which industry your business is in, it almost certainly relies on data to a significant extent. These days, you don’t have to be a big bank or an insurance company to live and breathe data. You could also be, for example, a fast-food r...
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New eBook! TDWI Checklist Report: Strategies for Improving Big Data Quality for BI and Analytics

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:30
In a big data environment, the notion of data quality that is “fit for purpose” is important. For some types of data science and analytics, raw, messy data is exactly what users want. Yet, even in this case, users need to know the data’s flaws and inconsistencies so that the unexpected insights they seek are based on knowledge, not ignorance. Syncsort’s new eBook, Strategies for Improving Big Data Quality for BI and Analytics, takes a look at applying data quality methods and technologies ...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies: Optimize the Data Pipeline for Big Data

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 19:15
Welcome to the Next-Gen Analytics Strategies blog series in which I dive into five principal data management strategies for intelligent analytics. Today, we’ll examine optimizing a data pipeline for big data. When architecting a data management platform for analytics there are key components that are fundamentally necessary in building out a data pipeline. These data pipelines are becoming increasingly complex and have to deal with hundreds of source systems (on-premises and in the cloud) and pe...
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9 Mainframe Statistics That May Surprise You

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:30
How important are mainframes today? One way of answering that question is to take a look at some statistics relating to how mainframes are currently used. Keep reading for data points about the state of the mainframe today that you may find surprising. 1. 71 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies Use Mainframes. More specifically, they use IBM Z systems. (Source.) 2. Mainframes handle 87 percent of all credit card transactions. Did you buy something with your Visa or Mastercard today? More likely than...
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Integration Insight: IDC’s Take on Digital Transformation Done Right

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 19:15
Marc Andreessen penned his famous “Why Software Is Eating the World” essay in The Wall Street Journal seven years ago. The idea that “every company needs to become a software company” is now conventional wisdom. Digital transformation is today’s reality and integrating your systems resident in multiple clouds as well as on-premises is crucial for all businesses, not just the Amazons or Ubers. A new IDC report talks about data-driven real-time engagements and decisions, requiring real-time integr...
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Is Multi-Cloud Architecture Right For Your Data?

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:30
Could a multi-cloud architecture improve your data management strategy? That’s a question more and more companies are likely to ask themselves as multi-cloud computing grows in popularity. What Is Multi-Cloud Computing? Multi-cloud computing refers to cloud computing architectures in which organizations leverage multiple clouds at once. In some cases, multi-cloud architectures involve spreading the same workload across multiple clouds in order to provide resiliency and high availability. F...
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The Silver Lining in Your Cloud Migration: A Chance to Clean House

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:15
Any vendor who helps your company move data to the cloud will promise Quick and Easy. Taking the headaches out of a potentially massive migration is one of the main selling points for every technology provider involved in the process. Who would suggest adding steps, costs, time, or complexity to the process of putting your data in the cloud? Well, I would. The easiest way to get your data into the cloud is to “lift and shift.” Take what you’ve got on premises and put it in the cloud, exactly as ...
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The CIO Reading List: Technology-as-a-Service Playbook

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:15
This time I’m recommending a super-practical manual for profitable transformation. The Technology-as-a-Service Playbook is a snapshot of disruption and provides tactics and strategies for succeeding with the “anything as a service” business model. Thomas Lah and J.B. Wood have perfectly captured the sense of upheaval among technology companies as subscription-based models become our norm and provide insightful ideas on innovative approaches to thriving in this new environment. As a CIO, you’re v...
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Ideas, Insights, Innovation at DataWorks 2018 – Advances in Leveraging Hadoop and the Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:30
The 2018 DataWorks in San Jose had 2100 attendees from 32 countries and showed some innovation in its format by showcasing product demos in the newly conceived Expo Theater and Demopalooza sessions. #BigData, #MachineLearning, and #Cloud are just a few of the trends from #DWS18. @DataWorksSummit.Click To Tweet John Kreisa, VP of Marketing at Hortonworks, kicked off the DataWorks conference by getting into the spirit of the WorldCup and reciting some great statistics from the last World Cup: 3....
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Top 5 Expert Interviews on Big Data, Machine Learning, AI, and Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 13:30
2018 has been a big year for expert interviews so far. We’ve spoken with professionals in Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, the Cloud, and more! Here are just a few of the most popular experts that we’ve spoken to so far this year. Check out these great expert interviews! #MachineLearning #ArtificialIntelligence #BigDataClick To Tweet 1. Mike Olson As the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera, Mike Olson (@mikeolson) had just given a presentation on ...
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Athene Cloud and Athene 11 General Availability

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:30
The recent release of AtheneTM Cloud and AtheneTM 11 provide exciting new features and capabilities to our clients and open those capabilities to organizations everywhere. Athene Cloud takes the world-class Athene capacity management software and puts all of the processing and storage in the cloud.  This means that organizations can let Syncsort manage their server, the Capacity Management Information System (CMIS, also known as the Athene database), as well as provide key services to organizati...
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Informatica Wins 2018 CODiE Award for Best iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:28
SIIA recently honored Informatica with a big win announcing that we won the best iPaaS award for 2018. The team has been working hard on major updates, additions, integrations and functionality to our iPaaS and it has paid off! We were up against some big industry competitors, but came out on top because of our capabilities, versatility, elegant user interface and ease of use, among many other things. Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS), can help organizations overcome data challenges ...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies: Data Cataloging is the First Step

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:15
In my first blog of this series on Next Gen Analytics Strategies I discussed the importance of investing in a data management platform with an enterprise unified metadata foundation powered by AI and described how the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform uses the CLAIRE engine to provide such a foundation. In this blog post I’ll explain the importance of a data catalog. As I had mentioned in the blog post that summarized Next Gen Analytics Strategies I recommended that before tackling any proje...
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3 Ways to Prevent a Data Breach from Becoming an Ordeal

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:30
It’s easy to think of a data breach as a one-time event, putting the affected company at risk for a workday and causing residual headaches for maybe a week. But when IT systems aren’t regularly audited for security and layered stopgaps aren’t put in place to mitigate the damage, even significant multinational agencies like Equifax can remain vulnerable for months. How can you make sure you’re not caught sleeping at the wheel when the time comes to put your data security to action? 1. Audit Earl...
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3 Reasons Why Business People Should Take an Active Interest in Data Management

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:15
I work for a software company – one that sells data management solutions. For many business oriented people this is considered far too technical for their liking. My colleagues and I are regularly pointed down the hall towards the IT department, where business folks believe we can have a more meaningful discussion. However, the importance of data is rising in all verticals. To remain competitive, organizations must harness their existing and new data sources in meaningful ways. By removing thems...
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Data Availability 101: What Data Availability Means and How to Achieve It

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:30
What is data availability, and what does data availability mean for your business? Keep reading for an overview of data availability and best practices for achieving it. What Is Data Availability? Put simply, data availability refers to the ability of data to remain accessible at all times, including following unexpected disruptions. You could think of data availability as the data equivalent of application uptime. Software vendors and service providers like to talk about how they guarantee an e...
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Data Analytics: Getting Past the Easy Part (the Technology)

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:15
Everyone is seeking the holy grail of data analytics and, now, its derivatives – artificial intelligence and machine learning. The tools and platforms to accomplish this are powerful, and more programs across the country are offering training in data science and analytics skills. So what’s the holdup? Essentially, organizations are getting in their own way. In a recent analysis, Niko Mohr and Holger Hürtgen, both with McKinsey, observe that “the technical part is always the easier one to solve.”...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Elise Roy on Human Centered Design and Overcoming Challenges with Big Data

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:30
In case you missed Part 1, read here! Recently, while Elise was working with NPR, they discussed the fact that episodes of NPR programs posted online did not provide captions. While these shows generally have an article associated with them or a transcript of the conversation, Elise pointed out that NPR might be filtering out a significant portion of the population who might have hearing loss but are still able to appreciate an audio-centered show. Or, those who were completely deaf who liked th...
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Don’t Worry, it’s not You. The Data Governance Finish Line Has Moved

Informatica Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:15
I’ve been a practitioner, analyst and all-around evangelist of data governance for the majority of my career. And during this time, I’ve never lost faith that executive leaders across all industries would eventually understand the need for data governance — and make it one of their company’s strategic priorities. And we’ve witnessed some incredible changes in the world that have helped to raise data governance awareness. These include: The creation and widespread adoption of the Chief Data Offi...
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