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Planned or Unplanned, All Downtime is Bad

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:30
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 2012 blog post explaining the impact of technical downtime on business. The Impact of Technical Downtime Estimates for average costs of downtime at an organization came in at around $9,000 per minute [1] last year. That number leaves little doubt that the direct costs of technical downtime can cripple a...
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How Cloud Changes your Value Prop as an IT Professional

Informatica Blog - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:15
As an IT professional keep your focus on two overall skill sets: business communication and architectural thinking In my last post, I talked about how enterprises need to truly understand what their data is worth to the business as they journey to cloud. But the shift toward cloud services and the leveraging of data as an asset changes another value proposition: Yours, as an IT professional. Specifically, a cloud transformation redefines the skill sets that makes the CIO and other IT leaders val...
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Data Management and the Democratization of Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:30
Machine learning was once something that only the largest companies could leverage effectively. That is changing. New tools that democratize machine learning are now available. This enables ordinary organizations to leverage their data for designing machine learning applications. The concept of machine learning is not new. Since the early decades of computing, developers have experimented with strategies that allow programs to learn or make informed decisions. Until recently, only very large or...
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CloverETL 4.7 Released

CloverETL News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:35
This production release brings Data Services, allowing you to publish transformations to applications as APIs. With Data Services you can publish a transformation graph as a (REST) API endpoint. That means you can create smart data sources or data targets that process data on-the-fly and make either data, or business logic or a combination of both, available to applications on-demand. Learn more about the release in the full 4.7.0 release notes. About this release: This is a production rele...
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NEW eBOOK! Move your Business in the Right Direction with Global Address & Geocoding Tools

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:30
When you’re striving to provide exceptional service to customers around the world, knowing their global locations can be pretty useful. Global address validation tools help ensure highly accurate address and geolocational data. In Syncsort’s latest eBook, Move your Business in the Right Direction with Global Address & Geocoding Tools, we show you how our customers have found success with global address validation tools so you better understand how they may help your organization....
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Unlocking the Unstructured Data Treasure Trove

Informatica Blog - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 20:15
“Why are enterprises still clueless about unstructured data?” That’s the question asked by Reetika Fleming, writing at the HfS site. By clueless, Fleming points to an HfS study in which close to half of executives, 45%, believe that only a small percentage (0-25%) of their data is unstructured. She defines unstructured data as “digital pictures, videos, social media feeds, web content, handwriting and sketches, and voice memos.” This aligns with a survey I helped conduct several years ago, which...
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Mainframes for Dummies: What Non-Technical Folks Should Know about Mainframes

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:30
What do you think when you hear the word mainframe? If you imagine gigantic, outdated machines, then it’s time to educate yourself about what today’s mainframes are like and what they can do. Mainframes in the Popular Imagination The mainframe suffers from an image problem. Presumably, because mainframes were the first type of computer to enter common use, lay people tend to associate mainframes with vacuum tubes and the Cold War. They assume that mainframes are huge, unwieldy, bug-...
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EIC Discover for Tableau: In Context Data Catalog for Self Service BI

Informatica Blog - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:15
Informatica at the ongoing Tableau Conference A data catalog is essential to provide a single place for data discovery for all kinds of data consumers: business users, data analysts and report developers. A large majority of these users have already chosen Tableau as the Business Intelligence and Analytics platform of choice. Informatica’s Enterprise Information Catalog allows data owners and data stewards to curate datasets adding certified data sources, add business context and terminolo...
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CloverETL Sponsoring Dataversity's Enterprise Analytics Online Event

CloverETL News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 16:47
Join the Enterprise Analytics Online Event on October 18th We are delighted to be sponsors of Dataversity’s Enterprise Analytics Online event, taking place on October 18th 2017. The event is a full day of live online sessions presented by industry experts, designed to teach anyone working with data how to execute and implement a successful data analytics program. Presentations will focus on Data Science, Business Intelligence, Data Lakes and Warehouses, Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, an...
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Understanding John Doe: Making the Most of Data to Engage Customers

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:30
The data you need to understand your customers is all around you. You just need to know where to look and how to work with that data. To illustrate, let’s look at an example of an opportunity for understanding a potential customer using data. Introducing John Doe Let’s call our potential customer John Doe, and let’s assume that the only interaction you have with him occurs when John visits your website. A website visit might not seem like much to go on, especially if John Doe ...
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Using Big Data to Fight Fake News

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:30
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you likely know that “fake news” is a problem. Big Data can help solve it. Here’s how. Fake news refers to content that presents itself as a news article but may contain deliberately fictitious or misleading information. Fake articles have always been around, but the rise of social media has made it more difficult for readers to distinguish reliable, objective information from less trustworthy content. In the old days, it was ...
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Ready for Artificial Intelligence? Part 2

Informatica Blog - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:30
We, The People I’ll bet you can quote 10 different movies, where people have to fight for the fate of humanity against machines. My all-time favorite is 2001: A Space Odyssey, with HAL’s famous quote (maybe because it reminds me of how my mother would talk to me during my adolescent years) “I am, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.”[i] Reality and fiction are not the same, we are very far from having a super-intelligent computer that can take over humanit...
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New eBook! Data Quality & Enrichment: Your Secret Ingredients for CRM-Powered Success

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:30
Data is at the heart of all of your customer interactions, and can be the difference between success and failure. Effective customer engagement requires personalization through a single customer view in your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. Our latest eBook Data Quality & Enrichment: Your Secret Ingredients for CRM-Powered Success will show you how to ensure that your customer data is not only complete, but also trustworthy. To learn the secret ingredients for CRM data quali...
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‘Backstage’ with the Cubs: How Data Drives Success at Wrigley Field

Informatica Blog - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:59
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs are transforming the historic ballpark, and the entire customer experience. It’s hard not to like the travel side of my job. I get to meet customers and peers, attend conferences and events, and share experiences around data and digital transformation. But, as a rabid baseball fan, my September trip to Chicago was really special: I took a “backstage” tour of Wrigley Field with Chicago Cubs VP of Technology Andrew McIntyre. I fell in love with baseball after visiting Sa...
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Ready for Artificial Intelligence? (Part 1)

Informatica Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:15
Part 1 – I, Robot Sometimes, when writing a word document, I would spell a word so wrong, that MS Office spell check would just give up on me. It would say to me, “Lady, I know all the words in the English dictionary, and I have no clue what you want to say.” I would then copy the same misspelled word into Google search engine, and Google kindly and gently say, “Did you mean this?” And I would say, “yes! This is what I meant.” This is the difference between the old world, and the new world of Ar...
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My “Aha!” Moments as a Splunk .conf “FTR”

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:30
Having supported Syncsort’s Big Data business for the past seven years, the industry conferences I’ve attended have revolved around Hadoop, Spark, and data lakes. But, last week, I departed from my familiar stomping grounds (Strata Data Conference in NYC, which was held the same week) and hit the road for Washington, DC, home to Splunk .conf2017. As a newbie – or FTR (first time run) attendee in Splunk speak – I was in good company, as the number of attendees has exploded to almost 7,200 – up fr...
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AI for Data Management: Making Sense of Vendor Claims

Informatica Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:43
It seems there is a new, hyperbolic vendor announcement about applying Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning (AI/ML) to data management daily. How do you separate fact from fiction? First, AI requires data sets to train on. If you think about it, AI and Machine Learning cannot just create intelligence out of thin air. So, the question is, where are these vendors getting their training sets that make their AI useful to solve your data management problems? It’s like students needing text...
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When It’s Time to Give Data Warehouse a Digital Makeover

Informatica Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:00
How can data warehouses be reconstituted for today’s cloud-based, data-driven enterprises? The data warehouse has a place in this new world, but it takes on a new role and mission. This unfolding scenario was recently explored by analysts with the Eckerson Group, who say data warehouses remain essential in many larger, complex enterprises. Data warehouses address challenges of enterprise reporting and analytics, and can be modernized to augment architectures supporting data lakes and mater data ...
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Video: Syncsort CEO and CTO on Riding the Big Data Wave

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:30
Two members of Syncsort’s leadership team, CEO Josh Rogers and CTO Tendü Yoğurtçu appeared on SiliconANGLE TV’s theCUBE during Big Data NYC 2017 last week. Each discussed different aspects of Big Data challenges and how Syncsort is helping organizations to ride the Big Data Wave to meet key business objectives and stay competitive. Key to Big Data Success During his interview with Tendü Yoğurtçu, theCUBE host John Furrier quoted VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, who said in 2011, “If you are not out in ...
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Hurricanes, Quakes and Forest Fires

Informatica Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:00
Hurricanes, Quakes and Forest Fires Hurricane Irma, Maria and the recent quake in Mexico City have shown once again that we are at the mercy of Nature’s wrath. Power companies are scrambling in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida to re-establish service with the help of reciprocal agreements they have put in place with their Northern brethren. Many areas serving millions of customers had service re-established within hours, some days and some will have to wait likely for weeks. Similarly, annual fi...
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