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Just Published: 2018 State of the Mainframe Survey Report

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:30
The results of fourth annual mainframe survey are in! It’s clear that mainframes continue to play a vital role in today’s business landscape, but optimization is critical. The results are in! @Syncsort’s 4th annual #mainframe survey report is now availableClick To Tweet Syncsort’s newly published survey report, State of Mainframe for 2018, reviews mainframe trends and strategies for the coming year. Many organizations look to leverage zIIP engines to offload general pro...
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Mainframe Security Best Practices

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:30
You need not be a cybersecurity expert to know that we are living in the age of data breaches. Protecting against cyber attacks requires securing all of your infrastructure — including mainframes. Toward that end, keep reading for mainframe security best practices. When it comes to building a cybersecurity strategy, it can be easy to leave mainframes out of the picture. In many organizations, mainframes serve as backend systems buried deep inside the IT infrastructure. Unlike commodity ser...
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Managed HA/DR Services Add a Wealth of Value

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, which recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below about the value of HA/DR managed services originally appeared on their blog. Attempting to manage all of your HA/DR needs in-house is admirable, but so is understanding the need for specialized help. According to the 2017 State of Resilience Report, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS/RaaS) revenue is projected to grow dramatica...
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Data Quality Best Practices

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:30
You know why data quality is important. But do you understand what data quality looks like in practice? If not, this post is for you. Keep reading for a primer on data quality best practices. Following data quality best practices will help you keep consistent, error-free data that meets its intended goals. Ensuring data quality means making sure that your data sets are fit to serve the goals you intend to meet with them. Data that is inconsistent, contains errors, is incomplete or difficult to ...
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New White Paper: Tracing Transactions from Mobile to Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:30
There has been explosive growth of large-scale business services that incorporate mobile and web-based applications. These services include transactions originating from tablets, PCs and smartphones and connect to back-end applications hosted on the mainframe. With such high visibility among customers, partners, executives and investors, there is even more pressure to avoid unacceptable response times and unreliable performance. Wouldn’t it be great if businesses could track transactions for cri...
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Three Priceless Product Information Management Values from Informatica

Informatica Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:17
The new release of our master-data fueled Product Information Management solution is sweet and hot, just like a mulled wine. Last weekend, we’ve had the first snow in Germany. Everywhere, Christmas lights are shining in front gardens, shopping malls and on houses. Impossible to ignore it, the Holiday season has begun. For me, this is the best moment of the year to enjoy a sweet and hot mulled wine with friends on a Christmas Market. And it’s time to think about gifts, and being grateful for memo...
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5 Things Everyone Should Know about Mainframes

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:30
What comes to mind when you hear the word mainframe? If it’s a computer from the 1950s, you probably don’t know as much about mainframes as you could. Keep reading for five little-known mainframe facts. Whether or not you work with the mainframe, we’ve got 5 mainframe facts that everyone should know! If you work in the mainframe industry or have a strong background in technology, these mainframe facts may not be little-known to you. But to the public at large, they are. 1. Mai...
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Now Available: 2018 Big Data Trends Survey Report

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:30
The results of @Syncsort’s 2018 #BigData survey are in — Get the free report!Click To Tweet The results from Syncsort’s 2018 Big Data Trends Survey are in, and it’s clear is that Big Data will be stronger than ever! Although the technologies might change (e.g., Hadoop is giving way to Spark), the initiatives involving the processing of massive data volumes for greater insights are not going away. In this report, 2018 Big Data Trends: Liberate, Integrate & Trust, we review...
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Be Realistic When Setting an RPO

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, which recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below about setting a realistic Recovery Point Objective originally appeared on their blog. Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is a key metric when outlining a Disaster Recovery plan. This particular metric refers to the amount of data that can be lost due to various disaster scenarios, and as you might expect, the lower the number the bett...
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How to Excel at Not Using Excel

Informatica Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:00
Let’s face it – despite all the talk and evangelizing we’ve been doing about the dawn of the data-driven organization (I plead guilty as well), there’s an annoying little fact that keeps things real. Much of the data we depend on is still, gulp, being stored and processed within Excel spreadsheets. Spreadsheets remain, as they were when first introduced in the early 1980s, a vehicle of extreme convenience. People can plug in whatever data and variables they want, and come to quick conclusions, b...
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Uniting Data Quality and Data Integration

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:47
Recently Syncsort has added several companies to its portfolio. An astute observer may notice that the product offerings from these companies are complementary. We are not planning to make any changes to these products. Our customers will continue to use these products in their production systems and we will continue to focus on providing excellent support. On the other hand, a tighter integration of some of these products will be beneficial to many customers. Case in point: joining key data int...
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ICYMI: The Changing Landscape of Capacity Management for the Mainframe Webcast

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 13:30
In case you missed our recent live webcast, The Changing Landscape of Capacity Management for the Mainframe, it’s now available on-demand. During the webcast our expert Nick Varley reviews strengths and weakness of traditional mainframe Capacity Management and why organizations are reviewing their current capacity management strategy and tools. He also discusses how changes in scope and processes require a philosophy change amongst capacity management professionals, the incorporation of B...
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Mainframe vs. Supercomputer: Yes, There’s a Big Difference

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:30
Are mainframes the same thing as supercomputers? Not at all. Ask a person on the street to explain the difference between mainframes and supercomputers, however, and you might hear the two terms conflated. There is, of course, no official definition of a mainframe, supercomputer or most other types of computer, for that matter. Definitions are in the eye of the beholder. If I were a descriptive grammarian, I might say that mainframes really are the same thing as supercomputers, because some peo...
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Auto-Scale PowerCenter Grids on AWS in Minutes using Informatica Operational Insights

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 19:15
Finding it hard to keep up with the increasing business demand on your PowerCenter data integration platform? Or finding it hard to plan for capacity of your PowerCenter domain while keeping the cost optimized? Does it take weeks, if not months to add additional compute capacity? Informatica is happy introduce Auto-Scale feature for PowerCenter Grids, so that additional compute capacity can be automatically provisioned in less than 15 minutes on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. Wait… t...
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PowerCenter Pay As You Go (PAYG) on AWS

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:30
Informatica’s PowerCenter Pay As You Go (PAYG) now available on AWS Marketplace Informatica is pleased to announce the availability of PowerCenter Pay As You Go (PAYG) on AWS Marketplace. Now you can quickly launch Informatica PowerCenter on AWS with just few clicks. Within couple of hours you can start developing your data integration project. You can also manage the upfront infrastructure cost as per the business needs. Furthermore, you can also continue to install PowerCenter manually o...
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5 Big Data Myths

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:30
How much do you really know about Big Data? If you subscribe to the following Big Data myths, your understanding of may not be as complete as it could be. Those Big Data myths include… Myth 1: Big Data Needs to Be Petabyte-Big The term Big Data implies that you need a lot of data – petabytes’ worth – in order for it to qualify as Big Data. Otherwise, it’s just plain old data – or so you might think. The fact is, however, that the amount of data you collect and analyze does not ...
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Increase Operational Efficiency of PowerCenter with Informatica Operational Insights

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:36
Operational Insights is a single pane of glass for monitoring and managing Informatica data management software. In this release, you can efficiently manage PowerCenter installations running in one or more of your datacenters or in the cloud. With insightful analytics, best practices recommendations by CLAIRE, integrated health monitoring and domain auto-scale, you will be able to reduce your total cost of ownership of PowerCenter installations. Watch out for addition of other products/services ...
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The Value of Intelligent Data Governance

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:43
Some challenges The adoption and rollout of Data Governance at an enterprise level is often impeded for several reasons, but commonly it is because the communities of data consumers in the business don’t see the value of engaging with it. Data Governance may be seen as an overhead to the business in terms of time, cost and complexity. The reality is that Data Governance, when applied intelligently, should be delivering significant business value across the enterprise. In this blog, I’ll be explo...
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Integrating Data Quality into your Data Governance Strategy

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:30
How do you enforce data quality best practices? A good place to start is your data governance policy, which should be designed with data quality goals front-and-center. To understand how data quality and data governance fit together, let’s start with some basic definitions. Data quality is the ability of a given set of data to serve its intended purpose. If you lack data quality, it means you have data, but can’t use it to achieve your goals because the data is inconsistent, contain...
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Data Backup vs. Disaster Recovery: Yes, There’s a Big Difference

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:30
You back up your data. You’re prepared to handle the next big disaster, right? Wrong. Disaster recovery requires much more than data backup. Data backups are good, but they’re only the first step toward full #DisasterRecoveryClick To Tweet The Difference Between Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Let me begin this discussion with a personal revelation. I don’t have a disaster recovery plan for my personal data. I do back virtually all of it up, however, using cloud services. I...
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