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Inside Look: CEO’s Note to Employees on Syncsort & Vision Solutions Combination

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:00
Today, we announced the closing of Centerbridge’s $1.26 billion acquisition of Syncsort and Vision Solutions, with Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers leading the combined company under the Syncsort brand. We are sharing what most companies don’t often publicly disclose – our CEO’s note to employees. Josh provides some background on Vision and Syncsort as well as outlines our key priorities going forward. Read on! A Message to the Team: CEO’s Note to Employees From: Josh Rogers To: All Employees Subject: ...
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For Data Analytics to Go Mainstream, Cultures Need to Change

Informatica Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:00
There is now an array of powerful technology poised to transform every organization on earth into lean, mean, data analytics-driven machines – if they let it. That’s the challenge we have before us – getting the organization on board with the promises of data analytics. A recent survey of 314 senior executives across a range of industries, conducted by Forbes Insights and Dun & Bradstreet, finds analytics initiatives are being starved of skills and organizational impetus. Businesses don’t ye...
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How to Create Citizen Data Scientists

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:30
You’ve heard of citizens. You’ve heard of data scientists. Have you heard of citizen data scientists? If not, this is your guide to turning employees and customers into citizen data scientists to help make the very most of your data. Briefly put, a citizen data scientist is someone who works with data in some way but is not a data scientist, data analyst, storage engineer or another type of data professional. Citizen data scientists might help to collect data. They might help to int...
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SHARE Providence Recap: IBM z14, ITOA, ITSI, SIEM & Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:30
Being a Floridian, I must admit that by August I do like to escape to an area that is just a little cooler and less humid than my home state. And even though I had to shorten my time at SHARE Providence to two days, it was still wicked awesome for me! SHARE Providence: Old Colleagues, New Trends I can’t believe how many old colleagues and friends I was able to catch up with at the event. We all said how good it was to see each other and how great we looked… and I almost believed it until I got b...
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The Road to Successful Data Archiving

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:30
The Road to Successful Data Archiving A global leader in agricultural products and services, an Informatica customer with strategic growth fueled by mergers and acquisitions, purchased Informatica Data Archive in 2014 to establish an enterprise-wide capability for structured data archiving. Data archiving allows legacy and duplicate applications to be decommissioned while remaining compliant with retention and legal policies. As it turns out, implementing and using the technology solution is the...
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Expert Interview (Part 4): Databricks’ Jules Damji on the Advantages of Moving Big Data Processing to the Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:30
We’ve been enjoying highlights the long conversation between Syncsort’s Paige Roberts and Jules Damji (@2twitme), the Spark Community Evangelist for Databricks. In today’s final installment of the four-part series, we’ll talk more specifically about Cloud platforms, and what the advantage is of doing big data processing and data analysis work on the Cloud, and some specifics about the Databricks cloud. Paige Roberts: You talked about the Databricks Cloud a bit. You guys have got a n...
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New eBook available: Ironstream® in the Real-World for ITOA, ITSI, SIEM

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 13:30
Wondering about the health of your IT infrastructure or how well your applications are performing? You can find out by analyzing and managing IT operational data to recognize regular patterns and detect anomalies. Our latest eBook reviews six real-world use cases that highlight how Ironstream® delivers mainframe data to Splunk analytics to support ITOA, ITSI and SIEM initiatives to help keep your data center running smoothly.   Download Ironstream in the Real-World for ITOA, ITSI, SIEM now to e...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Databricks’ Damji Discusses Security, Cloud and Notebooks

Syncsort Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:30
Syncsort’s Paige Roberts recently caught up with Jules Damji (@2twitme), the Spark Community Evangelist at Databricks, and they enjoyed a long conversation. In Part 3 of this four-part interview series, we’ll look more at the importance of security to Spark users, the overwhelming move of a lot of Big Data processing to the Cloud, and what the Databricks Platform brings to the table. In case you missed it. In Part 1, we looked at the Apache Spark community. And, in the second post, we covered ho...
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Think data security and customer experience are mutually exclusive? Think again…

Informatica Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:00
Think data security and customer experience are mutually exclusive? Think again… What do Ashley Madison and Medicare have in common? They’ve sacrificed good data security for customer centricity. Today’s reputational risk of data breaches demands both… here’s why. High profile data breaches like Medicare and Ashley Madison are raising the conversation about the risk of security and data breaches to board level. Directors are becoming more hands on with security governance – but they’re bei...
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Importance of Data Security in Master Data Management

Informatica Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:25
Importance of Data Security in Master Data Management Intelligent data-driven disruption is at the forefront of corporate strategies. Using data to capture new opportunities requires a strategic focus on business-critical data. Many companies across a multitude of industries carrying out a variety of business-led initiatives around customer experience, compliance, efficiency, and growth are turning to Master Data Management(MDM). This is the reason MDM continues to draw lots of attention. So, it...
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The Asset You Can’t Ignore

Informatica Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:40
Digital Transformation of Data: The Asset You Can’t Ignore I hear this idea a lot lately: Data, we’ve suddenly realized, is a business asset, a source of potential value. This is certainly true, but a lot of the discussion seems to frame that opportunity as a bonus, something extra. That’s ridiculous. “Making the most of your data” is not the limited province of extra-clever CIOs or unicorn startups. I would argue that extracting maximum value from your assets are table stakes for every business...
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Linux vs. z/OS: Which Is the Best Fit for Your Mainframe?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:30
If you run an IBM mainframe today, you have to choose between two great operating systems options to power it:  Linux vs. z/OS. How do you decide? Here’s a guide to choosing the right operating system for your IBM mainframe. A (Very) Brief History of Mainframe Operating Systems If you have worked in the mainframe world for decades, you know that mainframes are much older than Linux-based operating systems. Mainframes originated in the 1940s. By the 1960s they had become common in business...
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Before We March Into AI, Let’s Make Sure Our Data is Good

Informatica Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:09
There’s been quite a bit of buzz and investment in cognitive computing, and all its associated pieces – machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning. It’s good to see that the AI concept has finally gained traction, as it has been the subject of excitement on and off for three decades now. Each AI wave has ended in some disappointment as enterprises found it difficult to apply the technology to everyday business problems and opportunities. Maybe this time, things will be diff...
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Digital Transformation: Finding Your Data is Half the Battle

Informatica Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:15
Digital Transformation: Finding Your Data is Half the Battle You’ve undoubtedly heard all the hype about the volume of data doubling every two years. The sad fact is that first, it’s true and second, 50% of data is coming from external (read: less controllable) sources. That means it’s getting harder and harder to find the forest (read: business insight) for the trees. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a data catalog that could show you exactly what data you have across your entire organization? A...
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Expert Interview (Part 2) with Databricks’ Damji: Spark + Hadoop = Artificial Intelligence = Science Fiction Becoming Reality

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata + Hadoop World, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts caught up with Jules Damji (@2twitme), the Spark Community Evangelist for Databricks and had a long conversation. In this second post of our four-part interview, they discuss the trend of the Spark and Hadoop technologies and communities merging over time, and how that’s creating a science fiction novel kind of world, where artificial intelligence is becoming commonplace. Paige Roberts: One thing I’ve noticed over the last few...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Databricks’ Jules Damji on the Apache Spark Community

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:27
Back in March at Strata + Hadoop World, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts caught up with Jules Damji (@2twitme), the Spark Community Evangelist for Databricks, and had a long conversation. In today’s first part of this four-part series, we look at one of the important themes that came up again and again: the importance of the Apache Spark community to the continued development of Apache Spark. Over the next few days, we’ll publish additional highlights of that conversation including the depth of th...
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Carbonite: A Case Study on Cloud-First Approach to Data and Application Integration

Informatica Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:51
Did you know that the concept of “Cloud-First” began in the U.S. federal government? Cloud-First was a mandate issued to all federal agencies by the chief information officer of the United States in December 2010. By 2012, a subsequent report to Congress showed that more than half of all federal agencies had adopted cloud computing for at least one application. As more and more applications are available in the market built for cloud only, the cloud-first strategy becomes increasingly popular. ...
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How Do You Get Data into Your Company DNA?

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 13:30
To make the most of Big Data and analytics, data management skills must permeate your business. Keep reading for tips on spreading data management best practices across all parts of your organization. It would be nice if sound data management required nothing more than hiring great data scientists or having the right data tools. Unfortunately, it’s more complicated than that. Sure, having data experts on your team and a great data management toolset in your organization’s portfolio ...
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New eBook: Archiving Mainframe Data for Regulatory Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 13:30
Meeting compliance in accordance to regulatory policies of how mainframe data is stored and accessed is a challenge for most organizations. Companies must balance compliance requirements with operating expenses. To offset the high data storage costs on the mainframe, many enterprises store massive amounts of mainframe data on tape. While this solution provides a budget-friendly storage alternative, it also creates a problem: the archived data becomes difficult to access. Our  new eBook, Archivin...
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Unleash Your Data Goldmine Through Commercial Use

Informatica Blog - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 23:26
In today’s technological landscape, data is the crown jewel, fueling intelligent disruption everywhere. But, many companies hold back and restrain their use of data. They don’t yet grasp the massive opportunity to monetize data in ways that never existed before. Wired Magazine previously said Data in the 21st Century is like Oil in the 18th Century, and for those who see data’s fundamental value and learn to extract and use it, there will be big rewards. But they were slightly off – data is in f...
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