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Critical Success Factors for Governance: Collaboration and Constant Education

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:15
Over the past year, my travels have taken me all over the world. From events in Amsterdam to Dublin, from New York to San Francisco, D.C. to Chicago. At each event, conference, summit, or symposium, I seem to always pick up one or two new tricks of the trade. At some of these events, I’m learning how to hone my craft. At others, I’m speaking to some of you on how to best hone yours. That’s what great about industry events. No matter where you go, you’ll pick up new advice – be it from the presen...
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Will Artificial Intelligence be Big at AWS re:Invent?

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:18
You betcha! In fact I heard it’s gonna be so big, that AWS had to rent a whole additional Vegas hotel to keep it all in! OK so I am only half kidding… For anybody following this space, the explosive growth of this conference, has been one of the biggest indicators of how massive AWS has become and the type of attention AWS has been getting. The growing attendance from Fortune 500 companies in recent years has demonstrated the focus on AWS within enterprise IT departments. This is very much in li...
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Trending Now: The Internet of Things – From Big Idea to Big Data and Big Risk

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:30
It’s that time of year that finds many of us perusing annual “what to buy” lists for holiday gift ideas. As we review these editorial picks across a spectrum of recipients, it’s a reminder of how the Internet of Things (IoT) has become so embedded in our everyday experiences. A recent article on Engineering.com points to the astonishing growth of the Internet of Things, as IoT devices have now outpaced humans. “Research company Gartner forecasts that we’ll see 8.4 b...
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C-Suite Relationships: How CIOs Can Make Their Mark

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:25
“we need to change all the processes and applications that drive the company’s core operations.” Building relationships is more important to the CIO’s role than ever before. To make a real impact, it has to be. But let’s get one thing straight: if you’re defining “building relationships” as asking your peers what they want from IT in the next fiscal year, you’re doing it wrong. If you see your job as CIO primarily as enabling other business functions, you’re not lea...
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Expert Interview (Pt 3): EMA’s John Myers on How Fast, Easy Data Integration Can Break the 80/20 Rule

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts sat down with John Myers (@johnlmyers44) of Enterprise Management Associates to discuss what he sees in the evolving Big Data landscape. In this final blog in the three-part interview, we’ll discuss the 80/20 rule of data science which points out that most data scientists spend 80% of their time getting data ready for analysis, rather than doing what they do best. In case you missed the earlier parts of our in...
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New eBook! IT Operations Checklist for z/OS Mainframes

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:30
For decades, monitoring the overall health of IT components running on the IBM z/OS mainframe has been relegated to vendors specializing in real-time monitoring of performance and availability. While they provide deep analysis into the individual technology silos, there’s still a gap in the overall approach to providing an integrated and holistic view of IT operations within the mainframe environment. For a comprehensive start to ensuring the health, availability, and security of your z/OS...
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Consent Management is a New Opportunity

Informatica Blog - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:15
Many organizations, especially in the B2C sector, are looking at how to capture and manage Consent data. Some of these organizations see this as a major challenge yet others see it as a massive opportunity. In this blog, I explore these ideas a bit further: Consent Management: The Challenge The first challenge for many is around the actual consent capture process. Many organizations are carefully examining their current approaches and some are finding that they’re going to have to rethink how th...
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Trending Now: Machine Learning Has Arrived

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:30
Just a few years ago we were still wondering, “Is machine learning the real deal?” If you aren’t already keenly aware, you should know that machine learning has arrived! The Year’s Hottest Topic During this past year machine learning has been on everyone’s lips. From Big Data to mainframe operations, machine learning emerged as a key theme at nearly every conference Syncsort attended: Truth and Consequences: Strata NYC Focuses on Promise and Potential Pitfalls of A...
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GDPR Compliance Journey to Date

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:15
Drivers of Popular Entry Points May 2018 is edging ever closer and with it the enforcement of the GDPR. Informatica has identified four entry points that organizations can use to begin their compliance journey. These entry points have stood up well over the last 12 months. Most organizations I speak to agree with them, and we have not needed to add or remove entry points to remain relevant. These entry points are best understood with simple questions:   To date most organizations have made...
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Where’s My Plain Old Search Box in MDM?

Informatica Blog - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:30
Plain old ‘Real time search’ in MDM is not only a thing of the past but also proved to be frustratingly elusive without spicing it up with some ‘smartness’. Informatica MDM, as always, is leading the way with its smart search capabilities. You can technically ‘Googlize’ the master data entities for your data stewards. It can yield relevant and reliable search results that your data steward always wanted. As providing the results within the application context ...
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Why Data Quality Should be Part of Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:30
When you think of disaster recovery, data quality is likely not the first thing that comes to mind. But data quality should factor prominently into your disaster recovery plan. Here’s why. Disaster recovery is the discipline of preparing for unexpected events that can severely disrupt your IT infrastructure and services, and the business processes that depend on them. The disasters that necessitate disaster recovery can take many forms. They could be natural disasters, like a major storm t...
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The Cloud is Here – but is your Integration Strategy Ready?

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:25
Hybrid IT is here to stay – from Infrastructure and Platforms (AWS/Azure/Google) to SaaS (Software as a Service) and from Mobile to Social – companies are now heavily dependent upon data sources that sit outside of the traditional firewall. The move to the cloud is happening fast – perhaps faster than anyone could have predicted, but for most companies, they are still heavily dependent upon existing on-premise infrastructure for many core processes and applications. Alongside this major architec...
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User Activity Monitoring and User Behavior Analytics for Enterprise Security

Informatica Blog - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 19:54
Sensitive data (Customer data – PII, PCI, PHI, Intellectual property etc.) is the most important asset of a company. Lack or even lag in the ability to detect and respond to security threats can be costly for businesses of all sizes. Challenges for securing today’s IT environment The attack surface and threat is ever increasing Conventional security techniques are typically focused on the perimeter, so they fail to identify insider threats or attacks in progress within the network Plethora of d...
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Expert Interview (Pt 2): EMA’s John Myers on Playing Moneyball with Machine Learning in Business

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts sat down with John Myers (@johnlmyers44) of Enterprise Management Associates to discuss what he sees in the evolving Big Data landscape. In the first part of their discussion, Myers pointed out a shift away from technology and toward business value and some advantages of in-memory processing for machine learning. In today’s conversation Myers touches on dealing with cultural pushback against machine lear...
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People are from Earth, Artificial Intelligence is from Mars (with Alex Tim)

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:15
Last week I had to change the date for an upcoming flight, so I called the airline. The digital assistant asked me; “Please say your confirmation code.” My confirmation code included the letter ‘S’. I had to repeat the code several times before I finally gave up. The machine just couldn’t figure out if I was saying H or F or S. I became frustrated and asked for a “representative” and then louder, “Representative” and even louder, “REPRESENTATIVE!!!!” I did this until I finally reache...
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How the CDO Fits into Your Cloud Evolution

Informatica Blog - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:15
Throughout this series of posts, I’ve emphasized the importance of IT and overall information architecture in the journey to cloud. But as organizations become all-cloud—or more likely, a hybrid mix of cloud and on premises infrastructure—there’s another key stakeholder: the chief data officer. CDO is a relatively new role, and it’s still being distinguished from, and learning to partner with, the CIO. One distinction: Among other things, the chief information officer always owns the infrastruct...
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Expert Interview (Pt 1): John Myers on Big Data and Machine Learning for the C-Suite

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts sat down with John Myers (@johnlmyers44) of Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) to discuss what he sees in the evolving Big Data landscape. In this first part, Myers points out a shift away from technology and toward business value, even at the Big Data technology shows like Strata, and some of the advantages of moving to in-memory processing for machine learning. #BigData & #MachineLearning for the C-...
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New White Paper! Mainframe Data as a Service: Setting Your Most Valuable Data Free

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:30
Enterprises across the globe still run critical processes with mainframes. Estimates range as high as 80% of transactional corporation data is in mainframe systems. Unfortunately, in most cases the mainframe data in these enterprise organizations remains inaccessible to new data analytics tools that are emerging on a variety of open source and cloud platforms, including Hadoop and Spark. There is a tremendous opportunity to surface mainframe data into this new world of fast-moving open technolog...
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DevOpsify Your Mainframe: Continuous Improvement on Big Iron

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:30
You can bring DevOps to your mainframe. That you already know. But to make the very most of DevOps, you also need to embrace continuous improvement for your mainframe. Here’s why and how. Already doing #DevOps on your #mainframe? We’re betting there’s room for even more improvement!Click To Tweet One of the tricky things about DevOps is that it is not something that you can just implement, then be done. Even if you’ve adopted some DevOps principles, there is always more...
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How to Calculate RPO and RTO for Disaster Recovery Planning

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 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 blog post explaining how to calculate RPO and RTO for disaster recovery. If you’re creating a disaster recovery plan, one of the first things you need to do is determine what you need to protect. All data is not created equal and there’s likely no reason to replicate and store every bit and byte on you...
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