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Driving Metadata Intelligence with Informatica’s Enterprise Data Catalog

Informatica Blog - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:15
There hasn’t been a more exciting time for metadata, at least not since President Obama referred to metadata in the context of phone calls – and bestowed it with a whiff of notoriety. Now metadata, best exemplified by the data catalog, is getting a red-carpet treatment (swathed  in black of course – see Gartner’s Data Catalogs are the new black). The need for a data catalog to inventory, classify and document an organization’s data has increased sharply. Just a few years ago, the world was simpl...
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5 Big Data Integration Obstacles

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:30
Data integration is essential if you want to turn big data into something that actually drives business value. However, successful data integration doesn’t happen on its own. Here’s a guide to overcoming common data integration obstacles. What Is Data Integration? Put simply, data integration refers to the tools, processes, and strategies that enable organizations to turn large, disparate data sets into usable information. Without data integration, it can be impossible to interpret the large qu...
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The Challenge: Bringing Data Analytics Out of its Silo

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:15
We now have amazing technology that can bring data together, in real-time or right-time, to understand what customers want, and predict what they will likely want in the near future. However, the challenge is that these capabilities are still being stuck into new kinds of silos. “A robust, successful data and analytics function encompasses more than a stack of technologies, or a few people isolated on one floor of the building,” Carl Carande, Paul Lipinski and Traci Gusher, all with KPMG, observ...
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Why Data Quality Makes or Breaks Your Big Data Operations

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:30
What drives big data success? Your first thought might be analytics accuracy or the amount of data you have available to process. But if you’re not thinking about data quality as well, you may be undercutting the effectiveness of your entire big data operation. Let’s take a look at how data quality can determine whether your big data operations succeed or fail. What is Data Quality? Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to fulfill an intended purpose. If you have quality dat...
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Video: Ironstream Version 2.1: The Data Forwarder for IBM Z

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 13:30
Ironstream has already established itself as the premier mainframe-to-Splunk data forwarding solution. The recent release of Ironstream version 2.1 added a number of key features that further distanced itself from any competition. In keeping with their track record of enabling customers to quickly extract value from their critical data, Syncsort is empowering enterprises to make better decisions by making mission-critical mainframe data available in another popular analytics platform. The relea...
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Single View of the Customer Means Your LOBs are Happy Campers

Informatica Blog - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:15
One of my bucket list items is to go across the country in an RV. Did you know that it costs about $55 per day for vacationing in your own RV versus an average of $180 per day in a hotel? That’s sweet, plus the fact that RVs these days come with gourmet kitchens and accommodate friends and family, makes it almost a no-brainer. Although planning such a vacation seems fun and all, I recently realized while hosting a webinar, that running an RV business with over 10 million customers is no picnic. ...
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What Makes Mainframes Different? Mainframe vs. Server

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:30
What is a mainframe? One of the best ways to answer that question is to explain what makes mainframes different from other types of computers — especially servers you’d find in a data center. Toward that end, let’s take a look at the key differences between commodity servers — that is, the relatively inexpensive, usually x86-based servers that you find in large numbers in today’s data centers — and mainframe computers. Mainframes Handle Much More Data Z13 mai...
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A Veteran Informatica Partner Turns Its Focus to Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:45
*Guest post by Gil Rosen. Gil is NGDATA’s Head of Strategy and a veteran solution architect and data specialist. As former President and Founder of Eccella, Gil built a global data and analytics consultancy of 100 strong; advising on and implementing outcome-focused data initiatives for enterprises across Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Media, and Utilities. Gil also founded and oversaw Eccella’s Data Strategy practice, building out Eccella’s framework and methodolog...
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Facing Your IBM i Security Fears Head On

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:30
As an IBM i administrator, IT manager, or security officer, you may be feeling anxiety due to escalating security threats, the ever-changing requirements of compliance regulations, and/or impending audits. You’re not alone. Most companies today are also nervous, so they’re making it a priority to improve the state of their system security. In fact, in a recent Syncsort survey, nearly half of the respondents revealed that enhancing and upgrading security on IBM Power Systems is their primary IT i...
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Enter The Digital Product Factory

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:00
In my last post about Data Monetization I touched upon the concept of a Digital Product Factory. Today, I would like to outline why a factory-style R&D process is a must-have when monetizing your data, no matter in what consumption pattern; data feed, analytics or application. Furthermore, I will highlight how data governance will play into this paradigm, a handful of key use case categories most organizations are trying to monetize in addition to a few real-life examples. If you recall from...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Roni Fontaine on Her Time in Product Management and Marketing

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata San Jose Conference, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down to speak with Roni Fontaine, Director of Product Marketing at Hortonworks. In part one, Fontaine spoke about what’s new at Hortonworks as well as the changing landscape of Big Data. In this part, Fontaine explains some of her experiences as a woman in the tech world. Roberts:  You’re a woman in a high-tech company. How has that worked out for you? Have you had any trouble? Fontaine: I started out doing programming at o...
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HIMSS18 Themes to Know: Data Governance, Data Catalogs, Big Vision Strategy and Digital Transformation

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 19:15
Discussions were all about big-vision strategy and data-driven digital transformation. I’ve just returned from HIMSS18, and as always, it was a fantastic event. It usually takes me a a few weeks to recover and to fully digest all that occurred. For Informatica, I believe it was our eleventh HIMSS as exhibitor. In our years of experience, we have never seen a HIMSS where data and getting value and insights from data was more front-and-center than it was this year. As the leader in Enterprise Clou...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Roni Fontaine on Hortonworks and the Changing Landscape of Data

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Strata San Jose Conference, Paige Roberts of Syncsort sat down to speak with Roni Fontaine, Director of Product Marketing at Hortonworks. In the first of our two-part interview, Fontaine speaks about what’s new at Hortonworks as well as the ever-changing landscape of data. Roberts:  Can you introduce yourself for our readers. Fontaine:  Hi, I’m Roni Fontaine. I’m a director of product marketing at Hortonworks and I handle our HDP, our Cloud, and our IBM Db2 Big SQL solutions for t...
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New eBook! The Ultimate Guide to Mainframe Machine Data

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:30
Mainframe logs and data sources can provide a wealth of information about the operational health of your system while shedding light on potential security concerns. Syncsort’s latest eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Mainframe Machine Data, takes a look at the different data sources and how they can be used to best benefit your organization. Companies are looking to incorporate mainframe logs into their analytics processes to get a bigger and more complete picture of what’s happening in their ...
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6 Reasons Your Data May Become Unavailable

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:30
What stands in the way of high availability and your data? Keep reading for a list of common reasons why data may become unavailable. Highly available data means data that is accessible virtually without interruption. To be fully accessible, your data needs to be reachable in the sense that the infrastructure and software hosting it runs constantly. Highly accessible data is also high quality data that you can work with readily. Any problem that disrupts either of these two pillars of data avail...
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PowerCenter Users Can Now See The Light (Through Operational Insights)

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:15
Empower Your PowerCenter Operations With “Operational Insights” Informatica PowerCenter “power users” have asked for improved ability to gain the operational insights necessary for managing multiple PowerCenter Data Centers – asset discovery, determining shared system usage (for ROI calculations), and advanced analytical insight for capacity planning and scheduling of distributed workflow runs (to optimize performance). Most users traditionally addressed these needs through a combina...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Joey Echeverria on the Latest With Splunk, Spark, and Flink

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In part one of the blog series, Roberts and Echeverria discussed some common Hadoop security methods. Part two focused on more detail regarding different methods of fine-grained security when dealing with Hadoop. In the final installment, Echeverria describes what the latest developments are with Splunk, as well as the differences betwee...
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Not Quite, Murder on the Orient Express

Informatica Blog - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:00
It does not take murder and a bunch of Hollywood A-listers to excite us here at Informatica. Providing safe passage, a smooth and profitable ride on rails still does though. If you work for a railway or your organization has USD276 million a year to maintain all your physical assets, would you like to know how to boost on-time performance, safety and save a third of your annual maintenance budget using cutting edge data management techniques? If so, buy a ticket to this matinee right now. Well, ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Joey Echeverria on Alternate Methods of Hadoop Security

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of the O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In part one of this blog series, Roberts and Echeverria discussed the common Hadoop security methods. As we return for part two, Echeverria goes more into detail regarding different methods of security when dealing with Hadoop. Roberts: Have you seen some of the interaction between Atlas and Ranger to work on the authorization, wher...
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The CIO Reading List: Start with Why

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 19:15
“We don’t want to come to work to build a wall, we want to come to work to build a cathedral.” —Simon Sinek, Start with Why CIOs can’t succeed unless they can communicate. Whether we’re convincing our C-level colleagues to support complex, cross-functional programs, persuading our staff that our strategy will enable their success, or proving to customers that we can relate to and help solve their biggest challenges, it’s the CIO’s job to convince people to take huge leaps...
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