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Data democratization: finally living up to the name

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data democratization written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on InfoWorld. Data democratization is the idea that digital information should be accessible and understandable to the average end user as a basis for decision-making. Data democratization has been promoted as a competitive advantage in the global economy and a desirable, egalitarian end-state where all decisions are data-driven. But has this been the reality? In practice, I’ve f...
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Making Cloud Promises that You Can Deliver

Informatica Blog - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 18:45
Last year, we considered the grand sweep of the “journey to cloud,” from the high-level vision to the detailed roadmap. In between, we discussed the effort to align IT and business goals, and the challenges of winning support and staying the course. I’d like to start 2018 by drilling down into some of the specific challenges that arise as my team and I help Informatica clients with their evolution to cloud technologies. Here’s one I’ve seen again and again: The overpromise. Too often, IT leaders...
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Big Data Use Cases to Watch in 2018

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:30
Big Data is already a big deal. It is poised to become an even bigger deal in 2018, as Big Data is applied on a larger scale of use cases, from driverless cars to IoT. 2018 Big Data Use Cases: Not Exactly New, But Growing Fast Many of the Big Data use cases described below are not totally new. Over the coming year, however, they are in a position to grow and become more important as organizations look for new ways to leverage data. 1. Driverless Cars When you take a human driver out of a car, y...
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New eBook! State of Mainframe Operational Intelligence for 2018

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 13:30
We’ve recently completed our annual mainframe operational intelligence surveys of IT and data analytics professionals to identify trends, challenges and opportunities faced by enterprises investing in mainframe and Big Data technologies going into 2018. Respondents represented a wide range of IT disciplines and spanned vertical industries including financial services, insurance, health care, IT and government agencies. Our latest eBook, State of Mainframe Operational Intelligence for 2018,...
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Successful AI is Going to Take a Lot of Work – and Data

Informatica Blog - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:00
Successful AI is Going to Take a Lot of Work – and Data If you want to see data being put hard at work, look no further than artificial intelligence and machine learning – never before has timely, accurate data been so critical. A recent survey released by Narrative Science finds 61 percent of enterprises have already implemented AI within their businesses. At least 71 percent said AI was part of their enterprises’ innovation strategies. At the same time, 90 percent of respondents in the busines...
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How to Make Everyone Love the Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:30
Many people inside your company may never think about your mainframe. But they should if you want to put your mainframe computers to the best use. Here’s how to help your employees understand and appreciate your mainframe. To most people at your company, your mainframe is an obscure, enigmatic machine. Few employees ever see it or interact with it. Many probably don’t even realize it is there. Those who do might mistakenly assume that it is a “supercomputer” that theyR...
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Big Data Disaster Recovery Preparation Tips

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:30
Preparing to recover Big Data workloads after an unexpected disaster requires more than just having data backups on hand. This article explains how to build an effective Big Data disaster recovery strategy. Disaster recovery is the process of restoring normal operations after an unexpected event destroys part or all of your IT infrastructure. All organizations should have a disaster recovery plan in place. However, the importance of disaster recovery is even greater for companies that rely heavi...
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The CIO Reading List: Thank You for Being Late

Informatica Blog - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:00
(Note: I’ll be finishing my series on CIO-CxO relationships in my next post, looking at the CISO. Check out thoughts on the CEO and CMO, but first, the latest book on my reading list …) The first book to make it onto my reading list for 2018 is a big one—in every sense of the world. Thomas L Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations is a wide-ranging meditation on the constant, accelerating change that is coming to define our times. The titl...
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Expert Interview (Part 4): Katharine Jarmul on Anonymization and Introducing Randomness to Test Data Sets

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Marketing Manager, had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. For this final installment, we’ll discuss some of the work Katharine is doing in the areas of anonymization so that data can be r...
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Doors Open Wide for Data Scientist Opportunities

Informatica Blog - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
If you work with data in any analysis capacity within your organization, you’re probably aware of the need for data science approaches to better communicate the meaningfulness of information to decision makers. However, data scientists are in short supply, and with the rapidly evolving state of artificial intelligence and machine learning, it’s unclear what skills will be needed and which will be commoditized in the months and years to come. Data scientists are needed to comb through increasingl...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Katharine Jarmul on Women in Tech and the Impact of Biased Data in Both Human & Machine Learning Models

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts, Syncsort’s Big Data Product Marketing Manager, had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. Part 3 dives into the position of being one of the women in tech, the challenges of creating an inclusive company culture, and ho...
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New White Paper! Beyond Compliance: Better Data Quality and Governance Equals Better Business

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 13:30
Compliance with regulatory initiatives is prompting many organizations to closely examine their data quality and data governance efforts. But as organizations address these requirements, they find that the intersection of data quality and governance offers significant business benefits beyond the compliance focus. Business owners and data analysts are asking key questions about their data such as: Where do I have data stored? Is data stored in multiple places? Which is the right data source to...
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Building a Mainframe Disaster Recovery Strategy

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 13:30
Your mainframe may not be at the forefront of your mind when you’re planning for disaster recovery. But it should be because getting your mainframe back up and running quickly is essential for maintaining business continuity following a disaster. When it comes to disaster recovery preparation, mainframes present some unique challenges. For one, it’s not usually practical to set up a secondary mainframe in a remote location to serve as a backup system, as you would do with commodity s...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Katharine Jarmul on the Ethical Drivers for Data Set Introspection Beyond GDPR Compliance

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. In the first part of the interview, we talked about the importance of being able to explain your machine learning models – not just to comply with regulations like G...
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C-Suite Relationships: Teaming Up With The CMO

Informatica Blog - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:06
This is the third post in my series on CIO relationships across the business. (Previously: The intro and the CEO.) Informatica hired a new CMO, Sally Jenkins, within six months of my arrival as CIO. Since we were both new, it gave us a chance to build a CIO-CMO relationship from scratch by getting up to speed together and sharing fresh perspectives on the challenges before us. Not long after Sally arrived, Marketing wanted to make a new IT purchase. It was the perfect opportunity for me to expla...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Katharine Jarmul on GDPR and the Need for Explainability in Machine Learning Models

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Cloudera Sessions event in Munich, Germany, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chat with Katharine Jarmul, founder of KJamistan data science consultancy, and author of Data Wrangling with Python from O’Reilly. She had just given an excellent presentation on the implications of GDPR for the European data science community. In this first part of a 4-part interview, Katharine Jarmul discusses the importance of being able to explain your machine learning models – not just to comply with r...
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Just Published: 2018 State of Resilience Report

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:30
Resilience has been featured in the top headlines for the past year due to the scores of organizations that have been disrupted by technology-related disasters. Data breaches have plagued corporate and governmental systems alike. Equifax and the IRS experienced hacking attacks, while businesses such as Target, Home Depot and Anthem incurred stiff compliance fines. These complex hacking attacks, viruses, and related failures across multiple systems present serious risks to business operations an...
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New eBook! Keep Your Data Lake Pristine with Big Data Quality Tools

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 13:30
The term Big Data doesn’t seem quite “big enough” anymore to properly describe the vast over-abundance of data available to organizations today. Business leaders have repeatedly expressed little confidence in the reliability of their Data Lake, especially as the volume and variety of Big Data sources continue to grow. The very purpose of that data is to enable new levels of business insight and clarity. No one sets out to create a data swamp that provides nothing but confusion and distrust. Our...
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AI and Automation – A Combo to Manage Cyber Security Threats

Informatica Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:45
Artificial Intelligence and Automation are being used in multiple industries to make the lives of people better and to make things more efficient for organizations. AI is being used to diagnose medical conditions or offer legal advice. Automation is being used in factories to reduce reliance on manual labor and to improve the quality of products. As AI and Automation are becoming more universally applicable concepts and can be implemented irrespective of the industry. These innovative technologi...
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Capacity Management 101: Best Practices to Align IT Resources with Business Goals

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort’s recent acquisition of Metron has put a spotlight on Capacity Management and the capabilities provided by the athene® software solution. But what, exactly, is Capacity Management, and why is it important? What is Capacity Management? The primary goal of Capacity Management is to ensure that IT resources are rightsized to meet current and future business requirements in a cost-effective manner. One of the more common definitions of Capacity Management is provided for in the ITIL framewo...
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