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Expert Interview (Part 1): Human Centered Design and Elise Roy on Transforming Disability into Innovation

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:30
Elise Roy says that losing her hearing when she was 10 years old has been one of the greatest gifts she’s ever received. Early on, she viewed her loss as something she had to deal with and overcome. That perspective has shifted though. “My disability has become an asset,” Elise says. “Rather than something I have to deal with, it’s a tool.” A tool Elise has leveraged in just about every job she’s taken on – as one of the country’s few deaf lawyers, as an artist and designer, and as a human righ...
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Webcast: Introducing the Latest in High Availability from Syncsort

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released their latest on-demand webcast: Introducing the Latest in High Availability from Syncsort. In a recent survey of 5,632 IT professionals – on the topic of data protection strategies and IT priorities – 67% responded with data availability as the top measure of IT performance. These statistics clearly state how the impact of downtime on customers, partners and employees is increasingly visible and costly in today’s constantly connected world. Syncsort’s market-leading portfo...
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Generation Z and Mainframe Programming

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:30
When you think of mainframe programming, images of scruffy old men stuck in the 1960s might come to mind. Yet as Caroline McNutt, a young mainframe programmer at Ensono explained recently, this image does not reflect reality. Ensono provides managed IT services for a variety of infrastructure, including mainframes. McNutt, who has worked with Ensono’s mainframe teams in the company’s Conway, Arkansas location since 2016, recently spoke to us about the state of the mainframe, the role...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies — The Future of Data Management is All About AI

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:15
With a successful Informatica World 2018 behind us I’d like to share a recap of my session on Next Gen Analytics (NGA) Strategies in a six-part blog series (one on each strategy). I suggest you read the blog I wrote the week before Informatica World that summarized the strategies. Enterprise unified metadata foundation powered by AI Data cataloguing is the first step Optimize the data pipeline for Big Data End-to-end collaborative data governance Build in data privacy and protection Architect f...
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Data Socialization 101: What Is Data Socialization, and Why Should You Care?

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:30
Data socialization is one of the newest buzzwords in the world of data analytics and management. What does data socialization mean, and what can it do for you? Find out in this post. What Is Data Socialization? In a nutshell, data socialization refers to the sharing of data and data analytics tools with all members of an organization. The key idea behind data socialization is to make data-driven insights available to everyone in a self-service fashion. Another way of defining data socialization...
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A Practical Guide to your Data Strategy

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:15
My last blog suggested Change Big and drive your data-driven transformation for new types of innovation and creativity like: Accelerate predictive modelling, machine learning, and data mining: Making faster, better decisions that execute business strategy Automate manual processes: Digitize information to streamline end-to-end business processes Improve business agility: Allowing the business to pivot fast in response to change Become a customer-centric company: Using data for creating differen...
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Solving Data Quality Problems Is Not (Only) Programmers’ Responsibility

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:30
Most software is of little use without data to feed into it. When the data is bad, the software performs poorly. Whose job is it to make sure that the data that applications use is of high quality? If you think the burden is on programmers alone, think again. It may be tempting to assume that developers bear primary responsibility for ensuring that the software they write works properly no matter which data is fed into it. After all, since they write the code, they alone have the power to contro...
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Data Strategy Playbook: Insights from CIOs and Industry Analysts

Informatica Blog - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:15
Every CIO knows that data strategy is central to the success of the modern business, and a data-oriented company like Informatica has a front-row seat to the power of data and the challenge of drawing maximum insights and value from it. In fact, we spent much of last year at live events hearing CIOs describe their struggles to create a concrete, actionable data strategy. We knew there had to be a way to help. So we commissioned journalist John Gallant, whose years at IDG have included working wi...
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Two Big Reasons Why the GDPR Matters Outside the European Union

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 13:30
If you think the GDPR — a European Union regulation that impacts data management — matters only for companies based in the E.U., think again. The GDPR is truly international in scope. Here’s why. In case you’ve somehow missed it, the GDPR (that’s short for General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation designed to protect the personal data of consumers in the European Union. The GDPR’s requirements are far too lengthy to detail here. But suffice it to sa...
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New White Paper! Leveraging the Potential and Power of Real-Time Data

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new white paper titled, “Leveraging the Potential and Power of Real-Time Data.” Business leaders recognize that their companies, industries, and markets are being disrupted by nimble digital players that are leveraging real-time information to respond to customers, predict trends, and manage operations. To compete in this new environment, they need to engage with customers, partners, and employees with speed and agility, to understand what is happening in thei...
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Keeping it Real: Introducing AI-Driven Informatica Data Concierge

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:15
This blog is co-authored by Ron Lunasin and Rik Tamm-Daniels AI is probably one of the most hyped terms in technology of the last 5-10 years, if not of all time. Many companies are struggling to understand how to leverage the potential of AI. At Informatica World 2018, Amit Walia, Informatica President, Product and Strategic Ecosystems, showcased a very real way in which AI can deliver transformative results. Together with our partner, Cognizant, Informatica developed and showcased the world’s f...
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5 Reasons Why Effective Data Management Is Essential for User Experience

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:30
Delivering an excellent user experience is essential to attracting and retaining customers. And although data management may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about optimizing user experience, maybe it should be. User experience — or just UX, as really trendy folks put it — has become something of a buzzword at the intersection of IT and business. That has happened with good reason. In a world where a quarter of mobile users abandon an app after just one use, ...
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Congratulations to Medidata, Informatica Innovation Award Honoree

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:15
The Informatica team congratulates Medidata on becoming a 2018 Innovation Award Honoree. A big thank you to the Medidata team that came to Informatica World to share the results of their modernization project. Medidata’s story about accelerating clinical trials and revenue growth by using Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services together with AWS (Amazon Web Services) to automate business processes and data warehousing is truly inspirational. Medidata is transforming clinical trials for sponsors, ...
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The Magic of Artificial Intelligence

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:15
“Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you an object. The second act is called “The Turn.” The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it. You wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you hav...
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Weatherproof Your Data with Hurricane Preparedness

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:30
June is the official start of hurricane season in the North Atlantic region of the world. While the protection of your home and family goes without saying, it’s also worthwhile to mind the protection of your data centers and other information management facilities. Whether or not you keep production or target servers in areas heavily affected by hurricanes, proper disaster recovery preparedness must be an annual (or, even better, semi-annual) routine. Data Center Knowledge published an excellent...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Nicola Askham on Getting Started with a Data Governance Plan

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Collibra Data Citizens event in Jersey City, NJ, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had some time to sit and speak with Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach. The first part spoke about the advantage of doing data governance as an overall strategy, rather than tactically addressing each new government regulation requirement. In this part Askham speaks about what goes into planning and starting a data governance initiative as well as what’s next for her in coaching. Roberts: If someone wa...
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The New CIO: Change Inspiration Officer

Informatica Blog - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:15
If you’re a CIO, you’ve probably been through an experience like this: You’re leading an enterprise-wide digital transformation effort. You’ve created the cross-functional steering committee, developed the strategies, architected the technologies, and created a realistic roadmap that includes reengineering the business processes needed to make the transformation a success. Everything’s on track. Until you start rolling it out. Suddenly it seems like you have an all-out rebellion on your hands. E...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Nicola Askham on Implementing a Data Governance Strategy

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Collibra Data Citizens event in Jersey City, NJ, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had some time to sit and speak with Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach. In the first of this two-part interview series, Roberts and Askham speak about some of the advantages of implementing data governance as an overall strategy, rather than tactically addressing each new government regulation requirement. Roberts: Can you tell the readers a little about yourself before we begin? Askham: I’m know...
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Webcast: Digital Transformation: How to Run Best-in-Class IT Operations in a World of Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released their latest on-demand webcast: Digital Transformation: How to Run Best-in-Class IT Operations in a World of Machine Learning. Watch as Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate, Andi Mann and Syncsort’s Chief Product Officer, David Hodgson discuss the digital transformation taking place in IT and how machine learning and AI are helping IT leaders create a more business-centric view of their world. IT leaders looking to move beyond reactive troubleshooting need to find the inters...
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Hesitation to Bringing Blockchain into the Data Environment

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 19:15
Is blockchain – the global distributed ledger – suitable for any data environment? That’s the question taken up by Julian Ereth in one of his latest posts for Eckerson Group. His prognosis: hold that thought for now. “It is still unclear if and when blockchain will make its way into enterprise data architectures,” he says. A blockchain approach runs counter to the centralized tendencies of enterprise data centers. In fact, much of the work in recent years – toward enterprise cloud and enterprise...
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