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Secrets of an Intelligent Master Data Management Strategy

Informatica Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:00
If you are defining or re-thinking your Master Data Management (MDM) strategy, you have probably wondered how you can make your MDM journey successful for you, your team and your organization. Wouldn’t it be great to learn from people and organizations who have successfully gone through this before? Tom Gottweis, MDM – expert and Head of Data Strategy at Winsupply, a North-American distributor, recently described an intelligent and holistic approach it adopted. He identifies several critic...
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New eBook: Mainframe & Machine Learning for IT Service Intelligence (ITSI)

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:30
Our modern computing environments rely on many hardware components and several software layers to work together in unison. The failure of one element in this complex system could impact hundreds, thousands, or even millions of users. Syncsort’s latest eBook reviews how an ITSI solution with machine learning capabilities can provide a comprehensive view of your organization’s service delivery, allowing you to effectively set SLAs, identify potential problems, and plan for changes in the IT ...
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Analytics Results May Reflect the Wrong Definition of Success

Informatica Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 20:00
Everyone wants their businesses to become data-driven enterprises. The potential rewards are to compelling to ignore – including improved visibility into customers, markets and operations, the ability to predict what’s coming, and new paths to innovation. However, as with all good things, there’s a risky side as well – namely, that business leaders may drink too much of the elixir, betting their businesses on analytics that may or may not be accurate, or biased. Accordingly, one highly regarded...
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Whose Aadhaar is it Anyway? – A Data Security Perspective

Informatica Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 19:00
Whose Aadhaar is it Anyway? A few days ago, I was trying to transact on one of the many online appliance rental sites. It required a staggering amount of documentation for even the cheapest appliance. Among the many documents required was a copy of the Aadhaar card, a scanned color copy, nothing less. Verification, I was told, would take at least a week. This got me thinking about all the information that goes into my Aadhaar card and whether it was wise to part with it, recklessly uploading it ...
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Take Our State of the Mainframe Survey (… and get a Starbucks gift card)

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:30
Calling All Mainframers If you work with the mainframe, we want to hear from you! Take 5 minutes to share your feedback with us on what is happening in Big Iron right now! Our annual survey provides valuable insights into current mainframe trends and common challenges, as well as a look at what organizations are planning for the upcoming year. Spend 5 minutes taking our #Mainframe survey & get a $5 Starbucks card!Click To Tweet This Coffee Break is on Us As a thank you for participating i...
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Defining the Role of Chief Data Officer (CDO): Process and Data Ownership

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:22
*Guest post by Barry Green, Chief Data Officer (Interim) at Bank of Ireland Policy Next Steps Defining the Role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) Many assume that the Chief Data Officer’s (CDO) policy and data management are relatively well understood. This broadly includes governance, quality and controls, modelling & architecture, usage & flows and key domains. It is the ‘how’, which causes the issues. This includes ownership, which in my view is one of the most difficult aspects of ex...
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Informatica Data Archive for Salesforce

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:34
How much data has grown in Salesforce YOY? As we all know, companies of all sizes have been migrating their applications to the cloud. Salesforce is the biggest example of how SaaS is expanding, penetrating all areas of the companies. Consequently, the number of users accessing the application grew significantly. More application, more users, more business being managed on the cloud means more data!   Source Salesforce allocates a quota for the production based on several users with a minim...
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Take Our 2017 Big Data Trends Survey (… and get a Starbucks gift card)

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:30
Calling All Big Data Pros If you work with Big Data, we want to hear from you! Take 5 minutes to share your feedback with us on what is happening in Big Data right now! Our annual survey provides valuable insights into current Big Data trends and common challenges, as well as a look at what organizations are planning for the upcoming year. Take a 5-minute #BigData survey and get a $5 Starbucks card!Click To Tweet This Coffee Break is on Us As a thank you for participating in our Big Data Tren...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Alation’s CEO Sangani Discusses Big Data Management Trends and Best Practices

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:30
In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Satyen Sangani (@satyx), CEO and co-founder of Alation, spoke about data cataloging. In today’s Part 2, he provides his thoughts on trends and best practices in Big Data management. What are some of the more outdated or inefficient processes involved with accessing relevant data today? What is slowing businesses down? It can take a long time to extract data from the data lake and get the right data to the right person exactly when they need it. Busines...
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Data Quality Comes At A Cost – What Are You Prepared To Pay?

Informatica Blog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 20:00
Informatica at With just around the corner, I am reminded of a conversation I had at last year’s event. One of the attendees (Jim from a large retailer) told me that they have data quality problems but the data was good enough and asked why should they invest in improving something that was acceptable. Initially, I was surprised that Jim would be happy with data that was not optimal, so, I asked, how do you know the data is good enough. The answer, nobody really complains about...
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Yes, You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Informatica Blog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 19:00
Using EDI in today’s enterprise is easy using the right tools Using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in today’s enterprise is easy using the right tools You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” many times before. I had. But I had never had a chance to test out whether it’s true or not. Until now. My dog (pictured below) is 13 going on 14 years old. Make no mistake – he still looks handsome and is a force to be reckoned with at dog parks, but I just did the m...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Satyen Sangani of Alation on Data Cataloging

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:30
Satyen Sangani (@satyx) is the CEO and co-founder of Alation. In founding Alation, he aspired to help people become more data literate. Before Alation, Sangani spent nearly a decade at Oracle, where he ran the Financial Services Warehousing and Performance Management business. Prior to Oracle, he was an associate with the private investment firm, Texas Pacific Group and an analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford and a Bachelors from Col...
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4 Webcasts You Might Have Missed

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 13:30
Our webcast schedule last month was chuck full of goodness. If you were too busy enjoying the summer sun, don’t worry — we’ve rounded up our recent webinar recordings. Here are four recent webcasts featuring new tricks for your old mainframe, active archive, a review of Trillium Discovery Center, and some expert-led thought leadership around de-siloing your legacy data. Enjoy! Old Dogs, New Tricks: Big Data from and for Mainframe IT Watch this webcast to see how machine data ...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Andi Mann Compares ITSI and Business Service Management (BSM)

Syncsort Blog - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:30
In Part 1 of this two-part expert interview with Andi Mann (@AndiMann), Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate, he talks about IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) and how it fits with ITOA and AIOps, and the main drivers for the big investments organizations are making in Big Data. In today’s Part 2, he compares ITSI and Business Service Management, and discusses the reasons mainframe and distributed IT are sharing data, and the use cases where organizations are building more effective digital capa...
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The Factory of the Future is Fueled by Data

Informatica Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:15
For years, the big data and data analytics revolutions have been associated with offices – the tools and platforms of executives, analysts and knowledge workers. But in the background, big data and data analytics has been gradually building capabilities in another critical part of the enterprise – the factory floor. Data-driven transformation is playing a huge role in moving to the factory of the future (which actually is here today). That’s the word from Justin Hester, senior researcher in the ...
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Is Your Company Cyber Insured?

Informatica Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 19:00
Is Your Company Cyber Insured? Data in all forms is always vulnerable to security risks. In recent years, several organizations have faced one or multiple data breaches. A cyber-crime is unavoidable regardless of the business size. Most if not all organizations, have been targeted by hacker communities for sensitive data such as – client data, credit card information etc., that they hold. A security breach which results in data leak can cause significant damage to a company. This could be in the...
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Expert Interview (Part 1): Splunk’s Andi Mann on IT Service Intelligence, ITOA and AIOps

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:30
For over 30 years across five continents, Andi Mann (@AndiMann) has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant. He currently serves as Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate. He is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, and communicator. In the first of this two-part interview, he shares his thoughts on IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) and its role in I...
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If Going Digital Is All About Change, Why Are We All So Useless At It?

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 20:29
If Going Digital Is All About Change, Why Are We All So Useless At It? The human psyche is designed for emergency braking. It’s not so good at long-term self-preservation. Humans aren’t great at long-term preservation. As a society, we are prone to procrastinate, go with the status quo and not upset processes. I can feel a few of you getting ready to hit the ‘comment’ button… but before you do, consider global warming, the obesity epidemic and lifestyle diseases. These aren’t simply examples of ...
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Security and the Internet of Things

Informatica Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:30
Are You Ready for IoT Data Security? Internet of Things (IoT) are devices and sensors that are embedded into machines that communicate with each other by transferring data over a network, which is often public. The idea of sensors and devices that communicate with each other is not new. Cars built in the late nineties and later have more sensors and devices built into them than a computer. What is new is that these devices now communicate with each other over public networks. Because these devic...
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Understanding Data Quality in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:30
Most data scientists do not manufacture drugs, and most pharmacologists are not also data scientists. Still, the pharmaceutical industry depends heavily on data scientists – especially when it comes to ensuring data quality. It’s no secret that pharmaceutical companies rely heavily on Big Data. These businesses use data to do everything from interpreting clinical findings to measuring the effectiveness of drugs based on real-world health outcomes. Indeed, there’s an entire conferenc...
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