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To Achieve Scalability, Don’t Overlook Your Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 13:30
Scalability is the be-all, end-all of the IT world today. And when it comes to achieving scalability, mainframes can often help you more than commodity servers. Here’s why. Scalability refers to the ability of IT infrastructure or software to support workloads of increasing size. Being able to scale is essential for ensuring that the extent of your IT resources doesn’t stifle your business’s ability to handle more transactions or support more customers. Today, when most people ...
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Building Your Cloud Strategy from Your Data Strategy

Informatica Blog - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:45
Recently, I’ve been using this “Journey to Cloud” blog to look at specific challenges that I or my team have seen in organizations implementing cloud solutions. But for this post, I’d like to step back to the macro view to discuss strategy. Tech journalist John Gallant and I have just finished a guide to data strategy, aimed at the CIO Called The Data Strategy Playbook, it combines what I’ve learned in my career with the knowledge John gained over decades with IDG publications such as CIO.com, N...
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Common Security Challenges on the Mainframe and IBM i Platforms

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 13:30
Security on the mainframe and IBM i platform (and all of IT) is at the forefront of CIO/CTO minds today. Various compliance laws and regulations, most recently GDPR, has forced these leaders to focus on how safe and secure their data is – as well as the ability to have security team visibility into this data. There are various areas to consider with respect to security. I’ll touch on each of them briefly here: Controlling access to system and data Are the people entrusted with access to data the...
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Plugging into IBM i’s Future at PowerUp18

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:30
Where better to celebrate the 30th birthday of the IBM i than at POWERUp18, the annual meeting of the COMMON user group, held this past week in San Antonio, Texas? The title of Monday’s keynote session, “30 years of innovation and we’re just getting started” aptly summed up the event as hundreds of IT professionals, and the vendors that serve them, gathered to commemorate the history of the IBM i platform and prepare for the future. As Dr. Stefanie Chiras, IBM’s Vice President of Offering Manag...
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The Three Dimensions of a 360 Customer View

Informatica Blog - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:15
My last blog introduced how a 360 customer view fuels long-term customer engagement and loyalty through personalized interactions at scale. The benefits of “360” are significant: better marketing, relevant communications, greater efficiency, stronger customer relationships, and ultimately, competitive advantage. I highlighted that this is why Hyatt customers go out of their way to stay at a Hyatt property. The value of a 360 approach means understanding who your customer is and then applying tha...
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How to Make Big Data Work for Business Efficiency: Moscow Summit on Business Sustainability

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 13:30
The Summit on Business Sustainability, which was held on May 16th in Moscow, was the first event in Russia under the new Syncsort brand. The experts of Syncsort discussed Big Data trends and major challenges to Big Data-driven business, such as rapid growth, confidence in the data a company collects, data compliance with regulatory requirements, effective resource management and more. Data has ceased to be just an addition for businesses and has become an essential part of the equation. Entrepre...
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New eBook! Bridging the Gap Between Big Iron & Big Data

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 13:30
Syncsort has released a new eBook, Bridging the Gap Between Big Iron & Big Data, to assist in overcoming the four biggest challenges of leveraging mainframe data, and explaining how to offload costly batch workloads from the mainframe onto today’s Big Data technologies. Today’s path of exporting mainframe data and importing it into Hadoop isn’t just complicated, but it’s a huge hassle that has extreme time and cost implications. These have discouraged organizations from using mainfram...
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The Hidden Hand of Data Bias

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:30
Editor’s note: This article on data bias written by Syncsort’s Harald Smith was originally published on Infoworld. Biased data and decisions represent significant risks to your organization both monetarily and ethically and ultimately may impact your ability to achieve revenue goals and maintain brand reputation On March 27, 2018, amid other recent scandals, the National Fair Housing Alliance and three other organizations filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that Facebook’s advertisin...
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Expert Interview: Rachel Warren Gives Some Valuable Tips on Tuning Spark Jobs

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:30
At last year’s Data Day event in Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort had a chance to speak with Rachel Warren, Senior Data Scientist at Salesforce. Warren discussed how she got involved in the tech field, as well as providing some valuable advice for debugging and tuning Spark. Roberts: First off, can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Warren: My name is Rachel Warren. I am a software engineer/data scientist, currently employed for Salesforce Einstein, and I’ve been doing some work with ...
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Jumpstart Your Data Warehousing Journey to Azure with the Industry’s Number One iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:00
A major driver to greater public cloud adoption is the digital transformation of organizations, of which data is at the heart. The faster you can accelerate the shift of data-intensive operations and workloads to cloud platforms, like Microsoft Azure, the faster you can capitalize on the inherent performance, agility and cost savings it offers. Today at Informatica World, our CEO Anil Chakravarthy and the EVP of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott Guthrie jointly announced the preview of...
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Syncsort’s New Branding: What It Means for You

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:30
We are excited about the roll out of Syncsort’s new branding! Today’s launch is the result of a months-long journey to better share our story and deepen our connection with our customers. Syncsort brand refresh reflects meaningful growth and transformation Over the past two years ago, our company has experienced tremendous growth. Through strategic mergers and acquisitions, we’ve doubled in size, nearly tripled our revenue, and added market-leading data quality, capacity management, data availa...
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Expert Interview (Part 3): Paige Bartley on the GDPR and its Adoption in Other Regions

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:30
In this expert interview series, Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data and Enterprise Intelligence at Ovum, discusses the state of GDPR readiness, and how data quality, data availability and data lineage play into the GDPR compliance landscape. The final installment focuses on the difference between the technology and process in the GDPR and how it can potentially inspire other regions to create regulations of their own. Do you think the GDPR will inspire similar frameworks in other jurisdicti...
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Data Governance & Compliance Gets Intelligent at Informatica World 2018

Informatica Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 01:45
If there are any certainties in the world of data governance and compliance it is that there will be more data, more regulations to comply with, and constant change. In addition, there is a growing awareness that data governance is absolutely essential to delivering analytics insights built on trusted data. It’s never been more important to discover and understand data quickly and to understand which data is sensitive and must be managed and protected. That’s why the data governance story starts...
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Deeper Engagement with Master Data Management at Informatica World 2018

Informatica Blog - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:45
Successful data-driven digital transformation initiatives run on data. And a critical part of that data management solution is the single view of data provided by Master Data Management (MDM). Organizations are using Informatica MDM to drive game-changing initiatives around customer engagement, supplier engagement and omni-channel marketing that differentiate their services and products in the marketplace and accelerate the delivery of business value. The world of MDM is rapidly changing, and ou...
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Going Beyond iPaaS at Informatica World 2018

Informatica Blog - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:54
As organizations stand up new cloud systems there is the growing realization that it is not “the cloud,” but multiple clouds. Each new application runs in a cloud, each platform is a different cloud in its own right, and there are strengths and weaknesses to each of them. Many organizations are finding themselves using multiple cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) for different purposes. As if the challenge of enterprise data management wasn’t great enough, we now have it fragmenting out i...
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Big Data Management is Cloud Ready at Informatica World 2018

Informatica Blog - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:38
Sometimes people lose sight of the “why” of big data. It’s all about delivering actionable insights that will give your organization a leg up on your competition. This can be by creating new sources of revenue, new analytics insights to drive better customer experiences, or even new insights that will save lives. Initiatives like this require delivering data you can trust faster than ever before to make these insights possible. And that brings us to cloud. 2018 has been something of a tipping p...
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Informatica Global Customer Support Garners Top Rating in Comprehensive TSIA Audit

Informatica Blog - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 23:30
At Informatica, acceleration of the transformation to a subscription business is contingent on delivering best in class services to drive customer success. To Establish Informatica as a leader in services excellence, last October, the Informatica Global Customer Support (GCS) team undertook the rigorous assignment of a Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) audit that would measure Informatica on nearly 300 best practices across six separate components of technology service and support ...
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GDPR Through a New Lens

Informatica Blog - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 21:10
May 25th is only a few days away. It’s no surprise that some corporate executives are panicked about the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect on this date. Some have procrastinated about the change, trying to figure out what to do at the last minute to avoid potentially millions of dollars in fines and risk to their reputation. It’s time to view GDPR compliance efforts through a different lens. Not as a scary beast but as an opportunity to effectively manag...
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Informatica World 2018: The Journey Continues

Informatica Blog - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:15
This year, we’re excited to bring Informatica World 2018 back to Las Vegas from May 21-24. As the leader in Enterprise Cloud Data Management, our mission is to accelerate your data-driven digital transformation, and Informatica World is the perfect opportunity for you to learn from experiences data management practitioners from our customers and partners, as well as our own experts. We hope to see you there, where you will not only connect with industry leaders, experts and professionals who un...
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1+1 = 3 The Power of Informatica’s Ecosystem at Informatica World 2018!

Informatica Blog - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:30
OK, so my math may be a bit off… But I also cannot forget time and again the customer stories which demonstrate that “better together” really works for them. At Informatica, we are on a singular mission to help accelerate our customers’ data-driven digital transformation. Towards that goal, we work closely with key strategic ecosystem partners to jointly help those customers successfully transform their business. At Informatica World 2018, we are proud to showcase the many ways in which Informat...
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