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Expert Interview (Part 1): Joey Echeverria on Some Common Hadoop Security Methods

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:30
At the recent Data Day Texas, Paige Roberts of Syncsort caught up with Joey Echeverria, an architect at Splunk, and author of O’Reilly book, Hadoop Security. In the first of this three-part blog, Roberts and Echeverria discuss some common Hadoop security methods, and why they’re so desperately needed. Paige: Let’s start with an introduction. Tell us about yourself. Joey: My name is Joey Echeverria. I’m an architect at Splunk, working on stream processing. And I’m also the author of Hadoop Securi...
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What You Need to Know About Tracing Transactions From Mobile to Mainframe

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 13:30
Having visibility of key, up-to-date metrics from the elements within a system is incredibly valuable, but difficult to achieve without the right tooling. Syncsort’s new eBook, “What You Need to Know About Tracing Transactions From Mobile to Mainframe,” takes a look at which tools best prepare you in the case of an emergency. The situation in which a system goes down can be detrimental to an organization and the damage can vary greatly by how quick the downtime is resolved. Wi...
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Where Will Mainframes be in Ten Years?

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:30
How will the mainframe industry change over the next decade? Will mainframes even still be around? The short answers to those questions are  “a lot” and  “almost certainly.” Keep reading for the longer take. The Future of Mainframes While predicting the future is always risky business, it’s easy enough to look at current trends in the mainframe industry and extrapolate on them to understand how mainframes might change over the next ten years. Key observations in th...
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DevOps for Data

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:15
InformationWeek’s Lisa Morgan just made the call – data specialists need to get some DevOps religion. DevOps, which is attaining almost religious status within many technology-driven organizations, is about one simple yet effective idea: it’s better to have consistent cadence of deliverables moving through the pipeline, versus unpredictable spurts of development. Developers, known to work crazy hours on crazy schedules, are encouraged to work closely with operations teams, known for their discip...
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A New Brand: Reflecting the Present, Preparing for the Future

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:30
Over the last couple years, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing first hand the remarkable transformation taking place at Syncsort. In that time, we have tripled our revenue, more than doubled the number of talented employees, and established a definitive leadership position in a segment of the data management software market that we call Big Iron to Big Data. Today, we proudly talk about our more than 7,000 customers, our deep engineering & product relationships with leading next-generation...
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Continuous Data Quality: What It Means and Why You Need It

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:30
Achieving data quality is not enough to maximize the value of big data operations. In order to make the very most of big data, your data quality should be continuous. Here’s what continuous data quality means, and how to achieve it. What Is Data Quality? Data quality refers to the ability of a given set of data to fulfill an intended purpose. Without data quality, the information that you attempt to use to drive business value will fall short of enabling the insights you seek. Problems like miss...
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Firefighting, Running and Beyond: Big Data Success Stories

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:30
You hear about big data all day long. But do you know how it’s used in the real world? Here’s a look at use cases where big data solved real problems. One of the reasons big data has become so popular is the variety of things you can do with it. As the following use cases illustrate, the list of ways that data can be put to work is virtually unlimited. Netflix Predicts What Users Want Producing a television series is expensive. If you make the wrong bet about which type of content y...
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New White Paper! The Keys to Data Governance Success

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 12:30
It’s important that organizations looking to establish and implement data governance stay lean and agile while taking advantage of a framework of best practices. Our latest White Paper, “Start Small, Gain Support, Collaborate, and Quantify – The Keys to Data Governance Success“, goes into depth on the key challenges that come along with implementation. By taking a different approach to data governance, it’s possible to move from looking at governance as a “data” issue that onl...
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Mainframe Meets Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at SHARE Sacramento

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:30
Winter SHARE 2018 was held in Sacramento, California the week of March 12th. Throughout the years the scope and tone of the SHARE conference has changed based upon the technologies everyone is discussing. In the past, it was focused on the mainframe and how to better manage your environment. This year, SHARE was focused on emerging technologies that can be used to manage and monitor your environment. The most talked about next-generation tech being Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. A...
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Tips for Cost-Effective Data Security

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:30
When it comes to data security, there is no shortage of tools and strategies to invest in. The major challenge for businesses is determining which data security solutions deliver the best bang for the buck. The following strategies can help to achieve data security without breaking the bank. Don’t Store What You Don’t Need Perhaps the most basic rule of data security — and the most cost-effective policy to implement — is to avoid storing data that is not necessary to your...
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Finding the ‘Initial Need’ to Deploy an iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:15
Application landscapes are changing rapidly. Whilst almost every business I talk to has a stable on-premises integration solution to connect core platforms together, many have yet to deploy a solution for the burgeoning number of cloud applications that have sprouted across their business. For those without an iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service), determining how to connect cloud applications (to cloud applications, cloud analytics, cloud data warehouses) – and cloud back to core infrastruc...
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Explaining Big Data to Your Boss: What to Prioritize

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:30
As an engineer, you know what big data means. And your boss might think that he or she knows what big data means. But how do you get your boss to understand what big data really means? That’s a burning question in an age when big data is one of the most frequently peddled buzzwords of the IT world. Lots of people — including bosses — like to talk about big data. But being able to talk about big data does not necessarily imply true understanding of best practices for working wit...
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Women in Tech: Recognizing Female Leadership in Technology

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:30
Even as the tech industry continues to grow as new technologies and data are applied to traditional industries, women in tech remain underrepresented. But there are signs of hope that the gender diversity gap is closing. Over the past year, women have found their voice to raise awareness around workplace issues such as sexual harassment and pay inequality. Women have been empowered to push for change by banding together and stepping up into leadership roles. Will the tech industry be next to see...
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New eBook! 50 Years of Mainframe Innovations: Observations From a Long-Time Mainframer

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:30
Over the past five decades, the focus for the mainframe has been on bigger, faster and cheaper processing power. This is no surprise, considering the technology advancements that have occurred. In Syncsort’s new eBook, “50 Years of Mainframe Innovations: Observations From a Long-Time Mainframer“, Ed Hallock talks about how amazing the past 50 years has been for the mainframe, with unbelievable advances in technology and business practices. Not only have mainframes evolved, but...
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Maximizing Mainframe Visibility

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:30
Do you have a mainframe visibility problem? If so, you probably also have mainframe security and performance problems. Here’s how to improve visibility for your mainframe. In IT, visibility means an understanding of what is happening in your systems and infrastructure. Visibility is important because it provides the foundation for making informed decisions about security, performance optimization and the expansion of your infrastructure. If you lack visibility, you’re shooting in the...
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C-Suite Relationships: The CIO-CISO Partnership

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:15
This is the final post in my short series on CIO relationships across the business. Read the overview and the posts on the CEO and CMO dynamics. Believe it or not, IT’s role in the enterprise is not to make other functions happy — even though IT provides technology to help business teams meet their goals. Similarly, Marketing, Sales, or Finance are not here to help IT meet its goals, even though all are required to practice disciplined information security. We’re all here to serve a goal greater...
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How Data Science Can be a Game Changer: Strata San Jose Focuses on Promise and Potential Pitfalls of AI and Machine Learning

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:30
The big theme in this year’s Strata Data Conference in San Jose was how Data Science can be a business game changer. In his keynote remarks, Eric Colson from Stitch Fix pointed out that differentiation has always been key to doing business. Data Science now offers a new opportunity for organizations to set themselves apart. New Data Sciences Will Provide New Business Insights If a data scientist can come up with an insight that no one else has thought of yet, it could give considerable advantag...
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Machine Learning Talent in Short Supply: Opportunity for Some, Crises for Others

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:15
Machine learning – a piece of the artificial intelligence constellation – holds a lot of promise for enterprises, enabling programs and algorithms to become ever more intelligent.  However, there’s one problem: even the best-educated humans need more learning before they can understand machine learning. Bob Hayes, a professional data scientist and keen observer of all things data, picked up on a survey by Kaggle that finds that even data scientists still have a grasp on machine learning. The sur...
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Video: Syncsort CTO on Trends in Data Science, Streaming & Cloud, and their Impact on Data Governance

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:30
During Strata Data Conference 2018 in San Jose, California, Syncsort CTO, Dr. Tendü Yoğurtçu sat down with theCUBE co-hosts George Gilbert and Lisa Martin at Big Data SV 2018. In the recorded interview, they discuss three key industry trends in Data Science, streaming and the Cloud, and how all of them create data governance challenges. Watch the video to learn more about what organizations are doing as they work to make data their core strategy, and how Syncsort is working to help them. Data S...
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Not Your Usual Business Rules for Data Quality

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:15
Every business rule is a mission statement in miniature. Every good rule says something meaningful about your organization – where you are today, what direction you’re headed, where you want to be. But how do you define your rules? How do you work out their logic, agree on their conditions for success? Most importantly, how do you apply them to your data, so that you can get meaningful and measurable business outcomes in return? You partner with IT along the way – you, or someone on your team, s...
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