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5 Imperative Ways a Chief Data Officer Drives Business Value

Informatica Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 17:01
It is widely understood now that data drives business success. Data today is understood as a strategic asset – a critical ingredient for business innovation, and the currency for digital transformation. Data is now increasingly “owned” by business leaders, partnering with IT to realize the greatest value from their data. For many enterprises, this has led to a new role. The chief data officer (CDO) has been created as a bridge between business and IT. The CDO role has tremendous potential, but ...
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Big Data and Privacy

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:30
Is Big Data a big threat to personal privacy? That can be an easy conclusion to draw if you follow headlines about privacy breaches caused by data leaks. But if you look beneath the surface, you see that the picture is more complicated. Data itself is not the problem, poorly managed data is. To protect both your Big Data and privacy, proper data management is critical. Big Data and Privacy in the News Recent reports of hacks against companies like Yahoo!, Los Angeles County and even the Navy ma...
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New Ironstream Case Studies in Healthcare, Banking and Insurance

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 04/01/2017 - 13:30
Syncsort’s Ironstream provides access to mainframe log data streams for IT operational analytics (ITOA), security information and event management (SIEM), and/or ensuring good service delivery through IT service intelligence (ITSI). We’ve recently added three new customer success stories to our Resource Center from the healthcare, banking and insurance industries. See if any of these Ironstream case studies could help you meet your business challenges. Healthcare: Client-focused Comp...
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Does Increased Margarine Consumption Raise the Divorce Rate? (The Big Data Blind Spot)

Informatica Blog - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 14:30
At a presentation a couple of months back, I heard Forrester’s Mike Gualtieri talk about an interesting conundrum when it comes to big data analysis – separating correlation from causation. It starts with a human tendency to “fill in the blanks” when it comes to figuring out what data is telling us, and it exposes what just may be a “Big Data Blind Spot.” Gualtieri notes that tracking data on divorce rates from 2000-2009 (in the state of Maine) follow the same path as per capita marg...
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IBM On-Premises Cognitive Available Only for z Systems

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 13:30
This post on cognitive computing is an update of an article that originally appeared on the Dancing Dinosaur blog. You probably think of the z as a never-fail OLTP workhorse with rock solid security. Or, maybe you think of it as a scalable, fast analytics machine able to process and analyze massive amounts of data by using native Hadoop and Spark on the z and without the delay and overhead of additional ETL. Now, it is time to also think of the z as a cognitive computing workhorse, able to proce...
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6 New Ways to Grow Your Big Data Management Skills

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 19:30
Informatica World is a unique place to gain knowledge around all things data. In my recent post, I shared key reasons why I’m looking forward to Informatica World 2017. One of these reasons is the chance to learn new Big Data Management skills. Increasing your Big Data Management skills can help your company get ahead, as well as make a crucial difference in your personal career options. The new skills you can learn at the event will equip you to achieve faster, more flexible, and more re...
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How Data Governance Keeps Your Journey to Cloud on Track

Informatica Blog - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 14:30
Since I started posting to “Cloud Data Management: Notes from the Field,” I’ve talked about my experiences with customers around tying cloud initiatives to business value, and the art of staying on track as other imperatives challenge the ongoing cloud roll out. Today we are going to discuss how Data Governance keeps your journey to cloud on track. A crucial aspect of a successful journey to cloud is culture. The migration to cloud is a business transformation. Any consultant—anyone who’s ever l...
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Making Dark Data Light Again

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 13:30
Data is like the force: It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. But dark data won’t do you much good. To keep your universe running smoothly, you need light data – which means data that is immediately accessible and actionable. Confused yet? If so, keep reading for an explanation of the difference between light and dark data, and how to turn the latter into the former. Dark Data Dark data is data that you can’t do much with because it’s difficu...
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Information Security in the Age of Big Data

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:24
The Age of Data Information Security in the Age of Big DataThe 21st Century is, without a doubt, the Age of Data. In fact, some would say, it is the Age of Big Data. Data is everywhere and everyone is working to capitalize on its power. Individuals, commercial organizations and governments seek to leverage the tremendous potential of data analytics. And, what is currently possible using today’s Big Data technology is truly just the “tip of the iceberg” of all that will become p...
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Information Catalog – An Essential to Data-driven Success

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:45
Recent research show that more energy from Sun hits the Earth in an hour than the amount of energy we consume in an entire year. That is in fact unimaginable amount of energy. It reminded me of how every IT organization is dealing with the amount, types and volumes of data and data assets that is coming in every hour with digital explosion. While organizations receive more data, it is becoming difficult to leverage insights from this data. More and more business users are accessing data with sel...
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Enterprise Data Warehouse — Past, Present and Future

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:30
This post originally appeared on the Hortonworks blog as a guest blog by Syncsort’s Tendü Yoğurtçu, who provides insight on how EDW optimization can help drive success of a modern enterprise data warehouse solution. Syncsort and Hortonworks working together to drive the success of a modern EDW solution Enterprise Data Warehouse has become a standard component of the corporate data architecture. In the past 15 years, a variety of product offerings were introduced into the market on building...
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Two Ways Master Data Breeds Success in Financial Services

Informatica Blog - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:00
Their business may be finance, but these days banks don’t earn—or keep—customers by providing better returns or interest rates. Instead, banks increasingly compete by giving customers modern conveniences while making sure they stay in compliance amidst regulatory complexity. Those two issues—customer experience and regulatory compliance—are at the heart of the banking business in 2017. And to get ahead at either one, companies must focus on the management of their business-critical data using MD...
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7 Key Ways to Grow Your Cloud Data Management Skills

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 23:40
In my recent post, I shared key reasons why I’m looking forward to Informatica World 2017. One of these reasons is the chance to learn new cloud data management skills. As companies increasingly migrate business functions to SaaS, the need for cloud data management skills rises daily. Expertise on how to integrate data created in the cloud with data from traditional on-premise apps is a competitive differentiator. Strong skills in this area can help your organization get ahead and make a k...
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Fight Back Against Data Fragmentation

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:30
Master Data Management (MDM) isn’t new, but it’s needed more than ever before. In part, this is due to a need to fight back against data fragmentation. As marketers, we have a multitude of tools to help us find prospects, manage messages across channels, follow web behavior, and sell more effectively. Our apps give us information about who, when, and what so we can infer why and what next. This information is unique to our companies, but we often overlook the strategic data management we need ac...
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SaaS Sprawl: Is History Repeating Itself?

Informatica Blog - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:15
Remember the late 1990s and early 2000s? Back then, CIOs and business leaders were making their mark by implementing ERP software. This software automated key business functions like finance, HR and the first wave of cheap, easy-to-deploy niche applications which specialized in specific business processes not adequately covered by ERP. Companies spent a ton on these on-premises enterprise apps, which took root, multiplied, and spread aggressively across organizations. But there were downsides to...
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How Much Is Big Data Worth? A Lot, When It’s Quality Data

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:30
You know Big Data is important for business. But do you know just how important – in terms of cold, hard cash – it is, or how to maximize data’s value? If not, this post is for you. It’s no secret that Big Data is essential for business. It’s the key to maintaining visibility into your business operations so that you can keep your organization lean and mean. Quality data also helps you plan and measure the success of everything from marketing campaigns to new product releases. ...
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Improve Customer Data Quality: Validate, Verify and Enrich Entries in Your Customer Database

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 12:30
To effectively run a business, you must have verified information for each of your contacts. Customer data quality is important to consider as you build and maintain your customer database. Verifying the accuracy of contact details – name, mailing address, phone and email – within your database can be the key to retaining customers. In fact, one of our clients refers to accurate customer information as “Golden Records” for just this reason! In addition, using Data Quality as a Service can arm yo...
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5 Best Reasons to Attend Informatica World 2017

Informatica Blog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 17:07
What are the 5 best reasons to attend Informatica World 2017? I knew you were wondering and I’m glad you asked! Of course, this list will be a little different for each person you approach, but I’m happy to share my opinion here. Most would predict that I’d answer with things like “visiting San Francisco”, which truly is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world. Or perhaps I’d answer with the obvious: The spectacular opportunity to hear fr...
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Next Best Offer – The Missed Potential in Customer Experience

Informatica Blog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:37
Dear CDOs and CMOs of this world: What is the most significant waste of potential in a customer experience strategy? From my point of view, it is the failure to provide a “next best offer.” Consider what kind of experience a company could provide if they leveraged the potential of the data they already hold about my preferences and purchases. In my video below, I share an example of this: In this particular case,  I have already had several interactions with the brand. As a result, ...
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Game Changers in Digital Transformation – 5 Reasons to Join Amsterdam Arena for MDM 360 Summit

Informatica Blog - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:45
Moving from digital transformation blabla, to actionable steps, this is one of the key objectives for Informatica’s MDM 360 Summit EMEA on June 7 and 8, in Amsterdam Arena. Where do you stand in the in digital? World Cup, Champions League, first league, second league, amateur? How do you rank compared to competition? Do you have the right team together? Does everybody know which role to play? Like in football, it is never too late to change the game. “The ball is round, so that the game can chan...
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