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The Silver Lining in Your Cloud Migration: A Chance to Clean House

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:15
Any vendor who helps your company move data to the cloud will promise Quick and Easy. Taking the headaches out of a potentially massive migration is one of the main selling points for every technology provider involved in the process. Who would suggest adding steps, costs, time, or complexity to the process of putting your data in the cloud? Well, I would. The easiest way to get your data into the cloud is to “lift and shift.” Take what you’ve got on premises and put it in the cloud, exactly as ...
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The CIO Reading List: Technology-as-a-Service Playbook

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:15
This time I’m recommending a super-practical manual for profitable transformation. The Technology-as-a-Service Playbook is a snapshot of disruption and provides tactics and strategies for succeeding with the “anything as a service” business model. Thomas Lah and J.B. Wood have perfectly captured the sense of upheaval among technology companies as subscription-based models become our norm and provide insightful ideas on innovative approaches to thriving in this new environment. As a CIO, you’re v...
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Ideas, Insights, Innovation at DataWorks 2018 – Advances in Leveraging Hadoop and the Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:30
The 2018 DataWorks in San Jose had 2100 attendees from 32 countries and showed some innovation in its format by showcasing product demos in the newly conceived Expo Theater and Demopalooza sessions. #BigData, #MachineLearning, and #Cloud are just a few of the trends from #DWS18. @DataWorksSummit.Click To Tweet John Kreisa, VP of Marketing at Hortonworks, kicked off the DataWorks conference by getting into the spirit of the WorldCup and reciting some great statistics from the last World Cup: 3....
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Top 5 Expert Interviews on Big Data, Machine Learning, AI, and Cloud

Syncsort Blog - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 13:30
2018 has been a big year for expert interviews so far. We’ve spoken with professionals in Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, the Cloud, and more! Here are just a few of the most popular experts that we’ve spoken to so far this year. Check out these great expert interviews! #MachineLearning #ArtificialIntelligence #BigDataClick To Tweet 1. Mike Olson As the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera, Mike Olson (@mikeolson) had just given a presentation on ...
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Athene Cloud and Athene 11 General Availability

Syncsort Blog - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:30
The recent release of AtheneTM Cloud and AtheneTM 11 provide exciting new features and capabilities to our clients and open those capabilities to organizations everywhere. Athene Cloud takes the world-class Athene capacity management software and puts all of the processing and storage in the cloud.  This means that organizations can let Syncsort manage their server, the Capacity Management Information System (CMIS, also known as the Athene database), as well as provide key services to organizati...
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Informatica Wins 2018 CODiE Award for Best iPaaS

Informatica Blog - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:28
SIIA recently honored Informatica with a big win announcing that we won the best iPaaS award for 2018. The team has been working hard on major updates, additions, integrations and functionality to our iPaaS and it has paid off! We were up against some big industry competitors, but came out on top because of our capabilities, versatility, elegant user interface and ease of use, among many other things. Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS), can help organizations overcome data challenges ...
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Next Gen Analytics Strategies: Data Cataloging is the First Step

Informatica Blog - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:15
In my first blog of this series on Next Gen Analytics Strategies I discussed the importance of investing in a data management platform with an enterprise unified metadata foundation powered by AI and described how the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform uses the CLAIRE engine to provide such a foundation. In this blog post I’ll explain the importance of a data catalog. As I had mentioned in the blog post that summarized Next Gen Analytics Strategies I recommended that before tackling any proje...
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3 Ways to Prevent a Data Breach from Becoming an Ordeal

Syncsort Blog - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:30
It’s easy to think of a data breach as a one-time event, putting the affected company at risk for a workday and causing residual headaches for maybe a week. But when IT systems aren’t regularly audited for security and layered stopgaps aren’t put in place to mitigate the damage, even significant multinational agencies like Equifax can remain vulnerable for months. How can you make sure you’re not caught sleeping at the wheel when the time comes to put your data security to action? 1. Audit Earl...
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3 Reasons Why Business People Should Take an Active Interest in Data Management

Informatica Blog - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:15
I work for a software company – one that sells data management solutions. For many business oriented people this is considered far too technical for their liking. My colleagues and I are regularly pointed down the hall towards the IT department, where business folks believe we can have a more meaningful discussion. However, the importance of data is rising in all verticals. To remain competitive, organizations must harness their existing and new data sources in meaningful ways. By removing thems...
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Data Availability 101: What Data Availability Means and How to Achieve It

Syncsort Blog - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:30
What is data availability, and what does data availability mean for your business? Keep reading for an overview of data availability and best practices for achieving it. What Is Data Availability? Put simply, data availability refers to the ability of data to remain accessible at all times, including following unexpected disruptions. You could think of data availability as the data equivalent of application uptime. Software vendors and service providers like to talk about how they guarantee an e...
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Data Analytics: Getting Past the Easy Part (the Technology)

Informatica Blog - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:15
Everyone is seeking the holy grail of data analytics and, now, its derivatives – artificial intelligence and machine learning. The tools and platforms to accomplish this are powerful, and more programs across the country are offering training in data science and analytics skills. So what’s the holdup? Essentially, organizations are getting in their own way. In a recent analysis, Niko Mohr and Holger Hürtgen, both with McKinsey, observe that “the technical part is always the easier one to solve.”...
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Expert Interview (Part 2): Elise Roy on Human Centered Design and Overcoming Challenges with Big Data

Syncsort Blog - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:30
In case you missed Part 1, read here! Recently, while Elise was working with NPR, they discussed the fact that episodes of NPR programs posted online did not provide captions. While these shows generally have an article associated with them or a transcript of the conversation, Elise pointed out that NPR might be filtering out a significant portion of the population who might have hearing loss but are still able to appreciate an audio-centered show. Or, those who were completely deaf who liked th...
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Don’t Worry, it’s not You. The Data Governance Finish Line Has Moved

Informatica Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:15
I’ve been a practitioner, analyst and all-around evangelist of data governance for the majority of my career. And during this time, I’ve never lost faith that executive leaders across all industries would eventually understand the need for data governance — and make it one of their company’s strategic priorities. And we’ve witnessed some incredible changes in the world that have helped to raise data governance awareness. These include: The creation and widespread adoption of the Chief Data Offi...
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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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